Back to School 2016 Buying Guide: Top 10 Bluetooth Speakers

If you are heading back to school soon then you might be looking for a new speaker to take with you. Not only are Bluetooth speakers good options for those looking for some quiet background noise, but they are also perfect for any parties or get-togethers that might happen during the year. As well as also a neat way to take and make hands free calls without having to search for your smartphone. If you are in the market for a new Bluetooth speaker then here are ten options that are worth checking out.

JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

If you are looking for an all-round Bluetooth speaker then one definitely worth checking out is the JBL Charge 3. This is a speaker which is big enough to offer an authentic sound but not too big that it won't easily fit in your backpack or bag. The JBL Charge 3 can be connected to three different smartphones at the same time, comes with a waterproof and durable build and a battery which offers up to 20 hours of playback in between charges. This one can currently be picked up for about $149.99.

UE ROLL Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker

The UE Roll Bluetooth speaker is designed to give you as much power as possible from a smaller speaker. This is optimized through the use of a 360-degree design which lets the sound exit the speaker from all angles. Meaning, that in spite of this being a small speaker, you will hear the speaker regardless of whether it is facing you or not. This is also another highly durable speaker which comes with an IPX7 waterproofing rating and a battery which is rated to offer up to nine hours of use before needing to be charged again. In terms of price, this one is currently available for about $70.

JBL Clip+ Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Those looking for a super affordable and super portable Bluetooth speaker, need to check out the JBL Clip+. This one is surprisingly loud for its size and is priced at below $50. Like most of the JBL range of Bluetooth speakers, this one is designed to be durable. However unlike the others, this one comes with a carabiner which makes it easy to clip the speaker onto your bag, your bike or just about anywhere else.

Jawbone Mini Jambox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Sticking with the small speakers, the Jawbone Mini Jambox is another popular and affordable option to go for. This one is very small but adopts a more normal rectangular Bluetooth speaker design. However, the battery is not small and is rated to be able to offer up to 10 hours of playback before needing to be charged again. So for those looking for a box design type of speaker, but still easy enough to transport, this is one to consider. Especially as it can be picked up for about $60

FUGOO Tough Rugged Bluetooth Speaker

Those looking for the absolute strongest and most durable speaker only need to look as far as the FUGOO Tough. This is a speaker which is designed to be durable in every way. It is waterproof, shockproof, mud-proof and even snow-proof. So wherever you need music to be playing the FUGOO Tough will be able to assist. Especially as the battery inside is rated to offer up to forty hours before needing to be charged. Which makes this one an ideal solution for the next pool party, snow party, mud party or jungle party. This is one of the more expensive options on the list though and will set you back about $200.

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker

The Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth speaker is another more expensive speaker, however this is one which comers with the Bose name behind it. So you can expect a very good level of sound from this one and a particular emphasis on a bigger bass sound. The battery on offer will run for about ten hours before needing to be charged and the overall design of the Bose Soundlink Mini is more of a sleek design than some of the others. This one does currently cost about $200.

JBL Pulse 2 Portable Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker

In many ways, the JBL Pulse 2 is the ultimate party speaker. As this is a JBL speaker, it does provide a very good and signature JBL quality of sound. Not to mention that like the rest of the JBL range this one is highly durable and contains a battery which is listed to run for ten hours before needing to be charged again. However, the big selling point with the Pulse range is that they can also act as a light show. The lights can be set to respond to the music, as part of a predetermined pattern or can be set to match the surroundings by using the speaker’s camera to select a color. Great option for those looking for a Bluetooth speaker which is a little different to the rest.

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 2 Wireless Speaker

Another popular option is the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 2 Wireless Speaker. This is a speaker which adopts a more traditional speaker look and design and is circular in nature. This is also a fairly powerful speaker and one which comes with large 3-inch woofers, separate tweeters and passive radiators. So you will get a very clean and loud sound from this speaker. As well as all the usual other features like hands-free calling. This is not the most portable of speakers due to its size and shape, but is a perfect option for those looking for a big sound and a more unique design. It is also a reasonably priced Bluetooth speaker and can usually be picked up for about $120.

BRAVEN BRV-X Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

The BRAVEN BRV-X is another speaker which places its emphasis on being rugged. As such, this one comes with an extremely durable outer shell which is both waterproof and shockproof. So this is one designed for the more adventurous types or for when you need a speaker to endure the weather. Durability aside, this is also a very good and solid sounding speaker and one which does offer great value for money as it can typically be picked up for about $150.

DKnight MagicBox II Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless speaker

Closing out the list today is another highly affordable Bluetooth speaker. This is the DKnight MagicBox II and one which looks to provide a very clean and good level of audio from a very small size speaker and at a very affordable price. The battery inside is rated to offer playback for up to ten hours before needing to be recharged again, while the price of this one is under $40. So if you are looking for a very affordable option, which will still produce a fairly decent level of sound, this might be the one to check out.

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