10 Portable Speakers That Will Set the Vibe For Your Summer Adventures
It's time to have some fun in the sun, and what better way to set the vibe than with a portable speaker? A high-quality Bluetooth speaker is something every music fan or podcast listener needs. The gadget will transform your audio experience and elevate the mood wherever the summer takes you — just imagine listening to riveting podcasts and audiobooks while relaxing on the sand or jamming out to your favorite summer playlists with your friends. Ahead, we rounded up the best portable speakers on the market from brands such as Bose, JBL, and Sony.
To avoid the heartbreak of ruining a speaker with a splash of water or an accidental drop, invest in a durable portable speaker that can handle your summer adventures. We found speakers with water-resistant and dust-resistant features that are equipped to handle pool parties, beach days, and hiking adventures. There are even options with extra bass to turn your space into a music festival. Keep reading to shop our top picks of every price range.
— Additional reporting by Macy Cate Williams
Best Durable Speaker: Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker
The Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker ($119) has balanced, crisp sound with a boost of bass. It has a durable, tear-resistant silicone strap and casing; a waterproof speaker; and up to six hours of battery life per charge. You can even pair this speaker with another for stereo or party-mode playback. Plus, you can clip this onto backpacks and bikes. It comes in several cool colors, including light blue, navy blue, black, and white.
Portable Speaker With Long Battery Life: Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker
Get stereo sound with the Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker ($28-$36). It's a sleek, lightweight, waterproof speaker with a 24-hour playtime. If you like to feel the beat, this portable speaker is perfect for a bass-enhanced experience. It comes in black, blue, and red.
A Mini Portable Speaker: JBL Go3 Wireless Speaker
The dust-proof, waterproof JBL Go3 Wireless Speaker ($30-$40, originally $50) can fit into your pocket or serve as a keychain on a bike, backpack, or water bottle. It's tiny but packs a powerful sound with deep, punchy bass. It has up to five hours of battery life per charge and comes in several different colors, including classic black and a bold teal.
Best Waterproof Speaker: Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Bluetooth Speaker
The Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Bluetooth Speaker ($130, originally $150) delivers 360-degree sound with a deep bass. It's portable and allows up to 15 hours of playtime. It is completely waterproof and even floats! It comes in black, red, and blue.
A Waterproof Portable Speaker: JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($100, originally $130) comes in a variety of color choices, including black, gray, and blue. This speaker is dust-proof and waterproof and allows for 12 hours of wireless playtime. This speaker can handle it all, whether it's rain, spilled drinks, or beach sand.
A Mini Portable Speaker: Sony SRS-XB13 Extra Bass Wireless Portable Compact Speaker
The Sony SRS-XB13 Extra Bass Wireless Portable Compact Speaker ($48, originally $60) is a waterproof mini speaker that packs a powerful sound. Jam out to your favorite playlists wherever you want. It has a 16-hour playtime and an enhanced bass experience. It can strap onto a shower head, a beach umbrella, or a backpack. Plus, it comes in a variety of fun colors.
Best For Outdoor Entertaining: JBL Charge 5 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker
The JBL Charge 5 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker ($150, originally $180) comes in a variety of color choices, including black, gray, and blue. This speaker is dust-proof and waterproof and allows for 20 hours of wireless playtime. It lets you connect multiple JBL PartyBoost-enabled speakers for a sound big enough for any crowd, and it can even serve as a portable charger for your phone.
An Amazon Best-Seller: OontZ Angle 3 Shower Plus Edition with Alexa
The OontZ Angle 3 Shower Plus Edition with Alexa ($35) is completely waterproof and can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes. It has a 100-foot wireless Bluetooth range and provides crystal-clear sound. You can also activate Alexa for all your inquiries and requests, as long as the Alexa app is installed on your phone. It's loud and perfect for those who like an enhanced bass experience. It comes in a variety of different colors.
A Stylish Portable Speaker: Marshall Emberton Bluetooth Speaker
With more than 20 hours of playtime per charge, the Marshall Emberton Bluetooth Portable Speaker ($150, originally $170) is a must for avid music listeners. It has a rich, clear, and multidirectional sound. Resilient, waterproof, and lightweight, it's perfect for all your adventures. The stylish design is a huge plus.
For a Bass Boost: Sony SRSXB23 Extra Bass Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker
If you're all about that bass, you need to invest in the Sony SRSXB23 Extra Bass Wireless Portable Bluetooth IP67 Waterproof Speaker ($100, originally $110). It's compact, lightweight, waterproof, rustproof, dust-proof, and shockproof, and it has up to 12 hours of playtime per charge. It comes in stunning colors, such as olive green, blue, black, and coral.