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Best Bluetooth speakers of 2014

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Bluetooth is the go-to option for anyone looking for a (usually) cheap and easy wireless speaker. Bluetooth speakers are ideal for households that aren't strictly Apple-centric, since they work with all nearly all smartphones (Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry) and many Android tablets, as well as all iPhones, iPads, and all iPod Touch models (except for the first-gen Touch). The only real downside is that audio fidelity is often a step down from the non-Bluetooth options like AirPlay speakers -- but a lot of people can't hear the difference, and the quality is generally much better than Bluetooth audio devices sounded just a couple of years ago. Note that many (but not all) Bluetooth speakers are designed with rechargeable batteries, so they can be moved from room to room with ease. Travel models are even smaller, and often include speakerphone functionality as well. We've included the best of all such models below. If you're looking for something else, you can also check out our list of the best speakers overall.

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Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker III

The next generation of Bose's popular $300 wireless speaker has a new design and reportedly offers even better sound for its small size.

Price: $299.00 - $299.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony SRS-BTX500

A worthy peer to speakers by Bose and Jawbone, the Sony SRS-BTX500 is one of the best premium portable Bluetooth speakers you can buy.

Price: $99.99 - $326.04 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Jawbone Big Jambox

The Jawbone Big Jambox doesn't quite measure up to the Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile and it carries a premium price tag, but it's an impressively designed product that offers strong performance and speakerphone capabilities.

Price: $249.00 - $463.75 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Logitech UE Boombox

The Logitech UE Boombox's eight powerful internal drivers and timeless architecture score top marks for the first product bearing the company's collaborative moniker.

Price: $159.99 - $179.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Logitech UE BOOM

The $200 UE Boom is a versatile and durable wireless Bluetooth speaker that plays loud and is great for on-the-go use.

Price: $179.99 - $229.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Bose SoundLink Mini speaker

While it's fairly expensive at $200, the Bose SoundLink Mini is one of few standout products in the ultracompact wireless speaker category, featuring a top-notch design and very good sound for its tiny size.

Price: $190.00 - $199.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

JBL Charge

The JBL Charge is a nice compromise for those who want a better-sounding portable wireless speaker but don't want to make the jump -- both in terms of size and price -- to something like the Jawbone Big Jambox or Bose SoundLink.

Price: $119.95 - $149.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

JBL Pulse

It may not sound quite good as some $200 competitors, but the JBL Pulse's integrated light show adds a flashy new dimension to the listening experience that makes it a worthy contender in a crowded market.

Price: $172.00 - $249.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Jawbone Mini Jambox

While you'll pay a premium for it, the Jawbone Mini Jambox is the best-sounding and best-designed micro wireless speaker.

Price: $122.99 - $129.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

G-Project G-Boom (Black)

For $100 you'll be hard-pressed to find another portable Bluetooth speaker that delivers as much bass as the G-Boom.

Price: $99.99 - $99.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Grace Digital ECOXGEAR ECOXBT

The Grace Digital Ecoxgear Ecoxbt's waterproof design and affordable price make it the go-to wireless speaker for pool parties, bathrooms, and other wet environments.

Price: $87.49 - $109.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz XL

While it doesn't sound as good as its more expensive rivals, the Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz XL is the best big Bluetooth speaker you can get for under $100.

Price: $99.88 - $99.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

The OontZ by Cambridge SoundWorks

The Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz may not look incredibly swanky, but it delivers good sound, features, and battery life for its modest price point.

Price: $39.99 - $152.58 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Jabra Solemate

The Jabra Solemate has a few small shortcomings, but overall it's a very solid compact Bluetooth speaker with a unique design.

Price: $121.06 - $149.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Samsung DA-E750

The Samsung DA-E750 is by far the best-looking audio dock out there, with support for AirPlay and Bluetooth, but its extravagant price keeps it from being a good value for most buyers.

Price: $699.99 - $699.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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