Best Bluetooth Speakers Below $100

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It’s now easier than ever to find top-level wireless audio at a bargain price, and our best cheap Bluetooth speakers deliver the promised performance quality at ultra-low prices. In fact, in this review, we stumbled upon a real gold mine of gems for Bluetooth speakers priced under $100 — and some of them were further reduced to just $50 — to really give the best Bluetooth speakers (in general) an advantage for their money.

Many of these budget models even provide water protection and are protected at the same level as the more expensive offerings we’ve seen from devices like the Sonos Roam, UE Megaboom 3 and Sony SRS-XB12 – have a powerful punch for such a tiny speaker, and their waterproof design adds value to its and without that affordable price. This means that the speaker can accompany you, for example, on the street or in the bathroom, without worrying about splashes and waterproofing, which you can buy right now.

Some models offer extended battery life, and some can be connected to a second speaker to create stereo sound. In the list of the best Bluetooth speakers, we have evaluated the models by performance and cost, helping you find the best cheap Bluetooth for you.

What are the Best Cheap Bluetooth Speakers?

Ranked No. 1 on our best cheap Bluetooth speakers list is the UE Wonderboom 2. It delivers a big sound for its compact size and has respectable battery life. You can expect music to sound vibrant and has better bass output than it has any right to for its size. It’s water-resistant, and we love its portability and the numerous color options.

Wearable speakers are now a thing and a model like the Clip 2 is gets second place. Ideal for bikers and outdoor adventurists who want to keep themselves entertained when trekking outdoors, this sequel is a notable improvement over the original, boasting a better design, sound quality, and battery life. The color options (black, blue, red, teal, and gray) look great as well.

If your budget is paper-thin, check out the JBL Go 3. Its battery life may be on the low side but it’s highly portable and like the Clip 2, comes in numerous color options.

How to Choose the Best Cheap Bluetooth Speakers for you

The best cheap Bluetooth speaker is a balance between price, sound quality, size and features. While none of these speakers cost very much, you will see a wide variability in sound quality among the ones that cost closer to $40 than the ones that are less than $20. If you can afford to spend a few more dollars, you will be rewarded with better vocals and bass, and generally, better battery life.

If you know you’ll want to take the speaker with you on hikes and to the pool, opt for one that is light, offers waterproofing and ideally gets loud enough to be heard over environmental noise. You should also pay attention to the wireless range — some of these will stay connected 100 feet from your audio source, while others are only good at 33 feet. While most of these cheap Bluetooth speakers include a microphone for use as a speakerphone, the quality may not be any better than what your phone can produce.

Top Bluetooth Speakers Below $100

What’s the best Bluetooth speaker under $100? It’s a question we get asked a lot, so here’s our definitive answer(s). Listed below are our favourite budget Bluetooth speakers, all under $100. Read on as we explain how to get more Bluetooth speaker for your honest bucks.

The good news is there’s no need to sacrifice quality; $100 goes a long way these days. Bluetooth speaker tech has come on leaps and bounds in the last couple of years and the latest models are loaded with features and can blast out room-filling sound despite pocket-sized proportions. There are also plenty of water- and dustproof options for pool parties or vacations.

You can even get additional features such as microphones (which allow you to use your Bluetooth speaker for mobile calls) or support for virtual assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. And while all the speakers here feature Bluetooth connectivity, some have an aux input so you can plug in a good old analog cable and play music from any source.

So, whether you want the best Bluetooth speaker for your boat, your bathroom, your balcony, the kitchen or the beach, you’ll find something to suit every budget in the list below. And since all the speakers in this list have been tested by What Hi-Fi’s audio experts, you can buy with confidence.

Without further ado, here are the best Bluetooth speakers for under $100.

1. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

Ultimate Ears has made a splash with a string of high-quality waterproof Bluetooth speakers pitched at those on a budget. The 2019-released Wonderboom 2 is slightly older now but still, it’s a small but mighty Bluetooth speaker with a great 13-hour battery life and impressive sound.

It’s waterproof and it floats, making it the ideal companion for boat trips and pool parties. It’s also dust-proof and sand-proof, so you can blast out tunes on the beach. When it gets dirty, just rinse it off under the tap.

More importantly, it pumps out superb sound for the money. It might only be 10cm tall but the Wonderboom 2 offers a impressive bass, a spacious presentation, and excellent musicality.

When you stack up the superb sonics, tough design and great battery life (despite charging via the slightly older microUSB rather than USB-C), the Wonderboom 2 is almost unbeatable.

2. Tribit Stormbox Micro

The StormBox Micro pushes $50, but it’s worth it. This is a much more compact speaker than its cousin, the XSound Go, and it’s both fully waterproof (in depths up to 1 meter) and protected against dust and dirt.

Unlike a lot of very small speakers, it also sounds great, producing clear vocals and some surprisingly strong bass. For something tiny enough to clip onto a satchel or bike handlebars, that’s very good indeed. The only drawbacks are the lack of an app 9though you can pair with two devices at once) and a relatively low battery life, which sees the StormBox Micro run dry after 8 hours.

If you plan to use your wireless speaker mainly on your desk, check out the Doss SoundBox. It delivers good bass and full vocals at a very reasonable price. But it’s 1.2 pounds, so the 6.6 x 2.9 x 2.7-inch unit isn’t really a great fit for the outdoors, even with its impressive 12 hours of battery life and water resistance. It comes in black, white, blue, pink and red to better match your personal style, and has a touch-sensitive dial on top for controlling volume.

The sound doesn’t project well, so it really works best when you’re sitting near it. The sound also gets too sharp and harsh if you crank the volume — another reason it’s best for personal listening. It includes a microphone if you want to use it as a speakerphone.

3. Amazon Echo Dot (4th Generation)

The question of which voice assistant to introduce to your home is largely a personal one. But by updating its most popular and affordable Echo device with this degree of skill, Amazon has laid down the most compelling case yet for choosing Alexa.

Regardless of the Marmite aesthetic (yes, it looks like a little Magic 8-Ball) Alexa’s responses are slightly quicker, the answers are much (much) clearer, and the sonic performance is better than ever. Amazon’s entry-level smart device has come a long way in terms of sound quality since the arrival of the first and second Dots – so much so, you could say Amazon has come a ‘full circle’ in the smart speaker arena.

4. Google Nest Hub (2nd Generation)

Smarts, sound and screen for $99. OK, to put the Google Nest Hub’s 7in (1024 x 600) touchscreen into context, the display real estate is only marginally bigger than the 6.7in one sported by the largest iPhone 12 Pro Max when measured on the diagonal – and here, there’s no camera for selfies, video calls or security duties – but still, it’s a lot of features for the money.

There are plenty of music streaming and TV services available, including Deezer, Netflix and Disney Plus – and remember, Amazon’s smart products don’t currently have ‘skill’ support for Disney Plus. The headline-grabber, however, is Sleep Sensing, which is free to trial on the Hub this year but will come at a cost from 2022.

As the Nest Hub includes Google’s Soli sensor for motion detection, plus light and temperature sensors, not only can you stop and resume tracks by simply showing your Hub the palm of your hand, the chip housed within the speaker can tell you how long you slept for and how restful your sleep was. It’s something different and trying to align your ‘sleep circles’ with a good eight hours is quite addictive.

Amazon’s Echo Show 10 (a similar smart-speaker-with-screen concept) is almost three times the price and is bigger, beefier, and comes with a snapper. But thanks to Disney Plus, Sleep Sensing tech and a good (if not great) sound, the Google Nest Hub is a worthy proposition depending on your priorities or budget.

  • Excellent far-field performance.
  • Microphone mute feature.

5. JBL Clip 2

It’s been on the market for six years and remains one of the best bargains in the category. The JBL Clip 2 packs strong audio performance, highlighted by impressive treble, midrange, and bass, into a compact and sturdy design designed with portability in mind.

The attachable carabiner installed at the top makes the speaker simple to carry around by easily clipping onto any item: backpack, bike handle, carry-on bag…you name it. The waterproof exterior (IPX7) is another major hallmark that offers peace of mind when tossing the speaker into the pool or cycling with it through the park during a surprise rainstorm.

It can even connect with two other Clip 2 speakers for surround sound, depending on where you place all three. You’ll likely need to invest in more than one if you want stronger audio presence because the speaker doesn’t get very loud. This being an older model also means no app support, but that isn’t necessarily a big hindrance.

6. JBL Glip 3

The best waterproof speaker with integrated carabiner

Another option from JBL, this time an absolutely tiny, portable Bluetooth speaker that is perfect for people with an active lifestyle. The Clip 3 speakers have an integrated carabiner, so you can hook it up to your belt, clip it to your backpack or attach it pretty much anywhere.

Many people who have an active lifestyle are looking for the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers and the JBL Clip 3s can withstand a lot of rain, splashes of water or even being briefly submerged.

  • 10 hours of battery life.
  • Reliable Bluetooth within short distances.
  • IPX7 rating for waterproof and dustproof capabilities.
  • Easy to clip onto your person with carabiner.
  • Can be used as a speakerphone as it has an inbuilt mic.
  • Not very powerful or loud. Only really suitable for 1-2 people.
  • Bass sounds can go missing somewhat due to the small size.

Generally, if you are looking for portability from your speakers, the JBL Clip 3 could be a fantastic option. The sound is respectable, but don’t expect too much volume from such a small model. For climbing, hiking and enjoying the outdoors, just clip this to your equipment or to your belt for hours of listening pleasure.

7. JBL Clip Plus

The first-gen JBL Clip was revered for packing such powerful sound into a compact design, though it lacked a major feature that the Clip Plus introduced: water-resistant protection. More than half a decade since its original launch and this ultraportable speaker remains a popular item to take on bike rides and hikes. You’ll get crisp treble and deep bass coming out of the 40mm driver, while the speakerphone comes in handy to hear people on the other end of a call. The integrated carabiner is also super-convenient for hooking onto your backpack or belt loop.

Being an older model, the Clip Plus won’t match the battery life that its newer siblings deliver. Not being fully waterproof means you can’t take it in the shower or pool either, but that doesn’t mean outdoor adventurists can’t have fun with it.

8. JBL Flip 4

The best overall Bluetooth speaker under $100

For a $100 Bluetooth speaker, the JBL Flip 4 packs loads of great features in. JBL is a brand known for making exceptional audio products and the Flip 4 is at the top of our list due to the sound quality. On top of that, this is a portable model of speaker, so it can be used just about anywhere.

  • Sold as a bundle with a portable hardshell case, this offers extra protection.
  • IPX7 waterproof rating means it can be used in the rain or even briefly submerged in water.
  • 12 hours of battery life.
  • Excellent audio clarity and a balanced frequency response.
  • Compact size, easy to transport in a backpack.
  • If played loud, it can reduce the battery life.
  • Can’t be paired up as a stereo pair of Bluetooth speakers.

There’s not much to fault with these speakers at all. While not super powerful, they pack a punch, suitable for most home listening or while camping, for instance. They are extremely reliable, well-reviewed and highly-rated, as we’ve come to expect from JBL. Possibly the best-sounding Bluetooth speaker under $100.

9. DeWalt DCR010

The most durable $100 Bluetooth speaker

This is made by a tool manufacturer rather than an audio brand, so you might expect to sacrifice some of the audio quality! Actually, the sound is pretty good, and this is a very durable speaker that has been designed to offer the rugged stability needed for use on a jobsite such as a building site.

It can be your new best friend if you spend a lot of time on location for work and need some upgraded audio!

  • Change the volume, skip to next track and utilize other controls on the speaker, no need to use your device.
  • Connect to devices up to 100 feet away.
  • Very rugged and durable.
  • Easy carry handle.
  • USB charging output, so you can use the speaker as a portable charger.
  • Up to 30 hours battery life.
  • Battery and Charger not included and need to be bought separately.
  • Quite a big and bulky product, not easy to transport in a bag, for instance.
  • No IPX rating for waterproof capabilities.

Generally, if you are staying indoors on building sites and need something with plenty of volume and rugged construction, the DeWalt could be a good option for you.

10. Oontz Angle 3XL Ultra

The best portable speaker under $100 for bass

Oontz speakers are made by Cambridge Soundworks, and they offer a surprising level of quality. The Angle 3XL Ultra is the loudest Bluetooth speaker they offer for under $100. Loudness is one thing, but bass response is another. Fortunately, the Oontz Angle 3XL Ultra manages booming bass with a clever design including multiple drivers.

There’s a respectable 24 watts of power, but these speakers also support stereo pairing. This means you can chain two of them together for double the volume and a stereo listening experience.

  • Rich bass sound coming from a multi-driver design.
  • Stereo pairing to double the wattage and sound of your portable speaker setup.
  • 100 ft Bluetooth range. Connect to devices far away, such as indoor devices when listening to the Oontz in the back yard.
  • IPX5 rating for water resistance.
  • 8 hours battery life is okay, but not overly impressive for a larger speaker. Also, this may be lower if you play at high volumes.
  • Quite bulky, so not as easy to take from place to place as some of the options on this list.

If you are prioritizing bass sound and volume, these speakers could be the answer for you. We recommend pairing two of the Oontz Angle 3XL together, but this does increase the cost, of course.

11. Pyle Street Blaster PBMSPG190

The loudest Bluetooth speaker under $100

Pyle is a manufacturer of lots of different electronics products, and it is fair to say they make budget options. This is one of the only Boombox-style speakers you can get under $100, and the reviews are not as impressive as many of the other top-quality and newest Bluetooth speakers on this list.

However, the Street Blaster does dominate this list in one feature, even if some of the other features could be improved upon, volume. The 300 W of power make this a Bluetooth speaker that can be taken to big parties and listened to in areas with lots of people. It has 10 times the volume capacity of many of the options on this list.

Audio clarity is not outstanding, but if you need to reach huge volumes on a budget, this is a decent option.

  • 300 watts of power.
  • Includes a microphone that can be used alongside your Bluetooth device.
  • Lots of connectivity, Aux-in, Bluetooth and USB all supported.
  • ¼ inch inputs for instruments, you can use this as a guitar amp.
  • Audio clarity is not top class.
  • Battery can die after just a couple of hours.
  • Changing the settings can be awkward.

It’s not ultra high-fidelity, but there is a lot you can do with this speaker. If volume is the number one consideration and you want something for street performance or big gatherings, the Pyle could be an option.

12. Oraolo M110

The best wearable Bluetooth speakers under $100

Another fascinating design. Big speaker brands such as Bose have started to make wearable Bluetooth speakers that can go around the neck, and the Oraolo is a budget option for this kind of speaker.

It may seem redundant at first (why not just wear headphones?) but actually, these type of speakers help to avoid ear fatigue and keep your ears clear for listening to hazards or other external noise. Plus, other people can enjoy the sound.

  • Provides 360 degree sound by using speakers that surround your head and ears.
  • Can be used to make and receive calls.
  • IPX5 water resistance, so can be used in the rain.
  • Battery life of up to 24 hours on one charge.
  • Not very powerful with only 6 W.
  • Audio fidelity is not the highest.

If you are looking for wearable speakers you probably have a unique idea of what you are looking for in mind. This is a relatively new addition to the market, and now you can find options for under $100.

13. Anker Soundcore Flare

The best 360-degree sound under $100

Soundcore speakers made by electronics brand Anker have some great features on a budget, and the Soundcore Flare is a 360-degree speaker under $100 that can provide good clarity and bass. Dual drivers sit back to back to provide the 360-degree sound. There’s even a pulsing light that changes with the beat of the music and can even be set to use different colors for a different atmosphere.

This is a very high-rated Bluetooth speaker and has the option to combine two for a stereo experience. The fact that it is so affordable means that doing this will only lead to a cost of just over $100.

  • BassUp technology designed to enhance the low end frequencies and improve the bass.
  • Can be chained together for a stereo sound.
  • Enjoy a light show while you listen.
  • IP67 waterproof so can be used for pool parties or in the rain.
  • The high frequencies don’t sound as crisp and clear as other speakers.
  • Getting two of these to sync together can be temperamental.

Generally, if you are looking for speakers with 360-degree functionality or you are prioritizing a light show from your speakers then the Soundcore Flares could be a good option for your needs.

The best mini Bluetooth speaker under $100

It’s true what they say, tech really does just keep getting smaller and smaller. The SoundLink Micro is an example of an absolutely tiny speaker that does a good job of providing volume and clear sound without taking up much space. It’s perfect for putting in a backpack ready for a day of hiking or a day at the beach.

It wouldn’t be right to make a list like this and not include an option from Bose, they’re a true audio powerhouse and their products tend to be made to very high spec, with clear audio as well as durability and modern features. The SoundLink Micro is no exception to this.

  • Fits a huge amount into a package less than 4 inches in size.
  • IPX7 waterproof so great for use in wet conditions.
  • Can be used to take calls as it has an inbuilt microphone.
  • Comes with a strap allowing you to attach to your belongings or your clothes easily.
  • Decent bass for the size.
  • Only a 6 hour battery life.
  • Not hugely powerful in terms of volume, which is not a surprise considering the size.

If a tiny portable Bluetooth speaker under $100 is your priority, the Bose SoundLink Micro might be an option for you. It also ensures you can rely on the audio credentials offered by a top manufacturer Bose.

15. ION Pathfinder 280

The best budget-friendly party speaker we’ve tested is the ION Pathfinder 280. This large speaker comes with RGB lights and radio capabilities that let you save up to 16 radio stations. Though it takes a while to fully charge, its long-lasting battery life makes it great for multiple long listening sessions. It’s also battery-powered and features a built-in telescopic handle and wheels, so you can easily transport it to your next gathering.

Vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly and accurately in the mix, though there’s some unevenness in the mid and treble ranges that causes them to sound alternately honky and veiled at times. Fortunately, while its default sound profile isn’t quite as balanced as that of the much smaller Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, you can manually customize the speaker’s bass and treble using its physical controls, and there’s a graphic EQ and presets in its companion app. It also gets louder, and can easily fill a large crowded area with little compression at max volume.

Unfortunately, it lacks low-bass, so you can’t feel the deep rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop, and it downmixes stereo content to mono, which isn’t as immersive. Also, unlike other party speakers we’ve tested, it doesn’t come with any inputs to wire an external microphone or other instruments to the speaker. That said, while it currently retails for a little over $100, it’s still a solid choice if you’re looking for a speaker to bring to your next gathering that won’t break the bank.

  • Gets very loud.
  • IPX5 rating for water resistance.
  • Decently portable.

Conclusion

As you can see from our list, the best Bluetooth speakers under $100 can vary hugely depending on what features are prioritized. There are some big and bulky options with a lot of volume, and there are some tiny, portable speakers on this list, too.

As technology continues to improve, more and more features are available on a budget. Features like stereo pairing used to be very difficult to find at this budget, but are much more common in the newest Bluetooth speakers.

It is key to work out your priorities first before you decide which are the very best speakers for you.

FAQ for Top Speakers Below $100

The most popular speaker under $100 is the Amazon Echo. The Amazon Echo is a voice-controlled speaker that provides hands-free access to music, information, weather, and more.

This speaker is great for people who want to listen to music while they are cooking or cleaning up. It also provides smart home control capabilities with its Alexa software.

Where to buy a Bluetooth speaker below $ 100?

There are many places where you can buy a Bluetooth speaker with good quality and below $ 100.

You can buy a Bluetooth speaker from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, or Target.

The most popular brands of speakers include JBL, Bose, and Sony.

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