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Last updated: 17 July 2018

Turn an ordinary outing into a party for less than $100 with the right Bluetooth speaker. Music stored on your smartphone can be shared in but a few taps, and most are small enough to disappear among the stuff in your backpack. Learn about their different features in our buying guide, or gain a glimpse into how we test different speakers, such as more expensive wireless speakers. See what we found for added insights from our testing to help you buy the best.

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Our experts test 18 models in our sound room to find the speakers that:

  • have the best sound quality
  • have longest lasting battery life
  • are the easiest to use.

Our interactive comparison tool can help you find the speakers with the features most important to you – like the ability to handle phone calls, or take on splashes from wet hands.

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Recommended retail, as of August 2016.

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Takes phone calls

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A microphone built into the speaker makes it possible to take an incoming phone call.

Stereo speaker

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Stereo speakers play audio from a left and right channel, creating the illusion sound is coming from more than one direction.

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Some speakers can be paired together in order to play back music with more volume, or to simulate a stereo speaker set up. 

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Can tolerate splashes, but cannot be submerged in water.

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The overall score is made up of the audio score (60%), battery score (20%) and ease of use score (20%).

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Audio score

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Performance tests are based on our listening panel's appraisal of two pieces of music. The speaker is positioned about two metres away from the listener, with the panel assessing overall quality.

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Battery score

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We drain the battery life of each speaker using a fixed, looped, nine hour playlist. The speakers are drained twice only if the results are consistent, and a third time if the difference between the first two runs is greater than five percent.

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Ease of use is important for a wireless speaker, particularly with some of the more fully featured models that can take some time to learn the controls and options available. Our tester looks at initial setup, how the speaker deals with an incoming phone call in the middle of music playback and any physical controls on the speaker.

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