Music and audio are an escape from the struggles of daily life for many people. Getting together with a couple of friends and winding together with some music is a great experience. Throwing a party together is an even better idea. However, if you’re doing this outdoors, you’ll need a good speaker setup for music. Deciding on good music is important, but deciding on the right speaker is crucial too.
In situations like an outdoor party, loudness and clarity are important. You’re not going to be listening to jazz or something like that, so we can skip on reference style audio here. A wireless Bluetooth connection is also always convenient. Speaking of convenience, having a long battery life is also a plus point. Apart from that portability is also important if you’re going to a remote area.
So, as you can imagine, a lot of research goes into finding the right party speaker. Fortunately, we have done all of that for you. Here are some of the best party speakers in 2021.
The JBL Partybox 300 is definitely the real deal when it comes to loud and powerful party speakers. It’s a battery-powered speaker with wireless connectivity, eyecatching lighting effects, and even mic and guitar inputs. The Partybox 300 has it all and is the most well-rounded speaker on this list.
The speaker comes in at 35 pounds, which is not bad for portability considering its size. It does have a handle so that you can pick it up and take it with you. The plastic body can get scratched, but we’re not worried about the speaker getting damaged. It should hold up quite well even outdoors. It does have RCA outputs, so you can hook it up to another speaker.
You can charge and power the speaker with the standard AC port. There is also the option of using a car charger, but that will only power the speaker and not charge it. Battery life is advertised at 18 hours, but if you’ll be blasting it at full volume continuously, it’s actually only 4 hours. That is not bad at all for such a loudspeaker, and you probably won’t use it at full volume.
Why do I say that? Because this speaker is loud in every sense of the word. The bass is incredible when it is plugged in, and it has a bass boost button that you can use if you intend on using the battery. The mids and vocals are a bit more emphasized, so the bass doesn’t muddle everything.
The only missing feature here is a lack of IP dust and water resistance. However, that’s a minor complaint when this speaker looks and sounds this good. It’s worth the investment.
2. The New SoundBoks (3rd Generation)
The Loudest Party Speaker
- Can get extremely loud
- Surprisingly well balanced audio
- Water and dust resistance
- Rugged build quality
- Hot swappable batteries
- Very Expensive
Output: 3 x 72W (RMS) | Battery Life: 40 hours (at 50% volume) | Waterproof Rating: IP65
The all-new Soundboks (3rd generation) is by far one of the biggest and most expensive Bluetooth speakers on the market. It is also advertised as the loudest portable Bluetooth speaker, and it does live up to the expectations. The Soundboks is rugged, hefty, and extremely powerful. While it is expensive, it might justify its price for the right person.
There are silicone balls on every corner of the speaker, so you can drop them on any side. The powder-coated aluminum frame and front steel grill add a lot to the aesthetics. The plywood cabinet has a nice finish, and it does feel like a premium speaker. It does have two carrying handles on either side, you technically can carry it around (preferably in a car).
It even has an IP65 rating, so we’re not at all worried about durability. The Soundboks has 5 hours of battery life at max volume. The removable batteries are a nice feature. You can charge these beforehand and quickly swap them out. Still, the batteries are quite expensive.
Sound signature-wise it sounds surprisingly neutral, but it can get incredibly loud even with the internal battery. It is rated at 126 decibels, so you can basically throw a small concert. Despite that, the sound quality remains tight and well rounded, without any distortion.
If you want the absolute loudest party speaker, this is the one. Just make sure you’re comfortable with the hefty investment.
For those of you who don’t know, UltimateEars is a popular speaker brand owned by Logitech. They are known for their high-quality rugged Bluetooth speakers. The UE HyperBoom is no different, but it can easily fit into a living room setup as well. If you need something a bit more minimalistic, this should be your go-to home speaker.
The HyperBoom uses a square design unlike the usual round shape seen in UE speakers. It weighs in at 13lbs or so, which makes it more portable than others on this list. There is a handle on the side for carrying it, and directly below it lies a water resistance cover. It has a USB port for charging phones, an Aux output, the power input, and even an optical port.
It’s good that the ports are at the backside, so it looks clean in a living room setup. It is IP4 rated as well, which means that this speaker can survive the occasional splash. Just don’t go dunking it in the pool. There are giant volume control surfaces at the top, which are touch-sensitive. This speaker has a class-leading range as well, which comes in at 150ft.
A weird omission on the product page is any mention of the peak power output. Instead of telling us that, UltimateEars says that this speaker has a maximum sound pressure level of 100 dBc
The HyperBoom is powerful when it comes to sound quality. It has great mids and highs, but the bass is the standout feature here. For its size, the HyperBoom definitely packs a punch in the low-end. It also does a good job of delivering 360-degree audio. However, the bass can get a bit distorted at the highest volume.
One downside is the lack of any cables as UE only includes the power cable. Apart from that, this is a great speaker for indoor parties.
I wasn’t expecting much from the Acoustic Audio AA15LBS Bluetooth Speaker, especially for the price. However, Goldwood has definitely left a strong first impression. While some sacrifices are present, this is a solid outdoor party speaker. Especially if we consider the great value it offers.
First off, it’s surprising how many accessories this Bluetooth Speaker comes with. You get the speaker itself, a wired microphone, a remote for controlling audio, and even a speaker stand. It has an integrated powered amp, so you don’t need an external source to power it.
However, it’s important to note that this speaker does not have an internal battery. It also doesn’t have any carrying handles on any side, so it’s not intended for portability. That’s fair enough, but if you wanted to travel with it, it’s a bit inconvenient.
The output from this speaker is extremely loud, and it will suffice for most parties. However, if you are the type who pays attention to audio, then you should lower your expectations. Everything is clear and crisp, but the highs and mids could use a bit more attention here. It’s great nonetheless considering the price.
The lights only appear when the speaker is at max volume, so be aware if that’s a big deal to you. Apart from that, this is a good Bluetooth speaker, especially for the price.
The AOMAIS GO Bluetooth speaker is a bit different compared to the others on this list. While most party speakers are big and heavy, this one is relatively more portable. It’s perfect if you go on a lot of outdoor trips and don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money.
This Bluetooth speaker has IPX7 certification, Bluetooth 5.0, wireless pairing, and 40W of output. So on the surface, it seems to have a lot going for it. The design is a bit strange, as it almost looks like a retro boombox. However, the carrying handle is in the right position. Portability is not an issue, since it is quite lightweight too.
It can easily survive a splash of water, and it’s rugged enough to survive the wild outdoors. It’s not that expensive either for what it offers. The sound quality is good, with deep bass and bright highs. The mids feel like they’ve been left out, but it’s not all that bad. For casual outdoor listening, this is a great little speaker.
The battery lasts for around 8-10 hours, which falls short of the 40-hour claim on the amazon page. Still, it’s decent for the size. The charging is what really grinds our gears. It takes forever to charge, and going from 0% to 100% will take more than six hours. Charge this ahead of time if you want to take it on a trip.
Another issue is that the charging brick can get considerably warm overtime. There is no specific battery indicator on this speaker either. Apart from those issues, we can still recommend it for outdoor trips with friends or family.