The 8 Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $100 to Buy in 2018

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There’s no shortage of Bluetooth speakers on the market. Apple, Logitech, JBL, and countless other companies all offer products that can connect wirelessly to your devices and allow you to stream it throughout your home or office. Bluetooth speakers offer solid sound quality and thanks to improvements in tech, a wider range than you might expect. Since design is often a determining factor in commercial Bluetooth speaker success, companies also tend to invest heavily in different colors and shapes to make their product stand out.

While the number of features your speaker offers may often correlate to the amount of money you spend on it, the tech industry is changing at a rapid clip. Companies are now able to produce speakers that sound better than ever and at price points that might surprise you. In fact, there’s a good chance that if you choose a Bluetooth speaker today that costs under $100 — but has been built by a reputable company — it’ll be a winner. Finding those speakers, however, might be the biggest challenge, so, we’ve compiled the following roundup of Bluetooth speakers to help you find high-quality devices for less than $100.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Amazon Echo Dot

Echo Dot

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If you’re looking for the best affordable Bluetooth speaker on the market, look no further than the Amazon Echo Dot. The pocket-sized speaker offers the most apps, the best control, and some of the best flexibility of any Bluetooth option on the market. At a surprisingly affordable price, the diminutive device won’t break the bank, either — and might even allow you to buy a couple with the cash you have on hand.

First and foremost, the 3.9” x 3.9” x 1.7" Echo Dot is powered by Amazon’s virtual personal assistant Alexa, allowing you to control smart home products and use voice controls to access different services. It’s arguably the Echo Dot’s most important feature.

The Echo Dot comes with its own speaker built-in, of course, and can connect to other devices via its 3.5mm headphone jack or with Bluetooth (it's compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices). Best of all, if you have high-powered speakers handy, you can connect your Echo Dot to them and boost its sound quality. Aside from sound and voice control, the Echo Dot can be also be used as a hands-free device that lets you place calls and send and receive messages.

Best Budget: OontZ Angle 3

You might have $100 to spend, but if you opt for the OontZ Angle 3, you can save a few bucks and still get a product that will pump out good-quality audio. The Angle 3 gets its name from its triangular design. On one side are controls that let you play, pause playback, and use voice control. Since it’s made from a resilient material, you can bring the Angle 3 with you outside and splash it with water around the pool and not worry about it getting damaged.

OontZ's speaker has two precision acoustic drivers on the inside to create stereo sound and according to the company, it offers amplified bass to make your low tones sound better. With a 2200mAh battery pack on the inside, you should be able to get 12 hours of battery life from the Angle 3 before it needs to be recharged.

The Angle 3 can connect to any Bluetooth device you throw at it and works with a variety of services, including Amazon Music, Spotify, iTunes, and more. Since it has a built-in mic, you can also handle calls from the Angle 3 and use it like a speakerphone. Ultimately, the speaker, which offers a 100-foot wireless range, offers a great value for the price.

Best Battery: Anker SoundCore

Anker’s SoundCore is a small wireless speaker that offers one of the best battery lives of any speaker on the market. The SoundCore is about as simple as it gets, with a thin rectangular design. It comes in three colors — black, red, and blue — and offers a built-in microphone, so you can use it as a speakerphone when it’s connected to your handset. Although its 66-foot Bluetooth 4.0 range is a little on the short side, for most users, it likely won’t be much of a problem.

The SoundCore’s best feature, however, might be its battery, which clocks in at a whopping 24 hours of continuous playtime. Since it has dual drivers, you should be able to take advantage of stereo sound when you’re playing music or listening to podcasts. Measuring 2.13" x 6.5" x 1.77" and weighing 12.64, the SoundCore is also a lightweight, highly portable option for listening on the go.

Best Touch Control: DOSS Touch Wireless

If you’re looking for plenty of buttons all over your Bluetooth speaker, don’t even consider the DOSS Touch Wireless. This speaker is all about user experience, and it’s designed with capacitive touch controls that allow you to quickly change tracks, pause playback, or change modes with just your fingertips.

The Touch Wireless has dual drivers for stereo sound and since it works with Bluetooth 4.0, you should expect a range of around 66 feet. Its battery life is 12 hours, which isn’t stellar but should work for most users. Once you run out of battery life, you can recharge to 100 percent capacity in three to four hours.

DOSS’ speaker comes in a variety of colors, including black, gray, and red, and its boxy design should make it easy to place anywhere in the house. But since it’s so small and lightweight, you can also easily pop it into a bag and bring it with you wherever you go.

Best Waterproof: JBL Flip 4

JBL has been one of the leaders in the wireless speaker market for quite some time. Although its Flip 4 is one of the more expensive items on our list, it offers outstanding flexibility — and doesn’t make you worry if it gets wet.

The JBL Flip 4 has a cylindrical design that blasts out stereo audio. It’s available in a slew of colors, including black, gray, and red, among others, and according to many users, it delivers downright outstanding sound. JBL’s speaker lets you connect up to two smartphones or tablets to it at the same time, so you and your friends can pick music and play it on the device. Its 3000mAh battery pack delivers up to 12 hours of straight playtime.

The Flip 4 comes with an IPx7 rating, which means you can submerge it in water and it won’t get damaged. With help from its JBL Connect+ support, you can link the speaker with more than 100 other JBL Connect+ devices to create a truly immersive sound experience.

Best Outdoor: AOMAIS Sport II

The AOMAIS Sport II is about one thing: outdoor partying. The speaker comes with a decidedly unique design with two front-facing speakers and a black-and-orange finish. It has a rugged look to it, as well, which further bolsters the belief that this thing can take a beating and still work just fine.

The Sport II is waterproof and can sit in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes and still hold out. Its exterior is made from rubber that protects it from scratches and should help it absorb some shock if it’s dropped under certain conditions.

AOMAIS's speaker uses 20W sound, which translates to high-quality audio, and if you have two of the devices, you can pair them together to create a multi-channel setup. The device uses Bluetooth 4.0, which is good for 66-foot range, and its built-in microphone means you can use it to place and receive calls.

Most Portable: JBL Go 2

JBL’s Go 2 is an ultraportable Bluetooth speaker that will do just fine above or under water. The device is nicely affordable and comes with an extremely small design. The speaker, which looks not unlike a lunchbox, is available in a dozen colors, ranging from deep sea blue to cinnamon red. Since it’s been designed to be water-resistant, you can submerge in three feet of water and keep on listening to music.

The speaker comes with five hours of playback, so it’s not the right choice for an all-day excursion, but if you want to take advantage of solid audio quality, its noise-canceling might help you out. In addition to wireless connectivity with Bluetooth, the JBL Go 2 also comes with a USB port for plugging in other devices and beaming audio through it. The small but mighty speaker measures 1.3" x 3.5" x 2.9" and weighs 6.49 ounces.

Best Design: Sony XB10

The XB10 comes with a cylindrical design not unlike the Apple HomePod. But instead of an all-grille design like Apple’s device, the XB10 has a plastic wrap and a grille at the top. Better yet, in addition to Bluetooth connectivity, the XB10 offers near-field communication connectivity between devices.

Sony’s device can be arranged vertically or horizontally to pump out rich sound and its controls are nicely placed on the back to make it easy to pause playback and interact with audio in different ways. Regardless of how you’ve placed your speaker, Sony’s device offers water-resistance to protect it when it rains.

Sony’s XB10 offers an Extra Bass feature that improves low-end audio, and if you buy two, you can pair them together for stereo sound. According to Sony, the device offers up to 16 hours of battery life, which is quite good compared to Bluetooth competitors.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 11 hours researching the most popular Bluetooth speakers under $100 on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 40 different speakers, screened options from 23 different brands and manufacturers, read over 100 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 4 of the speakers themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.