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, which makes 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 30 Bluetooth speakers, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers under $100. See also our recommendations 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 it even has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, but we don't test for this. You can pair it with up to two devices at the same time, which makes 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, though we don't test for this. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has an open and wide soundstage that can really immerse you in your favorite music.
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 a solid choice.
The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is the best Bluetooth speaker under $100 for sound customization that we've tested. This portable Bluetooth speaker is compatible with the Soundcore app, which has a graphic EQ and several presets, including 'Bass Up', 'Voice', 'Bass Off', and 'Classic' so you can adjust its sound to your liking. It also has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this.
Out-of-the-box, this stereo speaker offers a balanced mid-range that can reproduce clear vocals and lead instruments, though they may also sound a bit dark or dull. Thanks to its over fifteen-hour battery life, it's well-suited for multiple long listening sessions without needing a recharge. You can also pair it with up to two devices at the same time, which is handy if you frequently switch your audio source between your phone and your laptop.
Unfortunately, like many small speakers, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy, punchy low-bass, which can be disappointing if you love bass-heavy genres like EDM. Also, while it gets pretty loud, there's some compression when you play it at max volume. That said, it's still a solid choice if you want to customize your speaker's sound profile without spending above your budget.
If you're looking for a customizable Bluetooth speaker under $100 with a better soundstage performance, consider the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 instead. While its battery life isn't as long as the Anker Soundcore Motion+, its 360-degree design can really immerse you in your audio from all angles, creating an open, spacious soundstage. This portable Bluetooth speaker is well-built, and it also has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, though we don't test for this. It has a pretty neutral mid-range out-of-the-box, and the graphic EQ in the Soundcore app makes it easy to customize its sound to your liking. The Soundcore app also lets you customize the speaker's RGB lights, which is handy if you plan to use the speaker at parties.
If you want a customizable Bluetooth speaker under $100 with longer battery life and a better dynamics performance, check out the Motion+, but if you prefer a 360-degree soundstage and customizable RGB lights, consider the Flare 2 instead.
The Amazon Echo Gen 4 is the best Bluetooth speaker under $100 for voice assistant that we've tested. This small, spherical speaker comes with built-in Amazon Alexa capabilities, and it has an amazing voice assistant performance. It's voice-activated, and it can understand you even if you're far away or in a noisy setting. There's also a mute mic button for when you don't want the speaker to listen to you.
While it has a slightly boomy sound profile, its balanced mid-range can reproduce clear and accurate vocals. If you prefer to customize its sound, there are bass and treble adjustments available in the Amazon Alexa app. Thanks to its outstanding Bluetooth range, it stays connected to your mobile devices even if you aren't very close to it. You can also connect it to multiple Echo speakers so you can play audio across your home.
Unfortunately, like many small speakers, it struggles to produce a thumpy low-bass, which can be disappointing if you love bass-heavy music genres like EDM. It doesn't get very loud, either, and there's a lot of compression when you play it at max volume. However, this Bluetooth speaker still offers an excellent voice assistant performance for its more affordable price.
If you're on an even tighter budget, the OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA is the best cheap Bluetooth speaker we've tested. This portable Bluetooth speaker comes with an IPX7 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. Its remarkable battery life of over 20 hours makes it well-suited to lots of long listening sessions without a recharge, too.
Out-of-the-box, this stereo speaker offers a balanced mid-range that's suitable for listening to vocal-centric content like podcasts and audiobooks, though they may sound a bit dark or dull. Fortunately, there are bass and treble adjustments available in the Oontz app to help you customize its sound to your liking. You can also use the app to connect two units for a stereo pair or to link multiple units to amplify your audio across a crowded party.
Unfortunately, this speaker really struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, which is disappointing if you like a bass-heavy sound. This speaker also doesn't get very loud, so it may not be ideal to use at parties or in large rooms. However, there isn't a lot of compression when you play it at max volume, so your audio should sound fairly pure and clear.
If you're looking for a speaker to bring with you on-the-go, consider the JBL GO 3. While it isn't as customizable as the OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA and it doesn't support voice assistants from your paired smartphone, the JBL is smaller and better-built. Thanks to its built-in hook, you can attach it to your bag or backpack while on a walk in the park. It even has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't test for this, and its materials feel solid and durable. Its balanced mid-range makes it suitable for listening to vocal-centric content. However, with a battery life of just five hours, it may not last through a long day by the pool.
If you want a speaker with longer battery life, more sound customization options, and voice assistant support, check out the OontZ, but if you want a better-built speaker to bring on-the-go, consider the JBL.
Feb 25, 2021: Added the Anker Soundcore Motion+ as 'Best Customizable' and the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 as 'Alt with 360-Degree Soundstage'. Replaced the Sony SRS-XB12 with the OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA as the Sony's price rose above the 'Cheap' category. Added the DOSS SoundBox Plus to 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.