The 8 best Bluetooth speakers for on the go

Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen. No wonder, they are incredibly practical: Whether at the beach, in the garden, on the desk or at spontaneous parties, the mobile speakers are extremely versatile. atechbook presents the best speakers.

If you want to get a portable Bluetooth speaker, you should consider some criteria. The sound is of course the be-all and end-all, but there are more requirements: The speakers should be robust and easy to transport, have at least splash water protection and have a long battery life. All of this is best achieved with a good price-performance ratio. atechbook took a look at the current models and selected the most outstanding offers.

What do Bluetooth speakers for on the go have to be able to do?

Decisive factors for mobile Bluetooth speakers are weight, robustness against potential stress, battery quality and runtime, and of course sound. There are particularly striking differences in the energy supply: If the battery is permanently installed and its lifespan eventually comes to an end, the entire device has to be replaced right away. Replaceable batteries are advantageous here. Their runtime also determines the entertainment value of the speaker: Some run out of breath after just a few hours, others are true endurance kings with a runtime of over 50 hours.

He is the champion, my friends: Teufel Rockster Cross

The Teufel Rockster Cross is the gold medal winner among the sonic heavyweights. In the class from 1000 grams upwards, it is also the test winner at Stiftung Warentest with everything that predestines it to be a party sounder in the home garden: It is jet water protected according to IPX5 and its thick-walled, flexible housing interprets shocks more as an invitation to pogo dancing than as a danger. Its powerful stereo system with two tweeters, a subwoofer and two passive drivers make the Rockster a rock star. As an inexhaustible music tank, it has Bluetooth built in, which enables wireless transmission in CD-like quality from Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, etc. DJ feeling comes up when two smartphones are connected at the same time and songs are played alternately – or you couple two Rockster Cross with each other via Stereo Connect. In terms of sound and stability, it received an even 1.0 from Stiftung Warentest.

Features of the Teufel Rockster Cross

Teufel Rockster Cross
Operation Battery life: 16 h
Battery charging time: 3.5 h
Power supply: Battery
Features Integrated devices: Subwoofer, microphone
Protection class: IPX5 splash-proof
Features: Bluetooth streaming only, dual speaker pairing, streaming, hands-free, party mode, Bluetooth multipoint, smartphone charging, auto on/off.
Voice assistants: Google Assistant compatible, Siri compatible
Control features: call answering, Bluetooth pairing
Performance Speaker system: 2.1 system
Amplifier types: Class D, digital
System: 2 ways
Frequency response: 50-20,000 Hz
Volume: 2 l
Connections Charging port: Micro-USB
Bluetooth-Per file: A2DP, HFP (Handsfree)
Analog input: Line-in (3.5 mm jack)
Simultaneous Bluetooth pairings: 2
Bluetooth codecs: SBC, aptX
Construction Housing feature: closed
Number of tweeters: 2
Tweeter chassis: 20 mm
Tweeter material: fabric
Number of woofers: 1
woofer chassis: 120 mm
Number of passive radiators: 2

Advantages and disadvantages of the Teufel Rockster Cross

Rating by Stiftung Warentest: 1.4

Per

  • + Very good overall sound
  • + Very robust housing

Contra

  • – Sometimes quality losses in the bass range
  • – Relatively expensive

A lot of performance for little money: Sony SRS-XB33

If you don’t want to strain your wallet, but also don’t want to sacrifice performance, the Sony SRS-XB33 is recommended. With a weight of about 1100 grams, it is one of the heavyweights and achieved a smooth score of 1.0 in the stability category at Stiftung Warentest. The sound, on the other hand, is rated with a solid 2.0. In addition to the high sound quality and powerful sound, the Bass Boost is particularly worth mentioning in the X-Balanced speaker unit developed by Sony, which can be used to emphasize the low-frequency range, making the sound even more lush. The Sony SRS-XB33 is waterproof, salt water resistant, dustproof (to IP67 rating) and shockproof with a battery life of up to 24 hours. The battery life is above a majority of comparable models. For wireless data transfer, the speaker has Bluetooth – so you can connect up to 100 compatible wireless speakers with Party Connect, among others.

Features of the Sony SRS-XB33

Sony SRS-XB33
Operation Battery life: 24 h
Active speaker
Power supply: Battery
Features Sound function: Bass Boost
Per tection class: IP67 water resistant
Functions: Streaming, streaming via Bluetooth only, NFC, Smartphone-Ladefunktion
Control via buttons
Performance frequency response: 20-20.000 Hz
Connections Charging port: USB-C
Bluetooth-Per file: A2DP, HFP (Handsfree), AVRCP, HSP (Headset)
Bluetooth codecs: LDAC, SBC, AAC
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 5.0

Advantages and disadvantages of the Sony SRS-XB33

Rating at Stiftung Warentest: 2.1

Per

  • + Good sound
  • + Relatively long battery life
  • + Very good stability

Contra

  • – Per bleme bei der Synchronisation mehrerer Geräte
  • – Relatively short battery life

The compact: JBL Flip Essential

The JBL Flip Essential is a mobile Bluetooth speaker that makes a solid impression based on its weight of 450 grams alone. The limited waterproof casing is surrounded by a sturdy anthracite-colored fabric and protected from shocks by a thick rubber coating at the ends. With its dimensions of 6.4 × 16.9 × 6.4 centimeters, it is approximately the size of a 500 ml beverage can. Inside is a stereo system with two drivers, each of which is capable of 8 watts. What distinguishes this model from the JBL Flip 5 is the JBL Bass Radiator technology. This generates a particularly intense bass reproduction. The permanently installed lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 3000 mAh and lasts for up to 10 hours of playtime. An AUX input allows connecting non-Bluetooth devices to the speaker via a 3.5 mm jack cable. The only drawback is that the JBL Flip Essential does not have a powerbank function like the JBL Charge 4.

Features of the JBL Flip Essential

JBL Flip Essential
Operation Battery life: 10 h
Battery charging time: 3.5 h
Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
Active speaker
Features Per tection class: IPX7
Functions: Streaming, streaming via Bluetooth only
Protection feature: waterproof
Control feature: Bluetooth pairing

Performance Speaker system: 2.0 stereo
Rated power: 16 watts
Connections Charging port: USB-C
Bluetooth-Per fil: A2DP
Analog input: Line-in (3.5 mm jack)
Bluetooth codec: SBC
Bluetooth 4.1

Advantages and disadvantages of the JBL Flip Essential

Rating by Stiftung Warentest: 2.4

Per

  • + Good sound
  • + Intense bass playback
  • + Compact dimensions

Contra

  • – No powerbank function
  • – Emits non-deactivatable sounds when switched on and off

Small noisemaker: Teufel Boomster Go

In a direct comparison with the JBL Flip Essential, the Teufel Boomster Go “only” scores a 3 instead of a 2 in terms of sound quality in Stiftung Warentest, but there is only a tenth of a difference between the two scores (2.6 vs. 2.5). Due to the compact dimensions of 10 × 11 × 5 centimeters, however, one should not expect any miracles from the Teufel Boomster Go in this respect. Nevertheless, the manufacturer has done an excellent job of getting as much as possible out of the small speaker.

So this offers a clear and clean sound that also has a good shot of bass. Of course, the latter can’t quite keep up with a large Bluetooth speaker, but it still doesn’t give the impression that the sound lacked anything. Merely the size of a palm, the speaker’s casing is largely covered with a high-quality hard rubber, while the top, under which the 10-watt driver is mounted, is made of a chic linen fabric. Thus, the Teufel Boomster Go is protected even in case of minor drops. The battery life of 10 hours is solid, if not quite state of the art anymore.

Equipment of the Teufel Boomster Go

Teufel Boomster Go
Operation Battery life: 10 h
Battery charging time: 2.5 h
Active speaker
Battery capacity: 2600 mAh
Features Integrated devices: microphone
Per tection class: IPX7 wasserfest
Features: Streaming, hands-free, dual speaker pairing, Bluetooth streaming only.
Special feature: ¼-universal screw thread
Protection feature: waterproof
Control features: Bluetooth pairing, call acceptance
Performance Speaker system: 1.0 mono
Sensitivity: 84 dB/mW
Amplifier type: Class D
Nominal load: 10 watts
System: 1 way
Frequency response: 65-20.000 Hz
Connections Charging port: Micro-USB
Bluetooth-Per file: A2DP, HFP (Handsfree)
Bluetooth codec: SBC

Advantages and disadvantages of the Teufel Boomster Go

Rating by Stiftung Warentest: 2.6

Per

  • + Clear and clean sound
  • + Good workmanship

Contra

  • – Relatively low battery life

Sound miracle in mini format: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2

Powerful companion for on the go: The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 is a small wireless speaker with great sound. Its signature sound was rated 2.7 by Stiftung Warentest, which is remarkable in the class of lightweights under 500 grams and clearly sets the device apart from comparable models. The speaker has an integrated microphone for clear calls and voice control. Smart functions like snooze and voice control are accessed by shaking or tapping. The splash- and dust-resistant speaker fits in the palm of your hand and slips into a pocket for easy portability. The sleek anodized aluminum cover over a polymer frame offers durability, while a leather strap simplifies transport. The rechargeable battery provides up to 10 hours of playtime per charge

Features of the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2
Operation Battery life: 10 h
Battery charging time: 2 h
Battery capacity: 2200 mAh
Active speaker
Features Integrated devices: microphone
Sound functions: Equalizer, Bass Boost
Functions: only streaming via Bluetooth, streaming, hands-free function
Voice assistants: Google Assistant compatible, Siri compatible
Control: via buttons, app, voice
Smartphone control app: Bang&Olufsen BeoPlay (app available for Android, iOS).
Protective features: splash-proof, dust-resistant
Control features: Play/pause, alarm clock, standby, answer call, Bluetooth pairing, microphone.
Performance Speaker system: 2.0 stereo
Music power (PMPO): 100 watts
Rated power: 30 watts
Frequency response: 68-21,000 Hz
Connections Charging port: Micro-C
Bluetooth-Per file: A2DP, HFP (Handsfree)
Bluetooth 4.2
Analog input: Line-in (3.5 mm jack)
Bluetooth codec: SBC

Advantages and disadvantages of the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2

Rating from Stiftung Warentest: 2.9

Per

  • + Remarkable sound
  • + Intelligent functions such as snooze and voice control

Contra

  • – Interference-prone Bluetooth connection
  • – Battery performance: sufficient (Stiftung Warentest: 3.7)

The floating Bluetooth speaker: UE Boom 3

The Ultimate Ears brand has been known for years for its handy and good-sounding Bluetooth boxes. The Boom 3 represents the happy medium, so to speak, in terms of size. It is just handy enough to fit in any pocket with its 608 grams and cylindrical shape. Two Boom 3s can be connected to form a stereo pair. Via the smartphone app, users can also pair up to 150 different Booms and Megabooms of all three generations with each other in party mode, which then actually create a sound firework.

But the Boom 3 is also convincing on its own with its balanced sound. It is not a bass miracle, but it radiates the music in all directions and thus provides a spatial impression. According to the manufacturer, the battery lasts up to 15 hours. But the coolest thing about the Boom 3: It is absolutely waterproof according to IP67 standard. It can stay underwater for up to 30 minutes or simply float on the water surface.

Features of the UE Boom 3

UE Boom 3
Operation Battery life: 15 h
Features Integrated devices: microphone
Protection class. IP67 waterproof and floatable
Sound functions: 360° sound field, Equalizer
Functions: Streaming, party mode, Bluetooth multipoint, streaming only via Bluetooth
Control features: Play/pause, forward/back, on/off, volume, Bluetooth pairing
Performance Speaker system: 2.0 stereo
Frequency response: 90 – 20,000 Hz
Connections Charging port: micro-USB
Bluetooth-Per file: A2DP
Analog input: Line-in (3.5 mm jack)
Simultaneous Bluetooth pairings: 2
Bluetooth pairing memory: 8
Bluetooth range: 45 m
Bluetooth codec: SBC

Advantages and disadvantages of the UE Boom 3

Rating by Stiftung Warentest: 2.5

Per

  • + Waterproof according to IP67, floatable
  • + High battery life
  • + Strong bass and balanced treble
  • + can be paired to a stereo pair

Contra

  • – no jack socket available

Most Bluetooth speakers are brightly colored and seem to be more for teenagers than adults. If you are looking for a stylish, compact and good-sounding Bluetooth speaker, you will find it at Bose. The Bose Soundlink Revolve has a simple, stylish aluminum casing and comes in black or silver. In contrast to the competition, the Soundlink Revolve even fits in with chic home furnishings or on the breakfast table. It is not waterproof like the UE Boom 3, but it can survive a rain shower without any problems (IPX4 standard). According to the manufacturer, it can provide up to 12 hours of music enjoyment, and at 660 grams, it’s not much of a handicap when you’re on the go.

The best thing about the Soundlink Revolve, however, is its sound. Like the Boom 3, it also emits a 360-degree sound, but adds a notch of bass. This makes it sound more grown-up and also makes a good impression at higher volumes. It can also be paired with a second Revolve to create a stereo pair. If you want an even more powerful sound, you should go for the Revolve+. At 900 grams, it is a bit heavier, but it has a practical handle for carrying. It also lasts up to 16 hours.

Features of the Bose Soundlink Revolve+

Bose Soundlink Revolve+
Operation Battery life: 16 h
Features Integrated devices: microphone
Per tection class. IPX4 splash and shock resistant
Sound functions: 360° sound field
Voice assistant: Google Assistant compatible, Siri compatible (Apple).
Functions: Streaming, streaming via Bluetooth only, Freisprechfunktion, Party Modus
Controls: app, voice, buttons
Control features: call answering, Bluetooth pairing
Performance Speaker system: 2.0 stereo
Connections Charging port: micro-USB
Bluetooth-Per file: A2DP, HFP (Handsfree)
Analog input: Line-in (3.5 mm jack)
Bluetooth codec: SBC

Advantages and disadvantages of the Bose Soundlink Revolve+

Rating at Stiftung Warentest: 1.8

Per

  • + High-quality exterior
  • + Very balanced 360° sound with good bass
  • + good operability

Contra

  • – somewhat expensive
  • – only splash-proof
  • – there are louder speakers

The Ghetto Blaster – JBL Xtreme 2

If you need to fill large rooms with sound, throw a pool party, or even create a dancing atmosphere in the great outdoors, you simply need a bigger device – like the JBL Xtreme 2 Bluetooth speaker. This eye-catching Bluetooth speaker is the reincarnation of the ghetto blaster from the ’80s. At 2.4 kilos, the Xtreme is no lightweight. However, it comes with a shoulder strap, which makes it easy to transport the speaker. The weight is partly due to the strong battery, which provides 15 hours of endurance. It can also be used as a powerbank for charging smartphones and tablets.

The casing is very robust and water-resistant according to the IPX7 standard, so the Bluetooth speaker can even survive short dips in water. Moreover, the speaker can be paired with other compatible JBL speakers via smartphone app. More than 100 Bluetooth speakers could thus play together. Sound-wise, the Xtreme 2 is hardly fooling anyone. Here you really always have a compact system with strong bass and an overall powerful and balanced sound. Even at party volumes, the Bluetooth box still plays cleanly.

Features of the JBL Xtreme 2

JBL Xtreme 2
Operation Battery life: 15 h
Battery charging time: 3.5 h
Battery capacity: 10,000 mAh
Features Integrated devices: microphone
Protection class. IPX7 water resistant
Sound features: Bluetooth Social Mode, JBL Connect+.
Functions: Bluetooth streaming only, dual speaker pairing, streaming, hands-free, Bluetooth multipoint, smartphone charging function
Control: via buttons
Control features: Play/pause, answer call, volume, on/off, Bluetooth pairing.
Performance Speaker system: 2.0 stereo
Rated power: 40 watts
Frequency response: 55 – 20,000 Hz
Connections Charging port: micro-USB
Bluetooth-Per file: A2DP, HFP (Handsfree), AVRCP, HSP (Headset)
Bluetooth 4.2
Analog input: Line-in (3.5 mm jack)
Bluetooth codec: SBC

Advantages and disadvantages of the JBL Xtreme 2

Rating by Stiftung Warentest: 1.5

Per

  • + waterproof according to IPX7
  • + solid battery life
  • + robust exterior
  • + powerful sound even at high volume

Contra

  • – Bass only really good after firmware update
  • – a bit heavy at 2.4 kilograms
  • – quite expensive

Conclusion

Every weight class has its front-runners, but not all of them always deliver what their manufacturers promise. Shock and water resistance are criteria that push many a product to its limits. Unfortunately, the batteries are a general nuisance; no Bluetooth speaker uses standard batteries, and the power sources are even permanently installed in many. Nevertheless, it can be stated: If you want to provide your guests in the garden with a device that is not only convincing in terms of sound, but can also withstand a lot, you can’t get around the Teufel Rockster Cross.

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