The best cheap Bluetooth speakers for 2017
Your guide to the best Bluetooth speakers for any budget. Check out our latest reviews and buyer’s guide on the best cheap speakers in the UK.
We showcase the best cheap Bluetooth speakers for your smartphone, tablet or laptop that cost under ?100
For a ?99 speaker, the Denon Envaya Mini blows away similarly priced Bluetooth speakers. The design of the Envaya Mini gives it a premium look and feel, without the premium price tag to go along with it.
We mention the UE Boom in the review, and that’s because we think that the Envaya Mini is at the standard of a ?169 Bluetooth speaker. Even without a 360-degree speaker setup, it does a great job of filling a room with the sound of clear and crisp audio.
The Sumvision Psyc Monic Bluetooth speaker provides an unbeatable sound for its affordable ?37.99 price tag. Given its sound quality traits, there are very few portable speakers in the world which can provide an incredible sub-bass response whilst also remaining clear through the other sound frequencies.
Connected through Bluetooth 4.0 or an auxiliary 3.5mm jack and coupled with its elegant design, the Monic is one of our all-time favourite Bluetooth speakers.
The Lava BrightSounds 2 is a great improvement on an already impressive product, boasting a whopping 36-hour battery life with not only built-in Bluetooth speaker, but also a built-in adjustable LED light and power bank for smartphones and tablets. The design and build quality is impressive considering its price, and the audio is surprisingly loud and clear, too. If you’re looking for an all-in-one speaker, light and power bank, the Lava BrightSounds 2 is an obvious choice.
The Creative Nuno is a lightweight, stylish and reasonably priced Bluetooth speaker.
It does a good job at reproducing accurate tones, but does lack finesse in its low and high-tone frequencies.
The Anker SoundCore Sport XL seems to be what its name suggests – a robust and masculine-looking device for the outdoors. The most impressive part of the speaker being its 20m Bluetooth range. Unfortunately, it’s let down by its weight and price tag of ?54.99.
The Edifier Bric Connect is a great Bluetooth speaker for the home, though we’re not too sure we’d take it out and about with us on our travels.
It’s too big to be truly portable, and the fact that it requires 6 AA batteries means that it isn’t as convenient as we’d like it to be. Audio quality is great, and the level of bass produced is better than others we’ve seen at a similar price. The addition of a remote is a nice touch too, and further solidifies our idea that the speaker is more suited to the home than the great outdoors.
Jam’s Double Down Bluetooth speaker is a decent option for those looking for a cheap Bluetooth speaker with decent levels of bass.
The ability to pair up with another Double Down for stereo output is another selling point of the speaker, especially as retailers like Currys offer a buy-one-get-one-free deal on the speaker in the UK. It’s lightweight and compact, and the water-resistance should protect the speaker from splashes of water, although not much else.
The Marley Chant Mini is, for the price, a fairly decent speaker, thanks in part to the booming bass of the Chant Mini that makes up for the non-existent high-end – especially if you’re into music with heavy bass lines (Drum and Bass, Dubstep, etc). The design of the Chant Mini is also a plus point when talking about the speaker, using recycled materials and wood to create something that’s refreshingly different when compared to a sea of plain, plastic, boring Bluetooth speakers.
In summary: Good bass, good design, poor high-end tones.
The Extreme Hangten brings a certain skater-style to the crowded Bluetooth market, but due to its relatively high price tag of ?65, is unable to deliver a truly inspiring sound for its price. If this speaker was slightly less expensive, we could see it being recommended for those wanting a trendy looking speaker.
So, what do we think of the Cowin Thunder overall? It’s a fairly powerful portable Bluetooth speaker, and the addition of its “lightning mode” offers something slightly different and makes it stand out from the crowd.
With that being said, audio quality is satisfactory and provides fairly balanced audio in all directions, thanks to its 360-degree audio projection.
At ?49 the Inateck BTSP-10 is a loud, cool-looking portable speaker that uses power-efficient Bluetooth 4.0.
Sound quality is pretty good, too, but we dislike the inability to skip tracks and, Inateck, we don’t do user manuals.
- ^ see more by Lewis Painter (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Read full review for Denon Envaya Mini (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Denon Envaya Mini review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Read full review for Sumvision Psyc Monic (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Sumvision Psyc Monic review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Read full review for Lava BrightSounds 2 (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Lava BrightSounds 2 review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Read full review for Creative Nuno (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Creative Nuno review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Read full review for Anker SoundCore Sport XL (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Anker SoundCore Sport XL review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Read full review for Edifier Bric Connect (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Edifier Bric Connect review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Read full review for Jam Double Down (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Jam Double Down review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Read full review for House of Marley Chant Mini (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ House of Marley Chant Mini review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Read full review for Extreme Hangten (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Extreme Hangten review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Read full review for Cowin Thunder (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Cowin Thunder review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Read full review for Inateck BTSP-10 Plus (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Inateck BTSP-10 Plus review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)