From bargains on a budget to portable options that fit in your pocket, we take a look at some of the best wireless speakers on the market right now that are worth investing in.

If you're in the market for a new wireless speaker or two, there are a plethora of models for you to choose from at the moment. From a portable speaker on a budget to something a little more substantial to free your digital music, it can be hard to know exactly where to start.

Are you looking to build a system in a smaller room of the house? Maybe you want a device that'll let you play your music when you're on the go? Or perhaps you're thinking about replacing an iPod or iPhone dock system? From AirPlay to Bluetooth speakers, and multiroom solutions, this page gives you a selection of the best wireless speakers that money can buy.

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Best wireless speakers under £100

Sony SRS-BTM8

Cheap AirPlay speakers are hard to come by but you can get some pretty nifty Bluetooth speakers at this price point. 

 

Sony SRS-BTM8

Five stars

Tested at £85

For the price you pay, this Sony speaker is quite a find and is crammed with features. It's nice to use and can deliver impressive volume in a decent-sized room. So if you're on the hunt for a wireless speaker under £100, this should be near the top of your list.

MORE:  Sony SRS-BTM8 review

JBL Flip

JBL Flip

Five stars

Tested at £100

"A sensational blend of portability and performance" was how we described the Flip when we first gave it a go, and now this portable Bluetooth speaker is on sale for around half its original retail price. That spells bargain to us.

MORE: JBL Flip review

 

Best wireless speakers under £200

Cambridge Audio Go

If you don't want to break the bank but have a budget that stretches to three figures then you won't be short of choice on wireless speakers. Spend this sort of money and you can even get a wireless speaker that will let you create a multiroom system.

 

Cambridge Audio Go

Five stars

Tested at £120 

Our  2014 Wireless Speaker  Best Buy up to £150 is a no-brainer: it tips similarly priced speakers into a cocked hat.

The Minx Go is a doddle to set up and you can pair up to eight devices at once – which is just as well, given that all your friends will be queuing up to use it. It replaces last year's Minx Go model and has plenty more to offer (more features, a smarter design), while also offering a fun, detailed sound that makes it an even better proposition than before.

MORE:  Cambridge Audio Go review 

Ultimate Ears Boom

Ultimate Ears Boom

Five stars

Tested at £170

A hotly-contested price point, with wireless Bluetooth speakers from Beats, Bose, Creative, JBL and more, all competing for top spot. But the Ultimate Ears Boom ticks all the right boxes for us, just pipping the five-star Bose SoundLink Mini (which is still a fine choice).

MORE:  Ultimate Ears Boom review

Pure Jongo S3

Pure Jongo S3 

Five stars

Tested at £175

Far removed from traditional hi-fi kit, the Pure Jongo S3 comes with interchangeable, multi-colour speaker grilles, an upward-firing subwoofer and four tweeters.

You can connect multiple Jongos to form a simple, Sonos-style multi-room system and what you get is a surprisingly beefy-sounding unit that's great at spreading its sound around your room. Bluetooth and WiFi streaming are a bonus.

MORE:  Pure Jongo S3 review 

 

Best wireless speakers under £300

Monitor Audio AirStream S200

It's at this price category that decent AirPlay speakers start to feature, offering you an alternative to Bluetooth should you want the neatness and simplicity of streaming directly from both your Apple iPhones and iPads and your iTunes library on a computer. 

 

Monitor Audio AirStream S200

Five stars

Tested at £200

The AirStream S200 has both bases covered with AirPlay and Bluetooth capability built in. With excellent performance, great price and streaming features galore, this is a very desirable wireless speaker. It's our  Best Buy wireless speaker £150-£300, Awards 2014.

MORE: Monitor Audio AirStream S200 review

JBL OnBeat Rumble

JBL OnBeat Rumble

Prefer a speaker with a dock? This JBL is the best of the bunch for this sort of money. There's a Lightning dock for dealing with iPhones but wireless comes in the form of Bluetooth, making it compatible with a whole world of devices.

An enthusiastic sound, it turns out 'Rumble' is an apt name for this energetic sounding speaker. You won't be disappointed. 

MORE: JBL OnBeat Rumble 

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The Sonos Play:3 (left) works with the Play:1 (centre) and Play:5 (right) if you want to build a wireless multi-room system

Sonos Play:3

Five stars

Tested at £260

The current mid-point in Sonos' Play-branded Zoneplayer range is a cracking little performer and the complete Sonos system was named Best Multiroom Streaming System up to £500 in our 2014 Awards.

It's an all-in-one system combining a network music client, amp and speakers and sounds much better than its prize and size may suggest. If you fancy building a multiroom streaming system, this is the best way to go.

MORE:  Sonos Play:3 review

MORE: Sonos Buying Guide

 

Best wireless speakers under £500

Geneva Model S Wireless DAB+

Spend this sort of money and you can expect to get something approaching hi-fi sound from what remain relatively compact speakers, as premium brands and specialist hi-fi companies get in on the wireless speaker act.

 

Geneva Model S Wireless DAB+

Five stars

Tested at £330

We voted the Geneva Model S DAB+ our  Best Buy wireless speaker £300-£500 in 2014 for a simple reason: it delivers hi-fi grade audio from a wireless speaker, all wrapped in a classy looking, beautifully built package.

 

ALSO CONSIDER:  Q Acoustics Q-BT3

OK, so there's more than just wireless playback going on with the Q-BT3s, but what you get is an awesome package – Bluetooth streaming, an iPod dock alternative, powered stereo speakers and more. A great small system.

 

Libratone Zipp comes with a choice of colours for its fabric cover

Libratone Zipp

Five stars

Tested at £370

Standing apart from a sea of monochrome wireless AirPlay rivals, the Libratone Zipp comes with a series of brightly-coloured felt covers. But there's much more to this speaker than the aesthetics – its 360-degree sound and ease of use make it a nice wireless experience.

MORE:  Libratone Zipp review

 

 

Best wireless speakers under £700

For wireless speakers in this price range, you should expect serious sound quality not too far off what you can get from a budget home hi-fi system. Beautifully crafted and wonderfully capable, the money you'll be paying will be well worth the investment.

 

DALI Kubik Free

Five stars

Tested at £645

It's new territory for the Danish company and not exactly at the budget end of the market, but you quickly hear why. AptX Bluetooth allows for high-quality wireless streaming, and DALI have used their speaker expertise to great effect. That's why the Kubik Free is our  Best Buy wireless speaker up to £750 in our Awards 2014.

MORE:  DALI Kubik Free review

B&W A7

B&W A7

Five stars

Tested at £700

At £700, it might seem like quite a lot to pay for an AirPlay speaker but the hi-fi sound quality and sheer ease of use makes the B&W A7 worth it. Once you've set the A7 up using the B&W app, it makes a subtle but classy addition to your surroundings, while offering excellent sound.

MORE: B&W A7 review

 

Best wireless speaker £750+

Naim Mu-so, our 2014 Product of the Year

Our 2014 Product of the Year in this category is Naim's superb new Mu-so. It's a hugely desirable wireless speaker with hi-fi aspirations, and delivers a stunning performance.

MORE: Naim Mu-so review

Others to consider

Bose is another manufacturer looking to take on Sonos in the multi-room speaker game, with the launch of three wireless streaming systems – including the Soundtouch 20. It'll work with your home wireless network and give you cable free access to your music. Look out for our review coming soon.

MORE:  Bose SoundTouch wireless systems take aim at Sonos

Musaic wireless speakers

Another Kickstarter campaign, this time to fund the UK-based Musaic. The company is looking to secure additional funding to put the MP5 and MP10 speakers in to production.

First spotted at CES, we'd certainly like to hear more from the company that was founded by a former Cambridge Audio engineer. Watch this space.

MORE: Musaic launches wireless hi-fi crowdfunding campaign

 

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Bose Soundlink

Got Bose finally. $200 a bit expensive, but they worth it. Think it is the best sound investment.

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