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The 5 Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $50 - Spring 2024 Reviews

Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $50

If you're looking for an affordable Bluetooth speaker, it may seem like you need to make sacrifices in quality. However, you can find some options for under $50 that still deliver a good sound performance. Although most tend to be smaller and simple in design, many offer at least a few extra features. Whether you want something with a portable design, voice assistant capabilities, or sound customization features, you can likely find a Bluetooth speaker within your budget that suits your needs.

We've tested over 130 speakers, and below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers for under $50. If you want more options, check out our picks for the best cheap speakers, the best Bluetooth speakers, and the best portable Bluetooth speakers.

  1. Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $50

    The best Bluetooth speaker under $50 we've tested is the Anker Soundcore 3. This budget-friendly Bluetooth speaker boasts a portable design ideal for bringing your favorite tunes wherever you go. With a small and lightweight build, you can easily carry it in one hand or attach the included carrying strap to your bag. If you want to take it to your backyard, rest assured that the IP67 rating for dust and water resistance protects it from light exposure to the elements.

    Since this speaker lasts over 13 hours on a single charge, you can listen to your music all day without interruption. Sound-wise, it reproduces voices and lead instruments with clarity and accuracy, and thanks to the graphic EQ available in the Soundcore app, you can always get a different sound. This speaker also supports Anker's PartyCast feature, so you can pair it with other compatible speakers to boost audio throughout your room. You get a lot of bang for your buck with this affordable device.

    See our review

  2. Best 360-Degree Speaker Under $50

    If you're looking for a speaker with a 360-degree design, the Sony SRS-XB100 is worth a look. This small speaker is the next generation of the Sony SRS-XB13, offering an improved sound for a similar price. Its small and lightweight build makes it easy to bring around wherever you go, and its IP67 rating protects it against the elements. Though it retails for above $50, you can frequently find it on sale for below this. You may find it's worth it thanks to its 360-degree design, which ensures consistent sound from all angles around the device.

    This speaker lasts a remarkable twenty-plus hours off a single charge, so it's great for listening late into the night. It's also suitable for many music genres, which is awesome for music lovers. It brings more low bass than its predecessor, so you enjoy a more robust sound with genres like EDM and hip-hop. You won't find sound customization tools like with the Anker Soundcore 3, but it's not much of an issue if you like its default sound. For an affordable price, this 360-degree speaker brings a great sound.

    See our review

  3. Best Mini Bluetooth Speaker Under $50

    If you're looking for a more compact alternative to help you bring your favorite tunes on the go, check out the JBL GO 3. It's a smaller, more lightweight alternative to the Sony SRS-XB100 that's super portable, so you can easily bring it from room to room or on your next outdoor adventure. Its built-in hook lets you clip the device onto your bag or backpack, and its sturdy design helps it withstand regular wear and tear. It's even rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, which is great if you plan to take it outdoors.

    This speaker is available in different colorways to suit your style and offers solid sound quality for the price. It reproduces dialogue clearly, making it a solid pick for podcasts, and voices and lead instruments in your favorite songs are accurate and detailed, too. However, compared to the Sony speaker, it lacks a 360-degree design, so the soundstage is more narrow and directional. Still, it's a great value pick for your next trip outdoors.

    See our review

  4. Best Loud Bluetooth Speaker Under $50

    If you like blasting your favorite songs at max volume, check out the DOSS SoundBox Plus. Despite its budget-friendly price, this speaker can get loud, so you don't have any issues filling larger, more open spaces with sound. Use it at your next party, or take it outside to the backyard—as you crank up the volume, there isn't a lot of compression, so audio reproduction remains clean and pure. Plus, the RGB lights around its drivers bring some extra excitement to your next party, and you can even control their colors and patterns to your liking, which is nice.

    For the price, it's also a good choice for listening to music, as voices and lead instruments reproduce with clarity and detail. Unfortunately, unlike the Anker Soundcore 3, you can't customize its performance. It's battery-powered, so you can still bring it with you on the go, but it's a little bigger than the Anker and the JBL GO 3, so it's not quite as portable. That said, if you want a simple tool to blast music at your next big event, it's a great choice that won't break the bank.

    See our review

  5. Best Bluetooth Smart Speaker Under $50

    The Amazon Echo Pop is a great option if you want the features of a smart speaker without the high-end price tag. This pint-sized speaker is wired-only and is meant as an accessory for small and medium-sized rooms rather than a device you can take on the go. If you're in range, you can play music from your phone via Bluetooth or use voice commands to control the speaker. It has full integration with Alexa. You can also mute the microphone if you'd rather just use it as a Bluetooth speaker. Its sound doesn't get particularly loud or deep, but it'll still fill a bedroom or kitchen with music. Fortunately, you can adjust the mix to suit your preferences by using the companion app's graphic EQ and presets.

    Depending on your existing tech ecosystem, you may want a smart speaker with better integration with devices like Chromecast. In that case, consider the Google Nest Mini. You can use its voice assistant much like the Alexa speaker, but there's an added advantage of accessing emails from your Gmail account, setting and changing events in your Google calendar, and much more. However, it's more expensive and doesn't get as loud as the Amazon speaker. Ultimately, which device works best for you depends on what products and services you already use.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Anker Soundcore 2: The Anker Soundcore 2 is a portable Bluetooth speaker similar to the next-generation Anker Soundcore 3 and is more affordable. However, it doesn't produce as deep of a bass and isn't compatible with the Soundcore app, so you can't access sound customization features like a graphic EQ or presets. See our review
  • OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA: The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA is another portable Bluetooth speaker with bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound at a slightly more affordable price. It's not as well-built as the Anker Soundcore 3, though, and it doesn't reproduce as extended of a low-bass. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 10, 2024: We've validated this article's pick to ensure they're still in stock and that the text is accurate.

  2. Feb 15, 2024: We've checked to ensure all our picks remain accurate and in stock and added a note about the Sony SRS-XB100's price fluctuations.

  3. Dec 20, 2023: Verified accuracy and availability of product picks.

  4. Oct 25, 2023: Product picks are the same after confirming their accuracy and availability. Some text edits for clarity.

  5. Aug 31, 2023: Added the Amazon Echo Pop as our pick for the 'Best Smart Bluetooth Speaker Under $50'.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best speakers under $50 for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper speaker wins over a pricier one 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'd like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our Bluetooth speaker reviews under $50. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no speaker is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.