The best Bluetooth speaker to add to your 2020 gift list

The best Bluetooth speaker to add to your 2020 gift list
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Wireless speakers are likely part of your gadget collection already, and if you’re still looking for the best Bluetooth speaker, then you know there are a ton of options on the market. For the past two decades, Bluetooth technology has made it possible to connect devices wirelessly with no internet connection necessary. Nowadays, Bluetooth is powering some of the best sound experiences out there when combined with the best portable speakers.

If you’re getting a gift for someone you love this holiday season (or just treating yourself), then the best Bluetooth speaker on the market is the perfect choice for any audiophile. Deciding between the options can be tough, as each speaker comes with its own distinguishing features. Whether you’re searching for a reliable brand-name, amazing battery life or a rugged exterior, there is something on the market for everyone. This list will help you find the best Bluetooth speaker on the market, according to popular reviews and user ratings.

Anker SoundCore Rave Neo

The best Bluetooth speaker
Source: Soundcore

If you’re looking for a party speaker, and you like a fun atmosphere with party lights, then the Anker SoundCore Rave Neo just might be the best Bluetooth speaker for you. The sound quality is strong – while it’s not the smallest portable speaker, it packs a lot of bass in a fairly compact size (11” x 7” x 5.8”). There’s a SoundCore app for your phone that can help you control the EQ and lighting features remotely. Its battery life is strong as well at around 18 hours.

Cost: US$99.99 (HK$775)

The best Bluetooth speaker
Source: Bose

It’s name has become synonymous with quality audio experiences over the past 50 years, and the Bose SoundLink products have been living up to their brand reputation for nearly a decade. The most popular compact SoundLink option is the SoundLink Color II which comes in a variety of colors to match your mood. For its size (2’ x 5” x 5.2”), the sound is clear and in a full range, but the battery life is just around eight hours.

Cost: US$129.00 (HK$1000)

JBL Clip 3

JBL Clip 3
Source: Amazon

Another compact option from a company famous for sound quality (and in the speaker game since the 1940s) is the JBL Clip 3. It’s the smallest of the JBL Bluetooth portable speakers, and they all come with major assets. The Clip 3 is best, however, for a user on-the-go – whether you’re backpacking, biking or skateboarding, this design will ride with you. It can clip on to a backpack or clothing easily with its carabiner. It’s the smallest speaker on the list so far (4.3” x 2.17” x 4.30”), but it’s waterproof IPX7 and can be taken just about anywhere. This speaker is also an affordable gift option.

Cost: US$39.95 (HK$310)

Sonos Move

Sonos portable speaker
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On the swankier side of things is the Sonos Move, which is a premium, sizable addition to home sound systems that also doubles as an extension of home-assistant technology via added Wi-Fi functionality. It’s larger than the other speakers on the list (9.44” x 6.29” x 4.96”) and weighs in at more than 6 lbs. With this size comes stability and powerful audio. It comes with a rechargeable battery that’s good for 900 charges (or about 3 years) and can be replaced.

Cost: US$375.00 (HK$2907)

Tribit StormBox

The best Bluetooth speaker
Source: Tribit

From a lesser-known player on the speaker scene, you can get a great bargain with a lot of sound in the Tribit StormBox. It’s compact and lightweight (7.08” x 2.70” x 2.70”) and just 1.2 lbs. This is a great choice for an economical Bluetooth portable speaker that’s just for personal enjoyment and not looking to power a party – although it does come with an “extra bass” button to bring up the thump a little when you want it.

Cost: US$61.99 (HK$481)

UE Hyperboom

The best Bluetooth speaker
Source: UE

Ultimate Ears is a company more commonly known as UE and has been on the market for about 25 years. Their HyperBoom speaker ranks as one of the best for parties and durability. It’s the heaviest on the list by far at 13 lbs., and it’s fairly large (7.50” x 7.50” x 14.33”). Its heft comes with excellent battery life, boasting 24 full hours of sound. This powerhouse even comes with an attachable strap – so while it’s a heavy-duty option, it’s still made to take with you wherever you’re headed.

Cost: US$449 (HK$3480)

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