Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition 4th Generation Panda on a tableSource: Amazon

Best Bluetooth Speakers for Kids iMore 2021

A Bluetooth speaker is a great way for children to stream music, audiobooks, and more. For the younger children, we recommend one that doubles as a nightlight and plays lullabies. As children get older, they might want portability and better sound, so water-resistance and sound quality should be on your list. Sometimes, the best speaker, though, is just a smaller option with a durable frame, and the Soundcore Mini 3 fits the bill here, all with an affordable price. Here's our guide to the best Bluetooth speakers for kids of all ages.

Best Overall: Soundcore Mini 3

Soundcore Mini 3 Bluetooth Speaker being held by handle in an outdoor settingSource: Anker

While this isn't strictly a children's Bluetooth speaker, Anker's Soundcore Mini 3 is an affordable, fully-featured speaker that your teen will appreciate and your younger child can use for years to come. This compact, portable speaker is small enough to fit into a coat pocket or bag while still having big sound, and it has a handy strap that makes it easy to carry.

An IPX7 rating means that it's dust and weather-resistant, and along with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 15 hours, it is a great speaker for parties or trips to the beach. You also can pair up to 100 of the Soundcore Mini 3 speakers (or other Soundcore speakers) to a single smartphone or device for incredible audio.

Pros:

  • IPX7 Waterproof rating
  • Can pair up to 100 together
  • 15-hour playtime
  • Integrated hangle

Cons:

  • Not an actual "kids" speaker
  • Only available in black

Best Overall

Soundcore Mini 3 Speaker in black

Soundcore Mini 3

Great sound, great features

The Soundcore Mini 3's excellent sound and portable design with IPX7 water-resistance rating make it perfect for kids of all ages.

Best Speaker Toy: ECHEERS Dancing Robot Speaker

Echeers Dancebot Dancing Robot in Blue with a childSource: ECHEERS

This adorable little guy is ready to boogie. Delight your child with a robot that will dance to his or her favorite tunes. Two motors in each leg with 360 degrees of movement make various dance moves to entertain for hours. With a rechargeable battery, you'll get two hours of play from a single charge; however, you cannot use it while charging.

You can use Echeers Dancing Robot Speaker to play music, audiobooks, or anything you like. Every dance routine is unique, even if you replay the same audio file. Choose from three colors: Blue, Red, or Living Coral.

Pros:

  • Toy and speaker in one
  • Rechargeable
  • Dances to the music

Cons:

  • Not water-resistant
  • Cannot use while charging

Best Speaker Toy

Echeers Dancebot Dancing Robot in Blue

ECHEERS Dancing Robot Speaker

Super tech toy

This fun STEM companion will play your child's favorite tunes while dancing to the beat for up to two hours on a single charge.

Best Nightlight Speaker: Ilavie Kids Lamp LED Night Light with Bluetooth Speaker

Ilavie Kids Led Lamp Night Lamp With Bluetooth Speaker illuminated and playing musicSource: Amazon

A nightlight and speaker in one is a perfect choice for babies and toddlers. They can fall asleep to their favorite soothing lullabies with the soft glow of this nightlight speaker. The nightlight rotates through nine different glowing colors, and you can choose the pattern.

It has a built-in 1200mAH lithium battery and comes with a USB charger. You'll get up to 15 hours of play from a single charge, and unlike others, you can also use it while it's charging. A soft silicone cover keeps the electronic portions protected from little hands, and it removes for cleaning. Choose from the adorable Owl seen here or the equally cute Bear or Rabbit.

Pros:

  • Glows with colorful lights
  • Can use while charging
  • Soft silicone cover

Cons:

  • No water-resistance
  • Doesn't include a remote control

Best Nightlight Speaker

Ilavie Kids Lamp Led Nightlight With Bluetooth Speaker

Ilavie Kids Lamp LED Night Light with Bluetooth Speaker

Soothing lullabies

Help your child fall asleep with lullabies and the soft glow of nine different colors and patterns with this adorable speaker.

Best Design: JAMOJI Love Struck Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Jamoji Love Struck Bluetooth Speaker on a flat surface with other emoji face speakersSource: Jam Audio

Perfect for both kids and adults, JAMOJI's fun Bluetooth speaker comes in several iconic emoji designs. Love Struck (heart-eye face shown in the photo), LOL (a laughing look with tears), Cool (smiley face with sunglasses), and of course, the infamous Poop emoji, are all here, each ready to serve as both decorative pieces, and as a way to deliver the beats.

Despite the playful appearance, JAMOJI's speaker also brings some serious features like a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts for up to six hours on a charge and a 30-foot wireless range. Plus, it has a microphone so you or your child can take calls and use it as a speakerphone when paired with your smartphone or tablet.

Pros:

  • Fun emoji style
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Microphone for phone calls

Cons:

  • Not water-resistant

Best Design

Jamoji Love Struck Bluetooth Speaker

JAMOJI Love Struck Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Cute and capable

Jamoji's playful yet capable speakers are available in several emoji faces that are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages.

Best Portability: My Audio Pet Mini Bluetooth Animal Wireless Speaker

My Audio Pet Mini Animal Wireless Speaker Unichord on a bed in front of a child and adultSource: Amazon

This kid-friendly little speaker from My Audio Pet measures just over two-inches, so it will easily fit into pockets, backpacks, bags, and more. While tiny, this speaker promises room-filling sound with a 3w driver, and for a more immersive experience, you can pair it with another pet.

Other highlights include an interactive game with the Hide and Speak app, camera remote capabilities, and speakerphone option with the built-in microphone. It even has a rechargeable battery, which can keep the tunes flowing for up to six hours.

Pros:

  • Incredibly small
  • Can use two for stereo sound
  • Works as a camera remote and speakerphone
  • Smart app with games included

Cons:

  • Not waterproof
  • Easy to lose

Best Portability

My Audio Pet Mini Bluetooth Animal Wireless Speaker Unichord

My Audio Pet Mini Bluetooth Animal Wireless Speaker

Mini but mighty

The incredibly tiny My Audio Pet offers it all β€” six-hour battery life, 3w driver, cute animal designs, and an interactive app.

Best Features: Echo Dot Kids Edition (4th Generation)

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition 4th Generation Tiger on a shelf with other toysSource: Amazon

Amazon's Echo Dot Kids Edition is the ultimate speaker for kids with Alexa voice controls. Your child can use the Echo Dot to play all of their favorite tracks using just their voice, control smart home accessories in their room, and ask general knowledge questions to Alexa.

The Kids Edition of the Echo Dot delivers all of the smarts alongside parental controls that can filter out explicit songs, establish time limits, and prevent calls for those outside an approved list. This Echo Dot also works with the Amazon Kids+ service that provides access to kid-friendly games, books, and educational skills.

Pros:

  • Great audio quality
  • Voice controls
  • Plays music, audiobooks, and more
  • Answers kid-friendly questions

Cons:

  • Not portable
  • Lacks water-resistance
  • Always-on microphone

Best Features

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition 4th Generation Tiger

Echo Dot Kids Edition (4th Generation)

Small, smart, and fun

The Echo Dot delivers music and audiobooks on-demand, plus Alexa can answer kid-friendly questions, set alarms, and so much more.

Bottom line

The best Bluetooth speakers for kids are an excellent way for your children to jam out to their favorite tunes, listen to a bedtime story with audiobooks, or have some fun with voice controls. No matter how old your child is, some options can meet almost any need. Some speakers include soothing lights and sounds, while others offer rechargeable batteries and protection from everyday life.

If you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker that offers excellent sound and can grow with your child, then look no further than the Soundcore Mini 3. With IPX7 water-resistance, long-lasting rechargeable battery, and ability to link up to 100 speakers together for immersive sound, it will crank out the tunes beautifully for years β€” no matter how old your child is.

Credits

Author: Karen S. Freeman

Karen S. Freeman Karen is a writer for iMore and has reviewed hundreds of tech accessories over the better part of the last decade. Karen is also a teacher, nerd, and enthusiastic world traveler. Find her on Twitter @KarenSFreeman.

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Christopher Close spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit for iMore. If you wish to join him on his quest to automate everything, you can follow him on Twitter at @itschrisclose.

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