The Best Bluetooth Speaker for Every Occasion

Your music comes in all shapes and sizes.

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Bluetooth speakers are everywhere, and every year a new wave of speakers builds upon the advancements of the last. These are the very best picks across sound, portability, connectivity, toughness, and design.

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Best Overall: Bose SoundLink Revolve+
Bose
Bose
$269.00

It may not be the most budget-minded Bluetooth speaker around, but Bose’s SoundLink Revolve+ will fill any space with great sound and handle all the music and podcasts you can throw at it with an ample 16 hours of battery life. A built-in handle makes the somewhat hefty speaker easier to tote around, and it’s also rugged and water-resistant enough to stand up to most outdoor activities.   

Best Jobsite Speaker: Milwaukee Radio/Charger
Milwaukee Tool
Milwaukee Electric Tool
$229.94

The  combines premium sound with a rugged exterior. A 40-watt amp powers premium speakers. There are 10 presets where you can lock in your favorite channels, but if you want to go with Bluetooth, it's easy to connect. There's also an aux option if needed. This is one of the few jobsite radios that also works as a charger for your power tool batteries. Here, it's the same M18s that power more than 100 of Milwaukee's tools.

Best Smart Speaker: Amazon Echo
Amazon
Amazon
$69.99

If you’re comfortable sticking with Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant, the company’s second-generation Echo smart speaker is hard to beat for the price. It’ll give you decent sound, and you can take your pick from a range of different interchangeable shells to customize it more than your average speaker. 

For an , though, the slightly better-sounding Echo Plus is also worth a look, and comes with a free Philips Hue smart light bulb to sweeten the deal.

Best Portable Speaker: UE Roll 2
Ultimate Ears
Ultimate Ears
$90.47

The  topped the list and has racked up accolades since the first version debuted last year. It's small size and wide range of sound has made it an instant favorite. The Roll 2 is waterproof rated at IPX7, which is near the top of the ruggedness spectrum. It even comes with an inflatable pool float so you're never far from your music.

Best High-End Speaker: B&O Play A9
B&O
Bang & Olufsen
$2,699.00

The  home bluetooth speaker is the most expensive speaker on this list by a wide margin ($2,700), but just look at it. It's a pure home audio indulgence that can stream your favorite playlist and act as a piece of art.

Best Style Speaker: Klipsch The One
Klipsch
Klipsch
$249.99

If your tastes lean more mid-century modern than 21st century, then The One speaker from audiophile-favorite Klipsch is sure to be right up your alley. It’s available in your choice of different wood veneer finishes—even a —and, since it's Klipsch, you can count on it sounding as good as it looks. If you’re looking for even bigger sound and more features (like WiFi for multi-room audio), you can step up to company’s matching Three speaker ().

Best Weatherproof Speaker: JBL Charge 3
JBL
JBL
$99.95

The  pumps out plenty of power from a small speaker, and like the UE Roll 2 it's also IPX7 waterproof rated. It can connect to up to three smartphones or tablets so you and your friends can take turns playing music. It also features a noise-canceling microphone that means you can take calls straight from your smartphone.

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