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 75 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 Bluetooth speaker under $100 that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This colorful Bluetooth speaker has a portable design, and you can pair it with up to two devices at once, making it easy to switch your audio source between your phone and your laptop.
It has balanced mid and treble ranges that can reproduce vocals and lead instruments clearly. While it struggles to reproduce low-bass, there's an 'Outdoor Mode' EQ advertised to help with bass reproduction. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has an open and wide soundstage that can immerse you in your favorite music. It's even rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be dust-tight and submersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants, which can be disappointing for some users. It doesn't get very loud, and it doesn't have a lot of sound customization options. However, if you're looking for a more affordable Bluetooth speaker, it's the best portable speaker under $100 that we've tested.
The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is the best customizable speaker we've tested for under $100. This small, portable speaker is compatible with the Soundcore App, which features a graphic EQ and presets you can use to customize its sound profile to better suit your preferences. You can also use the app to customize its RGB light rings on the top and bottom of the speaker.
With its 'Default' EQ and 'BassUp' features enabled, it has a balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though they can sound a bit dark at times. Thanks to its 360-degree design, this stereo speaker has excellent directivity, so its soundstage is perceived as wide and spacious. It's also well-built with an IPX7 rating for water resistance, certifying it to be immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you don't have to worry about it getting a bit wet when bringing it with you on the go.
Unfortunately, like most speakers its size, it lacks low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. Also, it doesn't get very loud, and there's a lot of compression present at max volume, which can affect the clarity and quality of your audio during louder listening sessions. That said, if you like to have a bit of control over your speaker's sound profile, it's still a solid choice.
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.
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.
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.
Jun 29, 2021: Replaced The Sony SRS-XB12 with the Anker Soundcore 3, since it represents a better value for most users. Moved the Sony SRS-XB12 and the OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA to the Notable Mentions. Minor changes were made to the text for consistency.
Apr 30, 2021: Added the Sony SRS-XB12 as the 'Best Cheap Bluetooth Speaker' as it's a better speaker overall, and added the OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA a 'Customizable Alternative'. Also moved the JBL GO 3 to the Notable Mentions.
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.