The best Portable Speaker for travel

Updated over 1 year ago

Wireless bluetooth speakers are the boomboxes of our generation, making it easier than ever to blast loud our love of Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, or Taylor Swift for the whole world to hear. These are our favorites for getting the party started 🎶💃🏻.

What we look for
  • Water/dust/shock proof so you can use it anywhere and without a separate case
  • Good sound quality and a high max volume so you can bump it loud without worry
  • Long battery life so you can keep playing as long as possible
  • Long wireless range so you can use it far away untethered
  • Small and lightweight for easy packing
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UE Roll 2

Best all around speaker to travel with

The UE Roll was one of our all time favorite travel purchases, and the 2nd version is even better (although only slightly). Great sound, premium build quality, compact size, and rugged features make it one of the most reliable items to travel with.

  • Bungee cord for strapping it on items (more useful than you think)
  • Uses slick sound effects 🎼, not low fidelity robotic voices heard in typical wireless audio products
  • IPX7 waterproof, 100 ft wireless range, 9 hour playtime, 86 dB max volume

Anker SoundCore Sport

Great value option or if you prefer something smaller

Relative to the gold standard UE Roll, the Anker SoundCore Sport has similar features and is slightly smaller for 1/2 the price. The main differences are slightly worse sound quality and noticeably less wireless range, but for many it's good enough.

  • IPX7 waterproof, 33 ft wireless range, 10 hour playtime

UE Boom 2

If you have the space and want bigger/better sound

The bigger but better brother of the UE Roll 2. Similar features except the Boom has better/deeper sound, longer playtime (15 vs. 9), and Siri/Google Now integration.

  • IPX7 waterproof, 100 ft wireless range, 15 hour playtime, 90 dB max volume

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