Best Bluetooth speakers in Australia

We've found the 6 best Bluetooth speakers in Australia for any budget and situation.

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The best Bluetooth speakers in Australia

How did we pick this list?

Our editorial team chose the Bluetooth speakers on this list using real customer reviews. We extensively researched the features that matter when you're comparing Bluetooth speakers. We then weighted those features, consumer ratings and price to pick the best products for each category.

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Best overall Bluetooth speaker: Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3

Pros

  • Up to 20 hours of battery life
  • Can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes

Cons

  • There are cheaper options available
  • Some customers complain about battery life
Price (RRP): $299.95
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Why we chose it

Ultimate Ears was chosen by consumers as the top brand for Bluetooth speakers in Australia in the 2019–20 Finder Retail Awards. And with the Megaboom 3 earning plenty of positive customer reviews and striking the right balance between performance and affordability, it's our best overall pick.

With up to 20 hours of battery life on a full charge, the Megaboom 3 features dual 50mm drivers, a big woofer and dual 55mm x 86mm passive radiators. One-touch control is available via the speaker's "Magic Button", while its IP67 rating ensures that it's protected against dust and water.

The Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 also comes in a range of colours to suit your preferences or decor.


Best portable Bluetooth speaker: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

Pros

  • 13 hours of battery life
  • IP67 rating

Cons

  • Charging via microUSB
  • No voice assistant compatibility
Price (RRP): $129
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Why we chose it

The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 has received a wide range of positive ratings from Australian customers and tech reviewers around the world. Combined with the fact that Ultimate Ears was rated the best Bluetooth speaker brand in the 2019–20 Finder Retail Awards and that it offers a host of features that make it easy to take anywhere, this sees it win the prize for best portable option.

It also features on our list of the best portable speakers.

Compact in size and weighing in at just over 400g, this versatile little unit is extremely portable. It offers up to 13 hours of battery life and has an IP67 rating, so it's waterproof, dustproof and floats. There's also an "Outdoor Boost" feature so you can boost sound volume and clarity when listening outdoors.


Best cheap Bluetooth speaker: JBL Go 3

Pros

  • IP67 waterproof rating
  • Good audio for the size

Cons

  • Not the best battery life
Average online price: $59
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Why we chose it

The JBL Go 3 offers fantastic value in a small package, and price point. For under $60 you’re getting an IP67 rated Bluetooth speaker that is sleek, portable and has great sound for the size.

The only real downsides are the 5 hours battery life, but remember, this is a small speaker. This is a great pick if you want a small, affordable speaker for backyard sessions, pool parties or camping.


Best small Bluetooth speaker: Sony SRS-XB12

Pros

  • Battery life of up to 16 hours
  • IP67 rated

Cons

  • Energy-saving feature that reduces the volume when the battery gets low
  • Some customers complain that sound is too low
Price (RRP): $69
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Why we chose it

Boasting a compact size and a number of positive customer reviews, the Sony SRS-XB12 is our pick as the best small Bluetooth speaker.

Weighing less than 250g and measuring 92mm (height) x 74mm (diameter), this pint-sized speaker is small enough to take just about anywhere. It features music playback controls and speaker-phone function. It also has an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. The SRSXB-12 also has a claimed battery life of up to 16 hours, while it can be paired with another speaker if you want to provide stereo sound.


Best Bluetooth smart speaker: Sonos Move

Pros

  • Weather-resistant
  • Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice control

Cons

  • Not cheap
  • Not as portable as some other options
Price (RRP): $649
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Why we chose it

The Sonos Move combines portability with reportedly impressive audio performance. It's also earned lots of positive reviews from customers and tech journalists, so it's a solid choice if you're searching for a quality outdoor speaker.

The Sonos Move also features in our round-up of the best smart speakers in Australia.

With an IP56 weatherproof rating and drop resistance, the Move is designed to be easy to use outdoors. You can stream music through the speaker via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, while Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are built in. It also comes with a charging base and a USB-C charger, with the battery providing up to 10 hours of playtime.

For more information, check out our full review of the Sonos Move.


Best high-end Bluetooth speaker for parties: JBL PartyBox 1000

Pros

  • Concealed wheels
  • Can plug in a guitar or microphone

Cons

  • Not everyone wants or needs a party speaker
  • Heavy
Price (RRP): $1,499
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Why we chose it

If price is no object, there are plenty of reasons to like the JBL PartyBox 1000. With positive reviews from customers with a wide range of appliance retailers, it's well worth a look if you're searching for a Bluetooth party speaker.

The PartyBox 1000 features full panel lighting to add a visual aspect to your listening experience and there are mic and guitar inputs if you want to put on a performance. There's a DJ pad if you want to create your own tunes, while concealed wheels make this 30kg+ speaker a little easier to move.


Best rugged Bluetooth speaker: UE Boom 3

Pros

  • Designed for outdoors, including IP67 waterproofing
  • 360 audio

Cons

  • On the pricier side
  • Same battery life as the previous generation
Average online price: $59
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Why we chose it

The UE Boom 3 is designed to be given a battering outdoors. Firstly, it has an IP67 rating, meaning it can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes. And if that wasn’t enough, it contains ultra durable fabric that was actually designed for motorbike jackets and fire safety equipment.

The bottom line is that you don’t have to be worried about taking this one out in the wild.

If that wasn’t enough, the UE Boom 3 also has fantastic sound and volume thanks to its 360 degree speaker.

While it has a lot to offer, we would have liked to have seen improved battery life from the previous generation and a few more bells and whistles to justify the price tag.

And if 'unicorn' isn't your jam, you can get the UE Boom 3 in a variety of colours, including ultraviolet purple, sunset red, lagoon blue, night black and seashell peach.


Amazon prices last updated on 2 December, 2021 at 03:10 pm
eBay prices last updated on 2 December, 2021 at 12:09 pm

Methodology

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Best Bluetooth speakers chosen
  • We compared Bluetooth speakers from 18 brands that are widely available across Australia.
  • We based our picks on our expert reviews, key product features and reviews from real customers.
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

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