Best Bluetooth travel speakers 2024: Our top choices

BY Joshua Joda

6th Apr 2023 Technology

3 min read

Best Bluetooth travel speakers 2024: Our top choices
Are you a frequent flyer or do you just love a holiday? These are the Bluetooth speakers you should be taking with you
A great travel speaker may not be a necessity for some, but it can really help if you’re going to a party destination or just enjoy having music or a podcast on during your travels.
Speakers have come a long way in the past several years and even some of the smallest ones can pack a punch, with booming sound a battery life of up to 20 hours. If you’re in the market for a Bluetooth travel speaker to take with you on your next trip, these are some of the best current options.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore

Beosound Explore
Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound Explore is surprisingly small (about the size of a can of Coke) for such a relatively powerful speaker. And aside from being very portable, it has 360-degree sound and a very long-lasting battery, which is great if you’re on the go and forget to charge it. It’s also rugged and made to a high standard, which is great if you’re planning to get away into nature on a hike or camping trip.

Sonos Roam

Sonos Roam
The Sonos Roam isn’t so small that it’ll handily fit in your pocket, but it is small enough to go in a backpack or rucksack quite easily for convenient travelling. With a large surface area for the speakers on its front, it can deliver high fidelity, enveloping sound which may surprise you when you hear it.
On an important note—the Roam comes in two different skews, the Roam SL which is a standard Bluetooth speaker and the Sonos Roam which features built-in voice control.

Bose SoundLink Flex

Bose SoundLink flex
Bose is known for making high-standard audio devices—more so with headphones specifically, but they’ve been making waves with impressive high-end speakers, like the Bose 500 and the SoundLink Revolve.
The SoundLink Flex is another contender in the good value for your money category as far as speakers go, with up to twelve hours battery life and damage-resistant exterior.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3
At a great size for travel and with 360-degree sound, the Wonderboom 3 is a great choice as a portable speaker to take on the go. This speaker is also durable—it’s waterproof and even floats!
The volume can also be cranked up to deliver some impressively loud audio, you can also pair up another Wonderboom 3 to set up a two-speaker system to double the volume.

Anker Soundcore 3

Anker Soundcore 3
The Soundcore 3 stands out of the crowd, with a look that feels like a cross between a radio and a boombox, but with a very convenient and portable size. In terms of its features, it has a 24-hour battery life, is waterproof—and can deliver impressive stereo sound with enhanced bass to really set an atmosphere.
And with a detachable strap, it’s a great choice for a fit-in-your-hand, no frills speaker that you can take just about anywhere.

Sony SRS-XB13

Sony SRS-XB-13
The XB-13 is a conveniently compact, Bluetooth-capable travel-size speaker with a four-inch subwoofer for delivering punchy bass and crisp sound despite its size. The speaker is IP67 waterproof and dustproof—and you can even create your own mini-surround sound system by connecting two XB-13’s together for that extra powerful audio.

JBL Go 3

JBL Go 3
The JBL Go 3 is a solid choice for a portable travel speaker, being very light and pocket-sized. It also comes with a useful loop for convenient carrying while you travel. In terms of functionality, it’s powered by USB-C and has reasonably good sound for such a small package, all-in-all offering you a no-frills speaker.

Anker Soundcore Mini

Anker soundcore mini
For most things you’d want in a portable travel speaker, the Soundcore Mini hits quite a few important markers, with a 15-hour battery life, while also being conveniently pocked-sized.
You’ll get solid sound out of it, supported by a five Watt driver and passive subwoofer, more than enough to fill a medium sized room with your favourite tunes. And for under £30, it’s an inexpensive, worthwhile purchase if you’re after a simple travel speaker.
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