The Best Portable Speakers
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.
To buy: $70, amazon.com.
Tall, Dark, Handsome
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.
To buy: $200, bestbuy.com.
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.
To buy: $15, newegg.com.
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.
To buy: $120, amazon.com.
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.
To buy: $20.50, walmart.com.