Best Bluetooth speakers - unique designs, powerful audio, and ultimate connectivity

The best Bluetooth speakers to enjoy high-quality audio at home, from Marshall, Audio Pro and more

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The best Bluetooth speakers serve as an entertainment hub for the home, easily connected to your smartphone, TV, or laptop for on-demand music, podcasts, and anything else you want to listen to.

Eclipsed slightly by the allure of smart speakers, high-quality Bluetooth speakers are making something of a comeback. This is thanks partly to luxury brands, including Bowers & Wilkens or Bang & Olufsen, as well as iconic companies like Marshall and Audio Pro, investing heavily in high-end, high-quality speakers with all the latest technology without compromising on the sense of style that makes them so popular.

Design-led Bluetooth speakers come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. If you're looking for a speaker that makes a statement both with its sound quality and its aesthetic appeal, there are plenty of options to choose from. Many of these speakers incorporate unique design elements, such as a retro look, sleek modern lines, or eye-catching colors, to set them apart from more basic models.

It's not a choice between smart or analog - Bluetooth speakers sit perfectly in the middle ground, with many also allowing you to take your audio outside or on the go, including - yes - Alexa or Google Assistant compatibility. You can take a look at our guide to the best smart speakers if this interests you. For now, though, keep reading to see how we ranked the best Bluetooth speakers.

Quick picks

The best Bluetooth speakers in 2024

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Bluetooth speakers have become an entertainment hub for the home, allowing for easy connectivity to a variety of devices. But you don't have to choose between smart or analog, as they can offer the best of both worlds. Check out our guide below for more.

Best Bluetooth speaker overall

Specifications

Multi-room?: Yes
Smart?: Yes
Portable?: No
Dimensions: H7.7 x W13.8 x D10.3in

Reasons to buy

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Stylish and classic design
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Also available as a smart speaker
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Easy control over bass and treble

Reasons to avoid

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Large, heavy, and not portable
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More expensive

Music lovers will instantly recognize the beautiful Marshall iconography of the Stanmore II. Having invested heavily in home speakers over the past few years, Marshall hasn't compromised in the style department for its Bluetooth offerings, and the back leather look with fabric grille and rose gold controls add a touch of luxury to any room it's in. 

Physical buttons also make it easier to control unlike speakers that can only be controlled via an app, and EQ knobs give you greater control over your audio. You can also buy the speaker with Alexa or Google Assistant support, though these have become harder to come by in recent years.

Our only real complaints are about the size and heft of the speaker, but those with enough space to have the Stanmore II proudly on display won't find its significant presence. It's certainly not a device you will want to take from room to room. Still, this is a must-have for classic rock fans or those who just want a speaker to be part of the vibe of a room, rather than something you'd rather keep out of sight. 

Livingetc rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars | read our full Marshall Stanmore II review

Best Bluetooth speaker to use with Alexa

Specifications

Multi-room?: No
Smart?: Yes
Portable?: Yes
Dimensions: H1.8 x W5.2in

Reasons to buy

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Some Alexa functionality built-in
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Good battery life
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Fully waterproof
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Lovely high-end design

Reasons to avoid

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Alexa functionality can be fiddly
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More expensive

Bang & Olufsen's Beosound A1 is the perfect antidote to the typical trend of bulky and brightly-colored Bluetooth speakers, with its jewel-toned shimmer and unique look setting it apart from the crowd. The speaker is also sturdy, impervious to both water and being dropped, and there are various EQ presets in the B&O app for you to fine-tune things to your liking. 

The shape of the speaker lends itself to the True360 omnidirectional sound system, and you can take it with you on the go with 18 hours of battery life.

The only downside is the built-in Alexa, which, in practice, can be frustrating to use. You need to open the app on your phone first, making it less of a smart speaker and more of a bridge between you and the app. Still, the Beosound A1 remains and an excellent option for those who want style, durability, and solid audio, and it still made our list of the best Alexa speakers.

Livingetc rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars | read our full Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) review

Best compact Bluetooth speaker

3. Marshall Emberton

Specifications

Multi-room?: No
Smart?: No
Portable?: Yes
Dimensions: H7 x W6.3 x D2.7in

Reasons to buy

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Good battery life
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Lightweight and easy to carry
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Classic, iconic design
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IP67 Water-resistant rating

Reasons to avoid

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No smart home functionality
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No multi-room audio

The Marshall Emberton is another great addition to the brand's line-up of audio products, as a portable, waterproof speaker that's the perfect size and shape for carrying around. While there's no handle, the speaker's weather-resistant design makes it ideal for outdoor activities, and the battery life is very impressive at around 20 hours - seeing us through several workdays while testing. It would also work great as a shower speaker.

The LED display showing remaining battery life is also a helpful feature, and the design is otherwise pleasingly minimal with a front and back grille, plastic casing in cream or black, and a metal control knob on top. Compared to larger speakers like the Stanmore II, there is less room for customization and control over your audio, but most people will be pleased.

Livingetc rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Best Bluetooth speaker for battery life

Specifications

Multi-room?: No
Smart?: No
Portable?: Yes
Dimensions: H4.5 x W8.4 x D5.3in

Reasons to buy

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Lovely design
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Amazing battery life
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Clear and detailed sound

Reasons to avoid

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Not weather resistant
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Feels heavy when carrying
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No smart home compatibility
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No multi-room audio

With a warm and balanced sound no matter what genre of music we were playing, the Audio Pro Addon T3+ is a stylish and compact speaker providing a seamless audio experience and a battery life of up to 30 hours. The retro design and easy-to-use controls have made the speaker a great addition to our home, and the sound quality is truly excellent with powerful bass that doesn't overpower.

The design of the speaker is striking yet simple, featuring a small rose gold control panel and a luxurious leather carrying strap that elevates its aesthetic appeal. It also comes in various colors, from muted black or white to bright and cheerful red. The AUX input allows audiophiles to connect their preferred music source and, although the speaker is a little heavy to move around constantly, it can be used wirelessly.

Livingetc rating: 4 out of 5 stars | read our full AUDIO PRO Addon T3+ review

A modern Bluetooth speaker

5. Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge

Specifications

Multi-room?: Yes
Smart?: Yes
Portable?: No
Dimensions: H9.1 x W9.4 x D17.3in