Best Bluetooth speakers 2019: The best speakers for every budget

Best Bluetooth speakers Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy in 2019.

Finding the right Bluetooth speaker can be tricky. The market is awash with models, as every consumer electronics manufacturer from Apple to Ultimate Ears tries to get a piece of the action. We've rounded-up our pick of the top Bluetooth speakers across all shapes, sizes and prices to give you the best chance of picking a product you'll be over the moon with.

Before you pick the first Bluetooth speaker that takes your fancy, it's worth considering what you actually want from it. Will it mainly be used at home? In that case you'll want something that's mains-powered. Do you want to be able to build a multi-room system around it? A smart Bluetooth speaker might be something to consider. If you want flexibility from your Bluetooth speaker and the ability to withstand the elements, then it sounds like a rugged, portable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in rechargeable battery is your best bet.

The best Bluetooth speakers don't sacrifice sound quality, either. Some offer stunning 360-degree sound while other models can be connected together and used in a stereo pair for a more traditional listening experience. With prices starting at under £100 and going right up to £1000, there should be a Bluetooth speaker saving for everyone.

Best Bluetooth speakers 2019

1. Audio Pro Addon C10

The best performance-per-pound Bluetooth speaker from our multi-room champion

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 11.5 x 21.5 x 13.5 | Power: : 2x5W + 15W Digital class D | Features: wi-fi, multi-room, Bluetooth V4.0, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay | Connections: 3.5 mm stereo

Reasons to Buy
Rich, powerful performance
Expert sense of timing
Multi-room functionality
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing at this price

Audio Pro currently makes some of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market and the Addon C10 is another impressive Award-winning model. Connectivity is among the most thorough you can expect at the money, with wi-fi, Bluetooth and AirPlay, plus aux and RCA inputs. It has all the major music streaming services, including Spotify, Tidal and Qobuz. The Addon C10 sounds big and bold, but is equally able to capture the subtler, more nuanced tracks as it is firing out big bassy numbers.

Read the full review: Audio Pro Addon C10

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2. KEF LSX

A neat, compact and entertaining all-in-one system of rare sonic quality

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions (hwd): 24 x 15 x 18cm | Power: 200W | Connectivity: USB, RCA, optical, 3.5mm inputs | Features: aptX Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2 (coming), Spotify Connect (coming), Tidal

Reasons to Buy
Class-leading insight
Extensive connectivity
Neat, colourful design
Reasons to Avoid
Some app snags

KEF has shrunk its multi-Award-winning LS50 Wireless streaming system down to make a miniature, half-price version, the KEF LSX at £1000/$1100. The LSX shares its successful sibling’s blueprint as an all-in-one hi-fi system: a network streamer, Bluetooth receiver and amplification within a pair of compact stereo speakers.

And KEF has managed to squeeze much of its innovative system’s performance and feature set into a more modest stature, offering the convenience and versatility of the tried-and-tested package at a much more accessible price that is relatively budget for an all-in hi-fi system. 

Indeed, the LSX is a scaled-down, carefully crafted copycat of its sibling, and for that is just as triumphant. Take heed, rival systems, these miniature marvels are going to take some beating.

Read the full review: KEF LSX

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3. Ultimate Ears Roll 2

Award winning, bright coloured Bluetooth bargain.

SPECIFICATIONS

Connectivity: Bluetooth | Power: 9W | Inputs: 3.5mm | Battery life: 5.5hrs | Dimensions (hwd): 13.5 x 13.5 x 4cm | Weight: 463g

Reasons to Buy
Enthusiastic, full-bodied performance
Clear and detailed
Fluid dynamics and open sound
Reasons to Avoid
Pricier rivals offer greater bass weight

Compact, portable and easy to use – this is what a Bluetooth speaker under £100 should be. The UE Roll 2 is big enough to improve upon your phone's speaker and will keep going for over five hours. It's also small enough to slip into a bag. Considering its size, you get a full-bodied performance that's clear and offers plenty of detail. But if you're after more bass, you might want to consider a pricier option.

Read the full review: Ultimate Ears Roll 2

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4. Audio Pro Addon C3

Portability, multi-room skills and excellent sound quality in an impressive package.

SPECIFICATIONS

Connectivity: Bluetooth and wi-fi | Power: Battery | Inputs: 3.5mm | Battery life: 15hrs | Dimensions (hwd): 11.5 x 21.5 x 13.5cm | Weight: 2.45kg

Reasons to Buy
Mature, refined sound
Impressive timing
Tight, textured bass
Reasons to Avoid
Control app could be slicker

The Audio Pro Addon C3 isn't just the best Bluetooth speaker under £250, it's a stylish, wi-fi connected, multi-room capable centrepiece. The sense of refinement from such a small speaker is stunning. The Audio Pro is focused yet open and airy, meaning you can fill a decent sized room with immersive, weighty sound.

Read the full review: Audio Pro Addon C3

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5. JBL Xtreme 2

One of the best Bluetooth speakers around for the money.

SPECIFICATIONS

Connectivity: Bluetooth | Power: Battery | Inputs: 3.5mm | Battery life: 15hrs | Dimensions (hwd): 13.6 x 28.8 x 13.2cm | Weight: 2.39kg

Reasons to Buy
Clean, clear sound
Balanced bass
Robust build
Reasons to Avoid
Hefty design
No wi-fi or multi-room smarts

The JBL Xtreme 2's boombox design has fun and excitement written all over it. That rugged, waterproof exterior means it's a great option for the beach, while clever features like the ability to charge your phone from its USB port give added appeal. There's plenty of boom to the sound, but we're not talking ridiculous levels. That deep powerful bass is also nicely controlled too. Mids are of a high quality and highs show more clarity than you traditionally get from such a product. For the money, the JBL Xtreme 2 is brilliantly balanced Bluetooth speaker.

Read the full review: JBL Xtreme 2

Best Bluetooth speakers 2019

6. Ultimate Ears Blast

Energetic performance, Alexa onboard and Wi-Fi connectivity.

SPECIFICATIONS

Connectivity: Bluetooth and wi-fi | Power: Battery | Inputs: N/A | Battery life: 12hrs | Dimensions (hwd): 118.8 x 6.8 x 6.8cm | Weight: 463g

Reasons to Buy
Great portable design
Exciting, dynamic sound
Good detail and punchy timing
Reasons to Avoid
Top end can get excitable at loud volumes
Alexa features not exhaustive

The UE Blast offers not only a portable Bluetooth connected speaker for the price but also crams in wi-fi and Alexa smart assistant voice controls too. The 360-degree sound is powerful and has the bass you'd expect from a higher priced speaker. The far-field voice recognition makes the smart assistant and hands-free work well. IP67 water-proofing is a nice bonus for peace of mind too.

Read the full review: UE Blast

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7. Dali Katch

With its smooth, engaging sound and 24-hour battery life, this Dali Bluetooth speaker ticks all our boxes.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions (hwd): 13.8 x 26.9 x 4.7cm | Connectivity: aptX Bluetooth, 3.5mm | Battery life: 24hr | Power: 50W

Reasons to Buy
Powerful, full-bodied sound
Great dynamics and timing
Long battery life
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing at this price

Better known for its traditional loudspeakers, Dali's Katch is a weighty, portable and attractive design, with 50W of total power. The speaker boasts buttons for power, volume and pairing which is made easier with the option of NFC. There are also two EQ presets: one for freestanding play and one for positioning on a shelf. Just two hours of charge will get you around 24 hours of music playback via Bluetooth – and a sound that defies its dimensions with immense weight and dynamics.

Read the full review: Dali Katch

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8. Naim Mu-so Qb

Clever packaging, lovely materials, tactile controls - and huge, convincing sound.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions (hwd): 21 x 21.8 x 21.2cm | Power: : 300W | Features: wi-fi, multi-room, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay | Connections: USB, Optical digital, 3.5mm

Reasons to Buy
Outstanding build
Feature-packed
Big, bold sound
Reasons to Avoid
Bass a little rich
Midrange could have more insight

The Naim Mu-so Qb is a stylish speaker with a small footprint but a big personality. Smaller sibling to Naim's full-width Mu-so (see below), the Qb boasts a striking minimalist design and the same impressive touchscreen dial that debuted on the original Mu-so. It doubles as a control panel, with illuminated icons for selecting inputs and handling playback.

There's a raft of streaming features, including Apple AirPlay, aptX Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, Tidal and internet radio. You can stream tunes located on a home network, and there's file support all the way up to 24-bit/192kHz hi-res tracks in WAV, FLAC and AIFF. The Qb delivers size and scale that belies its compact dimensions and one of the best performances you'll hear from a Bluetooth speaker.

Read the full review: Naim Mu-so Qb

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9. Audio Pro A10

An excellent Bluetooth speaker and fine alternative to the Amazon Echo Plus.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions (hwd): 19.3 x 14 x 14cm **Power:** Mains | Features: wi-fi, multi-room, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, Spotify Connect | Connections: 3.5mm

Reasons to Buy
Excellent spread of sound
Top notch timing and dynamics
Flexible with positioning
Reasons to Avoid
Midrange lacks substance

Audio Pro already features in this list a couple of times, but the A10 offers a brand new, fabric-coated, cylindrical design in a sub-£200 package. It covers a number of bases besides Bluetooth, including wi-fi, Apple Airplay and Spotify Connect support. The speaker design encourages a wide spread of sound so the A10 isn't fussy when it comes to positioning. It's equally happy sat in the corner of a room or out on a kitchen worktop. The sound is balanced, detailed and easily up there with the best Bluetooth speakers we've tested at the money.

Read the full review: Audio Pro A10

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10. B&W Zeppelin Wireless

Fast becoming a classic, the B&W Zeppelin has everything you could want from a wireless speaker, including AirPlay, Spotify Connect and aptX Bluetooth support. 

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions (hwd): 18.8 x 66 x 18.3cm **Power:** : mains | Features: wi-fi, multi-room, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay | Connections: 3.5mm

Reasons to Buy
Large spread of sound
Expressive, composed mids
Seamless control and design
Reasons to Avoid
No Android app

B&W's airship-shaped speaker is something of a design icon. For £500 you get a significant splash of B&W engineering, including metal dome tweeters, and a pair of midrange drivers which borrow FST technology from B&W's flagship Diamond speakers. AirPlay, aptX Bluetooth and Spotify Connect all feature, with the set-up process handled by the Bowers & Wilkins control app.

The elegant, stylish look is backed up with excellent sound quality that fills even large rooms. Tight and well-defined bass are the Zeppelin's biggest charms, and though it's been around a while, the B&W style and sound quality has stood the test of time.

Read the full review: B&W Zeppelin Wireless

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11. Ultimate Ears Megablast

A lively, entertaining speaker that manages to control its performance at the same time as really letting its hair down.

SPECIFICATIONS

Connectivity: Bluetooth and wi-fi | Power: Battery | Inputs: N/A | Battery life: 16hrs | Dimensions (hwd): 23.7 x 8.8 x 8.8cm | Weight: 1.19kg

Reasons to Buy
Dynamic, detailed sound
Enthusiastic, punchy rhythms
Precise, taut basslines
Reasons to Avoid
Presentation is slightly lean
Not fully featured just yet

The UE Megablast takes the performance of a portable Bluetooth speaker at this price to a new level. The result is a Bluetooth and wi-fi connected speaker with Alexa smarts which offers pounding bass and an enthusiastic sense of rhythm. It isn't quite as pocketable as some rival speakers but they can't match the UE for bass quality.

Read the full review: UE Megablast

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12. Audio Pro Drumfire

We’re happy to bang the drum for Audio Pro’s loudest multi-room speaker

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions (hwd): 65 x 52 x 19cm **Power:** : mains | Features: wi-fi, multi-room, Bluetooth V4.0, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay | Connections: RCA and 3.5 mm stereo, ethernet, subwoofer out

Reasons to Buy
Tight bass, clear midrange
Good impression of space
Loud and proud
Reasons to Avoid
Slightly awkward control app

The Drumfire is a departure from Audio Pro's compact, and koala-faced wireless speakers. It's actually a multi-room speaker and subwoofer combination in faux-leather and fabric. The bottom part houses a 20cm subwoofer powered by a 200W amp, while the top contains two 11cm woofers and a 25mm tweeter. The Drumfire plays a range of formats and features Bluetooth, wi-fi connectivity and Spotify Connect. Connecting devices is straightforward, although Audio Pro's app is rather clunky when it comes to navigating streaming services. We've no issue with the sound quality, though. It delivers an expertly balanced sound with the speaker and subwoofer integrating perfectly. There's a dynamism and sense of expression on display that other Bluetooth speakers struggle to convey.

Read the full review: Audio Pro Drumfire

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13. Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2

Not only do these Ruarks look stylish, they have the sound to match - effortlessly musical, with impressive dynamics. These Bluetooth speakers will look at home on any desk.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions (hwd): 17 x 13 x 13.5cm | Power: 20W | Connectivity: Optical input, 3.5mm aux | Features: Bluetooth aptX

Reasons to Buy
Stunningly musical sound
Subtle dynamics
Stylish, compact design
Reasons to Avoid
No USB input

If you want a taste of proper hi-fi from a compact stereo pair of wireless speakers, the Ruarks deliver the best Bluetooth speaker experience of its kind. They produce a a wonderfully musical sound, communicating detail and dynamics on a level that rivals just can't match. There's loads of space between instruments in an airy soundstage which helps breathe life into the most congested of recordings. Voices sound spectacularly rich warm and agile.

The handcrafted wooden cabinets add to their charm, and features such as the optical input for connecting to a TV are handy. A rotary dial allows you to switch inputs without any hassle. Overall, these Ruarks really are superb speakers.

Read the full review: Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2