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The 4 Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $50 - Winter 2023 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 105 speakers, and below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers for under $50. If you want to see 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 that we've tested is the Anker Soundcore 3. It offers a versatile performance for the price, meaning you can enjoy a clear sound with everything from music to podcasts to audiobooks. Thanks to its compact design, this rectangular speaker is a great choice to bring with you on the go, and since it's battery-powered, you don't have to worry about keeping it plugged into an outlet when listening to your favorite tracks. Plus, the IP67 rating for dust and water resistance certifies it to be fully dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you can take it to the pool or the lake without worrying too much about damaging it.

    This budget-friendly speaker is a little more expensive than its predecessor, the Anker Soundcore 2. However, for a few extra dollars, you get lots of awesome features to make the most of your listening experience. The Soundcore 3 gives you access to the Soundcore app, where you have a graphic EQ and preset modes to help you switch up its sound. Plus, it brings more rumble in the bass than the Soundcore 2, so you feel the excitement in bass-heavy music like EDM and hip-hop. For the price, this speaker brings a solid sound quality that can please lots of different listeners.

    See our review

  2. Best Compact Bluetooth Speaker Under $50

    If you're looking for a more compact alternative to help you bring your favorite tunes with you on the go, check out the JBL GO 3. It's a smaller and more lightweight alternative to the Anker Soundcore 3 that's ideal for on-the-go use, so you can bring it with you from room to room in your home or take it with you 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 color variants to suit your style. And, for the price, it offers a solid sound quality. Dialogue is clearly reproduced, making it a solid pick for podcasts, and voices and lead instruments in your favorite songs are accurate and detailed, too. Compared to the Anker, however, you don't have any customization tools to switch up its sound, but given its solid performance out-of-the-box, you may find that you don't need these features. Overall, it's a great value pick for your next trip outdoors.

    See our review

  3. 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 a pretty good choice for listening to music, too, 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

  4. Best Smart Speaker Under $50

    Looking to "smartify" your home without breaking the bank? The Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 is a more affordable alternative to the Amazon Echo Gen 4 and offers excellent voice assistant performance at a budget-friendly price. With built-in Alexa, you can control the speaker using your voice, and it understands your commands clearly, whether you're in a noisy setting or further away from the speaker. There's even a mute mic button for when you no longer want it to hear you. Its stylish design makes it great for home use, too.

    This speaker offers a pretty clear and balanced sound out-of-the-box, and its Amazon Alexa app gives you access to tools that can adjust its bass and treble output. However, compared to our top picks, like the Anker Soundcore 3, it's not designed for outdoor use. There's no battery, so you have to keep it plugged into a power outlet to use it, and its build isn't sturdy enough to withstand the elements for an extended period. Still, if you love the convenience of a voice-controlled speaker, it's a great pick for the price.

    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 offered at a more affordable price. However, it doesn't produce as deep a bass and isn't compatible with the Soundcore app, so you don't have access to sound customization features like a graphic EQ or presets. See our review
  • Sony SRS-XB13: The Sony SRS-XB13 is a small, budget-friendly speaker with a carrying strap so you can bring it when you're out and about. It has a somewhat boomy sound profile and packs a good punch for its size. That said, it isn't customizable like the Anker Soundcore 3. Its price fluctuates over $50 at times, so it's good to keep an eye out for deals. See our review
  • OontZ Angle 3: The Oontz Angle 3 is a small portable speaker shaped like a triangle. You can tweak its sound to your liking, thanks to the bass and treble adjustments in its companion app. However, while it gets a touch louder than the DOSS SoundBox Plus, its sound profile isn't as balanced, it doesn't come with light effects, and it doesn't support voice assistants. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 12, 2023: Replaced the JBL Clip 4 with the JBL GO 3 as the Clip's price rose above $50.

  2. Nov 14, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  3. Sep 15, 2022: Added the JBL Clip 4 as the 'Best Compact Bluetooth Speaker Under $50'. Also added the Anker Soundcore 2 and the Sony SRS-XB13 to the Notable Mentions.

  4. Jun 20, 2022: Made the Anker Soundcore 3 the 'Best Customizable Bluetooth Speaker Under $50' and the Google Nest Mini the 'Best Speaker Under $50 For Google Assistant'. Recategorized the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 as 'Best Speaker Under $50 For Alexa'.

  5. Apr 15, 2022: Updated text for clarity; no changes to product picks.

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.