Best Bluetooth speakers of 2017/2018: Best Wireless Speakers from £149


Sometimes you get what you pay for, and this is often the case with audio products. Although there are some decent budget options, here we round up the best Bluetooth speakers that money can buy.

If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable then head over to our best budget Bluetooth speakers group test where you’ll find something cheaper, as all the speakers in that selection are under £100. What we’re focussing on here are the best high-end Bluetooth speakers which understandably fetch a higher price.

Prices start at £149 here, which is pretty good for a high-end device, and range all the way up to £499. Most are around the £250 mark, though.

In the Bluetooth speaker market, there’s a wide range of devices available. You might be looking for the best portable Bluetooth speaker with the longest battery life, or perhaps the biggest speaker for your lounge to provide pumping sounds for your party. Then there are speakers which are somewhere in the middle and are big but still portable.

The difficulty in putting together a group test of the best Bluetooth speakers is that each brand offers a range of different products to suit those varying needs. We’ve made sure there’s a decent selection here and for each manufacturer we’ve presented the options for other models from the respective range since we can only look at one each.

What to look out for when buying a Bluetooth speaker

So, what kind of things should you watch out for when on the market for a high-end Bluetooth speaker?

As mentioned, there are lots of different types of Bluetooth speaker so if you want to easily take one around with you then make sure it’s small and portable. And that it has a battery to power it rather than needing mains power.

Although you’re likely to connect your phone or tablet to the speaker over Bluetooth, having other connections can really useful. For example, you might have a mp3 player like an old iPod which still works fine but doesn’t have Bluetooth. If so, look for a speaker with a 3.5mm jack (most of them have one). Some also offer ports including phono which are handy for connecting things like your TV or a record player.

Whereas Bluetooth used to be a primary way of connecting to a speaker without wires, some now feature Wi-Fi on the spec sheet which  is useful for various reasons. It might mean you can connect your device to it over Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth – this is how Apple’s AirPlay works (although not exclusively).

Having Wi-Fi might also add the ability to use the speaker directly with streaming services like Spotify or internet radio stations so you’re not limited to what tunes you’ve got on your device.

Remember that Sonos speakers like the new Play:5 and the Play:1 come highly recommended by us, but they don’t feature Bluetooth so don’t qualify for this group. Read about the best Sonos speakers.

Note: Where we mention pairing up devices as a stereo pair or multi-room capabilities, this is not something we’ve been able to test every time as we’ve only been sent one of each speaker.

Best Bluetooth speakers of 2017

Marshall Stanmore

Marshall Stanmore

Ruark MR1 Mk2

Ruark MR1 Mk2

UE Megaboom

UE Megaboom

B&O Play A2

B&O Play A2

Goodmans Heritage II Connect

Goodmans Heritage II Connect

Riva Arena

Riva Arena

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless

Bose SoundLink Revolve

Bose SoundLink Revolve

JBL Xtreme

JBL Xtreme

Cambridge Audio Yoyo M

Cambridge Audio Yoyo M

Yamaha WX-010

Yamaha WX-010




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