Music has a soothing effect on us.
To get excellent music experience you need a great speaker, don’t you?
However these days you don't need one that breaks your bank.
Sometimes some speakers can be small, portable and worthwhile, without you spending much on it…
…and can easily throw in your bag and taken anywhere.
Hence why; today I’ll be showing you a brief list of the Top 3 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers under $100 that are absolutely under your budget and offer much more than what they’re priced at.
Before we jump into the list of Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers under $100, shall we first go through the Pros and Cons of owning a Portable Bluetooth Speaker?
1. They’re easy to carry: Portable Bluetooth Speakers happens to be a great deal when you’re out with your friends, and want to enjoy music together. You can easily tuck them in your bag and take them wherever you go.
2. Small Size: Since it has small footprint and loud sound, you can keep them wherever you want and blast your music.
3. Wireless Technology: The best part of Bluetooth Technology is the elimination of wires allowing you to be free of hassles of managing wires.
1. Charging and Battery Life: Even though Bluetooth Technology saves you from hassle of wires, you need to charge them to keep them alive. Since we’re not used to charging any other device frequently; other than our smartphone, most of the time the speaker’s battery keeps dying out silently and when you’re in dire need of it… it starts glowing the low battery indicator.
2. Average Sound Quality: We all know that any audio device coupled with Bluetooth; results in average sound quality and even the Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers under $100 are no exception. However when you’re enjoying with friends, would you care the song you’re listening to doesn’t has it’s mids and highs working fine? I bet you won’t.
Now that we’ve gone through the Pros and Cons of owning a Portable Bluetooth Speakers; let’s move on to the Top 3 Best Bluetooth Speakers under $100.
#9: JBL Clip
JBL is an audio brand that keeps updating its range of audio devices in line with the latest trends…
…and JBL Clip is no exception to it.
If you give priority to portability along with good audio quality, this is probably the Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker under $100 you can shell out your money on. It’s trivial in size so you won’t find it difficult to even drop in your pocket or small hand purse.
This speaker has a carabineer allowing you to easily hook it up against your belt or backpack.
One important feature that you should fail to notice is… JBL CLIP comes with built-in microphone. Hence, you can take a call without picking up your phone. Isn’t it awesome?
Included 3.5mm headphone jack allows you to plug your headphone jack into the speaker, and you can now listen music via headphones; even while your smartphone is away charging.
JBL Clip delivers robust and crystal clear audio while weighing at just 200 grams.
Once the speaker is full charged, it provides battery life of upto 5 hours.
"For small trips or for regular college use, JBL Clip happens to be an awesome product for everyday use. Since the size is so small, it can easily fit in your pocket and much easier is its price."
#8: Braven 570
It is impossible to forget about this amazing value-for-money and one of the Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker under $100 price segment. What makes it unique is the fact that; Braven 570 can serve another purpose other than that just being a Bluetooth speaker.
Hence along with listening to music, you can also use the Braven 570 to charge your smartphone via the built-in power bank feature.
The speaker comes in six different bright colors: White, Black, Blue, Red, Green and Purple. Hence you have the freedom to choose one that suits you best!
The speaker and microphone are sealed inside the grilles on both sides of the module.
Left panel sports an LED indicator, battery status button, USB port and an Aux output, whereas call answer button, power button, volume rocker, 3.5 mm Aux input and a micro USB port are on right side.
You can even connect it with two and more Braven 570 Bluetooth Speakers to enjoy a deeper and louder sound.
You’ll get ten hours of battery life while using this speaker to listen to music, however this time may reduce; if you use it to charge your smartphone. [Check Full Review]
"With a length of 6.25 inches, height of 2.5 inches and width of 1.75 inches, it not the most portable speaker you can buy at this price point, however the sound quality that you get via these is much better than the smaller version of other portable speakers. It’s one of those speakers that produce loud sound even with such a small footprint."
Before I go on about the product; let me put a disclaimer that this Bluetooth Speaker by Anker maybe portable in size but it isn’t when it comes to weight, as the Anker Soundcore Sport XL weighs almost 1.8 pounds.
Hence only consider this one if you know what you’re looking for or aren’t going to move this speaker a lot.
However most of the weight comes from its Waterproof, Dustproof and Shockproof abilities since it’s an IP67 certified Bluetooth Speaker from Anker.
Compared to other speakers in our list of Best Bluetooth Speakers under $100, I’m not completely sold on the design on the of Soundcore Sport XL.
I mean, I get it that it’s a rugged Bluetooth Audio Device; however the designers at Anker should have worked a little more designing it a little better. However that’s just my opinion, yours can differ as well.
Inside the rugged shell sits couple of 8W stereo drivers at front while the back features two passive subwoofers that puts off total power output of 16W.
It features a 15 Hours of playback time and can be easily charged under 3 hours. You can also use this speaker to charge the dying battery of your smartphone as well.
It comes with Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity that offers maximum performance at minimal power usage and Ankers claims at that it can offer connectivity upto 66 ft (20 meters).
The claim is true in practical life, however you’ll notice loss of signal and delay in audio playback as well.
Talking about the design it features a metal grille at the front and hard plastic covering over all.
At the top you have 5 fairly large functionality button: Power, Volume Down, Play/Pause, Volume Up and Bluetooth Pairing.
While the back features passive subwoofer with Anker logo on it and a protected section that houses a full USB port (for charging smartphone), Aux-in port and micro-USB port to charge this speaker.
“Bulky and bland is the word that can be used to describe Anker Soundcore Sport XL, it does sound good and handles the tasks it’s given; however it’s meant only for specific adventurous customers. If you’re one of them, go get it!”
#6: Anker A3143
I am a big fan of Anker’s electronic products as they offer an elegant design at breakeven price.
Its affordable Premium Portable Bluetooth Speaker under $100 isn’t an exception too.
Before we talk about the speaker itself, let’s discuss what’s in the box.
The package is very neat and easy to open. Inside you get the portable speaker itself along with a generic 3.5mm audio cable and micro USB charging cable, and that’s it.
On first glance, you’ll surely be attracted to its design which is unique and happens to be in the shape of a rugby ball (American Football) with square ends.
At front we have fabric covering, while the top has plastic glossy finish with inclusion of 4 buttons: Power On/Off, Play/Pause, Volume Up, and Volume Down. However the glossy finish is prone to attract fingerprints and dust.
Coming to the speaker itself, the Anker A3143 offers a dual speaker setup with each speaker capable of producing 10W of sound output each.
Sound quality however isn’t that of your regular sub $100 Bluetooth speaker, it is much better, with inclusion of two passive subwoofer at the back, these are cable of producing some serious low ends or bass.
Rubber feet at bottom allows the speaker to not move or shake during heavy vibrations from within itself or from outside.
Unlike other speakers in our list of best Bluetooth Speakers under $100, the Anker A3143 doesn’t comes with other bells and whistles like NFC support, water resistant or splash proof... however it does offer 8 hours of battery life at max which happens to be amazing considering its price sitting close to $50.
“Though being a basic looking portable speaker, Anker A3143 offers some serious sound with inclusion of two tweeters and two passive subwoofers that happen to provide better sound experience. For the price it sits at; there isn’t any major competition against it currently.”
#5: Sony SRS X2
Sony is a brand synonym with budget audio and all the way to premium audio.
One thing they didn’t have a big foot in was Portable Bluetooth Audio, until now.
We did saw the launch of a small Bluetooth Speaker called the SRSBTV5, however it didn’t managed to ripple the waves.
Currently the Portable Bluetooth Speaker segment is on the rise with launch of portable speakers like Bose SoundLink Color and Beats Pill+, that’s when Sony decided to come up with its own range of Portable Bluetooth Speakers.
Coming to SRS X2, it’s nothing sort of extraordinary in terms of design or specifications.
You get a small and compact; bar like Bluetooth Speaker with rounded sides, and sitting inside are two speakers capable of producing 10W sound output each, taking the total RMS to 20W.
At the front you have a blacked out metal grill that gives it a very basic but tidy look. At the top you have several functional buttons like Volume Up and Down, Power Button, Sound Button, Bluetooth Pairing Button and Phone button that allows these Bluetooth Speaker to act as loudspeaker when you receive a call.
At the back we have an Headphone Jack to connect your smartphone to the speaker via a 3.5mm audio cable, a reset switch and Charging port.
Other than the front speaker grill, all the other sides of this portable speaker has a rubberized matter finish that offers a good grip.
If you look closely from the sides, the rubber feet at the bottom have slight upward elevation at front; which happens to be a subtle touch of elegance.
Built quality is ideal and there’s nothing to complain about as you definitely get what you’ve paid for.
Sound wise they happen to be just right, however its quality may differ depending on where you place these speakers. They’ll work if you place them towards the edge of your wooden cabinet or on bedside table; as wood offers better vibrations and proper sound acoustics. [Check Full Review]
“With a battery life of 5 hours and added functionality of NFC, Sony SRS X2 is an ideal and Best Portable Speaker under $100 that isn’t going to set any eyeballs rolling with its design... however its sound just might.”
#4: VAVA Voom 21
Successor to an already popular VAVA Voom 20, VAVA Voom 21 or popularly known as just VAVA Voom is an excellent piece of audio hardware.
I mean what can I say?
Just by looking at the brand I dismissed it as just a regular generic Chinese build Bluetooth speaker that is going to sound loud but without the musical details.
However I hate to say this:
I was WRONG!
VAVA Voom 21 is a marvellous piece of portable Bluetooth speaker that consists of 1x Subwoofer, 2x Tweeter and 2x Passive Radiators at the back.
Design too on the Voom 21 isn’t cheap thrills.
At just under $100 you get a cool looking modern Bluetooth speaker that can compete well with your regular desktop computers.
Featuring an all black industrial design, nothing can really go wrong with its looks no matter who uses it.
It features an aluminum mesh that singularly runs from the front to the back with no obstruction in between.
The bottom base of this speaker is made with rubber and allows the VAVA Voom 21 to get good grip no matter where you place it.
Its top features a slew of handy button: Power, Bluetooth, Calling, Equalizer, NFC Chip, Play/Pause, Volume Up, and Volume Down.
Next to the power button, you get three indicator lights that notify about the remaining battery power.
You can charge this 20W Bluetooth Speaker either with the provided wall charger under 3 hours or with a micro USB cable under 8 hours.
VAVA Voom 21 also acts as a power bank and can charge your smartphone as well.
One unique feature of Voom 21 is that you get an EQ button on the speaker itself. This allows you to switch from three EQ options (Classic, Party, Surround) on the go, with each EQ having a different notification tone before getting activated.
It is one of the best 20W Portable Speakers under $100 that features a 5W Satellites each and 10W Subwoofer.
“If you’re looking for a neat looking Bluetooth Speaker that can compete with your regular 2.1 Desktop Speaker without any cheap thrills then VAVA Voom 21 is your best option currently.”
#3: Jabra Solemate
Launched way back in 2012; with its two other brothers: the Jabra Solemate Mini and Solemate Max...
...Jabra Solemate is what started the entire Portable Bluetooth Speaker Revolution.
Though there were plenty of Bluetooth Speakers launched before 2012, Jabra Solemate is what made its existence valid by not only offering a small box that generates audio waves but also giving it a great look, sturdy built quality and plenty of connectivity options.
Being a popular choice as a Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Jabra Solemate is offered in six different colors: Black, Blue, Grey, Red, White and Yellow.
Built wise, it is the sturdiest Speaker in our list of Best Bluetooth Speakers under $100.
You get a strong and thick rubberized base that will make the speakers stick to the table even when you’re playing songs with heavy bass.
Even the top has a rubberized finish with three button included for volume up, down and Speaker phone.
Left side has a Carry Strap while the right side holds place for Bluetooth Pairing and Battery Indicator. Beneath that we have Power On/Off toggle along with moving the speaker in Pairing Mode. Moreover it has 3.5mm audio in connector and charging port.
Let me tell you now; what’s inside the box. The package contains a wall charger, along with USB cable, you also get a 3.5mm audio cable that easily sits under the rubber feet of Jabra Solemate (watch video) and sound bag that is sand and rain resistant allowing you to use the speaker while you’re on the beach or playing in the rain.
Jabra Solemate is a proper 2.1 ch Portable Bluetooth Speaker [check review] system that offers two tweeters and one sub-woofer in the middle. This allows you to enjoy almost all of your songs with premium sound quality.
“Though being slight old than other speakers in the list, Jabra Solemate happens to be a tough competitor in the Best Bluetooth Speaker under $100 race. It’s one of the sturdier and great sounding speakers you can buy for your money.”
#2: JBL Flip 3
The third iteration of JBL’s Flip series retain the same design from its older brothers and is one of the most successfully selling Portable Bluetooth Speaker range.
With its Soda Can like design, JBL Flip 3 is easy to hold and happens to be a strong contender under the $100 price range.
Depending on your favorites, you have plenty of color choices from: Black, Blue, Orange, Pink, Red, Yellow, Grey and Teal.
The newest iteration of JBL Flip now comes with a splash proof design.
Inside the box you have this beautifully crafted Bluetooth speaker along with a USB cable and that’s it.
Having a cylindrical design, the JBL Flip 3 surely gets extra brownie point when it comes to looks, also you get splash proof covering on the entire body.
Talking about controls, you get 4 buttons on the fabric covering itself; that contains Bluetooth Pairing button, Volume buttons and call button.
At the back, JBL Flip 3 has a plastic spine that holds the Power On/Off button, JBL Connect Button (for connecting multiple Flip 3 simultaneously), Indicator lights to notify about remaining power and further below you have aux connector and USB charging port hidden under rubber flap.
At first glance the circle on left and right sides of JBL Flip may seem normal with inclusion of JBL’s branding. However these are two passive subwoofers; just like we’ve seen on Anker A3143 and happens to provide some serious bass.
Inside the Flip 3 we have whopping 3000mAh battery that keeps it alive for 10 hours max on continuous play. However bigger battery increases charging time too, and hence you’ll find the Flip 3 take around 3 hours to get full charged, if charged via wall socket.
To know more about it, check out its full review here.
“JBL Flip 3 is an handsome looking contender in our list of Best Bluetooth Speakers under $100; that has gone through various changes and now has a more refined and consumer friendly design and specs. For the price it sits at, you’re aren’t going to complain about anything, while the Flip 3 offers everything that you need from a Portable Bluetooth Speaker.”
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Here comes another budget beast, Mini Boom Wireless Speaker from Logitech. Logitech has been producing computer accessories for a while now. It has got a massive user base.
I really like the form factor, though it’s very common to most of the speakers out there. The availability in different colors makes it looks cool.
On top of the device, it has volume rocker buttons; along with a large pairing button.
The back has a power button, LED notification, Aux-in, 3.5 mm headphone jack and a micro-USB charging port.
It can be paired up with another BOOM speaker to deliver stereo sound.
The Bluetooth range is about 50 feet. You can use this as a speaker phone too.
Logitech has built an app exclusively for BOOM speakers, which can be used to switch between different EQ profiles and pair with two or more speakers.
The battery is powerful enough to give you ten hours of juice. I think you wouldn’t ask for more.
"For the price it sits at, you can’t find another speaker that can outperform MINI BOOM both in terms of Audio Quality and Design."
Not everytime you’re going to need the best headphones under $100 to listen to music, sometimes to enjoy music.
Sometimes a best portable Bluetooth Speaker under $100 does the trick too.
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