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The 4 Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $100 - Summer 2022 Reviews

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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, 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 95 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 best Bluetooth speaker under $100 that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. It's small and lightweight, making it easy to hold in your hand. There's a small built-in strap to attach it to your bag or suspend it from a hook. 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 that makes it sound wider and crisper overall for when you're outside. This stereo speaker also has excellent directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, resulting in a spacious and natural-sounding soundstage. However, it, unfortunately, isn't compatible with the Ultimate Ears app, so you don't have access to more comprehensive sound customization features like a graphic EQ or presets.

    It has 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. Its battery life also lasts up to almost 13 hours from a single charge, which is great for long days of listening spent outdoors, though this varies depending on your chosen volume levels.

    See our review

  2. Best Customizable Bluetooth Speaker Under $100

    If you prefer having more control over your speaker's sound, check out the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. While it doesn't get as loud as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 and isn't as small, you can customize this speaker's sound to your liking, thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its Soundcore companion app. 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. It even supports voice assistants through your smartphone too.

    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, meaning you can bring it outside with you without needing to worry about it getting a bit wet from some light rain or dropping it in a pool of water. If you're looking for something a bit smaller to take with you outdoors, the JBL Flip 4 comes with a built-in carrying strap and offers an extra hour of playtime, lasting around nine hours from a single charge. That said, there aren't any sound customization features to tweak its sound, and it doesn't produce as deep a bass.

    See our review

  3. Best Mini Bluetooth Speaker Under $100

    Looking for something more compact? The Sony SRS-XB13 is even smaller than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 and the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. It comes with a longer carrying strap than the WONDERBOOM 2 to help you transport it wherever you go. It's well-built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you don't need to worry about it getting wet. Also, its long-lasting battery life of over 11 hours outlasts the Flare 2's eight hours of playtime, meaning it's less likely to die on you on your next hike. That said, it supports voice assistants through your smartphone.

    Its sound profile is somewhat boomy, which adds a bit of warmth to your audio. Its mid-range is also balanced, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. However, due to its smaller size, it doesn't produce as deep a bass as the Flare 2, and there isn't a graphic EQ or presets to customize its sound to your liking. However, while it doesn't get quite as loud, there's significantly less compression present at max volume, so the quality of your audio doesn't degrade much when you blast your favorite songs. It also has fantastic directivity, resulting in a wide and spacious-sounding soundstage.

    See our review

  4. Best Smart Bluetooth Speaker Under $100

    If you're looking to add a smart speaker to your home for under $100, the Amazon Echo Gen 4 doesn't disappoint. It has Amazon Alexa built-in and has no trouble understanding your commands from far away or in noisier settings. There's a mute mic button you can use for privacy when you no longer want it to hear you, and it's advertised to have a Zigbee hub built-in, so you can use Alexa to control smart home devices like lightbulbs and thermostats too. Out-of-the-box, it has a boomy sound profile overall with a well-balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. You can tweak its sound to your liking using the bass and treble adjustments in its companion app.

    That said, if you aren't a fan of Alexa and would rather use either Google Assistant or Siri, check out the Google Nest Audio and the Apple HomePod mini. 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. However, while the Apple speaker supports Bluetooth, you can only use it for audio handoff, which lets you transfer audio from your iPhone to the speaker by tapping your device on the top, so you can't use it to pair your phone to the speaker to play audio.

    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 doesn't come with any sound 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 comes with a removable carrying strap and carabiner clip to help you carry it. That said, its sound profile isn't as balanced as that of the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 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 quite as compact and as well-built as the Sony, and doesn't produce as deep a bass as the Flare 2. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 16, 2022: Moved the Google Nest Audio to the Notable Mentions and made minor updates to the text for consistency.

  2. Jun 27, 2022: Restructured article to better align with user needs. Recategorized the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 to 'Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $100', the Amazon Echo Gen 4 to 'Best Speaker Under $100 For Alexa', and the Google Nest Audio to 'Best Speaker Under $100 For Google Assistant'. Added the Sony SRS-XB13 as the 'Best Mini Speaker Under $100' and added JBL Flip 5 to the Notable Mentions.

  3. Apr 22, 2022: Made the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 the 'Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Under $100'. The text was updated for consistency and accuracy.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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.

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