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The Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers 2019

By Matthew Foster - December 28th, 2018

After reviewing last year's round up, we've updated our product list to include the latest and greatest models. Now we're even better informed and equipped to cover all the benefits and trade-offs to guide you in purchasing your perfect bluetooth speaker.

We've covered a huge range, from low-cost, to the best of the best, to serious party speakers. What factors matters to you – design and color choice, water resistance, portability, battery life, or sound quality? We've highlighted what we think makes each speaker standout from the pack and included our final verdict.

Here are our top picks for the best portable bluetooth speakers:

1. UE Megaboom 3

  • Battery 20 hours
  • Weight 925 grams
  • Range 45 meters wireless range
The UE Megaboom 3 is one of the best speakers on the market. With a tough waterproof design, amazing battery life, and excellent sound performance, this speaker is perfect for nearly every occasion.
Icon pros blue Best all-rounder
Icon pros blue Waterproof
Icon pros blue Amazing battery life
Icon cons Sound distortion at higher volumes
Icon cons Heavy for a portable

2. UE Roll 2

  • Battery 9 hours
  • Weight 330 grams
  • Range 30 meters wireless range
The UE Roll 2 has good overall sound, improved wireless range, fun and funky designs, and it's small enough to bring everywhere. We think it's the speaker to beat for this price range.
Icon pros blue Best small speaker
Icon pros blue Surprisingly big sound for it's size
Icon pros blue Good battery life
Icon cons No music control from the speaker

3. JBL Charge 4

  • Battery 20 hours
  • Weight 960 grams
  • Range ~10 meters
The JBL Charge 4 has an excellent battery life and is a solid upgrade to the JBL Charge 3 which is still available. The Charge 4 is more function than form when compared to the UE Megaboom 3, but it's a rugged and waterproof speaker that's great for nearly all occasions.
Icon pros blue Amazing battery life
Icon pros blue Waterproof
Icon cons Some distortion at high volumes

4. Fugoo Style-S

  • Battery 15 hours
  • Weight 770 grams
  • Range 30 meters wireless range
The Fugoo Style-S is a well built, rugged speaker with a well balanced sound. It's battery life is the draw back compared to others in this price range, with the JBL Charge 4 offering 20 hours.
Icon pros blue Well balanced sound
Icon pros blue Waterproof
Icon cons Battery life is lacking

5. UE Wonderboom

  • Battery 10 hours
  • Weight 425 grams
  • Range 33 meters wireless range
The UE Wonderboom packs a little more punch than the UE Roll 2 with 360 degree sound. It’s impressively loud and crisp and it's our favourite portable, outdoor speaker.
Icon pros blue Best outdoor speaker
Icon pros blue Nice and loud
Icon pros blue Waterproof
Icon cons Mid-range sound not great

6. Bose Soundlink Micro

  • Battery 6 hours
  • Weight 290 grams
  • Range 9 meters wireless range
The Bose Micro brings a smile to your face. It's a punchy, powerful, portable little speaker that works with Siri & Google voice commands. Sadly, it's wireless range and battery life let it down when compared to other's in this category.
Icon pros blue Best sound quality for this size
Icon pros blue Waterproof
Icon cons Average battery life
Icon cons Poor wireless range

7. JBL Flip 4

  • Battery 12 hours
  • Weight 510 grams
  • Range ~10 meters
The JBL Flip 4 is a good sized speaker to travel with. It's tough but didn't blow us away. The no-frills design and underwhelming mid-range audio means it's not the best when compared with more high-end speakers.
Icon pros blue Rugged and waterproof
Icon pros blue Good amount of bass
Icon cons Lacking in the mid-range
Icon cons Not the most eye catching

8. UE Boom 3

  • Battery 15 hours
  • Weight 608 grams
  • Range 45 meters wireless range
The UE Boom 3 is the smaller sibling to the UE Megaboom 3. It's slightly more portable in exchange for a little less power. A great speaker but somewhat more expensive compared to the Bose SoundLink Color II which offers better sound quality.
Icon pros blue Good overall sound
Icon pros blue Good battery life
Icon cons Relatively expensive

9. Bose Soundlink Color II

  • Battery 8 hours
  • Weight 540 grams
  • Range 9 meters wireless range
The Bose Color II is a powerful portable speaker with superb sound quality that works with Siri & Google voice commands. Sadly, it's wireless range and battery life let it down when compared to other's in this category.
Icon pros blue Superb sound quality
Icon pros blue Waterproof
Icon cons Average battery life
Icon cons Poor wireless range

10. JBL Clip 3

  • Battery 10 hours
  • Weight 220 grams
  • Range ~10 meters
The JBL Clip 3 is small enough to take almost anywhere and comes in a great array of colors. The Clip 3 has an impressive battery life for it's size but it doesn't quite manage as much bass as the Bose SoundLink Micro.
Icon pros blue Impressive battery life
Icon pros blue Rugged and waterproof
Icon pros blue Good range of colors
Icon cons Lacks a little in sound quality