Portable Bluetooth speakers these days are much better in every way than the vintage looking booming boxes back in past.
If you want a quick and easy way to play music while at home or the go, Bluetooth speaker is the only option.
2018 was the year where we’ve seen some exciting quality features like Waterproofing, Bluetooth 5.0, Smart speaker capabilities, better wireless range etc.
We’re here to anchor your choice in the best portable speakers in India. Before that, do check out the buying guide below for your choice to be wiser.
Things to consider in a Portable Bluetooth speaker
The only factor responsible for better audio quality and sound in a speaker is the decoding chip used inside. It plays a vital role in wireless technology especially as the wired audio devices derive the sound directly from the device. Do look out the audio decoding chip’s manufacturer before making your choice.
In the era where headphone jacks are disappearing in smartphones, reliable Wireless technology has become mandatory. Bluetooth 5.0 which can connect up to 5 devices at a time and NFC are some of them.
Not so Heavy
Weight is the only factor which makes a speaker portable. Our list mostly contains products below kilogram or even less but efforts making a speaker much lighter does affect the battery life. After all, Battery life is decisive.
Who would like a battery low indication while in a mode of dopamine high? Lithium-ion batteries have become much more capable, longing enough and at the same time minimizing the space utilized. 8-12 hrs of backup on an average is necessary.
Smart speakers are dominating the wireless speakers market, whilst owned by one in six Americans.
On the downside not all smart speakers are portable, needs an active internet connection and a power chord. With Qualcomm’s QCS400 SoCs are designed for next gen smart speaker which doesn’t always need a wired internet connection is a welcome sign.
New smart portable speakers with this next generation technology is just a few months away.
Best Bluetooth Speakers (portable)
1) Ultimate ears Boom 3
Ultimate ears boom 3 is designed to sustain life’s thrills and spills. With some useful upgrades form its predecessor UE Boom 2, this speaker stays on top in every aspect you might consider.
It offers some thumping sound with a patented 360-degree surround experience. With the incredible IP67 dust and waterproofing certification it can survive for a massive 30mins underwater.
UE Boom 3 comes in two-tone exquisite colour fabrics, stands out indistinctively. Aside from looking great, it is very durable as it is designed from motorcycle jackets and fire equipment.
With the maximum sound of 90 decibels, this little master certainly packs some serious punch.
Dedicated UE application also lets you amend default equalizer settings. Power packed, feature packed, top notch quality and everything about this speaker leaves us beyond and above to be the best bluetooth speaker in India.
Verdict: Simply the best!
2) Bose Sound link micro
As the name implies, Bose Sound link micro is quite small but its price tag might come as a surprise for many. Don’t drop into conclusions, it could surprise you with the enduring technology within.
The speaker is designed to sit flat, projecting sound upwards through its perforated grill.
The Bose connect app is not essential but it offers some extra features like equalizer amendments, and if you have other bose sound link devices you can pair them together.
Bose rates the battery life up to 6hrs but may vary depending on the volume levels. It has its own separate fan base for its agility, ruggedness, and audio quality.
It is micro sized but it definitely sounds macro.
Bose soundlink micro is definitely a better sounding speaker but faces a stiff competitions from its peers such as JBL flip 4, UE and sony. But, it deeper, fuller audio experience and can sustain most of the abuses outdoors.
Verdict: Micro but sounds Macro.
3) JBL Flip 4
The JBL flip 4 comes as a mature upgrade for the Flip 3 with Full water proofing, better Battery life and Sound quality.
With a speakerphone feature and a microfiber covering makes it a premium reliable choice for many.
The good build quality is complemented with a youthful design unlike its peers like UE. We will be getting 4 buttons alongside a dedicated button for JBL Connect + for quicker connectivity.
With respect to sound quality, it sounds much better than the Flip 3 by housing two all-new drivers. JBL claims a 12-hour battery life which is quite a lot of improvement from the previous Flip 3.
The rugged outfit, waterproofing, Better surround sound capabilities and most importantly competitive pricing makes it a value buy in 2019 too.
With the improvements JBL made to it’s sub 10k Bluetooth speaker segment, you don’t have to think twice before making the choice with this exceptional, in fact, class-leading performer.
Add in the improved battery life, splashier colors and the brilliant speaker phone there is nothing much to complain.Easily making it our choice to be the best Bluetooth speaker under 10000.
Verdict: Hard to Complain!
4) UE Wonder Boom
Logitech’s UE speaker series is well appreciated around the world for its excellent audio quality, Bluetooth range and a Unique form factor.
UE roll 2 raised eyebrows with its 50+ feet wireless range but fell short in bass quality.
In 2018, UE checked the boxes right with yet another unique form factor bagging inside some punchy bass, clear vocals and a much useful IPX7 certification for durability.
While many better sounding Bluetooth speakers feature an upward firing speaker, UE wonderboom features a surround sound.
While Housing rubber button for playback control on top and a Micro-USB port for charging covered with a waterproof flap.
We’d be happy to see a type-c connection but wouldn’t consider it a deal breaker though. UE wonderboom sounds excellent at fixes the muddy bass from its predecessor.
It will get uncomfortable at maximum volume though. For a casual listening by the poolside and at a picnic, wonderboom serves the purpose well.
The UE Wonderboom really shines at its value. Adequate battery life, turning form factor, punchy bass makes it a better choice over its predecessor roll 2.
Might create slender confusion between the similarly priced products for many.
Ignoring the backlashes, if you are looking for the best waterproof bluetooth speaker under 5000, it turns hard to recommend any other.
Verdict: Value for money!
5) Sony SRS-XB31 Extra Bass Portable Waterproof Wireless Speaker
Sony’s SRS XB-31 is a portable speaker with extra bass. Their focus on the extra bass here definitely lives up to the expectations when it comes to events like house parties.
Speaking of the parties, it has party lights which is a strip of lights which party around the front surface of the speaker. Equipped with NFC and Bluetooth, connectivity of this device is a breeze.
The speaker definitely has very good bass. Definitely loud and clear, more than enough for a party or a house party in the backyard.
The various presets you get along with the application by Sony lets you select the right one for you and get the most out of it.
The class-leading Battery life of 24hrs makes the speaker stand out and is quite impressive in use.
It also features a USB DC out port so that you can charge your phone if needed.
The Sony XB-31 is available in 5 colours and weighs around 900gm which is good considering the sound output it delivers.
Considering the waterproof certification, audio output,add on party lights, and the tremendous battery life makes it a serious value buy and our choice to be the top Bluetooth party speaker under ₹10000.
Verdict: Best in class.
6) Saregama Carvaan R20005 Portable Digital Music Player
The Caravaan is the new Bluetooth speaker from a renowned Indian company Saregama.
The classic vintage design and many built-in useful features make it a worthy option in your purchase.
The unique look and the concept behind the speaker really make it stand out for the elder generation to look forward with it, especially the FM radio and the antenna.
Comes with 5000 built-in classics with the language of your choice which works without internet and connectivity.
The Caravaan supports USB, Bluetooth and FM radio playback. In terms of specifications, it is quite straight forward. The 6W speaker output with 3W for each of it, a stereo surround sound cannot be expected.
Rechargeable batteries that can provide up to 5 hrs of battery backup are interesting. This retro style music player is specially designed keeping in mind the elder generation craving for some vintage memories.
With the kind of response it’s been getting since its initial release, the company seems to have hit the bullseye right.
The Caravaan really isn’t for power users who’d like to tweak all the aspects of their gadget but for simple users minimalist people who would love to listen radio Geetamala by manually turning their metal knob and use Bluetooth and USB when needed.
Overall, it makes up as a fantastic present for your parents.
Verdict: Modern retro music player!
7) Sony SRS XB10 Extra Bass Portable Splash-proof wireless speaker
The Grenade sized XB10 is Sony’s tiniest Bluetooth speaker of all time but it doesn’t sound tiny in any way.
Packed with extra bass modules, the speaker keeps you going effortlessly in any pursuit. Its IPX5 rating means you can get it wet at times.
A few extra detailing added to this speaker makes it a worth buy, such as detachable strap which holds it over a shower or to a tree branch.
It can be connected with other Bluetooth speakers in parallel to make a music chain at house parties.
The Sony SRS XB10 is an Ultra-compact Bluetooth speaker with modern speakerphone capabilities and an exceptional 16hr long battery life is here to teach lessons to its contemporaries.
The speaker sounds decent with some extra bass for its size, but its soft-touch design attracts dust which makes cleaning a hell of a job.
Overall performance and durability of the XB10 add some serious value to its price when put on sale under 3000.
But a serious competition under sub 5000 segment for the Bluetooth speakers makes it fall behind UE wonder boom and JBL Clip 3.
But,under 3000 it is an Intense buy and makes it the top bluetooth speaker under 3000.
Verdict: Grenade Sized value buy!
8) JBL Go 2 portable wireless speaker ( water proof)
Considering bluetooth speakers in the budget segment, JBL GO showed a sheer dominance with the best seller tag for around two years and still counting.
It’s high time, JBL bumped up the game with a “Go 2” upgrade. Upon testing, we’ve found the GO 2 to be better in almost every category.
Adding in a modern design instead of the boxy look of its predecessor along with complete waterproofing brings some serious value to the speaker.
It definitely one of the tiniest speakers out there and at the same time gets surprisingly loud but struggles to keep up the vocals under high bass modules.
All the controls are located at the top of the speaker and the usage can be buttery smooth. On the right of the speaker is a rubber door that protects the micro USB charging port and Aux-in ports from water spills.
There are some takeaways for the size it’s been; 5 hr battery life isn’t much appreciated by many.
Summing up, the JBL Go 2 comes in as the much-deserved successor to the JBL Go with some serious improvements.
If you want the smallest portable waterproof Bluetooth speaker, JBl Go 2 stands a contender especially considering its price.
The best Bluetooth speaker under 2000 in India would definitely be the JBL GO 2.
Verdict: Ultra compact waterproof speaker that can take a beating.
9) Portronics POR-871 Soundrum 4.2 Stereo speaker
Portronics has launched its latest budget compact Bluetooth speaker with stereo sound capabilities, which is class leading.
It features USB, Bluetooth 4.2 and Aux-in connectivity. In Built FM radio has been included which adds some tremendous value for many.
Its IPX6 water and dust resistant which can resist a bit of harsh usage. Mind it, it is water resistant and no waterproof like its contenders.
The design aspect of this speaker drew many heads turning. Grenade sized form factor is quite interesting with all the control placed on top of the speaker.
Inbuilt Fm tuner impressed us with hassle-free usage and precision. 7 hr battery life on a single charge is quite satisfactory but not class leading.
SoundDrum has two powerful 5W speakers with great amplifiers to offer unbelievable sound output.
The compact size allows you to carry it wherever you go. Solid and stable drum grill shows the ruggedness in the design along with performance capabilities.
Overall offering some serious competition to its contenders like the JBL Go 2, it is our pick to be the top Bluetooth speaker below 1500.
Verdict: Powerful FM radio in Pocket.
10) boAT Stone 200 portable Bluetooth speaker
A lifestyle brand boAT is now a familiar brand in the Indian market since a couple of years from its onset.
It recently launched a Stone 200 Bluetooth waterproof speaker which is surprisingly very affordable.
It is made of plastic but is protected with a rubber layer around which helped it earn the ruggedness rating.
The stone 200 can be connected through Bluetooth, aux-in to your smartphone or tablet with ease.
You can even answer calls with a simple press on the play/pause button and reject them with a long press on the same.
Pairing with various devices is made very easy, which isn’t quite the same with many Bluetooth speakers at first.
Stone 200 has a surprisingly clear speaker and loud too, which isn’t quite normal in a Bluetooth speaker of this size and value.
Although it wobbles at mid vocal and high bass tracks a bit, not a serious concern anyways. It packs in a 1500mah battery and lasts for a full 6-7 hrs unless you crank it to the maximum volume for long.
This is a good buy for many who likes to play music in the background alongside other work.
If you don’t set your expectation high on the sound quality, the boAT stone 200 will satisfy many considering the value it brings in for the price.
Verdict: Value buy!
11) Philips BT50B Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Philips is a firm well known for its quality audio and video products since decades. In the era of portable bluetooth speakers, it gave an shot with a series of products out of which BT50B turn many heads.
It is on of the very first portable speaker in the market and still is gathering some serious appreciations.
Compact design that fits in your hand or pocket and keeps you going with music wherever you go.
It packs in 2.1 amplifiers and fires some serious quality sound upwards, which is expected from a company like Philips.
It does get loud too and makes it easy for the user in public places but stumbles at maximum volumes at times.
6hr battery life is appreciable considering its weight. Since its launch in 2016, not many manufacturers tried to beat the weight factor of BT50B; 90g.
Extremely light body and powerful sound modules makes it a value buy, although it lacks water resistance.
Despite some setbacks, Philips BT50B portable speaker adds a real meaning of being portable with its size and weight.
Ones looking for quality assured and value loaded speaker from a reliable manufacturer like Philips, this would be a serious contender.
Verdict: Feather light portable speaker!