Best Stylish Speaker: BANG & OLUFSEN BEOSOUND A1 PORTABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER, £199.99
Sleek and compact, B&O’s Bluetooth speaker weighs a little over 500g and is only 13cm wide. A handy leather strap lets you hang it up out of the way, while durable, water-resistant aluminium casing protects it from any drops or spills. A full charge will give you up to 18 hours of listening time, while the stylish dome-style design ensures this speaker looks good too.
Best All-Round Speaker: SONOS MOVE, £399
With a cool design and ample features, the Sonos Move is one of the best all-rounders out there. Combine devices around the house for an even fuller surround sound, then control the Move via the easy-to-use app or standard remote. Weatherproof and waterproof, it can also be used outside. Just make sure you’ve charged it up beforehand.
Best Wallet-Friendly Speaker: KITSOUND DIGGIT 55, £29.99
This no-frills speaker lets you listen to music indoors and outdoors, with two smart modes that optimise the audio depending on your location. A single charge gives you 15 hours of battery life, while a pairing feature lets you double up with another device for stereo surround sound. The Diggit 55 also comes with a removable stake that lets you secure your speaker into the ground.
Best Movie Night Speaker: SONOS BEAM, £399
Reliable, stylish and well priced, opt for the Sonos Beam if you’re looking to invest in a soundbar. Use it to immerse yourself in your favourite TV shows, movies, video games or podcasts as well as listen to music. With built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, it can help you check news, set alarms and surf the web too. A special Night Sound feature lets you enjoy late-night listening, while a speech enhancement mode ensures dialogue is always crystal clear.
Best Wireless Speaker: BOSE PORTABLE WIRELESS MULTI-ROOM SPEAKER, £309
For a straightforward wireless speaker, opt for Bose’s multi-room model, which delivers 360º sound wherever you might be. It’s been cleverly designed to withstand drops and bumps, is water-resistant and features a rubber handle to ensure it’s easy to carry. A 12-hour battery life means you won’t be caught short of juice.
Best Waterproof Speaker: ULTIMATE EARS BOOM 3 BLUETOOTH WATERPROOF PORTABLE SPEAKER, £129.99
Delivering surround sound in a neat waterproof and drop-proof design, the Boom 3 is an asset at any summer holiday or garden party. It boasts a 45m Bluetooth range, 15-hour battery life and the brand’s ‘magic’ button to help play, pause and skip songs easily. This speaker will also float in water and can be charged with either a USB cable or handy power dock.
Best Boombox Style Speaker: JBL BOOMBOX 2, £399
A great addition to any party or BBQ, JBL’s boombox speaker features a built-in power bank that ensures up to 24 hours of playtime. There’s only one sound setting on this device, but an impressive bass and crystal-clear audio more than make up for that. The sturdy handle lets you transport it without fuss and you can use the PartyBoost feature to connect multiple JBL devices.
Best Surround Sound Speaker: SONY HT-ST5000, £738.05 (was £1,500)
Those looking to invest in a surround sound system should consider Sony’s set. Comprising both a soundbar and subwoofer, it’s straightforward to use and delivers fantastic sound quality. Packed full of features and suitable for music and movie lovers alike, this is a very solid system that is well worth the money.
Best Portable Speaker: TRIBIT STORMBOX MICRO, £41.99 (was £52.99)
This mini device connects to your phone via Bluetooth. Built-in XBass technology and an amplifier mean it delivers a powerful sound, while a fabric-covered exterior keeps it safe from water and dust. Even better, the Stormbox can be attached to your backpack or handlebars using the tear-resistant silicone strap.
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