Bluetooth speakers have come a long way, gone are the days where you would face several issues such latency issues, low battery, and terrible sound quality. The good thing about these Bluetooth speakers is that they happen to be a lot better in terms of the features that were lacking in the predecessor.
Best Bluetooth Speakers 2018 Comparison
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin
Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III
Razer Leviathan Mini
Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2
JBL Charge 3
Some Things To Know About Bluetooth Speakers
Buying a Bluetooth/wireless speaker isn’t really all that difficult. However, if you are in the market looking to buy a good wireless speaker for the first time, it’s necessary that you do the important homework.
In order to help the readers, we are going to take a look at some of the important things you should know when buying wireless speakers. Now do keep in in mind that these points apply to almost all the wireless speakers including the ones that are Bluetooth, as well as WiFi or NFC.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the things you should know when buying a wireless speaker.
Bluetooth or WiFi
Yes, a lot of people don’t know but wireless speakers are available in both Bluetooth and WiFi options. In addition to that, you also have higher end models that come equipped with both WiFi and Bluetooth modules.
Now there are some obvious advantages on both sides, Bluetooth speakers are a lot more flexible when it comes to working with majority of devices whereas WiFi speakers are able to give you a longer range, and you can stream multiple speakers at once.
Then you have the speakers that come with both Bluetooth and WiFi, and while they are more expensive, they can run the way you want them to, giving you an additional edge over the rest of the speakers that are available in the market.
The Signal Range and Placement
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Bluetooth speakers often have a shorter range than the speakers that run on the wifi signal. Now for those wondering just how short the range is. As far as we know, Bluetooth speakers can’t perform beyond 39-40 feet, as for the wireless/WiFi speakers, they can work up to around 200 feet with 150 being the optimal range.
With this in mind, make sure that whenever you’re buying a wireless speaker, you’re well aware of how you want to place it, and where you want to place it in order to have the optimal experience.
Other Important Features
As compared to wired speakers, the wireless ones come with some features that are considered either worthless, or really useful by the consumers. When you’re in the market looking for a good wireless speaker, you should look for the amount of features that you need, and not the ones that the speaker is offering.
It’s safe to say that any wireless speaker with a lot of features will cost you a lot more than a wireless speaker with smaller amount of features. The best way to decide here is looking at the features that you need. In case you are wondering about the features that are available, take a look at some of the mentioned below.
- Input Output Options: When choosing a wireless speaker, make sure the one you’re looking for comes with the basic input output options. While you don’t really need a lot of ports on a wireless speaker, at least make sure that the speaker you’re looking at has an auxiliary port on the back that lets you play music through a wire.
- Docking Options: Another thing that is an important feature for some is the docking option; most speakers actually come with the ability to let the owners dock their phones on in order to play whatever’s on the phone.
- Remote Control: Another great feature that you can get from most of the wireless speakers is the ability to control the music however you please. While this may sound a gimmicky option, it’s great especially if you’re a person who can’t decide the type of music they want.
Here’s another important thing that you should keep in mind; most wireless speakers in the market come with some sort of ruggedness that allows you to use your speakers outdoors as well without really having any worries about damaging it or something else.
When buying a wireless speaker, make sure it comes with some sort of ruggedness or at least an IP68 certification so you’re aware of the fact that you don’t end up damaging your speaker if some amount of water ends up splashing on it.
Believe it or not, these features can be useful in many situations, and that is saying something.
So, with that out of the way, we ‘re going to take a look at some of the best Bluetooth speakers out in the market.
Best Bluetooth Speaker 2018 Review
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin
Best High End Bluetooth Speaker for 2018
The first Bluetooth speaker in this roundup is known as the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin, now for those who don’t know, the company is known for providing some of the finest audio products in the market.
The Zeppelin is a wireless Bluetooth speaker that looks like a zeppelin, but quite smaller than a real one; it’s constructed really nicely, and even without the bold design, it still manages to look very minimalist to start with.
The speaker can easily sit in whatever place you want it to be and will blend nicely with the surroundings thanks to its all black chassis. The speaker supports Bluetooth 4.1, Apple Airplay, and Spotify Connect ensuring that your experience goes completely unfazed.
It has a total of 5 D class amplifiers, and in addition to that, it comes with apps for PC, Mac, and iOS. Sadly, the Android app is missing from the mix, but we hope that the company releases it in near future.
The speaker is extremely easy to setup, and that’s a great thing about it, in addition to that, the build quality happens to be one of the finest we have seen in a long time. You also get brilliant and sublime audio quality, something that we always appreciate.
Though it’s important to understand that while the speaker offers a lot of goodness and noteworthy features, it also lacks some basic ones. For starters, the speaker doesn’t support DLNA, or multi-room functionality; this means that there’s no possible way to pair 2 speakers if the need arises. In addition to that, it’s surprisingly strange that the speaker doesn’t have any app for Android phones. This is strange because Android is one of the largest, most widely known mobile operating system.
If these setbacks are something that you can easily ignore, there’s no denying that the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin is a great wireless Bluetooth speaker that you can buy in the market at the very moment.
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin is a speaker that is aimed at purists, people who don’t want to carry it around because it looks so good sitting on a flat surface. It’s a perfect wireless speaker for everyone who wants to wow people.
Below is an excerpt from B&W Zeppelin Wireless review by WhatHiFi
@whathifi: The Zeppelin is definitely eye catching, better yet, its flexibility and simple setup belies a deep rich listening experience.
Harman Infinity One
Harman Kardon or just Harmon is another pretty famous company known for their audio products, the company recently got acquired by Samsung alongside AKG, and will be helping Samsung make their phones better. With that said, it doesn’t mean the company won’t be releasing anything on their own.
Harman Infinity One, a rather stylish speaker that is built out of pretty durable ceramic, and boasts some other decent features along with it. The speaker is designed like majority of wireless speakers out in the market, and that is not necessarily a bad thing because it still looks pretty solid to begin with.
The speaker is quite portable, comes with an internal microphone, and one of the longest Bluetooth ranges we have had the pleasure to test. The speaker is well built with right amount of weight that goes into it; it’s not neither too heavy, nor too light.
Another great thing about the Bluetooth speaker is that it allows the user to charge their phones as well if that is something you prefer, or your phone’s running out of battery. Moving on to the main highlight of this review, the sound quality.
Well, you’d be pleased that Harmon has done an incredible job making sure that the Infinity One is one of the best sounding wireless Bluetooth speakers in the market. For its size, the speaker has the ability to perform like a full sized speaker.
The sound is vibrant, loud, filling, and everything you’d want from a good, high quality sound that is really satisfying to the core.
However, with the good things aside, there are some things that you should know about; the speakers can’t be oriented vertically, and although the ceramic build quality is nice, it can get easily scratched up. Raising concerns.
To be fairly honest, Harman did an amazing job with the Infinity One, and that is something we can’t overlook. Sure, they have missed out on few of the spots, but the overall presentation and he performance of the speakers is top of the line and definitely can’t go wrong at all.
Pretty loud and clear sound for the small, compact size.
Easier to carry.
Comes with an internal microphone.
Can charge your phone as well.
Below is an excerpt from Harman Infinity One review by Lifewire
There are a lot of affordable Bluetooth speakers out there that would leave you wondering why you bought it, but not the Infinity One.
Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III
Majority of people think that Bose is only in the market creating out good headphones, be it wired or wireless headphones. However, that isn’t something that’s true. Apart from being known for perfecting the noise cancellation technology, and releasing some of the finest headphones, and in-ear monitors, Bose is also known for their amazing speakers.
That much said, look at this much revered Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III, the reason why this speaker is called SoundLink is because you can pair multiple speakers like this one in order to create a very large surround sound signature, something that isn’t available in many other speakers in the market.
The speaker looks a lot bigger but the good thing is that it’s really portable, allowing the user to easily carry it whenever they want; it comes with all the necessary ports and options like the auxiliary jack that you can use for connecting other devices.
With that said, the performance is everything you’d normally expect from Bose, the sound is detailed, clear, and just the right amount of loud that you need for your ears. The speaker looks good, and you can use a protective cover that is sold separately. The battery life is also another solid with the speaker guaranteeing to stay pretty active.
Although, there are some concerns that we believe are important to share; for starters, the speaker requires you to use an AC adapter to charge as it won’t charge through the microUSB cable, and in addition to that, you’re also can’t use the speaker as a speakerphone to hear calls.
If these are some of the things that don’t bother you, the Bose SoundLink III is an amazing Bluetooth speaker with a great sound quality, and an even better battery life.
The Bose SoundLink III can easily be called one of the best Bluetooth speaker in the market, it provdies you with ton of features, great sound quality, and while it does require an AC adapter to charge, there’s no denying that a minor setback can’t really hold it back.
Compact, easy to carry design.
Great battery life.
The protective cover adds a layer of stylish depth.
Comes with auxiliary port.
Below is an excerpt from Bose SoundLink III review by WILL GREENWALD
The Bose SoundLink III is a solid replacement of the SoundLink II, with powerful, clear sound in a functional, portable body.
B&O Play Beoplay A1
Best Bluetooth Speaker in terms of small size
B&O or Bang and Olufesen is another great company when it comes to audio products. Sure, it may seem like that the company didn’t manage to be as good when they teamed up with LG to release G5 with superior audio chip, but they made huge waves with the LG V20.
Today, we are going to take a look at the B&O Play Beoplay A1, a really compact Bluetooth speaker that can comfortably fit in your pocket without really causing a bulge. With that said, we had some concerns like middling performance, but the good thing is that most of the concerns didn’t last after we tested the performance.
The speaker comes in an aluminum clad body that gives it a nice, premium feeling and just the right amount of weight. Despite the small size, the speaker managed to perform output a really good amount of sound through the size, that was loud, clear, and crisp.
The speaker also has excellent battery life, and can work as a speakerphone too; last but not the least, the speaker also comes with a handy, leather strap that can be attached to your bag or something else very easily.
Overall, the Beoplay A1 doesn’t really suffer from any technical issues, and that is a good thing because that gives the ability to perform really excellently, however, it’s noteworthy that if you’re someone who likes to play music at louder volumes, then you should know that the speaker has a tendency of getting pretty hot, not something very nice, but then again, it’s understandable.
Below is an excerpt from B&O Beoplay A1 review by Adam Molina
Squishy buttons and crappy battery life aside, the A1 is probably the best looking and best sounding portable speaker I’ve tested.
Bose SoundTouch 10
The one good thing about Bose is that they have always been pretty consistent with their products. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying their earphones, headphones, or their speakers, you’re going to get a consistent quality across the board.
Bose SoundTouch 10 is one of Bose’s top tier wireless speakers that comes with a lot of amazing features like a remote control to control the music you’re playing, one of the best sound quality we have seen, and everything in a compact package.
Now we know that the article is about Bluetooth speakers, and we just mentioned a speaker with WiFi, and that’s because this speaker comes with both options, so even if you’re willing to use Bluetooth on it, it should work really well.
As far as the sound quality is concerned, the SoundTouch sound amazing and this is surprising because the speaker is really compact and you can’t really expect it to perform like that, but it does. If you don’t feel like using the control, the speaker can be controlled through a really well developed app that is stable, and polished at the same time.
Not all things are good though, the speaker’s design can be a bit too harsh on some genres as they don’t sound as good as we would prefer them to, and there are some important features lacking like the lack of an integrated battery, or a mute button. These are the only setbacks that hold the speaker back from being amazing.
Needless to say, there’s no denying that Bose has done a wonderful job manufacturing this speaker, there are lot of good things, but if you want portability, or on the go features, then it’s better if you start looking somewhere else.
Below is an excerpt from Bose SoundTouch 10 by David Carnoy
The affordable Bose SoundTouch 10 is an impressive sounding compact Wi-Fi wireless speaker that also offers Bluetooth connectivity.
We mostly recognize Amazon as one of the largest places to buy whatever you want, however, a lot of people don’t know that but the company released a wireless speaker known as Amazon Echo. What’s really good about this speaker is that it’s voice activated, giving it a very futuristic feel.
Now as far as the voice activation is concerned, users can activate the speaker, and use their voice commands to control it as well. While a lot of people considered it as a gimmick, the fact that it was very practical in our testing is something that we can’t deny. So, there’s no other option but to praise Amazon for what they did.
Another good thing is that Amazon is continuously working on making the Echo even better, and more feature rich. They are continuously bringing more improvements, better integration, and more responsiveness with the voice.
All these things aside, how do the speaker sound? Well, in all honesty, it’s powerful enough to fill the entire room, hence the name. However, it’s important to note that the sound feels middling, and inconsistent, and that is something that worried us.
In some tracks, the speaker sounds amazing, but at the same time, there are many tracks that don’t sound as good on the Echo, something that is very strange.
Overall, apart from the inconsistent sound quality, the Amazon Echo is a step in the right direction, and something more speaker manufacturer should follow because the market is still new, and not properly tapped.
Below is an excerpt from Amazon Echo review by Sam pinney
if you want to see the future of AI in the making and be a part of that process, you absolutely need to buy the Amazon Echo.
Razer Leviathan Mini
For many consumers, Razer is mostly associated with gaming peripherals, like gaming mice. However, the company is constantly trying to tap into markets they haven’t explored. In comes a wireless speaker. Is it a worthy competitor in a heavily saturated market? Let’s find out.
Razer Leviathan Mini is a compact Bluetooth speaker that aims to do a lot of things that are not meant to be done by a speaker this small. However, somehow, it manages to perfectly do all of them.
The Leviathan Mini is a super portable Bluetooth speaker that also happens to be Razer’s first attempt at making a speaker, it sounds great, is super easy to carry, looks, and feels amazing, and gives you a lot more for your money.
Now, price is something that maybe a concern, but the good thing is that since it’s Razer, you get your money’s worth. Razer was clever enough to implement the whole pairing situation, so if you happen to have another Razer Leviathan Mini, or your friends do, you can actually pair the speaker and have better sound.
Speaking of sound, while Razer’s headphones aren’t as great, the speaker delivers a robust sounding experience, and despite the small size, the speaker manages to deliver full sound. Something that isn’t very common.
Now to be honest, we thought we would run into some performance issues with the speaker, but the good thing is that nothing like that happened. However, we tried pairing the Leviathan with another one, and the whole process wasn’t that simple, and took some tinkering around.
If you are okay with somewhat cumbersome pairing with another speaker, then you can go ahead and buy this amazing Bluetooth speaker.
- Decent amount of battery life.
Below is an excerpt from Razer Leviathan Mini review by Tim Gideon
Razer Leviathan Mini speaker delivers solid Bluetooth audio, but it feels a little overpriced compared with the competition.
Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2
Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2, like Beoplay A1, is a rather tiny Bluetooth speaker that aims to be great. Now, we understand that Creative named it the “Roar 2” because of how good and loud it sounds, but we’ll be the judge of it.
First of all, props to Creative for actually creating a pretty amazing build quality as well as design, the speaker looks simple with the right amount of style, and doesn’t feel too overwhelming, or over the top. All the buttons sit nicely on the top while the connectors and ports are at the back.
As far as the sound is concerned, the Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 sounds really nice, however, they’re not as roaring as we would want them to be, and might feel on the tinnier side. However, it’s important to know that your mileage may vary here.
Another great thing about this Bluetooth speaker is that it doubles up as a voice recorder thanks to the built in microphone, something that is a rarity but definitely a good option.
Like always, it’s important that we shed some light on the downsides as well, and in the case of Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2, the downsides are the fact that this speaker isn’t as loud as we would prefer it to be, and in addition to that, the battery life could also use some amount of improvement.
Overall, the Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 is a well-priced wireless speaker that manages to do a lot but misses out on some of the basic features. It’s nowhere near a bad speaker, but there are some changes that are absolutely required.
Decent, crisp sound.
- Cool lighting effects
- Can act as a voice recorder
Mediocre battery life.
Doesn’t sound as loud.
Below is an excerpt from Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 review by Nick Pino
it's a fine buy for someone looking to add another speaker to the living room, or a Bluetooth-enabled music player.
Best Bluetooth Speaker 2018
We’re finally heading towards the ending of our list, and still looking at some amazing products, the next up is known as the Fugoo Sport, and while the name is definitely odd, the good thing is that the speaker is the best Bluetooth speaker among those we have had the chance to test.
So, what’s so special about this eccentrically named speaker? Well, for starters, this is one for the outdoor lovers who prefer to stay out. In case you’re wondering what the means, we’re basically talking about the speaker being rugged.
The speaker sports an IP67 rating, support for both Siri and Google Now, 40 hours of battery life, as well as an optional remote control that you can purchase separately.
So, needless to say, the Fugoo Sport is loaded with features, but is it good when it comes to sound quality? Well, we tested the speaker extensively and found nothing but good things about it. For starters, the sound quality is really well balanced, it’s not too emphasized on a certain, specific frequency and we believe that’s how it should be.
The battery life is rated at 40 hours at moderate volume but even if you want the music to be at maximum volume, the speaker can take you through the day without any issues. The speaker also supports aptX for high performance audio delivery.
At this point, we don’t really have anything to complain about, however, do keep in mind that the protective cover that comes with the speaker isn’t really that easy to take off, so that is definitely something that you should take into consideration before going ahead in spending money on this speaker.
Below is an excerpt from Fugoo Sport by Cameron Faulkner
The full sound performance and seemingly everlasting battery life are well ahead of what its competition is capable of.
JBL Charge 3
The last speaker on our list is by a company that can be considered the king of wireless speakers. In case you haven’t guessed it, we’re talking about JBL; the company known for creating some of the best wireless speakers. It would have been unfair to complete the list without mentioning them.
The speaker we are looking at today is called the JBL Charge 3, it’s one of the best speakers by the company mainly because it’s rugged, and provides full waterproofing. which means that you can easily take this thing for swimming if you please. In addition to that, the speaker also doubles up as a portable charger, so that’s another good thing.
But how does it sound? Well, when compared to some of the other speakers in the market, the JBL Charge 3 certainly sounds loud, however, you have to keep in mind that loudness doesn’t mean good sound quality. The sound quality is very mediocre, and this is a bad thing because we’re talking about JBL here.
However, the good thing is that it’s not bad, and some of the music can really shine through the speaker. Another great thing here is that the speaker can double up as a voice recorder. Last but not the least, the speaker can deliver some loud, thumping bass; something that came as a surprise especially when you consider the price as well as the size of the speaker.
Overall, JBL Charge 3 is certainly an amazing attempt from JBL, however, it doesn’t come without its flaws, the sound quality isn’t the best of the best, and that is something that lets a lot of people down. Still, there’s no denying that this isn’t a good speaker with plenty of tricks up its sleeve, and will definitely serve you well.
Great bass output.
Solid performing sensor.
- Solid design that's completely water-proof.
- Can be used as a power bank and a voice recorder.
Below is an excerpt from JBL Charge 3 review by Lewis Leong
The Charge 3 strikes a perfect balance between sound, features and price.
Choosing the final verdict wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be, in the start, it felt like Bose is going to take the lead with their SoundLink speakers, but the lack of micorUSB charging gave it away. However, things started to get really interesting when the Fugoo Sport stepped in.
Sure, the speaker has an eccentric name, but in all honesty, provides the most amount of features out of all the speaker, and while it may look a little too bold, it works really well, and has a ton of options. Easily our favourite speaker from the bunch, and definitely a wonderful choice for anyone who’s thinking about buying a good Bluetooth speaker that has a cool design, long battery, nice sound, and on top of all that, waterproof design.
We hope that this list helped you choose the speaker that you have been looking for, let us know if you liked the list.