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Last updated: 03 November 2023


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Our expert testers take to the CHOICE sound room to find the wireless speakers that:

  • have the best sound when listening to jazz, pop and classical music
  • sound the best for speech
  • weigh the least and are easy to carry around
  • are the easiest to use.

We've also partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings that the Ethical Consumer Group gives to each company.

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Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless speakers and smart displays let you play music while keeping your smartphone or music player close at hand. 

Our interactive comparison tool helps you easily find the models that have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth (or both) and the ones that come in under a kilo so you can comfortably carry them in a day pack. Our Recommended list will show you at a glance which models come out on top.

Note: We adjusted our method and score weighting in November 2021 and applied this to previously tested models as well as new ones. Some scores and recommendations may have changed as a result.

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    Speaker type

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    Home speakers can be Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and mains powered. Portable speakers may also be Wi-Fi but are usually Bluetooth and are battery powered. Smart displays are ideal for the kitchen or bedroom and can usually play video as well as illustrate information delivered by a voice assistant such as Alexa or Google. 

      Power options

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      Speakers that offer both mains and battery power provide versatility to use at home and take out and about.

        Wi-Fi (2.4GHz)

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        Standard Wi-Fi connectivity. The big advantage with Wi-Fi over Bluetooth is the range, with Wi-Fi networks often able to project well over 30 metres.

          Wi-Fi (5GHz)

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          5GHz allows you to connect a greater number of devices over a wireless network with fewer conflicts.

            Shop Ethical rating

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            Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company.

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              • CHOICE Expert Rating
              • Recommended
              • Annual running cost
              • Classical music score
              • Jazz music score
              • Pop music score
              • Speech score
              • Set-up score
              • Everyday score
              • App score
              • Power consumption score
              • Smart display score
              • Battery time (hours)
              • Good points
              • Bad points
              • Price
              • Shop Ethical rating
              • Bluetooth
              • Wi-Fi 2.4GHz
              • Wi-Fi 5GHz
              • Personal assistant
              • Apple AirPlay support
              • Google Home support
              • Google Assistant support
              • Alexa support
              • Siri support
              • Auxiliary input
              • NFC
              • Stereo pairing
              • Speakerphone
              • Dust/water resistant
              • Power options
              • Battery life indicator
              • USB can charge other devices
              • Travel case
              • Other controls
              • Music service support
              • Apps available
              • Dimensions (mm, HxWxD)
              • Weight (g)

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