Article updated on 06/22/2022 with a complete update of the guide information and product suggestions – To enjoy music on vacation, Bluetooth speakers are very practical. But you won’t have the same needs if you go to the beach or the mountains, for example. In addition, Bluetooth speakers have different characteristics that make them more or less good travel companions depending on the situation. To help you choose the model that best suits your activity and destination this summer, we’ve put together a small selection of products.
You will notice that two brands stand out: Ultimate Ears (EU) and JBL. Indeed, if Bose dominates our ranking of the best bluetooth speakers for sound quality, and other brands have good arguments too, then UE and JBL offer products better suited to harsh environments. Some of their speakers also offer some pretty cool features if you’re planning on having a party with your friends this summer.
Best Pool & Beach Speakers
If you decide to go on a beach holiday this summer, your speaker’s worst enemy will be sand and then water, and it’s almost the same if you want to put the speaker on the edge of the pool. Therefore, you will have to choose a waterproof model. In this area, we recommend Anker’s Soundcore Motion+, which has a durable and completely waterproof finish. This enclosure can be submerged for 30 minutes to a maximum depth of one meter (IPX7). It also offers 12 hours of battery life. UE Wonderboom 2 also deserves attention. This provides the same level of water resistance (IPX7) and antishock coating. It differs from its competitor in a lower price. It does offer lower audio, however, but it makes up for it with a slightly longer battery life of 13 hours.
The best speakers for hiking
If you are planning to go hiking in the mountains, for a walk in the woods or in nature, it is better to choose a compact speaker that can be hung on clothes or on a bag. Autonomy can also be important if you are a serious adventurer. Thus, we recommend the JBL Clip 4. In addition to being very compact, very affordable, waterproof (IP67 – water and dust) and shockproof, it has a very practical carabiner that allows you to easily attach it to your bag or belt. However, the sound is not as good as on the larger speakers, and the battery life is shorter: 9 to 10 hours. Otherwise, you can choose the Tribit Stormbox Micro, which is also very inexpensive, very compact and waterproof (IP67). It is also equipped with a handle so that it can be hung up, but with less autonomy – a maximum of 8 hours.
The best speakers for parties with friends
Yes, some speakers are also more gifted than others for evenings out with friends. In this area, power and autonomy are two important criteria. Also, some models have very interesting functions for parties. In this category, boomboxes are most suitable. In particular, we offer you UE Hyperboom. Like the brand’s other models, this one is waterproof but not waterproof (IPX4 – splash only). It’s also very powerful and has a battery life of up to 24 hours. It is even possible to combine two speakers into an even more powerful stereo pair. The only downside is its high price. There is also the Anker Motion Boom, which is much more affordable and fully waterproof (IPX7) but less powerful. Note that it offers an identical autonomy of 24 hours.