Bluetooth speakers are one of 2018’s must-have gadgets. And with such a broad range of uses, from annoying people on public transport, to delivering high-def audio in design studios, the sheer breadth of options makes the task of choosing the best Bluetooth speaker a difficult one.

Ultimately, though, it’s all about how a speaker sounds. And whether you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker for your home, studio, or something super-portable, we’ve got you covered.

Which Bluetooth speakers should you buy? 

Choosing the best Bluetooth speaker isn’t just about the quality of the device – it’s also about the technology it’s using to pair to your audio source. All versions of Bluetooth are not created equal, and when it comes to specs, there can often be information that, if overlooked, can come back to bite you on the butt.

But other factors are important, too. How durable is the speaker? What is the battery life? How much does it weigh? And, ultimately, how does it sound? When it comes to range, most of these speakers will reach around 30m, but will depend on other factors such as interference; so consider how it’s going to be used.

Which are the best Bluetooth speakers?

Right now, the best Bluetooth speaker that combines audio quality, durability, and battery-life is the UE Boom 2. Its styling is idiosyncratic, and won’t suit everyone, but it’s loaded with features, and provides fantastic audio for the price. 

In this post we’ve pulled together a selection of the best Bluetooth speakers, for a number of different scenarios, and pored over the specs to provide you with the most relevant information. 

The best Bluetooth speakers right now

Bluetooth speakers

01. UE Boom 2

This Bluetooth speaker is still the one to beat

Compatibility: Bluetooth 4.1 | Battery life: Up to 15hrs | Dimensions: 180mm H, 67mm Diameter | Inputs: Micro USB, 3.5mm Aux in