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Top 10 Best Wearable Speakers in 2021

We scoured the internet and pored over reviews to figure out what makes a great wearable speaker. By the end of our search, we came to the conclusion that the best speakers can be worn while doing multiple activities, offer good sound quality and battery life, and won’t be affected by a little rain or sweat.

Many are worn on the neck, wrist, or as a clip-on, include wireless technology such as Bluetooth, and are built largely for use during exercise or workouts. Keeping these factors in mind, here are some of our favorite wearable speakers available online.
  • Last updated: 01-05-2021
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Top 10 Best Wearable Speakers

Finding the right speaker for you is as much about considering the specs as it is about finding the right balance of quality, function, and price.

1. Doltech Wearable Speaker with Retractable Earbuds

$49.99

TypeNeck
Weight6.4 ounces
SoundDimensional surround sound, advanced CSR 8645 chip
Battery Life10 hours play, 8 days standby
Water ResistanceIPX4 (sweat and moisture resistant)

2. Bose Soundwear Companion Wireless Wearable Speaker

$249.00

TypeNeck
Weight9.1 ounces
SoundPatented waveguide technology, digital signal processing
Battery Life12 hours play
Water ResistanceIPX4 (sweat and moisture resistant)

3. Zulu Audio Wearable Bluetooth Speakers

$67.49

TypeNeck/clip on
Weight7.9 ounces
Sound
Battery Life8 hours play
Water ResistanceIPX4 (sweat and moisture resistant)

4. Tech-Life BoomBand Waterproof Wearable Bluetooth Speaker

$49.99

TypeWrist
Weight5.6 ounces
SoundHigh-volume, high-quality audio processors
Battery Life10 hours play
Water ResistanceIPX6 (waterproof)

5. Osten Design Bluetooth Headphones Speaker

$49.99

TypeNeck
Weight6.4 ounces
SoundDimensional surround sound
Battery Life10 hours
Water ResistanceIPX4 (sweat and moisture resistant)

6. BlackBerry Mini Bluetooth Speaker

$9.99

TypeClip-on
Weight3.2 ounces
Sound
Battery Life2 hours play
Water Resistance

7. Groovx VR Bluetooth Wearable Speaker with Microphone

$34.99

TypeNeck
Weight13.3 ounces
SoundTrue stereo sound, 360º surround sound
Battery Life5 hours play
Water Resistance

8. OriDecor Wireless Wearable Sports Speaker

$23.99

TypeWrist
WeightStrong mid-tones
Battery Life2 hours
Water Resistance

9. Tokk Smart Hands-Free Bluetooth Speaker

$18.47

TypeClip-on
Weight1 ounce
Sound
Battery Life4 hours play
Water Resistance

10. Polk Audio BITE-A Boom Bit

$23.50

TypeClip-on
Weight1.2 ounces
Sound
Battery Life2 hours
Water ResistanceWater resistant

How to Choose a Wearable Speaker – Buying Guide

Finding the right speaker for you is largely about figuring out how you’ll use it and what matters most to you.

Where to Wear Depends on Comfort and the Activity

One of the first things you want to do is match the speaker to the activity.

Neck Speakers Are the Best for Activities with Lots of Movement

Neck Speakers Are the Best for Activities with Lots of Movement
Speakers that rest around your neck provide you with steady sound no matter how much you’re moving, which makes it great for activities such as running or cleaning. On the other hand, it may be uncomfortable to wear if you’re doing large shoulder movements.

Wrist Speakers Are Good for Biking and More Static Activities

Wrist Speakers Are Good for Biking and More Static Activities
If wearing speakers around your neck causes discomfort, you might want to look into a wrist speaker that wears like a watch. These speakers can be a little bulkier than a standard watch, and it could get annoying to hear the sound fade in and out as you move your arms, so they’re best for activities where your arms are more stable such as biking or crafting.

Clip-On Speakers Are Versatile

Clip-On Speakers Are Versatile
Another option is clip-on speakers that attach to your clothing. These speakers are extremely versatile, as you can attach them to you or anything around you. Just note that depending on where you decide to wear it on your clothing, it might tug in a way that isn’t very comfortable—pulling down on your shirt collar, for example.

Look into Sound Quality, but Don’t be Fooled by All Those Fancy Tech Terms

Look into Sound Quality, but Don’t be Fooled by All Those Fancy Tech Terms
To be honest, unless you’re an audio technician, it’s going to be near impossible to judge for audio quality just by looking at specs (plus, most brands don’t go into much detail).
Generally speaking, bigger drivers deliver punchier bass, whereas more speakers or channels deliver surround sound and give the illusion of space (you can, for example, “hear” that the guitarist was standing to the right of the bassist). Most wearable speakers are stereo sound with just two channels, left and right.
These, however, are generalizations, and many brands will have patented technologies intended to improve sound quality, so look at the numbers, decipher what you can, but take them with a grain of salt. And compare against customer reviews.
Many wearable speakers also give up huge drivers and complicated sound systems in favor of a streamlined design that’ll be light and comfortable to wear. Wearable speakers are usually anywhere between 2 ounces to over half a pound.

Pay Attention Battery Life (Including Standby)

Pay Attention Battery Life (Including Standby)
A longer battery life is almost always better. After all, having your music cut off right while you’re in the middle of something is a total bummer. But longer battery life means larger batteries and heavier, bulkier speakers.
For a nice middle ground, look for a speaker with about a 10-hour battery. This will give you enough power to last at least one day of wear (likely multiple) as well as keep your device nice and light.
If you don’t plan on using your speaker every day or if you find yourself pausing and playing on a regular basis, it’s also a good idea to check for standby time.

For Exercising or Outdoor Use, Look for IPX4 Water Resistance

For Exercising or Outdoor Use, Look for IPX4 Water Resistance
One of the main reasons people use wearable speakers is for physical activity. So it would be a real shame if a little sweat shorted it out. To prevent disappointment, look for a speaker that has at least IPX4 water resistance, which protects against sweat and weather-based moisture (though you’d still want to cover it up in the case of a torrential downpour).

Summary

Portable speakers offer you the ability to listen to both music and your surroundings, which can be really helpful in situations ranging from exercise to housework. Finding one that works with your lifestyle can offer a huge improvement in safety and convenience.
By Jacqueline Oshiro

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