The Which? top choice wireless or Bluetooth speaker for July 2020
By Oliver Trebilcock
Don't want to read lots of reviews? We’ve got you covered – below you’ll find both our favourite portable and home use wireless speakers of the month.
We’ve reviewed hundreds of wireless and Bluetooth 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 home and portable wireless speakers from our recent rounds of testing.
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.
This month's selections
If you're looking to maximise bang for your buck, one of the speakers we've selected is a cheaper model. It's nevertheless exceptional and punches above its weight, and so while it may not quite match the outstanding sound quality or cutting-edge feature set of our more expensive choice, it is an 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.
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Top pick speakers of the month
Among the very best-sounding smart speakers, this Bluetooth and wi-fi wireless speaker has internet radio and voice control with Google Assistant, which allows you to control the speaker hands-free plus perform tasks like setting calendar reminders. There’s also multi-room support to connect other speakers, and the beautifully warm, well-balanced sound will do justice to whatever you listen to. See how easy it is to use and what music services are supported in our expert review.
If you’re looking for a low-cost simple Bluetooth speaker on a budget, this speaker is ideal. It’s rare to find a small portable speaker with great sound, but this speaker excels, impressing our expert panel with its great energy and drive, and a surprisingly large sound for its size. It’s very easy to set up, with a ten-and-a-half hour battery life, and is even slash-proof as well.
For more of the top models to choose, see our best wireless and Bluetooth speakers.
The latest wireless speakers put to the test
We’ve tested more than 150 models currently available to buy, and above are our latest best wireless speaker recommendations. We’ll update these recommendations every month as we put more and more wireless speakers through their paces.
We prioritise sound quality in our scores, so you may find that cheaper models score better than those with more features or a larger, more premium, build quality. The more expensive model may have have slightly underperformed in one or more of the key categories listed below, leading to the slightly lower score - but it's not something to worry about and both models are among the best available. Spending more money is no guarantee of better sound quality.
Here’s how we test the speakers that go to our lab: