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5 Best Bluetooth Speakers for the Cheapest Prices

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Long gone are the times when we used to plug our speakers into our devices. Bluetooth technology has drastically improved our mobility and convenience. Now we don’t have to fumble with all the devices and drag along a million other wires just to move from the room to the living room.

If you’re searching for something to use specifically within your home, smart speakers are the one for you. These speakers will be connected to your home WiFi and can be activated by voice command. But if you prefer something portable, a Bluetooth speaker is the way to go.

It’s no news that Bluetooth speakers have been popular for quite a while now. However, it’s also no shock that most of them aren’t cheap. So, we’ve compiled a list of Bluetooth speakers that come with the best of both worlds; Quality and price.

1. Anker Soundcore 3

For around $50, you can get yourself the Anker Soundcore 3 Bluetooth speaker. With a size of 6.75×2.25×2.25 inches, the compact speaker is not only easy to carry around, but also produces high-quality sounds. The speaker has dual tweeter drivers, central bass woofers, and passive base drivers that allow for a wide range of frequencies as well as rich sounds, even in open spaces. On top of the powerful bass speakers, iOS users can use SharePlay to sync Soundcore speakers for added volume if needed.

The Anker Soundcore 3 is a durable speaker thanks to its rubberized case that acts as a protection from fall damage. However, do note that it is easy to leave marks on the rubberized case. An addition to its durability features, the IPX7 waterproof rating, so the speaker can stay submerged in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. Another feature you cannot possibly overlook is its 24-hour battery life. This is a lifesaver for situations like events and drama marathons that can go on forever. 

2. JBL Go 3

Priced well below $50, the JBL Go 3 is considered a steal. One benefit of purchasing this speaker is its aesthetic value, of course. If the classic red one doesn’t do it for you, there are five other colors you can choose from. Weighing only 7.4 ounces, it comes with a rope loop handle which is great for reducing the chances of dropping it when you’re on the go. The only issue you would find is the short 5-hour battery life, in which you might have to carry a portable charger if you’re out for long.

More reasons why this speaker is a good bargain; The IP67-rated design ensures that the JBL Bluetooth speaker does not only check the box for being waterproof but is also dust resistant. In terms of sound, this speaker boasts a fuller bass compared to its preceding counterpart, the JBL Go 2. In addition, with a new and improved output power of 4.2W, the JBL Go 3 amplifiers do a better job at producing the volume you need, even outdoors.

3. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

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Right off the bat, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 speakers are very well designed. The cute and compact speakers come in a wide variety of color options. Design-wise, these speakers take waterproofing to the next level; They are engineered to float, making them the perfect solution for poolside lounging. Speaking of which, if pool parties are your thing, Tom’s Guide has curated a list of the top waterproof Bluetooth speakers.

Falling within the $70 price range, this speaker’s sound quality and strong bass output are very impressive, considering its mini size of 3.8×4.1 inches. However, the downside of these speakers is the lack of a mic for answering calls. Although this speaker has no battery level indicator, it possesses a 13-hour battery life that is more than enough to last you through the day. Overall, if you’re looking for something small but mighty, this is the speaker for you.

4. Tribit StormBox Micro

If you prioritize crisp audio, you could look into purchasing the Tribit StormBox Micro speaker. Contrary to its size, this speaker has a surprisingly strong bass. Moreover, with its user-friendly stereo pairing, you can link two identical speakers to modulate the audio from both directions. This can elevate your home cinema experience and maybe even make movie nights a weekly tradition among you and your friends.

One drawback is the 8-hour battery life that limits your usage, especially if you spend the whole day out. But what the speaker lacks in battery performance makes up for in portability. At the price of exactly $50, the 3.9×3.9×1.4-inched Tribit StormBox Micro is compact and lightweight, weighing only 9.1 ounces. Plus, it comes with rubber straps that you can attach to your bicycle handle, bag, and almost anywhere.

5. JBL Clip 2

The glaring feature- the carabiner clip, is what makes the JBL Clip 2 a great option if you’re in the market for a travel-friendly Bluetooth speaker. In addition to the safety clip-on handle, it also comes in a small size of 5.5×3.7×1.7 inches. This makes it easy to store and prevents any hassle of carrying it around. 

On the other hand, a drawback is that this speaker doesn’t have great audio volume. However, you could connect a maximum of three JBL Clip 2 speakers for amplified audio. Although, this means that you’ll have to own more than one to get the job done.  

Making a comparison with a similar model, this speaker has an improved battery life of 8 hours compared to the JBL Clip Plus, which lasts only 5 hours per charge. In addition to that upgrade, the JBL Clip 2 is also built as a waterproof speaker with an IPX7 rating. So, it won’t be an issue if you’re caught in the rain with the speaker hanging on your backpack.

The priciest speakers aren’t always the best, but there is no denying that there is a noticeable difference in quality between the Bluetooth speakers in the $50 and the $100 price ranges. Essentially, you want to purchase a suitable speaker for the proximity of the Bluetooth connection you’ll need, your sound needs according to your environment, and the convenience of storing and moving it around. So, review the options you have for your budget, and you’re sure to find a good buy.

My Name is Hazel, I am Content Manager @freeholidaywifi. In my spare time i like to write about Tech, Software's & more. Other then that i love football & travelling new places.