The 8 Best Speakers for Under $100 in 2019

For high-quality sound on a budget

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The Rundown

  • Best Speaker System: Logitech Z323 at Amazon, "If you want a flexible speaker bundle that sounds good and won't break the bank, it's hard to go wrong with the Logitech Z323 system."
  • Best Bookshelf Speakers: Edifier R1280T at Amazon, "This relatively small pair of speakers from Edifier puts out 42W RMS, an impressive amount of volume for the size."
  • Best Computer Speakers: Bose Companion 2 at Amazon, "At 7.5" x 3.1" x 5.9" and around two pounds each, these 22W speakers are larger and heavier than much of the competition."
  • Best In-Wall Speakers: Yamaha NSIC600WH at Amazon, "The Yamaha NSIC600WH 110W RMS speakers are comprised of a 6.5-inch woofer and one-inch tweeter that pump out plenty of volume and rich sound despite their slim profile."
  • Best Subwoofer: Polk Audio PSW10 at Amazon, "Measuring approximately 14 x 14.4 x 16 inches, the ten-inch driver in this standalone 50W RMS subwoofer is enough to get the walls shaking."
  • Best Portable Speaker: UE Roll 2 at Amazon, "The UE Roll 2 is waterproof, so it can be fully immersed in water."
  • Best Outdoor Speakers: Kicker KB6000 at Amazon, "These speakers push out a total of 75W RMS, so they're plenty loud enough for backyard pool parties and BBQs on the deck."
  • Best Compact Speakers: Edifier Exclaim Speakers at Amazon, "This stylish model from Edifier has a super compact design that squeezes high-quality sound out of very slimline speakers."

Our Top Picks

Best Speaker System: Logitech Z323 Speaker System with Bluetooth Adapter

Logitech Z323 Speaker + Bluetooth Bundle

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If you want a flexible speaker bundle that sounds good and won't break the bank, it's hard to go wrong with the Logitech Z323 system. One of several speaker kits offered by the company, this Z323 speaker and Bluetooth audio adapter bundle hits the sweet spot of price versus performance. The 18W RMS subwoofer delivers enough thumping bass to fill a small to medium-sized room, with the pair of 6W RMS satellite speakers adding crisp mid-range and treble tones.

The standard speaker kit includes ⅛" and RCA inputs, but this bundle also includes a small Bluetooth adapter that expands the kit's usefulness. Plug it into either input and you can stream music from your phone or tablet to the Z323 from anywhere inside a 50-foot range.

A solid value option from a well-known manufacturer, the Z323 bundle is the ideal speaker upgrade for any bedroom or office.

Best Bookshelf Speakers: Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers

This relatively small pair of speakers from Edifier puts out 42W RMS, an impressive amount of volume for the size, while their attractive retro wooden design is stylish and understated. The front plate comes off if you prefer to see your speakers in action. Input is handled by a pair of RCA connectors, with both RCA-RCA and RCA-AUX (⅛") cables in the box.

Separate bass, treble, and volume controls let you tweak sound settings to your liking, with a simple remote that lets you mute or change speaker volume without getting off the sofa. They sound much better than you might expect from any sub-$100 speakers, making them a quality option at a very reasonable price.

Best Computer Speakers: Bose Companion 2 Series III

If you're looking for a solid set of multimedia speakers with brand recognition, check out the third iteration of the Bose Companion 2, a two-speaker system that will dramatically improve the sound you get from your existing laptop or basic desktop computer speakers.

At 7.5" x 3.1" x 5.9" and around two pounds each, these 22W speakers are larger and heavier than much of the competition — and it shows in the sound quality. Despite the lack of a dedicated subwoofer, there's plenty of bass and a refreshing lack of distortion even at higher volumes.

The Series III has two ⅛" inputs, so you can leave the speakers hooked up to your computer at all times and connect a portable music player or other devices as needed. There's also a volume dial and headphone jack on the front. Rotating the dial all the way to the left switches off the power.

Bose has a reputation for producing high-grade consumer audio equipment, and the Companion 2 is a great way to get a pair of quality speakers into your home at an affordable price.

Best In-Wall Speakers: Yamaha NSIC600WH

Wall- or ceiling-mounted speakers can be an appealing option for those who want a low-profile way to play audio in their home theater. But tracking down affordable options that sound good and are easy to mount can be a challenge.

Sold as a pair, the Yamaha NSIC600WH 110W RMS speakers are comprised of a 6.5-inch woofer and one-inch tweeter that pump out plenty of volume and rich sound despite their slim profile. It's easy to integrate them into any room thanks to the paintable speaker grill. The speakers have a sealed back cover to help keep dust and moisture out. But if you're installing them in an insulated ceiling space, it's probably still a good idea to build or buy a small enclosure to put over the top.

These speakers can be mounted in either the walls or the ceiling. They are available in both smaller and larger sizes and in a six-speaker kit for use in large spaces or across multiple rooms.

Best Subwoofer: Polk Audio PSW10

Want to add some serious bass to your existing speaker setup? The PSW10, from renowned speaker manufacturer Polk, is perfect for the job. Measuring approximately 14 x 14.4 x 16 inches, the ten-inch driver in this standalone 50W RMS subwoofer is enough to get the walls shaking. There's a volume control on the speaker for when the neighbors start complaining, as well as a separate low pass filter.

The speaker weighs a hefty 26 pounds, and the downward-facing design —coupled with internal bracing and baffling— ensures excellent sound quality from a relatively compact speaker size. Line-in input is handled by stereo RCA connectors, as well as stereo inputs and outputs for connecting other speakers to this sub.

Whether you're building out a home theater system from scratch, or simply replacing an existing sub that's seen better days, check out the PSW10.

Best Portable Speaker: UE Roll 2

Most small Bluetooth speakers sacrifice features and sound quality in the name of portability. That's not the case with the UE Roll 2. Building on the success of the previous version, this is a tiny speaker that ticks all the right boxes.

Its compact disc-like shape makes it easy to drop in a small bag, while the nine-hour battery life means it can last all day on the beach (or wherever else you want to bring it). The UE Roll 2 is waterproof, so it can be fully immersed in water. It even comes with a mini "life preserver" so you can have it floating in the pool or hot tub beside you.

The speaker puts out plenty of volume and sounds good doing it. If you or a friend happen to have a second Roll 2, you can even connect them together over Bluetooth using the companion app. This speaker comes in a wide variety of colors and designs.

Best Outdoor Speakers: Kicker KB6000

At 17 x 15 x 10 inches and weighing 15.2 pounds, these rugged speakers from Kicker can be mounted pretty much anywhere the audio and power cables can reach. These speakers push out a total of 75W RMS, so they're plenty loud enough for backyard pool parties and BBQs on the deck. (Note that they are speakers only, so you'll need to provide your own amplifier.) The sound quality is surprisingly good, with decent bass and crisp, clear output in the upper registers. These speakers are fairly weatherproof, but the warranty doesn't cover water damage so it's probably best to try to put them under the eaves, or somewhere else with a little protection from the elements.

There's no remote, Bluetooth, or other fancy features—these are simply a solid, reliable pair of speakers that let you bring the entertainment outdoors without having to spend a fortune. Mounting brackets and screws are included.

Best Compact Speakers: Edifier Exclaim Bi-Amped Speakers

If your desk or workspace doesn't have a lot of extra room for computer speakers, this stylish model from Edifier has a super compact design that squeezes high-quality sound out of very slimline speakers. The round base of each speaker holds a three-inch woofer, while the thin upper section holds a pair of 1½-inch tweeters. Each section also contains a passive radiator, delivering richer tones and louder volume.

The 36W total output is enough to fill most rooms, and there's a set of volume and power buttons on one of the speakers to control basic settings. Input is via a standard ⅛" aux cable, which is included in the packaging. A more expensive model with Bluetooth support is also available if you need a wireless option.

Our Process

Our writers spent 10 hours researching the most popular speakers under $100 on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 17 different speakers overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers, read over 90 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 1 of the speakers themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.