The 6 Best Small Bluetooth Speakers

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Our Top Pick

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JBL Clip 4

The Clip 4 is our top pick because of its detailed sound and deep bass. It is both easy to carry and durable.

Best Controls

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Muzen Wild Mini

We love the controls of the Wild Mini. It uses unconventional designs to incorporate versatile control options.

Most Bass

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Sony XB13

The Sony XB13 is by far the bassist speaker on this list. It has a wide bass extension that surpasses even the Clip 4.

Budget Friendly

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OontZ Angle Solo

At around $20, the Oontz Angle Solo is well-suited to those on a budget. However, it lacks the clarity found in more expensive options.

Portable Bluetooth speakers come in various sizes, ranging from just a few inches in diameter to large systems that weigh more than 20 lbs. This article focuses on small Bluetooth speakers that weigh less than 25 oz and are highly portable. We pitted these popular speakers against each other to see which is the best to buy and for which purposes. Speakers in this size range are sometimes called mini Bluetooth speakers due to their compact nature.

What We Consider Small

Small, medium, large – these terms are all relative to the topic that one is discussing. When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, there’s no clear definition of what small is. Some may consider the JBL Flip series small, while others may draw the line at speakers they can carry between locations.

The speakers listed in this article can all be carried in one’s hand, placed into a pocket, or in a small handbag.

The Best Small Bluetooth Speakers & How They Compare

ModelIPX RatingBluetoothWeight
JBL Clip 4IP675.18.48 oz
Sony XB13IP674.28.9 oz
JBL GO 3IP675.17.4 oz
Soundcore MiniNone47 oz
Muzen Wild MiniIPX558.7 oz
OontZ Angle SoloIPX54.27.4 oz

1. JBL Clip 4

JBL Clip 4 Front

Also available from Walmart

Speaker Output
5W

Battery Life
Up to 10 Hours

IPX Rating
IP67

Weight
8.48oz


The JBL Clip 4 is a lightweight and easily portable speaker that offers improvements over the previous Clip 3 and the similar JBL GO 3. The Clip 4 gets its name from the clip that lets you attach the speaker directly to your belt loop, bicycle, or backpack.

Design and Build

It features a tightly woven fabric that wraps around most of the surface. The new eco versions of the Clip 4 use recycled fabric for these areas. This is the same type of surface found on the GO 3 and provides increased durability, resulting in the inability to become scratched. However, this fabric can collect sand and dust and will require occasional cleaning. Cleaning can be done using a low-pressure hose, as the Clip 4 boasts an impressive IP67 water-resistance rating.

It feels durable, and the buttons are easy to press. The controls are relatively simple but somewhat limited, with a volume up, volume down, and play/pause button. The play/pause button can also skip tracks when double-pressed. The part of the clip mechanism that is pushed in to latch the speaker has a rubber coating, adding protection from scratches.

Sound Quality

The Clip 4 has a single 5W 1.5″ driver and can reach up to 80 dB volume levels. There are noticeable compression problems at 100% volume, and it sounds best between 50 and 70%, retaining more clarity to the details. Its wide and prominent bass sets the Clip 4 apart from the GO 3. The GO 3 falls flat in this regard, but the Clip can produce enough bass for all genres of music. The midrange and treble offer good separation and detail, giving more nuance to songs than the XB13, which has a low end that obscures the detail in tracks.

Battery & Connectivity

You can charge the Clip 4 using a USB-C charger, which takes less than 3 hours to charge fully. This quick charge time is accompanied by a sufficient battery life of up to 10 hours. With traditional use, you can expect close to seven hours of playtime.

It has Bluetooth 5.1, which offers improved connectivity over the Clip 3. It supports A2DP 1.3 and AVRCP 1.6 codecs and can hold a connection for up to 100 meters if unobscured. The pairing process is simple, using the Bluetooth button on the speaker’s side. Still, the Clip 4 lacks a voice assistant, auxiliary input, and mobile app support, making it a fairly simple speaker in terms of connectivity.

Conclusion

Overall, the Clip 4 performs very well for a speaker of its size. The more prominent bass presence makes it better sounding and more detailed than the GO 3 and the Sony SRS-XB13. It is best suited for active people who spend a lot of time outdoors, being a popular speaker to attach to bike handlebars.

We’ve also done an in-depth review on the Clip 4.

Pros

  • Deep bass
  • Rich, detailed sound
  • Durable design
  • Less than 3 hours to charge

Cons

  • No app support
  • Lacks aux in
  • Some audio degradation at high volume

2. Sony SRS-XB13

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Also available from Walmart

Speaker Output
5W

Battery Life
13 Hours

IPX Rating
IP67

Weight
8.9oz


Despite Sony releasing an eco-friendly upgraded version in recent months with the XB100, the XB13 retains value, especially with its affordable price tag, which is why we still recommend it. Still, if you’re willing to spend more, the XB100 has improved audio and Bluetooth.

Design & Build

The Sony SRS-XB13 features a short cylindrical design with an upward-facing driver. With this driver placement, the XB13 is capable of producing wide sound dispersion that sounds just as good, no matter what angle you listen to it from

It is both dust and water-resistant, carrying an IP67 waterproof rating. However, these ratings are slightly contradicted by Sony’s recommendations around pressure sprays and direct contact with sand (more information is available in our full review of the Sony XB13). It remains rugged enough to take with you outdoors and enjoy as both an indoors and an outdoors speaker. The buttons are easy to access and give a soft click when pressed.

Sound Quality

The SRS-XB13 features deep bass presentation, and the upward-firing driver creates a listening experience that a group of friends can easily enjoy. The midrange and treble on this speaker are decent, but the dominant bass results in some muddiness, particularly noticeable in rock and metal genres. It performs better in electronic music, where the bass is the track’s focus.

A limiting factor of the XB13 is its modest volume levels. You’ll have more than enough volume for casual listening and small groups, but the XB13 won’t be able to fill a room with sound like other speakers on this list can. Its relatively impressive dynamic range means you can crank this speaker up to higher levels than competitors without noticing as much degradation in audio quality.

Battery & Connectivity

Sony estimates a battery life of around 16 hours, which is excellent, and while our tests fell slightly short of this, we could still get between 10 and 13 hours of playtime during typical use scenarios. Charging is done via a USB-C cable and takes four hours to completely charge from an empty state.

It has more to offer in terms of connectivity than the JBL GO 3 and Clip 4, as it has wireless stereo pairing. Still, it also lacks the auxiliary input we have historically seen on speakers of this type.

Conclusion

Sony’s SRS-XB13 offers excellent sound dispersion and provides a sufficient low-end response, separating it from similar speakers. While the maximum volume level is modest, the XB13 excels in battery performance, depth of audio, and weather-proofing.

Pros

  • Deep bass
  • Wide sound dispersion
  • Excellent battery performance

Cons

  • Limited volume
  • Older Bluetooth version

3. JBL GO 3

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Also available from Walmart

Speaker Output
4.2W

Battery Life
5 Hours

IPX Rating
IP67

Weight
7.4oz


JBL has historically dominated the Bluetooth speaker market, and it’s safe to say that they are the most commonly known household name for these types of speakers. While JBL’s range of speakers is a little hit-and-miss, the JBL GO 3 is one of their smallest portable Bluetooth speakers and popular sellers.

Design & Build

The GO 3 is around twice the size of the Muzen Wild Mini but weighs less at 7.4oz. It features a woven fabric exterior, making it durable and protected from rough handling. It also offers IP67 waterproofing, and in our tests, we found that it could still operate effectively even when submerged in water for short periods.

Sound Quality

The Go 3 has a 4.2W driver that measures 1.7 x 1.9″. The sound performance is decent, but it noticeably lacks deep bass. The low-end is more profound than the Muzen but falls short of the XB13 and the Clip 4. The midrange and treble are where the GO 3 does best, and the overall frequency response is reasonably balanced compared to something like the Oontz Angle Solo. When pushed to high volume levels, there is slightly less degradation of sound compared to the Clip 4, but the Clip 4 retains more details at typical listening volumes.

Battery & Connectivity

A weak point of the JBL GO is its battery life. You will get around 5 hours of playtime with the GO 3, which is substantially lower than that of other speakers on this list. The Clip performs slightly better, with an additional hour of playtime during standard use. What it lacks in overall playtime is its fast charging, which sees the battery capable of going from 0 to 100% in around just 2 hours, outperforming the Clip 4.

Like the Clip 4, the GO lacks many connectivity features on more prominent Bluetooth speakers. It doesn’t support JBL Connect, preventing you from using this speaker with stereo pairing. Additionally, it doesn’t provide any additional connectivity other than Bluetooth.

Conclusion

The JBL GO 3 is a well-rounded speaker, offering sufficient value across the board, but it doesn’t excel at anything in particular. If you’re looking for a safe bet and don’t mind the somewhat mediocre bass extension, the JBL GO 3 may be what you’re after. It is also more affordable than the Clip 4.

Pros

  • Fairly balanced sound
  • Durable design
  • IP67 Water & dust resistance

Cons

  • Weak battery performance
  • Lacks low-end bass

4. Muizen Wild Mini

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Also available from Walmart

Speaker Output
5W

Battery Life
8 Hours

IPX Rating
IPX5

Weight
8.7oz


The Wild Mini from Muizen is a unique Bluetooth speaker that takes on the appearance of a piece of military equipment,

Build & Design

In hand, it even feels a little like a grenade. The fully metal design results in a weighty little speaker that is small enough to carry in almost any pocket. 

The controls of the Muizen Wild Mini also set it apart from other mini Bluetooth speakers on the market. The volume is controlled via a textured silver dial on the upper left of the speaker, while the upper right control lets you skip between forward and backward tracks when turned clockwise and counter-clockwise, respectively. The controls of the Muizen feel extremely intuitive after just a few uses. The LED indicator light area can also be toggled into a torch using the main power switch on the speaker. 

Moderate water resistance is offered, with the speaker being rated IPX5. This waterproofing will protect the speaker from accidental splashes, spills, and light rain. While sufficient for most users, this level of waterproofing falls behind the JBL GO 3 and Sony XB13.

Sound Quality

The Muizen Wild Mini is a bright speaker with a lot of emphasis on higher frequencies. Compared to the JBL GO 3, there is less depth towards the low end, but the Muizen has a bit more separation in the upper frequencies, making it great for vocal music and acoustic elements. However, the Muizen lacks bass and isn’t ideal for electronic music or hip-hop, where the bass forms an integral part of the music. The Muizen sounds best at around 50-80% volume, but limited dynamics mean you will start to hear artifacts in the sound towards the upper levels of volume.

Battery & Connectivity

The Muzen features an 800mAh lithium battery capable of providing up to 8 hours of battery life at traditional 60% volume levels, while listening at 80% volume will get you close to 6.5 hours. It takes about three and a half hours to charge the Wild Mini fully.

Like many speakers this size, the Wild Mini lacks nuanced connectivity features. No wired audio connection ports are available and cannot be stereo-paired to another speaker. The only connection is via Bluetooth, and the Wild Mini has modern Bluetooth features thanks to the inclusion of Bluetooth 5.0. This provides a reliable connection over an extended range.

Conclusion

The Muizen Wild Mini is a robust and unique speaker that will also be a conversation starter. It offers the best on-speaker controls out of the speakers I tested for this list, and its extremely small form factor makes it great for taking with you wherever you plan to go. This isn’t a budget-friendly speaker and is available for a retail price of around $100.

Pros

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

Cons

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

5. Treblab HD-Mini

treblab hd-mini front

Also available from Walmart

Speaker Output
10W

Battery Life
25 Hours

IPX Rating
IPX5

Weight
1.58lbs


Build & Design

The Treblab HD-Mini is a beautiful speaker that feels durable and high-quality. While some small Bluetooth speakers feel cheap and plastic, the HD-Mini has the build of a premium brand without the excessive price tag.

This speaker is on the larger side for a small Bluetooth speaker and skirts the line of what we’d consider small. Speakers larger than it can be considered a traditional Bluetooth speaker size. Still, at this size, the HD-Mini brings with it several benefits.

Sound Quality

In the low-end, the Treblab HD-Mini does a good job at covering varying low frequencies. The midrange performance falls behind some of the competition. The JBL Clip 4 does a better job, with the HD-Mini sounding slightly harsh towards the mid and upper frequencies. Still, recognizing the limitations of smaller speakers lets us find the value in the sound that the HD-Mini brings to the table. For instance, the upper frequencies still sound noticeably better than those of the Angle Solo.

Battery & Connectivity

This speaker has a powerful battery that is rated for up to 25 hours of playtime, though real-world applications provide a more realistic 19 hours during testing. Still, this is enough battery life to keep you going for multiple days before needing to recharge. This makes it ideal for taking camping or on vacation. It features modern Bluetooth connectivity that is reliable over far distances.

Conclusion

Overall, while the HD-Mini isn’t our top pick, it has a seriously impressive battery, great build quality, and is suitable for numerous purposes.

Pros

  • Durable design
  • IPX5 waterproofing
  • Good bass

Cons

  • Upper frequencies sound harsh when volume is pushed
  • Not as portable as others on this list

6. Anker Soundcore Mini

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Also available from Walmart

Speaker Output
5W

Battery Life
15 Hours

IPX Rating
IP67

Weight
7oz


Soundcore, a division of Anker, has been one of the largest growing Bluetooth speaker and headphone manufacturers over the last five years. The Soundcore Mini is the smallest Bluetooth speaker in the company’s lineup and features a small soda can-style design with an upward-firing driver.

Build & Design

The Soundcore Mini features a primarily metal design and feels good. At 7.4 oz, this is a lightweight speaker that you won’t have any problems carrying. It doesn’t feature any carry loop, however, so you won’t be able to hang the Soundcore Mini from your belt or the handlebars of your bike like you can with the JBL Go or Sony XB13.

This speaker doesn’t offer any weather protection, so while you can still use it outdoors – be conscious of exposure to rain, splashes, or accidental spills. Suppose you like the looks of the Soundcore Mini but want water resistance. In that case, you can opt for the new upgraded Soundcore Mini 3, which costs a bit more but offers improvements in weather resistance, Bluetooth connectivity, and sound performance.

Sound Quality

The Soundcore Mini’s audio performance is fairly impressive and could be compared to the JBL GO 3’s overall quality. It features a 1.5″ 5W driver and produces substantial volume without too many artifacts towards the upper volume levels. The Soundcore Mini sounds better than the OontZ Angle Solo, particularly concerning bass performance and the sharpness of the treble. Still, the Soundcore Mini has limitations, and I’ve found that some lower frequencies are missed due to a limited frequency response range.

The upward-firing driver of the Soundcore Mini offers improved sound dispersion but falls a little short of the Sony SRS-XB13 in this regard.

Battery & Connectivity

The Soundcore Mini excels in its battery performance, achieving over 15 hours of use. It is also fast charging and can be charged from 0 to 100% within 3 hours. This robust battery life is a big selling point for the Soundcore Mini.

The Soundcore Mini cannot pair wirelessly to another Soundcore speaker, but it does offer an auxiliary input, a feature we don’t see on many other speakers this size. The newer Soundcore Mini 3 has the benefit of offering wireless stereo pairing.

Conclusion

Anker Soundcore Mini is a good Bluetooth speaker for those who do not require the rugged features found in waterproof variants. It has enough volume to fill a small room and is available at a very reasonable price point.

Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Impressive volume

Cons

  • Lack of bass
  • No weather protection

7. OontZ Angle Solo

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Also available from Walmart

Speaker Output
5W

Battery Life
10 Hours

Weather-Resistance
IP67

Weight
7.4oz


OontZ is a product by Cambridge SoundWorks, a longstanding speaker manufacturer that is a division of Creative Labs, which is perhaps best known for its computer audio equipment. The Angle Solo is the smaller version of their popular OontZ Angle Bluetooth speaker, which has been considered a good budget speaker for many years.

Build & Design

The OontZ Angle Solo is substantially smaller than the Oontz Angle, measuring just 3.9×2.8×2.75″ and weighing 7.6 ounces. One of the reasons for the low weight of this speaker is the predominantly plastic design. While plastic is typically seen as a negative trait, the Angle Solo is designed so that the plastic construction can be seen as a positive. Not only does it reduce the weight, but the plastic used is durable, and the speaker can handle its fair share of bumps.

While this speaker does offer water resistance, like the Muzen, it offers IPX5. The Oontz Angle Solo is protected from splashes, spills, and light to moderate rain. However, unlike the Sony XB13 and JBL GO 3, it doesn’t protect from dust or offer resistance should the speaker become submerged in water. Still, the Angle Solo has value, especially given its low price point.

Sound Quality

The Angle Solo is another speaker that sounds bright. The Muzen also has a bright sound but performs better than the Angle Solo in almost all aspects of sound. The Solo comes across with a little more bass. The sweet spot lies around 60-70% volume before quality starts to degrade due to low dynamic range and compression artifacts. It is in a similar situation to most speakers in this size range. The small driver size limits the low-end response, and the Angle Solo also struggles with sound dispersion, which, while not terrible, is remarkably better on the Sony XB13.

Battery & Connectivity

Regarding battery life, the OontZ Angle Solo sits around the middle of the pack with a total playtime of around 10 hours, estimated by the company. I also found this number reasonable during my testing, even with slightly above-normal volume levels. It takes around 4 hours to charge fully.

There is no mobile app support for the Angle Solo, which is only available on the larger versions of the Angle series. It features the reliability of Bluetooth 5.0, ensuring good range and a stable connection. The Angle Solo allows dual speaker pairing, a valuable feature for a speaker of its price point.

Conclusion

The OontZ may fall behind the pack regarding overall audio quality. Still, its low price point, clean, fun aesthetic, and easy portability make it an excellent option for those limited by a small budget. Still, it’s hard not to recommend investing more and going with the Sony SRS-XB13.

Pros

  • Durable plastic construction
  • IP67 weather-resistance
  • Battery performance
  • Low price point

Cons

  • Sounds a bit sharp
  • Lacks bass

Speakers That Didn’t Make the Cut

In addition to the speakers on this list, we’ve tested several others that we felt didn’t perform up to our standards. The Skullcandy Barricade Mini and the DOSS Genie are two speakers we recommend against buying due to their subpar audio performance alone.

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. Read below why these features are important and see which speakers excel at each aspect.

Audio Performance

Winner: JBL Clip 4

Small Bluetooth speakers vary greatly in their performance between brands and models, as with any speaker, but there are certain properties we expect from these speakers.

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 form factor. 

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

Winner: Sony XB13

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

Winner: JBL GO 3

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

Winner: Muzen Wild Mini

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

Winner: Soundcore Mini

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 also impact the 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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