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There’s a wireless Bluetooth speaker for every occasion. From cute party portables for garden or picnics, to smart living room speakers, the choice can be overwhelming.
All wireless speakers connect to your smartphone by Bluetooth for easy music streaming. Smart voice control models boast extra features — you can ask for a summer playlist, request weather updates or play your current audio book — no hands required, perfect for when you're entertaining guests.
So if you haven’t gone wireless yet, what are you waiting for?
Check out our guide to five of the best wireless Bluetooth speakers you can buy right now…
Best smart Bluetooth speaker
This new Alexa speaker adopts a globe design, with a lighting ring around the flattened base. It does all the usual clever speaker stuff, and sounds good while doing it.
A 76mm woofer and dual 20mm tweeters create a soundstage much bigger than its compact dimensions suggest. We reckon it's a great all-purpose smart wireless speaker, suitable for any room.
Buy it: All-new Echo (4th generation) | £79.99 (Was £89.99) from Amazon
Best portable multiroom speaker
The Sonos Roam is the latest addition to the best-selling Sonos family, and the first you can take from pool room to pool.
While this Bluetooth portable can be used solo, it’s at its best as part of a larger multiroom family of Sonos speakers.
The Roam is surprisingly rugged: drop-resistant, waterproof and dustproof with an IP67 rating, it’s up for a day at the beach. Battery life lasts around 10 hours.
It also punches above its weight sonically, thanks to a powerful woofer-tweeter combo, which works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and has Apple Airplay 2 for iOS users. If you’ve never considered a Sonos speaker before, this new model could change your mind.
Buy it: Sonos Roam Portable Wireless Multi-room Speaker | £159 from Currys
Best portable Bluetooth speaker
If you’re not invested in a Sonos setup, but still want music on the go listen out for the diminutive Marshall Emberton, which has just been released in Forest and Cream finishes.
Reflecting Marshall’s rock ‘n’ roll heritage and oozing attitude, the design apes the brand’s guitar amps with its metal grille, and it’s IPX7 water-resistant too. The battery lasts a phenomenal 20 hours.
Buy it: Marshall Emberton Portable Bluetooth Speaker | £109 from Currys
Best Bluetooth speaker for the bedroom
An ideal Bluetooth wireless smart speaker for the bedroom, the Echo Spot will take up precious little space on a bedside cabinet, but has a circular screen to display new weather and news updates, as well as relaying the time.
It sounds pretty decent too, making it more than suitable for an early morning wake-up call. At night, the display dims automatically, so that it doesn’t disturb late at night.
Buy it: Amazon Echo Spot, Smart Alarm Clock with Alexa | £119.99 from Amazon
Best Bluetooth speaker for a party
If you’re after a Bluetooth portable that’s fun and fashionable, then snap up the Extra Bass SRS-XB12 from Sony.
It is available in various colours, including black, blue, purple, red and silver.
It is a triple threat as it’s small enough to pop into hand luggage, boasts an impressive 16 hour battery and delivers deceptively beefy bass. Using the supplied detachable strap you can even hang it from your handlebars or backpack, because it’s totally waterproof.
Buy it: Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB12 Portable Bluetooth Speaker | £36.97 from Currys
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