As we’ve stated with the Nexus 5, not every phone comes with a great speaker built in. In fact, I never really realized it was a problem on the Nexus 5 since I’m constantly using either headphones or a Bluetooth speaker. I’ve actually reviewed a good number of Bluetooth Speakers in the past few months, so we thought we’d rank them for you and give you a good idea of some good ones.
10. Jabra SOLEMATE Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker
The Jabra SOLEMATE speaker is a pretty small speaker that does pack a big punch. It’s available in 6 colors including black, blue, gray, red, white and yellow. It’s normal retail price is $200, but it’s available on Amazon for $150 right now. Not a bad price at all.
9. Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Beats Audio is a pretty controversial brand, which is why it’s #9 on our list. Their Pill wireless Bluetooth speaker is available in a variety of colors including black, blue, red, gray, white, green, orange, yellow and pink. It’s also $195 right now through Amazon. It’s able to pair through Bluetooth or NFC, which is a nice addition, at least in my opinion.
8. Acoustic Research ARS60 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
This speaker is a pretty good one from Acoustic Research. I’m actually in the middle of reviewing it right now. It’s got great sound and pretty good battery life as well. I have to say that’s its also very easy to connect to and can keep many devices connected to it at once. Right now I have 5 different devices connected to it. It’s a bit pricey at $120, but I think it’s worth it.
7. HMDX Audio HX-P230RD Jam Classic Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
HMDX is lesser known company for Bluetooth Speakers, although I have reviewed one of their speakers already (it’s higher up on this list). And I was pretty impressed with it, given it’s size and price. This is a more affordable Bluetooth Speaker than some of these others here. This one runs about $31 from Amazon, and is normally about $50.
6. Braven 600 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
This speaker from Braven is a pretty nice one as well. It’s what they call a PowerBank because it can charge your phone while you’re listening to music, or watching a movie. It’s a pretty nice speaker, and all of Braven’s speakers are also waterproof, which is a big plus for most people.
5. Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Jawbone is pretty popular for its Bluetooth devices. The JAMBOX is no exception. I’ve heard many people raving about this speaker, although I have not yet tried it. It is available in black, blue, grey, purple and red though and is a bit pricey at around $132.
4. HMDX JAM XT Extreme Wireless Speaker
This one I actually reviewed pretty recently, and was very impressed with the sound quality and volume that it produces. It’s a pretty small speaker that does come in black, blue, red, pink and orange. For under $50, it’s really one of the best Bluetooth speakers out there. It’s also got 4 hours of continuous playback.
3. Braven 650 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
This one is the newer sibling to the Braven 600 listed above. It’s also a PowerBank speaker so it can charge your device. I actually have one and really love it. It looks very nice and also outputs some really great sound, not to mention the battery life. It is about $130 though, so it might not be for everyone.
2. SuperTooth Disco Twins
Usually, you can only be connected to one Bluetooth speaker at a time. But with the Disco Twins from SuperTooth, thou can actually be connected to both of them at the same time. I also reviewed these earlier this year and found that sometimes they are a little difficult to connect too, but usually pretty easy.
1. Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker
I’m a pretty big fan of Bose, so of course their speaker would be #1. Their devices have pretty great sound and are pretty expensive. But I will say this. I bought a pair of earbuds from them almost 2 years ago, and I use them everyday, and they still work like they did the day I bought them. Now that’s what I call getting my money’s worth.
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker