Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 15, 2018
When phone speakers are just not loud enough and you need to hear that last album from your favourite artist there is no better option than a portable Bluetooth speaker. Compact, light, yet with stunning sound capabilities, they will be your best friend on any outdoor party or picnic. With a variety of models available it can be hard to wrap your head around different models, thus, we narrowed your search list to the 5 best models out there. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

Charge your speaker and listen to music at the same time - with charging cradle it's perfectly possible. Easy to reconnect - the speaker remembers up to 8 last used devices.

CONS

The battery loses capacity over time.

OUR VERDICT

As well as producing extremely clear sound, this model also has a great design and comes with a strong carry case, which makes it a great element of your visual appeal. Optionally, multiple multicoloured soft cases are available to make your speaker stand out.

detailed parameters
Mono / Stereo

Stereo

Interfaces

Bluetooth, Micro-B USB port for charging

Audio Power

12W

Operational Time

Up to 10 hours

Size

5.8 x 18 x 5.1 cm

Extras

Water-resistant, Built-in speakerphone, Voice prompts

Warranty

12 months

PROS

An IPX7 protection rating allows using the speaker not just in harsh weather conditions but also completely submerging the device under water (up to 1.5 meters deep).

CONS

Loud volume drains the battery faster.

OUR VERDICT

You can connect 2 mobile gadgets to it for a shuffle playback. The JBL Connect+ technology allows syncing up to 100 devices. A compact cylindric design makes the speaker easy to hold even with one hand. Available in a variety of colours.

detailed parameters
Mono / Stereo

Stereo

Interfaces

Bluetooth, Micro USB

Audio Power

2 x 8W

Operational Time

Up to 12 hours

Size

7 x 17.5 x 6.8 cm

Extras

JBL Connect+, IPX7 Waterproof, Echo-cancelling speakerphone, Voice Assistant (Siri or Google Now), Simultaneous wireless connection to 2 mobile gadgets

Warranty

12 months

PROS

Thanks to an innovative energy saving technology the speaker can be used for up to 24 hours.

CONS

The bass sound is not very impressive.

OUR VERDICT

The speaker has a special "Grab-and-go" design that makes it easy to carry. The model is splash- and waterproof, which is perfect for long trips. On top of that, it has a great sound range, thanks to the two decent speakers.

detailed parameters
Mono / Stereo

Stereo

Interfaces

Bluetooth, Micro USB, AUX Line in

Audio Power

2 x 6W

Operational Time

Up to 24 hours

Size

16.5 x 5.4 x 4.5 cm

Extras

"Grab-and-go" portable design, IPX5 water-resistance and dustproof, Voice Assistant (Siri or Google Now)

Warranty

18 months

PROS

A passive radiator provides a deep and rich bass.

CONS

The matte finish tends to stain easily.

OUR VERDICT

A small Bluetooth speaker with a convenient strap that allows hanging the device almost anywhere you need. On top of that, this model has a stylish look, waterproof housing and a stable Bluetooth connectivity (up to 10 metres) to ensure a comfort of use no matter what.

detailed parameters
Mono / Stereo

Mono

Interfaces

Bluetooth, Micro USB

Audio Power

5W

Operational Time

Up to 16 hours

Size

7.5 x 7.5 x 9.1 cm

Extras

IPX5 Water-resistant, Simultaneous wireless connection to 2 wireless speakers, Passive radiator

Warranty

12 months

PROS

Supports micro SD cards / U Disk for storing and playing music. Has a built-in FM-radio receiver.

CONS

Somewhat small battery capacity.

OUR VERDICT

Stylish and portable speakers with convenient control buttons. On top of that, the device sounds decently enough at maximum volumes to compete with more expensive models. Optionally, another colour pattern is available.

detailed parameters
Mono / Stereo

Stereo

Interfaces

Bluetooth, AUX-IN port

Audio Power

2 x 3W

Operational Time

Up to 6 hours

Size

7.09 x 1.73 x 2.44 cm

Extras

Built-in microphone, Built-In FM Radio, TF Card slot, U Disk

Warranty

24 months

Bose SoundLink

It Works While You Relax

Many of us had found themselves in a situation where phone speakers were not enough. During a barbeque, a day out on the beach, just spending time outside with friends and family — quality music seems to be something unattainable without a home stereo system. Well, Bose company wants to make sure that good and quality sound is accessible for anyone anywhere. Bose's wireless speaker model makes this possible.

SoundLink® Mini II is a compact mini sound system which you can transport with ease by putting it in your travel bag, thanks to its small size and light weight. You will be able to connect this model to any device that supports Bluetooth and is within the 30-foot range from the speaker. This Bluetooth speaker is especially fit for long trips, as its built-in battery allows it up to 10 hours of operation. Plus, the speaker comes with a charging cradle, so you can listen to your music for an unlimited amount of time when you are at home. 

As a rule, the majority of people don't expect a crystal clear sound from portable speakers. However, the studies have shown that by picking this acoustic system you won't sacrifice quality of sound to the portability and small size. By utilizing modern sound technologies and innovative acoustic design, Bose managed to achieve stunning results with this particular model. Wrapping things up, the SoundLink® II has a stunning frequency range and this makes it the best portable Bluetooth speaker in its price range available today.

Review of Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II

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JBL Flip 4

An Essential Model for Harsh Weather

The next generation model from JBL features an improved housing with an IPX7 protection index that offers an exceptional water resistance to the speakers. With an almost completely waterproof body, the JBL Flip 4 will be your true companion no matter where are you plan to go.

As for the specifications of this model, it offers a frequency response range from 70 Hz to 20 kHz, which is quite wide for such a small model. Additionally, the upgraded wireless system allows for a better and an almost seamless connection, thanks to the Bluetooth 4.1 pairing.

The speaker is really easy to hold, thanks to its cylindrical shape and relatively light weight of 520 grammes, compared to other models in its price range. Optionally, this model is available in a variety of different colours and patterns so you can choose the one that fits your personal style.

With a 3000 mAh battery on board, you will be able to enjoy listening to your favourite artists for 12 hours from a single charge. Moreover, it takes only 1.5 hours to completely recharge the battery. A highly versatile stereo speaker, the JBL Flip 4 offers a high-quality sound in a compact body and will be suitable for those who can’t imagine their life without music.

Review of JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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Anker SoundCore 2 (AK-A3102011)

Easy to Hold, Hard to Put Away

A perfect pick for the beach and pool parties, the Anker SoundCore 2 has a special IPX5 protected housing that prevents the water splashes and sand from getting under the cover and damaging the electric parts of the device.

The battery capacity of the device is quite impressive and allows you to use the boombox for about 24 hours before it will need to be recharged. Meaning, you can easily listen to your favourite tracks for the whole weekend and still have some charge left after that.

The sound quality is an essential part of any acoustic system and this model has a few things to offer. Although hardly comparable to home or computer speakers, still, thanks to the BassUp technology, this model has a decent-quality bass sound. At the same time, the treble of this Bluetooth speaker has a wide range, thanks to a pair of 6W drivers that are able to produce a sound of an exceptionally high quality that won’t be left unnoticed by music enthusiasts.

As for the convenient features, the speaker has a built-in microphone that offers not just only hands-free calls but also a fast access to your music library by using Siri and Google Now voice assistants.

To sum up, a budget-friendly Anker SoundCore 2 is perhaps one of the few models that are light, easy to use, and can offer an unexpectedly high-quality sound.

Review of Anker SoundCore 2 (AK-A3102011) Bluetooth Speaker

 

Sony XB10 (SRSXB10)

A Top-Notch Sound Quality

The portable Bluetooth speaker from Sony will be a perfect pick for people with an active lifestyle. Its extremely light weight of just about 260 grammes makes the speaker highly portable and easy to hold. In case you don’t have a hard case for the speaker you can put it inside your bag, backpack or glove box of your car, thanks to its small size it fits almost any container. Highly convenient, it is hard not to think that it is one of the best mini Bluetooth speakers just by looking at the dimensions of the device.

As for the sound quality, the speakers have a lot to offer. Thanks to the patented Sony EXTRA BASS technology, you can truly bring your music to life. The passive radiator creates a significant bass boost despite the modest dimensions of the device. As for more impressive features, this little fellow is able to play music for up to 16 hours straight without the need of recharging the battery.

As inherent to other products from Sony, the construction of this portable speaker is of top quality. Same goes for the quality of sound, which is simply amazing considering that this tiny speaker can fit in a pocket of your jacket. What is more, this speaker has an IPX5 water protection housing that ensures that no rain or other liquid drops will damage the device.

Highly portable, loud, bass-rich - these are just a few features that make this model one of the best mini Bluetooth speakers on the market today.

Review of Sony XB10 (SRSXB10)

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ZoeeTree ZJB01000

Sturdy, Loud, Reliable

The ZoeeTree mini Bluetooth speaker is able to deliver a crisp sound with distinct middle and high frequencies, which is quite impressive for a model without a built-in subwoofer. That being said, the low frequencies are supported with an Enhanced Bass, which increases the quality of your music tracks via special bass diaphragm of the speakers.

Speaking of hardware parts, this rather small set of speakers has not just one but two decoding chips on board. The chip decoding pair allows for playing the music at the maximum possible volume without any noticeable quality losses. As an extra feature, the device comes equipped with a built-in FM radio receiver, which will come in handy in case your phone runs out of charge.

The battery of this little boombox can last for up to 6 hours, which is not really impressive, to say the truth. Thus, we highly recommend purchasing a handy power bank that will make your parties last longer.

Although the device features a built-in rechargeable battery it doesn’t come supplied with a charger cable, thus, you may have to use a micro-USB from your Android device if you have it. Otherwise, you will need to purchase the cable separately.

All in all, the ZJB01000 is both durable and modestly priced, and that perhaps make it one of the best Bluetooth speakers under 30 pounds that are available today.

Review of ZoeeTree ZJB01000 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Dual Driver Speakerphone

 

What Are Portable Bluetooth Speakers?

The current state of technology can offer a lot for your entertainment. There are times when you need to bring your music with you and, perhaps, there is no better way than a portable Bluetooth speaker. This handy device is able to deliver a stunning sound, despite the modest and somewhat small dimensions. Extremely lightweight and easy to carry, they are a real blessing for both audiophiles and simple music enthusiasts.

Thanks to an array of capabilities such as wireless connection and high quality of sound you will be able to spice up any party you will visit. Simple and reliable, just connect your mobile gadget such as a phone, tablet or any other Bluetooth compatible devices to the speakers and you will be ready to blast your favourite tunes.

Additionally, some models come with other convenient interfaces such as microphones, small subwoofers or a USB ports that will allow you to connect other data carriers. Moreover, the majority of the brands allow for synchronizing multiple speakers to create the ultimate party mood anywhere you want.

If you are interested in portable music devices you may as well want to improve your existing home acoustic with in-wall and shower speakers.

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Publish Date: 2018-06-18 14:58:49