The Best cheap Bluetooth speakers
Many modern devices like laptops and tablets, even smartphones, have poor audio performance. After all, the limits of space make it difficult to include a large sound system.
The easiest way to improve this is to get a Bluetooth speaker, the easiest way to increase sound quality without the need for headphones.
There are countless models on the market and although many of them offer premium quality, they can cost up to more than 100 euros, something that not everyone will be willing to pay.
Luckily, there are brands that offer cheap Bluetooth speakers, without compromising quality.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2
- $ 99.99
Ultimate Ears is one of the Bluetooth speaker brands that doesn’t stop ringing. The second edition of the Wonderboom may look similar to the original, but it has several designs and improvements that make it even better.
It is still the size of a beer rod and now comes with two-tone fabric and new buttons. That is, a play button at the top, which means you don’t need to fumble for the phone when you want to pause or skip an on.
Despite being small, the Wonderboom 2 packs a lot of power, and the battery life is even longer than before at 13 hours, which is a 30% improvement. Being small it doesn’t have most of the bass, but that’s the nature of this type of speaker and it’s still better than most rivals and its predecessor.
You can pair two speakers to get a proper stereo pair if you want, but the new Outdoor Boost mode is more interesting.
This one uses an EQ to give you a sound profile better suited to outdoor spaces, where otherwise these speakers may struggle to cope and end up sounding muddy.
There’s only one thing that can put off the Wonderboom 2 and it’s the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Tronsmart Element T6 Plus
- $ 69.99
Another good option to have your favorite music everywhere without spending a fortune is this Tronsmart Element T6 Plus portable speaker. Best of all, you can now enjoy a discount on Geekbuying with the code “3QZX0ILR”.
The manufacturers of this device ensure that it will become your best companion the next time you do physical exercise. We do not recommend it for running, as it is not too comfortable to carry and it weighs a bit.
However, it will be ideal the next time you go to the beach or on an excursion. You can organize a small party with music wherever you are. Of course, remember to charge the battery, in this case with a total capacity of 6600 mAh (3300 mAh per battery).
In terms of design, it is not one of the lightest and smallest on the market, but this means that it will also be more powerful. The sound quality is decent considering the price, although the volume power decreases in open spaces.
We positively highlight the button panel of the Element T6 Plus. You will have at your disposal the option to skip the song, pair it with another T6 Plus speaker, connect it to your Bluetooth smartphone and, obviously, turn it on or off.
We also like all the port options the speaker includes. You can use the AUX port if you don’t want to use the Bluetooth connection, the USB C to charge the battery, the USB A to connect a pendrive or the microSD card slot.
Creative Muvo Play
- £ 34.99
This speaker offers one of the cheapest prices of the models included in this article, and the truth is that we have little to complain about with Muvo’s work. This can-sized pocket rocket has a lot going for it.
We like the compact design, which means the Play is super portable and is even IPX7 waterproof, which is not a given at this price point – the mesh only takes a while to dry.
It has easy-to-use buttons and the 360 design, like many others, means you can lower the speaker anywhere and it will still sound good.
It has a 3.5mm auxiliary connection, but it’s best to use Bluetooth 5.0, which provides a decent wireless connection. You can also join two Muvo Play speakers together to create a stereo pair if you want.
Creative offers decent, punchy sound here for little money thanks to a pair of full-range drivers and a pair of passive bass radiators.
Although the speaker is well suited to a lot of music and podcasts, it does have a bit of a struggle on the low end, as it can only go as high as 70Hz, when the human ear reaches 20Hz.
That’s really the only downside to this excellent speaker.
Tribit Stormbox Micro
- $ 56.99
Although the Tribit StormBox Micro loudspeaker is affordably priced and small in size, it still produces very admirable sound quality, especially when it comes to bass.
Its portable design means it can fit in the palm of your hand with ease, and the fixed strap is also handy to attach to your bike if you want. In addition, thanks to its degree of impermeability and resistance to dust IP67, you can remove it in any weather condition.
However, you will only have a Bluetooth 5.0 connection. The USB-C port is for charging only, and there is no auxiliary port. However, with eight hours of battery life, a Bluetooth-only connection should be sufficient for most occasions.
The sound quality is high enough to fill a room, although if you are hosting a large gathering, we recommend that you buy two of them to use in stereo mode.
Otherwise, this speaker is perfect for those on a budget who want a travel-size speaker that doesn’t compromise on clear audio.
Denon Envaya Pocket
- $ 99
There’s no question: the Denon Envaya Pocket is an incredibly attractive speaker. It measures only 16.3 cm and its lightness (390 grams) surprises us.
Added to this is its resistant polymer material that protects the speaker and increases its durability. It’s also waterproof, which means you won’t have to stop playing your favorite song even if it rains.
The Pocket speaker also offers the ability to make and receive calls hands-free. Also, if you connect it to an iOS device, you can communicate with Siri , Apple’s virtual assistant, through the speaker.
A special utility of these speakers is Envaya Link, that is, the possibility of connecting an additional Pocket speaker to achieve stereo sound.
Depending on the volume you use, the battery can last around 10 hours. Its charge is quite fast, it manages to charge up to 100% in about 2 hours.
The Pocket Bluetooth speaker is internally composed of two speakers, this means that the range of sounds is not produced by a single speaker, thus offering a clearer and higher quality sound.
Bottom line: Denon Envaya Pocket Bluetooth speakers reproduce high-quality sound, from bass to treble, although it is more focused on songs composed of sharp, punchy bass. Still, we haven’t detected a hint of distortion.
- £ 29.99
The Creative Nuno speaker is so light (390 grams), that transporting it from one place to another will be the easiest task in the world.
This speaker model is the most popular of the Nuno company, probably because its elegant and original design meets the aesthetic tastes of a large number of users. It is available in two colors: greyish black and light gray.
The Nuno speaker claims to offer six hours of battery life (with a 1050mAh battery). It connects to your devices via bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and 3.5mm aux cable.
The sound quality of these Bluetooth speakers is good: capable of reproducing mid-range tones clearly, providing a fantastic soundstage.
However, the basses are not so well presented, as we feel like they sound a bit “wobbly”. The sub-base is practically non-existent, while the mid-bass thumps of sound lack presence.
Loud tones improve the bottom line on the sound quality of Creative Nuno bluetooth speakers.
As a conclusion: the sound quality could be more refined, however, for the price offered and the overall quality of the device, we think it is worth it.
Lava BrightSounds 2
- $ 24.99
It was a matter of time before a company decided to unite in a single device: smart light bulb, power bank and Bluetooth speaker. As a result of this mixture, Lava BrightSounds 2 is born.
About three-quarters of the device’s structure is made up of a plastic-covered surface that emits light. The brightness is adjustable, which means you can choose between a dazzling white light or a more modest and relaxing lighting.
The remaining room, in the upper part, is formed by a speaker wrapped in a mesh available in various colors. This speaker is capable of 360 degree sound output.
Four control buttons are located on the upper base of the Bluetooth speaker, along with the LED that shows the battery status and the Lava logo.
If Bluetooth is not the connection you want, you will find auxiliary connections (aux cable and USB) on the back of the Lava BrightSounds 2, to be able to connect devices that do not have Bluetooth.
The Bluetooth speaker has a lithium ion battery inside, thanks to which you can enjoy 36 hours of music without draining the battery. The charging time once exhausted is between three and four hours.
Despite its price (quite cheap compared to other models), the Lava BrightSounds 2 speaker didn’t make us hear a hint of distortion. All this, surely, thanks to its powerful 5W stereo speakers.
The sound emitted is powerful enough to fill a room, which for a speaker of this price is quite surprising. The bass and sharpness of the sound is quite acceptable.
- $ 59.99
The Tronsmart Force is a Bluetooth speaker built for the outdoors, featuring a rugged design with a shockproof grippy rubber frame and a black metal grill on the front and rear.
It also has IPX7 dust and water resistance, which means it should survive a dip in the pool for up to 30 minutes without any lasting damage.
Exterior design doesn’t mean you skimp on intelligence; you can access Siri or Google Assistant, and there are also several ways to connect.
In addition to Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC support, the speaker features a 3.5mm jack for non-Bluetooth devices and a microSD card slot for standalone music playback.
It lasts about 15 hours on a single charge, thanks to the combination of two 3300mAh batteries, and a 3-hour charge time via USB-C isn’t bad either.
The portable speaker features dual passive radiators along with two 20W drivers for a total power of 40W, and it packs a punch. These passive radiators work hard to produce well-rounded, distortion-free bass.
The speaker offers a built-in equalizer with three modes: 3D Stereo, Extra Bass, and Standard. 3D Stereo broadens the soundscape and produces room-filling audio, while Extra Bass does what it says on the tin: it delivers powerful bass, ideal for party situations.
Generally, the Tronsmart Pulse provides deep bass, clear mids, and crisp highs, although that clarity is sometimes sacrificed in favor of more powerful bass tones, and the sound begins to distort at maximum volume. But for the price, you’ll have a hard time finding something with such prominence.
- £ 49.99
The Kitsound Diggit combines sleek, lightweight styling with impressive sound, as well as an incredible price. Despite being affordable, the Diggit doesn’t skimp on quality and design.
It’s portable, offers IP55 protection against dust and water, and comes with a removable stake – which is its most prominent feature – that allows you to plant it in the ground.
Design aside, the Diggit produces a clear and balanced sound. While the pitch is higher when the volume is turned up, this does not make the listening experience unpleasant, especially when the music is mostly for ambient purposes. Otherwise, the highs and mids are clearly visible and the vocals sound crisp.
The Diggit is ideal for outdoor gatherings such as barbecues and picnics; although it is versatile enough to also be used for indoor parties, such as in a bedroom or living room.
This makes it a particularly good option for students on a budget.
The Diggit also allows for wireless stereo pairing. Although we haven’t tested it, this should allow you to improve the sound by allowing you to play the audio through two Diggit speakers.
Soundkit also offers the most powerful Diggit XL, which allows more than one hundred Diggits to be paired with each other.
- $ 69.99
The Tribit speaker may not be the best Bluetooth speaker on the market if you are looking for a cheap one, but it does strike a good balance between all the things we consider necessary in this type of device: design, build quality, tools, and sound quality.
It has a cylindrical design, albeit slightly square, and only comes in black with large white buttons that are easy to see and use. There are smaller buttons on the back for tools like XBass, which you’ll probably leave on.
Set it on some flat surfaces and you get some extra bass boost with the passive radiator pointing down.
At this price, it is more impressive to see an IPX7 waterproof rating. This means that the speaker can be completely submerged, making it ideal for use in a swimming pool without concern of it being dropped into the water by accident.
In addition to the passive radiators at the ends, the 360 has two 45mm units capable of firing 12W each. That’s a good amount of power and you can daisy chain a second speaker if you’re having a bigger party.
Although the bass is good, there are some gaps in the frequency response, so the overall sound is not as full as we would like.
Buying guide: what features should I consider before buying Bluetooth speakers?
1. 360 degree audio
360-degree audio is a feature that is sweeping the field of Bluetooth speakers.
What is 360 degree audio? Typically this feature occurs in tube-shaped Bluetooth speakers that have audio leads that focus in all possible directions.
Traditional speakers only project audio from the front. 360 degree audio will immerse you in the video or audio you are listening to, as the room will be filled with sound in its entirety.
This is why 360-degree audio is an important feature to consider before purchasing speakers.
It was previously only available in high-end Bluetooth speakers, but now it’s an increasingly common feature in speakers of all price points.
2. Battery life
Not long ago, the standard battery life for Bluetooth speakers was around five hours.
However, every year (even every month) technology improves, and with it the battery life of bluetooth speakers, reaching an average of 7 to 10 hours. This is why we do not recommend any speaker whose battery lasts less than this number of hours.
It is also advisable to look at speakers that can double their battery life time with the help of power banks or external batteries, something that can be very practical also if you use your smartphone or your iPhone to play music.
3. Bluetooth and wifi connectivity
If you didn’t know yet, some wireless speakers have the tool to connect via wifi. So, which model should you choose?
Traditionally, Bluetooth speakers were able to stay connected up to a distance of 10 meters (approximately). This means that it was only possible to play music in the same room you are in, (when zooming out the audio starts to cut off).
However, thanks to the Wi-Fi connection, the range of distance that you can get away increases significantly. This will allow you, for example, to be able to play music from any room in your house.
As a disadvantage, we can say that Wi-Fi speakers require a more complex degree of configuration than those that connect with Bluetooth (it takes less than 30 seconds).
4. Remote control
From time to time you will come across models of Bluetooth speakers that have the remote control tool. This is a feature that can certainly be very useful, although we do not consider it essential.
Normally, especially if you play music from your smartphone or iPhone, you can control the volume from this device.
5. Water and dust resistance
If you would like to be able to use your Bluetooth speakers in the park or on the beach, it is undoubtedly important that you find speakers that offer some kind of resistance to water and dust.
It’s always a good idea for your speakers to have some kind of protection if you don’t want to have to go back to the store to buy new ones.