The Which? top choice wireless or Bluetooth speaker for December 2018
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 Bluetooth speaker has a superb 19-hour battery life and a great build, and you can even charge your smartphone from the speaker while it’s playing. The sound is excellent with a great sense of energy that’s enjoyable to listen to. It’s even fully waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about it getting caught out in the rain. It’s a fantastic Best Buy.
This cracking little Best Buy Bluetooth speaker is surprisingly loud for its size and sounds great across a range of genres with detailed sound. It's easy to use and can act as the speaker to take calls from your smartphone. You can even pair two together for stereo sound or to fill a larger space. It’s just going off sale, so grab it while you can.
Models, scores and prices correct at October 2018.
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.