In this way, we can play a playlist of songs on the computer and hear the music in the garden or in another room thanks to the wireless connection. The music can be controlled from the smartphone, which in effect becomes a stereo remote control.
In this guide we will show you the best wireless speaker boxes to bring wireless audio to every room, so you can listen to music wherever we are and with any modern streaming service.
Best speakers for wireless speakers
Wireless speakers vary greatly in size, shape, and type of connection which is used. There are speakers that use home Wi-Fi (the most innovative) and others that use the classic Bluetooth connection. If we have old speakers or a stereo system and we want to “make them modern”, we will also show you how to do it through Echo Input.
Speakers with Wi-Fi included
The speakers with built-in Wi-Fi allow you to connect to your home Wi-Fi network and to appear on any other device connected to the same network: in this way we will be able to listen to the music on it from your PC, smartphone, tablet, and Smart TV, without having to connect the source device each time (which is necessary to take advantage of Bluetooth).
Thanks to the Wi-Fi connection the cashier will have direct Internet access, so it can interface with the streaming services supported (Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, etc.) and continue playback independently, without depending on the source device (which we can also close without problems). In addition to listening in streaming, in many cases we can use Amazon Alexa voice commands to ask for information and use the voice to listen to a specific song or a precise playlist; on the most expensive cases we can also take advantage of the multi-room, that is the separate configuration of one or more Wi-Fi speakers in order to listen to different music in every room of the house.
The protocols used are often proprietary (ie they use an app on the phone to start the initial configuration and to add the streaming services accounts), but on the more expensive models we can find support for AirPlay (to connect iPhone, iPad, and Mac) and the support for Google Home and Amazon Alexa, so as to be able to expand the functions of the cash desk through the functions of the voice assistants.
Here below we have collected the best cases by price category, so you can choose the ones that suit our needs.
Inexpensive Wi-Fi speakers
- GGMM E2 Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa (€ 39)
- Jam Rhythm Speaker Cash Music Via Wi-Fi (€ 49)
- Echo Dot with Amazon Alexa and integrated skills (€ 59)
- Google Home Mini with Google Assistant (€ 59)
- GGMM E3 Wireless speaker with an alarm clock (€ 69)
High-end Wi-Fi speakers
- Google Home with Google Assistant (99 €)
- GGMM E5 Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa (€ 129)
- Echo Plus with high-quality sound (€ 149)
- Bose SoundTouch 10, wireless music system (€ 149)
- Sonos Play: 1 All-in-One, Wireless (€ 176)
- Sonos One Generation 2 Smart Speaker (€ 229)
In this regard, we invite you to read our guide to Best Speakers alternative to Echo with Alexa and voice commands.
If instead, we don’t know how to choose between Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, we invite you to read our guide on Alexa or Google Home? comparison of best and smart Smart Speakers.
Speakers with Bluetooth technology are the easiest to use since this technology is integrated on a large number of devices. Simply place the casing in pairing mode, enter the device settings menu, access the Bluetooth screen and pair the cashier (visible between the new devices).
In this way, we will reproduce the sound emitted by any app or any multimedia service. obviously these crates will not be directly connected to the Internet but can be used without problems to listen to streaming audio from dedicated services (Spotify Free, Spotify Premium, Amazon Music, etc.). Another limitation is related to the Bluetooth connection: if we switch it off by mistake or close the app from which we reproduce the music, it will also stop on the cashier, in addition, we will reproduce every type of sound present on the phone (including messages and incoming calls).
Based on the version of Bluetooth available (we recommend choosing only the speakers with Bluetooth 4.1 support on), we can also benefit from the multi-room and support for voice commands, especially on the more expensive Bluetooth speakers. Many cases are small, with capacious portable batteries and a waterproof body, so they can be taken to the sea or around without fear of damage.
Here below we will find the best speakers by price category, allowing us to choose the one that suits our needs in terms of music and portability.
Economical Bluetooth speakers
- dodocool Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker (€ 12)
- ZoeeTree S1 (€ 15)
- Muzili Wireless Bluetooth 5.0 Speaker (€ 15)
- Anker Bluetooth Pocket SoundCore Mini (€ 19)
Waterproof Bluetooth speakers
- Sony SRS-XB01 Compact Water-Resistant Speaker (€ 17)
- Tronsmart IPX7 Waterproof Bluetooth Case (€ 24)
- JBL GO 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker (€ 25)
- Sony SRS-XB12, water-resistant speaker with EXTRA BASS (€ 39)
- Zamkol 24W Bluetooth Speaker Case, IPX6 (48 €)
- JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker IPX7 (€ 73)
High-end Bluetooth speakers
- AmazonBasics – Portable Bluetooth Speaker (€ 80)
- Bose Sound Link Color II Bluetooth Speaker (€ 96)
- JBL Charge 3 Portable Acoustic Box (€ 124)
- Bose SoundLink Revolve Portable Speaker (€ 149)
Turn old stereos into wireless speakers
If we own an old Hi-Fi stereo system or speakers of excellent quality but connectable only via cable 3.5mm Jack, we can buy some valid ones Bluetooth adapters with 3.5mm connection or purchase an Echo Input, so as to bring Wi-Fi and Amazon Alexa voice assistance even on old devices.
If we intend to take advantage of Bluetooth technology, we advise you to purchase one of the following adapters:
- Mpow Bluetooth Receiver 5.0 A2DP (€ 14)
- Mpow V5.0 Bluetooth receiver with CSR Core (€ 16)
- TaoTronics TT-BA09 Bluetooth 5.0 2-in-1 Receiver Transmitter (€ 29)
- Mpow Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter and Receiver (€ 31)
If instead, we want to integrate Wi-Fi and the voice assistant, we advise you to bet on Amazon’s Echo Input, on sale for € 39.
To learn more about the use of the Amazon Echo Input and other Echo devices, we invite you to read our guides on how to Add Alexa to stereo and speakers with Echo Input and on Functions of the Amazon Echo, what it is for and what it does.
Wireless speaker cabinets (with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) undoubtedly represent an excellent technological find to be able to benefit from streaming music services and to enjoy voice assistance in any room. Their use is really simple: this type of speakers do not really require any technical experience in the configuration, they work without interruptions and with excellent sound quality (especially for the most expensive solutions).
In our guides, we showed you the Best App to hear music on Android and the App to listen to music on iPhone and iPad including radio and streaming, to be used also on the cases presented in the article.
If instead, we wanted to connect the speakers to a Smart TV, we can do it by reading our in-depth section on How to connect TV speakers and audio systems to the Smart TV.