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The 5 Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $50 - Spring 2022 Reviews

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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 in size 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 85 speakers, and below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers under $50. If you want to see more options, check out our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers for bass, the best cheap speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers.


  1. Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker Under $50: Sony SRS-XB13

    The Sony SRS-XB13 is the best speaker under $50 that we've tested with a portable design. This small budget-friendly speaker comes with a carrying strap so you can easily bring it along with you when you're out and about. It's well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be fully dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.

    Its sound profile is somewhat boomy, which adds a bit of extra bass to the mix, while its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments reproduce accurately and with detail in the mix. Though it doesn't get very loud, it has little compression present at max volume, so audio quality doesn't degrade as you bump up its volume. It also has outstanding directivity, resulting in an open and natural-sounding soundstage.

    Unfortunately, while you can connect it to another unit to play stereo audio, it downmixes stereo content to mono when using it on its own, which isn't as immersive. Also, like most small speakers, it lacks a thumpy low-bass, and there aren't any sound customization features like a graphic EQ to adjust its sound to your liking. That said, it's still a solid choice if you're looking for a good portable Bluetooth speaker that won't break the bank.

    See our review

  2. Customizable Alternative: Anker Soundcore 3

    If you prefer having more control over your audio's sound profile, check out the Anker Soundcore 3. While its sound profile isn't as balanced as that of the Sony SRS-XB13 out-of-the-box, you can customize its sound to your liking thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its Soundcore app. This small battery-powered speaker is incredibly portable and comes with a removable carrying strap to help transport your favorite tunes with you wherever you go. It can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which is more immersive. That said, while it can get louder than the Sony, there's more compression present at max volume that degrades the quality of your audio as you increase its volume.

    If you're looking for a portable speaker with a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box and less compression at max volume, go for the Sony. If being able to customize your speaker's sound profile and listening to stereo content is more important to you, consider the Anker instead.

    See our review

  3. Best Loud Bluetooth Speaker Under $50: DOSS SoundBox Plus

    The best loud Bluetooth speaker under $50 that we've tested is the DOSS Soundbox Plus. This small portable speaker comes with adjustable lights around its drivers, and it's one of the loudest speakers we've tested for under $50. There are a few compression artifacts present at max volume, so your audio sounds clean during louder listening sessions.

    Its mid-range is balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are accurately reproduced in the mix, though sibilants like S and T sound a bit piercing and sharp at times. This stereo speaker also has a very good battery performance, lasting over 10 hours from a single charge in our tests, making it suitable for long listening sessions. It also supports voice assistants through your smartphone and is excellent at understanding your commands from far away.

    Unfortunately, like most speakers its size, it lacks low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. Also, while it's one of the loudest speakers we've tested in this price range, it still doesn't get loud enough to fill a large crowded room and isn't very suitable to use at parties. That said, if you're looking for a speaker that can get loud for under $50, it's one of the loudest we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $50 For Voice Assistant: Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4

    The best speaker under $50 for voice assistants that we've tested is the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4. This spherical smart speaker offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa built-in. You can activate the assistant with your voice, and it has no trouble understanding you from far and in noisy rooms. 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 balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments reproduce accurately and with detail in the mix. That said, higher-pitched voices and instruments sound veiled at times, and like most speakers its size, it lacks a thumpy low-bass. Fortunately, its companion app features bass and treble adjustments you can use to tweak its sound to better suit your preferences. It also has great directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, so you can hear your audio clearly from most angles.

    Unfortunately, like many smart speakers we've tested, it isn't very portable due to its wired design and needs to remain connected to an outlet for it to work. Also, this Amazon speaker doesn't support any other voice assistants aside from Amazon Alexa. However, it's still a solid choice if you don't care which assistant is built-in and are looking for a smart speaker for under $50. 

    See our review

  5. Alternative With Google Voice Assistant: Google Nest Mini

    If you prefer using Google Assistant, consider the Google Nest Mini instead. Though it isn't as good as registering your voice as the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 in noisy rooms, it offers amazing voice assistant support with Google Assistant built-in. You can activate the speaker with your voice, and there's a mic mute button for when you no longer want it listening to you. Its mid-range is balanced out-of-the-box, so vocals and lead instruments reproduce accurately and with detail in the mix. You can also customize its sound to your liking thanks to the bass and treble adjustments available in its companion app. Unfortunately, like most speakers its size, it lacks a thumpy low-bass and doesn't get loud enough to fill large spaces. There's some compression present at max volume that degrades the quality of your audio as you bump up the volume. 

    If you're looking for a speaker with Alexa built-in, go for the Amazon. However, consider the Google if you prefer a speaker with Google Assistant built-in.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Anker Soundcore 2: The Anker Soundcore 2 is a similar speaker to the Anker Soundcore 3 and features an AUX input you can use to wire your devices to the speaker. However, it doesn't produce an as extended low-bass and doesn't feature a graphic EQ or presets to customize its sound like the Soundcore 3. See our review
  • OontZ Angle 3: The Oontz Angle 3 is a small portable speaker shaped like a triangle. It's one of the loudest speakers we've tested for under $50, though its sound profile isn't as balanced as the DOSS SoundBox Plus and doesn't support voice assistants. See our review
  • OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA: Like the Oontz Angle 3, the Oontz Angle 3 ULTRA is a small, decently built portable speaker shaped like a triangle. Its companion app features bass and treble adjustments you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. It has poor directivity, so its soundstage is perceived as narrow and directional-sounding. See our review
  • Sony SRS-XB01: The Sony SRS-XB01 is a portable speaker that's somewhat well-suited for most uses. Although it can't get very loud, it has very little compression at max volume, and its battery lasts over eleven hours. It struggles to produce low-bass, and it has a narrow soundstage. See our review
  • JBL JR POP: The JBL JR POP is a very small and portable speaker designed for kids that has a built-in strap for attaching to your bag. It even has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be immersed in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. However, its five-hour battery life isn't ideal if you want to use it a lot when you're on the go. See our review
  • JBL GO 3: The JBL GO 3 is a small and very portable speaker rated IP67 for dust and water resistance. Its well-balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear. Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants, and it doesn't have a very long battery life, though this can depend on your usage habits. See our review

Recent Updates

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

  2. Feb 15, 2022: Made the Anker Soundcore 3 a 'Customizable Alternative' to the Sony SRS-XB13 and updated the text for consistency.

  3. Dec 22, 2021: Made the DOSS SoundBox Plus the 'Best Loud Bluetooth Speaker Under $50'. Added the Oontz Angle 3, and Oontz Angle 3 ULTRA to the Notable Mentions. Text was updated for consistency.

  4. Nov 02, 2021: Replaced the Sony SRS-XB12 with the next-generation Sony SRS-XB13, since it performs better overall. Text was updated for consistency.

  5. Sep 03, 2021: No changes were made to product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

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.

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