Best portable mini Bluetooth speakers

 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.

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UE Boom

While it's not cheap ($200 USD, £179, AU$180), the UE Boom delivers very big sound and is a great choice for outdoor use.

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4 stars Excellent

Sony SRS-X3

Sony's $150 (£129, AU$199) SRS-X3 is one of the best-sounding speakers for its compact size and measures up well against the highly rated Bose SoundLink Mini.

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4 stars Excellent

Bose SoundLink Mini

With excellent build quality and impressive sound quality for its size, the Bose SoundLink Mini is near the top of the mini Bluetooth speaker pack, and well worth its price ($200 USD, £170, AU$250).

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4 stars Excellent

TDK Life on Record TREK Max A34

For the money ($150 USD, not yet available in Australia or the UK), TDK Life on Record's rugged Trek Max A34 is one of the most impressive mini Bluetooth speakers out there.

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4 stars Excellent

JBL Flip 2

The JBL Flip 2 is the newer -- and improved -- version of JBL's original Flip. It's one of the top wireless speakers out there at $100 USD (or £110, AU$168).

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4 stars Excellent

JBL Charge

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.)

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4 stars Excellent

JBL Pulse

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.

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4 stars Excellent

Logitech X300

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.

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4 stars Excellent

Jawbone Mini Jambox

The pioneer in mini Bluetooth speakers has shrunk the original Jambox down while improving the sound. It can be had at street prices as low as $130 USD, £100, or AU$227.

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4 stars Excellent

Soundmatters FoxL DASH 7

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.)

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3.5 stars Very good

Klipsch Gig

The Klipsch Gig offers some of the deepest bass of any micro Bluetooth speaker. It's available for $200 USD or £150. (Not available in Australia.)

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3.5 stars Very good

Deck by Sol Republic and Motorola

The Deck is a little overpriced -- $200 USD, £150, or AU$236 -- but it delivers decent sound and has an appealing design.

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3.5 stars Very good

Divoom Voombox Travel

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.

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3.5 stars Very good

JBL Clip

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.)

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3.5 stars Very good

Scosche BoomBottle H2O

Scosche's $100 USD (£100, not available in Australia) BoomBottle H2O is a sporty little canister-style speaker that's waterproof and bike-friendly.

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3.5 stars Very good

Cambridge Soundworks The Oontz

Cambridge Soundworks recently dropped the price on the Oontz from $70 USD to $50, making it one of the better deals in mini Bluetooth speakers. In fact, you can find it online for $40 USD or £56.

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3.5 stars Very good

Philips SoundShooter Wireless

People often refer to the Philips SoundShooter Wireless as "the grenade speaker." At $50 USD or £33, it's one of the more affordable ones on this list.

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3.5 stars Very good

Braven BRV-1

We thought the water-resistant Braven BRV-1 was overpriced at its $180 USD list price, but now that it's come down to $100 (£120 in the UK, AU$195 in Australia), it's a lot more attractive.

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3.5 stars Very good

Boom Swimmer

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.

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Logitech UE Mini Boom

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.

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3.5 stars Very good

Philips BT2500

Philips also makes the larger BT3500 (it offers a little bit fuller sound), but we like the BT2500, which can be had for less than $50 USD or £60 online.

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3.5 stars Very good

Divoom Voombox Outdoor

Divoom's rugged Voombox Outdoor sells for less than $100 USD (£65) online and plays very loud for its small size, though it can distort at higher volumes.

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3.5 stars Very good

Jabra Solemate

Jabra's Solemate has treads on its base to keep it from moving around at higher volumes. It can be yours for $150 USD, £75, and AU$174.

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3.5 stars Very good

Grace Digital Ecoxgear Ecorox

Now that the Ecorox has dipped below $100 USD (£90 in the UK, not available in Australia), it's worth considering if you're looking for a small waterproof speaker that floats.

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3 stars Good

Philips Shoqbox SB7200

The Philips Shoqbox SB7200 can handle short drops and is available online for close to $100 USD, £120, or AU$230.

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3.5 stars Very good

Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz Curve

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.)

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3.5 stars Very good

Beats Pill

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.)

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How about Bluetooth headphones?

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.

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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.

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Where to Buy

TDK Life on Record TREK Max A34 Wireless Weatherproof Speaker

Part Number: 62112
MSRP: $249.95 Low Price: $129.99 See all prices

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Logitech X300 Mobile Wireless Stereo speaker (blue)

Part Number: CNET984-000402
MSRP: $69.99 Low Price: $55.49 See all prices

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Divoom Voombox Travel (black)

Part Number: Voombox-Travel
Low Price: $38.49 See all prices

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The Oontz by Cambridge SoundWorks (pink)

Part Number: oontzpink
Low Price: $49.99 See all prices

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Philips SoundShooter (orange)

Part Number: SBT30ORG/00
MSRP: $49.99 Low Price: $47.00 See all prices

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Philips BT2500B Wireless Portable Speaker

Part Number: BT2500B/00
MSRP: $49.99 Low Price: $39.17 See all prices

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Divoom Voombox Outdoor (green)

Part Number: 90100056003
Low Price: $89.00 See all prices

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Jabra Solemate (black)

Part Number: 100-97100000-60
MSRP: $199.99 Low Price: $106.99 See all prices

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Grace Digital Ecoxgear Ecorox (orange)

Part Number: GDI-EGRX600
MSRP: $129.99 Low Price: $77.99 See all prices

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Philips Shoqbox SB7200

Part Number: SB7200/37

MSRP: $149.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

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Oontz Curve by Cambridge SoundWorks (Titanium Black)

Part Number: CurveTitanium
Low Price: $29.98 See all prices

Where to Buy

Beats Pill - speaker - for portable use - wireless

Part Number: 900-00119-01
Pricing is currently unavailable.
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