The Best Travel Bluetooth Speaker

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute's tests reveal the one Travel Bluetooth Speaker that can, in its opinion, be called The Best. The Institute forwards its recommendation to Hammacher Schlemmer's buyers so they can procure the product for The Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, web site, and retail store. The Travel Bluetooth Speaker that is currently The Best can be found here.

The Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Results

Candidate

  • Model B
  • Model A
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  • Model D
  • Model E
  • Model F
  • Model G
  • Model H
  • Model I
  • Model J

Sound

  • DQ
  • DQ
  • DQ
  • DQ
  • DQ

EaseOfUse

Range

Feature

Ranking

  • DQ
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Preliminary Testing and Evaluation

Before undertaking testing, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute surveyed consumers to learn which attributes are most critical when purchasing a Travel Bluetooth Speaker. They responded that Sound Quality is by far their most important concern, followed by Range, Ease of Use, and Features. These attribute rankings were applied to the data collected for this test.

Travel Bluetooth Speaker Expectations

Respondents were also asked which features matter most in a Travel Bluetooth Speaker. Based on their answers, The Best model must be handheld sized and have Bluetooth capability.

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute then researched the marketplace from a reasonably wide range of competing product and obtained Travel Bluetooth Speakers that possess these desired attributes and features. Prior to testing, the Institute eliminated from consideration any models that did not have a required attribute or feature or if it had an obvious quality issue. Conversely, if a sample offered a unique benefit that distinguished it from other models, The Institute, at its discretion, may have included it in testing even though it may have been lacking a critical feature or attribute.

Testing Methodology

Testing involved evaluations by Institute analysts and a consumer panel. Each Travel Bluetooth Speaker was rated for its Sound Quality, Range, Ease of Use, and Features.

First, units went through Range, Ease of Use, and Features testing. Those units that did not perform well in the combination of those tests, did not move on to the Sound Quality portion of testing.

Sound Quality

A panel of people was used to assess the Sound Quality. Analysts played small clips of different songs from different genres on each speaker. Panelists assessed the Sound Quality of each song.

Analysts then took the average of the scores and determined a final Sound Quality score.

Candidate

  • Model B
  • Model C
  • Model A
  • Model D
  • Model E
  • Model F
  • Model G
  • Model H
  • Model I
  • Model J

Sound

  • DQ
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Ranking

  • DQ
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Ease of Use

For each Travel Bluetooth Speaker, analysts determined how easy it was to:

Analysts assigned a score each step, with lower scores indicating a process was very difficult and higher scores indicating it was very simple. After testing, analysts calculated an average ease-of-use score for each Travel Bluetooth Speaker.

Candidate

  • Model B
  • Model C
  • Model A
  • Model D
  • Model E
  • Model I
  • Model H
  • Model F
  • Model J
  • Model G

Charging

On/Off

Bluetooth

Volume

Functions

Wifi

  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
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  • N/A

Candidate

  • Model B
  • Model C
  • Model A
  • Model D
  • Model E
  • Model I
  • Model H
  • Model F
  • Model J
  • Model G

Ranking


Range

Analysts connected each unit to an audio device and streamed music through each speaker. They slowly walked away from the speaker with the audio device. The number of feet away from the speaker, when the audio either dropped out or became inaudible, was noted.

Analysts then took the average of the scores and determined a final Range score.

Candidate

  • Model B
  • Model C
  • Model A
  • Model D
  • Model E
  • Model I
  • Model H
  • Model F
  • Model J
  • Model G

Range

Ranking


Features

Institute analysts inspected each sample to determine whether it had any of the following features, which made a Travel Bluetooth Speaker easier or more effective to use:

Analysts awarded points for each feature that a model had, weighted according to how important that feature was to consumers. After testing, they calculated an average features score for each sample.

Candidate

  • Model B
  • Model A
  • Model C
  • Model D
  • Model E
  • Model I
  • Model H
  • Model F
  • Model J
  • Model G

AudioInput

AM Radio

FM Radio

Output

Charging

Speaker

Candidate

  • Model B
  • Model A
  • Model C
  • Model D
  • Model E
  • Model I
  • Model H
  • Model F
  • Model J
  • Model G

Max Vol.

Multipoint

Remote

ExrtaBass

AC

USB

Candidate

  • Model B
  • Model A
  • Model C
  • Model D
  • Model E
  • Model I
  • Model H
  • Model F
  • Model J
  • Model G

Battery

CallerID

RW/FF

Prev/Next

Alarm

Clock

Candidate

  • Model B
  • Model A
  • Model C
  • Model D
  • Model E
  • Model I
  • Model H
  • Model F
  • Model J
  • Model G

WiFi

Ethernet

NFC

WPS

Charging

Play/Pause

Candidate

  • Model B
  • Model A
  • Model C
  • Model D
  • Model E
  • Model I
  • Model H
  • Model F
  • Model J
  • Model G

MicroSD

Ranking


What to Look For in a Travel Bluetooth Speaker

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recommends that you consider these features when shopping for a Travel Bluetooth Speaker to ensure you will be completely satisfied with its performance:

Before Use

As with any product, customers must read and follow the product's user guide, marking and labeling prior to use.

About Travel Bluetooth Speakers

Travel Bluetooth speakers are equipped with radio transmitters that operate under the Bluetooth wireless communication protocol for sending interference-free audio from a Bluetooth-enabled music device to a speaker.

About the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute

 

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. Although funded by Hammacher Schlemmer, the Institute functions independently of Hammacher Schlemmer. The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations. Decisions on specific products to test, the types of test to perform and how to interpret the results lie exclusively with the Institute's research staff. In addition, the Institute's status as a separate entity from Hammacher Schlemmer prevents access to sensitive information, such as inventory levels or product cost, which might influence testing decisions. The Institute's independence assures products are researched, evaluated, and rated objectively without commercial bias.

The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations.