The appeal of a Bluetooth speaker sort of, well, speaks for itself. The technology behind a Bluetooth speaker really hasn’t changed much, but it hasn’t needed to. Bluetooth was invented in 1994, when Bill Clinton was President and Boyz II Men ruled the airwaves, and it first became commercially available in 2001. Yet, in terms of heroism, the person who brings a Bluetooth speaker to the pool party is second only to the guy who remembers to brings the ice (seriously, how does everyone forget to bring ice?). Simply put, a Bluetooth speaker is a simple bit of tech that continues to please.
The improvements in Bluetooth speakers mostly come in the form of upgrading the audio quality and extending battery life. Newer ones are more durable and compact, and some of them are even waterproof. If the last time you used a Bluetooth speaker was in your Fireball-drinking days then consider picking one up today. These options are compact, stylish, and they provide big sound.
1. Tribit Bluetooth Speaker
Sure, it looks a bit like some pricier counterparts, but it’s no cheap knockoff. Tribit’s Bluetooth speakers are backed by solid power, and it has up to 20 hours of continuous battery life, plus IPX7 waterproofing. The cylindrical design provides 360° of sound.
Pros: Good bass, Alexa-compatibility, can be wirelessly-paired with another Tribit speaker for more of a surround sound experience.
Cons: Some lag between audio and picture when watching videos.
2. DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 Portable Speaker
This Bluetooth speaker has a mic so you can use it for answering phone calls. It’s compatible with a microSD card, aux, and of course Bluetooth. It has an elegant touchscreen panel for controlling volume and inputs. It’s available in a variety of colors, including vibrant shades of blue and red.
Pros: Sleek design, variety of connectivity options, crisp sound.
Cons: Touch sensor design is sensitive, so it’s easy to accidentally over-adjust the volume.
3. OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Portable Speaker
The unique pyramid design of this speaker makes it easy to set down anywhere without worrying about it toppling over, unlike many speakers with cylindrical designs. It has an IPX5 waterproof rating, meaning it’s splash and shower-resistant. The speaker also has a built-in mic and a 100-foot Bluetooth connectivity range.
Pros: Water-resistant, 100-foot Bluetooth range.
Cons: Not the strongest bass.