Bluetooth speakers are a great addition to your collection of gadgets, and if you’re a music lover, it’s even a better thing to have to enhance your music experience. But before buying one for you, you may have to choose from plenty of options available in the market depending on several factors. Some of the most important things that decide what speaker is best are features present in the Bluetooth speaker, the sound quality, battery life, water resistance, and most importantly, the price of the device. Considering all of these features, we have brought you a list of the five best Bluetooth speakers that are portable and affordable to buy.
Before listing out the best budget Bluetooth speakers for your casual on-the-go music-listening experience, it’s important to learn what minimal features must be there in any Bluetooth speaker. The first and the most important feature that makes a Bluetooth speaker worth buying is its sound quality. You wouldn’t want to buy a speaker that doesn’t produce a good and high-definition sound. Apart from this, the speaker should have a good build quality and durable, waterproof design, or at least some water resistance. The battery life should also be enough to last your day’s needs on a single charge. Moreover, a good budget Bluetooth speaker is portable and usually small enough to fit in your coat’s pocket, or even big enough to fill a room with serious sound. Here’s a list of the five best budget Bluetooth speakers that you can choose to buy depending upon your requirements.
1. JBL Go 3
JBL is a reputed name in audio equipment manufacturing and its newest soap-sized speaker — the JBL Go 3 — is one of the cheapest Bluetooth speakers in the market. JBL Go 3 is an 8.8 x 7.5 x 4.1cm water and dustproof speaker and comes with a USB Type-C port. The speaker features Bluetooth 5.1 instead of 4.1 and has a maximum power output of 4.2W. The battery in JBL Go 3 may not appear good when compared to other mid-range speakers but it takes 2.5 hours to charge fully. And with this battery, you can get over five hours of continuous playtime from a single charge.
Coming to the sound department, JBL’s Go 3 Bluetooth speaker gives a crystal-clear sound with JBL bass at 4.2W RMS without any distortion. Further, the speaker is IP67 water-resistant and dust-resistant. The compact 0.209kg design makes it ultra-portable and you can take it everywhere, and hang it anywhere. JBL Go 3 is available for purchase on Amazon.in starting at ₹2,999.
2. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2
Another fantastically affordable Bluetooth speaker with good battery life, weighty sound, and portable design is from Ultimate Ears, the Wonderboom 2. Available in multiple color options, the Bluetooth speaker boasts a battery life of 13 hours of continuous playtime with a charge time of 2.6 hours. The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 is a waterproof, sand proof, and dustproof speaker, and most importantly, it is also designed to float. This makes it capable of withstanding the most lively of pool parties. Also, the playback on this speaker is controlled over a Bluetooth connection. However, there’s no mic for hands-free calling.
In terms of sound quality, the Wonderboom 2 offers a hefty bass and makes it an exciting listen. The additional bass and the surprisingly bigger 360 degrees sound delivers the audio in all directions without any distortion. You can buy the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Bluetooth speaker from Amazon.com starting at $62 and Amazon.in starting at ₹5,499.
3. Tribit Stormbox Bluetooth Speaker
Tribit Stormbox is a 24W portable Bluetooth speaker with 360-degree surround sound with wireless dual pairing. The speaker boasts a playtime of 20 hours on a single charge and up to 66 feet Bluetooth range. It has a built-in mic that can be used for hands-free calling and Alexa voice assistant as this speaker can be paired with Echo devices. Tribit Stormbox also provides one-touch access to voice assistants including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.
For sound, the Bluetooth speaker has an enhanced bass technology that amps up your music like no other. This is a portable speaker and can be used outdoors, even in splashy conditions as the device offers IP67 water resistance. It is available in multiple colors and you can buy it from Amazon.com starting at $46 and Amazon.in at ₹4,999.
4. Amazon Echo Dot (4th Generation)
The all-new Amazon Echo Dot is a smart speaker with built-in Alexa, Bluetooth, and music over Wi-Fi. One of the most affordable smart speakers in the market, the Echo Dot (4th Gen) brings the power of Amazon Alexa to automate your smart devices like smart light bulbs and more. You can control music playback with Alexa on the go. The smart speaker is Amazon’s entry-level Bluetooth and Wi-Fi smart device that offers a good sound quality.
Amazon’s Echo Dot comes with built-in 4 microphones that can catch your sound easily from any direction. With Alexa, you can control music, listen to audiobooks, control smart home devices, and more. However, the device needs to be connected at all times to work. Echo Dot (4th generation) is available on Amazon.com starting at $45 and Amazon.in starting at ₹3,899.
5. JBL Charge 5
If you have a little higher budget and are willing to spend some more money to buy one of the best Bluetooth speakers, JBL Charge 5 can be the best choice for you. The JBL Charge 5 comes with Bluetooth 5.1, USB-C and USB-A, power bank, and voice assistant integration. It is an even more durable and better-sounding Bluetooth speaker with an IP67 rating for waterproofing and dust-proofing. The portable speaker delivers bold JBL Original Pro sound with dual pumping JBL bass radiators. It comes with a long-lasting battery that offers up to 20 hours of playtime on a single charge.
Another amazing feature that the JBL Charge 5 comes with is the built-in power bank that lets you charge your other devices. This speaker comes with PartyBoost, a feature that lets you connect multiple JBL PartyBoost-enabled speakers for a bigger sound. It is available in multiple colors and you can buy it from Amazon.com at $180. You can also purchase it directly from the JBL website for $180.