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The 4 Best Soundbars Under $100 - Winter 2024 Reviews

Best Soundbars Under $100

Finding the right soundbar for your needs can be tricky, especially if you're shopping on a tight budget. Fortunately, some more affordable options are on the market, so you can stay within your budget without sacrificing too much. Most models in this price range might lack more premium features and connectivity options, but they can still be a decent upgrade over your existing TV speakers. Whether you're watching your favorite shows or listening to music, these soundbars can offer a good overall value for their price.

We've tested over 190 soundbars, and here are our recommendations. You can also check out our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best small soundbars.

  1. Best Soundbar Under $100

    The best soundbar under $100 we've tested is the Sony HT-S100F. Like most bars in this price range, it's a standalone setup that won't take up a lot of space in your living room. Still, it offers a noticeable upgrade over your existing TV speakers for less than the average soundbar. Its HDMI and Optical inputs make it easy to connect to your TV, and you can even stream audio to the bar wirelessly via Bluetooth.

    For the price, the bar's sound quality is more than suitable. Voices are reproduced clearly right out of the box, and you get a solid representation of instruments in the mix. The bar's Voice Mode is an easy way to enhance dialogue. This soundbar reproduces a decent amount of bass for a budget standalone pick, but you'll notice the lack of thump and rumble compared to more premium models.

    If you can spend more on your soundbar, check out our recommendations for the best soundbars under $200.

    See our review

  2. Best Small Soundbar Under $100

    If you have even less space in your living room, consider the Roku Streambar. Like the Sony HT-S100F, it's a standalone bar, but it boasts an even smaller footprint, so it takes up less space in your living room. At less than fourteen inches in width, you can easily slide this budget-friendly soundbar into the space beneath your television screen. Plus, it has a premium build for the price, which is a nice touch for design-conscious shoppers. With built-in access to Roku's media streamer, the bar lets you organize all your favorite streaming services into one easy-to-use interface. It can occasionally retail for more than our $100 price point, but you may still find a good deal.

    If you're on a strict budget, you can opt for the LG SK1 instead. This soundbar is another small, standalone model, and while it's a touch wider than the Roku, it's still quite easy to integrate into your setup. It has far fewer features than the Roku, so you don't get access to a media streamer, and there's no dialogue enhancement tool. Plus, there's no HDMI ARC port to help reduce the number of cables in your setup. If you plan to connect your bar to a TV over Optical, it's still a fair choice, with a small and compact design and a solid sound quality that makes for a noticeable upgrade over your existing TV speakers.

    See our review

  3. Best Soundbar For Bass Under $100

    Want lots of thump and rumble? Love to feel the power in the bass? The truth is that most soundbars in this price range can't bring the deep, cinematic rumble of more premium models on the market. Still, even for those shopping on a budget, some options are available. The Creative Stage is the best of the bunch since this soundbar comes with a dedicated subwoofer to improve its low-frequency extension. As a result, you notice more punch and warmth in genres like EDM and hip-hop than other budget models like the Sony HT-S100F or the Roku Streambar.

    At less than 22 inches in width, this soundbar is another great choice for a smaller living room or the space underneath your computer monitor. Its build quality isn't the best, though, and it doesn't support a lot of audio formats. Compared to the Sony HT-S100F, this bar is designed only for 2.0 PCM content, which is disappointing if you want to take advantage of other options like Dolby Digital or DTS. If you're willing to spend a little more than $100, the TCL Alto 6+ is another soundbar with a subwoofer that supports more audio formats.

    See our review

  4. Even Cheaper Soundbar Under $100

    The TCL Alto 6 is an even cheaper alternative to our top picks that still provides decent sound quality for the price. It's another budget-friendly standalone model designed as an affordable upgrade over your traditional TV speakers. It gets loud, too, and it's also Bluetooth-compatible for easy music streaming from your smartphone.

    This 2.0 soundbar is really only designed for stereo content. Unlike the Creative Stage, it can playback some surround sound formats like Dolby Digital, though it has to downmix them into stereo to play them back. Dialogue and instruments reproduce with overall clarity, which is nice. However, this bar lacks a lot of punch and rumble in the low bass, especially in genres like EDM and hip-hop. This is true even compared to other budget standalone bars like the Sony HT-S100F. Still, if you just want to save money, this bar is a good place to start.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Hisense HS214: The Hisense HS214 is another budget-friendly standalone soundbar that's available for a bit less than the Sony HT-S100F. However, it lacks a lot of low bass compared to other standalone models. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Feb 02, 2024: Since the TCL Alto 6+ remains well above our price point, we've replaced it with the Sony HT-S100F. We've added the TCL Alto 6 as a cheaper option, as well as the Creative Stage as the 'Best For Bass'. The Hisense HS214 goes into the Notable Mentions.

  2. Dec 13, 2023: Confirmed product picks. Some text edits for clarity.

  3. Oct 25, 2023: We've confirmed that our product picks are the best for user needs.

  4. Sep 01, 2023: No changes in picks. Some text updates for clarity.

  5. Jul 07, 2023: No changes in product picks after confirming their accuracy and availability.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the top soundbars under $100 for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper soundbar wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no soundbars that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of soundbars under $100. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no soundbar is perfect, most soundbars are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you look for them.