Bluetooth speakers can be a great thing when the sound of your smartphone isn’t enough. Or when you want great sound on the go, be it for your laptop, smartphone, tablet, MP3 player and so on. But because of the nature of these devices, these can be easy to lose/break as well. Keeping that in mind, we’re compiling a list of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers you can buy today.
TDK Wireless Weatherproof Speaker A33
The TDK A33 is probably the most expensive Bluetooth speaker in this list, costing just under $130. But when you consider the value you get from these, they’re certainly worth the price. First of all, these are weather-proof so you really can carry them anywhere, in any conditions. Secondly, these speakers feature absolute top-notch sound quality. There are two full 2.5 inch sound drivers and a small sub-woofer in the middle that actually produces some tangible bass (often non-existent in portable speakers). The battery life is middling at just 6 hours, and you’ll have to carry around an AC adapter to charge them.
The JBL Flip is one of the cheaper Bluetooth speakers in this list, costing under $90. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad device. The first thing you’ll notice is how premium it looks, despite the low price tag. Sound quality is very good, with the JBL Flip edging out the Ultimate Ears Mini Boombox. Our main gripe with this device is the battery life, which is just 5 hours. And it requires an AC adapter to charge, so it’s not the most portable of wireless speakers.
Logitech Ultimate Ears Mini Boom
The Logitech Ultimate Ears Mini Boom costs exactly the same as the JBL Flip, at just under $90. But it features a much more funky design, and negates some of the basic flaws we saw with the JBL Flip. For starters, the battery life gets a healthy boost to around 8 hours. There’s also a micro-USB charging port, so this speaker is a little more portable than the JBL Flip. That said, the sound quality takes a slight hit when compared to the JBL and the design might seem too bold to some. But under $90, the UE Mini Boom remains a solid Bluetooth speaker.
The JBL Charge isn’t traditionally cheap when you think of it just as a Bluetooth speaker. But factor in the massive 6000mAh battery it houses, and you’ll begin to see why we included it in this list. Not only is it a good speaker, but the battery’s so huge that they’ve added the ability to charge your USB devices off it. In fact, you could get a good 3-4 full recharges on your iPhone from this device. The only down side is that it requires an AC adapter to charge and that limits its appeal as a portable speaker a bit.
The G-Project G-Grip is the cheapest Bluetooth speaker in our list, at just $70. But that doesn’t mean you should automatically turn it down. That’s because this is a weather-proof Bluetooth speaker, so there’s plenty of value for money to be had here. The materials used make the whole device really durable to drops as well. It can actually survive drops of up to 8 feet, and can withstand crushing forces of up to 1300 pounds. This really is an indestructible little device. The sound quality is decent as well, and there’s charging through a micro-USB slot as well.