With the recent advances in speaker design and wireless connectivity, 2017 is arguably the year of the best portable speakers.
Whether used in your living room while cleaning, at the beach, or during a cookout, portable speakers offer unmatched ease and usability on a day-to-day basis.
Best Portable Speakers 2017
Price, intent of usage, and portability are all important factors to consider when purchasing a speaker. The ideal portable speaker for a surfer would be completely different than the best one for a stay-at-home mom, or a busy college student. As such, we’ve put together the best options available in a number of different categories.
|Bose SoundLink Mini II||10 hrs||2.79 lbs||Check Price|
|House of Marley Chant Mini||6 hrs||1.30 lbs||Check Price|
|AYL SoundFit||12 hrs||0.58 lbs||Check Price|
|JBL Clip 2||8 hrs||0.40 lbs||Check Price|
|Harman Kardon Esquire Mini||8 hrs||1.30 lbs||Check Price|
|B&O Beolit 15||24 hrs||6.6 lbs||Check Price|
1. Bose SoundLink Mini – Best Portable Speaker of 2017
Bose’s reputation for sound and build quality is by this point self-evident. Bose’ flagship entry to the portable speaker market is the SoundLink Mini, which was just recently updated to its second version.
A built-in microphone allows easy voice calls when paired with a phone, a feature especially useful if you intend to keep the speaker in your home living room.
The sound quality is by far the best bang-for-buck, with deep, resounding bass, rich mids, and clear, crisp highs. A solid 10 hour play time means you don’t have to charge often, but when necessary, the speaker comes with a stylish and minimal dock for easy charging.
2. House of Marley Chant Mini – Small & Affordable
The unusual build of the Chant Mini makes it an eye catcher. What’s that you say? No, that’s not a little drum. No it’s not a hipster coffee mug. It’s my Chant Mini, and it pumps out beats like nobody’s business!
Coming in at just over 4 inches wide and 5 inches tall, this speaker is big enough to produce fairly beefy sound yet small enough to easily throw in your backpack.
The speaker features a stylish bamboo trim ring around the top, durable canvas wrap around the sides, and comes with a carabiner for easy carrying.
Coming in at just around $50, the House of Marley Chant Mini is a fantastic budget option for those wanting something a bit more affordable.
3. AYL Soundfit – The Durable Beast
The 3 watt audio drivers are fairly beefy and allow for easy listening even if there’s other competing background noise.
4. JBL Clip 2 – Waterproof & Tiny
Unlike the AYL Soundfit, the Clip 2 has a IPX7-level waterproof rating. This means you can completely submerge the speaker underwater with no issues.
A built-in carabiner clip allows you to attach the speaker to your backpack or bike. You can wirelessly daisy-chain two Clip 2’s together so they play your music of choice in unison — a super handy feature if you buy more than one! Battery time is a fairly standard 8 hours, which should be more than enough for your outdoor adventures.
5. Harman Kardon Esquire Mini – Sleek, Elegant, and Refined
The slim figure of the Esquire Mini makes it the most portable device on our list: you could easily slip it into your pocket to carry around. Dual sound drivers and a powerful bass port means the Mini nips on the tail of it’s Bose’ competitor.
The retractable stand at the back of the speaker allows you to blast music in the perfect direction without worrying about balancing the Mini, and the hardware buttons were firm to press and very handy. We rate the Esquire Mini as the most attractive of the best portable speakers.
6. B&O Beolit 15 – For the Audiophile
While the speaker is quite hefty compared to the other speakers shown above, the carrying strap dissuades any concerns with portability. The sound quality of the Beolit 15 is absurdly good. While crisp and bright at lower volumes, the speaker really shines at mid-to-high levels of volume. The bass positively rumbles and at the highest volumes will easily fill a large room.