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, there are lots of quality speakers 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 85 Bluetooth speakers, and below, you'll find our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers under $100. See our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and the best cheap speakers.
The best waterproof Bluetooth speaker under $100 that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This well-built portable speaker comes with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be dust-tight and submersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. The manufacturer even advertises that it can float in water, so it's great if you want to bring your favorite music along with you by the pool or in the shower.
It's small and lightweight, making it incredibly portable. There's also a small built-in strap you can use to attach it to your bag or suspend it from your shower caddy. It has a balanced sound profile overall making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content, and there's an 'Outdoor Mode' EQ preset advertised to help boost its bass. This stereo speaker also has excellent directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, resulting in a spacious and natural-sounding soundstage.
Unfortunately, like most small speakers, it doesn't get outstandingly loud, and struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble typically present in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. Also, it lacks more robust sound customization features like a graphic EQ to adjust its sound to your liking. If you're looking for a well-built and affordable portable Bluetooth speaker, it's the best waterproof speaker that we've tested for under $100.
The Anker Soundcore 3 is the best cheap Bluetooth speaker we've tested. This small, lightweight speaker is incredibly portable and comes with a detachable carrying cord, so you can easily take it with you when you're on the go. It's also decently built and is rated IPX7 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be immersed in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.
It has a balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. However, it struggles to reproduce low-bass even with its 'BassUp' feature enabled, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM. Fortunately, its Soundcore companion app comes with a graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound to better suit your preferences. It also has a 'PartyCast' function you can use to connect it to up to 100 identical speakers, which can come in handy when you want your audio to fill a large room without increasing the speaker's volume.
Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and there are compression artifacts present at max volume that can affect the clarity of your audio when listening at louder volumes. Also, while it supports voice assistants through your smartphone, its performance isn't great. However, if you're looking for a good cheap Bluetooth speaker, it's still a good choice worth considering.
The best customizable Bluetooth speaker under $100 that we've tested is the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. While it doesn't get as loud as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, you can customize this speaker's sound to your liking, thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its Soundcore companion app. It even supports voice assistants through your smartphone, though its performance isn't very good.
With its 'BassUp' feature enabled, it has a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly and with detail in the mix, though they sound a bit veiled at times. Like many 360-degree speakers, this stereo speaker has excellent directivity, meaning you can hear your audio clearly from most angles. It also has an IPX7 rating for water resistance that certifies it to be immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you can bring it outside with you without needing to worry about it getting a bit wet from some light rain.
Unfortunately, like most small speakers, it lacks a thumpy and rumbling low-bass. It also doesn't get loud enough to fill larger spaces, and there's a lot of compression present at max volume that degrades audio quality as you bump up the volume. That said, it's still loud enough to use in a small room like your bedroom. If you prefer being able to control and adjust your speaker's sound to your liking, it's still a great choice.
The best budget-friendly party speaker we've tested is the ION Pathfinder 280. This large speaker comes with RGB lights and radio capabilities that let you save up to 16 radio stations. Though it takes a while to fully charge, its long-lasting battery life makes it great for multiple long listening sessions. It's also battery-powered and features a built-in telescopic handle and wheels, so you can easily transport it to your next gathering.
Vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly and accurately in the mix, though there's some unevenness in the mid and treble ranges that causes them to sound alternately honky and veiled at times. Fortunately, while its default sound profile isn't quite as balanced as that of the much smaller Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, you can manually customize the speaker's bass and treble using its physical controls, and there's a graphic EQ and presets in its companion app. It also gets louder, and can easily fill a large crowded area with little compression at max volume.
Unfortunately, it lacks low-bass, so you can't feel the deep rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop, and it downmixes stereo content to mono, which isn't as immersive. Also, unlike other party speakers we've tested, it doesn't come with any inputs to wire an external microphone or other instruments to the speaker. That said, while it currently retails for a little over $100, it's still a solid choice if you're looking for a speaker to bring to your next gathering that won't break the bank.
The Amazon Echo Gen 4 is the best Bluetooth speaker for voice assistants under $100 that we've tested. It has Amazon Alexa built-in and has no trouble understanding your commands from far away or in noisier settings. There's also a mute mic button you can use when you no longer want it to hear you.
Out-of-the-box, it has a boomy sound profile overall, though it struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble typically present in bass-heavy music like EDM. It has a well-balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. Its companion app also features bass and treble adjustments, meaning you can tweak its sound to better suit your preferences. You can also use the app to pair two Echo speakers together to create a stereo pair or pair multiple when you want your audio to fill up a large space without bumping up the volume.
Unfortunately, its wired design doesn't make it very portable since it needs to connect to an outlet for it to work. It also doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression present at max volume, which may affect the clarity of your audio during louder listening sessions. However, it's still a great choice if you're looking for a Bluetooth speaker for under $100 that offers fantastic voice assistant support.
If you're looking for a speaker under $100 that supports Google Assistant instead, check out the Google Nest Audio. While its soundstage isn't as immersive as the Amazon Echo Gen 4, it has Google Assistant built-in and can understand your commands from far and in noisy settings. Its mid-range is balanced and ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though they can sound a bit dark at times. Fortunately, you can customize its sound to your liking thanks to the bass and treble adjustments in the Google Home app. However, it doesn't get very loud, and there's a lot of compression at max volume that can affect audio quality at louder volumes.
If you're looking for a Bluetooth option under $100 that supports Amazon Alexa, get the Amazon. That said, if you prefer a speaker that has Google Assistant built-in, consider the Google instead.
Apr 22, 2022: Made the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 the 'Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Under $100'. The text was updated for consistency and accuracy.
Feb 21, 2022: Added the ION Pathfinder 280 as the 'Best Party Speaker Under $100'. Also added the JBL Flip 4 and TREBLAB HD77 to the Notable Mentions.
Dec 23, 2021: Made the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 the 'Best Customizable Bluetooth Speaker Under $100' and added the Apple HomePod mini to the Notable Mentions. Updated the text for consistency and accuracy.
Oct 26, 2021: Replaced the Sony SRS-XB12 with the newer Sony SRS-XB13 model in the Notable Mentions. No changes were made in product picks.
Aug 27, 2021: Removed the Anker Soundcore Motion+ since it's now above our $100 price point. Added the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 as a 'Customizable Alternative' to the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. Also added the Google Nest Audio as an 'Alternative With Google Assistant' to the Amazon Echo Gen 4.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth 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.