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Best Bluetooth speakers of 2014

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Wireless Bluetooth speakers work with 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). 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 of Bluetooth speakers has improved in recent years. Note that many Bluetooth speakers are designed with rechargeable batteries, so they can be moved from room to room with ease. Some include speakerphone functionality as well. You'll find our current top Bluetooth picks below. If you're looking for something else, you can also check out our list of the best speakers overall.

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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: $199.99 - $219.69 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: $199.00 - $199.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker III

Though it remains somewhat pricey, the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III is a superlative portable wireless loudspeaker, improving on its already impressive predecessor.

Price: $299.00 - $299.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

TDK Life on Record TREK Max A34 Wireless Weatherproof Speaker

The TDK Life on Record Trek Max A34 Wireless Weatherproof Speaker delivers very good sound for its size and affordable price, and it's well suited to both indoor and outdoor use with a sturdy, splashproof design.

Price: $109.99 - $129.90 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony SRS-X3

With comparably good sound for its size and the addition of speakerphone features, the Sony SRS-X3 mini Bluetooth speaker measures up well against the pricier Bose SoundLink Mini.

Price: $123.00 - $129.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony SRS-X5

While it doesn't play as loud when it's on battery power, the Sony SRS-X5 holds its own against the top Bluetooth speakers in its size and price class.

Price: $97.75 - $169.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Bose SoundLink Color

The Bose SoundLink Color delivers solid Bluetooth sound in an attractive, portable package.

Price: $129.00 - $129.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Nyne Bass

While it's not terribly compact, the Nyne Bass lives up to its name and outperforms many portable Bluetooth speakers that cost more.

Price: $129.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Fluance Fi30 High Performance Bluetooth Wood Speaker System

The Fluance's design isn't for everyone, but for those in search of the best sound for their Bluetooth buck, the $149.99 Fi30 is hard to beat.

Price: $149.99 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: $224.20 - $354.19 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Logitech X300 Mobile Wireless Stereo speaker

At around $60 online, the decently performing and well-designed Logitech X300 is a relative bargain in the mini Bluetooth speaker category.

Price: $83.27 - $119.99 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: $99.99 - $129.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

While it's a bit pricey at around $200, the Transit by Soen is one of the more sleekly designed and decent-sounding travel Bluetooth speakers.

3.5 stars Very good

Despite some small flaws, the sturdily built Divoom Voombox Travel is a good budget choice for a wireless travel speaker.

3.5 stars Very good
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