What is the best Bluetooth speaker overall?
Because Bluetooth speakers are available at a variety of price points in various shapes and sizes, it’s difficult to declare one model the best overall. But a few models do stand out a bit from the rest of the pack, which is why we’ve given them our prestigious CNET Editors’ Choice Award. These include the Bose SoundLink Flex, Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Plus and Tribit StormBox Micro 2. They all sound very good for their size and are good values.
When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, there’s something for everyone at every budget. Some speakers are better than others and some offer better value for what they cost — both are important factors we take into account when making our list. We also evaluate sound quality, battery life and design, including a speaker’s water-resistance rating and durability. After all, these are portable speakers that should be able to hold up to the elements.
CNET’s audio experts have tested all the Bluetooth speakers on this list and we update the list regularly as new speakers hit the market and some products become outdated. Certain premium models can get pretty expensive, but we also have a number of value picks for those on a tighter budget.
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In assessing what the best Bluetooth speakers are, we consider the design of the speaker, and particularly how durable it seems, along with sound quality and overall value. The list includes everything from compact mini models and pocket-size micro versions to heftier models with powerful audio. For more, check out our lists of the best smart speakers and the best Wi-Fi speakers and music systems.
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