Speaker Reviews

Best Bluetooth Speakers For 2021

If you’re looking for the best Bluetooth speakers for 2021 you’ve come to the right place! It’s unbelievable to think we are 10 weeks away from the end of 2021, and despite this pandemic, the tech industry has been hard at work revolutionizing the Bluetooth speaker market.

Whether you’ve been saving up, or perhaps looking for a Christmas gift for that tech lover in your family, we’ve put together a full list of the best and most worthwhile speakers to put your money on, and we hope you’ll find what you’re looking for.

In my breakdown of the best Bluetooth speakers for 2021, I’ve tried to include exactly what you may need in a speaker. However, everyone has different needs, and before reading this article, take a look at my article regarding things to consider before purchasing.

It may be that you want a budget friendly gift for someone, you want a Bluetooth speaker to go on adventures with, or perhaps you want to enhance your sound system within your home.

Regardless of why you’ve found this page, I hope my list will help narrow down that perfect Bluetooth speaker for your needs!

Without further ado, here’s my list of the best Bluetooth speakers for 2021!

Best Bluetooth Speakers For 2021


JBL Xtreme 3 – Best Performance

best bluetooth speakers for 2021

Overview

The JBL Xtreme 3 is the all-around best performer in the Bluetooth speaker category. The newest of the Xreme line, this speaker boasts beautiful bass at any volume, while holding the best element resistance and battery life. Featuring a strap for easy mobility this speaker is built with a power bank inside to charge your smartphone. Connect 2 different phones for shared playback experiences, or connect 2 or more Xtreme speakers for a surround sound experience.

Specifications

IP Rating – IP67 100% waterproof and dust proof
Speakers – 
2 JBL bass radiators, 2x25w woofers, 2x25w tweeters
Battery Life – 
15 hours of playtime, 2.5 hour charging time
Dimensions:
 11.75 x 5.35 x 5.28” / 4.34 LB

Price

Amazon – $379

What I Love

This speaker 100% carries the best sound of 2021, and wipes the floor with its competition. JBL has gone out of their way to ensure their sound is second to none, and it shows! With 4 drivers, and 2 JBL bass radiators, there’s no comparing this speaker in performance.

What Could Be Better

At the end of the day, this is a large speaker. Coming in at just under 5 pounds, and the size of a small handbag, it’s not going to fit snugly into a backpack. I guess that’s why it comes with a strap for carrying it around your shoulder.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 and Boom 3 – Best Element Resistency

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Overview

Whether you pick the Boom 3 or the Wonderboom 2 you’re guaranteed to be amazed! Both these little speakers are extremely portable, and carry the utmost element resistance on the market today. Both these speakers are IP67 rated, and are 100% water, dust, rain, dirt, anything you can name resistant! Both speakers also have the ability to pair with a second JBL speaker for corner to corner sound.

The WB 2 is compact and budget friendly, it carries a 360 degree sound, and with the outdoor boost button, you can play even louder bass while hanging in bigger areas, such as skate parks, basketball courts or the beach. Crazy enough, this tiny speaker features 13 hours of playtime!

The Boom 3 comes in 4 different colors and is priced reasonably compared to the UE Wonderboom. Carrying all the same element resistance with its two-tone fabric, specifically used for motorcycle jackets and fire equipment, this speaker is guaranteed to withstand any element.

Specifications

IP Rating – IP67 100% waterproof and dust proof
Speakers – 
Wonderboom 2:Two 40 mm active drivers and two 46.1 mm x 65.2 mm passive radiators
Boom 3:Two 2” drivers and two 2” x 4” passive radiators.
Battery Life – 
Wonderboom 2: 13 hours of playtime, 2.6 hour charging time
Boom 3: 15 hours of playtime, 2.7 hour charging time
Dimensions – 
Wonderboom 2:
104 mm x 95.3 mm, weight 0.5 LB
Boom 3: 73 mm x 184 mm, weight 1.4 LB

Price

Amazon:
Wonderboom 2 – $99
Boom 3 – $149.99

What I Love

Both these speakers are extremely compact, and element resistant. You can literally carry these in your purse, backpack, and even pocket without having to worry about dropping them, leaking something on them or getting them dirty. Best of all, for such small speakers they carry outstanding battery life. Take it on a multi-day hike, or even a road trip and you know you’ll get the full day’s worth of listening time.

What Could Be Better

Although these speakers carry some serious sound punch, there really is only so much you can get with a small speaker. At the end of the day these speakers are held back by their size only.

Tribit Storm Box Micro – Budget Friendly

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Overview

If you’re looking for a budget friendly and compact speaker, you’re looking at the best 2021 speaker. This speaker is designed for the outdoors person, whether you clip it to your bike or your backpack it really delivers on dependability. Featuring a small build, tough with IP67 rating for resistance to virtually any element, this compact speaker has a tear-resistant silicon band on the back for easy attachment and carry. For a small speaker, the Tribit still delivers on decent sound with it’s built-in X-Bass feature.

Specifications

IP Rating – IP67 100% waterproof and dust proof
Speakers – 
Passive Radiator
Battery Life – 
8 hours of playtime, 3.5 hour charging time
Dimensions:
 98.3*98.3*35.8mm, weighs 257 g

What I Love

Very adventure worthy, and with the silicon strap on the back you can hook it to anything. For such a small speaker you do get decent sound in small areas. Being on the budget friendly spectrum, this speaker will deliver basic needs at a very good price.

What Could Be Better

At full volume the sound does distort slightly. This speaker isn’t meant to fuel a party, or cover an auditorium. The 8 hours of play time isn’t as long as most on the market, but for its size, it’s above expectations. The charging time is also significantly longer than hoped for.

JBL Charge 5 – Has it all, the middle man!

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Overview

The little brother to the JBL Xtreme 3, this speaker fits in your hand and delivers a festival size sound. In addition, the Charge 5 carries the longest playtime out of all 4 speakers at a reasonable cost. Just like the Xtreme 3, this speaker features a power bank for additional device charging and carries a IP67 dust and water proof rating.

Specifications

IP Rating – IP67 100% waterproof and dust proof
Speakers – 30W RMS for woofer, 10W RMS for tweeter
Battery Life – 
20 hours of playtime, 4 hour charging time
Dimensions:
 8.7 x 3.76 x 3.67” / 2.11 LB

Price

Amazon – $180

What I Love

This device is the perfect size to put in your backpack, at a very reasonable price for the sound quality you get. JBL has been known this year for their outstanding sound with its long excursion drivers, separate tweeters, and dual JBL bass radiators for intense bass and sound. This speaker is light and extremely portable.

What Could Be Better

The 4 hour charge time is double the time of the Xtreme 3 with only 5 extra hours of playtime included.

My Verdict

We’ve laid out 5 of the top speakers based on performance, battery life, durability and price. Hopefully we’ve eliminated some of the research needed to produce the best speakers for you to purchase!

Thanks for reading and I look forward to what is to come in 2022 in the speaker world!

Until next time,

-B

6 Comments

  • Daniel Tshiyole

    JBL is my all-time favorite. I love speakers. I always use them when I am working out. There’s just something about working out and music is blasting at full capacity. I will definitely read this article more and see if there are any speakers that are better than JBL. At the end of the day, we all want the best of the best so I will do my research. Thank you for this amazing article. 

    • Brooke

      Good Morning,

      I own several JBL speakers and I will say, aside from Sonos they are my favorite as well! Music really brings us together doesn’t it? Not only that, but its a source of motivation and reflection. 

      I appreciate you taking a look at my article and hope that you’ll find some assistance in your reasearch 🙂

      Talk soon!

      -B

  • MIchel

    I have heard from various sources that if you want quality sound then go for JBL speakers. I have yet to try them, but I did get to listen to them in action at a friend’s dinner party last month and I was really impressed.

    Now I see you are recommending them here as the top speakers for sound in 2021, so I am definitely going to try them out now.

    • Brooke

      Hey there,

      JBL has made huge advances these last 2 years in their portable speaker category. I think I mentioned it in my Bose review, but a lot of these speaker names have slowly but surely been sneaking their way up behind some of the top names.

      Bose, Sony, Samsung.. these tops names are slowly becoming mixed in with everyone, especially JBL because the market is getting so competitive. Its not about having the best sound anymore. There are so many different functions and specs that people are looking for in a regular Bluetooth speaker.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • Ben

    Cheers for this amazing article!! I’ve been looking round at Speakers for awhile now and since reading your article I’ve found that JBL speakers seem to stand out from the crowd. Music is a way of expression for me so am looking for the best I can buy.

    Thanks for pointing them out to me, great help as I’m not very technically minded 🙂

    • Brooke

      I am glad you enjoyed the article! Thanks for reading!

      Music is such a dynamic player for all of us, and everyone looks to music for different reasons. I grew up with the love of music from band class, to listening to the radio on my dad’s old Kenwood, to my love of speakers. I am a bit of an audiophile!

      Talk soon!

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