Best Bluetooth speakers 2018: the best wireless speakers for every budget

Finding the best 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. And Black Friday sales just muddy these waters with even more options to choose from.

We've rounded-up the best wireless 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 wireless speaker might be something to consider. If you want flexibility from your wireless 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 wireless speaker saving for everyone.

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Under £100

Best Bluetooth speaker under £100

Ultimate Ears Roll 2

Award winning, bright coloured Bluetooth bargain.

SPECIFICATIONS

Connectivity: Bluetooth | Power: Battery | 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

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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.

Under £150

Best Bluetooth speaker under £150

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

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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.

Under £200

Best Bluetooth speaker under £200

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

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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.

Under £250

Best Bluetooth speaker under £250

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.

Under £300

Best Bluetooth speaker under £300

Audio Pro Addon C10

Audio Pro took home our 2017 Product of the Year Award for its Addon C5 speaker. Then it went and delivered something even better.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions: HxWxD: 115 x 215 x 135 mm **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

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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.

Under £400

Best Bluetooth speaker under £400

Dali Katch

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Connectivity: aptX Bluetooth | Battery life: 24hr | Power: 50W | Connections: 3.5mm

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

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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.

Under £500

Best Bluetooth speaker under £500

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: HxWxD: 18.8 x 66 x 18.3cm **Power:** : 50W | 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

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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.

Under £600

Best Bluetooth speaker under £600

Naim Mu-so Qb

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions: HxWxD: 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

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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.

Under £750

Best Bluetooth speaker under £750

Audio Pro Drumfire

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions: HxWxD: 650 x 520 x 190mm **Power:** : 300W | Features: wi-fi, multi-room, Bluetooth V4.0, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay | Connections: RCA and 3.5 mm stereo, Subwoofer: RCA in

Reasons to Buy
Tight bass, clear midrange
Good impression of space
Loud and proud
Nice build quality
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.

Under £1000

Best Bluetooth speaker under £1000

Naim Mu-so

Soaring dynamics combine with a rich, powerful sound and impressive sense of scale. A fantastic speaker if your budget can stretch.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions (hwd): 12.2 x 62.8 x 25.6cm | Power: 450W | Connectivity: USB, optical inputs | Features: aptX Bluetooth, AirPlay, UPnP, Spotify Connect, Tidal

Reasons to Buy
Rich, powerful sound
Huge sense of scale and soaring dynamics
Intuitive operation
Reasons to Avoid
Sounds thick at high volumes

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Naim's traditional hi-fi separates usually grab the headlines, but the British brand has branched out into the premium wireless speaker market with spectacular results. There aren't many Bluetooth speakers that are more desirable than the Naim Mu-so. It’s a gorgeous design, with a distinctive aluminium heatsink which spans the length of the speaker and touchscreen rotary dial.

There's support for a multitude of hi-res audio formats and a wide range of streaming services. Soaring dynamics and an airy soundfield draw you in to the Mu-so, while bass is tightly controlled with no trace of harshness at the top end. A truly remarkable Bluetooth speaker.

Desktop

Best desktop bluetooth speakers

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

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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.