When Bluetooth speakers were first introduced to the market, they were pretty much all the same. Bad quality, cheap, and often difficult to pair to.

However, times have changed and Bluetooth speakers are much more reliable. There’s a wide variety of shapes and sizes, plus some of the best bluetooth speakers seriously pack a punch.

Sonos Move

If money is no object, the Sonos Move is an impressive wireless Bluetooth speaker that offers rich sound and a 10-hour battery life. There’s a ton of bass and it easily works with Spotify and Apple Music. It’s also got some smart function capabilities and can be connected to Wi-Fi easily. The Auto TruePlay tuning and 100dB rating really makes this Bluetooth speaker scream!

Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3

For the price, the Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 is the best Bluetooth speaker available on the market. It’s got brilliant sound (a TON of bass!), is built to last and has a 24 hour battery life. It’s also got an IP67X rating which means you can submerge it in 1 metre of water. Better yet, you can purchase a second Megaboom 3 unit and pair them together for stereo sound.

JBL Charge 4

If you like a lot of bass, the JBL Charge 4 is a great choice and comes in 10 different colours. There’s a large 7800mAh battery which gives over 20 hours of playback, plus a useful USB port to charge your phone on-the-go. It’s also waterproof which makes it great for the pool.

Anker Soundcore Flare

This budget Bluetooth speaker from Anker does a decent job for portable use. It’s easy-to-use and comes with an IP68 waterproof rating, making it sure for submersion in the pool. It can also be connected to a second unit for stereo sound.

Bose Soundlink Revolve

Bose is known for building quality devices and the Soundlink Reolve is no different. It delivers beautifully balanced sound at any volumes, has a long battery life, excellent build quality and modern design.

Features to look for in a Bluetooth speaker

If you’re still not sure what the right Bluetooth speaker is for you, here is a guide that will help you decipher the specifications of each one.

Here are the features you’ll want to evaluate in a Bluetooth speaker:

App support: If your speaker comes with an Android or iOS app, it can be quite nifty. Some of the common functions include building playlists, alarms, turning the speaker on and off, custom EQ and more.

Battery: Depending on if you’re using your Bluetooth speaker around the pool or if you’ll be taking it along with you in other outdoor locations, you might want a speaker that lasts anywhere from 10 to 20 hours per charge. However, an important factor to consider is that the bigger the battery the heavier the speaker will be!

Charging options: Bluetooth speakers are charged via a cable, and if it comes with a USB charger it’s even more convenience. Certain Bluetooth speakers also include a built-in USB port for charging devices.

Stereo pairing: If you like loud sound, certain Bluetooth speakers have the ability to pair up two or more units together. Additional Bluetooth speakers daisy-chained will vastly improve your sound quality overall.

Waterproof: If you’re planning on using your Bluetooth speaker by the pool or somewhere outdoors near water, it’s important to make sure there’s a waterproof rating of at least IP64, which means it can handle a bit of dust and water splashes.