Our round-up has the very best Bluetooth speaker under the $100 price point. We believe that speakers at this price range need to have a certain level of quality, durability and must be able to deliver a good or enjoyable audio experience in order for you to get your money’s worth. So if a speaker has made this list, it deserves to be here.
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JBL Flip 6
If you want a solid and reliable little speaker for parties or adventures, the JBL Flip 6 is a great option. JBL’s signature Flip series of speakers has become synonymous is the audio space with its cylindrical shape and dual-passive bass radiators at both ends.
The JBL Flip 6 has a new IP67 rating, which means it’s now water- and dust-resistant. Plus, the speaker can survive plunges into saltwater should it fall in. And when it comes to audio, this speaker can get loud enough to be enjoyed on a patio, while hiking, biking, at the beach, or at indoor parties.
Like the Flip 5, the Flip 6 delivers JBL’s signature sound with clear mids, balanced high, and strong thumping bass. If you want to take things up a notch and take your party atmosphere to the next level, you’ll need to take advantage of the PartyBoost feature and add more speakers. Finally, with the Flip 6, you can get a maximum of up to 12-hrs of playtime on a single charge and it can be recharged via a USB-C port.
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JBL Clip 4
Another JBL speaker on our list is the JBL Clip 4. This is one of the best ultra-portable Bluetooth speakers you can get at any price point. JBL has redesigned this latest Clip 4 with a more robust carabiner for extra protection, so you can clip it and enjoy your music without ever worrying. The fabric cover has an IP67 waterproof rating so you don’t have to worry about dust and water. While battery life remains the same as the older Clip 3 at 10-hrs.
While it won’t blow you away, the Clip 4 sound quality is good enough to be enjoyed in the shower, backyard, or outdoor activities like a picnic or hiking. If you’re looking for a small speaker durable speaker that you can clip and throw around and not worry, you can’t go wrong with the JBL Clip 4.
Anker Soundcore Flare 2
The Anker Soundcore Flare has been one of my favorite affordable speakers in this price range because of its high-quality construction, LED lights, and good sound quality. Those same qualities have been carried over to the newer Soundcore Flare 2.
It features new drivers which improve the audio performance, so you get more pronounced bass and improved clarity in vocals. The dual-LED halo lights offer 6 LED lighting modes that you can adjust using the Soundcore app. Additionally, using the Soundcore app, you can also adjust and customize your EQ sitting to your listening style.
This speaker also has an IPX7 waterproof rating with the ability to be submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes. Also, if you have multiple Flare 2 speakers, you can connect up to 100 and get your party started. Other notable features include a 5,200 mAh with a 12-hrs battery, and a USB-C charging port.
Bose Soundlink Micro Speaker
The Bose Soundlink Micro speaker is currently the best ultra-portable speaker on the market, it’s the speaker that provides the best balance between sound quality and portability. This speaker is a durable outdoor speaker that’s made from tear-resistant silicone so it’s not only scratch-resistant, but it’s also able to withstand drops on hard surfaces from various heights. See Full Review
JBL Go 3
With JBL GO 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker you can take your music anywhere. This mini Bluetooth speaker has an IP67 certification so you’re free to use it by the pool, at the beach, or even in the water.
You’re able to enjoy your favorite music for up to 5-hrs none stop and it can be fully recharged in 2.5-hrs. It has JBL’s sound signature, so you get balanced mids and highs with punchy bass.
The GO 3 also provides you with a clear calling experience thanks to its noise-canceling speakerphone. This ultra-portable speaker is compact and light enough to bring on your next adventure.
DOSS SoundBox Pro
The Soundbox Pro is one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy for under $50. It boasts RGB lighting that includes 6 colours and 3 illumination patterns that you can set in time to phase in with the beat. This speaker is water-resistant with an IPX5 rating which means it can handle light water sprays but it can’t be submerged underwater like most of its competition. See Full Review
Amazon Echo Dot 4th-Generation
This collection wouldn’t be complete without the Amazon Echo smart speaker. Like the new full-size Echo, the Echo dot boasts a striking new spherical design. This all-new design is a great visual evolution for the Echo line of affordable smart speakers. And even though this new Dot is much taller than the previous model, it still keeps the same footprint so it won’t take up must shelf space.
Other than the new design language the biggest change to the new Echo Dot 4 is the sound. There is a new 1.6inch speaker which is much more powerful than the previous model’s 1.1inch speaker. That mixed with the new spherical design aesthetic gives it a much more fuller sound experience. Both smart speakers also come with 4 microphones, which is great for allowing Alexa to pick up your voice. Alternatively, you can mute them for privacy.
There are 2 models available: one without a clock and one available with a clock—with a $10 difference. Both devices also sport Amazon’s standard fabric covering.