Best Of Bluetooth Speakers 2018

We understand it can be hard choosing the right product for yourself with so much Available on Today’s market, To help you decide we have put together a list of the best Bluetooth speakers for you, we want to help you choose whats right for you within this review, we are going to weigh up the pro’s and con’s of each product listed, the products we choose to list are hand picked as best selling Bluetooth speakers, we want our guide to help you decide what the best deal is going to be for you.

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Best Of Bluetooth Speakers 2018 – Reviewed

Choosing the right speaker can be quite personal in a sense, As it has to meet your requirements, it has to work for you and your needs, Eg. Do you want a nice bass sounding speaker, if your not bothered about base then We suggest you go for a cheaper product as this is usually the case when it comes to sound delivery from the device,

Then again if your looking for a bass powered speaker then you will want to up market a little to get the sound you want, these will be listed in this review such, as high powered bass speakers with Bluetooth connection and a lot more.

Things you need to consider prior to purchasing:

  1. The Quality Of The Product.
  2. The Price of course.
  3. The Ease of Usability.
  4. The Features it has OR does NOT have.
  5. Shipping Costs & Post Tracking information ( Always keep a keen eye on this ).
  6. Does the product suit your needs? Is it fairly for the price you have to pay.

Best Buying Tip – Is to have a budget in mind prior to searching for the product you want to buy and try to stick to that initial budget you set out, weigh up the pros and cons using our guide to help you decide which is the best product for you.

Another way is to break down what it is you want or need from your Bluetooth speaker, If you want to play music at home where the unit is going to sit in your favorite place of listening, Then you would want to go for a larger, more solid home style unit, If you were looking to go camping or on holiday and wanted music on the go then you would want to go for a smaller hand held unit that is preferably waterproof and shockproof in case of any miss-haps like dropping it in the river or even on the ground.

If you are not sure how Bluetooth technology actually works then you can Find out much more here


1. Amazon Echo Show – All New Touch Screen Display:

You are now able to easily stream your media and your music via a Bluetooth connection very easily, the new echo show has a touch screen display which is going to be use full to you for many things which are listed below, You can connect to your favorite music apps such as Spotify, apple music and tune in radio, you can now control what music you want to play using just your voice to command the device.

THE ONLY  ‘SMART SCREEN – TECH’  SPEAKER FOR THE HOME

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NOTE: Bluetooth is NOT supported for use in multi room streaming OR does is support playing you tube videos at this moment in time, this may well happen in the near future once Amazon and Goolge who actually own you tube sort their differences out.

Product Features:

  • WI – FI streaming with Bluetooth capabilities.
  • 7 Inch display touch screen.
  • Link third party apps to Echo show using the Alexa App settings to link them.
  • Make video OR voice calls to your family & Friends who also have the echo show or alexa App.
  • On screen music lyrics to help you sing along to your favorite tracks.
  • Amazing Dolby sound which delivers enhanced bass along with crystal clear vocals.
  • Ask anything related to your day or your life such as (set an alarm for 7-am) – OR – (show me whats on film four tonight) – OR – (Give me a quick recipe idea I can use fillet steak with) – OR – (Ask for the weather forecast for tomorrow).

Whats In The Box:

  1. Echo show portable device.
  2. mains power adapter.
  3. friendly user guide.

See What The Echo Can Do For You In Your Home – Watch The Video Demo Below.

Pro’s and Con’s:

Pros
  • Ability to understand in different languages.
  • Compatible with devices IOS – Android – Fire – OS devices.
  • One Year Manufacturer warranty.

Cons
  • Not You Tube Compatible.
  • NOT Rechargeable – Needs power supply.
  • No Head phone jack or USB socket.
  • Slightly Overpriced In Our View.

#Our Rating – 4/5

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2. Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 – Two Speaker Package:

In Our view this is one of the better Bluetooth speaker packages for use at home or out traveling, not only are you are going to get TWO of these stylish & well built speakers, one black speaker and one blue, you can get your hands on these and split the bill or double the sound in your room by keeping on to both units yourself, these units are very compact and easy to use, we rate it as one of the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers.

THE BEST MID RANGE CHOICE FOR TRAVELING – WITH 360 SOUND

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Product Features:

  • Looks and feels great, Size 6.4 x 18cm.
  • Shockproof – Waterproof – IPX7 Rated, will last up to 30 mins in deep water 10ft.
  • 360 degree surround sound , nice bass with ultimate treble.
  • Ability for you to connect multiple UE speakers for a richer fuller sound.
  • Download APP BOOM2, Connect up to 50 UE speakers at any one time.
  • Fifteen hour battery life from fully charged.
  • Bluetooth connection from 100 feet range.
  • Compatible with smart phones, tablets, any other bluetooth supported devices.

Whats In The Box

  1. 1 X Brain-freeze BOOM 2.
  2. 1 X Phantom BOOM 2.
  3. 2 x Micro USB Cables.
  4. 2 Year Guarantee.

The BOOM2 set really is a great deal and a sound bit of kit, you might want to consider selling or throwing out those big old speakers to replace them with these little babies, the sound and build quality is generally pretty good in our view, we don’t think you would be at all disappointed with them, They are also available in singular packages if you don’t want two of them, which will also come in cheaper for you.

Get The Official BOOM App:

The app can be installed on google play or the apple app store or you can use the official App on the ultimate ears website, the apps work seamlessly with all UE devices.

How To Set Up The Double Up Feature On The UE BOOM Using Their Official APP

You have now seen what you can do by pairing up the speakers using the app, we are now going to cover some of the pro’s and con’s we think will help you decide if these are the speakers to fit the bill for your needs.

Pros And Cons:

Pros
  • Huge 15 hour battery life from fully charged.
  • Positive Customer reviews Out -Weigh the Negative reviews by far.

Cons
  • The Optional App can be tricky to set up.
  • Poor bass quality at low levels & low battery-life complaints.

 

TIP: For best results – Always fully charge new units out of the box for extensive battery life.

Customer Reviews:

 

#Our Rating – 4.5/5

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3. JBL Flip 4 – Bluetooth Speaker – Rated Best Bass On A Budget Speaker:

You can wirelessly connect up to 2 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns playing impressive stereo sound, you can also connect other JBL connect+ speakers to enhance the sound quality to bring your party alive, These really are bass on a budget, JBL are know for loud sound qualities, these are certainly going to fit the bill for you bass lovers out there.

Product Features:

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  • 12 Hours battery life – rechargeable Li-ion battery.
  • Exceptionally powerful stereo sound.
  • Speak to Siri or Google at the press of a button.
  • Available in six different fun groovy colors.
  • Waterproof IPX7 .
  • Connect To Your TV or PC via Phono cable.
  • Connect two speakers together.
  • 12 months guarantee.
  • comes with a strap to enable you to hang it at various locations.
  • Optional App.

There is a lot to love about this speaker due to its outstanding performance, it has two intergrated grill type radiators on each end of the unit which allows to air to escape whilst music plays, this helps deliver a much better cleaner crisper sound overall.

GET THE JBL CONNECT – APP:

You can get the connect app on Google Play or the Apple App Store, Use the app to connect up to two devices together.

How To Set Up JBL Connect App – Watch The Demo Below

We reviewed this speaker and decided to rate it as the best budget bluetooth speaker for its outstanding bass with crystal clear sound delivery, it produces a good all round cracking sound and is very attractively priced compared to others in this range,

Whats in the box ?

  1. JBL Flip Speaker x 1.
  2. User Friendly Guide.
  3. Micro USB Ladekable x 1.
  4. 12 Month Warranty.

Pros And Cons:

Below We cover the pro’s and con’s to help you decide if this is the speaker for you and your needs.

Pros
  • Delivers a very good sound for the price label.
  • 12 month warranty included.
  • 90% of online reviews are positive.

Cons
  • Some say battery life is more like 8 hours rather 10 hours.
  • Not much difference in sound quality compared to – JBL Flip3.

 

Customer Reviews:

What are people saying about the JBL 4 speaker?

In fact there are plenty of positive reviews all over the internet about this product,

#Our Rating – 4.8/5

£119.99
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4. Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth Speaker – The Best For Outdoor Enthusiasts:

Bose are renowned for delivering big sounds in small packages, we can honestly say they have done it again with this one, we love it, this new to the market product, but again it has the super sounds they produce along with the capabilities you would expect from Bose, it’s a no brainer, This is the best sounding smallest speaker out there in our view


IN OUR VIEW – THE BEST SMALL SPEAKER – THAT  DOESN’T COMPROMISE THE SOUND QUALITY

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Product Features:

  • Available in four colors -Black – Plum – Midnight Blue – Funky Violet.
  • Access to your phones Siri OR Google assistant with built in speakerphone.
  • Control it with your voice using amazon dot for hands free ability.
  • Optional Compatible App – Enable you to play music through two speakers simultaneously.
  • Attach the device to your body, or bicycle bars, or just about anything you can using the strong silicone strap.
  • Waterproof IPX7 Rating.
  • USB Connection.
  • Six hour battery life from fully charged – re-chargeable.

We are suggesting this particular unit is best for outdoor enthusiasts such as hikers or bikers as it delivers just as good sound outside as it does inside, You can carry the device whilst out walking is made simple having a built in silicone strap which is very strong and tear resistant, it can be attached to many thins such as your coat, bike or rucksack pocket quite easily,

It will also hold very sturdy grip using the built in strap, it is also very light in weight, easily fit into small pockets of your bag,  you wouldn’t know it was there unless of course it is blasting out music which it does very well for it’s size, it beats any speaker of this size that we know of to date.

GET THE BOSE CONNECT – APP:

Play Your Music In Party Mode Or Stereo mode On Two Speakers, You can get the app on google play OR the Apple App store

How To Set Up The App – Watch The DEMO Video below To Help You Install The App Yourself.

Whats In The Box:

  1. 1 x Soundlink Micro Bluetooth Speaker.
  2. 1 X USB Cable.

Pros And Cons:

Pros
  • Quality design build.
  • The perfect size speaker without compromising the sound quality.
  • Easy to use.
  • Easy to carry.

Cons
  • Albeit  –  A little pricey, (but we believe you get what you pay for with Bose).

#Our Rating – 4.9/5

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5. Bose Sound-link Revolve – The Boss Of 360 Surround Sound:

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This speaker doesn’t look so good but the sound is sure to blow you away, there are many other Bluetooth speakers offering 360 sound – But none of them quite stack up to the ability of the revolve sound-link,

The unit is made up of sturdy aluminium which is durable and easy for you to keep clean, it’s not so rugged such as the UE boom as its more of a home speaker so be sure to handle it more carefully if you are out and about,

Available in two different colors – Lux Grey and Triple Black.

You can enjoy up to 12 hours listening from fully charged, The unit is only splash proof, NOT completely waterproof so its not really fit for the poolside like other models we have reviewed here.

 Product Features:

  • Pair the device with Siri and Google to make voice commands with it’s built in speaker-phone.
  • Speaker-phone also Enables you to make voice calls.
  • Splash proof (IPX4) NOT fully waterproof.
  • Easy to use buttons, Simple connectivity.
  • Optional App – Bose Connect -Pair speakers in party mode OR stereo mode for ultimate sound.

Learn How To Pair The Revolve With Other Compatible Speakers using the APP -Watch Video Below.

You Can Download The App On Apple App Store – OR – On Google Play Store.

Whats In The Box:

  1. 1 x Sound-Link Revolve.
  2. 1 x Mains Power Plug.
  3. 1 x USB Cable.

Pros And Cons:

Pros
  • AUX Input Connection.
  • Headphone Jack Socket.
  • Easy Quick Connection.
  • Battery Life Indicator.

Cons
  • Slightly Over Priced In Comparison To Others.
  • Fairly Heavy For It’s Size.
  • The MINI 2 Sounds Nearly As Good In Comparison.

#Our Rating – 4.5/5

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6. Marshall Acton Vintage Bluetooth speaker – Black Or White

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Suited to the retro type, The Marshall Acton has a vintage design with iconic gold logo detail, This is not only lovely looking speaker in our view, it also delivers a very powerful sound for its size, although it may not be so portable being a little heavy, we suggest it’s more suited for the home type speaker, Having built in Knob controls which allow you to fine tune the Bass, Mids and gains, which enables you to perfect the sound to your personal preference.

Product Features:

  • 2 x  Inter-grated speakers – 8 Watt.
  • 3.5mm AUX input for external devices – Cable included.
  • Bluetooth Connectivity – Play music from all compatible Bluetooth devices – Smartphone – I-pod – Tablet.
  • Available in black or white.

 

Rock music or dance music sounds Awesome through this speaker, You can enjoy loud sound to it’s full potential without losing the sound quality by becoming distorted, we rate this speaker on a par with the sound you would expect from a Bose speaker, it has very impressive looks with its unique design which impersonates a Marshall amplifier, it looks great and will fit in your music room OR room of choice very nicely indeed.

 

Whats In The Box:

  1. 1 x Marshall Acton Speaker – (Choose black or white on check out).
  2. 1 x 3.5 mm Coil cord – Double ended stereo plug – (Does not come with UK socket – Easily Adapt with shaver type socket).

Pros And Cons:

Below we list the pros and cons of the unit to help you decide if this is the right speaker for you.

Pros
  • Great Sound All Round.
  • Fine Tuning controls.
  • AUX Input.

Cons
  • Does not Come with UK Plug.
  • Can Be Difficult To Pair For A Novice.

#Our Rating – 4.5/5

£170.00
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7. Creative Sound Blaster Roar – NFC Bluetooth speaker – Black:

High performance portable speaker, Has 5-drivers built in along with a sub-woofer which in our view delivers a pretty good well balanced sound which fills the room, Creative have now introduced the ROAR button which enhances the sound when pressed, It will certainly help bring some life into any party,

The unit supports SD card input or micro SDHC cards up to 32GB where you can either play your saved tracks OR use the SD card to record songs whilst your listening, If recording podcasts are your thing you can record your own voice in the same way directly on to the SD card.

Product Features:

  • NFC/Bluetooth Enabled for a simple one touch connection.
  • Built in MP3 player, Speaker-phone, voice-recorder.
  • Built in ROAR button to further Enhance sound.
  • Two AMPS- 1 driving the highs – 1 driving the mids/bass.
  • Up to eight hours battery life from fully charged.creative sound blaster roar image
  • Passive radiators built in to each side.
  • Inputs – USB – SD – SDHC – AUX in.
  • Terra Base ON/OFF Feature To Enhance Bass.

Whats In The Box:

  1. 1 x Sound Blaster ROAR.
  2. 1 x USB Micro Cable.
  3. 1 x Mains Power Adapter – Interchangeable adapter plugs.
  4. 2 x User Guides – (One quick Start).
  5. Warranty & Safety Papers.

UPDATE: – Connect two speakers using mega-stereo cable which is available on amazon.

Pros And Cons:

We have reviewed the creative sound roar, we list the pro’s and con’s we found below to help you decide if this is the speaker for you and your needs.

Pros
  • Premium Build quality.
  • Enhanced Roar Sound.
  • Punchy Base Having Terra Base Feature.

Cons
  • Slightly Heavy For A Portable speaker.
  • Looks Like The Bose Sound-link But Not quite As Loud In Comparison.

#Our Rating – 4.5/5

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8. Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom – Twin Pack Deal – One black – One Grey:

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Here we have another twin pack deal by UE Wonder-boom, These are much smaller, light weight portable speakers which don’t compromise the sound quality for the size, the smaller speaker with a big sound, The wonder-boom is more suited to the traveler being small and compact, having an easy carry loop hook which you can attach to many things whilst out on your journeys.

You can easily double up these 360 degree sound speakers for a much better sound all round, simply by pressing one button on each device in order to sync them together for that fuller sound, Ideal for both indoor and outdoor such as in the shower at home our out on the beach or poolside, The simplistic design and build quality is very good being made up of plastic and light alloy which is durable and built to last,

We recommend this to anyone looking for something that is ultra portable that still delivers a good sound quality.

If you don’t want or need two of these they are also available to buy in singular devices.

Product Features:

  • Shockproof/Drop-proof tested up to 5 feet in distance.
  • Waterproof IPX7 – Lasts up to 30 mins in deep water.
  • Floats if dropped in water.
  • Long lasting 10 hour battery life.
  • Wireless range up to 30 meters.
  • micro USB Charging Point.

Whats In The Box:

  1. 2 x UE Wonderboom Speakers.
  2. 1 x USB Cable.

 

Pros And Cons:

Pros
  • Ideal travel companion for size & sound quality.
  • Competitively priced compared to others.
  • Very easy to use large buttons.

Cons
  • Not compatible with BOOM APP
  • Only skip tracks forward – NOT backwards.

#Our Rating – 4.6/5

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9. Bose Soundlink Mini 11 Carbon Bundle – Amazon Echo Dot In White – 2nd generation:

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This bundle is more for the home, it includes both the amazon dot and the Bose soundlink 11 carbon, when you combine these two together you can easily control your speaker using your voice, how great is that!

The units can also be used separately if you wish to use one or the other in different rooms or different locations altogether, the Echo Dot is a voice controlled device you can command using your voice, it’s functionalities are above and beyond, it uses Alexa to stream music, control home smart devices such as HIVE, use your voice to ask it anything on any subject to receive information fast.

The Bose speaker it-self has been around for a long time now, but it still continues to be one of the best buy Bluetooth speakers on the market today for its price, sound, connectivity and Ease of use, it has the crystal clear sound you would expect from Bose, it’s also a strong robust unit, pretty bomb-proof in our view as long you don’t throw it down the stairs of course.

Key Features:

  • Built in mic for speakerphone, make hands free calls.
  • Connections -Bluetooth, NFC.
  • 10 hours battery life, includes charging cradle.
  • Easy pairing – remembers up to 6 previous devices making re-connecting simple.
  • Voice prompts which will talk you through pairing.
  • Charges through most USB Devices.

Setting up the two devices:

  1. To set these up to work together first you will need to make sure the echo dot is no more than 3 feet away from the Bose speaker, make sure to plug in the echo and be sure you have charge on the speaker.
  2. Follow instructions to Download the Alexa app to your mobile device,  you can do that here.
  3. Download the Sound-link App to your mobile device, watch video and follow the instructions further up this page.
  4. Next, press and release the Bluetooth button until blue indicator shows, in the Alexa App settings (select your dot), then select Bluetooth, then choose pair a new device, then choose your Bose speaker from the list of devices.
  5. That is it your set up is now complete, if for any reason your devices dis-connect then simply ask Alexa to connect.

Whats In The Box:

  1. Bose Sound-link 11 Carbon Speaker.
  2. Amazon Echo Dot – White – (2nd Generation)

Pros And Cons:

Pros
  • Both units are of good build quality.
  • Both units can be purchased separately if you wish.

Cons
  • Can be a little tricky to set up for the not so tech person.

#Our Rating – 4.8/5

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We will be updating this post from time to time with new products based on the best of Bluetooth speakers we find coming to market, another good space saving option for the home is for you to consider installing Bluetooth ceiling speakers as they are virtually invisible once you have them installed in your home, we also reviewed the bowers and Wilkins speakers some time ago which are a high end choice in speakers but they do deliver one of the best sounding speakers we have reviewed to date.

Please feel free to use the comment box below if you have any questions, we will always be happy to help you out.

8 thoughts on “Best Of Bluetooth Speakers 2018

  1. Bluetooth is definitely the way to go, I own a couple of Bluetooth devices now and could be without them lol. I like the fact that I can stream one device to another and of course in some cases get better sound quality. The Bose Micro is a must for me, it’s small ie good for travelling since I do that a lot, it’s got excellent reviews, and its sound is said to be pretty awesome. I don’t own a portable Bluetooth device so this is a must buy. It’s good to see that your links are UK, I usually like something from the USA and can’t get it here lol.

    1. The Bose micro was one of the favorite’s in this review,
      Mainly because of its sound, portability being so small and easy to carry around with you, the price is also very reasonable compared to other speakers in this range like – bang and olufsen beoplay which is a little more expensive in comparison.
      Glad we could be of a help to you sharon,
      Good luck with your buying decision.
      Best Regards.

  2. Hi Simon, really interesting article about the best bluetooth speaker as I was looking for a new one to bring in my school excursions and trips!
    I used to own a Bluetooth speaker but it was a cheap one just to try out how it was and from then on, it’s been my favourite thing to bring onto holidays, etc! However, it didn’t work anymore and that’s why I’m looking for another one.
    I have kept my eyes on JBL Charge 3 as it fits my budget and price point. What do you think about that?
    Looking forward to your reply!

    1. Hi Kai,
      Thanks for stopping by, the JBL Charge 3 is a great choice amongst all the speakers we covered here, JBL deliver great sounds, the JBL flip 3 is another good option at much lower price, you might want to take a look, it’s a little lighter in weight and a bit smaller is size yet it does have a great sound if you are on a smaller budget, it’s currently amazons choice in Bluetooth speakers amongst the JBL section.
      Have a great day.

  3. It looks like Blue Tooth is the way to go nowadays, I’m not so experienced with it to be honest from a bad experience from a few years ago. It looks like now is a great time to start with so many great new products.

    The Bose Sound Link Micro Bluetooth Speaker seems like a great option, but looks a little pricey. Probably worth it though for what you are getting. Do you know if Bose has any similar, but cheaper products? Thanks

    1. Hi,
      Bluetooth can be tricky to connect at times but once you get to grips with it, it’s easy when you know how, the Bose sound-link micro is one of the cheapest models Bose have produced to date, it’s a very punchy sounding speaker that lives up to Bose reputation for delivering great sound,

      If you are looking for a cheaper model then you could probably grab yourself a bargain on Ebay by purchasing second hand or refurbished models, if that fails then I can personally recommend the JBL flip 3 Or 4 which are a little cheaper than Bose but also pack a nice punch for the price.

  4. Excellent article. I can’t believe how much smaller speakers are these days plus the blue tooth functionality is perfect for sharing music in social settings. I’ve been looking for an outdoor speaker with good battery life for a while now, so these product reviews are very helpful. Thanks so much for sharing, Cheers, Karen

    1. Hi Karen,
      Glad you enjoyed the article, If you are looking for an outdoor speaker which is water resistant, we can recommend the UE Boom, two speaker package, not only are they water resistant but you can hook both speakers up together for a much better all round sound, we included a video on the post which shows you how to connect the app and hook up the two speakers together.

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