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6 best portable speakers for summer

Get a great sound no matter where you are, says Bianca Barratt

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16 June 2017

ortable speakers offer the versatility that plug-in ones are without: light and small enough to pack in a bag, they can take your park chilling or house party to the next level.

As technology is constanstly progessing and companies swiftly bring out updates that iron out any technical glitches found in the original model, it's easier than ever to get high quality sound from a speaker without wires.

If you're thinking of investing, take a look at our six best.

Kreafunk aGroove Speaker​

Sleek lines and soft edges make this a great speaker to look at. With a simple-to- use app, it can be controlled from a smart phone or computer. Sound quality is clear and sharp and the batteries will last long enough for a lazy afternoon spent in a park.

£49, Amara, Buy it now

Ruark MR1 Bluetooth speaker system

Get the best of both worlds with these plug in and wireless speakers. When you want to take them outside or from room to room, simply attach the battery packs to the back. With two speakers instead of one, this is the ideal set if you like throwing house parties as you’ll get good sound throughout the social spaces.

£299.95, John Lewis, Buy it now

Beats Pill

At only 21cm long, this is a nifty gadget to stash in your bag. The sound is clear and loud and able to withstand some heavy base without distorting. A 12 hour battery life makes it a good one for taking out and about and the soft carry case will keep it safe in transit. Run out of phone battery? The built in charger will sort you out.

£189, Beats by Dr Dre, Buy it now

Bose Soundlink III

For a truly balanced sound, the Bose Soundlink speaker is hard to beat. With the ability to carry across a large room, the quality won’t go amiss. Although slightly weightier than other portable speakers, the sleek design is thin and streamline, making it easy to carry around.

£189.97, Amazon, Buy it now

JBL Flip 3

All weather and all purpose, this speaker will make the perfect holiday side kick as you can use it by the pool without fear of the water killing it. Have it standing up or lying down- the sound is full either way. Options such as dual pairing and phone call pick up add to the user experience.

£69.99, Currys, Buy it now

Ultimate Ears Boom 2

15 hours of batterly life and over 30 feet of wireless range make this an excellent all-rounder. Updated from the first Boom, this one includes waterproofing for added versatility- perfect for our British summers. The rubber and plastic design feels sturdy and can be balanced any which way without muffling the sound, which has 360 degree delivery.

£99.99, Currys, Buy it now


For the best overall experience and performance, we would recommend the Ultimate Ears Boom 2, which produces a rich sound that travels well without scrimping on the added features.

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