When shopping for a Bluetooth speaker, it is imperative to pick those that come with extra features. Whether you are looking for a small hand held Bluetooth speaker or a rooftop speaker for your backyard party, however, it is easy to get lost in the vast amount of information available online.
Bluetooth speakers can be categorized according to their size, portability, and purpose. To get yourself one of the best Bluetooth speakers, therefore, consider the following factors:
1. The intended use
This is among the three most important factors to consider when choosing a Bluetooth speaker. This is because the intended use will determine the size, the color, the features, and the amenities you will need. The market is full of good quality varieties; hence always have the settings and the conditions within which the speaker will be used in mind. When looking for a party speaker, high volume output will be a determining factor.
2. Size, weight, and design
When Bluetooth speakers are said to be portable, it can mean that they can fit the palm of your hand or they can require two or more people to carry. This means that portability does not always guarantee the ease of carrying. For this reason, when you’re looking for a speaker to use while camping, the speaker’s lightweight nature and flexibility will be important to you. On the other hand, when you plan to use the speaker for a backyard party, the weight and the size might not matter.
3. Music playback time, sound quality, and recharge time
Recharge time refers to the hours or minutes the speaker takes before a full charge is achieved while playback time is the hours or minutes that a speaker can be used before it powers off. For most Bluetooth speakers, the recharge time is higher than the music playback time since the later is affected by volume, boosted bass, multi-use, and other supplementary features. If you’re looking for a travel Bluetooth speaker, then the music playback time will be a key factor to consider.
4. Manufacturer, construction, and material
In case you do not know the specs of a particular speaker or cannot interpret their usefulness to you, pick your speaker from a trusted manufacturer. This is because manufacturers who have produced previous good quality brands will often want to maintain the same brand quality.
Construction refers to the general outlook. It differs from design because design focuses on outlook while construction focuses on how each part of the speaker is pieced together. High quality materials such as steel, aluminum, and leather are more tolerant and durable.
5. Waterproofing and ruggedness
As opposed to indoor speakers, portable Bluetooth speakers are mostly designed for use outside the home setting. This means that they are more exposed to harsh weather and potential hazards. Although most of them are engineered to withstand such hazards, the degree (in which they can withstand harsh conditions) varies. Another important feature is a speaker’s water resistance rating. It is commonly denoted as IP/IPX rating.
6. Price and extra amenities
All portable Bluetooth speakers, offer an on the go means of listening to music. However, some speakers offer supplementary features such as integrated microphones, USB charging ports, hands free playback controls and built in LED lights. Portable Bluetooth speakers vary hugely in price. They range from the reasonably cheap speakers to the ridiculously pricey models. It is important to note that quality is directly proportional to prices.
Types of Bluetooth speakers
1. Mini Bluetooth speakers
Compared to the usual Bluetooth speakers, mini Bluetooth speakers are smaller. They are ideal for an enclosed surrounding such as an office parlor room or the small working space at home. They have a playback time of about 6 to 8 hours in a single charge. Some of the extra features include an auxiliary wire connecting port and a USB port.
Examples of mini Bluetooth speakers
- Anker Sound core mini
- Bose Sound link micro
- Etekcity Roverbeats T3
- Kunodi wireless
Companies that deal in mini Bluetooth speakers
- Skull Candy
2. Pocket Bluetooth speakers
They are designed to fit the size of your palm. They can also be the size of an earpiece with a hook to attach on to your key holder or key chain. They come in various shapes, colors, and are equipped with a high battery backup. Pocket Bluetooth speakers are ideal for travelers or people who love adventure.
Examples of pocket Bluetooth speakers
- Bose Sound Link Revolve Portable Bluetooth 360 Speaker.
- Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speakers.
- JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speakers.
- JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Portable Stereo Speakers
Companies that deal in pocket Bluetooth speakers
3. Trolley Bluetooth speaker
As the name suggests, these medium sized speakers have a trolley attached to them, which makes them easy to drag along. They are designed for parties and street concerts. Their high sound output makes them an ideal choice for large crowds.
Examples of trolley Bluetooth speakers
- Wonder boom 2
- Bose Sound link micro
- Bose portable home speaker
4. Shower Bluetooth speaker
This is the ideal speaker for all the shower dancers and bathroom singers. Shower speakers are made waterproof and come equipped with a carabineer clip, which make it easy for you to hang them on the bathroom hooks. They also come in various shapes, colors, and material, making them more appealing for pool parties.
Examples of shower Bluetooth speakers
- Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker
- Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Bluetooth Speaker Waterproof
- TaoTronics Shower Speaker