Whether you frequently go on long bike rides, are looking for an easy solution to replace the terrible sound in your car, or you’d like to play some music at your next outdoor event, a portable speaker is a game-changer. You don’t need to lug around a five-pound speaker for decent sound. In fact, most of the speakers on this list have sound quality that’s good enough to use as your home speaker.
When buying a portable speaker, consider at the weight, battery life, and of course, the overall sound quality. Here are some great options.
The Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker is small and portable. In fact, despite the size, it packs quite an impressive sound. The speaker comes with a strap to clip it onto your bike or backpack, making it easy to listen to music on long rides. It’s also completely waterproof, so you can take it with you outdoors without worrying about the rain. It’s very lightweight (only .63 pounds) which makes it easy to carry around.
JBL Clip 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Easily clip it to your bag, jacket or bike. Amazon
This JBL Clip 3 is optimal for outdoor use. It holds a 10-hour charge and the clip makes it easy to fasten to your belt or backpack. It’s also waterproof, so you can use it as a shower speaker, on long trips outside, or at the beach. There are ten colors to choose from.
Sony SRS-XB12 Extra Bass Portable Bluetooth Speaker
It’s very compact and easy to carry. Amazon
The Sony SRS-XB12 Extra Bass Portable Bluetooth Speaker has an exceptionally long battery life, so it’s ideal if you’re the kind of person who can never seem to remember to charge your devices. It’ll play for 16 hours once charged in comparison to 6 hours for the Bose SoundLink, or 10 hours for the JBL Clip 3. It’s lightweight, waterproof, and comes with a strap to make it easy to carry it around. The price is also competitive for the size and quality of this speaker.
DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 Portable Speaker
It’s hard to beat the bright color options. Amazon
This is a great speaker if you’re on a budget but still want a decently small and good quality speaker. It’s heavier than the others on this list, but not too heavy that you wouldn’t want to carry it around—only 1.23 pounds—and easily connects to your devices via Bluetooth. It comes in bright red, pink and blue, in addition to a standard black or white.