5 Things to Consider When Buying a New Bluetooth Smart Speaker

Want to ditch all those cables in your house and go completely wireless? Then you’ll need to get your hands on a Bluetooth smart speaker. More and more people are seeing the benefits of a smart Bluetooth speaker with Alexa or Google Assistant these days and we’re seeing millions of these devices sold every year. Unfortunately, this means that there are now hundreds of different companies and products to choose between.

It might even be the case that one company may sell an entire lineup of Bluetooth smart speakers with different features and designs, as we’ll showcase in this article, making choosing between all of these options a daunting task. If you’re looking to buy a Bluetooth smart speaker, then you’ll want to keep certain things in mind before choosing one to buy. Otherwise, you could end up regretting your purchase. Here are 5 things to consider when buying a new Bluetooth smart speaker:

What’s the Battery Life Like?

Long battery life is a fundamental aspect when looking to buy a Bluetooth smart speaker. There is nothing worse than turning on your speaker to listen to a podcast or play some music only to be met with a charging alert. For most, the best Bluetooth smart speakers last between 10 and 24 hours without needing to be plugged in, enough for the occasional day trips or park picnics. If you’re hoping to take your new speaker with you on camping trips, overnight stays, or maybe to use in place of a car stereo for a road trip, then prioritizing battery life is really important. Luckily, battery life isn’t necessarily linked to size, something the Cleer Audio Stage embodies with a long battery life and easy portability.

Is It Portable?

Speaking of this, how portable your Bluetooth smart speaker is will affect how and when you use it. Take time to consider where you will want to listen to your speaker’s most and whether you’ll be able to transport it easily. Maybe you want one in a backpack on a long bike ride or maybe it’s just to listen to it in your backyard where the wifi connection is spotty. There are lots of smart speakers that have emphasized portability perhaps none more than the Halo. Here we have a Smart wearable neck speaker with Google Assistant that is easier to take with you wherever you’re going. If lightweight functionality is your main consideration, then look no further.

Is It Resistant To Water?

This probably doesn’t need saying but water and electronics don’t mix. Therefore, you might want a water-resistant Bluetooth smart speaker. If you are hoping to put your Bluetooth smart speaker near the shower, want it by the pool, or just to protect it from droplets then you’ll want to make sure you get a speaker that is both water-resistant and durable. In this case, look for a speaker that clearly guarantees its water and shock resistance, and check out the speaker’s IPX ratings. IP stands for “Ingress Protection,” which will determine just how water or dust-proof a product really is. The higher the number, the better protection the Bluetooth smart speaker will have. When starting your search, remember few electronic products are truly waterproof, though many are water-resistant, and consider where and when you’ll be using it most often.

Prioritize Sound Quality

Buyers often make the mistake of buying a Bluetooth smart speaker that doesn’t sound great. Lots of companies put a lot of effort into voice recognition and forget about having premium sound specs. First and foremost, your speaker should sound great. Sound quality is at a premium because most of us will be using them to listen to music. For this you’ll want the Crescent. In addition to Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity allowing for the live streaming of music, the Crescent comes with an impressive linear array of drive units that create a variety of sound stages for three distinct listening modes. With a handcrafted, stainless-steel speaker grille and aluminum interface, you’ll be able to hear the difference in quality, as well as see it. Meanwhile it can also be set to your preferred EQ through the Cleer+ app with many bespoke audio modes to choose from, letting you have the freedom to listen to what you want, how you want.

Does It Look Good Too?

It’s often overlooked, but if something is going to be sitting in a part of your room for the next few years, it better not be an eyesore. At the minute, no WiFi enabled Bluetooth smart speaker looks better or provides more drama than the Crescent. It has a bold, bespoke look that immediately separates it from other speakers as it engages both your eyes and ears. No more hiding a smart speaker in the dark corner of the room as the Crescent has been specifically designed to highlight experiential listening.

It has settings like Stereo Widening to produce a classic 2-channel soundscape that provides a rich listening experience that goes well beyond the physical speaker; Room Filling for optimal sound distribution and a 3D Immersive Mode to focus sound around the listener. This is a statement piece WiFi enabled Bluetooth smart speaker.

Final Thoughts

These are the five main things to consider when looking to buy a new Wireless Bluetooth smart speaker. The best Bluetooth speakers are water-resistant, portable, and long-lasting with a premium sound. As well as making sure it looks visually stunning with a sound to match. Smart speakers need to be considered the same way a bespoke piece of furniture would, with overall aesthetics also being a key consideration. Think about how you want to use it and which elements are the most important to you that relate to how you like to live and listen. Once you’ve done that, finding the right Bluetooth smart speaker should be an easy decision.

Shirley is a contributing writer and specializes in reviewing smart audio products, and is fond of headphones, speakers, and recording gears.

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