With a portable speaker, you can fill an area with your favorite music wherever you go. There are a bunch of speakers on the market and most of them have decent quality. Why settle for decent though when we can show you the “objective” best speakers to buy for a variety of situations and price points!

Best Low/Mid Tier Cost Speaker

Image of Anker speaker.

Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker

Price: $29.99

Rating: 9.25/10 based on 52,800+ reviews


  • 24-hour battery life.
  • Waterproof offers protection against liquids.
  • Bluetooth connection up to 66 ft.
  • Lightweight.
  • Built-in base.
  • Drop-resistant.


  • Does not come with an AUX cord.
  • Lacks in sound volume and base compared to more expensive speakers.
  • The speaker does not switch between connected devices smoothly.

Best Waterproof Speaker

Image of JBL FLIP 5 speaker.


Price: $99.95

Rating: 9.6/10 based on 23,000+ reviews


  • Waterproof up to 3 feet deep.
  • Can be paired with multiple speakers at the same time.
  • High-quality sound.
  • Light.
  • Durable.


  • Playtime is reported to be significantly shorter than JBL advertises.
  • No AUX port.
  • Bluetooth range is shorter than other speakers.
  • Expensive.

Best Hiking Speaker

Image of JBL CLIP 3 speaker.


Price: $89.95

Rating: 9.6/10 based on 22,800+ reviews


  • Waterproof.
  • Integrated Carabiner that easily lets you hook it to a backpack or belt loop.
  • Long Bluetooth range.


  • Harch bass noise when turned up to max volume.
  • Mediocre sound compared to other speakers at this price point.
  • Expensive.

Best High-End Speaker

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JBL Charge 3

Price: $149.00

Rating: 9.6/10 based on 28,000+ reviews


  • Great sound.
  • Waterproof.
  • 20-hour battery life.
  • Can connect with other speakers.
  • Strong Bluetooth connection with great range (100ft)
  • Built-in charger for your phone (lowers speakers playtime while charging phone)


  • Appears to have an issue with counterfeit models being sold (see editors notes below)
  • Expensive.

Editors Notes: When purchasing the JBL Charge 3 from Amazon it is important to pay attention to the listed seller at checkout. Amazon is selling the product both from JBL approved sellers as well as 3rd party companies. If you purchase from a 3rd party instead of an approved seller you run the risk of getting a counterfeit product that appears the same but has flaws the legit versions of the device do not.

Additionally, JBL has since released a “JBL Charge 4” model that is suppose to be the successor to the Charge 3. While the Charge 4 is still a good speaker in its own right the public consensus is that the Charge 3 still delivers better sound. This is due to the Charge 4’s transition to a mono speaker design that produces a sound that is worse or at best comparable to the Charge 3. So with it being $30 more for the Charge 4 even if the sounds are comparable we decided to recommend the Charge 3 instead.

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