Skip to main content

Don't spend a lot on these great Bluetooth speakers under $100

You don't need to spend a lot of money to get a great Bluetooth speaker, so we've rounded up what we believe are some of the best Bluetooth speakers under $100 to help save you money. So whether you're looking to pick up a speaker to listen to music or play your favorite podcasts at the pool or need one for streaming music from your phone, there are plenty of great affordable options available. Our top pick would be the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 for versatility and excellent sound quality.

Best overall Bluetooth speaker under $100: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

The Wonderboom 2 delivers everything you're looking for in an affordable Bluetooth speaker. It has IP67 water resistance, astonishingly great sound quality, and 13-hour battery life. The speaker also has multi-directional sound, and you can even pair two speakers together to create a stereo effect (although you can only pair it with other Wonderboom speakers).

The versatility here makes the Wonderboom 2 stand out from the pack. You can take it to the pool without having to worry about water getting into the innards as long as the Micro-USB port is covered, and you can even submerge it in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes without any issues.

The design itself is rugged enough — it's rated to withstand tumbles from 5 feet — so you don't have to worry about long-term durability issues. Oh, and it's available in several exciting color options. Combine all of that, and you get a fantastic Bluetooth speaker choice in this category.


  • IP67 dust and water resistance
  • Great sound quality
  • 13-hour battery life
  • Multi-directional sound


  • Charges over outdated Micro-USB
  • No adjustable EQ
  • No Party Up feature

Best overall Bluetooth speaker under $100

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

The best budget Bluetooth speaker around

The Wonderboom 2 combines excellent sound quality with a rugged design, IP67 water resistance, and 13-hour battery life.

Best alternative Bluetooth speaker under $100: Anker Soundcore Motion+

The Soundcore Motion+ may not have a distinctive design, but it certainly has an array of features that make it stand out in this segment. The speaker is Anker's first with USB-C connectivity, and it also has Bluetooth 5.0 as well as AptX, a rarity in this category.

You get 30W of sound from the Soundcore Motion+, and there's the option of pairing two units together to create a stereo soundstage. The Motion+ also has a BassUp mode that turns up the bass in real-time. You get the ability to customize the EQ via the Soundcore app, and the 6,700mAh battery lasts 12 hours on a full charge.

There are playback controls at the top, and the Soundcore Motion+ is also IPX7 waterproof, making it ideal for taking to the pool. The powerful sound combined with Bluetooth 5.0 and USB-C charging gives the Motion+ a distinct edge in the affordable Bluetooth category.


  • Bluetooth 5.0 with AptX
  • IPX7 water resistance
  • Wireless stereo pairing
  • Charges over USB-C
  • 12-hour battery life


  • Boring design
  • Flat highs

Best alternative bluetooth speaker under $100

Anker Soundcore Motion+

Outstanding sound with the latest tech

The Motion+ comes with Bluetooth 5.0 and AptX connectivity, and you get great sound, IPX7 water resistance, and USB-C charging.

Best classic sounding Bluetooth speaker under $100: Bose SoundLink Micro

Bose is a well-known brand to audiophiles and speaker novices alike, and as you can imagine, it has several Bluetooth options in its arsenal. We like the SoundLink Micro because it delivers on that Bose sound experience in a petite package.

The speaker is not much bigger than a hockey puck, and it has a clip-on attachment so you can attach it to a bag for portability. It's also IPX7 water-resistant and is quite durable with its rugged rubberized construction.

The speaker comes in three colors — black, bright orange, and dark blue — and it can be paired with another SoundLink speaker to create stereo sound. It also features a microphone for access to your voice assistant or taking calls from your smartphone.


  • Bose heritage
  • Super portable
  • Durable construction
  • Water-resistant


  • Average battery life
  • Charges over outdated Micro-USB

Best classic sounding Bluetooth speaker under $100

Bose SoundLink Micro: Small Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Big Bose sound in a portable package

The Bose SoundLink Micro has excellent sound and durable construction to go with you on the go.

Best battery life in a Bluetooth speaker under $100: Anker Soundcore Flare+

The Soundcore Flare+ is an interesting product. It has four drivers that deliver 360-degree sound, but what makes it stand out is an LED ring around the base that lights up in sync with the music. The light adds another dimension to the listening experience and makes the Soundcore Flare+ the ideal Bluetooth speaker for parties.

You can also pair two speakers together for a stereo effect, and there's the option to customize the EQ to your liking from the Soundcore app. You get up to 20 hours of playback from a full charge, and the Flare+ connects over Bluetooth 5.0. You even get IPX7 water resistance, making it a great choice for pool parties.

Overall, there's a whole lot to like with the Flare+. The sheer number of features on offer combined with the unique light ring at the bottom and the 360-degree sound make it a fantastic option.


  • Quad drivers for excellent sound
  • Halo LED is pretty cool
  • Stereo pairing
  • IPX7 water resistance


  • Not very portable
  • Charges over Micro-USB

Best battery life in a Bluetooth speaker under $100

Anker Soundcore Flare+

The ideal Bluetooth speaker for parties

The Flare+ lives up to its name thanks to an LED light ring at the bottom, along with its great sound.

Best rugged Bluetooth speaker under $100: JBL Flip 4

JBL is one of the most recognized players in this segment, and the Flip series continues to be a best-seller for its rugged design and versatility. The Flip 4 may not be the latest in the series, but it still offers plenty. Thanks to its 8W drivers, it sounds great, and you get IPX7 water resistance, making it ideal for the pool.

The 3,000 mAh battery delivers 12 hours of music playback from a full charge, and you can pair the Charge 3 with other JBL speakers via Connect+. You get the option of connecting two devices to the speaker simultaneously, and you can invoke the Google Assistant with the press of a button. If you already have a JBL product with Connect+ tech, the Flip 4 is an easy sell.


  • Rugged design
  • IPX7 water resistance
  • Google Assistant integration
  • Can connect to devices simultaneously


  • Charges over outdated Micro-USB
  • Google Assistant is not voice-activated

Best rugged Bluetooth speaker under $100

JBL FLIP 4 IPX7 Waterproof Wireless Portable Bluetooth Rechargeable USB Speaker

A great option for the road

The Flip 4 has several standout features, including a rugged design, Google Assistant integration, and 12-hour battery life.

Best Bluetooth speaker under $100 for a rave: Oontz Angle 3 Pro

Oontz makes some of the most durable and most fun-looking portable Bluetooth speakers on the market today. The company's name invokes the steady techno-beat sound you'd expect to hear from a DJ at a hip new club, and now trust me — you're going to have an "oontz oontz oontz" playing in your head all day now. You're welcome.

The Angle 3 Pro is special because it takes the iconic triangular Oontz design and cranks everything up a notch. It has 40% larger drivers than previous versions and can deliver 50% greater output than before. With its IPX7 waterproof rating, it can be submerged up to a meter for half an hour and still come out jamming.

The range on this device is impressive at around 100 feet, and its battery will last up to 15 hours. You can charge your phone or device from it, and it charges with USB-C. Oh, and it comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack if you want to plug it into headphones or another speaker. If you pick up a second speaker, you can pair them together, but that's the limit, unlike others on this list.


  • IPX7 rating
  • 50% greater sound output
  • 15-hour battery life
  • 100-foot range


  • Can only pair a maximum of two speakers
  • No wireless charging

Best Bluetooth speaker under $100 for a rave

Oontz Angle 3 Pro

Full sound in a unique package

The Oontz Angle 3 Pro features full sound, an IPX7 rating, a 15-hour battery life, and a range of up to 100 feet.

Best sounding Bluetooth speaker under $100: Sony SRS-XB23

If your primary consideration for an affordable Bluetooth speaker is sound quality, then look no further than the Sony SRS-XB23. The speaker offers outstanding sound from a relatively modest package, and its EXTRA BASS mode cranks up the output even more than you'd expect.

Like some of the Ultimate Ears speakers, you can pair this Sony with up to 100 other Sony speakers, and you can expect it to last quite a long time with its 12 hours of battery life. It's also the perfect device to take with you to the beach, the lake, or the pool, thanks to its IPX67 rating that gives it outstanding resistance to the elements. Unlike many speakers on this list, the SRS-XB23 charges via USB-C cable, but it does not support wireless charging.


  • Outstanding sound
  • IPX67 rating
  • Hands-free controls
  • USB-C charging


  • No wireless charging support

Best sounding Bluetooth speaker under $100

Sony SRS-XB23 EXTRA BASS Wireless Portable Speaker

Great sound in a modest package.

The Sony SRS-XB23 offers outstanding sound quality, an IP67 rating, and 12 hours of battery life.

Best value Bluetooth speaker under $100: DOSS SoundBox

DOSS' Bluetooth speakers are a fan favorite, and the entry-level SoundBox has a lot to offer. The speaker is affordable enough to be an impulse purchase, but it's loaded with features to make it worth the money. You get a modern design with an aluminum grill that extends to all sides of the speaker, and it has touch gestures at the top for adjusting the volume and music playback. Just rotate clockwise on the volume ring to increase the volume and counterclockwise to turn it down.

The SoundBox has two 6W drivers that manage to deliver a decent amount of sound for a speaker of its size. You can easily pair your phone or tablet to the device over Bluetooth 4.0, and there's an aux jack if you prefer to plug it in. Best of all, you get an SD card slot that lets you quickly play tunes without having to connect the speaker to another source.

You get 12 hours of battery life from the 2,200mAh battery, and the SoundBox takes just over three hours to recharge over Micro-USB fully. Oh, and it also has an IPX4 rating, giving you the ability to use it in the shower. Based on the design and sound quality, it's easy to see why the SoundBox is so highly rated.


  • 12W sound
  • IPX4 water resistance
  • Modern design
  • SD card slot


  • Charges over outdated Micro-USB

Best value Bluetooth speaker under $100

DOSS SoundBox Touch Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers

All the frills at a low cost.

The DOSS SoundBox offers fantastic sound quality and a robust set of features at a low price.

Best Bluetooth speaker under $100: Plenty of great picks to choose from

Ultimately, choosing the right Bluetooth speaker comes down to what you're looking for. There's no shortage of great products in this category, and it is down to you to decide if you want the latest connectivity, water-resistance, or the best sound quality.

If we had to choose one, it would be the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2. This speaker is a fantastic option for listening in the shower or at the pool, and the sound quality combined with the form factor and rugged design makes it the best choice in the affordable Bluetooth space. But if you're looking for an even cheaper option, you can always consider the best Bluetooth speakers under $50.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Harish Jonnalagadda is the Regional Editor of Android Central. A reformed hardware modder, he now spends his time writing about India's burgeoning phone market. Previously, he used to ponder the meaning of life at IBM. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

Jeramy Johnson is proud to help to Keep Austin Weird and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about Amazon products and services, he's defending his relationship with his side-chick Alexa to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.

Source: androidcentral

Popular posts from this blog

Review: The Teracube 2e is a more sustainable phone that you can afford

It just got easier to be green. If you know me or read my work here at AC, you know that I feel strongly about a few things when it comes to smartphones and consumer tech, and those things are not necessarily what some of my colleagues or others in the tech-sphere care about. You can have your 10x optical zoom cameras, folding phones, and 50W wireless charging devices all day, but I'm more interested in affordable to mid-range devices that last longer than you'd expect and which are at least trying to do environmental and social good. Sounds great, but it seems that it's harder to find this combination of features in a phone than the ultra-premium specced-out devices we typically talk about here on this website. That's why I was excited when I had the chance to write this Teracube 2e review. Teracube is a relatively new smartphone OEM based out of Redmond, WA, and founder Sharad Mittal's stated goal is to change the "disposable nature of the consumer ele

Google's new Guest Mode is like incognito mode for Google Assistant

Your interactions with Google Assistant will not be saved when Guest Mode is turned on. What you need to know Google Assistant is getting a new Guest Mode for privacy-conscious users. When it's turned on, the virtual assistant will not save any of its interactions with you. Turning it on and off is as simple as a single voice command. Google this week announced a new Guest Mode for its virtual assistant that's designed with privacy-conscious folks in mind. A simple "Hey Google, turn on Guest Mode" will ensure that none of your interactions with Google Assistant are collected by the company and nor will they be used to 'personalize your experience' — often an indirect way of referring to targeted ads. When it's on, the Assistant will play a special chime to let you know. Smart displays with Assistant will also show a guest icon on the screen. And you can always check for yourself by saying, "Hey Google, is Guest Mode on?" Even with G

Spotify Q1 beats on sales of $2B with monthly active users up 31% to 286M

The coronavirus may be decimating some corners of the economy, but the impact on the digital music, as evidenced by the world’s biggest music streaming company, appears to be minimal. Today Spotify reported its earnings for Q1 with revenues of €1.848 billion ($2 billion at today’s rates) and an inching into a positive net income of $1 million. Monthly active users (not total subscribers) now stand at 286 million, with paid (premium) users at 130 million and ad-supported monthly active users at 163 million. Ad-supported users are growing at a slightly higher rate at the moment, at 32% versus 31%, Spotify said. Spotify beat  analysts’ forecasts on both sales — they had on average been expecting revenues of $1.86 billion — and EPS, which had been forecast to be -$0.49 but came in at -$0.20 on a diluted basis and $0.00 undiluted. The numbers underscore the positive signals we’ve had from the wider industry. More generally, we have seen a huge boost in streaming media services — includ

Adobe is giving students and teachers free access to Creative Cloud

Your university's IT admin will need to make an application for access. What you need to know Adobe is temporarily making Creative Cloud free for teachers and students. The offer is aimed at enabling them to continue being productive as they work and study from home. Students cannot individually avail the promo, however, as the application for access needs to be made by a university's IT admin. As universities around the world shut their campuses and organizations ask their employees to work from home, many tech companies are making their products available to educational institutes free for use. Google and Microsoft have both made their large-scale communication and videoconferencing tools free for everyone, and now Adobe is temporarily giving free Creative Cloud access to students and teachers. The subscription, which usually costs $79.49 per month, will give affected students and teachers access to the entire range of Adobe's applications, such as Photoshop