The market for Bluetooth speakers has exploded in the past few years, and with good reason: quality has increased and prices have dropped. Every model can stream music from nearly any smartphone or tablet, many of them double as speakerphones, too.
We at CNET have been reviewing them at a steady clip, and we've rounded up more than two dozen of our favorite models, focusing on small and lightweight units that are best suited to travel.
The Flip's slightly bigger brother offers a touch better sound, but significantly better battery life (and the ability to charge your other gadgets) for a bit more: $150 USD. (UK and Australia prices are far closer to that of the Flip: £120 and AU$170.)
A lot of these small Bluetooth speakers sound fairly similar, but the JBL Pulse manages to distinguish itself with a built-in light show that's fairly mesmerizing. Snag it for $200 USD, £170, or (!) AU$300.
Logitech's X300, which can be stood up vertically or sat down horizontally (as pictured), is a solid at $70 USD (£60, AU$80), sounding as good or better than many competing speakers in the $100 USD price range.
The DASH 7 is a close cousin to Jawbone's Mini Jambox, which licenses some of Soundmatters' micro speaker technology. We like it, but it is pricier than the Mini Jambox -- $200 USD or £250. (Not available in Australia.)
Divoom's Voombox Travel is a rugged donut-sized speaker that plays very loud for its size and retails for an affordable $50 USD (£35 in the UK, not available in Australia). While it distorts at times, it's still one of the stronger speakers in its size class.
The $50 USD JBL Clip is the successor to JBL's Micro Wireless Bluetooth speaker. It has a couple of small changes, including a carabiner-style clip at
the top (instead of a closed loop), and it also sports speakerphone
capabilities. (Residents of the UK and Australia should check out the very similar JBL Micro or Micro II, which retails for £35 or AU$60.)
The Boom Swimmer ($60 USD, £50, AU$79) is a small waterproof wireless speaker that has a bendable tail that allows you to hook the speaker onto anything you want. It also comes with a suction cup, so you can attach it to the wall -- or glass -- in your shower. It offers better sound than its small size would indicate, but it gets on the list for its flexible, bathroom friendly design. Available in multiple color options.
Logitech's UE Mobile Boombox has been renamed the UE Mini Boom. At just under $100 USD (£80, AU$95), it offers good built quality and decent sound for its size. And now you can pair two Mini Booms together for stereo sound via the free UE app.
The Curve, Cambridge SoundWorks' newest addition to the Oontz family, is the company's smallest speaker. It has a shiny metallic finish, comes in a few different colors, and its key selling point is its price tag: $30 USD. (Not available in the UK or Australia.)
The Beats Pill has a lot to like about it if you can overlook its somewhat inflated price tag: $200 USD, £169, and AU$247.
Editors' note: Beats updated the speaker at the end of 2013, adding a few features without changing its design. When we get a review sample, we'll update our review. (The review below is for the early edition of the Pill.)
If Bluetooth speakers strike your fancy, you're probably interested in wireless Bluetooth headphones, too. (We're talking full stereo models, not those monaural Bluetooth headsets.) We've got you covered there, too: check out the list of our favorite Bluetooth stereo headphones.
A doughnut-size Bluetooth speaker that's pretty tasty
The X100 is one of the better micro wireless speakers out there. While its sound is decent for its class, ultimately you'd probably want to pick it over its competitors because you like its design (I do) and maybe because it costs slightly less.