Wireless Bluetooth speakers are already widely used as well as essential technology. Almost everyone has one, and each person has their own set of use cases.
Perhaps you listen to music on your speaker while cleaning your house or in the shower. Perhaps you take it with you to the park or the beach. Then there are individuals that carry a portable speaker with them almost everywhere they go and play their music for everyone nearby from a bike or backpack.
The greatest Bluetooth speakers not only provide portability and convenience but also have excellent audio quality. Although these Bluetooth speakers are great in terms of performance, wired optical audio and USB connections will still provide the highest sound quality available.
The only change is that you now have more portability and ease. The only drawback is that it can be challenging to choose the best Bluetooth speaker for you when there are so many excellent models available.
Therefore, here are the top Bluetooth speakers for 2023.
The Sonos Roam, which boasts a powerful sound, a sturdy design, amazing networking options, and smart home control, is our top selection for the best Bluetooth speaker.
Its bass-heavy audio performance has sufficient strength to cancel out wind noise, making it ideal for use outside. Meanwhile, it’s simple to integrate with your indoor Sonos Wi-Fi multi-room setup, thanks to a revolutionary automatic switching feature.
The Sonos Roam’s flashy features would be useless if it didn’t sound great, but we’re happy to report that, despite its diminutive size, the Roam delivers an impressively strong sonic performance, with astoundingly prominent bass, even if it lacks the consistent accuracy you’d expect from a headphone amps speaker.
The Sonos Roam also functions as a smart speaker because it has Google Assistant and Alexa built-in when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, such as Xfinity Internet deals.
Middleton, a new speaker from Marshall for 2023, isn’t exactly little. It is larger than Marshall’s Emberton speaker and lighter and more portable than its Kilburn II speaker, each weighing 4 pounds (1.8kg).
Any way you look at it, it produces a remarkable amount of high-quality bass for its size, along with good treble detail and realistic-sounding mids.
At moderate volume levels, you can use the speaker as a battery backup and charge your gadgets through the USB-C charging port’s charge-out feature. The speaker is rather pricey, but other than that, we were very impressed.
Tribit Stormbox Micro 2
The Tribit Stormbox Micro 2 is the most feature-rich and best-sounding mini Bluetooth speaker we’ve come across. Although it’s not the strongest or loudest Bluetooth speaker available, you can’t currently find one at this size and price that’s better.
If you’re looking for a stereo set of speakers for a small room, you can also buy two of them for a lower price than you would spend for one of its more well-known rivals.
Here, where small speakers typically struggle, its bass response was especially good. In all honesty, it won’t be as easy to find a Bluetooth speaker that is easy and convenient to attach to your bike or simply throw in your bag as the Micro 2. It’s excellent.
SoundLink Flex by Bose
The SoundLink Flex produces wide sound with a truly impressive level of bass despite just having a mono driver (which is typical for Bluetooth speakers).
Importantly, the low end isn’t boomy or muddy. This speaker is rich and articulate in every way. The fact that it only supports the basic SBC Bluetooth codec rather than AAC or the more sophisticated LDAC makes this even more unexpected. Despite this, the speaker sounds fantastic.
The SoundLink Flex’s battery is expected to last for about 12 hours when fully charged, and like many other speakers on our list, it has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. Bose is sure it can withstand falls and swimming.
The Flex will automatically adjust the EQ for either orientation, whether you stand the speaker upright or lay it flat. With the aid of built-in mics, it also performs better than most speaker phones.
Not everything about the SoundLink Flex is perfect: its buttons are difficult to operate only by feel, and, oddly, Bose chose Bluetooth 4.2 rather than an updated version of the specification. But it’s fair to say that the SoundLink Flex is a winner if those aren’t your greatest complaints.
All in All
The Bluetooth speakers in our guide all provide good sound quality. But there are undoubtedly those that outperform others in terms of volume, clarity, or richness.
The Sonos Roam is our best pick for overall strength and performance in a compact design. But go with the Tribit Stormbox Blast if you’re looking for power to fill the party space with music.