A lot of people think that using their phone directly to make voice calls is simple enough, and for the most part, they’re right. However, if you spend a lot of time in your vehicle, it’s good to know that you can just throw your phone on the passenger seat and your tech will take care of the rest. That’s where a Bluetooth speakerphone comes in.
We’ve taken stock of the market and found some of the best speakerphones around to help you find one that fits your needs and works for you, rather than the other way round. With our help, you’ll be making and taking calls like a pro in no time.
The 5 Best Bluetooth Speakerphones For 2019
Check out the table below to see the name of each product we’re recommending, as well as how long it’ll allow you to take for.
There’s a lot more to be said about each item here, though, so try to hold off on making a decision just yet.
|SoundBot SB571 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker||12 hours|
|SOAIY S-32 Bluetooth In-car Speakerphone||8 hours|
|Motorola Roadster 2 Wireless In-Car Speakerphone|
|Jabra Tour Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone||20 hours|
|Motorola Sonic Rider Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone||45 hours|
Alright, you’ve seen the products we’ll be reviewing, now let’s talk about how we judge them. We’ll be examining each speakerphone for areas where they do really well, but also areas where they fall short.
After we’ve seen each of them, we’ll make a decision as to which is the best Bluetooth speakerphone overall.
With that out of the way, let’s begin by taking a look at the SoundBot SB571.
SoundBot SB571 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker – Best Bluetooth Speakerphone For Music
Most people aren’t going to want to spend a lot of money on a product their phone can do reasonably well on its own. However, there are a number of ways in which a dedicated speakerphone makes life easier, and there’s no better way to illustrate this than by examining the SoundBot SB571.
First of all, it’s very inexpensive at around $20, so you don’t have to break the bank to get it. Secondly, it’s far for powerful than your standard phone speaker – this model has two 6W speakers, each having 40mm drivers. There’s even a passive subwoofer here, although it’s more suited for listening to music than talking on the phone.
This product excels at musical playback. It has a spacious internal cavity to help it produce a richer sound and comes with top-mounted buttons which allow you to play, pause or skip the current track. You can also adjust the volume, and this can be done using your voice too if your device supports voice commands.
It has a unique design. It’s made of shock-resistant plastic and a metal mesh which has an angled, geometric aesthetic. It’s fairly small at just 6” wide and 2” tall, plus it’s light enough to carry around with you since it weighs just one pound.
The Bluetooth functionality means that you can even control it from up to 33 feet away.
When this product is fully charged, it offers around twelve hours of wired use or ten hours of wireless, whether that’s talk time or music playback. It takes around two and a half hours to recharge and uses a standard micro USB cable to do this. One thing we really liked about this model is that it comes with an auxiliary input jack – this means that you can even connect it to older phones which don’t have Bluetooth support, and of course, your iPod or MP3 player. Overall, the audio quality is great, although there is some distortion at higher volumes, as you might expect.
We found that this product picked up our voice easily enough, and both making and taking calls were very simple to do. We would rather it had some method of attaching it to the dashboard, though.
Because it’s a combination speaker and speakerphone, it’s designed to look cool instead of being practical in a vehicle.
As it stands you have to either lay it on the seat next to you or find a way to keep it still on the dashboard.
Although this product is great for playing music, it doesn’t neglect its speakerphone functionality. As long as you can find a place for it in your vehicle, it’ll do its job admirably, especially when you take into account how little it costs.
The SB571 is an attractive looking speakerphone that even offers the ability to connect legacy hardware, the importance of which is something that can’t be overlooked in today’s world.
What We Liked
- Great for music playback
- Good battery life
- Nice and affordable
What We Didn’t Like
- No mounting mechanism
SOAIY S-32 Bluetooth In-car Speakerphone – Best Budget Bluetooth Speakerphone
So what if you don’t really care about playing music and you just want a standard Bluetooth speakerphone for your vehicle? Well, there are loads of different models to choose from, but we like the SOAIY S-32, and we’ll explain why.
It’s nice and inexpensive, for a start. At around $30, it’s perfectly affordable, and unlike the last product we saw, it’s primarily designed with vehicles in mind. It has a rear-mounted clip which allows it to attach nicely to the sun visor, and since it doesn’t have an auxiliary port, it’s completely wireless.
This is a product which attempts to minimize the amount of time you spend interacting with it. To do this, it wakes up and pairs automatically whenever a Bluetooth device is in range and turns itself off when this device disappears. You can also turn it on by shaking anything nearby, or by closing the car door – essentially, it tries to be ready for you without you having to turn it on manually. For added ease of use, you can pair up to two separate devices at the same time.
This speakerphone allows you to answer, decline, or end calls, and also reads out the phone numbers of anyone who calls you. You can have it redial your last caller, and even control your phone remotely using Siri or a similar assistant program.
Essentially, you can do everything that you’d normally be able to do if you were holding your phone – it’s so useful.
There are just three physical buttons on the front of the unit. This is because it’s not designed to be touched, really. You have the option to change the volume, hang up, or answer, but that’s it. It’s a fairly unobtrusive device, at a little over 7” tall and 4.4” wide.
Since it weighs just 5.6 ounces, it won’t pull your visor down when attached either, which is great. The design is nothing to write home about – it’s just a black front panel with a silver friction clip at the back.
The battery life isn’t fantastic, but it’s enough for all but the longest of journeys at eight hours. When the battery gets low, a red light begins to flash as a reminder.
This unit comes with a cigarette lighter charger as well as a standard USB cable, so you can even charge it whilst you’re driving. Of course, the speakerphone works whilst this is happening – you don’t have to wait for it to recharge.
All things considered, this is a pretty good low-budget Bluetooth speakerphone. It provides a good level of functionality and covers just about every base you’d need it for.
One of the great things about it is its ability to automatically turn on or off based on where you are and what you’re doing. This helps offset some of the problems caused by a shorter overall battery life and makes it a product that we highly recommend overall.
What We Liked
- Can be used whilst charging
- Auto pair and shutoff
What We Didn’t Like
- Shorter than average battery life
Motorola Roadster 2 Wireless In-Car Speakerphone – Best Long-Lasting Bluetooth Speakerphone
One of the things we’ve gotten used to in recent years is shorter battery life.
It used to be that our electronics could stay powered on for weeks at a time, whereas today’s cell phones can barely last a single day. The Motorola Roadster 2 is a return to those golden days – it has a particularly lengthy battery life and does everything it can to stop you from having to recharge it.
First of all, the product costs about $40, so it’s a tad more expensive than some of the other models we’ve covered. However, to balance this out, it allows for very extended use – you can talk or stream music for up to 20 hours on a single charge, and it’ll stay on standby for up to three weeks.
You’re also provided with an in-car charger, and the device turns itself on or off whenever your car door closes in an attempt to save the battery as much as possible.
The single 2W speaker isn’t incredible when used for music, but it’s more than enough to allow for high-quality voice calls. What we really liked is this unit’s ability to read and compose text messages for you, using only your voice.
To make this happen, you’ll have to download the My Motospeak app for your cell phone, but after that, it’s as easy as can be.
The Roadster 2 comes with two microphones built in. We’ve all called someone who’s driving and heard nothing but the road, right? To prevent this, it comes with noise cancellation technology and an echo prevention setting. With these, you can customize how you sound, ensuring that you get that perfect call every time, no matter where you are.
As you might expect, this speakerphone attaches directly to the sun visor. It’s 7” tall and 3” long, weighing just 7.2 ounces, and it looks decent too if a little plain. There are a number of physical controls which allow you to adjust the volume, mute the mic, make calls, pause your music and switch to the radio, although these are of limited use since all these functions can be done with speech too.
If you don’t want to use the cigarette lighter charger, you can also connect it to your computer and use a standard USB cable, although given that it’s primarily for use in a vehicle, there’s really no reason to do this.
If you’re looking for a Bluetooth speakerphone with an exceptional battery life and a relatively modest price tag, this one would be a great choice. It comes with a few very useful additions to help make your calls as clear and painless as they can be, and although the speaker isn’t the greatest for blasting out Bon Jovi, it’s perfect for phone calls.
We like how compact this product is, so if you want a high-performance unit that is small and unobtrusive, this is perfect.
What We Liked
- Echo control and noise cancellation tech built in
- Auto shutoff and power on
- Very long battery life
What We Didn’t Like
- Overemphasis on physical controls
Jabra Tour Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone – Best Small Form Bluetooth Speakerphone
Nobody wants a large, intrusive piece of hardware in their car. They especially don’t want one if it performs a relatively simple job, which is why it’s so important to find a speakerphone that is small but does its job well.
The Jabra Tour is one such product. At 7” tall and 3.5” wide, it’s barely noticeable when attached to your car’s sun visor. That’s not to say that it’s weak, though: although it has just one speaker, it can output up to 3W of power which ensures that your calls are loud enough to hear over the roar of the traffic outside.
Further, it includes a powerful microphone so that the person on the other end of the call can hear you clearly. It can cancel out any external noise, which only further increases this product’s range of applications – no matter whether it’s raining hard outside or your car is incredibly loud, you’ll come along crisp and clear. With all of this additional technology included, it’s little surprise that the Tour is a little more expensive at just under $50.
This is another product with a very powerful battery – it’s strong enough to allow you to talk for up to 20 hours. Even better, it lasts for up to 45 days on standby thanks to its ability to turn itself on and off when its motion sensor is triggered. If you do find yourself on the road with a low battery, you can always just plug it into the cigarette lighter, no problem.
Even though it has an auxiliary input, it isn’t fantastic for media playback due to its singular speaker. The manufacturers know this, which is why they didn’t include any physical media buttons – you can still skip tracks using voice commands, but realistically, you’re better off using your car stereo for music than this.
The existing physical buttons are fairly limited due to this product’s small size. You can change the volume, answer calls, and mute the mic, but that’s all. Again, since this product isn’t really for playing music, this isn’t a huge deal, particularly due to the extent of control you have over your device using your voice.
This product allows you to use voice commands to control Siri or an Android equivalent. This means that you can perform just about any of your phone’s functions wirelessly. You can do anything from making a note to sending a text message, with zero effort required.
The Jabra Tour is a fantastic, small form Bluetooth speakerphone that offers an unprecedented amount of control over your phone. Once you’ve set it up to receive voice commands, there really isn’t anything that you can’t do whilst driving. The small size and large speaker make this product invaluable for those who like their hardware to be powerful, but a little less flashy looking.
If this sounds like you, there’s a good chance you’ll like this model a lot.
What We Liked
- Powerful speaker
- Motion detector
- Astounding standby battery life
What We Didn’t Like
- Only has one speaker
Motorola Sonic Rider Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone – Best Premium Bluetooth Speakerphone
Let’s say for just a second that you’re prepared to spend a little more money to get the best product possible. If that’s true, then the Sonic Rider from Motorola is absolutely perfect for you – it has all of the functionality you’ll ever need or want, and to top it off, all of that tech is packed into an absolutely minuscule case.
First things first. This product retails for around $55, and is just 2.3” thick, 7.9” wide and 5” tall – it’s tiny and fits snugly against your sun visor without invading your personal space.
It boasts a talk time that’s more than double that of its nearest rival, at 45 hours. If you leave it on standby, it can last up to six months, which is unheard of. It can be used whilst charging and plugs straight into your car’s USB port.
This is another 2W single speaker model, and it has echo reduction built in to help eliminate annoyances when making a call. As before, this speakerphone isn’t particularly great for playing music with. Most of the time you’ll be looking for stereo speakers, and probably something with a little more power than 2 watts, but for phone calls, it works very well.
It also does a great job at reducing your car’s natural background noise, so you don’t have to worry about whether the person on the other end can hear you or not. There are audio prompts whenever a new device is paired, the battery is low, or the mic is muted, and there are even LED lights to let you know the current volume level so you’re never left guessing.
The Sonic Rider allows you to connect two Bluetooth devices at the same time and can save up to six in its memory for faster connection on subsequent journeys. Unfortunately, it doesn’t automatically connect – you have to manually pair the speakerphone with the device before it can be used.
We did like that it allows you to operate your phone with voice commands using Siri or a similar application – it really helps simplify things.
There are just four physical buttons, not including the power one. These allow you to accept a call, mute the microphone, and turn the volume up or down. This seems like a good balance since the slim frame means that you have to reach farther to press the buttons anyway, and it’s far easier to just use your voice instead.
This speakerphone is great for people who don’t really want to listen to music. Its speaker is a little too weak for this but manages to output a person’s voice clearly enough. The fact that it saves up to six different devices makes it perfect for people with multiple Bluetooth devices or who travel as a group.
The lack of an automatic pairing system is this product’s biggest flaw, but if that doesn’t bother you, there’s very little about the Sonic Rider that will.
What We Liked
- Very slim frame
- Shuts out background noise
- Incomparable battery life
What We Didn’t Like
- Doesn’t automatically pair with devices
How To Choose The Best Bluetooth Speakerphone For You
If you’re worried about buying a Bluetooth speakerphone, let us try and put you at ease. They’re really fairly straightforward and are generally pretty easy to compare.
That said, we’ve put together a short guide to help teach you the things you should be paying attention to before you spend any of your money.
First and foremost, you should be considering the size of the product. Is it nice and compact or is it large and bulky? Obviously, you want a product with a fairly small footprint since car space is often tight, and comes at a premium. If a speakerphone is slightly larger but has a bigger speaker, or a better microphone, though, you might want to compromise a little.
Where does it go? Does it sit on the dashboard or clip onto the visor? If it’s a dashboard based model, you might want to consider getting a mount, or at the very least, a friction pad for it to sit on. Nobody wants to spend their journey waiting for their hardware to fly off at them when they turn a corner, after all.
How is it powered? There’s always a battery, but does it use a USB port or cigarette lighter to recharge? Some older vehicles might not have a USB port, so you’ll have to buy a converter in order to use newer products.
On that note, how long does the battery last? If you often undertake long journeys, you’ll want one with a long battery life – ideally, it’d turn itself off and on as you enter and exit your vehicle, too. This kind of power saving features can extend the life of the battery, increasing the amount of time needed before recharging.
Generally speaking, you aren’t going to get incredible sound quality from an in-car speakerphone. That said, if you’re interested in using it to listen to music, the most important thing to consider is the speaker. More expensive models often come with two of them, and the specifications given are often very basic – you’re lucky to be told the driver size, let alone the other important information.
Essentially, it all comes down to the power they can output. A 2W speaker sounds very different from a 3W speaker. Sometimes, the manufacturer will provide you with some other specifications, and unfortunately, these are outside of the scope of this article. If you’re interested though, you can read up on these here.
You should try to find a model which has built-in noise cancellation software. This will ensure that the person you’re speaking to can hear you over the noise of the road. Better still, find one with an anti-echo feature.
Sometimes when your microphone is too loud, you’ll be able to hear yourself coming out of the speakers, and there are several products which automatically take care of this for you.
Well, there you have it. We’ve covered a Bluetooth speakerphone to fit every need, vehicle, and budget. They all have their own advantages and disadvantages, but we’ve come to the conclusion that the Motorola Roadster 2 is the best overall.
It has a battery that’ll last as long as you need it to, built-in noise cancellation technology, and it even has two microphones to more clearly capture your voice.
For less than $50, this is one of the best around.
Electrician and DIY specialist Justin deleted his own successful tech blog to write expert product reviews and buying guides together with his friend Robert.