The best cheap Bluetooth speakers give you all the portable music playback you could want, while keeping prices lower than you might think. And while the best Bluetooth speakers overall can cost hundreds of dollars more, it’s still perfectly possible to get strong audio performance and even a few handy extra features.
For instance, a lot of quality low-cost speakers come with waterproofing, sometimes to the same level as premium models like the Sonos Roam and UE Megaboom 3. Long battery life is very much on the cards too, so don’t fret about buying for less. Keep reading for our picks of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers, and you’ll find something that will suit your budget very nicely.
The best cheap Bluetooth speakers: Back to school
Our Back to school guide is here, complete with dozens of in-depth buying guides we’ve chosen to help get you equipped for the new school year. Whether it’s one of the best Chromebooks or the best mobile apps for students, you’re sure to find a studying aid that suits you.
Of course, not all learning is done in the classroom, and sometimes you’ll want to study in private with some background music to help you focus. That’s why we’ve also included a handful of audio-focused guides, including a list of our favorite Bluetooth speakers overall — some of which share a spot on this very list of the best cheap speakers.
What are the best cheap Bluetooth speakers?
The best cheap Bluetooth speaker for most people is Anker’s Soundcore 2. Anker is best known for its cables and computer accessories, and with this accessory, they’ve nailed it. The Soundcore 2 delivers on the things we think are most important in an affordable wireless speaker: it produces well-balanced sound, is water-resistant, and plays for an amazing 24 hours on a full charge. Those are the kinds of features you used to find in Bluetooth speakers that cost $200. It’s also easy to take with you, since it’s not too big or very heavy. To beat the Soundcore 2, you’ll need to spend a bit more, like on the UE Wonderboom 2.
If you’re someone who often has their hands full and likes to wear their speaker, the JBL Clip 2 is a perfect fit. This sequel in JBL’s popular Bluetooth speaker series improves on its predecessor in several ways, including design, sound, and battery life. The several color options – Black, Blue, Red, Teal, and Gray – are also enticing to accessorize with your wardrobe.
Those on a tight budget might find the Oontz Angle 3 to be almost as good as the Soundcore 2. The Angle 3 is lighter and smaller, which makes for better portability, but you give up some battery life — 14 hours versus 24 hours for the Soundcore 2 — and it doesn’t sound quite as rich as the Soundcore 2.
Here are the best cheap Bluetooth speakers you can buy today.
Best cheap Bluetooth speakers you can buy today
Anker's Soundcore 2 speaker has almost everything you want in a Bluetooth speaker and is a real bargain, too. The 6.5 x 2.1 x 1.77-inch wireless speaker is small enough to be easily toteable, and its fantastic 24-hour battery life means you can listen for a long time between recharges. It features IPX5 water resistance, which makes it a great companion at the pool or in the bathroom. Best of all, the Soundcore 2 sounds great, delivering well-balanced bass, treble and mid tones. It includes a microphone if you want to use it as a speakerphone and has good wireless strength, with a range of up to 66 feet.
The biggest downside is the lack of an app to tweak the sound or pair it with other speakers, something that you’ll commonly find in more expensive Bluetooth speakers.
It’s been on the market for five 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.
Read our full JBL Clip 2 review.
For such little cash, you won’t find many better speakers than the Oontz Angle 3. It produces bright, clear vocals and crisp treble, and it even delivers a bit of bass—something missing from other cheap speakers. With a unique 5.3 x 2.6 x 2.8-inch triangular design, it manages to be compact while still creating a big sound. Its IPX5 weather resistance means you don’t have to worry if it gets splashed with water (but you shouldn’t dunk it in the pool). It includes a microphone if you want to use it as a speakerphone.
This version of the Oontz has better battery life than previous models, cranking out tunes for up to 14 hours. While it doesn’t sound quite as good as the SoundCore 2, it has a stronger wireless signal. Like the SoundCore, It lacks an app for adjusting sound.
The adorably tiny JBL Go 3 very nearly does it all, and for hardly any cash. It's highly portable, even more so than the Go 2 thanks to the new rope loop, and is water- and dust-proof to the IP67 standard. That's on par with the class-leading UE Megaboom 3. It's also good-looking, with six color options to choose from, and its Bluetooth 5.1 is solid and dependable.
5 hours doesn't sound like much, battery-wise, but in testing we got closer to 10 hours when sticking to middling volumes. Sound quality is good rather than great, with thick bass but less of an ear for detail than the Soundcore 2, but on the whole this is an outstanding bargain.
Read our full JBL Go 3 review.
For a few dollars less than the Anker SoundCore 2, the Tribit XSound Go comes pretty close to matching the specs for our top budget Bluetooth speaker: 24-hour battery life, excellent wireless range and auxiliary input. At 6.7 x 2.3 x 2.2 inches, the Tribit is slightly bigger than the SoundCore 2, but weighs a little less. It bests the SoundCore's waterproofing with an IPX7 rating, meaning it can be completely submerged. As with the SoundCore 2 and the Oontz Angle 3, it includes a microphone if you want to use it as a speakerphone.
However, while the Tribit delivers very good overall sound for a small speaker, it can't match the bass output of the SoundCore 2. LIke the SoundCore 2 and Oontz Angle 3, it lacks an app that would allow you to adjust the sound to your liking.
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.
Read our full Tribot StormBox Micro review.
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.
The Hussar MBox's sound quality almost matches that of the Anker SoundCore 2, and it costs a little less. It creates impressive bass thanks to its EQ bass boost feature; you can switch between two sound modes by holding down the play/pause button (use EQ2 for better bass). Few cheap Bluetooth speakers offer sound tweaks like that. Vocals sound clear, though the treble is tinny. It has a microphone so you can use it as a speakerphone.
The 7.2 x 3 x 2.7-inch unit is small enough to take with you, though it weighs a pound — that can weigh you down a bit on a long hike. Its IPX5 water-resistance means you don't have to worry about a light rain ruining it, but you shouldn’t submerge it. The Mbox’s battery will play for 10 hours on a full charge, which is low for its size.
Zosam's Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker surprises by delivering clear vocals and decent bass — something all cheap Bluetooth speakers would like to claim, but few this cheap can deliver. The 5.6 x 2.8 x 2.1-inch speaker weighs just under 11 ounces and is built tough, with metal grills covering the drivers and hard plastic encasing the outside. It doesn’t feel like it costs around $20.
It's waterproof and plays for 10 hours on a full charge. In addition to Bluetooth, you can connect via a 3.5mm cord or use an SD card. It includes a microphone if you want to use it as a speakerphone, and it has good wireless range (66 feet). While it can't match more expensive models for overall sound quality, it's a solid choice for a cheap Bluetooth speaker.
Looks can be deceiving, even when it comes to cheap Bluetooth speakers. At just 1.6 ounces, the dome-shaped SoundBot SB510 HD feels flimsy, but delivers better sound than sturdier-looking models. The surprisingly big sound of the SB510 shines when it comes to vocals and treble. It’s available in an array of colors, including black, white, blue, green and yellow. It even includes a microphone if you want to use it as a speakerphone, though your phone probably does a better job.
The speaker includes a suction cup so you can stick it to tables or walls, which helps it create its big sound — and it makes it more convenient to attach to a shower wall. It's splash-proof so you don’t have to worry about getting it a little wet, but don’t submerge it in the bath.
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.
How we test the best cheap Bluetooth speakers
We tested these speakers using songs from a variety of music genres, including rock, hip-hop and acoustic. We listen for vocal clarity, sharpness of treble and richness of bass. We try the on-device controls for ease of use. To test battery life, we listened to each for several hours and checked how much charge was left. We benchmark volume using an app that measures decibels.