Best Portable Speakers

A portable speaker should be lightweight, easy to transport, and reasonably durable and weatherproof - but there’s more to them than that. Now portable Bluetooth speakers have a host of features that make them more user-friendly and suitable to a wider range of settings - here’s a guide on what to look out for. Continue reading...

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Based on 474 reviews
Soundcore Motion+

Soundcore Motion+

4.5  (43)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $179.99
  • Battery Life12 hours
Ryley Robinson-Condon
Ryley Robinson-CondonNSW2 posts
  Verified
Ode to SpeakerThe speaker sounds nice

Fills the room with happiness

Brightens up the day Show reply

Easy Touch Speaker

Easy Touch Speaker 🏆 2024

4.5  (35)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $59.95
  • Battery Life5 hours
Kym
KymWA3 posts
 
Threw it in the binDon't bother with this product; it doesn't work as advertised.
It is extremely troublesome and doesn't work without undue attention.
Soundcore Motion Boom

Soundcore Motion Boom

4.9  (18)
 Summary
$159.99RRP
A East
A East
  Verified
LegendaryGreat sounds, size and battery life.
Outdoor parties are now the best.
Exactly what was advertised. Show details ·  1
Replaced by JBL Charge 4  3.6
JBL Charge 3

JBL Charge 3

4.5  (24)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $169
  • Battery Life20 hours
Finn
FinnWA10 posts
 
DisposableDont buy once it breaks you can not get it repaired or purchase parts to fix it throw away item for something that is the most basic repair
I feel dissapointed that JBL would do this and that this things going to end up in landfill because the micro usb port has pulled out Show details
Replaced by JBL Flip 5  2.7
JBL Flip 4

JBL Flip 4

3.7  (39)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $159
  • Battery Life12 hours
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Disappointed
Disappointed
 
Short life spanNot bad little speaker however battery wouldn’t charge after 3 years of with very little use . Looks like too tricky to replace battery on my own. JLB dosent sell replacement batteries but they are available on line Show details
Soundcore Mini 3

Soundcore Mini 3

4.9  (11)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $69.99
  • Battery Life15 hours
Karen 53
Karen 53QLD6 posts
  Verified
Mini speakerExcellent. Love it. Tone is really great. Love love love it. Show details ·  1
Soundcore 3

Soundcore 3

4.8  (10)
 Summary
$89.99RRP
Love
Love6 posts
  Verified
A GIFTThe Sound core 3 was a gift for a 70th Birthday.
My friend said that the sound is amazing of high quality Show details ·  1
JBL Charge 5

JBL Charge 5

4.8  (9)
 Summary
  • Battery Life20 hours
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Kev
KevVIC34 posts
 
Purchased a few of theseAudio quality is amazing for this chunky little speaker.
Battery life seems fine for my use cases.
The link feature is the reason why I own a few.
Controls are tactile and easy to use.
I have installed the app to update firmware and silence the startup / shutdown sounds. Otherwise, I have no use for the app.
Logitech UE BOOM 3

Logitech UE BOOM 3

3.5  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199.95
  • Battery Life15 hours
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remi1au
remi1auWA9 posts
  Ultraviolet Purple
Useless if you own an iPhoneMy iPhone successfully pairs, but does not appear in my Spotify list of devices. For me it’s an expensive paperweight. And yes, been through all the troubleshooting guides, switched on and off, unpaired and repaired etc. just doesn’t work. Show details
JBL Charge 4

JBL Charge 4

3.6  (13)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199.95
  • Battery Life20 hours
bilbo
bilboWA
 
Absolute rubbishThe speaker constantly turns itself on and off and the volume down button also turns the speaker on and off so unable to change speaker volume when it is on. Tried factory reset but makes no difference. Can't return as given a JBL Charge 4 as a work bonus. Glad I never paid for it. Show details
Logitech UE Megaboom 3

Logitech UE Megaboom 3

2.9  (25)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299.95
  • Battery Life18 hours
VW phile
VW phileNSW3 posts
 
Replaced by JBL Charge 3  4.5
JBL Charge 2

JBL Charge 2

4.7  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $249.95
  • Battery Life12 hours
Brackenboy
BrackenboyQLD42 posts
 
DisappointedGreat little speaker when it worked, however it has stopped working, it just emits a tinny squeak and it is less than two years old. I have googled to see if can be repaired however I haven't been able to get an answer. I'm disappointed with this purchase. Show details
Brackenboy
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It's working fine now with a new Bluetooth sender. Very happy with it now.

Yamaha PDX-B11

Yamaha PDX-B11

4.7  (6)
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$169RRP
Arthur H.
Arthur H.VIC2 posts
 
Best Bluetooth speaker ever!I recieved this as a gift. Ohh boy! Can't believe how good this thing is. Great sound quality and amazing bass. Absolutely love it. Bulletproof design and great connectivity. Hats off to Yamaha for such an amazing product. Show details
Logitech X50

Logitech X50

4.7  (6)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $49.95
  • Battery Life5 hours
Jay
JayNSW32 posts
 
Excellent Sound Quality and well builtExcellent Sound Quality, well built, Auto shut down very happy with it. Volume is sufficiently loud most of the time when volume level is at around 70%.
My laptop speaker was not working properly and it fills in the need. Show details
Replaced by Sonos Move 2  2.0
Sonos Move

Sonos Move

2.8  (12)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $649
  • Battery Life10 hours
Goodorbad
GoodorbadWestern Australia33 posts
 
Bose Soundlink Colour II

Bose Soundlink Colour II

3.1  (8)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199.95
  • Battery Life8 hours
RON
RONNSW22 posts
 
Very annoying speakerWhen I disconnect it says over and over, ready to connect after being disconnected, charging is not always good, will not buy Bose again. Show details
Logitech UE Roll 2

Logitech UE Roll 2

4.5  (4)
 Summary
$99.95RRP
Susanna
SusannaNSW2 posts
  Verified
Good sound, good priceReceived UE roll as a present. It has a great sound for a such a small device.
Easy bluetooth connection to my iPhone.
Excellent for travelling - picnic at a park, beach etc. Show details
Kmart Anko Bluetooth Portable Speaker

Kmart Anko Bluetooth Portable Speaker

3.5  (6)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $29
  • Battery Life5 hours
Brandon M.
Brandon M.WA
  Barrel Black
Quality is not greatHi guys, the Anko Bluetooth Portable splashproof speaker is not charging, what can I do to get my speaker charging again so I can use it? Show details
Kmart
Kmart   DM   
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Ultimate Ears Boom 3

Ultimate Ears Boom 3

3.8  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199.95
  • Battery Life15 hours
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M.G
M.GSA19 posts
  Fair Incentive
Philips BT4080B/98

Philips BT4080B/98

3.8  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199
  • Battery Life5 hours
Thatnikoguy
ThatnikoguyQLD7 posts
 
My speaker stopped chargingHi I like the sound of this speaker but it stopped charging and now would not turn on at all. I have tried leaving it to charge overnight and still it wouldn't turn on. I tested the charger with voltmeter and it delivers 15volts so not sure why this happened.
Philips Domestic Appliances
Philips Domestic Appliances   DM   
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Doss SoundBox XL DS1685BLK

Doss SoundBox XL DS1685BLK

5.0  (3)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $129
  • Battery Life10 hours
Joseph D.
Joseph D.2 posts
  Verified
Makita DMR200

Makita DMR200

2.9  (7)
 Summary
$139RRP
Johan
JohanTAS4 posts
 
Amazing speakerI have used my DMR200 heavily for about 2 years. Mostly at full volume. Clear sound, Bluetooth works great. Extremely happy with it. Bought at Sydney tools. Use mine for both music and audio books. Show details
JBL Link Music

JBL Link Music

2.9  (7)
 Summary
$169.95RRP
Ben
BenNSW93 posts
 
Chromecast is very unreliableChromecast doesn't work half the time. Very frustrating and as a result, no better than any old Bluetooth speaker except you've paid twice the price for the not-so-smart "smarts".
Soundcore Flare 2

Soundcore Flare 2

4.3  (3)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $119.99
  • Battery Life12 hours
Lisa Callard
Lisa Callard3 posts
  Verified
Full bodied soundGreat compact speaker that lights up prettily. Can go anywhere. Show details ·  1
Sony XB12 Extra Bass

Sony XB12 Extra Bass

3.5  (4)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $79
  • Battery Life16 hours
Jimb
JimbVIC129 posts
 
Very good speakerI have had this speaker for 3 years now and is excellent value and being a Sony product I know it will last.Has extra bass and can connect to another speaker.Also has good hands free phone option.Got it as a gift. Show details
JBL Wind Bike Speaker

JBL Wind Bike Speaker

2.4  (7)
 Summary
  • Battery Life10 hours
J. Myles
J. Myles
 
JBL Link 20

JBL Link 20

2.3  (8)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299.95
  • Battery Life10 hours
Chris
ChrisNSW4 posts
 
Bought 2x and they failed just over a year old - DONT BUY JBL!!!One got a crackly speaker and one stopped workign as if the battery had died. Spent over $400 and replaced my bose so now the old bose is back in the house.
JBL repair service fee is $69 so basically they force you to purchase a new item.
AVOID JBL!!!!!! Show details
Bose Portable Home Speaker

Bose Portable Home Speaker

3.3  (4)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $499.95
  • Battery Life12 hours to 13 hours
gardener george
gardener georgeQLD118 posts
  Verified Luxe Silver
  • Price (RRP) $49
  • Battery Life6 hours
Adele P.
Adele P.WA2 posts
  Anko Bluetooth Splashproof Roar Portable Speaker
Bose SoundLink Micro

Bose SoundLink Micro

2.8  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $149.95
  • Battery Life6 hours
Mar H.
Mar H.3 posts
 

Should I get a portable speaker?

A woman turning on a black portable speaker sitting on her desk. There's a laptop and a glass of water in the background.

Portable speakers are used for everything from easy listening at home over a glass of wine to intense trail rides and camping trips. That’s why it’s important to think about what you want to use your speaker for and what you’ll need out of it.

Of course, a speaker’s features will vary depending on the model, but here are some general benefits and disadvantages to using a portable speaker.

Pros
As their name suggests, they’re extremely portable, so you can fit them in your backpack or clip them to your bike if you want some music while you cycle.
Simple to use, in that they usually have minimal, intuitive controls and can start playing music as soon as you’ve connected your device.
Usually quite powerful for their small size.
Generally have quite high waterproof and dust-resistant ratings (it’s quite common to find waterproof Bluetooth speakers), so you can take them to the shower, beach, or adventures in wet conditions.
Cons
Connectivity can be a bit unreliable, as you need to be within range - it also just takes a stubborn device to spoil all the fun.
Sound quality may not be up to scratch for audiophiles.
They often pick up everything that your paired device does, so everyone may hear your text and email notifications.
Often not very customisable, however some portable speakers can be connected to mobile apps which let you adjust sound settings.

If you only really want to play music at home and storage space isn't an issue, then you may want to consider investing in regular speakers, a soundbar, subwoofer, or a home theatre system instead.

What to look for in a portable speaker

Connectivity options

Most portable speakers use Bluetooth connection. These are probably suited to you, as long as your phone and speaker remain relatively close to each other.

Some devices have other connectivity options instead of or as well as Bluetooth, including:

Sound quality

A lot of people overlook sound quality because it can be difficult to wrap your head around sound quality lingo - after all, we can’t all be audiophiles. Sound quality can however make or break your listening experience, and can even make you think your favourite tunes aren’t all that satisfying to listen to.

Decent portable speakers should be able to give you good quality audio at low and medium volumes, but unless you opt for a premium model, they may not deliver much when you crank the volume.

A portable speaker with a passive radiator system, like the Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus or the JBL Charge 4, will produce deep, rich tones. You can also find 360° speakers that emit sound in all directions, making for a more immersive listening experience.

Looking at the specs advertised by a manufacturer can give a bit of an idea about how a speaker will sound, but the best way to find out if you like how a speaker sounds is to try it out in store.

How many watts is a good Bluetooth speaker?

The wattage you need depends on how loud you want your music to play. For easy listening, most people will find that 20 watts is enough. Those holding events and parties at home may need a high wattage speaker of up to 100 watts so that you can play music loudly without distortion.

Features

Portable speakers now have a host of features that can make them more suitable for all kinds of uses.

  • Speakerphone: A speaker with a speakerphone lets you receive calls. Some speakerphones have a noise and echo-cancelling feature for better sound clarity.
  • Multiple speaker pairing: Some speakers, such as the Logitech UE BOOM 2 and the JBL Charge 3, let you wirelessly connect to other compatible speakers so that you can amplify the sound - and the party.
  • App control: Some speakers have apps that you can use to access features like connecting to other speakers and customising the equaliser.
  • LED lights: LED lights let you easily locate your speaker in the dark, as well as create ambiance when you’re throwing a party or trying to set a mood.
  • FM radio: You can find a Bluetooth speaker with radio that lets you tune into FM, so you can cut out the middleman and not have to stream from a radio app on your smartphone.
  • Digital radio (DAB): Offering great sound quality and more choice in stations, DAB+ can also be a handy feature to have on your portable speaker.
  • Alarm: If you need a bit of help waking up in the morning, or prefer to wake up to an alarm with a better sound quality than your phone, then look for a portable speaker that has an alarm feature.

Battery life and charging time

Portable speakers are generally designed with a long battery life as their main point is that they can be taken with you wherever you go. Most will be able to continuously play music anywhere from 8 to 13 hours, with an overall battery life of around 15 to 24 hours.

Charging time is also an important consideration that you should have, particularly if you plan on using your speaker frequently. It can be handy to give your speaker a quick charge in the car on the way to the beach or a camping trip. Portable speakers often have a charging time of somewhere between 2.5 and 4 hours - generally, the shorter the better.

Size and weight

A portable speaker should be easy to carry around. Think about the bag you usually carry around - will your speaker fit into your backpack, handbag, or jacket pocket? Is it lightweight enough to not be burdensome to carry around?

To make them easier to carry around and to also protect them from the contents of your bag (water bottles seem to leak regardless of how tightly you screw their cap on), some portable speakers also come with a carry case.

Dust and water resistance

Chances are, you’ll be taking your speakers out on beach outings, camping trips, and park picnics, which means you’ll need it to withstand the elements - you may even only be looking at completely waterproof speakers to take on more rugged adventures (or just pool parties).

A speaker will usually have an IP rating that refers to its level of dust and water resistance. The higher the number, the more resistant it is. While the first ‘x’ refers to its dust resistance, the second ‘x’ refers to its water resistance. That means that an IPX5 rating means that a product hasn’t been rated for dust resistance, while an IP66 rating means that a product is completely protected against dust and is extremely water-resistant.

A red Logitech UE Wonderboom 2 waterproof Bluetooth speaker floating in a blue outdoor swimming pool.

The Logitech Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 has an IP67 rating, so it can be submerged in 1m of water for up to 30 minutes at a time.

Voice control

Some Bluetooth-only speakers also have a voice assistance feature, letting you use Google Assistant, Apple Siri or AirPlay, or Amazon Alexa. It can be difficult finding portable speakers with these features, as most ‘smart’ speakers are designed to be used as part of your smart home.

Price

There’s a portable speaker out there for every kind of budget, with some cheap Bluetooth speakers being as little as $30 and some very premium picks costing well over $1000. You’ll find plenty of speaker options from popular brands between $80 and $250. Remember that the more special features you want, the more you’ll have to fork out.

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