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Best Bluetooth speakers of 2017

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Bluetooth speakers are the perfect accessory for any event – they're portable, they're wireless, they connect to your phone, and they can produce some sweet, sweet sounds. Whether it's for home, in the park or at the beach, we've found the perfect speaker for you. Here are our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers of 2017.

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Best value Bluetooth speaker: Anker SoundCore 

We've heard plenty of Bluetooth speakers over the years, but the brand new Anker SoundCore is a revolution. Not only does it sound incredibly good but, at just $39.99, it's unbelievably affordable too.

The Anker SoundCore offers rich bass for its size and perfect mid-tones. While it can't reach the same volume as some of the other speakers on this list, for morning music, watching movies or casual listening, the SoundCore is a great option.

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The Anker SoundCore delivers surprisingly good sound quality for its low price. / © ANDROIDPIT

With outstanding battery life (up to 24 hours of play time), this little speaker can keep you grooving all day long. Unfortunately, it lacks NFC pairing, but Bluetooth 4.0 ensures a smooth connection and low energy consumption and, thanks to its built-in mic, it can also be used for hands-free calls.

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The LG Music Flow P5 can be paired with another speaker for stereo surround sound. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best weatherproof Bluetooth speaker: TDK Life on Record A34

The rugged design of this Bluetooth speaker makes it stand up to some tough weather conditions. Come rain or shine, this speaker will continue to deliver a great sound quality. It's IP64 certified, meaning it's resistant to water splashes and dust; imagine being able to take your Bluetooth speaker to the beach or park and not having to worry about it being damaged by the elements.

You can take it anywhere thanks to its rechargeable battery and it can produce up to eight hours of playback on a single charge.

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This weatherproof Bluetooth speaker delivers. / © TDK

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Best Bluetooth multi-speaker offering: LG Music Flow P5

Considering the $99.99 price of the LG Music Flow P5, there's not a lot to report. There's no NFC pairing, line-in cable or speaker phone. The music quality of the P5 doesn't live up to that of the Anker or Bose speakers on this list either. So what's so good about it?

The secret power of the Music Flow P5 is its ability to connect multiple speakers. The LG software used by the Music Flow P5 allows you to pair two speakers, and either have them emit the same sound (which is great for filling an entire room with music) or function as a stereo pair.

If you like the idea of having a couple of quality Bluetooth speakers around the house, with the option to combine them into a more versatile and powerful system when required, then the LG Music Flow P5 is for you.

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The MusicFlow P5 software lets you connect multiple speakers. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best Bluetooth speaker for sound quality: Bose SoundLink Mini II

It probably comes as no surprise that Bose knows how to put together a pretty swanky Bluetooth speaker. The SoundLink Mini II is easily the best sounding Bluetooth speaker on this list, but it comes at a price: $199.99 to be exact.

That price will be an investment in your musical education, though, because you'll discover just how good a Bluetooth speaker can sound. You won't get the same day-long battery life as some speakers on this list (playback time is just 10 hours) but you will get speaker phone support and a nifty charging cradle. That makes this one of the best Bluetooth speakers for phones.

Sadly, there's no NFC pairing, but there are voice prompts to guide you through the not-exactly-rocket-science pairing process. There's also a bunch of optional covers to give it a little more style but really, the reason you'd buy this speaker is because you want the best and you can afford it.

The SoundLink Mini II is a lovely little thing that sounds exceptional. / © Bose

Best Bluetooth speaker for bass-lovers: Anker A7909

The excitingly-named Anker A7909 is the big brother to the SoundCore. It has the same all-day battery life (which promises enough juice to play 500 tracks back-to-back) as the SoundCore, but more bass and a heavier, beefier sound.

The Anker A7909 costs a little more – $56.99 – than its little sibling, but it offers even better sound. You'll also get NFC pairing, two 5-watt drivers, a line-in jack on the rear, a male-male cable and a micro USB charging cable along with a nifty travel pouch.

The best things about the Anker A7909 are its seriously high volume and solid bass, which comes via a dedicated bass port. The bass is really rich and the mid-range is crystal clear but, as with the SoundCore, the high end lacks a little. It all depends on the style of music you're into, of course, but for bass-heavy beats the Anker A7909 is great.

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The Anker A7909 is the best Bluetooth speaker for bass lovers. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best all-round Bluetooth speaker: UE Boom 2

Logitech speakers have been a mainstay of my desk life since back when the internet was only used by the military. The UE Boom 2 by Logitech is a 360-degree Bluetooth speaker that has been built with optimum portability and resilience in mind. The UE Boom 2 hits 90 decibels, making it great for outdoor activities where lower volume speakers can get lost.

Unlike some of the other speakers on this list, the UE Boom 2 is IP67-rated waterproof and shockproof and is pretty indestructible. There's also a clip so you can hook up a carabiner and hang the UE Boom from your bike or backpack. 

It's not all form and no function though: the UE Boom also works as a speaker phone, has a line-in port for cabled connections, promises a 15-hour battery life and you can pair two UE Booms in stereo, as with the Music Flow P5, by using the companion app. This is another great Bluetooth speaker for phone use.

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The UE Boom 2 by Logitech is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. / © Logitech

Do you have a Bluetooth speaker? What is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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Scott Adam Gordon

Scott Adam Gordon

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes much of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. His current aim is to write cool things about Android. And he loves it.

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  • 3 Oct 15, 2020 Link to comment

    I want to Buy the "Anker SoundCore" Bluetooth Speaker. how to buy from Bangladesh?

  • Steven Rhods 8
    Steven Rhods May 26, 2017 Link to comment

    Bose SoundLink Mini II is expensive than the others but it offers great quality sound. Simply the best.

  • Sergio A Guzmán 14
    Sergio A Guzmán Sep 3, 2016 Link to comment

    I have a JBL Flip II almost two years ago, despite it's poor battery duration (~6hs) it delivers a great quality sound, well-balanced trebles and basses.
    Actually as desktop speaker, very happy with it!

  • Nicole Horner 2
    Nicole Horner Aug 27, 2016 Link to comment

    Great suggestions but as for 2016 I'm sure the Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 is the best wireless speaker, based on reviews and ratings.

    I bought mine on a crazy discount here:

    no-fuel. org/product/cambridge-soundworks-oontz-angle-3-next-generation-ultra-portable-wireless-bluetooth-speaker-louder-volume-10w-more-bass-water-resistant-perfect-speaker-for-golf-beach-shower-home-black/

    Just remove the empty spaces after fuel. to check it out.

  • Mark G. 28
    Mark G. Aug 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I just purchased a £10 bluetooth speaker for my shower it is 5w which is loud enough for standard room. It has microphone to take calls, it has skip track & volume. Bluetooth 4.0 but no NFC...

    I've not been a fan of NFC pairing, I don't get why it's seen as being better than normal bluetooth pairing? If anything it adds a extra layer as it uses bluetooth anyway....

    Peace ✌

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    Jerry Lee Aug 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I just purchased a nice pair of Bluetooth speakers, the Philips SPA4270BT/37 Multimedia speakers. They are really good speakers I think. Good, solid sound. It has a volume control so you can adjust the speaker volume. It comes with an attached 3.5 mm cable so you can hook up to a headphone jack if you want to. That is one issue, the cable is attached. The speakers have treble and bass controls so you can adjust the sound to your liking. I was surprised by the bass response, nice, heavy bass I thought. The price is right, I bought these for around $35 USD on Amazon. The other big downside is that they are not rechargeable, you must plug into AC power. Very nice Bluetooth speakers though if you are OK with the power issue.

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    lianne john Aug 23, 2016 Link to comment

    Good collection:)

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    Loffea Aug 23, 2016 Link to comment

    Bose , good!

  • Catherine Gloria 1
    Catherine Gloria Aug 23, 2016 Link to comment

    thanks for u information so interesting

  • Keziepaulo 4
    Keziepaulo Aug 22, 2016 Link to comment

    iWorld Capsule Bluetooth speaker 🔊 very affordable and durable.

  • Jerry's W. 20
    Jerry's W. Aug 22, 2016 Link to comment

    UE boom 2 has advantage if you have a set of 2 of these they pair in Bluetooth creating astonishing stereo effect. I have a set like that and it is better than the stereoset I have in my computer room. ......

  • Madars G 10
    Madars G Aug 22, 2016 Link to comment

    i dont know how about BT, but for cars the best audio system is BOSE

  • Fernanda Reple 1
    Fernanda Reple Jan 7, 2016 Link to comment

    What about the Thodio iBox XC? 200 watts RMS, 6.5 inch drivers aptX HD bluetooth, solid hard woods AND a 51 HOUR lasting rechargeable battery for those outdoor parties best choice imho...

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    julie Dec 18, 2015 Link to comment

    The Bose Sound Link Mini II is amazing! and they have excellent customer service.

  • Madars G 10
    Madars G Mar 15, 2015 Link to comment

    Sony and Beats is the best companys

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    Prince Goods Mar 15, 2015 Link to comment

    Braven 570 is a good choice too!!!

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    Eirik Andreassen Mar 15, 2015 Link to comment

    My favorite is the Harman Kardon Onyx, very high sound quality for sure!!

    Eric Flint

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      Eric Flint Feb 6, 2016 Link to comment

      I agree the onyx studio I own and it kicks all others like Chuck Norris I am just frustrated with the legs in which were chosen to keep the stability and uprightness to it. Pretty weak for such a great out performing Bluetooth speaker

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    ifare Datagni Mar 15, 2015 Link to comment

    What abt the creative sound blaster roar?? Will it be considered a good buy compared to the ones in this list?

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