The 6 Best Small Bluetooth Speakers

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Portable Bluetooth speakers come in various sizes, ranging from highly portable speakers just a few inches in diameter to large systems that weigh more than 20 lbs. Small Bluetooth speakers are ideal for use away from home and can be stored in a backpack, handbag, or even large pockets; this article presents the best small Bluetooth speakers, all weighing under 10 oz. Speakers of this size are also sometimes referred to as mini Bluetooth speakers.

If you’re looking for a speaker to take with you on hikes, chilling with friends, or riding your bicycle – keep reading as we unpack the best small speakers on the market and explain why they’re on this list.

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JBL Clip 5

The Clip 5’s power, clarity and multi-speaker pairing capabilities make it the best small Bluetooth speaker currently on the market.

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Best Performance

The best overall performance comes from the JBL Clip 5, providing cutting-edge wireless pairing with loads of volume and excellent clarity.

Most Bass

The Sony SRS-XB100 features an upward-firing driver that produces substantial bass for a small speaker. While its bass has limited depth, it provides a punchy sound that makes electronic music and hip-hop sound more lively.

The Loudest

The Clip 5 is the loudest speaker on this list, it’s able to produce over 85 dB at 1 meter, enough to fill small to medium-sized rooms, while still retaining clarity.

Best For The Outdoors

The JBL Go 4 is an outstanding speaker for outdoor adventures, with robust weather-proofing, clear sound, and durable design. It also includes the latest in multispeaker pairing technology, Auracast.

Budget Choice

The EWA A106 Pro is tailored to those on a tight budget. At around $20, it offers excellent value for money.

Best Lighting

Lighting features are uncommon in mini Bluetooth speakers, but Soundcore’s Mini 3 Pro has a ring of LED that lines the top of the speaker, adding some ambiance to your listening sessions.

The Best Small Bluetooth Speakers & How They Compare

We’ve comprehensively tested most speakers on this list, detailing their performance, form factor, and durability. These small Bluetooth speakers excel in different areas, but all have something strong to bring to the table.

1. JBL Clip 5

Also available from Walmart

Speaker Output
7W

Battery Life
Up to 13 Hours

IPX Rating
IP67

Weight
0.63 lbs


The JBL Clip 5 is a small Bluetooth speaker that doesn’t let its compact design take away from its power. It produces enough volume to fill a small to medium room and retains clarity at high volume thanks to recent improvements to dynamics. The bass is punchy and the vocals come through with clarity, especially when EQed.

A built-in carabiner can be used to clip the speaker to your pants, backpack, or even bicycle. This makes it a popular choice for outdoor adventures and with an IP67 waterproof rating, it’s durable enough for the job too. It can either be hung from items or placed with the logo up for wide sound dispersion that works well for groups of listeners.

The Clip 5 can be paired with other speakers in TWS or general multispeaker pairing, thanks to the new Auracast technology that brings a global standard to speaker pairing.

For around $80, the Clip 5 is a little on the pricy side for a small speaker, but with the impressive volume capabilities and mobile app support, it’s a great speaker for frequent use.

Pros

  • Gets loud
  • Punchy bass
  • Auracast pairing capabilities
  • Impressive battery life

Cons

  • Can only be positioned hanging or facing upwards
  • Sounds best with some EQ adjustments

2. JBL Go 4

Also available from Walmart

Speaker Output
4.2W

Battery Life
Up to 9 Hours

IPX Rating
IP67

Weight
0.42 lbs


The Go 4 is a small speaker that can fit into the palm of your hand. It is similar in size to the Clip 5, however, unlike the Clip, the Go 4 can be positioned in any direction. Its compact and lightweight design makes it popular for daily use, and it can easily be placed in your pocket.

It can fill a small room with vibrant sound and its powerful mids create a meaty sound with a lot of fullness. Bringing up the high frequencies in the JBL Portable app gets the Go 4 sounding awesome, particularly with its deeper bass extension when compared to the Go 3 and the Clip 5.

It supports multispeaker pairing, including true wireless stereo using Auracast. The Go 4 can be paired together with most of JBL’s 2024 Bluetooth releases including the Clip 5 and the larger Xtreme and PartyBox models.

With around 7 hours of battery life or 9 hours with PlaytimeBoost enabled, it is best suited to casual use around the home or while out hiking or meeting up with friends. The durable design also ensures the speaker can handle the elements and it comes with an IP67 waterproof rating.

Pros

  • Deep bass for its size
  • Rich, detailed sound
  • Auracast pairing
  • Fast charging

Cons

  • Volume and play controls have a small clickable target area making it slightly difficult to press at an angle
  • Hefty mids can drown out some highs with the default EQ

3. Sony SRS-XB100

Also available from Walmart

Speaker Output
2.5W

Battery Life
16 Hours

IPX Rating
IP67

Weight
8.9oz


Sony’s SRS-XB100 is an exciting speaker that retains the many positive qualities of the XB13, with additional performance and feature benefits. It features an eco-friendly design that uses recycled plastics to reduce environmental waste.

The XB100 is a bassy little speaker with an upward-firing driver design that disperses sound in every direction. In conjunction with the sound diffusion processor, it’s well-suited to group listening sessions, where everyone around the speaker can enjoy the music. It can be paired together with another XB100 to create a stereo pairing, creating an improved soundstage.

Enjoy a full day of listening with the impressive 16-hour battery capacity. Charging is done via a USB-C connection and offers fast charging. The efficient design has a maximum power rating of just 2.5W despite being capable of reaching enough volume to fill a small room.

Overall, the SRS-XB100 is a reliable and durable small Bluetooth speaker that is suitable for daily use and ideal as a regular companion for use around the home or in the outdoors.

Pros

  • Deep bass
  • Wide sound dispersion
  • Excellent battery performance

Cons

  • Limited volume

4. Muizen Wild Mini

Also available from Walmart

Speaker Output
5W

Battery Life
8 Hours

IPX Rating
IPX5

Weight
8.7oz


The Wild Mini from Muzen stands out with its military-inspired design, resembling a grenade with its solid metal build. Despite its weight, it fits comfortably in nearly any pocket.

Control-wise, it’s unique among mini Bluetooth speakers, featuring a textured silver dial for volume and track navigation controls on the upper right. Intuitive controls include a toggle for an LED torch, enhancing usability. While moderately water-resistant with an IPX5 rating, it lags behind competitors like the JBL GO 3.

Sound-wise, the Wild Mini emphasizes higher frequencies, making it ideal for vocal and acoustic music but lacking in bass for electronic or hip-hop genres. Best enjoyed at moderate volumes to avoid sound artifacts, it offers up to 8 hours of battery life at 60% volume, charging in about three and a half hours.

Connectivity options are standard, limited to Bluetooth 5.0 with no wired audio ports or stereo pairing capabilities. Despite its price point of around $100, the Wild Mini’s unique design and on-speaker controls make it a compelling choice for those seeking a conversation starter in a compact, portable speaker.

Pros

  • Unique design
  • Controls are easy to learn
  • Durable construction

Cons

  • Modest battery life
  • Only offers IPX5 water-resistance
  • Rather pricy

5. Soundcore Mini 3 Pro

Also available from Walmart

Speaker Output
6W

Battery Life
15 Hours

IPX Rating
IPX7

Weight
8.8oz


The Soundcore Mini 3 offers enhanced performance over the regular Soundcore Mini, with audio improvements and an upgrade to IPX7 water resistance. It offers a 360-degree design that creates high-quality sound in every direction.

It weighs just 8.8 oz and is smaller than a soda can. Despite its limited size, the Soundcore Mini 3 still provides on-speaker volume controls and, using BassUp technology can produce a vibrant low-end. While this speaker sounds good with its default settings, it supports the Soundcore mobile app, where one can make adjustments to the sound using the EQ options, allowing you to tailor it to your preferences.

It uses Bluetooth 5.0 for its wireless connectivity, providing a reliable connection, even at range. It also has its own RGB lighting, a feature not frequently found in mini Bluetooth speakers.

The PartyCast feature allows you to link more than 100 Soundcore Mini 3’s together, a feature that is rarely found on small Bluetooth speakers.

The battery can last up to 15 hours, making it great for use away from home, like on camping adventures or day trips. Charging is quick and because it uses a USB-C charger, you can also use a power bank to easily get it charged again once the battery depletes.

Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Impressive volume
  • EQ through the Soundcore App
  • IPX7 water resistance

Cons

  • Vibrant sound won’t appeal to those looking for balanced audio
  • Somewhat lengthy charging time

6. EWA A106 Pro

Also available from Walmart

Speaker Output
3W

Battery Life
8 Hours

Weather-Resistance
IP67

Weight
4.2oz


The EWA A106 Pro is one of Amazon’s best-selling speakers, praised for its compact size and thorough protection from water. Weighing just 4.23oz, it’s about the size of a golf ball, making it easy to carry in handbags or pockets.

It features a single control button and a unique grille pattern, with a rubber ring for stability on surfaces, including three small rubber pegs elevating the speaker for improved sound dispersion. However, durability concerns arose with the included carry case and clip attachment, which became damaged after several months of use during our testing.

Sound-wise, the A106 Pro delivers decent volume and clarity for its size, though it lacks depth in bass frequencies compared to larger alternatives. Nonetheless, its mid-bass range performance is commendable and suitable for solo listening or small group settings. The speaker’s 700mAh battery offers up to 8 hours of playtime at 50% volume, with fast charging capabilities.

While there are better-sounding options available for similar prices, such as the JBL Go 3, they come at the cost of increased size. Overall, the EWA A106 Pro offers a compelling combination of portability, durability, and sound quality, making it a noteworthy choice in the mini Bluetooth speaker market.

Pros

  • Waterproofing
  • Extremely small and lightweight
  • Good sound quality for size

Cons

  • Little bass
  • Strap shows made from materials

A Comprehensive Guide To Buying a Good Small Bluetooth Speaker

Our buyer’s guide is focused on providing essential considerations to keep in mind when looking to buy a small Bluetooth speaker.

Audio Performance

The audio performance of small Bluetooth speakers tends to differ from that of larger speakers. Audio engineers focus on trying to create the best sound possible but are limited most by budget and size. 

The combination of smaller drivers and enclosures limits these speakers’ bass performance and volume, as discussed in our limitations and benefits outlined below. The best small Bluetooth speakers stand out from the rest of the market because they have managed to negate these limiting factors or, at a minimum, reduce their prevalence. Some are capable of producing some fairly impressive bass, even with these challenges.

It’s not just these two properties that are affected by smaller designs, however. The driver configuration can also limit sound dispersion. Speakers like the Sony XB13 circumvent this by introducing an upward-firing driver that provides a more encompassing sound. Larger speakers tend to have multiple drivers, which can increase their sound spread.

Picking The Right Design

Different needs require different speaker designs, which is true for small Bluetooth speakers. Your speaker’s form factor and design will dictate not only its portability but also its sound presentation and durability.

Most speaker designs will suffice for individual listening, regardless of the driver’s direction. If you tend to listen in groups with friends or colleagues, you may benefit from a design that focuses on an improved dispersion, such as that offered by upward-firing drivers or those with what is sometimes called ‘360-degree’ sound.

It extends to more than just the drivers and their sound. The type of exterior of the speaker may play a role in your decision-making as well. Some speakers feature glossy metallic exteriors, while others are made from durable plastics or feature fabric-woven wrap. If you plan to use your Bluetooth speaker outdoors, consider how the environments you plan to use it in will affect the finish of the speaker.

Weather Protection

We take waterproofing for granted these days, thanks primarily to the impressive protection modern mobile phones get. While some phones are now rated IP68, we have yet to see that level of protection being brought forward to Bluetooth speakers. However, IPX7 or IP67 waterproof ratings are common in speakers, and one of the more important features outside of audio performance.

Not everyone needs waterproofing, though. Even if you’re planning on using your speaker outdoors, most times, you’re not going to be sitting in the rain listening to music. Weatherproofing is best served as a safety mechanism should you accidentally get it wet. This is most commonly experienced by hikers who may be carrying their speakers with them in the rain.

Dust protection (IP6*) is another type of weatherproofing that is worth considering if you are planning on frequently using your Bluetooth speaker outdoors, especially in dusty environments. If you plan to use the speaker in the bathroom, it’s also worth opting for a waterproof option.

Ease of Use & Controls

Because these speakers are designed to be extremely compact, they often feature a minimalist control approach. Speakers like the Anker Soundcore Mini have very few controls on the speaker itself and require you to control the majority of actions on your smartphone. If you prefer controlling your listening experience on your speaker, you’ll want to opt for a small Bluetooth speaker that has on-speaker controls. Depending on how you press these buttons, they can double with additional functions. 

Battery Life

Whenever we discuss Bluetooth speakers, we draw attention to the battery performance, as this is a core feature of a portable speaker.  

Consider the battery’s performance at various listening volumes, as some speakers perform well at lower volumes but draw a lot of battery at higher volumes. Additionally, the features offered by the speaker will impact battery performance. 

In addition to how long the battery lasts, you should also consider the time it takes to charge the battery from an empty to a full state. Both the battery life and charging time vary significantly between models. You can expect battery life to typically range between 5 and 20 hours and charging times between 2 and 6 hours.

Modern Bluetooth speakers utilize Lithium-ion batteries, which has allowed us to see significant improvements in battery performance in recent years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in these speakers but have some questions? Our frequently asked questions aim to assist. If you don’t find your question answered below, consider leaving your question in the comments.

Can I pair small Bluetooth speakers together?

While most speakers of this size do not support wireless stereo pairing, the Sony XB13 is a speaker that does offer this ability.

How loud can small Bluetooth speakers get?

Small Bluetooth speakers typically produce between 78 and 85 decibels of volume.

Can I take my speaker into the pool with me?

Even though many Bluetooth speakers of this size offer IP67 water resistance, you should not use these speakers inside any body of water. These water-resistance ratings are intended for protection and not as a feature. Consider a floating pool speaker if you want to use them in such a manner.

How do I control tracks on a Bluetooth speaker?

The way you control your speaker will come down to its design. Speakers like the Muzen Wild Mini focus on providing various control mechanics on the speaker itself, while other speakers may require you to adjust the volume or skip tracks with your phone.

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Author: Bryn De Kocks

Bryn has worked in the field for several years, writing in-depth speaker reviews for various audio publications. His work has historically focused on headphones and Bluetooth speakers, while incorporating his understanding of the Bluetooth speaker market to help educate potential buyers.

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