Bluetooth speakers have experienced real progress in recent years, both in their quality and their utility. We therefore offer you our selection of the best Bluetooth speakers in 2021, to use at home or on the go.
Our selection of the best Bluetooth speakers
Bluetooth speakers have today become so powerful that they can be considered as the main solution for listen to music and watch movies in a modest home, as well as being the ideal companion for outings or impromptu evening.
This is why we invite you to discover our selection of the best Bluetooth speakers, in a wide price range, which will be compatible with your phone and your tablet and will deliver the best sound experience. You will find in this top solutions corresponding to all budgets, let’s go!
Xiaomi Mi Compact
If you want to buy a small Bluetooth speaker below the 20 euros mark, the Xiaomi Mi Compact is a great choice. The latter uses Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology, offers clear and natural sound, as well as a 480 mAh lithium battery. Its autonomy is rather decent in view of its size and you can listen to your music for about 6 hours (with a volume at 80%). Another not insignificant good point is its built-in microphone that allows you to make hands-free calls as well as its parametric mesh design. As for dimensions, it is very compact and displays sizes of 50 mm in diameter and 32 mm in height, for a light weight of only 54 grams.
For a price below 50 €, it is difficult to find a better deal than the Anker Soundcore and for good reason: it offers record autonomy for this segment, with 24 hours advertised where most speakers will stop at 10 o’clock. Its highs tend to sizzle a bit, and its plastic finish won’t be to everyone’s liking, but Bluetooth 4.0 also allows it to be moved away from the source phone without causing much hassle. It recharges via micro USB, and incorporates a basic microphone to answer calls.
JBL Go 2
We continue our buying guide for the best Bluetooth speakers to buy in 2021 with another very compact model. The JBL GO 2, which offers an autonomy of up to 5 hours of use. You can also use it at the beach or at the swimming pool since there is an IPX7 waterproof certification. Also featured is an integrated noise reduction hands-free kit function that allows you to make or receive phone calls. With its small size, you should not expect a monster of power since the JBL Go 2 delivers 3 watts, and has dimensions of 71.2 x 86.0 x 31.6 mm and weighs 184 grams .
JBL Pulse 4
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If you are the type who combines music with light, the Bluetooth speaker JBL Pulse 4 is for you. The latter has an interactive light system and can be synchronized with a second Pulse 4 to create an extended lighting atmosphere. You just need to shake it once near the other speaker for the synchronization to take place between the two devices. it is IPX7 certified and can therefore be submerged to a depth of one meter. Its battery gives it an autonomy of 12 hours in use. Finally, it can also be used as a hands-free kit and has a power of 20 watts.
JBL Xtreme 2
For people who want a portable speaker with exceptional sound power, the JBL Xtrem 2 as its name suggests offers extreme and balanced sound thanks to its two tweeters, two woofers and its power of 2 x 20 Watts. Its autonomy of 15 hours in a charge from different sources via its micro USB port but also its integrated USB port which allows you to recharge other devices make it a very versatile device. The JBL Xtrem 2 is also a waterproof Bluetooth speaker (IPX7 certification) which can be used in the shower, at the beach or in the pool without fear of possible damage by drowning. It is marketed at € 299.99.
JBL Flip Essential
Equally powerful model but less powerful than the JBL Xtrem 2, the JBL Flip Essential is a speaker which offers a listening time of 10 hours thanks to its battery of 3000 mAh. The latter recharges in 3h30, and also incorporates an audio amplifier delivering a power of 16 watts.
This compact model has dimensions of 16.9 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm for a weight of only 470 grams. Finally, on the connectivity side, it is equipped with an audio line input (3.5 mm stereo mini-phone plug) and of course offers a wireless connection thanks to Bluetooth 4.1 technology.
Ultimate Ears Boom 3
Ultimate Ears also offers quality Bluetooth speakers. The Ultimate Ears Boom 3, for example, provides you with 15 hours of interrupted listening. Compact, it is no less powerful with deep bass. It incorporates two volume control buttons. Thanks to the degree of protection IP67, the enclosure is protected against water and dust and can be submerged under water for a maximum duration of 30 minutes.
Ultimate Ears MegaBoom
We continue our selection of the best Bluetooth speakers to buy in 2021 with the Ultimate Ears MegaBoom Dimensioned, it is a little more imposing than the JBL Fli Essential and measures 8.29 x 8.29 x 22.59 cm for 877 grams. Its big highlight is the breathtaking 360-degree sound with deep bass. It will be your ideal companion to listen to your favorite songs from your smartphone, TV, tablet and other compatible devices.
Equipped with a large capacity battery, autonomy is one of its other strong points since it reaches a continuous listening time of 20 hours (between each charge by micro-USB) to fully enjoy your music without recharge the device. With Siri + Google voice integration now on EU MEGABOOM, you just have to say it to read it. Finally, it is also waterproof and dust resistant thanks to the IPX7 certification.
Bose is a benchmark in terms of audio, whether for its headphones, sound bars or Bluetooth speakers. The Bose SoundLink Mini II delivers powerful bass and great sound. This speaker features voice prompts for easy Bluetooth pairing and is able to memorize up to eight devices at a time. It offers a USB-C charging port, AUX input and a built-in microphone for using the hands-free function or accessing the voice assistant of a phone.
Premium model, the Bose Soundlink Revolve + is usually marketed above 200 euros. Compared to the standard Revolve, the Revolve + offers better quality for a larger size. If you are looking for a bluetooth speaker that offers breathtaking, powerful and deep sound, delivered in 360 degrees, the Revolve + is a relevant choice.
It has a soft fabric handle for easy handling and transport, smooth aluminum housing, robust and resistant to splashing water (IPX4). The Revolve + provides up to 16 hours of listening time thanks to the rechargeable, long-lasting lithium-ion battery. A premium portable model, for demanding people.
Sonos One SL
We close our selection with a model just as premium as the Bose Revolve +. The Sonos One SL. It’s controllable directly from the Sonos app, Apple AirPlay 2, and more. You can also use a pair of Sonos One SL as surround back speakers to create a home theater by pairing them with the Sonos Playbar, Playbase or Beam. The Sonos One SL has dimensions of 161.45 X 119.7 x 119.7 mm for a weight of 1.85 kg. It is equipped with an Ethernet port, Wifi and Bluetooth. It is a model that we will favor indoors rather than in portable mode in view of its rather imposing dimensions and its weight of almost 2 kg.
⚙Which features to favor on Bluetooth speakers?
Certain models of Bluetooth speakers offer features that can be found in particular on certain so-called “connected” speakers with in particular the possibility of controlling them remotely by voice via Google voice assistants, Alexa, etc.
The function of association between several speakers, in order to create a stereo effect, or the multiroom, which allows to synchronize several speakers in several rooms of a house for example. Some models are configurable from a dedicated application, while others simply do not have one. Do not hesitate to check all these points before making your choice.
🎨Which design to choose for a Bluetooth speaker?
Round, square, cylindrical, rectangular, manufacturers are always showing more imagination by offering designs likely to please everyone. Contrary to some popular belief, it is not because the size of the speaker is imposing that the latter will offer better autonomy.
As a result, the larger the size, the more weight is, which may not be very pleasant if you carry it around all day. There are many models with reasonable sizes, like the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 to name just one, which in addition to its compact cylindrical format, has a reasonable weight and can therefore be easily transported in addition to offering 15 hours of battery life.
Size, weight, shape, but also the environment in which you want to use your speaker (some models have IPX4 and IPX7 waterproofing standards for total immersion, others do not) but also portability are the elements that you must take into account before succumbing to the “physical” aspect of your Bluetooth speaker.
🔌What wireless connectivity and connectivity?
In addition to Bluetooth connectivity, a large number of wireless speakers offer a host of wired connections, but also WiFi (like the Sonos One SL). To be up to date, it is recommended to turn to a Bluetooth version 4 at least.
Supported audio transmission codecs are also important in choosing the model you wish to purchase. Thus, the AptX, the AptX HD or the LDAC, are among the best, with in particular for the last two, (AptX and LDAC) an audio quality known as Hi-Res or high definition. The SBS remains the most basic of them when the AAC restores a sound rendering with less sound compression and therefore better audio quality.