The Best Portable Mini Bluetooth Speaker for 2023: JBL, Bose, Sony and more

Audio technology has gotten better over time. The price of portable wireless Bluetooth speakers has gone down, and the quality of the speakers themselves has also gone up. No matter how much a board costs, the sound quality is great. The bass on a portable speaker might not be as good as it could be, but its portability more than makes up for this.

A portable Bluetooth speaker is the best way to always have your music with you and listen to it anywhere. A small loudspeaker can be used as a speakerphone for calls and meetings where the Bluetooth connection is needed so that you can stream music from your phone, tablet, or computer to the speaker.

We’ll keep this list up-to-date as we test and review more mini Bluetooth speakers. This buying guide will go over some of our current top picks, with an emphasis on models that are easy to carry and don’t weigh much but still sound great. The models we’re highlighting sound great, have long battery lives, and don’t cost too much. Keep reading if you’re looking for a small, lightweight Bluetooth speaker.

In 2022, one of JBL’s smallest Bluetooth speakers will be the one that has been improved the most. The JBL Go 3, which costs $40, £35, or AU$ 70, is one of the best small Bluetooth speakers. It has a brand-new design and surprisingly good sound for its small size.

This model can be found in different colors because it has a waterproof rating of IPX 67. (it can be soaked in water and is resistant to dust). The battery can last up to 5 hours on a single charge.

Tribit StormBox Micro

Tribit’s StormBox Micro is one of the best Bluetooth speakers I’ve tried. It has more bass and volume than most other small speakers I’ve tried. Priced at $50, this item is often sold for $40 or even less.

Bose’s SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker stood out because it had more bass than any other Bluetooth speaker in its size class and less distortion at higher volumes. The Tribit has a low bass level and a high overall volume because it is small.

It meets IP67 standards for dust and water resistance, which means it can be submerged in shallow water for short periods of time. It can be charged via USB-C, which gives it up to eight hours of battery life at moderate volume levels. Like the Bose, this Bluetooth speaker has a built-in strap that can be used to attach it to a backpack or a bike handlebar.

The Bose SoundLink Micro is the best-sounding small loudspeaker on the market. This Bose SoundLink is a little pricey, but the company has cut the list price by ten dollars, making it $99 or sometimes even less. Bose SoundLink is a Bluetooth speaker that is waterproof and comes in three colour schemes.

Anker portable shame
Anker portable shame

Anker makes a portable sound system that can detect movement. It’s too bad because it’s one of, if not the best-sounding speakers under $100. It came out in 2019, but I didn’t notice. Even though it’s small, it sounds a little fuller than most Bluetooth mini speakers under $100. It has more bass, more volume, and better clarity than most of them. As a bonus, he is waterproof (IPX7) and works with Samsung Galaxy phones that use the aptX streaming codec.

This portable Bluetooth speaker from Sony looks like a tank and is small enough to fit in a chair’s cup holder. It has been updated over the years to have a longer battery life, like the JBL Flip and the UE Boom.

The bass in a different model, the SRS-XB23, has a clear heater sound. Many of the generic Bluetooth speakers that cost between $40 and $70 on Amazon have better sound quality and more bass and volume for the price. Also, you can get the Bluetooth speaker in five different colors: black, dove grey, coral red, light blue, and olive green. Some colours cost less than others.

This waterproof, dustproof, rustproof, and shockproof IP67-rated headphone has two new full-range drivers and a passive bass radiator. At a moderate volume level, the battery lasts for 12 hours. Using Sony Party Connect, you can connect up to 100 other Sony speakers that charge through USB-C.

JBL Micro Bluetooth Clip
JBL Micro Bluetooth Clip

The first three generations of the JBL Micro Bluetooth Clip speaker were all round. JBL, on the other hand, went with a more oblong shape, made the speaker bigger, and added USB-C charging to the fourth generation of the Clip 4. A stronger “clip” on the carabiner makes it look like it will last longer. Also, the sound is better, with more volume, clearer sound, and more bass. It’s not completely waterproof like the Clip 3, but its IP67 rating makes it dustproof.

The Clip speaker is one of the best wireless Bluetooth speakers because of its size. It costs $70, but it will likely go down a bit in the next year. The original Clip 3 is often not given enough credit.

The Tribit MaxSound Plus is about 30% bigger and costs about $25 more than its sibling, the XSound Go. However, it works much better and is one of the best-sounding speakers in its size and price range. It has a rechargeable battery that lasts a long time and better sound quality than most Bluetooth speakers.

JBL Flip 5
JBL Flip 5
Beo Play A1
Beo Play A1

B&O has updated its dome-shaped, aluminum-coated A1 speaker so that it has a longer battery life, works better when you don’t have your hands on it (it now has three microphones), and sounds a little bit better. One of the smallest wireless speakers from the Danish company costs just $249, and the cheapest one costs only $225.

A new Qualcomm chipset (Bluetooth 5.1) has better sound quality at higher volumes because it processes digital signals better. The drivers of the speaker haven’t changed. It’s one of the best-sounding mini Bluetooth speakers still on the market. It has a fuller, more balanced sound than other speakers of the same size, and for how much it costs, it should sound great.

A1 has built-in multipoint Bluetooth pairing, so you can connect it to both your PC and smartphone at the same time. If your phone rings, you can switch between the two devices. Just say “Alexa” to Amazon’s voice assistant to turn on the speaker with Alexa built in.

The battery life of the old A1 didn’t live up to what it said it would, but this number is more accurate. If you have the money, you can connect two A1 speakers together to make a stereo pair. At 50% volume, the battery can last up to 18 hours. The IPX 67 and 67 rating for the speaker means that it can be briefly submerged in shallow water without getting damaged.

The Sony XB01
The Sony XB01

The Sony XB01 is a splash-proof mini wireless speaker (this doesn’t mean it’s a waterproof Bluetooth speaker – don’t take one in the shower or whatever), and it is available in more colors. And it offers excellent sound for the price. (List for $ 35 but is regularly discounted to under $ 25 and sometimes even under $ 20.)

Ultimate Ears' Wonderboom
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

The original Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker from Ultimate Ears had great sound quality and long battery life, even though it was small and didn’t have much bulk. The company has released the Wonderboom 2, a bigger improvement than the first one. It sounds a little better, with more low-end and a boost that makes it sound better outside.

The Wonderboom 2 is one of the smallest speakers, with a list price of $100. The main difference is the IP67 rating, which says that it can float, doesn’t let dust in, and can take more hits. Ultimate Ears says that the battery life is up to 13 hours at a moderate volume level, which is a 30 percent improvement. A button on each speaker can be pressed to pair them together for stereo sound.

The Tribit XSound
The Tribit XSound

 

The StormBox speaker from Tribit and the StormBox speaker from UE look and sound alike. We don’t believe it’s an accident. Compared to the JBL Flip 5, which costs about $30 less and has a battery life of up to 20 hours, this model is completely waterproof and has a huge sound. Even though the XSound speakers from Tribit are a better deal, the Storm box is a better-looking speaker. Tribit’s Lithium-ion batteries can be charged so that you can play for up to 20 hours straight.

We know more about it because we can get it in earphones for a fair price. But it’s also the first time. On the other hand, the Bluetooth speaker is pretty good. For a speaker this size, it does a great job with low frequencies. The bass on this speaker is definitely louder than the bass on the UE Wonderboom or the Flip 5. It comes with a lanyard that can be used to hang it up or down. I had to turn the speaker away from me to get the best sound possible.

 

This is the only thing on this list that we didn’t test with our own hands. But the product it replaces, the Oontz Angle Plus, was one we liked back in 2017. Compared to the Plus model, this one has slightly better sound quality, a longer battery life, and can be used in the rain. It can also pair two stereos. Our hands-on review is coming soon, but we’ve included it here based on the 4,800+ user reviews on Amazon, where it costs $35 to $40.

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