There’s nothing better than connecting wirelessly to a device that can play your favorite song from across the room. There are a ton of different speakers out there as every company big and small scrambles to put a speaker of their own out on the market. We’ve sifted through a bunch of them and made a list of some of our favorites that won’t cost you your favorite limb so let’s get into it, these are our top picks for the best cheap Bluetooth speakers.
When you’re discussing bang for your buck Bluetooth speakers, the name JBL always seems to pop up in one form or another. This time it was in the shape of the JBL Clip. At only $50 this is probably one of the better sounding speakers on this list. As the name implies the speaker literally has a carabiner clip built into the design which makes it an ideal partner for activities like hiking or cycling. Simply clip it onto your bag or belt loop and enjoy some tunes for a little while. Battery life will only last you about 5 hours but on the bright side it charges quickly.
The Clip comes in a bunch of different colors and even some NBA editions with the logos of your favorite team at no extra cost. Be sure to check out the full review if you’re interested.
Next up on the list of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers is the Anker MP141. This made our Best Bluetooth Speakers of 2014 list a few months back and we haven’t seen another speaker in this price range that has been able to de-thrown it thus far in 2015, so it remains. The speaker weighs about 9 ounces and has the shape of a small cube. The compact size goes well with the idea that it’s supposed to be portable. The MP141 can easily be thrown into a bag and carried from place to place which is what we look for in a good and cheap Bluetooth speaker.
What’s the point of wireless portability if it’s too bulky to be carried around? In case your iPod classic begins to feel left out, the speaker also has a 3.5mm input on the back so it can still play music. With the size of the speaker you would expect it to come with a small battery and therefore short battery life, but you’d be wrong. The speaker can easily get through a full days streaming with 20 hours of battery life powered by a 2100 mAh battery. Again, if this seems like the perfect match for your needs make sure to check out the full review to get a better feel on it.
For those of you who live a more rugged lifestyle, this next one is for you. The TDK Trek Micro has an IP64 rating which basically makes it completely weatherproof and also has a metal grill that gives it a strong industrial feel. At only 6 ounces it’s a good thing it comes with a carabiner because similar to the JBL Clip, it was pretty much made to be strapped to you and carried around. Though I would personally give evil eyes to anyone doing this on a morning commute to work, I can definitely see how this is a useful feature for outdoor excursions like hiking or cycling.
Unlike many speakers in sub-$50 the Trek Micro has NFC capabilities for easy pairing, but also comes with a 3.5mm input just in case. Similar to the Clip, the Trek Micro lacks in battery life with only about 6 hours of playback time. If portability is your primary concern with sound quality a close second, then the Trek Micro is definitely worth taking a look at. To learn more about the Trek Micro including additional features and a tip on how to best listen to it, check out the full review.
We haven’t had a chance to give a full review to the next two speakers, but as one of them is a solid niche product and the other keeps popping up all over the internet we figured they deserved an honorable mention.
Waterproof Bluetooth Shower speaker
First is the Waterproof Bluetooth speaker. This is a tear drop shaped shower speaker that is IPX7 certified and a supposed battery life of about 6 hours. Though we haven’t fully tested it, people on Amazon said it was closer to 3 hours of playback time which is still way longer than any shower I’ve ever taken. On the back is a suction cup that makes it really easy to stick to your shower wall without worrying if it’ll slip off.
There are tons of cheap shower speakers out there but this one caught my attention because it also has a microphone and playback controls built right onto it. Not to mention it gets pretty loud which is the whole point of a shower speaker. For only $20, we figured it’s worth a mention for all of you budding superstars out there.
Next is the Lepow Modre Bluetooth speaker. First thing you’ll notice when you take it out of the box is that it comes in a cup, and a nice one. Strange? Yes, but also useful. When you take the oddly shaped speaker out of the cup you realize that the cup can double as a stand if you want it to. Flipping the cup upside down reveals a grippy plastic bottom that the speaker can be placed on top of. The Modre has an auxiliary input as well as well as a microphone for answering phone calls which were surprisingly clear. It charges via micro USB and Lepow claims the battery will last you 7 hours of constant playback.
Again, we haven’t tested this thoroughly but for only $25 we figured it was worth a mention. It comes with a micro USB charger and 3.5mm audio cable but if nothing else, at least you get a cool cup out of it.
As Bluetooth speakers get better and cheaper, we’ll be sure to keep this list updated to match our top picks. If you feel we missed a good speaker or want to share your personal favorite, be sure to drop a comment below and let us know.