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The best portable speakers you can take anywhere

Two women and a man listening to a camouflage-colored portable speaker in a park

In the past few years, portable speakers have become all the rage, and for good reason. Whether you want a speaker to take on outdoor adventures with your friends, you’re hosting a dance party, or you simply enjoy having the option to listen to music in different areas of your house, a portable speaker is a worthwhile investment.

With all the different locations you'll be using your portable speaker, it's important to keep product protection in mind. If you drop your speaker carrying it into the next room, or accidentally get sand in it at the beach, you don't want to deal with the headache of repair and replacement costs. An extended warranty plan like MulberryCare can keep your speaker protected so you can take everywhere.

With dozens of portable speakers on the market, how do you know which one to buy? Let’s take a look at some of the best on the market.

Best in affordability: Anker speakers

If you’re looking for an affordable but well-made speaker with 24-hour battery life and intense bass, check out Anker speakers. With a 4.5 star average rating from over 87,000 reviews on Amazon, Anker is a reliable brand, and you can feel confident you’ll get a high-quality speaker for your money.

Anker speakers are also surprisingly affordable, with the popular the Anker Soundcore bluetooth speaker available for only $27.99.

Best in sound quality: Bose Soundlink Mini

You don’t have to be a speaker aficionado to know that Bose is a trusted name in the speaker industry. If you’re looking for a sleek, lightweight, and portable speaker with incredible sound quality, try the new Bose Soundlink Mini II. Weighing only 1.5 pounds, it’s great to take on the go or simply keep handy around your house. The Bose Soundlink Mini II has a 12-hour battery life and comes equipped with convenient features such as voice assistant and speaker capabilities for when you need to be hands free.

One thing to note is that the Bose name does come with a higher price tag. Priced at $199, the Bose Soundlink Mini II is a bit of a splurge. However, with hundreds of rave reviews, many fans would say the extra money is well worth it.

Best middle of the road: Tribit speakers

If you plan to frequently take your speaker on the go, Tribit speakers may be the best option. At only 13 ounces, the Tribit XSound bluetooth speaker is light as a feather, which is a huge benefit when it comes to portability. It's also waterproof and has great sound quality for the cost (you can find it on Amazon for only $36.99!).

Best in portability: JBL Clip speaker

JBL Clip speakers are a popular option among all age groups. They’re fun, cute, and extremely lightweight–at only half a pound, you won’t even realize you’re carrying one! They’re available in a range of colors and patterns, from camo to ballet pink, and best of all, they come with a clip feature, so you can easily attach them to your backpack, purse, or belt when you’re on the go. Check out the JBL Clip 4 at only $79.95 for a fun take on the traditional speaker.

Best in style: Sonos Roam

Last but not least, Sonos is another well-respected company in the audio world–and you’ll be hard pressed to find a more stylish portable speaker than the Sonos Roam. Available in a range of muted tones, the Sonos Roam is elegant, sleek, and sophisticated. It’s also waterproof, has a 10-hour battery life, and is compatible with Apple Airplay. The Sonos Roam bluetooth pairing is quick, seamless, and hassle-free as well. You can find it on the Sonos website for $179.

Final thoughts

Regardless of which one may have caught your eye, you’ll open the door for a lot of fun if you decide to invest in a portable speaker. Take it on your next boating trip, to a party with friends, or simply bring it into the kitchen while you make dinner–portable speakers make everything better.

Don’t forget to look into a product protection plan when you purchase your new speaker. Ensuring you're covered under an extended warranty is important to getting the most out of your purchase.

Not sure where to start? Install the free Mulberry browser extension to explore the product protection plans available to you in real time as you shop.

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Justin Smith

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Justin Smith has written about everything from stock market investing to electric vehicles, most recently for SuperMoney, Mulberry and EverLaw. Apart from optimizing the latest blog content and hunting for the perfect keywords, he also enjoys going on long runs.

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