6 Best Speakers for Every Kind of Dinner Party

Whether you're planning a beachside picnic or an intimate dinner party, these are the best speakers for every occasion.

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October 19, 2022

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Multi racial group of friends sitting in dining room, candles burning on table, smiling and enjoying relaxed conversation


Multi racial group of friends sitting in dining room, candles burning on table, smiling and enjoying relaxed conversation

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When hosting a dinner party, ambiance is second only to the delicious food and drinks you’re serving. Afterall, the correct combination of lighting, decor and music set the vibe for the night, so it’s definitely important to get it right. Whether your party of choice is an elegant, intimate dinner or a big, outdoor bash, the right speaker can make a huge difference when playing your tunes of choice — no one wants their portable speaker’s battery dying mid way through the night or the group’s conversation drowning out your well-curated playlist. To make this step of planning a breeze, we’ve rounded up the best speakers you need to make your party perfect, no matter the style.


If your dinner parties move from an indoor dinner to a backyard firepit hang, having a great Bluetooth speaker makes it beyond easy to move the party with you. This Sonos speaker gets up to 10 hours of play time and can connect through either Bluetooth, AirPlay or through the Sonos app. From experience, this speaker has great sound, and the ability to connect it to other Sonos speakers makes for an easy way to build up your surround-sound experience to your liking. According to the brand, this speaker can support Google Assistant voice controls, so you can easily adjust song choice and volume. Plus, this speaker is water resistant and, according to the brand, “primed for every type of weather and terrain.”

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If you’re looking for a speaker that will give you strong, smooth sound, lasting battery power and durability without breaking the bank, this speaker is a great option. According to the brand, this speaker has 20 hours of battery life and is waterproof. You can also connect multiple speakers, if you’re looking for a surround-sound experience. For pool parties and beach parties, this durability and price point is a great option.

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For a speaker that looks sleek and discrete but can do more than a standard model, this Sonos offers all the smart features you’re looking for. With Alexa built-in, you can play music, check news, set alarms and more through voice control. This speaker battery has 11 hours of play time and is weather resistant, so you can easily use it inside or outside.

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If you want to make your speaker more of a statement piece in your home, this Marshall speaker, which features an iconic and retro design will give your speaker set-up a classic look, is the perfect option. You can switch between an analogue set up or Bluetooth technology, depending on the listening experience you’re after. When using Bluetooth, you can connect two devices at once and easily switch between, making it great for a family household.

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The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is the easiest speaker to take on-the-go. The company boasts its durability, claiming it is waterproof, dirt-resistant, drop-proof and floats, meaning you can bring it with you for any outdoor activity from camping and hiking to canoeing and more. The 13 hour battery life means this speaker will last you an entire beach day, long hike or day trip.

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If a big sound is what you’re after, this party speaker is great for a larger setting. According to the brand, this speaker has adaptive equalizer technology, which means it can adapt the sound to the setting. And the 24-hour battery means this speaker can hold up during an all day event.

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