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 100 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.
The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is the best Bluetooth speaker under $100 we've tested. This portable Bluetooth speaker is 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 lots of different genres, as well as podcasts and audiobooks. Plus, 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.
If you're looking 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 available in its Soundcore app, which lets you customize its output across the range. Plus, you can choose from a lot of 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 portable and lightweight design that travels with you easily from room to room, and you can even bring it with you outdoors. Thanks to its IPX7 rating for water resistance, it's suitable to bring with you to the pool or the beach. Its 8-hour battery life isn't quite as impressive as what you get with the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3, though, and it doesn't get as loud, either. That said, it still gets loud enough to fill an average-sized living room with sound, ensuring you can enjoy music, podcasts, and more with ease.
Looking for something more compact? The Sony SRS-XB13 is even smaller than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 and the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. It comes with a longer carrying strap than the WONDERBOOM 3 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. 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.
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. 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.
Dec 02, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Oct 04, 2022: Replaced the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 with the next generation Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3, and updated the text.
Sep 16, 2022: Moved the Google Nest Audio to the Notable Mentions and made minor updates to the text for consistency.
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.
Apr 22, 2022: Made the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 the 'Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Under $100'. The text was updated for consistency and accuracy.
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.