If you are looking to buy the best bluetooth speaker on the market, there are a few points you should know before making your purchase.
One of my favorite tech inventions of this century are wireless speakers. They are most of the times portable, smart, useful and stress free devices that can improve your sound quality and / or accessibility in a number of scenarios that would be otherwise impossible.
Why Should You Buy a Bluetooth Speaker
If you have a smartphone or a laptop and you listen to music on speakers, you know how frustrating it can be to listen your favorite songs with poor bass and noisy mids / treble. The thing is that most portable devices like laptops and phones are rarely built focused on delivering decent sound quality, as being made for personal use, manufacturers expect that you will use them for personal use in most of scenarios, which is normally true.
However, if you are organizing a get together with friends or if you are in an outdoor place like having a barbecue, your laptop speakers will probably not provide the decent audio experience you are expecting to have. Portable bluetooth speakers solve this problem, as they are made exactly for that, and are at the same time small enough to be carried around and suit to any situation.
Things to Consider When Buying a Bluetooth Speaker
There is not much you should consider to avoid getting frustrated when buying a bluetooth speaker, but some points are good to bear in mind, and they are: power, battery life and eventually how water resistant it is. Obviously a 12 watts RMS bluetooth speaker will be more powerful than one with 3 watts, and anything above 10W is quite high.
When it comes to battery life, you can always check reviews, and search for the mAh number(milli Ampere per Hour), which is the best indicator for your how long your battery will last (the higher mAh number, the better).
Finally, if you plan to use your bluetooth device outdoor, you should look for a water resistant, or even waterproof model, but this feature might influence the sound quality too.
Here is a list featuring some models which I consider potential candidates to be the best bluetooth speaker of 2016, firstly listed on Amazon.com and then on Amazon.co.uk.
Buying your Best Bluetooth Speaker of 2016 on Amazon.com (North America)
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II (Carbon)
Big sound–with deep bass–for a full-range listening experience
Wireless and ultra-compact so you can take Bose sound anywhere
Built-in speakerphone lets you take calls out loud
Voice prompts talk you through Bluetooth pairing, so it’s super easy
Lithium-ion battery plays up to 10 hours on full charge
JBL Xtreme Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Black)
Hear the bass, feel the bass, see the bass. Dual external passive radiators demonstrate just how powerful your speakers are.
Splashproof means no more worrying about rain or spills; you can even clean it with running tap water. Just don’t submerge it.
Take crystal clear calls from your speaker with the touch of a button thanks to the noise and echo cancelling speakerphone.
Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 15 hours of playtime and charges devices via dual USB ports.
Wirelessly connect up to 3 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns playing earth-shaking, powerful stereo sound.
UE BOOM 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Phantom Edition
Insanely good, loud 360degree sound with deep bass
Portable design so you can bring the music anywhere
Waterproof*, shockproof, designed for adventure (* IPX7 rated waterproof up to 30 minutes and a depth of one meter)
15hour battery life and 100 ft. Bluetooth wireless range (Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles)
Tap the speaker to play, pause or skip songs
Companion app and over-the-air speaker updates
Buying your Best Bluetooth Speaker of 2016 on Amazon.co.uk (UK)
JBL Flip 3 Portable Wireless Speaker – Black
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II – Carbon
Big sound and deep bass for a full-range listening experience
Wireless and ultra-compact so you can enjoy Bose sound wherever you are
Built-in speakerphone to take calls
Voice prompts to guide you through the Bluetooth pairing process
Rechargeable battery provides up to 10 hours of playback time
Marshall Acton Speaker with Bluetooth – Black
Classic Marshall design – Vintage look with traditional front fret, gold-coloured metal details and that iconic script logo.
Compact frame – Same powerful sound in a much smaller package
Mighty bass – Carrying on a long-standing tradition of loud
3 analogue interection knobs – Fine tune sound to exactly how you like it
Bluetooth connectivity – Stream music directly from your smartphone, tablet or computer, no wires involved.