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Bluetooth speakers put to the test: 12 portable speakers for indoors and outdoors

Compact Bluetooth speakers to take with you in the test. (Photo: anchor)

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You can enjoy music together on the go and at home via mobile Bluetooth speakers. We took a close look at twelve speakers and revealed in the test which speakers are worthwhile and what to look for when buying.

The boom in small and portable Bluetooth speakers is over. The ranks of smart loudspeakers such as the Homepod, Amazon-Echo or Google-Home have been overtaken the little roaring cubes. Nevertheless, conventional Bluetooth speakers still have a right to exist. After all, the smart relatives are not as mobile as they usually depend on an existing WiFi connection.

Features such as watertightness or a particularly robust construction are also missing and ensure that everyone who does not want to do without their music library for sound outside, needs another Bluetooth speaker.

Table of Contents

  • Bluetooth speakers: Flexible companions
  • Bluetooth -Speakers: what should you look out for when buying?
  • Anker Soundcore Boost
  • Bose Soundlink Mini II Special Edition
  • JBL Flip 5
  • JBL Xtreme 3
  • Marshall Stockwell II
  • Sonos Move
  • Sony SRS-XB12
  • Sonos Roam
  • Devil Boomster Go
  • Devil Rockster Cross
  • Tribit Maxsound Plus
  • Ultimate Ears Boom 3
  • Bluetooth speakers: The most important questions and answers

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No guitar amplifier, but

mobile box. (Image: Marshall)

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Bluetooth speakers: Flexible companions

Bluetooth speakers can be used in very different ways. Whether it’s a party in your own four walls or a barbecue in the park: Bluetooth speakers make it possible to enjoy music together.

The practical thing about the portable speakers is that they are powered by a rechargeable battery and can therefore be taken anywhere. Some of the boxes tested even offer a power bank mode, which can be used to charge the smartphone when it runs out. Almost all of the devices we tested are at least compact enough to fit in your backpack. Despite the comparatively small dimensions, some of the Bluetooth boxes offer a surprisingly good and powerful sound.

Bluetooth speakers: What should you look out for when buying?

Regardless of whether you are now interested in very cheap speakers or in higher priced ones – you should consider a few aspects before buying right. For one thing, the size of the boxes themselves plays a role. If you only want to operate the loudspeaker in your own four walls, it can be a bit bigger – provided that it then delivers a correspondingly better sound. However, if the speaker is also to be part of the party in the park, a more compact model is ideal. Speaking of portability: The battery life also plays a major role.

One of the main selection criteria for Buying such a box is of course the audio quality. Even if we give you information about the sound of the speakers we tested, that’s quite subjective. What we like doesn’t have to sound good to your ears. If possible, you should try the speakers for yourself. Pay particular attention to how the sound quality is at lower volumes – this is much more informative about the sound quality of a speaker than the full roar.

Anker Soundcore Boost

Anker has several Bluetooth speakers in its range. We tested the Soundcore Boost. (Image: An ker)

The soundcore Boost from Anker offers sufficient sound for such a small box. The performance of 20 watts is just as impressive as the running time of around twelve hours. This Bluetooth speaker from Anker is waterproof and allows you to adjust the bass at the touch of a button.

A special feature of the Soundcore Boost: It can also be used as a power bank for charging mobile devices via USB cable. The box has an AUX connection.

Per: 12 hours of playtime, waterproof, power bank mode, low price
Cons: Sound could be better
Price: 60 euro*

Bose Soundlink Mini II Special Edition

Soundlink Mini II Special Edition. (Image: Bose)

The Soundlink Mini from Bose is also one of the long-established Bluetooth speakers. The original model appeared in 2013 and the Soundlink Mini II followed in 2015. In 2019, Bose launched the Soundlink Mini II Special Edition instead of a Soundlink Mini 3. In contrast to the very solid predecessor, not too much has changed. The innovations include a USB-C connection and a slightly improved runtime to twelve hours.

In contrast to many of the other speakers presented here, this speaker is less suitable for outdoor use and its advantages primarily come into play indoors. The Soundlink Mini II Special Edition is convincing in terms of sound. Only at higher volume does the bass get a little out of hand.

• Per: USB-C, Multipoint Bluetooth
• Cons: Price too high for what is offered, only partially suitable for outdoor use
• Price : 110 euros

JBL Flip 5

The JBL Flip 5 is one of those Bluetooth speakers that can get wet from time to time. (Image: JBL)

For the low price of just under 100 euros, the sound of the JBL Flip 5 is definitely convincing. The speaker is waterproof and also quite robust. The Flip’s battery lasts around twelve hours and, thanks to USB-C, is fully charged again after a little over two hours. Two devices can be linked to a stereo system.

• Per: USB-C, low price
• Cons: More sufficient Sound
• Price: 90 euros

Tip : Also not a bad figure makes the JBL Flip Essential. This Bluetooth speaker is also waterproof and comes close to its big brother, the Flip 5, in terms of battery life. The box is always on sale at Amazon and costs regularly around 60 euro*. Twice as much battery life, better sound and the integration of a power bank are available with the JBL Charge 5 – but also for around 170 euros .

JBL Xtreme 3

The successor JBL Xtreme 3 lasts around 20 hours. (Image: JBL)

Even the predecessor JBL Xtreme 2 impressed not only with a balanced sound, the quality of which remained constant even at maximum volume. This makes the loudspeaker suitable for both outdoor use and large rooms. As is usual with many boxes, two devices can be linked via app to provide stereo sound.

The battery of the Xtreme 2 only ran out of power after about 19 hours in our test. For the JBL Xtreme 3, however, the manufacturer specifies a battery life of 15 hours. This time there is also a USB-C connection on board.

• Per: Great sound, waterproof, power bank mode, battery life
• Cons: Heavy
• Price: 240 euros

Marshall Stockwell II

No guitar amplifier, but mobile box. (Image: Marshall)

As usual with Marshall Bluetooth speakers, the design of the Stockwell II is based on the manufacturer’s amplifiers. The workmanship is absolutely convincing: metal mesh and silicone ensure a robust exterior. The sound of the Marshall Stockwell II convinced us in the test. Only at higher volume did the bass decrease noticeably.

The Stockwell II offers aptX and a Total running time of just under 20 hours. Marshall has also given the box a kind of fast charging mode, which guarantees up to six hours of operation with 20 minutes of charging time.

• Pro:

aptX, solid Processing, fast charge mode

• Cons: Expensive compared to comparable competing products
• Price: 199 euros

Sonos Move

The Sonos Move is one of the larger and more expensive representatives in our test field. (Image: Sonos)

Sonos is better known for its wireless speakers. The Sonos Move (test), however, is a combination of the tried and tested and Bluetooth speakers. The speaker is large and heavy compared to most of our test field. Therefore, it is more suitable for use in the garden than in the park. Inside, the box can be integrated into an existing Sonos ecosystem.

With around ten The battery life is sufficient for hours, even if it is not generous. The sound of the Sonos Move is balanced and convinced us. This is particularly true of the highs and mids. There is still potential for bass been up. Many other loudspeakers with good sound decrease at high volumes – not the Move, which also keeps the good quality turned up.

• Per: USB-C, good sound, measurement via Trueplay

• Cons: Expensive
• Price: 400 euros*

Sony SRS-XB12

Small and mobile: The XB12 . (Image: Sony)

The SRS-XB12 is available in six different colors. If you connect two of the mono speakers together, you get a stereo system. The speaker scores particularly well in terms of battery life, because the box lasts for up to 16 hours. In addition to Bluetooth, the device also offers NFC. The Bluetooth connection was not particularly reliable in our test. The Sony loudspeaker offers a fairly bass-heavy sound and the overall sound is sufficient. The small Sony box couldn’t convince us especially with the highs.

• Per: NFC, battery life, low price, water-repellent
• Cons: Sound only sufficient
• Price: around 30 euros , the successor model with similar features is currently available from Amazon for around 50 Euros.*,

Sonos Roam

With the Sonos Roam (here in the detailed test) it has the second Bluetooth speaker Made this list by Sonos. Compared to the Sonos Move, however, the Roam is significantly lighter, more compact and easier to transport. The price is also a bit lower. The handy Bluetooth box is waterproof, at least as far as contact with fresh water is concerned, and can be connected to Alexa or the Google Assistant. With around ten hours of battery life in continuous operation, the Sonos Roam delivers values ​​that are customary on the market. The sound was also convincing in the test. Nobody should expect the powerful sound of a larger speaker for a whole celebration, but that would be rather unrealistic given the size of the Roam (168 by 62 by 60 millimeters).

Sonos Roam. (Photo: t3n)

Per: Large range of functions, adequate sound, supports WLAN and bluetooth

Cons: If you can do without the numerous smart additional functions, you will get comparable sound elsewhere for a little less money.

Price: just under 180 euros

Devil Boomster Go

The Teufel Boomster Go is also very mobile. (Image: devil)

With its square dimensions of 10 x 10 x 4.6 centimeters, the Teufel Boomster Go is one of the most compact representatives in the test field. Despite the small size, the speaker still has a runtime of around ten hours. The speaker is available in five different colors and it is possible to couple two of the speakers to a stereo system.

The sound of the Boomster Go is surprising. For a device of this size, the bass sounds surprisingly powerful and the voices convince with a high level of detail. Nevertheless, the sound of the speaker cannot be compared with larger models. • Per: Kein Gitarrenverstärker, sondern [affiliate url= Very mobile, waterproof
• Cons: Kein Gitarrenverstärker, sondern [affiliate url= Relatively expensive
• Price: 85 euros

Devil Rockster Cross

The sound of the Rockster Cross is the highlight of this Bluetooth speaker. (Image: devil)

The Teufel Rockster Cross was able to convince us in terms of sound. In addition to an exemplary bass for a box of this size, the highs also clearly reach the ear canal. Overall, the loudspeaker scores with a warm, soft and natural sound. The speaker can be turned up with 30 watts, and the battery is generously sized with around 19 hours of running time.

It is possible to connect two of the boxes to a stereo system using the app. The box offers the aptX codec for higher quality sound transmission via Bluetooth. An AUX connection also enables wired operation. The power bank mode also enables mobile devices to be charged. Incidentally, Stiftung Warentest named the Teufel Rockster Cross the test winner in 2020. The Beoplay P6 from Bang & Olufsen landed in second place there. This is also available at Amazon for around 300 Euro , while the Rockster Cross is currently mainly available in the manufacturer’s web shop.

• Per: Great sound, battery life, aptX, power bank mode
• Cons: Heavy, long loading time
• Price: 350 Euro*

Tribit Maxsound Plus

When it comes to price, the Tribit Maxsound Plus is unbeatable. (Image: Tribit)

The Tribut Maxsound Plus is a small, robust and waterproof Bluetooth speaker that primarily wants to convince with a very affordable price. At around 50 euros, the box is the cheapest in our test field. The battery life of just under 20 hours is also convincing.

In terms of sound, the tribute Maxsound has us Plus also surprised. The sound of the small box is surprisingly balanced, but decreases noticeably at higher volumes.

• Per: Waterproof, long service life, low price
• Cons: Sound suboptimal at high volume
• Price: 50 Euros*

Ultimate Ears Boom 3

The UE Boom is an established representative of Bluetooth speakers and is now available in the third version. (Image: Ultimate Ears)

The now iconic round speaker from Ultimate Ears helped found the segment of small, portable Bluetooth speakers a few years ago. The sound is good, but not at eye level compared to other products. Voices sound a bit artificial to our taste, and the bass could also be fuller. Still, the Boom 3’s sound isn’t bad. The practical thing about the design is that the speaker emits the sound in 360 degrees.

The Speaker scores above all with a really impressive runtime of around 20 hours and a very compact size. You can couple several Ultimate Ears speakers with each other and the system also has a multi-room function.

• Pro: Very long Runtime, power bank mode, compact, multi-room support

• Cons: Sound only sufficient
• Price: 90 euros

Bluetooth speakers: the most important questions and answers

How much does a good bluetooth cost -Speaker?

That depends entirely on what the expectations are. Our overview shows that solidly manufactured products with sufficient battery life are also available for 50 to 100 euros. If you not only value robust workmanship with a portable Bluetooth box, but also want really good sound, you will find it more with the models from 200 euros.

Can Bluetooth speakers also be used with a cable?

Most Models have an aux input and a USB port for charging.

Which bluetooth speaker comes for the home question?

If you don’t want to take your box out into the fresh air, you can clearly focus on the Lay sound and optics. After all, whether the Bluetooth boxes are waterproof does not play a major role for use in your own four walls. The technology already available at home is relevant for this: The Sonos Move can be integrated into an existing Sonos ecosystem, for example.

Which is the best bluetooth speaker?

Stiftung Warentest named the Devil Rockster Cross the winner in 2020. The Bluetooth speaker also cuts a fine figure in our test. If you are looking for a box that is as light and portable as possible, you will most likely prefer one of the cheaper speakers.

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Sallie Anderson
Sallie works as the Writer at World Weekly News. She likes to write about the latest trends going on in our world and share it with our readers.

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