While it is true that a good quality $200 (or more) Bluetooth speaker will no doubt sound incredible, it doesn't mean that there aren't cheaper options for people who want to save money. If you're looking for a Bluetooth speaker that doesn't suck but also doesn't cost you hundreds of dollars; here's a list of our favorite Bluetooth speakers you can find for under $50.
Everything you need
The Soundcore Flare Mini combines great 360-degree sound, weather resistance, rechargeable battery, and colorful party lights into one compact package. This Bluetooth speaker can go up to 12 hours on a charge and you can even pair two of them together for more immersive sound. The Flare Mini's lights can react to the beat, displaying tons of colors across eight LEDs, which makes it fun to use even while you are at home.
Compact and colorful
Sony's SRS-XB12 sports a passive radiator speaker design that provides room-filling bass, but still fits in the palm of your hand. This speaker is also great for people on the go with a detachable carrying strap, 16-hour battery, and it has an IPX67 dust and water resistance rating. Sony's speaker also comes in a variety of fun colors, five in all.
This 5-inch speaker has an IPX7 rating, meaning it should be able to withstand splashing water or even a dip in the pool for up to 30 minutes. Inside is a long-lasting battery that provides up to 20 hours of music through its dual drivers for a total of 14W of stereo sound. The OontZ Angle 3 Ultra sounds great on every level — mids, highs, and even bass are clear thanks to the passive subwoofer design.
Pair for a party
With an IPX7 water resistance rating, the AOMAIS Sport II can be submerged in 3 feet of water for 30 mins and still work just fine, and it comes with a free floatable device to keep the speaker buoyant; perfect for the beach or a pool party. The two 20W drivers are capable of pumping out a decent amount of sound and if you happen to have two Sport II on hand, you can even stereo pair them for twice the power.
For the ultimate pick in portability, the JBL Clip 3's integrated carabiner clip design allows it to hang from just about anything. This speaker can output 3.3 watts of power and a 1,000 mAh battery keeps it running for up to 10 hours. This speaker even enhances your calls with noise and echo cancellation built right in.
The rugged Altec Lansing Jack H20 4 has a built-in microphone that can summon Siri or the Google Assistant with just a press of a button. This combined with an impressive Bluetooth range of up to 100 feet, allows you to keep your phone safe and secure if partying outdoors. Dual 1.5-inch drivers and two 40mm passive radiators bring the noise, and it can create a stereo pair if you have two.
Bang for your buck
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Portable Bluetooth speakers are a great way to liven up the atmosphere thanks to their ability to offer sound performance that your phone simply cannot match. Just like your phone, these portable speakers include rechargeable batteries so you can simply throw them into your bag, and some even include microphones for hands-free control.
We love the Soundcore Flare Mini (opens in new tab) as it offers not just great sound through its 360-degree sound, but also for all of its extras. A built-in array of LED lights can be the life of the party indoors and out, and a rechargeable 12-hour battery ensures that you will never be left without your tunes.
Looking for a speaker that provides rich bass but can also fit into the palm of your hand? Then the Sony SRS-XB12 Portable Wireless Speaker (opens in new tab) is the one for you. This colorful, compact speaker can go just about anywhere with IPX67 weather resistance that protects it from dust and water.
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