With music streaming services like Spotify and Deezer offering excellent smartphone apps, it’s hardly surprising we’re using our mobiles to listen to our favourite songs more than ever. But, why not try ditching your headphones and make the most of your music by pairing up with wireless speakers instead? We’ve chosen five of the best Bluetooth speakers for your smartphone currently available to help you pick a favourite.
Ultra-compact, durable and big on the bass – the SoundLink Mini II is just the kind of reliable product you might expect from a high-quality manufacturer like Bose. This Bluetooth speaker has a built-in microphone and the battery boasts an impressive 10 hours of play time.
You can pair up to two different devices with the wireless speaker at the same time, ideal for those days when you’d like to take turns in choosing the tunes. It will also remember up to eight separate devices to make connecting easier for the whole family.
A budget Bluetooth speaker that boasts plenty of bass, the Sumvision Psyc Monic is a great choice if you’re looking for a fairly hi-tech speaker with a very reasonable price tag. It has a slick, minimalist design with full-metal housing and two long buttons on the top to control volume and select tracks.
The Monic connects via Bluetooth 4.0 or an auxiliary 3.5mm jack and offers six to seven hours of playback between charges. The only minor downside is that this wireless speaker doesn’t have a microphone, so you won’t be able to answer calls while you’re connected.
If you want to be able to listen to music wherever you are, then the waterproof Ultimate Ears Roll 2 could be just the portable speaker for you. It boasts a unique, disc-like design and comes with its own bungee cord and inflatable life preserver (the UE Floatie), allowing you to set your speaker up as a floating companion on your next relaxation session at the pool.
You can also choose from some really funky colours and skins, perfect for parties. Even better, it has a wireless range of up to 30 metres and has around nine hours of play time between charges.
Splash out on an utterly gorgeous – both in sound and design – Dali Katch Bluetooth speaker. This high-end wireless speaker is made by a Danish brand that’s invested heavily in sound technology, producing some wonderful results.
It comes with its own set of specially engineered drivers and boasts a battery life of an impressive 24 hours, so you won’t have to stop the beats anytime soon. The aluminium and polycarbonate case is sleek, tough and looks effortlessly classy, making this an excellent choice for style-conscious music aficionados.
For smartphone speakers that provide plenty of punch, be sure to check out Ultimate Ears BOOM 2. Not only is the sound quality high, this nifty little Bluetooth speaker is built to last.
The rugged outer shell has been designed to withstand a little rough treatment, including splashes, mud and drops of up to five feet, so it’s a great choice if you’re planning an outdoor party, camping trip or visit to a music festival. You can expect 15 hours of battery life from a 2.5 hour charge and there’s also a microphone, allowing you to use the speakerphone should a call arrive mid-listen.