Best Bluetooth speakers 2022: Top options from Sonos, Bose, Bang & Olufsen, and JBL – British GQ

Planning a big summer BBQ? Throwing a boozy bash is no mean feat for the modern host. Have you got your smart-powered barbeque sorted? Is there a beer dispenser to ensure a perfectly chilled bevvy? Are your eyes sartorially protected with the best sunglasses? Even if you answered ‘Yes’ to the above questions, there’s one thing you might have forgotten to organise: a top-spec portable Bluetooth speaker. 

A party is only as good as the playlist that accompanies it, and the playlist can only be as good as the speaker you use, so you really do need to consider your options. Since many of the more desirable smart speakers that let you bark orders at an AI-powered voice assistant require a physical wall plug to work, what you really want is a lightweight, portable Bluetooth speaker. Especially one with a long-lasting battery, a killer soundstage and the ability to fill the space with your carefully cultivated list of tracks whether you’re on the beach, skiing down a mountain, or relaxing in the yard. 

Luckily for you, there are plenty of options out there from some of the best audio brands in the land. The likes of Sonos, Bang & Olufsen, JBL, and Bose all offer durable, great-sounding models that will cope with a trip to the beach or a small gathering in the garden, but which one do you go for? Here are our top three choices at a glance.

What’s the best Bluetooth speaker in 2022?

We’ve all been there. The music is pumping, the drinks have been flowing and suddenly the golden nectar is sloshing over the rim of your glass. But if you do have an IPA-related mishap, at least your party won’t be cut short with Sonos’ excellent waterproof Roam, which also works great with multi-speaker functionality to extend your knees up to more than just the garden. 

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore

Need something durable enough to cope with the wind, rain or snow? B&O’s powerful Bluetooth speaker combines delicious sound quality and a hardy chassis to deliver one of the best overall portable speakers we have used. 

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

Hosting a gathering can be a costly experience, so if you’re pinching pennies but still need good tunes, then check out the UE Wonderboom 2. Packing a solid punch, this model looks good, sounds great, and is kind to your wallet. 

How do I choose a portable Bluetooth speaker?

Purchasing musical gadgets can be a complex task, especially if you’re not au fait with terms like wattage, drivers and IP ratings, so you’re going to have to swat up a bit on the key things that make a great Bluetooth speaker. 

For starters, you need to work out what you’re using your speaker for. Durability and build quality are key factors, but there’s a fairly large gap between hosting a humble garden party and tearing up the powder on the slopes of Mont Blanc with your music blaring. Most will have some level of waterproofing so look for an …….



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