Looking for the best sounding Bluetooth speakers- without breaking a budget? Below, we dive into a comprehensive review of the best Bluetooth speakers under $100 to buy.

A good quality Bluetooth speaker is essential to listen to your favorite podcasts, radio stations, and music. While smartphones allow you to play music and podcasts on the go, they often do not deliver an immersive audio experience. This is true even when we connect our smartphones to headphones.

You will be surprised to find out that though these speakers are priced under $100, they carry premium features such as passive bass radiators and waterproof build. They are also stylish and durable.

As is our norm, we researched (and tested thoroughly) to find 7 speakers suitable for you. Whether you are looking for a speaker to stream music from your phone or just one that packs plenty of battery life, we got you.

 

What are the Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $100?

 

1. JBL FLIP 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

 

Image of a black JBL FLIP 4 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

 

Are you looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker with a waterproof build? The JBL FLIP 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is the best choice. With IPX7 waterproof build, it’s perfect for indoors and outdoors.

What I liked about the build is that it can withstand spills and rains. Even if you were to submerge the speaker in water accidentally, it would continue playing high-quality sound.

As the next generation of the Flip series, this compact speaker comes with a 3000mAh rechargeable battery. It offers 12 hours of continuous audio playtime. To fully charge the speaker, it only takes 3.5 hours.

Besides a rechargeable battery, the all-weather Bluetooth speaker features echo and noise-canceling technology. As such, you can always experience high-quality audio and crystal clear calls. The speaker is available in black and five other vibrant colors.

Any color you choose should match perfectly with your dorm room or apartment decor. The Bluetooth speaker features the JBL Connect+ technology. This technology allows you to connect more than 100 JBL Connect enabled speakers.

Just imagine having a party by the beach with 100+ JBL Flip 4 speakers streaming crystal clear audio to your ears. That’s an unforgettable experience.

The JBL FLIP 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker comes with dual external passive radiators. These passive radiators not only enable you to hear the bass. But to feel it too. That is how powerful the JBL Flip 4 speaker is.

Key Features:

  • Passive Bass radiators
  • Sturdy, waterproof build
  • 12 hours of playtime
  • Available in vibrant colors
  • Noise-canceling technology

 

What we liked:

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Waterproof design
  • Available in vibrant colors
  • Has built-in noise-canceling technology
  • Perfect for streaming music and conference calls

 

What we did not like:

  • Tremble response needs adjustment

 

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2. JBL Flip 5 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

One of the Best Speakers for a College Party

 

Image of a red JBL FLIP 5 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

 

The JBL Flip 5 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is the fifth line in the Flip speaker series. Like Flip 4, it comes with a 3000mAh rechargeable battery. This gives you more than 12 hours of audio playtime.

Now you can keep the party going for longer. The battery takes 3.5 hours to charge fully.

Another prominent feature is the sturdy, waterproof build. The IPX7 body protects the speaker from spills and rain. This makes the speaker perfect for outdoor use.

Are you planning a party at the beach or the rooftop of your apartment? Don’t let bad weather interrupt your party or worry about the speaker getting damaged even when it starts raining. The durable, rugged rubber housing protects the speaker from spills and rain.

Thanks to its waterproof design, it can continue working even after submerging up to 3 feet deep in water.

The speaker has the PartyBoost feature that allows you to connect two JBL Flip 5 speakers to pump up your party. You can even connect more JBL PartyBoost, compatible speakers, across different locations outdoors.

Lightweight and portable, you can carry the speaker with you anywhere. Whether you are going camping with friends or hiking. You can keep yourself entertained with music and informed on the latest news and weather reports.

Besides entertaining yourself, Flip 5 allows you to receive calls wirelessly.

Key Features:

  • Available in 11 distinct color options
  • Racetrack shape
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Waterproof design

 

What we liked:

  • Comes in a durable, rugged rubber housing
  • Available in 11 colors, including Black Camo
  • Waterproof
  • Battery lasts for 12 hours
  • Lightweight and portable

 

What we did not like:

  • No smart assistant integration

 

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3. Amazon Echo 4th Gen

 

Image of Amazon's All-new Echo (4th Gen)

 

With a new look, the Amazon Echo 4th Gen is perfect for controlling your entertainment with voice commands. All you have to do is ask Alexa for help. You can ask the voice assistant to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, and SiriusXM.

Besides streaming music, you can command Alexa to play your favorite podcasts, audiobooks, and radio stations. Want to check the weather, play news, set alarms, and control other smart devices? The Amazon Echo 4th Gen can do all this.

This is because it comes with a built-in Zigbee hub. The hub allows you to connect and control other smart devices using Zigbee. For example, plugs, sensors, locks, and lights.

To get started, all you need to do is command Alexa to discover other devices like this “Alexa, discover my devices.”

The built-in hub is very powerful. It can connect to smart devices across different rooms and floors. This is the perfect device to fill the house with music from streaming platforms and radio stations.

You can receive calls hands-free from family members and friends. Just connect your smartphone with the speaker via Bluetooth, and you’re good to go.

Besides the smart assistant integration, I liked this speaker because it can protect your privacy. Unlike other models, this speaker has several layers of protection. One of those layers is the ability to turn off the microphone.

To do so, press the microphone off button. Now, you don’t have to worry about others listening in on your private conversations.

According to Amazon, this Amazon Echo 4th Generation is available from October 22, 2020. How cool is that!

Key Features:

  • Alexa integration
  • Powerful speakers
  • Built-in Zigbee hub
  • Stylish, modern design

 

What we liked:

  • Low power mode reduces energy consumption
  • Made from recycled plastics and die-cast aluminum
  • Alexa enabled
  • Has multiple layers of protection
  • Easy to use

What we did not like:

  • Light ring does not appear to be very prominent

 

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4. Anker Soundcore Flare Wireless Speaker

Best Speaker for a Pool Party

 

Image of a soundcore speaker by Anker

 

The Anker Soundcore Flare Wireless Speaker is a powerful speaker with breathtaking bass. It features BassUp technology, a digital signal processor. This processor analyses the signal first before enhancing the bass frequencies.

It then turns the signal into an intensified sound for a great entertainment experience. You need to know that the processor can do this in real-time. The combination of the digital processor and passive bass radiators allows the speaker to deliver 360 degrees sound.

As such, it ensures that listeners in the room get an equal sound experience. What I liked about this speaker is the halo of the LED phase pulse. As the music plays, the LED light shines with the rhythm of your music.

You and your friends get to have an immersive sound experience. The LED light is customizable, and there are five modes to choose from. You can select any light mode to go with your mood.

To do so, download the Soundcore app. From your app, you can customize EQ according to the music genre you are listening to.

Want to boost your party sound and provide your friends with an expansive listening experience? You can connect 2 Anker Soundcore Flare Wireless Speakers via a single Bluetooth device. Once you do so, go into boost mode and double the power.

As the best sounding Bluetooth speaker, its suitable for indoor and outdoor environments thanks to its IP67 waterproof build. This supersafe protection ensures that the speaker can withstand spills, submersion in water, dust, and rain.

For a great experience in Wireless Stereo Mode, I recommend that you position the speakers at least 16 ft(5 m) from each other while indoors. Outdoors, place the speakers at least 48 ft(15 m).

Key Features:

  • 360 degree sound
  • BassUp technology
  • Waterproof build
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Customizable EQ

 

What we liked:

  • Has impermeable protection from spills, dust, and rain
  • Features LED lights that offer an immersive visual experience
  • Works with the Soundcore app
  • Allows for Wireless Stereo Pairing
  • Stylish design

 

What we did not like:

  • None!

 

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5. Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker

 

Image of the Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Portable Waterproof & Shockproof Bluetooth Speaker

 

If you are looking for a smart buy, the Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker is for you. Crafted with waterproof materials, the speaker can withstand rain, dust, and spills. As such, it’s perfect for indoors and outdoor use.

Besides the waterproof design, this unit comes with powerful speakers. They can deliver a 360-degree immersive experience.

It can blast loud sounds with deep bass in every direction. Whether you are holding the party at the beach, in a cave, or by the lake, nothing will come between you and the music.

With smart AI integrations, namely Siri and Google Now, you can control your entertainment with voice commands. Just voice a few commands such as “OK Google, play (music title).”

You can also receive your calls and chat with family and friends wirelessly. This Bluetooth speaker eliminates the need to reach for your phone when you receive calls. Instead of interrupting your listening experience, you can pick up calls from the comfort of your room.

The BlueTooth speaker has a range of 100ft. You can pair it with more than 150 Boom 2 or MegaBoom speakers. If you want to amplify the party, this is the best way to do so.

To unlock features such as customizable EQ and Block Party, you must download the Boom 2 app. Download the app to your smartphone and take control of the speaker. Besides customizing the EQ, you can access other features such as Remove ON/OFF and Musical Alarm.

The physical controls are easy to use. That includes the easy to tap volume buttons and touch-sensitive panel on the top. This panel allows you to play, pause, or skip tracks.

Key Features:

  • Lithium-ion battery powered
  • 360-degree speakers
  • IPX7 Waterproof
  • Shockproof

 

What we liked:

  • Provides a 360 degree sound experience
  • Designed to get muddy or wet
  • Can wirelessly connect with 50 other Ultimate Ears speakers
  • Siri and Google Now voice integration
  • Works with the Boom 2 app

 

What we did not like:

  • No Alexa Voice control

 

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6. Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation

 

Image of Echo Dot 3rd Gen

 

This is one of Amazon’s popular smart speakers. It comes with an LED display that shows outdoor temperature and time.

The LED also has a light sensor. This sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the LED display, allowing you to see the time.

The Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation comes in a compact, lightweight design. At 300 grams or 10.6 ounces, it can fit in your backpack or pocket easily. If you were looking for a smart Bluetooth speaker for camping and hiking trips, this is for you.

For easy access, the controls are on the top panel. As such, you can adjust the volume or switch the mic off. You need to know that the mic off button is for your protection.

By turning the mic off, no one can listen to your private conversations.

Other privacy features include the ability to view and delete any voice recordings saved in the device. To learn more about privacy features available in Amazon smart speakers, visit Alexa Privacy Hub.

Speaking of Alexa, you can control the smart speaker with voice commands. Alexa has tens of thousands of skills. Each day, the smart assistant is getting smarter.

You can command the smart speaker to play relaxing sounds. All you have to say is, “Alexa, play [music title].” You can also stay in touch with your family and friends. Just say, “Alexa, call [name of a family member or friend].”

Just below the control panel is the light ring. This LED display enhances your audiovisual experience because it follows the rhythm of your music.

Key Features:

  • LED display
  • Light sensor
  • Alexa integration
  • Microphone off button

 

What we liked:

  • Simple to set up
  • Easy to use
  • Stylish design
  • Alexa enabled
  • Built-in privacy controls

 

What we did not like:

  • No integrated battery backup
  • Light ring not dimmable

 

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7. Sony SRS-XB23 Wireless Speaker

 

Image of the Sony SRS-XB23 EXTRA BASS Wireless Portable Speaker

 

Sony is a trusted brand that manufactures fun looking and durable Bluetooth speakers. One of the best BlueTooth speakers under $100 made by Sony is the SRS-XB23 Wireless Speaker.

Waterproof and dustproof, it features a sturdy design made of IP67 materials. The speaker is shockproof and dustproof too.

You need to know that the unit can remain in operation even after immersion up to 1-meter depth in water for 30 minutes. Besides that, it can withstand dust particles up to 75 mm in diameter. You don’t have to worry about outdoor usage.

Whether you are having a party by the lake or hosting a BBQ, the speaker will continue providing an immersive sound experience.

Compact and lightweight, the speaker comes with a convenient strap that you can use to hang the speaker on the wall or backpack. The speaker has a rechargeable battery, which allows you to listen for longer.

You can listen to your favorite radio stations, podcasts, and playlists from music streaming platforms.

To ensure a richer and deeper sound quality, Sony fitted the speakers with X-Balanced technology. Together with the side passive radiators, you and your friends will experience clear bass sound.

You can get the party booming with Party Connect. This feature allows you to connect up to 100 wireless speakers via Bluetooth technology. Available color options include black, blue, green, coral, and taupe.

Key Features:

  • Vibrant color options
  • Sturdy build
  • Compact and portable design
  • X Balanced technology
  • Party Connect

 

What we liked:

  • Ability to connect up to 100 wireless speakers via BlueTooth
  • Lightweight and compact design
  • 12-hour battery life
  • Convenient carry strap
  • Vibrant color options

 

What we did not like:

  • No smartphone charging
  • No live sound mode

 

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What To Consider Before Buying Your Best Sounding Bluetooth Speaker

 

Over the years, Bluetooth speakers and related technologies made great strides. Sadly, they are yet to sound like a 5.1 Dolby home theatre system. Thankfully, you and your friends can still have an immersive audio experience.

Here are things to consider when shopping for a Bluetooth speaker:

1. Battery Life- Bluetooth speakers have become popular thanks to their portability and wireless connectivity. To ensure you can listen to your favorite music or podcasts, Bluetooth speakers are cordless.

As such, you don’t have to plug the speakers into a wall socket at all times. They have Lithium rechargeable batteries with varying capacity. This makes them suitable for indoor and outdoor usage.

When buying the best speakers for a college party, it’s essential to ensure the battery’s capacity lasts for many hours. I recommend buying a Bluetooth speaker with a 3000mAH+ battery. Such a speaker can last for more than 12 hours with the need to recharge.

Remember, do not settle for anything less than USB charging.

 

2. Audio Quality- Research shows that there are 41 primary genres of music. Of these primary categories, there are more than 337 subcategories of music, including Blues, Jazz, HipHop, Rock, etc. If you listen carefully to the different genres, you’ll notice a difference in timbre, pitch, duration, melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, expression, and structure.

Manufacturers will add technologies such as passive bass radiators to offer a great experience. These technologies enable you to hear the bass, treble, and crystal clear audio.

When shopping for a Bluetooth speaker, make sure it has separate bass drivers. This leaves room for the speaker to deliver well-balanced highs and powerful, clear lows. Some Bluetooth speakers with passive radiators can vibrate powerfully.

As such, they’ll scoot across your desk. To prevent this, make sure the speaker has rubber feet.

 

3. Waterproof Build and Durability- When it comes to partying, we all prefer doing it outdoors. Unlike indoors, outdoors has open spaces that offer room to the party-goers. With a single Bluetooth speaker, you will not obviously deliver the best sound experience.

Thankfully, you can connect multiple speakers via Bluetooth. This allows you to deliver an immersive audio experience. Some models allow you to connect up to 50 speakers, while others can connect more than 100 speakers.

If you plan on using a Bluetooth speaker outdoors, it’s best to ensure the units are waterproof. In case of bad weather, you don’t have to worry about damage. We recommend going for speakers that withstand immersion up to 3 feet depth in water for more than 30 minutes.

Such speakers have a rating of IP67. The first number after IP means it can withstand solids such as dust up to 75 mm in diameter. The second number refers to protection from liquids such as water.

It’s also essential to ensure the units are dustproof and shockproof too.

 

4. Portability and Design- If you’re planning on camping, hiking, or partying by the lake with friends, portability is an essential factor to consider. A large and heavy speaker will be challenging to carry in your backpack or by hand. But a lightweight and compact speaker with a convenient carry handle is easy to transport.

It’s also backpack friendly. We recommend shopping for Bluetooth speakers that weigh no more than 500g and measure less than 15 cm. A compact speaker occupies less space on your desk, nightstand or bookcase.

The speaker should have a stylish design. Yes, it does not have to look like a sports car, but the design should be attractive. You don’t want to carry around a gigantic speaker that’s heavy.

When shopping, look for models available in vibrant colors such as black, black camo, red, etc.

 

5. Hands-Free Feature and Simple Controls- Bluetooth speakers allow you to stream music, listen to podcasts and radio stations. To do so, you have to connect to your smartphone. A family member or friend will call while listening to music.

What happens? Instead of picking up your smartphone to take the call, use the built-in microphone. This microphone is a hands-free feature.

To receive the call, click on the button on the speaker, and the music will cut. Once you finish talking, music will resume playing. This is very useful, right?

Besides the hands-free feature, look for the best sounding Bluetooth speaker with simple controls. Simple controls allow you to manage the speaker better. Whether you need to play, pause, or skip a track, all you have to do is press a button.

They also eliminate the need to spend hours reading instructions to learn how to program the speaker. It’s wise to select units compatible with smart AI assistants and smartphone apps. Together with the buttons, they offer total control of the Bluetooth speaker. 

 

Final Thoughts 

On the market, there are hundreds of speakers, each with unique features and designs. Some have smart features such as AI integrations and can connect up to 100 wireless speakers. Others are waterproof only while others are dustproof, shockproof, and water-resistant too. 

Remember, If you are searching for the best Bluetooth speakers under $100, look for a unit that’s portable and offers excellent audio quality. It should also be waterproof, have long battery life, smart assistant enabled, durable, easy to use, and easy to set up with hands-free features. 

Happy Shopping!