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Top 10 Cheap Bluetooth Speakers

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You can reliably count on two things when giving gifts: 1. Virtually everyone loves movies or music; 2. Most people have a smartphone, on which they listen to music or watch movies. If you find these two things to be generally true, it makes sense to consider buying just about anyone a portable Bluetooth speaker.

For one thing, they can be purchased relatively cheaply these days. With technology evolving to make these tiny sound systems better and cheaper at the same time, picking one for everyone on your list is easy. There are a range of wattages, colors, and form factors to suit many uses, and that includes water resistant models that can be used in the shower or while camping.

To qualify for this list, we’ve chosen only cheap Bluetooth speakers that come in under $40. That’s more than enough to get a speaker with the latest Bluetooth technology and decent sound quality. We’re not talking about earth-shaking amounts of volume or bass here, but nice, crisp highs and decent richness for such small speaker cones.

For a gift that’s a good mix of inexpensive and sought-after, here’s our list of the top ten best cheap Bluetooth speakers.


1. Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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(Photive)

I first discovered Photive in researching our best unique gifts post, including their Sphere on that list. That unit isn’t within our $40 price cap, but this waterproof one is. As of this writing, it’s nearly 70 percent off, making it an excellent buy. Unlike some other units, this one is 100% waterproof and dustproof, and is rubberized to shield it from drops onto hard surfaces. This little box contains two 40 mm drivers and a subwoofer driven by a total power of seven watts, and will play for up to eight hours on a charge.

Specs:

  • Power: 7 watts
  • Battery life: 8 hours
  • Wireless range: 33 feet
  • Waterproof?: Yes

Need more options? Browse more Photive products here.

Price: $39.95 (69 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker here.


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2. Anker Ultra Portable Pocket Size Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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(Anker)

Anker is firmly established in the cheap Bluetooth speaker game, with a number of options you could consider. Among the cheapest of them is this ultra-tiny box which still somehow manages to pump out expressive, clear sound. This little unit includes a single driver and a subwoofer for full-range response. You can also use it with the included AUX in cable rather than wirelessly for devices without the capability. It takes only three hours to fully charge this for a 12 hour play time (at 80 percent volume).

Anker also has an ever-so-slightly-larger option with a wrist strap called the SoundCore nano for the same price. Their Anker Classic is quite a bit larger, but offers up to 20 hours of play time and a touch more power.

Specs:

  • Power: 3 watts
  • Battery life: 12 hours
  • Wireless range: 33 feet
  • Waterproof?: No

Need more options? Browse more Anker products here.

Price: $19.99 (50 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Anker Ultra Portable Pocket Size Wireless Bluetooth Speaker here.


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3. Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Next Generation Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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(Cambridge SoundWorks)

Another speaker I’ve written about before, this time in my cheap Father’s Day gifts post, it remains noteworthy based on the price alone. It’s 72 percent off at the time of this writing, and the value is clearly evident in its best seller status in Amazon’s Portable Bluetooth Speakers category. What’s more, even at that price, it maintains a 4.5 out of five rating even with over 12,000 reviews. While it isn’t fully waterproof in that it can’t be submerged, it will still resist occasional splashing water now and again, which makes it convenient for use in a variety of settings. Like the Photive above, it features two drivers, as well as the company’s own bass radiator for improved low-end response. It has both an AUX in jack and a built-in microphone. You can even upgrade to the OontZ Angle 3 Plus within our price point, which features 30 hours of playtime and louder bass.

Specs:

  • Power: 10 watts
  • Battery life: 7 hours
  • Wireless range: 33 feet
  • Waterproof?: Yes (for light water contact)

Need more options? Browse more Cambridge SoundWorks products here.

Price: $27.99 (72 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Next Generation Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker here.


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4. AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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(Amazon)

The AmazonBasics line is all about saving money on a variety of essential goods. It makes sense, then, that they would offer a cheap Bluetooth speaker. Compared to other units, this one is down a bit on power, but if you’re using it for podcasts or relatively low-volume applications, this should more than do the job. This thing will give you up to eight hours of play time at 70 percent volume. They have a number of different sizes to choose from, most of which fit our price cap. For this basic model, you can choose among three colors: black, blue, and red.

Specs:

  • Power: 2.5 watts
  • Battery life: 8 hours
  • Wireless range: 33 feet
  • Waterproof?: No

Need more options? Browse more AmazonBasics products here.

Price: $19.99

Buy the AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker here.


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5. Sylvania SP328-Black Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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(Sylvania)

Remember those shelf systems of the late 90s? This relatively large speaker has styling reminiscent of those room-shaking stereos, and with four-inch drivers, will perform in a similar way. Unlike some of the other options on this list, this one comes with knobs to tune the treble and bass response, as well as Play/Pause and Skip buttons. There’s a convenient carrying handle, an AUX-in, and to top it all off, the speakers are backlit with blue LEDs. Color options on this model are black, silver, purple, and red. Consider this the party option.

Specs:

  • Power: 6 watts
  • Battery life: 6 to 10 hours
  • Wireless range: 33 feet
  • Waterproof?: No

Need more options? Browse more portable Bluetooth speakers here.

Price: $28.53 (5 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Sylvania SP328-Black Portable Bluetooth Speaker here.


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6. SoundBot SB510 HD Water Resistant Bluetooth 3.0 Shower Speaker

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(SoundBot)

First included in our best stocking stuffers post, the SoundBot is a water resistant, pod-like speaker aimed for shower use. It comes with a detachable suction cup which practically begs to be used in the bathroom somewhere. The round shape utilizes a specially-designed resonant cavity to produce far louder sounds than should be possible from something of this size. There’s even a built-in mic for taking those all-important shower phone calls. The SoundBot SB510FM adds an FM radio to the package and is less than a dollar cheaper.

Specs:

  • Power: 3 watts
  • Battery life: 6 hours
  • Wireless range: 33 feet
  • Waterproof?: Yes

Need more options? Browse more SoundBot products here.

Price: $20.69

Buy the SoundBot SB510 HD Water Resistant Bluetooth 3.0 Shower Speaker here.


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7. Vtin 20 Watt Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

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(Vtin)

If you’re willing to go right up to the price limit, you’ll be rewarded with double as much power as the next loudest speaker on this list. Not only that, the battery life in this thing far, far surpasses most portable Bluetooth units available, giving you a play time of 25 hours at 70 percent volume. It’s meant to be fairly durable and includes a carabiner-style clasp to hook it onto bags or even a tent. Choose between Bluetooth or AUX-in audio sources for this loud, rugged little unit.

Specs:

  • Power: 20 watts
  • Battery life: 25 hours
  • Wireless range: 33 feet
  • Waterproof?: Yes

Need more options? Browse more Vtin products here.

Price: $39.99

Buy the Vtin 20 Watt Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker here.


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8. iHome iBT74 Color Changing Bluetooth Rechargeable Speaker System

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(iHome)

Like the Sylvania above, this iHome unit brings lights to the party. In addition to the usual function as a Bluetooth speaker and microphone (with echo cancellation), you can choose from the following six color modes: Slow Fade, Fast Change, One Color, Pulse to Music, Preset Pulsing. When it’s charging, the light function displays the progress through the charging cycle. The included micro USB cable doubles as the AUX cable, as well. If you prefer, the Mini version is only $25.95.

Specs:

  • Power: unknown
  • Battery life: 8 hours
  • Wireless range: 30 feet
  • Waterproof?: No

Need more options? Browse more iHome products here.

Price: $39.90 (33 percent off MSRP)

Buy the iHome iBT74 Color Changing Bluetooth Rechargeable Speaker System here.


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9. Philips BT2500B/37 Compact Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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(Philips)

Styled to look more like a classic radio, this unit otherwise has all that you’d expect from a portable Bluetooth unit. The four-inch driver produces surprising bass response, and there’s an anti-clipping function that limits distortion at high volumes. The volume knob is ergonomic and easy to turn, but also protected by the outer frame so you can move it without accidentally changing the setting. Philips has several options under our $40 price point, including the BT2200B/27 Shoqbox Mini and the BT100B/37. Choose the styling you like best.

Specs:

  • Power: 3 watts
  • Battery life: 5 hours
  • Wireless range: 30 feet
  • Waterproof?: No

Need more options? Browse more Philips products here.

Price: $29.98 (40 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Philips BT2500B/37 Compact Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker here.


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10. VicTsing Shower Speaker

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(VicTsing)

Our last pick is another Amazon best seller, drawing on the rough design of the SoundBot, but combining it with a durable exterior for better outdoor performance. This one also comes with a removable carabiner hook and suction cup, giving you choices in how you deploy it. The six hour playing time is on the short side, but it has a 15-minute idle automatic shutoff to save battery life. You can also get it in orange, gray, and red.

Specs:

  • Power: 5 watts
  • Battery life: 6 hours
  • Wireless range: 30 feet
  • Waterproof?: Yes

Need more options? Browse more VicTsing products here.

Price: $24.99

Buy the VicTsing Shower Speaker here.


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  1. I love the design of speaker number 8th (iHome iBT74 Speaker). It looks cool & nice style. Will order one for my personal room.