The 9 Best Speakers for Teens

Their tunes will sound spectacular

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker at Amazon

"A choice that checks most teens' boxes, it's complete with 12 hours of playtime and can stand vertically or horizontally."

Best Budget: Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker at Amazon

"Affordable without compromising quality, it features 24 hours of battery life so music can complement your teen's daily activities."

Best IOS and Android Compatible: Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker at Amazon

"It seamlessly links with Apple and Android devices so teens can make and receive calls with clarity, in between changing songs."

Best Easy Pairing: Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker II at Amazon

"It features voice prompts to allow for quick and easy pairing to other Soundlink products and is water-resistant."

Best Portable: Soundcore Flare Mini Bluetooth Speaker at Amazon

"On-the-go, teens can easily take this portable pick from home to practice and back due to its compact size."

Best Waterproof: Ultimate Ears Portable BOOM 3 Waterproof Speaker at Amazon

"A waterproof option that's virtually indestructible, it can float, be submerged, and be attached to almost anything."

Best Portable: JBL Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker at Amazon

"Complete with an integrated carabiner clip for easy toting, it's attachable to a beach bag or backpack."

Best Battery Life: Marshall Stockwell II Portable Bluetooth Speaker at Amazon

"With over 20 hours of playtime from a single charge, this speaker makes sure your teen is never without tunes."

Most Stylish: Crosley Charlotte Vintage Bluetooth Speaker at Amazon

"A speaker that doubles as decor with its vintage style, its design makes it easy to switch between Bluetooth and an aux-in option."

Bluetooth speakers are an ideal gift or audio accessory for today’s tech-savvy teenagers. With a portable speaker, teens can listen to their favorite music, podcasts, or anything else, all while remaining wire-free. Since they’re portable, these speakers can go wherever your teen goes and weatherproof versions are safe outdoors.

Whether you're in the market for the perfect gift or just want to surprise your kiddo, these are the best speakers for teens.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

A high-quality speaker at a reasonable price, this choice checks most teens’ boxes of what they’re looking for. With 12 hours of playtime, teens can pair this waterproof speaker with multiple speakers for a party boost. Even the pickiest teen will appreciate one of the 11 vibrant colors available and that this speaker can stand both vertically or horizontally. Many reviewers praise the loud and high-quality acoustics and long battery life. Unlike some Bluetooth-enabled speakers, the model does not include a microphone and cannot be used to answer a phone

Best Budget: Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker

An extremely budget-friendly option, this is a perfect teen-friendly Bluetooth speaker. Good sound quality paired with portability and up to 24 hours of battery life make it a smart choice for younger kids (or those who may not be the most responsible). Some reviewers don’t appreciate the bold branding, but for the price tag, most find it can easily be ignored.

Best IOS and Android Compatible: Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker

Fans of Beats products will likely enjoy this portable speaker just as much, if not more, than any other Beats gear. Able to link with Apple and Android devices seamlessly, the Beats speaker makes it so easy to connect to and use your phone, so teens can make and receive calls with clarity (when they take a minute to pause the music). The speaker comes with a lightning charging cable, so along with the 12-hour battery life, the speaker can charge phones. Reviewers praise both the easy pairing and bumping sound quality. 

Best Easy Pairing: Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker II

Bose packs strong sounds into this bold, colorful, small speaker. Users love that it has voice prompts to allow for quick and easy pairing. Devices are easily paired via voice prompts to other Soundlink products, creating a surround sound-like experience. The battery life holds for eight hours and while it’s not waterproof, this speaker is water-resistant, so should be safe poolside or outdoors.

Best Portable: Soundcore Flare Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Compactly designed at just 6 ½ inches by 2 inches, this little guy is small enough to stash in a bag and take anywhere music is needed. Don’t let the small size fool you; reviewers note that the 360-degree sound works loud and clear, especially for the price-point. Along with amazing acoustics, this speaker is designed to work with any device, including iPhone, tablets, Chromebooks, and more. For adventurous types, it’s also waterproof (up to 30 minutes submerged), so it’s a great option for the pool, beach, or day on the boat. With up to 12 hours of battery and the option for pulsing LED lights, this is a great choice for a teen on the go.

Best Waterproof: Ultimate Ears Portable BOOM 3 Waterproof Speaker

Designed for a wild child, this waterproof speaker is virtually indestructible. It floats, can be submerged in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes, is covered in extreme-performance fabric, and has a bungee loop for easy attachment to virtually anything. With 360-degree sound, the battery lasts up to 15 hours, so your teen will have all day to enjoy the tunes. Reviewers praise its durability and while it’s easy to pair with a Bluetooth device, many also recommend the BOOM app for an easier interface. 

Best Portable: JBL Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Shower singers rejoice! This small but mighty portable speaker comes with an integrated carabiner clip, so this speaker can hang out in the shower, on a beach bag, backpack, or anywhere your teen goes. Measuring just 4 inches by 4 inches, there’s a big sound in the small package. With 10 hours of battery life, reviewers are impressed by this small speaker’s sound quality and portability. It cannot stand up on its own, but the carabiner makes it a great portable option. 

Best Battery Life: Marshall Stockwell II Portable Bluetooth Speaker

With over 20 hours of playtime from a single charge, this speaker makes sure your teen is never without tunes. Outfitted with a pint-sized frame and retro guitar-inspired carrying strap, this is a very stylish speaker. Rugged and durable, there’s a visual battery life indicator on the top of the speaker, making it super easy to check the battery levels. Weighing about 3 pounds, reviewers appreciate the extremely strong and clear sound, portability, and cool look. 

Most Stylish: Crosley Charlotte Vintage Bluetooth Speaker

Stylish teens will love rocking out with a minimalistic and elegant speaker. The intuitive design makes it easy to switch between wireless Bluetooth and an aux-in option, so you can plug in a turntable or other device. There’s also an additional USB plug, so teens can charge their phone while listening to music. A rechargeable battery plus a power adapter gives your teen lots of options. While this speaker may not boast the highest sound quality out of all the options, image-conscious teens will appreciate the cool look and extra features. 

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year old daughter. While she doesn’t have any teens yet (eek!), her kids do have some very specific musical tastes (hello Hamilton, “Old Town Road”, and “Bean Bag Boogie”), so maybe it’s a good thing her house isn’t filled with portable Bluetooth speakers. 

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