Summer brings friends and family together, from camping excursions to backyard cookouts—and on many occasions, it brings friends and family together. No matter where the fun takes place, the present era of Bluetooth speakers can bring summer pool parties or family trips to life.
Your phone’s audio has made considerable strides, but it still pales compared to the finest portable Bluetooth speakers on the market. Whether you need some songs for a beach picnic or want to listen to this season’s greatest sporting events on the radio, and want to make the most of being outside, a portable speaker is a great accessory worth investing in to enjoy your music whenever and wherever you want.
Bluetooth speakers have advanced significantly over the years, and now provide better sound, longer battery life, higher Bluetooth range, more dependable connectivity, and enhanced durability. Many are also completely waterproof, so you can plan an outing to the waterparks without the fear of wetting your speakers.
Smaller portable Bluetooth speakers – which I refer to as tiny or micro speakers depending on their size – have significant sonic restrictions, notably in terms of bass output and overall loudness. However, despite their compact size, several models manage to outperform expectations in terms of sound quality.
Let’s have a look at this list, which is solely dedicated to compact speakers.
If money is no object, the second-generation Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 is the tiny Bluetooth speaker to acquire at a discounted price of 13% at $217.95 from Amazon. This opulent device has best-in-class design, workmanship, sound, and battery life, making it well worth its expensive price tag. Hands-free Amazon Alexa voice commands are supported by the speaker. To top it all off, the A1’s trio of internal microphones make it a superb speakerphone.
- Expansive sound, weighty bass
- Competent Alexa integration
- Stunning build and finish
- Built-in woofer and tweeter
- IP67 water- and dust-resistant
- Up to 18 hours of battery life
I prefer the latest JBL Clip model over its three forerunners. It’s small enough to take with you on almost any trip for just $49.95 on Amazon at a discount of $30. It’s waterproof and has a carabiner clip on the top for attaching to anything. It also offers more options (volume, play, Bluetooth, and power) than other tiny speakers and a surprisingly loud sound, making it perfect for hooking onto packs or harnesses on weight-restricted outings.
- Compact speaker with impressive sound for its small size
- IPX 67 water-resistance (waterproof and dustproof)
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- Charges via USB-C
- Integrated carabiner clip is more durable
- Could cost a little less
- No speakerphone capabilities
The SRS-XB23 is the smallest and most cheap portable Bluetooth speaker in Sony’s 2020 Extra Bass range. It has a redesigned, more cylindrical shape, two new full-range drivers, and a passive bass radiator, as well as a strap for hanging it on a chair or tree to enjoy cheerful music with nature to brighten your day. One of my favourite features of the SRS-XB23 is that it is the first Extra Bass speaker to charge over USB-C. You can enjoy music while barbequing, with the Sony SRS-XB23 costing you around $98.00. Acquire one now at a discount of 11% on Amazon.
- Affordable pricing
- Rugged, waterproof build (IPX 67)
- Stereo pairing and Party Mode
- Good sound quality
- Powerful bass depth and crisp highs in a compact design
- 12- hours of battery life
- Lower peak volume
- Unclear battery level alerts
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom has proven to be the ideal pool companion, but the Wonderboom 2 is much more impressive. The 4-inch ball of pleasure is now water and dust resistant to IP67 standards. It has a 13-hour battery life (three hours longer than before), a 100-foot Bluetooth range, floats, and produces surprisingly powerful audio. UE claims it’s “drop-proof” up to 5 feet, but you can play light catch with it on the lawn and it won’t be damaged. When you’re through, simply wash it away. You can even connect two for true stereo sound. Make UE Wonderboom 2 your pool partner, floating around you at a discounted price of 22% at $78.28 on Amazon.
- Great sound for its size
- IP67 dustproof/waterproof rating
- 13 hours of better battery life
- Outdoor sound mode
- Stereo pairing feature
- No speakerphone
- MicroUSB charging
- No ‘smart’ features
- No Alexa or Google Assistant
- Distortion increases with volume
Most likely the size of a soda can, the $48 Sony SRS-XB13 Bluetooth speakers, which are now 20% off on Amazon, have become a go-to when riding to socially distant occasions. They have a 16-hour battery life, are dust and water-resistant, and can even be paired for stereo sound. Invest in it to make riding euphoric with your partners.
- Sturdy, waterproof build(IPX67)
- Relatively affordable
- Balanced sound quality
- 16-hour battery life
- No stereo separation
- Four-hour charge time
- Awful microphone
- Can distort at high volume levels
- Bass vibrations cause speaker movement across flat surfaces