Best Bluetooth speakers in NZ: buying guide

Whether you’re looking to buy your first Bluetooth speaker, or you want to upgrade your current one, we've got you.

Last updated: 4 October 2023

A Bluetooth speaker is like a trusty sidekick, always ready to amplify life's moments. It's your mood lifter during morning routines, your companion on solo adventures, and the heart of impromptu gatherings with friends. No fancy setups, no fuss — just pure, portable music. That's the beauty of a Bluetooth speaker — humble, reliable, and always there when you need it. If you’re looking to buy your first Bluetooth speaker, or you want to upgrade your current one, Trade Me Marketplace has a tonne of great options.

Types of Bluetooth speaker

Here's what you can expect in terms of options:

1. Portable powerhouses

Perfect for picnics, beach days, or impromptu dance-offs, portable speakers are your on-the-go companions. Brands like JBL and Sony offer lots of great options, making sure your tunes go wherever you do. Check out our current selection of portable speakers here.

2. Outdoor wonders

Designed to withstand the elements, outdoor speakers are ideal for alfresco gatherings. Veon and JVC have a range of weather-resistant options that promise clear sound, rain or shine. See our outdoor speaker listings here.

3. Solar-powered serenades

Keen for some sustainable sound? Why not consider some solar-powered speakers? These innovative devices harness the power of the sun, making them both eco-friendly and perfect for outdoor adventures. See our best solar-powered speakers here. 

4. Waterproof warriors

For those summer pool parties and beach escapades, waterproof speakers are a must-have. Dive into our collection of waterproof speakers here.

5. Party pioneers

When it's time to crank up the volume and get the party started, look no further. Brands like Sony and JVC offer high-powered speakers that make your gatherings nothing short of epic. See our high-powered speaker listings here. 

What’s your budget?

Budget-conscious buyers have a choice: opt for a brand-new Bluetooth speaker or explore the world of pre-loved options. While a new speaker guarantees the latest features and technology, buying a used one can be a wallet-friendly way to score a high-quality device.

Key features to look out for

Finding the right Bluetooth speaker is all about aligning its features with your specific needs. Whether you're a music connoisseur or simply love listening on the go, these considerations will guide you towards the perfect choice.

1. Sound quality and clarity

Your listening experience hinges on the speaker's sound quality. Look for models that deliver crisp, clear audio across various genres and volumes.

2. Connectivity options

Versatile connectivity is crucial. Opt for speakers with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and even NFC capabilities for seamless pairing with your devices.

3. Battery life

A robust battery ensures uninterrupted playback during extended listening sessions, making it an essential feature for on-the-go music enthusiasts.

4. Durability and build

Consider where you'll be using your speaker. Whether it's indoors, outdoors, or on the move, a durable build can withstand different environments.

5. Portability and size

If you're planning to take your speaker on adventures, a compact, portable design is key. It should easily fit in your bag without compromising on sound quality.

6. Water and dust resistant

For outdoor or beach use, opt for speakers with water and dust resistance. This makes sure they can handle a bit of rough and tumble.

7. Additional features

Some speakers come with extras like built-in microphones for hands-free calls, multi-device pairing, and even voice assistant integration. These can really improve your overall experience.

8. Brand and reputation reviews

Consider reputable brands known for their audio quality and reliability. Reading reviews can provide valuable insights into the real-world performance of a speaker.

9. Price and value for money

While budget is a factor, consider the value you're getting for the price. A slightly higher investment may yield better features and longevity.

10. Aesthetics and design

Choose a speaker that fits your personal style and complements your living space or outdoor adventures. Whether sleek and modern or rugged and sporty, there's an option for everyone.

Best brands for Bluetooth speakers in NZ

When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, the right brand can make all the difference. Here are the top contenders in New Zealand that we’d recommend:

1. JBL: sonic brilliance

Known for their cutting-edge audio technology, JBL has a great reputation in the world of sound. Their Bluetooth speakers deliver a powerful punch, making sure every note resonates with precision. From compact portable options to rugged outdoor speakers, JBL's commitment to top-notch audio quality always comes through. Explore the JBL Bluetooth speaker collection on Trade Me Marketplace.

2. Sony: audio innovation

As global leader in entertainment technology, Sony brings its legacy of innovation to Bluetooth speakers. With a focus on immersive audio experiences, Sony speakers are designed to deliver crystal-clear sound with a depth that transports you. From sleek, portable designs to robust waterproof options, Sony caters to every preference. Discover Sony's impressive lineup here.

3. Veon: affordable excellence

Exceptional audio doesn’t need to come at a premium price. Veon's Bluetooth speakers offer a winning combination of affordability and quality. Not to mention, they’re super reliable. Explore Trade Me’s Veon listings here. 

4. Bose: sound engineering

With unparalleled audio quality, Bose has set the gold standard in sound engineering for decades. With a focus on clarity and depth, Bose Bluetooth speakers famously give immersive, lifelike audio experiences. From elegant, compact designs to powerful outdoor options, Bose offers a speaker for every discerning audiophile. Explore our Bose Bluetooth speaker listings here. 

5. JVC: precision meets performance

JVC brings a legacy of precision engineering to their range of Bluetooth speakers. From dynamic portable speakers to robust outdoor options, JVC combines cutting-edge technology with sleek design. See our full JVC's collection here. 

Your sound companion awaits

Remember, the perfect speaker isn't just an accessory — it's an investment in your daily music journey. With our commitment to customer satisfaction and a penchant for great sounds, you’ll find your perfect Bluetooth speaker on Trade Me marketplace.

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