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Best Portable Speakers – 2021

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If there is one thing the world could universally agree on, it’s music. No matter who you are or where you live, music is essential to your everyday routine. Whether you listen from your headphones, from your phone speaker, from a portable speaker, from your tv, etc, music makes your days significantly better. Because of our universal love for music, I have decided to write a post on portable speakers. I think a portable speaker is something everyone should invest in and here’s why. First, you can bring them anywhere. And yes, I know you can bring your headphones anywhere too but it’s not the same because a portable speaker makes it possible to share the experience. Second, you can use it for anything. It doesn’t only need to be music! It could be a podcast, a Youtube video, a course, an audio book etc. And third, if you’re someone who is always on the phone, taking calls from your speaker could make multi-tasking much easier for you. Oh, and for those wondering, yes, you can get a great portable speaker for a reasonable price. I have listed a couple below with their specs attached to help you narrow down your search.

1. Sonos Move – $399

The Sonos move is an incredible speaker for a couple of reasons. It has 10 hours of battery life, it’s able to integrate with a home Sonos speaker network, and it has two quality drivers (a down-firing tweeter and a mid-woofer).
Some downsides: It’s a bit heavy (just under 7 pounds), and it’s quite pricy.

Sonos move speaker – $399

2. UE Boom 3 – $149.99

The UE boom 3 is a great speaker for the price you’re paying. It’s able to get loud without the sound distorting. It has a battery life of 15 hours. It’s water and dust proof. It’s light (1.2 pounds) and durable, so it’s easy to take it places and you won’t have to worry about finding a delicate spot for it.
Some downsides: Not the best speaker you could buy, but definitely great for what you’re spending.  

UE boom 3 – $149.99

3. JBL flip 5 – $89.95

Weighing 1.2 pounds and having a battery life of 12 hours, the JBL flip 5 is an ideal portable speaker. One thing to note is that it’s a relatively simple speaker because it doesn’t have a gazillion different specs! But it comes in a variety of colors, and there is now an eco-friendly version that’s made from 90% recycled plastic. It’s not too pricey either.
Some downsides: No voice control, No hands-free call functionality

JBL flip 5 – $89.95

4. Bose Home Portable Speaker – $349.99

The Bose home portable speaker weighs 2.4 pounds and has a battery life of 12 hours. This portable speaker is special because it offers google assistant and amazon Alexa. The design of the speaker is unique because it’s an in between of a minimalist look but also a rustic look.
Some downsides: The sound is distorted at its max volume, the bass is decent but not great, it’s pricey

Bose home portable speaker – $349.99

5. Anker Soundcore Flare – $64

The anker soundcore flare is the lightest speaker of all the ones mentioned so far, weighing 1.1 pounds. It has a battery life of 12 hours. It has decent sound for the price of the speaker. It’s under $100. It’s waterproof.
Some downsides: The sound is distorted at its max volume

Anker soundcore flare speaker – $64

6. UE Wonderboom 2 – $73.50 (on sale now)

Ok I lied! This is the lightest speaker so far, weighing just under a pound. It has a battery life of 13 hours. It’s dust proof and water proof. It’s very reasonably priced ($73) and gets decently loud.
Some downsides: The sound is distorted at its max volume, back is lacking, it’s quite small

UE Wonderboom 2 – $73.50 (on sale now)

7. JBL Charge 4 – $129.95 (on sale now)

This speaker is particularly special because of its battery life. It lasts up to 20 hours. It weighs 2.2 pounds. Has good sound and good bass. It’s waterproof. It’s extremely durable so you wont have to worry about finding a delicate spot for it.
Some downsides: The best thing about the speaker is its battery life so reconsider if you’re looking for specific specs

JBL Charge 4 – $129.95 (on sale now)

8. UE Hyperboom – $399.99

This speaker has powerful sound so it’s great for events. It accommodates two Bluetooth radios, so you can switch back and forth between you and your friends music. Great bass!
Some downsides: Extremely heavy (13 pounds), and very pricy

UE Hyperboom – $399.99

9. Sony SRS-XB23 – $55.10 (on sale now)

This speaker is great because it gets loud without the sound distorting and it’s the cheapest option yet. It weighs 1.3 pounds and has a battery life of up to 12 hours. It’s also waterproof. supports three major codecs: SBC, AAC and LDAC.
Some downsides: Bass is lacking, sound gets distorted at max volume

Sony SRS-XB23 – $55.10 (on sale now)

10. Bang and Olufsen Boesound A1 – $224.32

This is another speaker that has an astronomically high battery life, 18 hours to be exact. It weighs 1.2 pounds and comes with amazon Alexa support. It’s water proof as well.
Some downsides: the Alexa support is said to be flawed, the buttons on the speaker are difficult to find, pricy

Bang and Olufsen Boesound A1 – second gen – $224.32

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