Need music for a day of basking on the beach? How about obliterating a Tough Mudder? Or maybe you just want a pocket-sized powerhouse. No matter what you're looking for, there's a perfect Bluetooth speaker to suit your needs and keep the jams pumping. Here are nine of our favorite sound monsters.
The most rugged
Forged out of fiber-reinforced resin, there’s no tougher speaker on the market. But durability doesn’t come at the expense of sound: the drivers are tilted upward at an eight-degree angle for superior audio. It’s dustproof, waterproof, mudproof, shockproof, and with its simple Bluetooth pairing, idiotproof.
The waterproof option
Water destroys most Bluetooth speakers, but not the Aqua. The characteristic hull-shaped design lets it float in water while blasting sound up to a 33-foot range. You’ll get 10 hours of play on a single charge, making it perfect for the world’s longest shower.
The best travel companion
At just five ounces, the JBL's ultralight frame houses a powerful package that’ll afford you five hours of playtime before needing a charge. Its unique, built-in carabiner means you can secure it anywhere on the go. It's the keychain of the speaker universe.
The best for biking
With special handlebar mounts, water resistance, and a noise-canceling microphone, the Cruiser is the ideal speaker for the two-wheeled audiophile.
The most beautiful design
You may find deeper bass or higher volume elsewhere on this list, but nothing tops the sleek, retro-inspired vibes of the InnoFLASK. The speaker fits neatly in a carrying case that doubles as a speaker mount for a convenient, condensed package that both travels and looks smart.
The party animal
Big Turtle Shell
Designed for indoor and outdoor use with a blaring 110 decibels of sound, the Big Turtle Shell will take you from patio BBQ to living room rager with ease. Loud, durable, and beer-resistant, it's the perfect speaker to have when your parties get a little more Motley Crüe than jazz flute.
The most "fun-sized"
Most of the time, bigger is better...but not always. The natural acoustic properties of wood are used in concert halls around the world, and they’re put to use once more in this palm-sized musical companion. Made from walnut or bamboo, the whole thing is just 1.75-inches tall and houses the controls on the bottom, giving it a streamlined appearance.
The best sound
Bose SoundLink III
Booming base, four drivers, and crystal clarity are to be expected with Bose, but add to that the 14-hour playtime and razor-thin profile, and you’ve got impeccable sound with features that make it unexpectedly user-friendly considering the high level of tech inside.
The best overall
In the Westminster of the speaker world, the UE Boom takes best in show. The 360-degree surround sound is the basis for, well, booming audio with an astounding 15 hours of battery life. It’s compact, water-resistant, and like everything else that’s important in life, fits in a cup holder.