Welcome to another edition of gadget review. Today we are going to research budget Bluetooth speakers. We have rounded up the finest, most widely sold products in this category. We analyzed sound quality, features and design to draw up a list of the best budget Bluetooth speakers. Here they are. Do give it a read.
Let’s look at the top 3 budget bluetooth speaker in a quick product round up below. For detailed product review read the later sections.
Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker – A Detailed Product Review :
Echo Dot 3rd Generation Smart Speaker :
The best budget Bluetooth speaker currently doing the rounds is the Echo Dot 3rd Gen smart speaker. It is an Amazon product. It is a cool way to add music to your house and voice-control your devices in one shot. It is compact, reliable and packed with a ton of exciting features. The Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker has voice control. It lets you access and control your smart home appliances through Alexa, Amazon’s web-based virtual home assistant. It has stunningly clear sound. You can stream your favorite songs, audio books and podcasts. The speaker is compatible with a range of applications like Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Sirius XM, Audible, etc. You can also pair it with your Fire TV and control the TV with your voice. The Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker features a single 1.6-inch speaker with 360 degree sound. You can pair two such devices to create distinct left and right stereo sound. It works best with Bluetooth, but also has a 3.5mm AUX input for wired connections. Setting up the speaker is fairly simple. You just need to plug it into a wall power receptacle, connect the speaker to the internet through the Alexa app on your phone, and ask Alexa whatever you want to listen to. For instance, if you to relax with some old Hindi film songs, just say, ‘Alexa, play me old Hindi film songs,’ and the speaker will come to life with your favorite music. If you want to check out the news, Alexa can play that too. You can make to-do lists, order things online, turn on/off smart bulbs, locks, thermostats, etc. all through Alexa. The Echo Dot has hands-free calling. You can place calls by asking Alexa to call the person you want to speaker with. There are 4 far-field microphones built into the speaker. They capture your voice without the surrounding disturbances. You have the option to turn off the mics too if you want. The mic off function is incorporated to afford you more privacy. The speaker is tough and portable. It is shaped like a hockey puck and has a fabric outer cover. It fits in your palm and can easily be carried in handbags. It is 3.9 inches in diameter, 1.7 inches high and weighs 10.6 oz. It has a power port and an auxiliary port at the back. On top are four buttons for volume up, volume down, action and microphone.
Key Features :
- Multi-purpose smart home speaker with Alexa.
- Single 1.6-inch driver, 360ᵒ sound, 4 far-field microphones.
- Bluetooth, 3.5mm AUX input, hands-free calls, mic off button.
- Compatible with Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, etc.
- Multi-room-ready, compact and portable.
Bose SoundLink Micro Portable Outdoor Speaker :
The Bose SoundLink Micro is a rugged water-resistant speaker. It is a budget Bluetooth speaker with a compact design for better portability. It has surprisingly loud audio for its size. Whether you are cooking, gardening, hiking or cycling, the Bose SoundLink Micro lets you enjoy music while engaging in day-to-day activities and outdoor sports. The device features a custom-designed transducer and silicone passive radiators. It produces crystal clear sound with plenty of bass and soaring highs. It has an IPX7 waterproof body. It can stay submerged in one meter deep water for up to 30 minutes. Even if you drop the speaker in a pool or the ocean, there’s nothing to worry. Just pull it out, wipe it and hit play. The gadget has a silicone exterior. It is scratchproof and protects the speaker from accidental knocks and falls. The best thing about the Bose SoundLink Micro is its tear-resistant strap. It helps you secure it to backpacks, trousers, handlebars and picnic baskets. It provides a firm slip-free grip and doesn’t become loose with use. The speaker has a rechargeable battery built into it. It charges via USB and includes a micro USB charging cable. Once the battery hits 100%, you can enjoy portable listening for up to 6 hours. There is an onboard speakerphone too for hands-free calls. You can talk to the caller right through the speaker just with the press of a button. The Bose SoundLink Micro supports Siri and Google Voice Commands. So if your phone is far away but you want to use Siri, just press and hold the multi-function button on the SoundLink Micro to access voice input for your phone’s Siri. The speaker has Bluetooth and can be paired with two Bluetooth gadgets at a time. It has voice prompts to guide you through the pairing process. The speaker remembers the last 8 paired devices and connects with them automatically upon detection. Bluetooth range is 30 feet. The speaker can be accessed and controlled through the Bose Connect mobile app. You can turn on the Party Mode to use two speakers at the same time or activate the Stereo Mode to enjoy distinct left and right channel sounds. Dimensions of the speaker are: height 9.83 cm, width 9.83 cm, depth 3.48 cm and weight 290.3 g.
Key Features :
- IPX7 water-resistant compact portable budget Bluetooth speaker.
- Scratchproof silicone exterior, tear-resistant silicone strap.
- Bluetooth, hands-free calling, USB-driven, up to 6 hours battery.
- App-controllable, Party Mode, Stereo Mode, compatible with Siri, Google Home.
Sonos Play:1 Wireless Speaker :
The Sonos Play:1 is a compact wireless speaker. It is not a Bluetooth speaker, but a wireless speaker with built-in wi-fi. It connects with your home wi-fi network through any 802.11b/g, 2.4 GHz broadcast-capable wi-fi router. You can wirelessly stream music and podcasts on the Sonos Play:1. It supports a range of platforms such as Spotify, Pandora, Sirius XM, Amazon Cloud Player, Rdio, etc. It links up with devices via wi-fi. You can add the speaker to your existing Playbar, Playbase or Beam to expand the sound field and volume. You can hook up two Sonos Play:1 speakers to produce true stereo sound. You can also create your own multi-room sound system by connecting speakers in different rooms over the home wi-fi network. The Play:1 has a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port. You can use it to directly connect the speaker to the router if your wi-fi is not working or is sketchy. The best thing about a wi-fi speaker is that it doesn’t have sound drops. The music is seamless, smooth and without any blanks. The Sonos Play:1 has all these benefits and more. It is armed with a midrange woofer, a tweeter and two Class D amplifiers. It has adjustable bass and treble controls. It is humidity-resistant and can be installed in kitchens and bathrooms. Accessing the speaker is pretty simple. Just download the Sonos Controller app available on iOS, Android and Windows, pair up your phone and the speaker, and you’re ready to start rolling. The speaker is 6.36 high, 4.69 wide and 4.69 deep. It weighs 4.08 lbs. It has a non-removable grille. The controls and LED indicators (for status and mute) are on the top panel. The gadget is table-top and wall-mountable. It has a ¼-inch/20 threaded mounting socket. It supports standard wall mounts and speaker stands. The Sonos Play:1 does not have a built-in battery, but works on direct power. It has auto-switching 00-240 V, 50-60 Hz power supply. This may reduce the portability of the speaker to some extent as it will need to stay close to a wall socket.
Key Features :
- Budget wireless speaker with integrated wi-fi.
- Connects with devices over wi-fi, one 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port.
- Hooks to direct power supply, humidity-resistant, app-controllable.
- Wall and table-top-mountable, stereo pairing, works with Pandora, Sirius XM, etc.
JBL GO Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker :
The JBL GO is a small speaker with big sound. It has Bluetooth, hands-free calling and a long-lasting rechargeable battery. It is compact, portable and has a built-in strap hook. It is the perfect speaker for barbeques, picnics and camps. The JBL GO has a single 40mm transducer. It has a power output of 3 watts, frequency response of 180 Hz to 20 kHz and signal-to-noise ratio of ≥80 dB. It has an integrated 3.7V 600mAh lithium ion battery and comes with a micro USB charging cable. It takes one and half hours to be fully charged and plays non-stop for up to 5 hours per charge, although that depends on the volume and usage. The speaker has Bluetooth 4.1 technology. It supports Bluetooth Music Streaming. It works with all iOS, Android and Windows gadgets like smart phones, iPods, laptops and tablets. It also has an audio cable input if you prefer using an audio cable. The Go features a noise-cancelling speakerphone so you can answer your calls hands-free. It is very convenient and you don’t have to turn off the speaker to take your call. The gadget is shaped like a rectangular box. It has a grill in front with the JBL logo printed in the centre. It is 68.3 mm high, 82.7 mm wide and 30.8 mm deep. It weighs just 130 grams and is easy to carry in pockets and handbags. The speaker also has a hook for attaching an strap (optional) for slinging it from backpacks, handlebars and trouser belt loops. The JBL Go is available in 8 attractive colors. It has a smooth double-injection finish. It has large push buttons on top for play/pause, volume, Bluetooth and speakerphone. A new edition is released with latest features – JBL Go 2. You may find similar products under small waterproof speaker segment.
Key Features :
- Portable and compact budget Bluetooth speaker.
- Bluetooth Music Streaming, audio cable input, noise-cancelling speakerphone.
- Hands-free calls, built-in battery with up to 5 hours playtime, integrated strap hook.
- Available in 8 attractive colors, includes charging cable.
Sony SRS-XB41 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker :
The next top-selling budget Bluetooth speaker on our list is the Sony SRS-XB41 Bluetooth speaker. It is a portable speaker diminutive enough to hold in your hand. It has spacious 3D sound, stereo pairing and a 24-hour battery. It is waterproof, dustproof and is the best budget Bluetooth speaker to take on camps and hikes. The Sony SRS-XB41 has a pair of 58mm drivers with DSP technology. They are carefully angled to create a wide soundstage to cater to a larger audience. The speaker has a Live Sound function which jacks up the reach and intensity of the audio for an immersive 3D sound coverage. It has a Bass Boost function too for extra bass. The SRS-XB41 has multi-color strobe lights that flash in tune with the music. It also has speaker lights and line lights that run along the top and bottom edges of the cabinet to give it a fun cool vibe. The USP of the speaker is that you can hook it up with up to 100 wireless speakers via Bluetooth. The Wireless Party Chain mode lets you connect your friends’ Sony wireless speakers to amplify the sound. It is a great way to sync-up your music and strobe lights for an ultimate party atmosphere. The speaker has a built-in USB-rechargeable battery with a runtime of up to 24 hours on a full charge when the party lights are turned off. The Sony SRS-XB41 has an IP67 waterproof dustproof and rustproof body. It has a tightly sealed housing that prevents water and dust ingress. It can survive a 12.5 liter per minute spray of water from a distance of 2.5 meters for up to 3 minutes, provided all ports are securely closed. This waterproof rating holds good for fresh water, tap water and sea water. It does not apply to water mixed with soap, detergent or shampoo, and hot water springs. The speaker has a durable acoustically invisible Japan-made fabric exterior. Any mud, sand and dry leaves that stick to it can easily be washed off. For wireless sound input, the gadget has Bluetooth and NFC. It supports Bluetooth Music Streaming and works with all Bluetooth-enabled devices. It also has a stereo mini jack input for cabled input. The best way to manage your playlist is to download the Sony Music Centre app. You can do a lot of things with the app. You can line up your songs, adjust the volume, switch sound modes and alter lighting patterns. The device measures 291 mm (W) x 104 mm (H) x 105 mm (D). It weighs 1500 g. The box includes the Bluetooth speaker and an AC adapter.
Key Features :
- Portable budget Bluetooth speaker with party lights.
- Bluetooth, NFC, stereo mini jack input, 24 hours battery.
- Live Sound, Bass Boost, Wireless Party Chain, app-controllable, USB charging.
- Multi-color flashing strobe lights, line lights, speaker lights.
- IP67 dustproof waterproof rustproof housing, washable fabric exterior.
AOMAIS Real Sound Portable Bluetooth Speaker :
If you are looking for a budget Bluetooth speaker, we recommend you check out the AOMAIS Real Sound portable Bluetooth speaker. It is one of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers around. It has awesome sound, IPX5 water-resistant rating, hands-free calling and a long-lasting battery. It has a rugged body and is ideal for indoor and outdoor use. The AOMAIS Real Sound speaker has Bluetooth 4.2+EDR technology. EDR technology boosts rate of data transmission over Bluetooth up to 2.1 Mbps. It minimizes power loss and audio drops, and increases speed and reliability of Bluetooth transmission. The speaker supports HFP, HSP, A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles. It also has a 3.5mm auxiliary input for non-Bluetooth devices. The Real Sound speaker has two 45mm internal magnetic speakers that deliver true stereo sound. It is a dual channel speaker with Deep Bass for cranking up the bass signature of songs. Power output of the device is 5 watts x 2, total harmonic distortion is less than 3% and frequency response is 100 Hz to 20 kHz. The AOMAIS Real Sound has TWS stereo pairing. Just press the Bluetooth button for a couple of seconds to connect two Real Sound speakers for extra-loud 20-watt sound. The system is USB-powered. It has a built-in 2200 mAh lithium ion battery that charges through a micro USB 2.0 port. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to be fully charged and offers a play time of up to 20 hours at 50% volume. The speaker has hands-free calling. It is compact, portable and durable. It measures 5.51 inches (W) x 2.36 inches (D) x 2.36 inches (H). It has an IPX5 splashproof construction. It can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, pool sides and beaches, but it must not be dunked in water. It is only resistant to splashes of water and is not totally waterproof. The speaker is available in 3 colors: black, grey and blue. The box contains the Bluetooth speaker, a 3.5mm AUX cable, a USB charging cable and a user manual.
Key Features :
- Portable splashproof budget Bluetooth speaker.
- Bluetooth 4.2+EDR, 3.5mm AUX input, built-in rechargeable battery.
- Up to 20 hours play time, hands-free calling, IPX5 water-resistant housing.
- Deep Bass, power output 5 watts x 2, TWS Stereo Pairing for 20-watt output.
Sony SRS-BTV5 Portable NFC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker :
When it comes to ultra-compact portable speakers, the Sony SRSBTV5 is one of the first speakers that come to mind. It is an oval tennis ball-shaped budget Bluetooth speaker with NFC pairing. It has loud and spacious 360 degree sound and a wireless run time of up to 5 hours. The Sony SRSBTV5 is the smartest little Bluetooth speaker you can find. It has an eye-catching spherical shape and is roughly the size of a tennis ball. It fits in the smallest of backpacks and can be carried anywhere you go. It has Bluetooth and NFC capability for hassle-free wireless sound input. Just tap your source device on the speaker to connect and play. You can stream your favorite songs anytime you want, whether you are driving, cooking or hiking. Supported Bluetooth profiles are A2DP, AVRCP, HSP and HFP. The Sony SRSBTV5 has 360ᵒ Circle Sound technology which produces immersive sound with a one of a kind speaker and diffuser arrangement. Power output is approximately 1.2 watts. The gadget has a built-in speakerphone for hands-free conversations. When you get a call, just press the speakerphone button. The music will fade and you will be able to speak to the caller on the Bluetooth speaker. The SRSBTV5 has a built-in rechargeable battery. It charges via USB and includes a mini USB cable. Once charged, it can play non-stop for 5 hours until the next charge. A protective carrying pouch is provided for safely storing the speaker. A 3.5mm AUX cable is also provided for cabled sound input in case you have a non-Bluetooth device like an MP3 player or if you prefer the reliability of an audio cable. The speaker is available in black, white and yellow. It has a diameter of 65mm and is 68mm high. It weighs 4.6 ounces.
Key Features :
- Spherical budget Bluetooth speaker with NFC.
- 360ᵒ Circle Sound technology, 3.5mm AUX input.
- Bluetooth Music Streaming, hands-free calling, up to 5 hours wireless play time.
- Ultra-compact, portable, includes carrying pouch.
Philips SB365/37 Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker :
The Philips SB365/37 is a popular budget Bluetooth speaker. It has high-quality stereo sound, Bluetooth, NFC, auxiliary input and a built-in powerbank. It is a compact portable wireless speaker for regular home and dorm use. The Philips SB365/37 has dual 2.5-inch full-range drivers. It is a Bass Reflex Speaker system. It has a special bass pipe that is acoustically aligned to the woofer driver to enhance the low frequency roll-off of the speaker. The air mass inside the bass pipe vibrates like a conventional woofer. When this is combined with the resonance of the woofer, the low frequency sounds acquire a new dimension and feel. It checks distortion and optimizes the overall low end of the sound spectrum. The speaker has Bluetooth Music Streaming (aptX and AAC). It works with all the latest iOS and Android devices like iPhone, iPod, iPad, smart phone, tablet, etc. It has NFC one-touch pairing. Just tap your NFC enabled device to the NFC area of the Philips speaker on the top corner to turn on the speaker, initiate Bluetooth pairing and begin playing music. Bluetooth version of the gadget is 2.1 and it supports Bluetooth 4.0 and below versions. Transmission range is 30 feet when line of sight is maintained. A 3.5mm auxiliary input jack is available for wired input through an audio cable. The Philips SB365/37 has an RMS output power of 8 watts. It runs on battery as well as AC power. It needs four AA batteries which last for about 8 hours. Direct power supply requirement is 110-240 volts. The speaker has a USB port at the back for charging small gadgets like smart phones and tablets. It has a black and a steel grey body with a wrap-around mesh. There are illuminated touch-sensitive buttons on the top panel for power and volume. Dimensions of the device are: 10.2 inches (W) x 3.3 inches (D) x 3.7 inches (H). It weighs 2.3 lbs.
Key Features :
- Portable budget Bluetooth speaker with onboard powerbank.
- Bluetooth, NFC, 3.5mm AUX input, USB charging port for small devices.
- Dual 2.5-inch full-range speakers, bass reflex design, Bluetooth Music Streaming.
- Runs on AA battery and direct power supply, touch control panel.
808 Audio SP901BKP HEX TL Rechargeable Portable Speaker :
The 808 Audio SP901BKP HEX TL is the last budget Bluetooth speaker we shall be looking at. It has Bluetooth, AUX and works with smart phones, tablets and computers. It is a versatile personal wireless speaker you can carry wherever you go. The 808 HEX TL generates room-filling sound. It has a 2-way configuration consisting of a tweeter, a full-frequency driver and a rear bass resonator. The tweeter delivers sweet highs, the full-range driver crisp mid-range and the bass resonator rumbling bass. For sound input, the speaker has Bluetooth and a 3.5mm aux-in port. It works with most Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth devices. It includes an AUX cable for easy wired input from MP3 players and smart phones alike. There are two ways to power the 808 HEX TL: direct power supply and rechargeable battery. For direct power, an AC power adapter is provided. The built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery offers a back-up of 10 hours tops at normal volume. The speaker has a strong cabinet. You can hold it in your hand quite comfortably. It is 5.4 inches wide, 8.07 inches high and 2.8 inches deep. It weighs 2.65 lbs. The package contains the Bluetooth speaker, an aux audio cable, an AC power adapter and a quick start guide.
Key Features :
- Portable budget Bluetooth speaker.
- Bluetooth Music Streaming, AUX-in, up to 10 hours portable listening.
- 2-way configuration, one tweeter, one full-frequency driver, one bass resonator.
- 2 power options: direct power supply and rechargeable lithium battery.