Most speakers shoot sound in one direction, making it hard to fill a large space. Not these Bluetooth speakers. Their 360-degree design sends waves all around, ensuring there’s no bad seat in the house.
Bose SoundLink REVOLVE
Capable of shrugging off spills, storms, and splashes, the Bose SoundLink Revolve is perfect for pool parties and chaotic kitchens alike. Its cylindrical shape is crafted from a solid piece of aluminum without seams. And despite its small size—it weighs little more than a pound—this thing can get surprisingly loud, especially when it comes to its impressive, Barry White–like lows. $200; bose.com
Bang & Olufsen Beosound 1
Carved from a chrome aluminum cone, the missile-shaped Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 1 is as much a conversation starter as a party starter: a portable speaker with the looks and sounds to earn a prominent place in your home. Sixteen hours of battery life mean there are no unwanted intermissions, while Bluetooth, AirPlay, and Google Cast compatibility lets it play music from just about any device. $1,495; bang-olufsen.com
Most portable speakers are solo artists, unable to play well with others. The Libratone Zipp is the rare battery-powered speaker that’s able to handle multiroom audio, allowing it to pair with up to five other Zipps to play the same (or different) music throughout your house. It also has a removable wool cover, which comes in colors that can be changed to match your decor—or mood. $270; libratone.com