Bluetooth speakers vary wildly in price. Some cost a few dollars, and others cost hundreds of dollars. But you don’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy high-quality sound. You can spend under $50 and still get a fantastic speaker.
Here are some of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers.
“High-quality sound that rivals high-end models.”
The Anker Soundcore 2 is arguably the best Bluetooth speaker available for less than $50.
Owners of the original Anker Soundcore might not find the upgrade worthwhile, but for newcomers, it’s a bargain. The sound is better than several larger, more powerful speakers. Low ends diminish at 150Hz.
The speaker, which measures 6.6 x 1.9 x 2.2 inches, comes with two 6W speakers and two 1.5-inch drivers. It offers 24 hours of battery life and Bluetooth 4.2 support for up to 66 feet.
There’s also an AUX port that allows you to play music from devices that aren’t Bluetooth-enabled.
The Anker Soundcore 2 has an IPX5 waterproof rating. It means the speaker can withstand being splashed on around the poolside or used in the shower. (What is a waterproof rating?)
2. JBL Clip 2
“A tiny clip-on speaker for people on the move.”
Although almost all of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers are portable, many aren’t suitable for using when you’re physically on the go.
The JBL Clip 2 is different. It offers a solution for people who don’t want to use Bluetooth headphones while they’re moving. Everyone from gardeners to sportspeople will find it useful. The device includes a carabiner clip so you can attach it to your clothes.
Given its small size (it weighs just 184 grams), it’s unsurprising that the speaker itself doesn’t pack the same punch as the other models on this list. It includes a solitary 3W speaker and 40mm transducer. The batteries last for around eight hours.
It does not include an AUX port.
3. Dell AD211
“Feature-rich speaker for indoor use.”
The Dell AD211 isn’t designed for rugged outdoor use. The silver casing looks excellent on desks and in kitchens, while the rubberized plate on one end gives you the option of placing it vertically or horizontally.
It also includes some features that are more suited to indoor use. They include NFC compatibility for rapid pairing and a microphone for using on hands-free phone calls.
The Dell AD211’s Bluetooth signal has a 33-foot range, and the battery will last for 10 hours. Under the hood, you will find two 2.5W speakers, a full-range driver, and a passive radiator.
“The best cheap Bluetooth speaker for rugged outdoor use.”
The AOMAIS Sport II oozes durability. The entire speaker’s outer shell is reinforced with a combination of thick rubber and plastic. A watertight flap hides all of the speaker’s ports.
All the reinforcement earns the speaker an IPX7 rating; it’s the only speaker on this list to have it. This rating means the speaker is mud-resistant and dust-resistant and waterproof to a depth of one meter for 30 minutes.
Sound-wise, the AOMAIS Sport II doesn’t disappoint. It offers two 10W speakers; it’s more than enough to fill a large room with music. On the downside, the two speakers’ output their sound in mono. If you want to enjoy stereo sound, you’ll need to pair two of the devices together.
The speaker also comes with a microphone and NFC reader.
“Powerful desktop Bluetooth speaker.”
While the Dell AD211 wins in terms of design, if sound quality is more important to you, the DOSS SoundBox is the best Bluetooth speaker available for under $50.
The audio is delivered via two 6W speakers, enhanced bass, and 360-degree sound technology.
In addition to Bluetooth and AUX-in connectivity, the DOSS SoundBox is also one of the few speakers that offers a Micro SD card port. The presence of the port means the speaker isn’t waterproof and thus isn’t suitable for rugged outdoor use.
The controls might not be to everyone’s taste. They’re touch-only and are illuminated by a bright backlight that you cannot disable.
The speaker measures 6.6 x 2.9 x 2.7 inches and comes in white, black, and blue. It has a Bluetooth range of 33 feet.
“A tough speaker that also looks great indoors.”
The Creative Muvo Mini is a curious speaker. Its quirky design means it doesn’t look out of place indoors or outdoors, while the features will also appeal to both markets.
For example, the built-in microphone and NFC support make it a perfect desktop companion, but the 10-hour battery life and IP66 waterproof rating make it ideal for use on a deck or patio during the summer. The speaker also has an AUX port and microphone.
The low-end bass sounds acceptable, but not perfect. It is the speaker’s biggest weakness.
The Creative Muvo Mini weighs 285 grams and measures 7.4 x 1.4 x 1.7 inches. It is available in black, blue, red, and white.
“Weatherproof speaker with exceptional range and battery life.”
The OontZ Angle 3 is perfect for people who want to use their speaker for a long time in large spaces—for example, on camping trips.
The battery lasts for an impressive 20 hours, while the 100-foot Bluetooth range is the largest out of the seven speakers we’ve discussed in this list.
With an IPX6 rating, the speaker is spray-resistant and splash-resistant, but it will not survive complete submersion. Think of it as shower-proof rather than bath-proof. The two physical speakers each provide 7W of sound and are capable of handling stereo output.
The speaker has an AUX port and built-in microphone.
Other Speakers You May Want to Consider
When you’re hunting for the best cheap Bluetooth speakers, the key to long-term satisfaction is to purchase a device that meets your specific needs. There’s no point in buying a high-quality rugged speaker if it’s just going to sit on your desktop all day, every day.
If these are too cheap for you, check out our other article on the best Bluetooth speakers for all budgets. Or if you don’t want Bluetooth anymore, check out these awesome desktop speakers that are worth every penny.