iHome iDM12 Price meets power in this lightweight option that’s easy to toss in your bag and strong enough to fill a small room at home. Nicely balanced sound. Cordless via Bluetooth. Seven inches long.
Jawbone Jambox Impressive, nuanced sound in a sleek, substantial piece fit for display (it could easily take up permanent residence on a bedroom shelf). The hidden mike lets it double as a speakerphone. Cordless only. Six inches long.
Kinyo MS-305 You won’t get home-theater quality from a micro-mini, but this device plugs directly into your phone (no cord!). And at the price of a large pizza, it won’t stress you out at the beach or in the hands of kids. Two inches across.
JBL on Tour Best sound quality of all tested. Serious volume means it can fuel a dance-off. Turned low, it’s perfect midtable for summer meals. Also works as a speakerphone. Cordless via Bluetooth. Six inches across.
iHome iHM61 Looks like a tiny, futuristic concertina and offers surprisingly satisfying sound—plus a playful little light show. Collapses and clicks shut for compact transport. Great gift. Two inches across.