Sound is a big part of technology: From phones and televisions to stereos, laptops, and tablets, each of these electronic devices offers up its own internal audio system. Sometimes, however, it's better to amplify that sound with one of the best bluetooth speakers. If you're ever turned up the volume on your phone or laptop only to realize that you’ve hit the maximum or tried to watch a movie in the middle of a loud storm, you know exactly what we mean. But finding an alternative that doesn't require a tech degree to set up can be tough. Lucky for you, we've already done the heavy legwork and tracked down 13 easy-to-use Bluetooth speakers that will make your life a whole lot easier.
What is a Bluetooth speaker?
A Bluetooth speaker is a wireless amplifier that can be used to watch TV, listen to music, talk with friends, and more when it's synced up to your phone via an exchange of technological information between devices known as Bluetooth.
As well as enabling your speaker to be mobile for use anywhere you want, be it in your home or in the garden, most of our favorite Bluetooth speakers are über-light for easy transport. Several are also waterproof, so you can use them in the shower or bath, and they'll be no fear if you're outdoors and it suddenly starts to rain.
How to Pair Bluetooth Speakers
In order to pair your bluetooth speaker (or any device) to your phone or PC, you'll want to consult your Bluetooth speaker's manual to make sure it's in "pairing mode." Essentially, this allows your phone to find the speaker's signal in order to send it wireless information.
Alternately, you'll want to make sure your phone or PC also has its Bluetooth function turned "On" (this green toggle can be found under 'Settings,' then 'Bluetooth' on Apple devices).
If your Bluetooth is set to pairing mode, it should be listed as a device that's available for use in your personal device's Bluetooth section. Simply tap its name and wait to connect.
What is the best Bluetooth speaker?
The best Bluetooth speaker will vary based on your preferences and needs. If you're looking for a system to enhance the sound in your home theater, for instance, you're likely to choose a very different model than one you may use in the shower. Others may opt to shop by top speaker brands, such as Bose or Sony.
We've rounded up a selection of great little speakers that will speak to you no matter your taste. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women's picks for the best Bluetooth speakers.
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