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The 5 Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $100 - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $100

Bluetooth speakers are a great option for listeners who like to listen to music, podcasts, and audiobooks from their mobile devices wirelessly. Unlike speakers with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth-compatible speakers don't rely on an internet connection to stream audio, making them a bit more portable. With so many Bluetooth speakers on the market, many quality speakers are available at more affordable prices. Whether you like listening to music, communicating with a voice assistant, or bringing your audio outdoors, there's a budget Bluetooth speaker that can meet your needs.

We've tested over 110 Bluetooth speakers, and below, you'll find our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers for under $100. See our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and the best cheap speakers.

  1. Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $100

    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is the best Bluetooth speaker under $100 we've tested. It's a portable Bluetooth speaker made of recycled plastic and comes in a wide array of colors to match your style. With its lightweight design, it's a great choice to bring with you on the go, and you can even use its built-in strap to attach it to your bag. With an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, it's certified to be fully dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, and the manufacturer says it can float in water, meaning you can take it with you to the pool or the lake with ease.

    With a battery life of over 22 hours, this speaker is ideal for long listening sessions, and its sound quality makes it a great choice for music. Out of the box, voices and lead instruments reproduce accurately, so it's suitable for many different genres, podcasts, and audiobooks. If you take it outdoors, you can use its Outdoor preset to make your audio more crisp and clear. Like most small budget speakers, it lacks some low-bass, so you don't notice as much rumble in bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. That said, for the price, it does a great job overall.

    See our review

  2. Best Customizable Bluetooth Speaker Under $100

    For a more customizable Bluetooth speaker under $100, check out the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. This speaker stands out from other models in this price range thanks to the equalizer in its Soundcore app, which lets you customize its output across the range. You can choose from many different preset modes, like Default, Voice, Chill, and Flat. It has a simple cylindrical design that comes in either Black or Blue, but you can amp up the mood at your next party with the RGB lights around its rim. You can even switch up the colors and patterns for the lights in the Soundcore app, which is handy.

    This speaker has a lightweight, portable design that travels easily from room to room, and you can even bring it outdoors. Thanks to its IPX7 rating for water resistance, it's suitable to bring to the pool or the beach. Its 8-hour battery life is less impressive than what you get with the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3, though, and it doesn't get as loud. That said, it still gets loud enough to fill an average-sized living room with sound, ensuring you can easily enjoy music, podcasts, and more.

    See our review

  3. Best Mini Bluetooth Speaker Under $100

    Mini speakers like the Sony SRS-XB13 are a great choice if you're looking for a small, compact speaker that lets you bring your music with you on the go. This Bluetooth speaker is smaller and lighter than our top picks, and despite its mini size, it still packs a punch when it comes to sound. With a clear and balanced sound, it's suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. You can listen to music without issue while on your next hike or run. Since it lasts for over eleven hours off a single charge, you can also listen for a long time without worrying about a recharge.

    This speaker comes in many fun colors, so you can pick the style that best suits you. It's not just about looks, though—it has a sturdy and durable build suitable for outdoor use, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance in case it's exposed to the elements. That said, given its small size, it's not much of a surprise that it doesn't get as loud as the larger models on our list, nor does it bring as much low-bass. Still, this simple plug-and-play device is a solid pick if you want a simple mini speaker.

    See our review

  4. Best Smart Bluetooth Speaker Under $100

    Smart speakers are a great choice for hands-free control of your device. You can find models with great voice assistant capabilities even at budget-friendly prices, and the Amazon Echo Gen 4 is the best we've tested. With built-in Alexa, this speaker has no trouble understanding your commands, even if you're far away or in a noisy environment. Add ingredients to your grocery list easily, or check the weather while picking out your daily outfit. In more privacy-conscious moments, you can mute the speaker's microphone.

    For the price, this speaker offers solid sound quality, too. Voices and lead instruments reproduce with clarity, so it's a great choice for most music genres, and dialogue in podcasts and audiobooks is clear and easy to follow. You can adjust its bass and treble if you want a different sound. If you prefer Google Assistant or Siri, check out the Google Nest Audio and the Apple HomePod mini, respectively. Though they aren't as good at registering your voice in noisier rooms, this varies depending on your real-world usage. The Google speaker supports Google Chromecast too, and the HomePod mini is Apple's only Siri-enabled speaker currently on the market at this price point.

    See our review

  5. Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $50

    On a tighter budget? The Anker Soundcore 3 might be the best option for you. It's another great Bluetooth speaker available at an even cheaper price than the top picks on our list, and you can even check out our recommendations for best Bluetooth speakers under $50 if you're curious about similarly-priced picks. This budget-friendly speaker boasts a really good sound and has many of the same customization tools available with the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. You can use its companion app to adjust its sound using the graphic EQ and presets. It also supports Anker's PartyCast feature, so you can pair it with other compatible speakers to boost audio throughout your room.

    This speaker is well-suited for on-the-go use with a small and portable design. It's also rated IPX7 for dust and water resistance, which is great, and it lasts well over thirteen hours off a single charge. Why the price difference? You'll notice a key difference in the design between this speaker and the Flare 2. The Soundcore 3 lacks the Flare's 360-degree design, so its soundstage performance isn't quite as impressive, leading to a slightly less immersive listening experience. Still, it's a great speaker for the price, and if you're looking for something simple, it's worth a look.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • JBL Flip 5: The JBL Flip 5 is a well-built portable Bluetooth speaker that you can sometimes find for under $100 and has a balanced default sound profile. However, it has no customization features to tweak its sound profile like the Anker Soundcore Flare 2, and its soundstage performance isn't as immersive and spacious-sounding either. See our review
  • TREBLAB HD77: The TREBLAB HD77 is a portable Bluetooth speaker similar to the JBL Flip 5. This small portable speaker has a removable carrying strap and a carabiner clip to help you carry it. Its sound profile isn't as balanced as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 and the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. Also, like the Flip 5, it lacks sound customization features like a graphic EQ. See our review
  • OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA: The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA is a cheap portable Bluetooth speaker with an outstanding battery life that can last over 20 hours from a single charge, though this can depend on your usage habits, and your real-world experience may differ. Unfortunately, it struggles to reproduce low-bass and isn't as customizable as the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore 3: The Anker Soundcore 3 is a cheap portable Bluetooth speaker that's smaller than the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 and a touch larger than the Sony SRS-XB13. Like the Flare 2, you can tweak its sound to your liking thanks to the graphic EQ and presets in its companion app. That said, it isn't as compact and well-built as the Sony and doesn't produce as deep a bass as the Flare 2. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 29, 2023: Added the Anker Soundcore 3 as the 'Best Under $50' pick.

  2. Mar 31, 2023: Product picks remain the same; minor text updates.

  3. Jan 31, 2023: We've ensured that the product picks are still relevant, and made minor updates to the text for clarity.

  4. Dec 02, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  5. Oct 04, 2022: Replaced the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 with the next generation Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3, and updated the text.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth-compatible speakers under $100 for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price (cheaper speakers win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no speakers that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for Bluetooth speakers under $100. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect speakers. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.