Our round-up has the very best Bluetooth speaker under the $100 price point. Speakers at this price-point need to have a certain level of durability and quality and most be able to deliver a good or enjoyable audio experience. In order for you to get your money’s worth. This list has a speaker for everyone. If a speaker has made this list, it deserves to be here.
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JBL Flip 5
When it comes to flexibility and portability, the JBL Flip is the best in this price range. It is the speaker to get if you’re just looking for a go-anywhere rugged, reliable, quality sounding Bluetooth speaker that can handle just about anything you through at it. This very affordable 20-watt speaker offers 9 hours of battery life with the volume at 50% with just a 2 hours recharge time.
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Anker Soundcore Flare 2
The Anker Soundcore Flare has been one of my favourite 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.
The Flare 2 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 customizes your EQ sitting to your listening style. This speakers also has an IPX7 waterproof rating with the ability to be submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes so you don’t have to worry about water or sand ruining it.
Also, if you have multiple Flare 2 speakers, you can connect up to 100 and really get your party started. Other notable features include a 5,200 mAh with a 12-hour battery, rechargeable via USB-C.
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 which means it’s waterproof and dustproof, so you’re free to use it by the pool, at the beach, or even in the water.
You’re able to enjoy your favourite music for up to 5 hours none stop and it can be fully recharged in 2.5 hours. 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-cancelling speakerphone. This ultra-portable speaker is compact and light enough to bring on your next adventure.
Anker Soundcore Motion+
The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is the current king of the sub-$100 speakers. Anker has produced a speaker that delivers the kind of top-notch sound signature that you can only find on more premium quality speaker. This is thanks to a combination of tweeters, woofers and passive radiators. It provides great clarity in the highs, very crisp mids with excellent bass.
The Motion+ also has Bluetooth 5.0 technology with support for high-quality aptX codec which aids in quality Bluetooth sound quality. And like all the other Soundcore speakers, you’re able to fine-tune your listening experience via the EQ controls that’s available via the Soundcore app.
This well-built device has an IPX7 waterproof rating, USB-C connectivity, wireless stereo pairing to another Anker Soundcore Motion+ speaker, and a large 6,700 mAh battery which provides 12 hours of playtime.
Amazon Echo Dot 4th-Generation
This collection wouldnt be complete without the Amazon Echo smart speaker. Like the new full-size Echo, the 2020 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.
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.
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.