Then you’re lounging by the pool, riding your bike over trails, or playing games with friends, you need a little music to make the scenario perfect. That’s where your portable Bluetooth speaker comes in handy. We’re talking speakers that are cool, not clunky— streamlined for the modern aesthetic and designed to fit seamlessly into your lifestyle. Here are five of the coolest portable speakers around.
The boomBottle+ from Scosche is a one tough and versatile portable speaker. It’s the size of a water bottle or thermos, so it fits easily into the cup holder of your vehicle or in the water bottle cage attached to your bike. It streams your music wirelessly via Bluetooth, and it packs enough battery power to play your music for up to 10 hours. Along with splash-proof construction, it also features vibration-dampening tech and shock-proof design to guard against drops. Essentially, you can take it anywhere, anytime, and enjoy high-quality streaming of your favorite music.
Bose is a big name in audio, and its SoundLink Mini II lives up to the brand’s reputation for delivering top-quality sound. The Mini II’s capacity for projection is somewhat limited by its size; but considering its proportions, it belts out superb audio. The speaker is just 1.5 pounds and looks super-sleek, with neatly integrated function buttons on top. In addition, it has a microphone built in. Its 10 hours of battery life are a definite plus for users who are on the go. Get it in creamy Pearl or stoic Carbon.
If you’re looking to play tunes poolside or enjoy some music while you’re camping in the forest or sunbathing at the beach, the UE Boom 2 just might be the portable speaker for you. This little beauty is entirely waterproof. Not only that, it’s resistant to stains and shock, so you can take it with you into rugged environments without worrying about your investment. Another big bonus is the enhanced battery life, up to 15 hours of music. It’s costly, but for sheer durability and superb sound quality, the price tag might be worth it.
Looking for even more battery life? Try the Fugoo, a Bluetooth speaker that boasts up to 40 hours of music if you keep the volume at medium. Even at high volume, this speaker easily surpasses others with a total of 20 hours of listening time. It has a pair of 43mm x 54mm passive radiators, two 39mm neodymium aluminum mid/woofers, and a pair of 28mm neodymium tweeters, all of which combine to yield top-level sound quality.
If you need something tiny with a lot of audio power, check out the Carbon Audio Pocket Speaker. This tiny device is under one inch thick, but it can project surround sound throughout an entire room. It has about 8 hours of battery life and works even better when paired with a second Pocket Speaker.
Whether you need a speaker that’s waterproof, one that’s got insane battery life, or one that can slide into your pocket, you’re sure to find the perfect option in just a few keystrokes and clicks. When you find one that you love, let your friends know! Share the wow factor of the audio market’s coolest portable speakers.