More and more people these days are using tablets and smartphones to download and stream music, not to mention the likes of audiobooks, radio programmes and podcasts.
But if you want better sound quality than these devices can offer on their own, it’s worth considering Bluetooth speakers – not only can they connect quickly and wirelessly to your iPad or phone, they are also generally easy to move around so you can use them anywhere in the house or even on holiday.
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Here are five of the best Bluetooth options.
1. Lava BrightSounds
This unit doubles up as a Bluetooth speaker and ambient light. It’s available in a range of colours and, at a very reasonable price, it would be a good option for a child’s room or on a camping trip.
Reviews suggest that the (rechargeable) battery life is impressive and with a weight of just a few ounces (200g), it couldn’t be more portable.
It is rain-resistant if you fancy using it outdoors, and the sound quality is decent as well.
The Lava BrightSounds comes in five colours – blue, green, mustard, pink and teal.
Lava BrightSounds Bluetooth Speaker, RRP: £39.99
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A good budget choice, the iClever is a tiny speaker (smaller than a can of Coke) which offers decent performance and battery life. If your phone is close enough, you can also use the unit as a speakerphone to take calls on. Its sleek black looks might not be to everyone’s taste but the smart finish belies its low price.
iClever Portable Bluetooth Speaker, RRP: £18.99
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3. Innoo Tech Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
This speaker is marketed as being splashproof, dustproof and shockproof – ideal for the bath or shower as well as trips to the beach or by the pool on holiday. It’s probably best not to submerge it in water, though.
The manufacturer offers a lifetime guarantee for “normal use”, which provides buyers with a bit of extra peace of mind. At the sale price, well worth considering.
Innoo Tech Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, RRP £36.99 but on sale at Amazon for £13.99
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4. Bose SoundLink Mini II
If sound quality is more important to you, this unit from Bose could be of interest.
It’s certainly not cheap – although you can find some discounts online – but it compares well with proper hi-fi equipment, and reviews are universally positive.
Another premium option is Bose’s SoundLink III, but that will set you back the best part of £250.
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II, RRP: £169.95
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5. JBL Flip 2
This mid-range speaker represents a good trade-off between price and sound quality – it could be a good solution if you’re not willing to pay the £100 plus for the likes of Bose unit. At the time of writing, the Flip 2 was available on Amazon for just £50.
Very good sound, with all the extras – rechargeable battery, sleek looks – that you would expect.
JBL Flip 2, RRP: £79.99
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