Best Bluetooth Speakers For Outdoor & House Parties [2020]

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Summer is right around the block and if you are anything like us you will be spending a considerable amount of time outside. Is there anything better than spending a hot day on the beach or park with your friends, a few good beverages and some sweet summer tunes? 

Old school ghetto blaster

The concept of party speakers is not exactly new. Even though the term wasn’t coined in the glory days of ghetto blasters (or boomboxes like some tryhard cool guys called them), the idea was the same. They would bring music to wherever people gather.

You have probably read guides similar to ours and noted that they’ve included these huge speakers that require proper setuping and such. Where I am from you would never see these gigantic boxes with built-in wheels or even stands at regular get togethers. Some absolute madmen brought these to special occasions like festival camping areas, but they weren’t what we meant with party speakers.

For us a party speaker is something that requires minimal extra effort – something that you can move even on a bicycle. Surely there are regional and even cultural differences regarding party speakers but this is the way we’ll go. You wouldn’t call the sound system of a nightclub “party speakers” (or soundbars for that matter) even though they technically would qualify. That’s why we decided to add the word portable in the mix.

Note: we decided to describe the sizes in a bit more intuitive way rather than just listing the exact measurements. You will find the exact measurements on the individual reviews further down.

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JBL Boombox Portable Bluetooth Waterproof SpeakerJBL BoomboxSize: Big
Battery life: 24 h
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Brookstone Big Blue Party X Indoor-Outdoor Bluetooth SpeakerBrookstone Big Blue Party XSize: Big
Battery life: 2.5+ h (9 h at 50% volume)
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Braven BRV-XXL/2BRAVEN BRV-XXL/2Size: Huge
Battery life: 14 h
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Superstar Monster BlasterSuperstar Monster BlasterSize: Huge
Battery life: 16 h
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Bose SoundLink Revolve+Bose SoundLink Revolve+Size: Medium
Battery life: 16 h
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JBL Extreme 2JBL Xtreme 2Size: Big-Medium
Battery life: 15 h
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Ultimate Ears Boom 3Ultimate Ears BOOM 3Size: Small
Battery life: 15 h
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Aiwa Exos-9Aiwa Exos-9Size: Huge
Battery life: 9 h
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Harman Kardon GO+PLAY MiniHarman Kardon GO+PLAY MiniSize: Big
Battery life: 8 h
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Marshall Kilburn IIMarshall Kilburn IISize: Medium
Battery life: 20 h
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Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17Size: Big
Battery life: 24 h
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Best Bluetooth Speaker For Outdoor Party

JBL Boombox

JBL Boombox Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker
  • 10″H x 19.4″W x 7.7″D / 11.5 lbs
  • Battery Life: 24h
  • Frequency Response: 50 – 20,000 Hz
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Signal-to-Noise: 80dB
  • Output Power: 2 x 30W (AC mode); 2 x 20W (Battery mode)
  • Waterproof (IPX7)
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JBL Boombox - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
  • Made to be the most powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker, JBL boom box delivers monstrous sound along with the hardest hitting bass
  • Enjoy music for 24 hours without missing a beat. Battery charging time (hours)- 6.5
  • Use the massive 20,000 mAh battery and dual charge out to charge your external devices anytime and keep music rocking
  • Rugged enough to handle your wildest tailgate party, The JBL boom box is IPX7 waterproof, which withstand any weather and Even the most epic pool parties
  • Incorporated four active transducers and two JBL bass radiators, JBL boom box delivers monstrous sound along with hardest hitting bass that you will not only hear but also see

JBL Boombox is a beast that comes equipped with a 20,000 mAh Li-on battery. It’s so humongous that they’ve actually included two USB ports so that you can also use the Boombox as a power bank. 

The design is as rugged as they come, making the Boombox ideal for even the craziest parties. You won’t have to worry a bit.

Summary
Plenty of boom in this boombox. Perfect companion for even the wildest parties.
Portability
Partybility
It BANGS
Indoor and outdoor modes
Best battery life on the market
Fully waterproof (can even be submerged)
No speakers on the back (thus no 360° sound)
No built-in EQ
4.5

Brookstone Big Blue Party X

Brookstone Big Blue Party X Indoor-Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker
  • 6.3″W x 6.3″D x 15.8″H / 12 lbs
  • Battery Life: 2.5+h (9h at 50% volume)
  • Frequency Response: 40 – 20,000 Hz
  • Connectivity Range: 33 ft / 10 m (BT)
  • Power: 120W
  • 360° sound
  • Splash resistant
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Brookstone Big Blue Party X Indoor-Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker
  • WIRELESS: pair with Bluetooth enabled devices—or simply touch NFC devices for instant wireless pairing
  • WATER RESISTANT: for pool, deck or beach
  • RICH SOUND: 4 full-range speaker drivers for powerful, omni-directional sound
  • PORTABLE: easy-grip carry handle to take your music anywhere
  • RECHARGEABLE: battery lasts up to 9 hours on a single charge

Big Blue Party X is an upgraded version of the widely praised Big Blue Party. Even though Brookstone is far from a household name when it comes to speakers, the Big Blue Party was (and still is!) an excellent party speaker. Party X takes it to a whole another level. 

Party X is basically the older model on steroids – it’s a staggering 40% louder. However, the added power (from 72W to 120W) has also shortened the battery life as the speaker is exactly the same size as the older model (and actually a bit lighter).

Summary
If you liked the Big Blue Party you will love the Party X.
Portability
Partybility
A lot louder than the original Big Blue Party
Fantastic bass
Possibly the best size-to-power ratio?
Short battery life if you blast at full volume
Only water resistant not proof
4.5

BRAVEN BRV-XXL/2

Braven BRV-XXL/2
  • 21.3″ W x 8.4″ H x 9.1″ D / 21.2 lbs
  • Battery Life: 14h
  • Connectivity Range: 33 ft / 10 m (BT)
  • Waterproof (IPX5)
  • 360° sound
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BRAVEN BRV-XXL/2 Large Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker [Waterproof][Outdoor] Built-in 15, 600mAh Power Bank USB Charger - Black
  • The brv-xxl/2 is the biggest, baddest and loudest speaker we’ve ever made. It’s 20% louder and 40% more powerful than its predecessor with 360° audio fueled by 4 full range drivers, 4 tweeters and a large passive radiator. This is the modern-day boom box your next gathering is calling for. Manually adjust the EQ to set the right mood With crisp highs and thumping bass, and crack open a cold one with the integrated magnetic bottle opener. If the speaker gets dirty or Muddy, spray it down with full confidence in the IPX5 waterproof rating.
  • Built for any weather condition, The rugged design is completely water resistant, dirt proof, & Sandproof.
  • 33ft (10M) wireless range with advanced Bluetooth technology allows for clear crisp sound anywhere you go. Even connect wired through the 3. 5millimeter stereo input aux port.
  • This massive speaker is built with 4 HD Audio drivers, 1 Subwoofer, and 14 hours of uninterrupted playtime to ensure for rich full sound all night long.
  • Portable and convenient, XXL Features built-in 15, 600mAh portable charging capabilities for any smartphone, tablet, or USB enabled devices while you're miles away from a plug.

We were on the edge with Braven BRV-XXL/2. Weighing a good 21.2 pounds its not certainly the most portable party speaker out there, but since it comes with a carrying strap that has a bottle opener on it we were inclined to include it. This thing has party written all over it.

Summary
A great choice in the category of large Bluetooth boomboxes. Be warned though, calling Braven XXL/2 a portable party speaker is a bit of a stretch to say the least.
Portability
Partybility
The bass really kicks
Clear and rich sound
EQ
Drivers both at front and back
Closer to draggable than portable
Noticeable hissing sound when playing on low volume
4.2

Superstar Monster Blaster

Superstar Monster Blaster High Performance Boom Box
  • 20.5″W x 10.2″D x 11.3″H / 16.8 lbs
  • Battery Life: 16h
  • Splash resistant
  • 360° sound
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Superstar Monster Blaster High Performance Boom Box-Portable Bluetooth Wireless Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and outdoor EQ modes
  • Powerful sound for large, open spaces
  • Rechargeable battery for up to 16 hours of listening
  • Splash resistant for outdoor use
Summary
Probably the best noise-to-money ratio but otherwise the soundstage is a bit underwhelming compared to its competitors.
Portability
Partybility
Mic input in case you want to get wild
NFC
Heavy bass
Indoor/outdoor modes
Sound is not as sophisticated as in others
Only splash resistant (no IPX certificate)
No built-in EQ
3.8

Bose SoundLink Revolve+

Bose SoundLink Revolve+
  • 7.25″H x 4.13″W x 4.13″D / 2 lbs
  • Battery Life: 16h
  • Connectivity Range: 30 ft / 9m
  • Water resistant (IPX4)
  • 360° sound
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Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Portable and Long-Lasting Bluetooth 360 Speaker - Triple Black
  • Delivers Deep, loud, jaw dropping sound with True 360 degree coverage
  • Built-in mic for speakerphone to take clear conference or personal calls out loud with a wireless range of approximately 30 feet.
  • Flexible fabric handle makes it easy to grab and go; seamless aluminum body is durable and water resistant (IPX4)
  • Enjoy up to 16 hours of play time from a long-lasting, rechargeable, lithium-ion battery
  • Wireless Bluetooth pairing with voice prompts allows you to easily take calls and access your phone’s virtual assistant — hands free

Even though the rather high end look of the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ might suggest that it’s an indoor party speaker, it actually is water resistant and does take a bit of roughing without any hiccups. 

The sound of the Revolve+ is very clean and balanced but the bass does not go sub-levels – as you would expect from a speaker of this size.  Definitely not recommended for those who are looking to enjoy some EDM or hip hop bangers at max volume, but for music with a bit more artistic ambition you can’t go wrong with Bose.

You can connect two of these for more power but the Revolve+ is really at its best on a chill night at a cabin or a bonfire.

Summary
Revolve+ is more of an afterparty speaker. Excellent choice for those who appreciate a clean and balanced sound.
Portability
Partybility
Tells you the battery when turned on
Extremely portable
Can take a bit of roughing
NFC compatible
Clean and balanced sound
No EQ
Bit pricey for the size
Better suited for chillout than partying
4

JBL Xtreme 2

JBL Extreme 2
  • 7.9 x 12.1 x 18.1 in / 2.2 lbs
  • Battery Life: 15h
  • Frequency Response: 55 – 20,000 Hz
  • Power: 2x 20W
  • Signal-to-Noise: >80dB
  • IPX7 waterproof
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JBL Xtreme 2 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
  • Wireless Bluetooth streaming
  • 15 hours of playtime
  • IPX7 waterproof
  • Jul. connect+
  • Durable fabric and rugged material

JBL Extreme 2 finally lives up to its name unlike the original JBL Extreme, which was only disappointingly splashproof. It also has a wider soundstage but it most certainly still is focused on the party aspect.

Summary
JBL Xtreme 2 is basically a little brother of the JBL Boombox.
Portability
Partybility
Excellent battery
Plenty of punch
JBL Connect
The sound is very partylike... not hi-fi
4.3

Ultimate Ears BOOM 3

Ultimate Ears Boom 3
  • 2.9 x 2.9 x 7.25 in / 1.8 lbs
  • Battery Life: 15h
  • Frequency Response: 90 – 20,000 Hz
  • Connectivity Range: 150 ft / 45 m (BT)
  • Sound Pressure Level: 90dB
  • 360° sound
  • Water and dust proof (IP67)
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Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker - Night Black
  • Ultimate Sound: BOOM 3 delivers loud and immersive 360 degree sound with deep and accurate bass, all carefully balanced so you can hear every note
  • Powered for Adventure: Rechargeable battery stays powered and pumping tunes for 15 hours; Add the POWER UP charging dock (sold separately) to charge Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 wirelessly so it’s always ready to go on your next musical adventure
  • Super Portable and Durable: Waterproof Floats and Virtually Indestructible; BOOM 3 can be totally submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes, passing seriously tough durability tests to handle life’s spills and thrills
  • All New Magic Button: Play, Pause, Skip and control any streaming music directly on the Bluetooth speaker with 1 touch of a button; Maximum Sound Level : 90dBA; Frequency Range: 90 Hertz to 20 Kilohertz
  • PartyUp: Use the Ultimate Ears app to pair 2, 3, 4…and over 150 BOOM and MEGABOOM speakers together for the ultimate sound experience; Works with any generation of BOOM and MEGABOOM speakers
Summary
A perfect party speaker to carry around in your backpack to beaches, pool parties, you name it. Extremely durable but the low frequencies are understandably lackluster considering the size.
Portability
Partybility
Not bigger than a water bottle
Crisp mids and highs
Can take a beating
Lacking in the bass department
4.3

Best Speakers For Indoor Parties

Aiwa Exos-9

Aiwa Exos-9 Portable
  • 7.5″D x 11.7″H x 19.4″W / 13 lbs
  • Battery Life: 9h
  • Frequency Response: 40 – 20,000 Hz
  • Connectivity Range: 50 ft / 15m
  • Power: 200W
  • Sound Pressure Level: 100dB
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Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
  • Orders ship the next business day *** HOME-STEREO SOUND, INSIDE OR OUT - With 200 watts of continuous power and 5 drivers, including a 6.5" dual-voice coil subwoofer, the Exos-9 delivers amazing stereo sound with deep bass, crisp treble and balanced mids. Distortion-free, even at volumes that will draw the attention of the local authorities.
  • ALL-DAY BATTERY LIFE - Your guests will pass out before the Exos-9 does! Keep it plugged in at home or enjoy up to 9 HOURS of incredible unplugged sound with the included quick-swap Lithium-ion battery pack. Perfect for tailgates, camping, backyard fun, the beach, fishing, or any other outdoor activity where nature forgot to install power outlets.
  • CONNECT IN SECONDS - Bluetooth 4.2 ensures instant pairing and maintains a strong connection up to 80 feet. The Exos-9 remembers your last device, allowing you to reconnect effortlessly. 3.5mm audio jack for direct connection.
  • ULTIMATE CONTROL OVER YOUR MUSIC - Crank the bass, mids, or highs with the 5-band onboard graphic equalizer. Use one of 4 available pre-set options or fine tune the EQ to your liking. The customizable EQ makes the Exos-9 portable speaker perfect for every genre of music, podcasts and audiobooks.
  • THE AIWA PROMISE - We proudly stand behind our products. We offer a 60-Day RISK-FREE SATISFACTION GUARANTEE and a 2-year WARRANTY on the Exos-9. If you’re not completely thrilled, send it back for a full refund, no questions asked. We’ll even pay for return shipping.

Aiwa Exos-9 is the second speaker on our list which was almost left out because its portability is quite dubious, but… It’s just way too good to not include.

Summary
Even though the “portability” of the Aiwa Exos-9 seems to consist of a carry handle it’s an extraordinary speaker for cranking up your home parties.
Portability
Partybility
Sounds absolutely fantastic
Plenty of features
NFC
Built-in equalizer
Big and bulky
4.8

Harman Kardon GO+PLAY Mini

Harman Kardon GO+PLAY Mini Black GO+PLAY Portable BT Speaker
  • 8.3″H x 16.4″W x 7.1″D / 7.6 lbs
  • Battery Life: 8h
  • Frequency Response: 50 – 20,000 Hz
  • Power: 4x 25W
  • Signal-to-Noise: 80dB
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Harman Kardon Go+Play Mini 2 - Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
  • Stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth to enjoy room filling sound. Bluetooth transmitter frequency range: 2402 MegaHertz to 2480 MegaHertz
  • Built in rechargeable Li ion battery supports up to 8 hours of playtime and charges your smartphones and tablets via USB
  • Dual Microphone Conferencing System with Harman noise and echo cancelling technology delivers crystal clear conference calls
  • Wirelessly connect two Harman Kardon Wireless Dual Sound enabled speakers together to elevate your music listening experience
  • Premium fabric finishing and stainless steel handle
Summary
Fantastic speaker even for the audiophiles. Pure sound.
Portability
Partybility
Vibrant sound without the boomy bass
Does not need to be blasted on high volume to sound excellent
Front grill takes away some clarity - sounds better without
Battery could last longer
4.5

Marshall Kilburn II

Marshall Kilburn II
  • 12.4 x 8.7 x 10.2 in / 5.5 lbs
  • Battery Life: 20h
  • Frequency Response: 52 – 20,000 Hz
  • Sound Pressure Level: 100.4 dB @ 1 m
  • Splash resistance (IPX2)
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Marshall Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black (1002634)
  • Kilburn II offers 20+ hours of portable playtime on a single charge.
  • Comes equipped with Bluetooth 5. 0 apt technology for wireless music play. Play music with any Bluetooth device at a range of up to 30 feet away from the speaker
  • New durable design with new grill and corner caps
  • Kilburn II features multi-host functionality so you can easily connect and switch between two Bluetooth devices.
  • Battery indicator on top panel

Marshall Kilburn II is a louder, lighter and more durable version of the original Kilburn. Especially the added splash resistance is a big plus for all rockers out there.

Summary
The obvious choice if your party playlist consists of rock or metal.
Portability
Partybility
Brilliant signature Marshall look
Great battery
Physical EQ knobs
No 360 sound
4.4

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17
  • 9 x 7.4 x 5.3 in / 6 lbs
  • Battery Life: 24h
  • Frequency Response: 37 – 20,000 Hz
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Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Natural - B01280346
  • Wireless speaker with True360 Sound Technology featuring Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound
  • Premium materials built to last, including anodized aluminum and full grain leather
  • Connect button activates intelligent features via Beoplay App
  • Portable Bluetooth speaker keeps going with up to 24 hours of battery life and included smart-charging USB-C charger
  • In the box: Beolit 17 portable speaker, mains cable, Quick Start guide

If the Exos-9 was lacking in portability then it would be fair to say that Beolit 17 is lacking in partibility. But since we believe in diversity we decided to include a party speaker even for the middle and upper class responsible adults.

Summary
If your house party includes cheese, wine and candles then B&O is your choice.
Portability
Partybility
Rich & warm sound
Simply beautiful
Very loud for the size
Premium brand comes with a premium price
The advertised battery life seems exaggerated
4

What To Look For When Buying?

Here are some factors you should take into account before jumping into buying.

Size & Situation

Portability is not the most objective thing to define. It might mean anything from being able to fit the speaker in the trunk of your car to being able to fit it in a pocket. For us the whole party speaker culture was about warm summer nights at a park with some cold drinks. This is why we’ve set the rather obscure size limit of “it must be portable on a bike”.

Thus we will not include speakers such as the popular SOUNDBOKS 2, the thing even weighs 35 pounds! Not very hasslefree to take that with you to a park on a bike, even if the name has the word “portable” on it.

Think about the possible situations you will be using the speaker on. Are you looking to use the speaker indoors, outdoors or both? For most people getting a waterproof speaker is the most sensible choice. But since some people will only use them inside we decided to create two separate lists anyway: outdoor party speakers and house party speakers.

Price

Don’t worry, you won’t find any bank-breakers on our list. Actually an overly expensive party speaker is sort of an oxymoron if you think about it for a second. Who would enjoy partying if they had to constantly worry about a device?

For your convenience we decided to place our picks in three categories: value, premium and budget. Value is the sweet spot that you could recommend to pretty much anybody looking for a great portable party speaker – a bang for one’s buck. Premium is for those who want the absolute best and budget for anyone who just wants maximum sound for minimum price.

Power

Since we are talking about partying you know that things are bound to get rather noisy. That’s why you want to make sure that the speaker is loud enough. A good measurement for this is to look for the maximum sound pressure of the speaker.

Naturally outdoor party speakers will require more power since you are in open space.

Sound Quality

Quality of sound is also a subjective measurement as people have different tastes. Some like more bass-heavy sound, some put more emphasis on the clarity of the highs and mids. Obviously you will have different standards for party speakers than for your home theater. We think obsessing over whether your loudspeaker has a warm or cold sound is quite unnecessary for these devices.

You are much better off by just reading a lot of customer reviews and getting an overall feel of the feedback. Make sure that it has a kicking bass and that the mids and highs don’t get distorted as soon as you turn up the volume.

Battery Life

The importance of battery life will depend on your needs. If you’re only going to use it at house parties you don’t necessarily need a battery at all. For outdoor party speakers the exact opposite obviously applies – the longer the battery life you get the better. A speaker that goes silent when the party is still going on is not a party speaker, it’s a party pooper.

Last update on 2020-09-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API