When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, the name of the game is convenience, which every parent appreciates. They’re portable, and once you connect them to your phone the first time, your speakers will remember and automatically reconnect to deliver superior sound every time.
When you’re shopping for Bluetooth speakers, you want to look at whether they’re waterproof (for pool parties, of course), how long the charge holds, and whether it’s easily integrated with your smart home technology. Oh, and of course, make sure it looks good, too.
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So you already know you want to go Bluetooth, but the options out there can be deafening. We’ve narrowed down the myriad choices to seven of our favorites. No matter your preferred listening situation, aesthetic taste, or budget, there’s a speaker on this list that will free you from the tyranny of wires. Just don’t show your kids how to use it unless you want to hear “Baby Shark” for the umpteenth time.
This thing goes with us everywhere: to backyard hangs, on the edge of the shower, and even on vacation. Its massive battery holds a charge longer than we care to monitor (the company claims 20-plus hours, which seems conservative), connects via Bluetooth super fast, and absolutely thumps, albeit in a balanced way. Our favorite speaker, hands down, and still surprisingly affordable.
Let's start with the best of the best: Not a speaker, but something that makes every speaker sound that much better. It's an absolutely brilliant amplifier that delivers best-in-class streaming performance coupled with powerhouse sound. If you want to feel like you're at an actual live concert (remember those?), the M10 is the answer. It's totally immersive. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa as well as Apple's Siri. Plus, you get a USB-A input, preamplifier output, subwoofer outputs, IR input, and trigger output. If you want to rock it old school, you can connect the M10 to CD and Blu-ray players, cable boxes, and digital tuners. It's easy as hell to set up: You just connect it the speakers you want. It's small and handsome. And the front-panel touchscreen makes it that much easier to operate.
At the other end of the spectrum, pardon the pun, is the new Sonos Roam, a small speaker with outsize sound. It has up to 10 hours of play time, an IP67 waterproof rating, voice control, and lets you stream directly from your smartphone, tablet, or computer using Bluetooth. Best of all, it adapts to your surroundings, so music is never too overpowering or too bland.
You get 20 hours of playtime. Yes, 20. And by playtime, we mean serious, bass-filled, turbo-charged playtime. It's IP67 waterproof and dustproof, so it's virtually unbreakable. It has a built-in powerbank so you can charge your devices while you blast ... whatever it is that isn't Bubble Guppies. At just two pounds, can you tote this thing around from pool to yard to your house.
We dig the Mad Men vibes here. We dig the sound even more. This particular model combines wifi, radio, Chromecast, and Bluetooth. You just turn the old-school control knobs, which harken back to the brand's analog past (you can also use your phone to control the speaker). But don't be fooled: This beauty has a gorgeous sound system with a four-driver configuration that amplifies full-range stereo sound. And just because it can, it has aux input that you play music from your wired devices.
What a stunner: The analog knobs let you absolutely fine-tune how you listen to your music, toggling between bass, treble and volume. And its dual microphone has acoustic noise cancellation, for a truly crisp and perfect audio experience. Also, it just looks damn iconic, no?
From its dual drivers and passive radiator, this speaker delivers insane bass. Thanks to its titanium drivers, it reproduces frequencies up to 40kHz. Oh, and it floats. Yup. It has 24 hours of playtime, and will withstand even the most rowdy family barbecue.
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