The market right now is filled to the brim with great wireless Bluetooth speakers. People love them not just for their portability, but the tremendous sound quality they are able to deliver while eschewing the hassle of cables. You will find good Bluetooth speakers in all price categories, but in this list, we’ll be listing the finest ones you can buy in India right now.
Here is something a hardened rock music fans won’t be able to refuse. It’s a unique proposition in terms of its appearance which is inspired by the iconic amplifiers, which the same company makes. Its big and bulky design includes three old school dials up top for controlling the volume, bass and treble. The Marshall Kilburn offers a top-notch bass experience, while it boasts of 20 hours of battery life. At 3kgs, it’s not the lightest of wireless speakers around, which is probably why it comes with a detachable carrying strap that’s made of leather.
The Mi Bluetooth Speaker offers tremendous value for money. This sturdy slab may be cheap, but it offers a really good sound, which is clear, punchy, and bass-oriented. It gets ample loud as well, but there’s a slight amount of distortion felt at the highest volume. This speaker from Xiaomi weighs in at just 270gms, making it an ideal travel companion. And that doesn’t mean it’s made up of weak materials, for it holds a metal body that has been sandblasted and laser engraved.
Probably the most expensive Bluetooth speaker on the planet, the Devialet Gold Phantom is unlike anything in the market right now. It looks like a giant dinosaur egg, and at around 12kgs, weighs like one too. It packs an unbelievable 4500 Watts of power inside it, making a truly astounding offering. This allows it to dish out a best-in-class bass response, apart from extremely loud and distortion-free sound. Moreover, sound profile is balanced to perfection. Lastly, it supports connections via Bluetooth, a 3.5mm port, as well as Wi-Fi.
Its elegant appearance is the first thing you’ll notice about this speaker. The BeoPlay A1 is accompanied by a rugged leather strap, but strangely, it does not come with a carrying case. Part of the reasons for the same may be the strength provided by its rounded aluminium grill and its double-moulded polymer base which, make it splash and dust resistant. This speaker is capable of offering a whopping 24 hours of battery life, and it charges via a USB Type-C port which is a good step towards the future.
This is one gem of a speaker, with its outstanding sound and its vibrant appearance. The main selling point of the UE Boom 2 is that it’s waterproof as well as shockproof, making it perfect for the adventure enthusiast in you. This wireless speaker has voice support for Siri and Google Now, letting you change songs without touching your phone. Another great attribute is its battery life which is touted to be 15 hours. The Boom 2 offers exceptional sound, but a minor amount of distortion does make its presence felt at full volume.
Fitted with a durable aluminium body which also happens to be water resistant, the Bose SoundLink Revolve is the ultimate powerhouse which provides a 360-degree auditory experience. This extremely advanced Bluetooth speaker can keep an entire party going on its own, and it offers a whopping 16 hours of battery life for wireless playback. And though the SoundLink Revolve is no Google Home, it does feature a multi-function button which gives you voice input for Siri and Google Now.
More than anything, this speaker excels at getting the party started. It’s loud already, but it comes with a unique Roar button which enhances the bass and treble furthermore for a whole new levels of loudness. And it does this while not compromising the on the sound signature even one bit. This speaker has a microSD card slot not just for playing MP3 songs but also for acting as storage for call recordings. Yes, whenever you answer a call through the Sound Blaster Roar, you have the option of having it recorded. And that’s not all; thanks to a 6000mAh battery being present inside it, it can also act as a power bank for charging your phone.
If you want excellent sound quality at a relatively low price, the Bose SoundLink Color II is meant for you. It’s arguably one of the best sounding Bluetooth speakers for its size. It has no problem rendering rich music from any genre, but falters slightly when there are too many instruments playing at once. The SoundLink Color II from Bose is splashproof and features a soft-touch silicone exterior, which helps it stay safe from minor drops and scratches. And just like Bose’s SoundLink Revolve Plus, this one too bears a multi-function button for giving voice input to digital assistants like Siri and Google Now.
It’s always a good choice to be clear about how you’ll be using your wireless Bluetooth speaker before buying it. This helps you decide the kind of form factor you want. For instance, if you’ll be travelling with it, a smaller size will make it convenient to carry, as opposed to if you’re going to keep it at home, which will allow you to go for a bigger size.
Durability is another aspect that must be considered. A lot of speakers offer water resistance these days, which is great for those who go out on adventures a lot, or even for those who like to have a speaker handy during their pool parties.
If you’re an audiophile, check if the speaker is ideal for the kind of music you’ll be playing on it the most. No doubt, most high-end devices dish out serious sound quality, but they can sometimes be more suited for a particular kind of music, which is something important to look out for.
|Mi Bluetooth Speaker||NA||8||8||8||8.3|
|Devialet Gold Phantom||NA||9||8||10||9.1|
|Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A1||39,999||8||8||9||8.7|
|UE Boom 2||10,985||8||8||9||8.4|
|Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus||24,500||8||8||9||8.3|
|Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2||16,370||8||8||9||8.3|
|Bose SoundLink Color II||11,500||8||8||8||8|
We’ve curated this list based on our own expert reviews, overall user reviews from shopping websites like Amazon and Flipkart, and expert reviews from trusted websites like Trusted Reviews, CNET and Digital Trends.
As far as the weighted averages of our final expert scores are concerned, the split is: 50% for expert reviews, 25% for expert reviews from our trusted websites, and 25% for user reviews.
For example, in this list, the Marshall Kilburn — our favourite wireless Bluetooth speaker in India by far — had a score spilt of:
Expert review: 9/10
Expert reviews from trusted websites: 9/10 (Digital Trends, Tech Radar and Trusted Reviews)
User reviews: 8.5/10 (Amazon and Flipkart)
Overall expert score: 8.8/10 (rounded off)