Our list of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers will help you find top-tier wireless audio at a bargain price. In fact, in this roundup we’ve stumbled on a bonanza of bargain Bluetooth speaker gems all for under $100 — and some for less than $50.
Whether you're looking for a model to play at a cookout or BBQ in the backyard with family and friends, or want a reliable speaker to take along to a music festival that you can throw into a travel bag for carefree sounds, we've rated each of these cheap Bluetooth speakers for their sound and battery life performance, and robustness.
Many of these budget models even offer water protection and are protected to the same level as more upmarket offerings we've seen from the likes of the Sonos Roam and UE Megaboom 3, meaning the speaker can accompany you outside by the pool, at the beach, or even in the bathroom without you needing to worry about splashes and water proofing. Several models offer extended battery life and some can be paired with a second speaker to create stereo sound, or synced with multiple speakers in various 'party sound' modes.
Read on to find out which models deliver top audio quality without breaking the bank.
The quick list
The Sony SRS-XB100's audio quality is truly impressive for its size, and provides a great on-the-go listening experience in a grippy can-shaped package. Battery life is around 16 hours and it comes in a choice of 4 colors.
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All-day battery life
Anker's Soundcore 3 is big on sound and battery life, but lightweight enough to be easily portable. At just $50, this portable speaker is something of a bargain.
Best for Alexa smarts
An impressive little speaker with Wi-Fi and Alexa assistant smarts that can be activated from the other side of the room, the Echo Pop is a versatile Bluetooth speaker for the price. Just don't expect it got very loud.
Best JBL under $50
The adorably tiny JBL Go 3 is highly portable, and is water- and dust-proof to the IP67 standard. It's also good-looking, with six color options to choose from, and its Bluetooth 5.1 is solid and dependable.
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Best cheap Bluetooth speaker overall
The UE Wonderboom 3 is one of the most well-rounded Bluetooth speakers under $100 that we’ve reviewed. Balanced sound and a portable design make it a great companion, while the Outdoor Boost feature does its job. And for most people 14 hours of battery life is plenty.
If you think you need beefier sound or a longer battery life, the Megaboom 3 might be worth the investment. It also can be paired with additional UE speakers for stereo sound. Charging the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 is our only real disappointment. Going from dead, the speaker took over two hours to reach the chime that indicates a full charge. This is probably due to Micro-USB charging, which is rather outdated, and we wish it had USB-C charging like most of my other devices. Otherwise, the UE Wonderboom 3 is one of the best options for the price.
Read the full UE Wonderboom 3 review.
Best value cheap Bluetooth speaker
For less than $60, the Sony SRS-XB100 Bluetooth speaker provides a great on-the-go listening experience in a grippy can-shaped package. It doesn’t get as loud as the UE Wonderboom 3 (above), but the XB100 audio quality is truly impressive for its size. You can pair two speakers in stereo to split left and right audio channels for better performance. What’s more, it can cope with environmental noises and projects sounds well, even in windy environments, but there's no EQ control.
It takes 4.5 hours to recharge via USB-C, which means there’s not really the option to quickly juice it up before you head out. Plus, the included charging cable is shorter than we’d like. Nevertheless, the XB100 is a great buy at the price. It comes in four colors — black, blue, light grey and orange — and a special UV coating means the colors shouldn’t fade in the sun.
Read our full Sony SRS-XB100 review.
Best battery life from a cheap Bluetooth speaker
The Anker Soundcore 3 is an amazing little Bluetooth speaker for outdoor sounds. For just over $50, this tiny powerhouse delivers loud, well-balanced sound within an IPX7-rated design that can survive water, dust, while the robust rubberised outer case takes care of protection from every day knocks. The speaker lasts up to a whopping 24 hours, thanks to Anker's best-in-class battery technology, and the Soundcore 3's dual tweeter drivers and central mid/bass woofer allied to a passive bass driver and Anker's BassUp technology, ensure you'll get powerful sound in any setting.
The Soundcore's compact, 6.75 x 2.25 x 2.25-inch design makes this speaker perfect for tossing into your bag for a quick road trip, and SharePlay allows multiple Soundcore speakers to be synced for an even bigger sound. It's also available in blue, red and silver colors for a little extra ($56) cost in addition to the standard slick black we tested.
Read our full Anker Soundcore 3 review.
Best cheap Bluetooth speaker with Wi-Fi
The $39 Echo Pop is currently the least expensive smart speaker offered by the company. As well as being a Wi-Fi speaker with Alexa smarts built-in, the Echo Pop also offers connectivity via Bluetooth, making it a pretty versatile little speaker for the price. It's $10 less than the Amazon Echo Dot and comes in four colors: black white, lavender, and teal.
Like the Echo Dot, the Echo Pop delivers good audio for its size. It’s not going to replace larger speakers, but it’s great for smaller spaces or when you’re listening to music alone. Ultimately, if all you want is a neat little Bluetooth speaker that brings together Alexa voice assistant smarts with pretty good good sound quality for its size when playing music, then the Echo Pop is worth a shot.
Read our full Amazon Echo Pop review.
Best JBL under $50
The adorably tiny JBL Go 3 very nearly does it all. 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.
Best for travel
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, though 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.
Best cheap Bluetooth speakers: Specs compared
|Header Cell - Column 0||Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3||Sony SRS-XB100||Anker Soundcore 3||Amazon Echo Pop||JBL Go 3||Tribit StormBox Micro|
|Price||$99 / £90 / AU$149||$59||$51 / $56 / AU$89||$39||$39 / £39 / AU$59||$49 / £49 / AU$79|
|Size||4.1 x 3.8 inches||3.43 x 4.41 inches||6.75 x 2.25 x 2.25-inch||3.9 x 3.3 x 3.6 inches||3.4 x 2.7 x 1.6 inches||3.9 x 3.9 x 1.4 inches|
|Weight||14.8 ounces||9.7 ounces||13 ounces||6.9 ounces||7.4 ounces||9.6 ounces|
|Battery life (rated)||14 hours||16 hours||24 hours||N/A||5 hours||8 hours|
How to choose the best cheap Bluetooth speakers
3 things to consider before you buy
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 have an MRSP of more $50 than the the ones priced lower. If you can afford to spend a few more dollars, you will be rewarded with better vocals and bass, and generally, better battery life.
1. Design: 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. Check ratings carefully and don't forget to check out our best outdoor speakers and best waterproof speakers to buy right now.
2. Bluetooth range: 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.
3. Pricing considerations: Obviously, price is a big consideration when looking for the a low-cost Bluetooth speaker. Although there are always exceptions, big-name brands will always command a bit extra, but generally speaking, the less you spend on a Bluetooth speaker the greater the chance that sound and features will be compromised. Going for a budget option isn't always the best choice, but you can rest assured that all the models in this list bring strong performance at a great price.
As the saying goes: timing is everything; and right now many of our favorite models can be found discounted at online retailers, meaning you can bag a bargain for even less. Bookmark our tech deals pages to keep on top of the biggest bargains.
How we test the best cheap Bluetooth speakers
The best reviews criteria carried out by audio experts
With more than 30 years experience in testing and reviewing consumer audio products for all kinds of media outlets and big-name brands around the world, the Tom's Guide audio team apply the most rigorous test regime when it comes to determining the best products for our buying guide lists.
Each of the Bluetooth speakers on this list was tested 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 assess how easily each speaker pairs with our playback devices, and try the on-device controls for ease of use. We benchmark volume using an app that measures decibels, and during the testing phase, our reviewer listens for several hours at a time throughout the course of a week. Reviewers will make a note of the battery life performance in real world use, and assess how well this matches the rated battery life specifications provided by earbud makers.
Star ratings explained: We evaluate Bluetooth speakers based on a five-point system (1 = worst, 5 = best). If a product hits nearly every mark, it is awarded a coveted Recommended badge, while our Best Value award speaks for itself. Only products with truly exceptional performance across the board are awarded an Editor's Choice badge.
Contributions from: Micheal Gowan, Kate Kozuch