The modern lifestyle has made wireless speakers fashionable. We used to listen to music on the radio, the music networks, remember? Or the computer, devices that incorporated their own speakers. But now buying a wireless speaker lets you enjoy your music from any device through Bluetooth.

In this era in which we now only use portable devices (smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks), cables are the great ballast for the technology of the 21st century. Forget about them with the best wireless Bluetooth speakers that we have selected for you in this ideal list to give you that Christmas treat you had wanted to buy for so long. Or to give to a person who likes to listen to music anywhere.

Luckily the current wireless standards, such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth (in its advanced versions Bluetooth 4.0 or 5.0); allow us to eliminate the cables without losing too much audio quality. We must accept that music is compressed to send it through the air, but there are quality codecs that compress little or nothing sounds, such as aptX-HD, LDAC, SBC or AAC. We must check that the Bluetooth speaker we buy accepts them, especially aptX, although it will also be necessary for the music to use that codec.

Let's take a look at the best Bluetooth wireless speakers

Things to keep in mind to buy a wireless speaker

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You will find many different types of wireless speakers. Some have their own player and memory to save songs, so they are autonomous, they do not need to connect to the mobile or PC. Others include other wireless connections, such as NFC, to pair with the mobile just by zooming it. Other aspects to check are whether it includes a subwoofer or not and if it has a 3.5 mm jack plug to connect them by cable. Also if they use a plug, or have a battery.

The 7 Best Bluetooth Wireless Speakers

Some are sold loose but can be synchronized with others of the same model to create stereo environments. The most modern ones automatically orient the sound to the listener or emit it at a 360-degree angle, so that it is heard the same from any position. You can also play the mobile voice calls, and even recharge the battery through it.

An important fact to keep in mind is that it is protected against water or dust with IPX4 protection. Those who have IP67 can dive for up to half an hour in the water. We should also look, of course, at the duration of the battery. It does not help to buy a quality speaker if the battery runs out quickly. An average duration is around 8 hours with the volume at a medium level.

As larger, the speaker is going to offer a larger volume without distorting the sound, but logically at the expense of portability. It may even require plugging into the electrical power, although the music is transmitted via Bluetooth.

In a more technical plane, you have to check how many drivers (sound emitters) the speaker has. Ideally, you should have at least one for each frequency range (low, medium and high), but the more advanced ones may have two or more per range.

In the field of sound, quality has a price. The best wireless speakers are usually quite expensive. That is why we have selected models from all price ranges, which are among the best in their category.

  1. RIVA Audio S

If you are looking for a Bluetooth wireless speaker to use at home that does not occupy much and has a quality sound, without risking a lot of prices, the RIVA Audio S is very appreciated for the quality and purity of its sound.

Despite its small size, it has three ADX drivers of 60 mm, along with 4 passive ADX custom dual piston drivers:

The result is a very rich and deep sound, where you can easily differentiate the different frequency ranges, and enjoy all kinds of music without feeling that you are missing anything. Its only handicap is that the volume is not very high, due to its size and the need to preserve the battery. With this, we do not mean that Riva Audio S is heard low, because it has a power of 30 W, but it is more suitable to enjoy at home than outdoors. In return, it supports high-quality codecs with little understanding like AAC and aptX, and has a range of 13 hours, which is fine. It also has a vinyl mode that adds a few extra decibels to better appreciate your old records.

RIVA Audio S also features a patented surround technology called Trillium, which further expands sound throughout the room, and works well with movies. You can also pair two speakers to create stereo environments.

It has a microphone with noise cancellation to use in hands-free mode during calls, and its battery serves to recharge the phone.

Undoubtedly, one of the best Bluetooth wireless speakers that you can buy in 2018. And at an affordable price. It only costs € 129 on Amazon.

  • Connection: Bluetooth

  • Auxiliary connection by cable: Yes

  • Codecs High quality: Yes. AAC, aptX

  • Technical data: 3 Drivers (Dynamic, 40 mm) and 4 passive radiators. Power: 30W

  • Sound 360 degrees: No

  • Protection against water and dust: Yes. IPX4 (splash)

  • Submersible: No

  • Scope: 9 meters

  • Battery: 13 hours

  • Recharge: Not provided

  • Extra functions: Surround system for movies, recharge the mobile

  • Measures: 19 x 6.6 x 6.9 cm

  • Weight: 680 grams

  1. EU Wonder boom

Are you looking for a speaker to use outdoors, submersible, protected against water, dust and shock? These types of speakers do not usually offer great sound, but this UE Wonder boom is the exception. Despite its small size ensures a powerful sound and well balanced on all frequencies, although it lacks a bit of bass.

As we have said, it has IPX7 protection against water and dust. Floats in the pool and is submersible up to one meter for half an hour.

It has 360 degrees sound and its battery lasts about 10 hours. It is recharged through a micro USB connector, so the mobile charger can be used. With a small handle on top to carry it in your hand or hang it anywhere and it's available in lots of colours.

It has 5 drivers (two active 40 mm and three slightly larger passives). You can pair two Wonder boom UE speakers and eight Bluetooth devices. Undoubtedly, one of the best Bluetooth wireless speakers of 2018 to take on a trip.

  • Connection: Bluetooth

  • Auxiliary cable connection: No

  • Codecs High quality: No

  • Technical data: Frequency (80Hz-20 kHz). Drivers (Dynamic, 40 mm). Volume: 86 dB

  • Sound 360 degrees: Yes

  • Protection against water and dust: Yes

  • Submersible: Yes IP67

  • Scope: 9 meters

  • Battery: 10 hours

  • Recharge: 2.8 hours

  • Extra functions: Protected against knocks, carrying handle

  • Measures: 102 x 93.5 mm

  • Weight: 425 grams

  1. Bose Sound Link Revolve

Bose is one of the reference brands in the world of music, so it has many alternatives. One of the best Bluetooth wireless speakers of 2018 is Bose Sound Link Revolve. It is ideal for use at home but also works well on the outside.

It is one of the best speakers with 360 degrees sound. Ideal to place in the middle of the room and enjoy the music around the world or in a corner so that the sound bounces off the walls. But it is also designed to be used outdoors, as it is resistant to water and dust, although it is not submersible. Its aluminium body makes it quite resistant against shock.

Bose Sound Link Revolve offers a deep and powerful sound. Its battery is not among those that last more precisely because it consumes enough energy to boost the bass. Still, it reaches 12 hours of autonomy.  It does not have the depth and clarity of sound of other larger speakers, but you have to appreciate its small size. It can be easily paired with the mobile phone via NFC and has a 3.5 mm jack plug for cable connection.

It has a microphone to answer voice calls in hands-free mode, and you can pair two speakers to work in stereo.

Keep in mind that there are two versions. Bose Sound Link Revolve is the standard version with the commented features. Bose Sound Link Revolve + is a bit bigger, has more battery that increases the autonomy at 16 hours, and a carrying handle. An alternative with 360 degrees sound that we also like a lot is UE Boom 2. If you are looking for another Bose model that is a bit cheaper but without 360 degrees sound, check out the Bose so unlink Color II.

  • Connection: Bluetooth and NFC

  • Auxiliary connection by cable: Yes

  • Codecs High quality: Not provided

  • Technical data: Not provided

  • Sound 360 degrees: Yes

  • Protection against water and dust: Yes. IPX4

  • Submersible: No

  • Bluetooth range: 9 meters

  • Battery: 12 hours

  • Recharge: 4 hours

  • Extra functions: Compatible with Sire or Google Now

  • Measures: 8.2 x 8.2 x 15.2 cm

  • Weight: 662 grams

  1. JBL Charge 3 by Harman

The main handicap of a smartphone is the battery. Nothing bothers you more than running out of battery on your cell phone in the middle of a trip, or when you're on the street.

JBL Charge 3 is one of the very with which you can recharge the phone by means of its 6,000 math battery. It is an excellent substitute for portable external batteries. But that this secondary function does not distract you: JBL Charge 3 is an excellent speaker in its price range, with balanced frequencies (although improbable in the highs) and without distortion when you use it at maximum volume. It has two 43mm drivers that work in stereo with a power of 10W, and two other passives for the bass.

It is also an excellent speaker to use outdoors. Its rubber shell protects it from shock and is water and dust resistant and submersible with IPX7 protection.

You can synchronize it with the mobile voice assistant, and have a noise cancelling microphone to talk directly from the speaker. You can also connect with two other JBL Charge 3 devices to increase the sound power or listen to music in stereo.

  • Connection: Bluetooth 4.1

  • Auxiliary connection by cable: Yes

  • Codecs High quality: No

  • Technical data: Frequency (65Hz-20 KHz). Drivers (Dynamic, 50 mm). Volume: 80 dB

  • Sound 360 degrees: Yes

  • Protection against water and dust: Yes

  • Submersible: Yes IPX7

  • Scope: 9 meters

  • Battery: 20 hours

  • Recharge: 4.5 hours

  • Extra functions: Mobile recharge, integrates the smartphone's voice assistant

  • Measures: 21.3 x 8.7 x 8.8 cm

  • Weight: 798 grams

  1. Creative Move 2c

It turns out you're looking for a small and compact wireless speaker, to carry in your purse, or in a backpack. That sounds good, but not expensive. They are difficult conditions, but the Creative Move 2c Bluetooth wireless speaker meets them with solvency.

It fits in the palm of your hand, weighs only 181 grams, and although it only has one driver, it is full range. It has a passive radiator that produces quite acceptable bass, although the media suffers a bit, as you would expect. It has an integrated MP3 player, so you can insert a micros card with thousands of songs in high quality sound (accepts FLAC and similar) and play them without having to pair the phone. It can also be connected via USB to a laptop to use it as an external sound card. Answer your calls in hands-free mode.

It is protected against splashes, but it is not submersible. Two Moves 2c can be connected to each other to obtain stereo sound. It is one of the best Bluetooth wireless speakers of 2018 in this range of sizes.

  • Connection: Bluetooth 4.2

  • Auxiliary connection by cable: Yes

  • Codecs High quality: No

  • Technical data: Not provided

  • Sound 360 degrees: No

  • Protection against water and dust: Yes. IP66

  • Submersible: No

  • Scope: Not provided

  • Battery: 5 or 6 hours

  • Recharge: Not provided

  • Extra functions: MP3 player with micros

  • Measures: 9x 3.7 x 6.6 cm

  • Weight: 181 grams

  1. Bang & Olsen Belay A1

Many wireless speakers have a design very similar to wired speakers. Since they have the gift of portability. Why not take advantage of it to revolutionize design?

The new Bang & Olsen Belay A1 ultra-compact loudspeaker can literally be hung from a door or backpack, neck or belt. It weighs only 600 grams and 19 centimeters in diameter. Despite this, it reaches 30W in both the driver and the woofer, thanks to its anodized aluminum dome that enhances the audio, as well as making it resistant to dust and splashes. And it generates the best bass you'll hear on a speaker of this size. Of course, the sound is cute, but in these sizes two stereo speakers would contribute less than the included woofer. It has 360-degree sound emulation with the True360 function.

To emphasize the duration of the battery, up to 24 hours with only 2.5 hours of recharge. It works as a mobile hands-free speakerphone, and two can be paired to create a stereo mode.

  • Connection: Bluetooth 4.2

  • Auxiliary connection by cable: Yes

  • Codecs High quality:

  • Technical data: 2 dynamic drivers. Power: 2 x 30W

  • Sound 360 degrees: Yes (emulated)

  • Protection against water and dust: Yes (splash)

  • Submersible: No

  • Scope: Not provided

  • Battery: 24 hours

  • Recharge: Not provided

  • Extra features: Sire and Google Now support

  • Measures: 13.3 x 4.8 cm

  • Weight: 600 grams

  1. Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

Can an audiophile be satisfied with a wireless Bluetooth speaker? The British company Bowers and Wilkins thinks so, and it shows with this impressive Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin. A monster of 6.3 kilos of weight capable of sounding a room complete with a sound of rich nuances, deep and clearly differentiable means, and acute and serious balanced without shrillness (and without distortion).

This is achieved thanks to an integrated DAC (digital to analog converter) of high quality 192 KHz/ 24Bit and support of the aptX codec. It has 4 drivers, two of them dedicated to the middle ranges, with a power of 25W each, as well as a subwoofer of 50 W. There is no battery that can do it, that's why the Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin speaker requires connecting to the current power. It is not portable, but it is wireless when it comes to receiving music from your mobile or your computer through Bluetooth, Airplay or Wi-Fi___33.

Undoubtedly, one of the best Bluetooth wireless speakers of 2018, although its price is not available to everyone. It costs € 699 on Amazon.

  • Connection: Bluetooth 4.1, Airplay

  • Auxiliary connection by cable: Yes

  • Codecs High quality: Yes. AptX, AAC

  • Technical data: Frequency (44Hz-28 KHz). 5 Drivers (25-150 mm). Power: 4x25W + 50W (subwoofer)

  • Sound 360 degrees: No

  • Protection against water and dust: No

  • Submersible: No

  • Scope: Not provided

  • Battery: No (works with electric current)

  • Recharge: No

  • Extra functions: No

  • Measures: 18 x 66 x 19 cm

  • Weight: 6.3 Kg

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