The 9 Best Bluetooth Speakers of 2021
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Bluetooth speakers have become popular in recent years because they're easy to use, portable, and make it easier to get through long workdays. The best options balance high-quality audio with great battery life and durability, while almost all Bluetooth speakers feature some level of water and dust resistance.
Many speakers also have built-in microphones to make hands-free calls or to use voice controls with virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant. You can even find them in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors to match your office decor. Whether you work from home or travel regularly for work, here are the best Bluetooth speakers for the office.
Best Overall: Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3
An all-around great speaker for work, the Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 features a cylindrical shape that gives you full 360 degrees of sound. Its footprint is small enough to tuck away in a desk corner or on a shelf, and it's water-, dust-, and drop-proof—ideal for busy offices where coffee spills and accidents are common. You can listen to up to 20 hours of music and podcasts on a full battery, though a quick-charging dock is available when you need power in a pinch.
Even more, the Bluetooth speaker has a connectivity range of 150 feet, letting you walk around your home or office without disconnecting. You can also pair up to 150 Boom or Megaboom model speakers with it for the ultimate office music setup.
Best Budget: Anker Soundcore 2
The Anker Soundcore 2 is perfect for offices on a budget without sacrificing quality. It offers dual 12-watt speakers and Anker's BassUp technology for distortion-free sound and deep bass at almost any volume. Along with simple, intuitive controls, the Bluetooth speaker is small enough to slide behind your computer monitor or to the side of your desk.
It also allows you to make hands-free work calls, thanks to the built-in microphone. The speaker has a Bluetooth range of 66 feet, while the integrated battery gives you up to 24 hours of playtime on a full charge.
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Best Sound Quality: Bose SoundLink Revolve+
With up to 16 hours of playtime, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ uses the brand's audio processing technology and speaker construction to give you 360 degrees of rich audio. The Bose Connect app also allows you to pair two of these Bluetooth speakers together to use as stereo speakers. Better yet, the convenient handle and lightweight body make it easy to move around.
In addition to a 30-foot Bluetooth range, the speaker's built-in microphone lets you take hands-free calls and access Siri or Google Assistant for voice controls. Its aluminum body also has an IPX4 waterproof rating to withstand occasional spills.
Best for Portability: JBL Clip 3
The JBL Clip 3 is perfect for those who frequently travel for work or work in several different locations. The Bluetooth speaker has an integrated carabiner clip so you can hook it to your backpack, bag, purse, or belt loop. With music controls and one-touch pairing, connecting this speaker to your phone is fast and easy.
The rubberized housing also has an IPX7 waterproof rating, protecting your speaker if you get caught in the rain on your way to work. The rechargeable battery gives you up to 10 hours of playtime, so you can listen to your favorite music all day and during your commute.
Best Splurge: Bose Home Speaker 500
If you'd like to invest in something more high-end, look no further than the Bose Home Speaker 500. In addition to touch controls, the base unit features an LED display to show what's playing. An eight-microphone array also works with noise-canceling technology for clear, hands-free calling or for use with Alexa and Google Assistant.
With a connectivity range of up to 30 feet, the Bluetooth speaker can also stream music via Wi-Fi or Apple AirPlay 2. You can even connect it with other Bose smart speakers and soundbars, letting you play audio in different office rooms.
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Best for Durability: Denon Envaya Pocket Speaker
Built for everyday use, the Denon Envaya Pocket Speaker is a great durable option if you like working outdoors. The portable speaker has an IP67 water- and dust-proof rating with rubber edges for extra support. Still, it's very lightweight at just under 1 pound.
You can also pair the Bluetooth speaker with up to eight different devices and easily switch between them. It has up to 10 hours of battery life and a Bluetooth range of 100 feet.
Best for Style: Anker Soundcore Flare
Add some style to your office space with the Anker Soundcore Flare, which features a compact, cylindrical body for 360-degree sound. It utilizes Anker's BassUp technology to give you deep, pounding bass, and there's an app with equalizer settings so you can adjust bass and treble tones. There's also an LED light ring on the bottom that illuminates with every song's bass.
Along with an IP67 water- and dust-proof rating, the speaker has a Bluetooth range up to 48 feet and a full charge gives you up to 12 hours of listening.
Best with Power Bank: JBL Charge 4
Both a portable Bluetooth speaker and power bank, the JBL Charge 4 features a hidden USB port to charge your mobile devices when commuting or traveling for work. It also uses JBL's excellent audio technology as well as a passive bass radiator to give you rich, full sound at any volume and in almost any environment.
With the JBL Connect+ feature, you can wirelessly connect up to 100 Charge 4 speakers together, and you can connect a single speaker to two different devices and easily switch between them. The battery gives you up to 20 hours of playback time.
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Best Features: Amazon Echo Studio
If you're a tech nerd and want cool features with your speaker, take a look at Amazon's Echo Studio. Along with Alexa voice controls built-in, the speaker is compatible with a host of music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and Amazon Music. It even has multiple layers of privacy protection including a dedicated microphone button that not only mutes audio input but also electronically disconnects the microphone.
The Bluetooth speaker has ambient sound monitoring sensors that automatically adjust settings to match a room's acoustics. With a five-speaker array, you'll also get 360 degrees of audio and virtual surround sound with Dolby Atmos.
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