Whether you enjoy disco dance solo at home, or take to the nearest park to hang out with friends, no hangout is completely complete without playing your favorite tunes.
Not only do wireless speakers reduce messy-looking desks (those who work from home already know this), but many higher-end models now also have a lot of desirable features including waterproofing, immersive sound technology, and the ability to connect to popular smart home gadgets.
With so many Bluetooth speakers on the market, it can be confusing to know which one will be the best for your needs. Popular options include the top-rated Bose SoundLink II Revolve and Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 portable speakers, but there are options to fit every budget.
For example, if you know you’ll be outdoors a lot with the device, then a compact, easy-to-carry, waterproof device that has good battery life is something you’ll want to look for.
If you will be using the speaker mostly indoors, you can steer clear of larger models that will blend well with the rest of your home entertainment system.
We’ve rounded up some of the top picks for 2021, and they’re well worth a visit for outings in the park, backyard parties, and other special events to come this year.
Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 2021
1. Echo Dot (3rd generation) Alexa smart speaker
As far as affordability goes, Amazon’s smart home speaker lineup ranks first. Great sounds, with a host of smart features that can be controlled with your voice.
It has a cute and compact look, perfect for any area of the home and won’t take up much space wherever you decide to place it. Use your voice to play a song, artist, or genre through Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, TuneIn, and many other platforms.
Although there is one power cord, which means it’s a speaker only for home use, it has powerful sound that provides more than enough sound for your next garden party along with powerful bluetooth and built-in wifi. By using compatible Echo devices in different rooms, you can fill your entire home with music.
Price: £ 39.99, amazon – buy here now
2. Anker SoundCore Portable Bluetooth Speaker 2
Rated as one of the best bluetooth speakers on the market, the Anker Soundcore boasts an improved excellent sound quality of 12 watts.
The advanced DSP ensures that bass enthusiasts can enjoy their songs without distraction.
The device is completely resistant to outdoor use, so whether you are on your trips, enjoying a day at the beach, or just hanging out outside – you can be sure your speaker will be fine.
Wireless stereo pairing lets you easily connect via bluetooth to another soundcore to double the audio experience.
Price: £ 39.99, amazon – buy here now
3. Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The Wonderboom 2 is a compact, powerful speaker with features that rival the models twice its size.
The compact, Bluetooth compatible device will comfortably fit in your bag, or be small enough to hold in your hand.
This speaker is water resistant up to 1 meter, so if it rains or comes across in a liquid, it won’t affect its performance.
Users can press the tree button at the base of the speaker when listening to the sound outside to activate the special “out mode,” which adjusts the equalizer to give the speaker a richer sound.
Price: £ 69, Currys PC World – buy here now
4. Sonos Roam Wireless Smart Speaker
The Sonos Roam has a rugged, waterproof construction ideal for days out and for comfortable commuting between sites.
You have the option to control the device through an easy-to-navigate app on your smartphone or tablet, or with the built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant and Google Assistant. Moreover, you can even connect it to the internet to enjoy thousands of radio stations, podcasts and playlists online.
One of the best features is the 24 hour battery life, and we’re sure you’ll agree that it’s tough to argue for under £ 200.
Price: £ 159, Argos – buy here now
5. Bose SoundLink II Revolve Bluetooth Speaker
This ultra-stylish design will make the perfect addition to any modern home, as well as being a gadget lover’s dream. The SoundLink II Revolve is round in shape, providing an immersive 360-degree experience no matter which side of the speaker you use.
The device is small in size and waterproof and has an external shape that is difficult to handle with transportation requirements, and the handle on the top of the device allows easy portability.
The party mode feature on the speaker also allows you to connect to multiple rotating speakers in the home to improve sound quality. So you can enjoy hours of partying with a fully charged battery, giving you around 13 hours of use.
Price: £ 179, John Lewis – buy here now
6. JBL Flip 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Take back the retro vibes of the boombox and bring it to 21st century audio quality.
The JBL Flip 5 is one of the newer additions to JBL’s portable speaker lineup. It has the ability to switch between indoor and outdoor modes, giving you rich sounds inside and immersive sound quality outside, with a waterproof body that can withstand the elements.
With a single charge, the Boombox will give you 12 hours of great sounding music, which is perfect for hosting summer barbecues and parties when the music can be played constantly.
The sleek design will make the perfect touch in any home but is also a great accessory for music lovers on the go.
Price: £ 99, Currys PC World – buy here now
7. Sonos One SL
The Sonos One SL is an upgrade from its predecessor, PLAY: 1. Enjoy crystal-clear sound that fits into any space around the home.
The Play: 1 by Sonos With a gentle, compact design that never compromises with great sound, the Sonos One SL is the perfect amplifier for pairing your stereo and creating a home cinema environment. You can also easily control it with the Sonos app, Apple Airplay 2, or with responsive touch controls.
The cute speaker features two D-amplifiers tuned for unique and perfect acoustics.
Price: £ 179, amazon – buy here now
8. Marshall Emberton the speaker
Marshall’s Emberton has an iconic look reminiscent of antiquity but with all the modern features right for the day. It’s gentle and compact, in an easy-to-operate portable design – full of loud and lively sound that only Marshall can deliver.
Emberton uses True Stereophonic technology, with absolute 360-degree sound, for every spot to be the ‘perfect spot’. You will also have about 20 hours of playtime, which is perfect for the next day’s party in the park, or a gathering in the park to entertain your guests.
Price: £ 129.99, Marshall Headphones – BUY HERE NOW
9. Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd generation) portable bluetooth speaker
Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound A1 is one of the first portable bluetooth speakers, with fully integrated Alexa and improved slim design and completely waterproof.
This model also has significantly improved battery life with up to 18 hours of playback time, which is enough to keep your favorite tunes playing all day long.
Now with Far Field technology, Alexa can be activated from a distance of up to 5 meters depending on room conditions and remain responsive for up to 3 hours after it’s powered off. The addition of three microphones also means the speaker has amazing call clarity when used as a speaker – what’s not to like?
Price: £ 199, John Lewis – buy here now
10. Dali Catch portable active bluetooth speaker
This stylish and durable Dali wireless headphone is a favorite for people who love to enjoy music on the go.
With built-in Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC (near field communication), connecting your devices to Katch is easier than ever to get high-quality sounds. For devices without Bluetooth, you can also connect using an additional jack.
Enjoy a full day of non-stop music with an absolutely amazing 24-hour battery capacity when fully charged. This device may be pricey, but it is definitely a device that offers premium audio features.
Price: £ 279, amazon – buy here now
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