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Most Satisfied Customers | Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears has taken out top spot for the best portable speakers, scoring five stars across almost all categories including overall satisfaction, sound quality, value for money, durability, user friendliness and design, and scored four stars for battery and charging performance.

Canstar Blue surveyed 673 Australians for their feedback on the portable speaker(s) they’ve purchased in the last two years. This refers to speakers that are portable and typically run off a battery.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Survey respondents are asked to rate their satisfaction with their portable speaker brand from zero to 10, with zero meaning extremely dissatisfied and 10 meaning extremely satisfied. Portable speaker brand satisfaction is rated on the following criteria:

  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a portable speaker brand as an individual score, NOT the combined total of all criteria.
  • Sound quality: the sound coming from the speaker is clear with good volume and good audio quality.
  • Battery & charging performance: the portable speaker has a good battery life and is easy and efficient to charge.
  • Value for money: the price paid was reasonable compared to the quality of the portable speaker.
  • Durability: the portable speaker was built well and able to withstand being moved around and used in different environments as the speaker is intended (including water resistance if applicable), with minimal damage to the product.
  • User friendliness: the portable speaker is easy to set up and operate.
  • Design: the portable speaker looks good, is functional and can be conveniently transported.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

To qualify in the ratings results, brands must have received a minimum of 30 responses to be included. Therefore, not all portable speaker brands in the market will be compared in this survey. Brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

  • Ultimate Ears
  • JBL
  • Sony
  • Bose
  • Anko (Kmart)

Find more information on our Most Satisfied Customers ratings.

Top Portable Speaker Brand — Ultimate Ears

For the third year in a row, Ultimate Ears has taken out the top spot for the best portable speakers. However there are many other brands on the market offering portable speakers with a range of features and at different price points. Considering how you plan on using your speaker may help you to choose which device will be best for you.

Some speakers may take portability to the next level with compact sizing and features like clips and straps so you can easily carry your speaker when you go camping or hiking. Some speakers might also include water resistance, with 33% of our survey respondents owning a speaker that is waterproof.

Other speakers might focus on audio quality fit for a loud party, or work at striking a balance between easy portability but loud enough for larger spaces so you can carry it around the house. In fact, home was the most popular place to use a portable speaker with 77% of those surveyed using their speaker at home inside and 61% using it at home outside. This is compared to 28% using it at the beach, 21% using it at the park and 21% using their speaker at the pool. So, no matter your needs, there is likely to be a portable speaker at the right price point for your needs.

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Emma Bradstock: Senior Telco Specialist


Emma Bradstock has been an authority on consumer phone, internet, technology and streaming markets in Australia for the last 4 years, with a dedication to providing Aussies with all the information they need to make better purchasing decisions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media from Macquarie University and has a decade of professional writing experience in print and digital media.

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Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased new portable speakers (i.e. Bluetooth or wireless speakers, etc.) in the last three years – in this case, 673 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

Here are past winners of Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers – Portable Speakers ratings:

  • 2022: Ultimate Ears
  • 2021: Ultimate Ears

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