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Best Bluetooth speakers in Australia

We've found the six 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 selected the Bluetooth speakers on this list based on extensive research, real customer reviews and personal experience. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the products with the highest review score within those parameters.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

Best overall Bluetooth speaker: Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3

Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3

  • Up to 20 hours of battery life
  • Can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes
  • There are cheaper options available
  • Some customers complain about battery life

Price (RRP): $299.95

Buy at Amazon
Buy at The Good Guys
Buy at Bing Lee

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

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

  • 13 hours of battery life
  • IP67 rating
  • Charging via microUSB
  • No voice assistant compatibility

Price (RRP): $129

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Buy at The Good Guys

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 the Wonderboom 2 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 Flip Essential

JBL Flip Essential

  • Up to 10 hours of playtime
  • IPX7 rated
  • There are still plenty of cheaper options available
  • Not as stylish as some other options

Price (RRP): $99

Buy at Amazon
Buy at The Good Guys
Buy at Bing Lee

Why we chose it

Available for less than $100 and with positive customer reviews from retailers like JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys, the JBL Flip Essential is well worth a look if you're searching for a cheap Bluetooth speaker.


Best small Bluetooth speaker: Sony SRS-XB12

Sony SRS-XB12

  • Battery life of up to 16 hours
  • IP67 rated
  • Energy-saving feature that reduces the volume when the battery gets low
  • Some customers complain that sound is too low

Price (RRP): $69

Buy at Amazon
Buy at The Good Guys
Buy at Bing Lee

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, and it 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

Sony SRS-XB12

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

JBL PartyBox 1000

  • Concealed wheels
  • Can plug in a guitar or microphone
  • Not everyone wants or needs a party speaker
  • Heavy

Price (RRP): $1,499

Buy at Bing Lee
Buy at JBL
Buy at Catch

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 30+kg speaker a little easier to move.


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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