The Which? top choice wireless or Bluetooth speaker for October 2019
By Oliver Trebilcock
Don't want to read lots of reviews? We’ve got you covered – below you’ll find our favourite portable wireless speaker – plus a cheaper alternative.
We’ve reviewed hundreds of wireless speakers at our test lab, and there are lots that we’ve awarded Best Buy status. So if you can’t decide or are short on time, below we’ve selected our favourite portable wireless speaker from our recent rounds of testing, to cut through the haze and just give you what you need to know.
If you choose this one, we’re confident you will be pleased with your purchase.
Even if you choose a well-known brand, you can still be stung by poor sound, poor ease of use and flaky connectivity. We’ll even recommend older models if we don’t think the latest releases are up to snuff. The models we’ve selected below are superb choices and have no outstanding flaws. They are all-rounders that will suit a wide range of tastes and uses.
And if you're looking to maximise bang for your buck, we've picked out a much cheaper model too. This one is also exceptional so, while it may not quite match the outstanding sound quality or cutting-edge feature set of our top choice, it is a extremely good option, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better alternative for a similar price. It too excelled in all areas of our testing, and is an all-rounder that we’re convinced will suit a broad audience.
Both these models are ones our experts would buy themselves or recommend to a friend – we’re convinced you’ll love them too.
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This portable speaker looks and sounds the part. It has easy-to-use rotary dials with treble, bass and volume controls. The speaker goes surprisingly loud for its size, delivering clear speech and performing well with energetic music – there’s no distortion even when cranked up to the max. It’s one of the best-sounding portable speakers we’ve seen.
With a durable cylindrical design, this portable and waterproof Bluetooth and wi-fi speaker produces well-balanced, powerful and clear sound, with crystal-clear speech. It performs strongly across genres from classical to pop, and has a high maximum volume. It also has Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant built-in so you can control the unit hands-free, and the 12-plus hour battery life will see you through the day.
The latest wireless speakers put to the test
We’ve tested more than a hundred wireless speakers, and above are our latest wireless speaker recommendations. We’ll update these recommendations regularly as we put more and more wireless speakers through their paces. If any that come through our doors truly excel, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Also note that since we prioritise sound quality in our scores, you may find that cheaper models score better than those with more features or a larger, more premium, build quality but have slightly underperformed in one or more of the key categories listed below. Spending more money is no guarantee of better sound quality, despite build quality tending to improve.
Only models with extraordinary sound quality, sensational ease of use, seamless connectivity and - in the case of portable models - with remarkable battery life are rewarded with Best Buy status. Here’s how we test these core factors:
Countless wireless speakers hide poor sound quality behind a glossy exterior and many portable speakers have weak bass, and so only a select number get our recommendation as a Best Buy. We’ve even rated many devices from well-known brands as dreaded Don’t Buys. Make sure you don’t end up with a dud by heading over to our wireless and Bluetooth speaker reviews.
If you’d like to have a look at more of our recommendations, see our Best Buy wireless and Bluetooth speakers. And if you’re set on a portable speaker, check out our portable wireless and Bluetooth speaker reviews.