The Best Portable Speakers

They're as easy to carry from kitchen to patio as a cold drink, and some even take up less space in your purse or beach bag than a wallet, making it simple for you to go forth and wirelessly rock on.

Omni S2 by Polk Audio

$180

The adaptable and compact Omni S2 by Polk Audio comes with both black and white grills, and can sit vertically or horizontally as it wirelessly streams music from a service, your digital library, your smartphone, or another gadget. (For true portability, consider its $250 sister, the rugged S2R, which runs for up to 10 hours before needing to be recharged.)

PLAY: 1 by Sonos

$200

Start your wireless home audio system with Play: 1 by Sonos, a 6x4.5-inch, quality hi-fi plug-and-play speaker. It's Sonos' smallest offering, and can be controlled via an app on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Add other Sonos speakers throughout your home and they appear in the app, too, where you can operate them independently or as a group.

Stellé Audio Mini-Clutch Speaker

$200

A glittery clutch with built-in portable speakers, the Stellé Audio Mini-Clutch Speaker lets you bring the party to the party. You get 15 hours of sound, a speakerphone that allows you to make hands-free calls, and a charger for any USB-enabled phone. There's a mirror inside, plus enough space to stash your lipstick and a couple credit cards, too.

Voombox Travel by Divoom

$50

This round, three-inch speaker fits in the palm of your hand and easily clips onto your purse or pack. It resists dust and water, comes in a range of colors, and streams up to 6 hours of music wirelessly.

iBT65 Bluetooth Rechargeable Mini Speaker by iHome

$30

This three-inch pop-up speaker streams big sound wirelessly for up to 8 hours for a super-low price point. It comes in a variety of colors and styles.

A600 Bluetooth Portable NFC Speaker by Rapoo

$100

An award-winning design that comes in a range of colors sets this 5.5x2.5-inch retro-inspired speaker apart from the crowd. The A600 Bluetooth Portable NFC Speaker by Rapoo wirelessly streams music from up to two devices simultaneously, offers a touch-to-start connection with NFC-enabled devices, and lets you to make or receive voice calls, too. Works totally cord-free for up to 10 hours. FYI, Rapoo's A300 Mini is about half the size -- and price.

Solemate Mini Wireless Speaker by Jabra

$100

A rubber-coated speaker that fits in the palm of your hand, it resists dust and water and streams up to 8 hours of music wirelessly -- or with the wire tucked into its base. It also has quick touch-pairing with NFC-enabled devices and comes in bright primary colors (and black).

EcoStone Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

$150

Easy to grab and go, this rugged 5x10-inch U.S. Military-tested and certified speaker isn't just waterproof -- it also floats. Fully charged, the EcoStone Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker offers 12 hours of playtime, a built-in flashlight, and a USB smartphone charger.

UE Boom by Ultimate Ears

$200

At 7 inches tall and 2 inches wide, you can tuck this water-resistant speaker into your purse or cupholder for 15 hours of quality, wireless, 360-degree sound anywhere. It can connect to two separate devices at once, take phone calls from up to 50 feet away, and wirelessly pair with another Boom. Plus, if your phone is NFC-enabled, you can simply tap it to the speaker to play.

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