Updated June 1, 2022: JBL is soon releasing the Boombox 3 and Encore Essential, Soundboks the Soundboks Go, and other companies dropping new products. I will update as time flies!
In the last few years we’ve seen the quality of portable Bluetooth party speakers improve drastically. In the last year we’ve seen a ton of people looking to host little parties and outdoor raves. I’ll go over my short list of what I deem to be the best portable Bluetooth party speakers out there.
This list will go in order from the smallest portable Bluetooth speakers to the largest!
This list will not include the best budget portable Bluetooth speakers – this is a list for the best sound quality and performance out there. I have tested in-person or thoroughly researched these options before putting them on this list – no paid product placements!
Audio comes in the way of vibrations passing through air. The bigger the speaker/enclosure, generally the more intense vibrations/air it can move and with less power. While clever engineering exists, it’s hard to beat physics!
Remember, a 3dB difference is ~100% more power required and it takes ~10dB for a 100% increase in perceived volume. The amount of sound a speaker makes at 1W is very important and generally larger speakers with big enclosures have higher dB @ 1W (just how physics works).
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Most portable Bluetooth party speakers
So this category here is for the easiest ones to take around – throw in a bag, mount on the bike, run away from 5-0 easily.
Minirig 3 and Minirig Sub3 – Best sounding ultraportable Bluetooth speaker setup
Bar none, these are the absolute best performing and portable Bluetooth party speakers out there. I have 3 Minirig 3s and 2 Minirig Subwoofer 3s and they are what motivated me to write up this post – literally yesterday at the park there were over 40 people crowded around and dancing to techno beats (yes, I’m not joking at all). It is absolutely the best sound you can get for the size, bar none.
The huge benefit these have over all others on this list is the wireless L/R stereo separation. Since you can wirelessly pair both speakers and connect a sub to each, you can part them a meter or two and get an improved sound quality. I have them on my front and rear basket on my bike and usually set it up beside a tree. These things have literally fueled abandoned building raves, have excellent battery life, sound quality, and honestly I’m in love with them. Check out my full Minirig 3 review and Minirig Subwoofer 3 review to see more on how I feel about them.
- Minirig 3 & Minirig subwoofer specs
- Portability specs: 875g each subwoofer, 550g each Minirig 3. Bag-friendly.
- Condensed audio specs: ~40w RMS each speaker, ~100dB max SPL per driver (Minirig 3)
- Minirig website
- Amazon link (Minirig 3) Amazon link (Minirig 3 subwoofer)
Soundcore Motion Boom – Best budget portable speaker
I wasn’t going to include this in the list just because I’m not keen on adding ‘best budget Bluetooth speakers’ to the list, however credit is due where credit is due and the Soundcore Motion Boom+ is really impressive for the price and size. Nearly matching a Minirig 3 + subwoofer in the sound category, it doesn’t quite sound as good or have the same versatility, but boy is it ever an excellent deal.
If you don’t have all too much money to burn and want the best simple portable Bluetooth speaker around, just grab this – you’ll love it. Above 80% volume the sound falls apart a bit in comparison to the Minirigs, but it really beats out everything else in the pure price:performance section.
HOWEVER, there is no aux-in. For some that may be a dealbreaker when it comes to specific applications. It does have USB-C which is great though. For the casual market, I feel like lack of aux-in won’t be an issue anyways but for me it’s a major dealbreaker for my portable DJ applications.
Update Julu 7: The Soundcore Motion Boom+ has launched and is better in every metric but not as portable or conveient.
- Soundcore Motion Boom specs
- Portability specs: 4.41lb / 2kg – Robust, portable, bag-friendly.
- Condensed audio specs: ~40w RMS each speaker, ~105dB max SPL
- Soundcore website
- Amazon link
Teufel Rockster Cross – Best shoulder-strap style speaker
Honestly, it doesn’t quite stand up to the Minirigs, however I really like the design, compact size, and it still does put out quality sound. Teufel makes good audio products and the Rockster Cross is nice as a quick monitor for DJ booth tasks. It has better qualities overall, over the JBL Xtreme 2 and a nice looking bit of kit.
Still, at this price I’d rather take the Minirigs or increase your budget, but if you’re looking for a simple, stylish, straight-forward outdoor party speaker for small gatherings, it’ll definitely do the trick. To be real, the Teufel Boomster XL is better in the basses and overall sound at a small size increase, but definitely less portable than the Rockster Cross and at that point I’d recommend the Aiwa Exos-9 instead.
- Teufel Rockster Cross full specs
- Condensed audio specs: ~98dB max SPL, 2 x 0.8″ tweeters, 1 x 4.75″ woofer.
- Portability specs: 2.4kg, bag-friendly and shoulder strap.
- Amazon link
JBL Boombox 2 – Best ‘boombox’ style all-in-one speaker.
Update, Jul 2, 2022: The JBL Boombox 3 is set to release in Summer, 2022 now at $499 (Boombox 2 was $449)! I would recommend waiting until the full launch of the Boombox 3 if you’re keen on the Boombox series.
In classic boombox form-factor, this speaker is definitely able to hit those low notes that dub/reggae demands and is nice to carry around with the handle. JBL makes good quality sound gear through and through and I was very surprised when I heard this speaker because I was expecting ‘typical Bluetooth speaker’ sound.
It’s straightforward, robust, reliable, no-frills, just good. If you don’t mind the size and weight, picking this one up isn’t too bad of an idea, but I’d personally get into more ‘professional’ level gear which does have better attributes and the JBL Boombox does teeter into the territory of not exactly portable (backpack or duffel bag). IT doesn’t have crazy high sound output, but it’s good enough for yourself and a few friends!
- JBL Boombox 2 specs
- Condensed audio specs: 2 x 30w RMS drivers ( 2 x 4″ woofer, 2 x 0.75″ tweeter), max SPL ~100dB.
- Portability specs: 5.9kg, okay for large bags, has handle.
- Amazon link
Balanced portable Bluetooth speakers (size, weight, sound)
Balanced in the sense of portability, weight, ease of use, sound quality, and sound output. These will usually fit in a large backpack, duffel bag, or easy enough to carry by hand for moderate distances.
HK Audio Premium Pro Move 8 – Most feature-rich portable speaker
Now we’re getting into the serious pieces of gear. THIS is now big boy territory and one of the absolute best portable battery-powered Bluetooth speakers on the market. It’s more designed for professional live-sound with its set of RCA and XLR inputs, but also can pump beats at a very surprisingly loud level and great quality and overall sound extension. The mobile app opens up tons of potential for sound refinement and a big advantage for the sound nerds out there.
If there is one to get, it’s this one. Definitely pricy, you get what you pay for and this is excellent for those who are musicians, DJs, or music-heads who want a lot of versatility regarding sound. Still able to fit in a bag and easy enough to bring around, it’s a phenomenally well-engineered piece of tech.
If you’re looking for something to win in a Bose S1 Pro vs (other) speaker competition, you’ve found the winner – this HK speaker beats the JBL Eon One Compact and Bose S1 pro 100% in a pure sound output, sound fidelity, and versatility point of view. It’s the complete winner without a doubt.
- HK Audio Premium Pro Move 8 specs
- Condensed audio specs: ~123dB max SPL, 1 x 8″ woofer, 1 x 1″ driver, 60w RMS output, sealed MDF enclosure, 2,5kHz crossover.
- Portability specs: 8.5kg, okay for large bags, robust, would benefit from carry case.
- Amazon link
Bose S1 Pro – Best lightweight speaker for busking and parties
I’m hesitant to add this to the list, but credit is due where credit is due and the Bose S1 Pro sounds pretty nice! I was very surprised by the bass extension, clarity, and overall experience with the S1 Pro. Inputs & outputs for live instruments or mics, a professional presentation, and sound quality which really did pleasantly surprise me at first.
Truthfully, you’re better off with a Rockster Air or the HK Audio Premium Pro Move 8, but I would be a liar if I said this speaker is bad. It’s not the loudest but it has a very nice frequency response, 2 input channels for XLR/RCA instruments, thorough engineering, and is surprisingly light and easy to carry around.
When it comes to Bose S1 Pro vs Partybox 300, it’s not quite a comparison in the sound quantity department – the S1 Pro is half the weight and size and can’t put out nearly as much as the Partybox 300 or Partybox 310. Again – physics is the limiter here and you’re better off with the 300 or 310.
- Bose S1 Pro specs
- Condensed audio specs: ~103dB, 3 channel mixer, RCA & TRS input, Bluetooth
- Portability specs: 7.1kg, fine for large bags, carry case is great, pretty light and compact!
- Amazon link
JBL Partybox 300 and 310 – Best mid-size Bluetooth party speaker
Getting into the heavy territory, at ~15kg these are definitely getting into the too heavy/large territory unless you’re a pretty jacked up person. With that being said, I was very impressed with the sound quality, bass output, and overall experience with the JBL Partybox 310 and it has some connections for instruments/vocals, but is a little limited (EQ) compared to more professional options.
Gimmicky as it may be, the lightshow on the front is really nice for those darker environments or at nighttime, unless you carry your own portable DJ light system. Still, it’s a very straightforward and easy to use Bluetooth speaker and really does bring the party. However, I would actually rather choose the dB Technologies B-Hype Mobile instead.
- JBL Partybox 300 specs
- Condensed audio specs: 2 x 6.5″ woofer, 3 x 2.5″ driver, ~120w RMS output, unknown max SPL.
- Portability specs: ~16kg, fine for large bags, but very heavy and not fun to carry over long distances.
- Amazon link
Teufel Rockster Air – Best portable speaker for techno & 4/4 music
The Teufel Rockster Air puts out a pretty great amount of mids/highs and has fairly decent bass response, though for anything playing frequencies below what techno and house does, you might be a little bit miffed and hoping for a bit more, but it puts out nice SPL (sound-pressure levels) and it’s another versatile and near-professional level device.
It’s also rather heavy and not my first pick overall, however for sound reinforcement for highs and mids it definitely does great. It does have a shoulder-based carry strap but with its hefty mass, it teeters into the territory of not easily portable. It puts out significantly more sound than the S1 Pro but not as much as the Pro Move 8.
- Teufel Rockster Air specs
- Condensed audio specs: 1″ tweeter, 10″ woofer, max SPL ~112 dB, MDF enclosure.
- Portability specs: 14.5kg, needs large bag (duffel bag or similar), has shoulder strap, very robust.
- Amazon link
Most powerful portable speakers
Not compromising on sound quality, weight, size – these are the most powerful outdoor Bluetooth party speakers. You may need a mini-cart or trolley to lug some of these around.
Soundboks (gen 3) – Most well-rounded powerful battery powered speaker
These things are pretty impressive. I’ve seen and been in groups of ~50+ dancing away to a single one of these. They have good basses, good mids, good highs. They certainly perform best for techno and 4/4-oriented music and the sub-basses are pretty lost when it comes to deep trap/dub-style electronic music. There is inputs for XLR and TRS for instruments but limited on-board EQ for that.
Criticism aside, these things cost a lot of money, and that’s because marketing costs a ton. Truthfully, you can really get better sound and performance from other speakers and I’d personally take 2 x dB Technologies B-Hypes or similar over 1 of these for stereo sound, but the overall package of the Soundboks is excellent – robust, looks ‘professional’, super easy to use, terrific battery, and gets those feet stomping. A touch overpriced but still a great investment.
People are looking to compare the JBL Partybox 1000 vs Soundboks 3 which is a hard comparison. Without a doubt, the JBL Partboxy 1000 has better audio than the Soundboks, however it also weighs twice as much. Same story when it comes to the Teufel Rockster vs Soundboks – you compromise max SPL and that deep bass in exchange for portability.
- Soundboks 3 tech specs
- Condensed audio specs: 1″ tweeter, 2 x 10″ woofer, 216w RMS, max SPL ~117 dB, poplar enclosure.
- Portability specs: 15,4kg, needs trolley or giant bag or the backpack cage accessory, very robust.
- Soundboks store link (Amazon store link here)
dB Technologies B-Hype Mobile BT – Best solo musician battery powered PA system
The most compact and portable heavy hitter from the group, I’d hop for this if you’re looking for a professional portable party speaker that is also excellent for sound reinforcement, live sound (XLR, RCA input), connecting instruments, microphones, and so forth. A 1″ compression driver and 10″ woofer affords it lots of air movement and a high nominal SPL. The EQ options are limited (high & low adjust +-10dB) though.
The frequency response in balanced, neutral, and hits pretty hard. Very well priced and really solid performance portable speakers, there’s few things not to like about the B-Hype Mobile speaker. Setup in a 2-way system, this is definitely enough for proper DJ, live performance, and any other scenario you can think of. The wireless microphone/headset is a big selling point for musicians or professional applications.
- dB B-Hype Mobile BT tech specs
- Condensed audio specs: .1″ tweeter, 1 x 10″ woofer, 100 watts RMS, max SPL ~117 dB, MDF enclosure.
- Portability specs: 12,5kg, needs very large bag to carry, quite heavy, has wheels, very robust.
- Store link
Teufel Rockster – Absolute best sounding and loudest portable speaker
This is the omega big-daddy. No doubt, it’s the absolute best-sounding, heaviest-hitting, most powerful Bluetooth battery-powered speaker out there. It’s also the heaviest, loudest, and not exactly ‘portable’ in the sense that you can carry it easily. This thing blows the Soundboks out of the water for the same price and can put out serious amounts of sound. It’s the closest thing to a portable festival setup out there. There’s a pretty comprehensive in/out panel for audio connection.
However, it has wheels on the bottom for a reason. This behemoth is not portable in your conventional sense and it sucks power very quickly. In fact, at peak volume you’re only getting ~45 minutes of sound until it’s flat. It is designed to hook up to a deep cycle AGM car battery which is a seriously awesome feature and again, this is the closest thing to a professional festival setup that you can get without a generator.
It’s a bit benign to compare the Soundboks 3 vs Teufel Rockster – the Soundboks is about half the weight and is far easier to carry around. However, they are just about the same price and you get a lot more sound from the Rockster.
- Teufel Rockster tech specs
- Condensed audio specs: .1″ tweeter, 1 x 15″ woofer, 440 watts RMS, max SPL ~126 dB, MDF enclosure.
- Portability specs: 31,5kg, needs trolley and multiple people or a strong person to move, very robust.
- Amazon link
JBL Partybox 710 – best all-in-one loud party speaker Another big gun, it’s between this, the Teufel Rockster, and Soundboks 3 for real party scenarios. The Partybox 710 has a few gimmicks which you might actually love like the lightshow, karaoke mode, etc. It has 2 * 2.75″ compression mid-high drivers and 2 x 8″ mid-low drivers in a ported enclosure. If you’re a strong person you can carry around, but remember that 28kg (62lbs!) of mass. I was doubtful at first honestly, but it’s one of the best party Bluetooth speakers out there… that is if you can handle the weight and size. The bass extension is deeper and more full than the Soundboks 3, making it better for hiphop, trap, and other bass-heavy music. It doesn’t quite beat out the Teufel Rockster however. If you’re trying to decide between the JBL Partybox 710 vs Soundboks 3, I’d just hop for the Soundboks – it’s far more portable, has fairly good sound, and is just an easier to carry around package. Only hop for the Partybox 710 if you don’t mind the cumbersome transport and 28kg of weight but really want the light show. JBL Partybox 710 tech specs Condensed audio specs: .2 x 2.75″ compression driver, 2 x 8″ mid woofers, ~800w RMS,
35Hz-20kHz (-6dB), ~110dB SPL
Portability specs: 28kg, has hidden wheels and handle, very large and heavy, not suitable for bags, clunky to transport. Amazon link
JBL Eon One Pro – Best line array battery powered PA system
A battery powered line array setup – Partybox 1000 for parties, Eon One Pro for actually being portable and better suited for live sound. A dedicated 10″ subwoofer and 6 x 2″ drivers in a line-array setup, it offers excellent sound, great projection, and actually in a package that you can carry (for a bit) and tons of input for instruments (4 channels & mixer).
4 separate inputs for instruments & equipment makes this terrific for the professional users and small bands/groups. If you’re looking for throwing not a party but a live performance or sound-focused thing, I’d pick this one up in a heartbeat and a pair of 2 will weigh the same as a JBL Partybox 1000 or Teufel Rockster while offering L/R stereo sound.
- JBL Eon One Pro tech specs
- Condensed audio specs: 6 x 2″ drivers, 1 x 8″ subwoofer, 400 watts RMS, 118 max SPL, MDF enclosure.
- Portability specs: 17kg, can be carried, carry case has wheels,
- Store link
Heaviest bass portable speakers.
Bass is an incredibly difficult thing to do outdoors – you need a lot of power and size from the speaker to move that amount of air. I always recommend to prop your speaker up in a corner, beside a thick tree, or something to help reflect those bass notes for a better listening experience. Check out the full best battery powered subwoofers list for all the portable subwoofers out there!
Diamondboxx PASUB15 – best battery powered subwoofers
The PASUB15 will hits the market at a fair $550 USD and houses a 15″ 300W RMS (600W peak) subwoofer. User-adjustable crossover and in a wooden enclosure, it all seems too good to be true and then you notice the weight coming in at a thick 59lbs/27kg.
Diamondboxx tells me a lot of this mass comes from the 12V 40AH SLA battery (~32lbs) and if someone was so inclined it could be swapped out for a lighter lithium battery (~13lbs). Lithium cells of this size are way more expensive (~$450 vs ~$120) so it makes sense why they packed in a heavier and cheaper cell.
Regardless, you get a dedicated, powerful, portable subwoofer for a very reasonable price. Paired with their new 10 or 15″ battery powered PA speakers, it really seems to be a killer combo and terrific price for the performance – I haven’t heard the units but I trust Diamondboxx to put out a quality product. I’d buy this, swap out the battery, and add 2 battery powered PA speakers (with crossover) over a Teufel Rockster or Partybox1000 any day of the week.
Diamondboxx Sub 8.2
The only other battery-powered subwoofers out there (aside from the Minirig Sub3), this thing is a dedicated 2 * 8″ ported subwoofer and all about bass-business. It hits those low notes like nothing else on this list (and better than the Teufel Rockster), but of course you need separate mid/high speakers to fill it in, because it’s literally only a subwoofer.
Heavy, attractive, and with that homemade aesthetic, this is the thing you want to pair with 2 portable high-end units (like the Rockster Air or HK Audio Pro Move 8) for that full setup and a guerilla stage. At 18kg/40lbs it’s not even that bad considering how heavy subwoofers & batteries usually are.
It’s being released just now and I wish I could get my hands on one – unfortunately I’m overseas however I’m 100% confident that this monster will outperform any portable bass speaker on the market. Pair it with some battery powered PA speakers and set some crossovers and you’ll have a real rave-ready hitter. They’re set to launch in August 2021 at $949 which is a fair price.
Minirig Sub3 – smallest battery powered subwoofer
Small as a 2L bottle and weighing in at less than 1kg, it’s a small portable bass bin which offers excellent sound considering the size. I won’t pretend like it’s the end all and be all for bass, and large rooms/outdoors will still benefit from larger drivers. Regardless, it has aux input and output so you can daisy-chain multiple speakers or subwoofers. It’s versatile, has ~4 hour runtime on max power (seemingly endless on low volume), and as portable as a portable subwoofer can be.
You absolutely can use it with other Bluetooth speakers however you need to figure out a way to feed it Aux (3.5mm) input. It’s designed to be used with the Minirig 3 so it’s best to stay in the family. Check out my full Minirig Subwoofer 3 review here for more on it.
- Minirig Sub3 tech specs
- Condensed audio specs: 1 x 3″ subwoofer, ported aluminum enclosure, 30 watts RMS, 100dB max SPL.
- Portability specs: 875g, size of a 2L bottle, recycled hemp carrying case with mesh covers.
- Amazon link
Honestly it’s hard to say what’s the best portable speaker for your specific use-case. Mini-rave? Mega-portable? Ultra-loud?
Regardless, surely you’ll find the right device for your needs. If you have any questions or thoughts or comments please drop them down below and I’ll integrate or reply to you ASAP 🙂
I’ll leave a slew of resources down below of sound test comparisons from channels and webpages that I like.
- Bose S1 Pro vs Teufel Rockster Air comparison
- Teufel Rockster Air vs Soundboks 3 comparison
- Soundboks 3 vs Teufel Rockster comparison
- Teufel Rockster vs Teufel Rockster Air vs Soundboks 3
- Teufel Rockster vs JBL Partybox 1000
- Teufel Rockster Cross vs JBL Boombox 2
- Minirig vs Teufel Rockster Cross
- Minirig 3 2.0 vs 1.1
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