Many Bluetooth speakers are cheap but if you can afford to splash out a bit, you'll get a significantly better experience with superior sound quality, smart features and more. Here we review and rank the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy.

You might be looking for the biggest speaker for your house party or the smallest one to travel everywhere with you. Some offer a reasonable balance of the two and there are plenty of other options, too.

As mentioned, we're looking at the more expensive premium Bluetooth speakers here from the likes of Bose, Bang & Olfsen, UE and Marshall. So if you've landed here but your budget is tight, head over to our best cheap Bluetooth speakers chart for something more affordable - they are all under £100.

With so many models on the market and loads from each brand, we could never test them all, but here are the best that we've reviewed.

Best Bluetooth Speakers 2022


Marshall Emberton - Best Overall

Marshall Emberton
  • Pros
    • Compact
    • Great sound
    • Long battery life
  • Cons
    • Can't stereo pair

If you're looking for a compact Bluetooth speaker that's stylish, durable and offers amazing sound quality then you've just found it in the Marshall Emberton.

This little pocket rocket is a miniature marvel with a far bigger sound than you'd expect. Add in long 20-hour battery life and IPX7 waterproofing and there's very little to complain about here. It's also got USB-C, a handy control knob and battery indicator.

Right now, this is the best portable Bluetooth speaker you can get at the higher end of the market with a price lower than many rivals.

Really, the only things missing are a 3.5mm jack input and the ability to stereo pair if you buy two but these are common downsides.

Read our full Marshall Emberton review


Sonos Roam - Best for Multi-Room

Sonos Roam
  • Pros
    • Amazing sound
    • Wi-Fi for multi-room
    • Smart features
  • Cons
    • Battery life

Sonos has hit a decent price-point with the Roam and there's a lot to like about this stylish, compact and clever speaker.

It's IP67, can be used in either orientation and has something rarely found on a speaker in the form of wireless charging. As you'd expect from Sonos, the sound quality is excellent too.

This is really a purchase for existing Sonos users or those who plan to create a multi-room system. Bluetooth is limited to streaming so you'll only get the most out of the Roam by using it over Wi-Fi as well with digital assistants and Sound Swap features.

Battery life is behind rivals, too, at up to 10 hours.

Read our full Sonos Roam review


JBL Charge 5 - Best for Parties

JBL Charge 5
  • Pros
    • Link countless speakers
    • Durable design
    • Also a power bank
  • Cons
    • No smart features
    • Basic app

JBL hasn't added smart features to the Charge 5 like some rivals, so there are no microphones to use your digital assistant or take calls.

But this is a speaker designed primarily for parties with its portable and robust design. An IP67 rating means it's fully dust and waterproof, and chunky buttons make it easy to use.

Importantly, the sound quality is great and you can link up almost endless amounts for even the biggest parties.

Battery life is long plus, as the name hints, the Charge 5 can be used as a power bank to top up devices like your phone to keep the tunes flowing.

Read our full JBL Charge 5 review


Bose SoundLink Revolve II - Best 360 Sound

Bose SoundLink Revolve II
  • Pros
    • 300 design
    • Microphones
    • Aux input
  • Cons
    • Old USB port
    • Middling battery life

There's not a huge amount of upgrades here but that doesn't stop the SoundLink Revolve II from being an excellent Bluetooth speaker.

It looks the same, so it's a well-made attractive compact cylinder with buttons on top but Bose has boosted the durability to IP55. It's a shame that this still has Micro-USB and you can't tweak the EQ but those are minor downsides.

Sound quality is excellent for a small speaker with a true 360-degree experience and battery life is much longer than the quoted 13 hours. Furthermore, the Revolve II has things others don't like an aux input and the ability to take phone calls and use your phone's digital assistant.

Read our full Bose SoundLink Revolve II review


B&O Beosound A1 (2nd-gen) - Best Build Quality

B&O Beosound A1 (2nd-gen)
  • Pros
    • Stylish & durable
    • 360 sound
    • Alexa & useful app
  • Cons
    • Awkward buttons
    • Expensive

The Beosound A1 2nd Gen is an almost perfect portable Bluetooth speaker with a luxurious design and high-end build quality. It's also durable with an IP67 rating for full dust protection and water submersion.

While the buttons are better than the original, they are still more tricky than many rivals and we'd like more LEDs to get volume and battery info.

Still, you can get that from the app which, when it connects properly, has some useful extra features headlining with a customisable EQ. Even without adjusting the tuning, the sound quality is excellent, there's plenty of power and a 360-degree experience.

Battery life is solid and support for Amazon Alexa (via your phone anyway) is a standout feature but then, in a negative way, so is the high price. It's also a shame you can't stereo pair with the original A1.

Read our full B&O Beosound A1 (2nd-gen) review


Creative Stage 360 - Best Soundbar

Creative Stage 360
  • Pros
    • Great sound
    • Bluetooth
    • Dolby Atmos
    • Affordable
  • Cons
    • USB can't power streaming stick
    • No 3.5mm input

Not many soundbars come with Bluetooth but the Stage 360 from Creative does and it's still a lot cheaper than many rivals at under £200/US$230.

So if you're looking for a Bluetooth speaker for a room where there's a TV or a PC then this soundbar will kill two birds with one stone.

The sound is great and it has a whole host of features including Dolby Atmos, HDMI ports, remote control and even comes with a subwoofer. The lack of an aux input shouldn't be an issue here but note that the USB port won't power a streaming stick.

Read our full Creative Stage 360 review


Sonos Move - Best for Outdoors

Sonos Move
  • Pros
    • Big sound
    • Multi-room
    • Smart features
  • Cons
    • Bulky
    • Expensive
    • Middling battery life

The Sonos Move really achieves what it sets out to by being both an indoor part of the Sonos system, but also something you can take outdoors (or around the house) when needed.

The addition of Bluetooth means that you can go even further than your garden but the Roam is better for that.

The design is robust albeit heavy, but sound quality is excellent and very powerful. Auto Trueplay makes sure the Move sounds good wherever you put it.

The price might put some off and it's not the Sonos speaker for everyone, but it's certainly the Sonos speaker we've been waiting for.

Read our full Sonos Move review


Huawei Sound Joy - Best for Android

Huawei Sound Joy
  • Pros
    • Impressive audio, particularly bass
    • Stylish, premium look
    • 26-hour battery life
  • Cons
    • No app support for iOS devices
    • Vocals can be sharp at high volume
    • No custom EQ

Huawei's wired Bluetooth speakers like the Sound X were tricky to recommend but the joy is much easier.

It's still a collaboration with Devialet and so great sound quality is not a surprise. But this model is portable and more akin to others on the market in terms of design and features.

It also hits an affordable price point with solid battery life and things you might not find elsewhere such as an LED ring light. It's just a shame about the lack of iOS support and elements like no EQ even on Android.

Read our full Huawei Sound Joy review


UE Hyperboom - Best Battery Life

UE Hyperboom
  • Pros
    • Huge sound
    • Long battery life
    • Connectivity options
  • Cons
    • Expensive
    • Bulky & heavy

So the Hyperboom isn't exactly portable in the traditional sense but this chonky speaker can still travel around with you if you're not planning to lug it too far.

Expensive and heavy, sure, but if you perhaps want a speaker to use inside and then transport a short distance to the garden then it's great. And you'll be rewarded with serious sound so it's great for parties where smaller speakers will struggle to provide enough oomph.

If the booming bass isn't enough, you can pair up more speakers and UE offers 24 hour battery life and wide range of connectivity options so you're not limited to Bluetooth.

Read our full UE Hyperboom review


Bose Portable Home Speaker - Best Features

Bose Portable Home Speaker
  • Pros
    • Portable design
    • Alexa/Google support
    • Great sound
  • Cons
    • Middling battery life
    • Expensive
    • Charging base not included

The Bose Portable Home Speaker is a welcome addition to the Bose smart speaker range, adding some much-needed flexibility thanks to a 12-hour battery life and IPX4 waterproofing, without compromising on audio quality.

Despite the portability it still delivers bass-heavy sound with plenty of oomph, so there's little compromise on audio.

Built-in support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa delivers the smarts, though be warned that this integration isn't as fully featured as on official products or even other third-party rivals, so it might not do everything you want it to.

At this price, it's just a shame that it doesn't come with the charging stand included, which takes the portability to the next level.

Read our full Bose Portable Home Speaker review

What to look out for when buying a Bluetooth speaker

So, what kind of things should you watch out for when on the market for a high-end Bluetooth speaker?

There are many different types of Bluetooth speaker so if you want to easily take one around with you then make sure it’s small and portable. And that it has a battery to power it rather than needing mains power.

Although you’re likely to connect your phone or tablet to the speaker over Bluetooth, having other connections can be really useful. For example, you might have an mp3 player like an old iPod which still works fine but doesn’t have Bluetooth. If so, look for a speaker with a 3.5mm jack (some have them but it's getting rarer). 

Whereas Bluetooth used to be a primary way of connecting to a speaker without wires, some now feature Wi-Fi on the spec sheet which is useful for various reasons. It might mean you can connect your device to it over Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth - this is how Apple’s AirPlay works (although not exclusively).

Having Wi-Fi might also add the ability to use the speaker directly with music streaming services like Spotify or internet radio stations so you’re not limited to what tunes you’ve got on your device.

Note: Where we mention pairing up devices as a stereo pair or multi-room capabilities, this is not something we’ve been able to test every time as we’ve only been sent one of each speaker.

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