Bluetooth speakers have always been a great addition to any music lover’s box of tricks, but they’ve never been more desirable than right now. Perhaps dropping a significant sum on something with multi-room capabilities, Roon-ready smarts or a plethora of inbuilt streaming platforms simply isn’t justifiable right now. Maybe you just want something cheap and cheerful to provide good-quality musical accompaniment while you’re working on the balcony. Maybe the children could use something durable to listen to while doing homework, or maybe you just want to chuck a podcast on in the kitchen, while you’re cooking.
So, aside from something that sounds good for the money, what should you look for when shopping for a budget Bluetooth speaker to get you through this most unusual of times?
Models here at the more affordable end of the market tend to be rugged and super portable, so look out for a durable design and waterproofing, or at least water resistance (the latter meaning you shouldn’t fully submerge your speaker in the drink).
Best budget speakers can be small enough to fit in a coat pocket, cheekily designed to fit in your bike’s water cage or big enough to fill a room with serious sound, so it’s imperative that you also check the dimensions before clicking “buy” (don’t worry, we’ve listed these below.)
Top 10 best budget speaker in UK
Here come our 10 best budget speakers. Every product has specific features to serve multiple purposes. Find out which one pleases you most!
1. Anker Soundcore Boost 20W Bluetooth Speaker
Anker Soundcore Boost 20W Bluetooth Speaker can enhance your audio at the press of a button with patented Anker BassUp technology. Make your music sing, with solid lows at any volume. The product has dual drivers and twin subwoofers deliver 20W of powerful, high-fidelity audio. Boasting room-filling sound—ideal for podcasts, through to parties. Moreover, the speaker is designed with a classic, minimalist design complements virtually any interior. Portable build and IPX5 water-resistance means you can effortlessly enhance your music on-the-go.
2. Ultimate Ears Wonderbooms 2 Wireless Speaker
A lot has changed in a short space of time. The UE Wonderboom 2 is almost three millimetres fatter and a little taller than the original model. This is barely noticeable at a glance, but there have been plenty of alterations on the inside too. A new chipset promises crisper sound, longer battery life and, most notably, 10 per cent more bass than the original.
There’s also a new ‘boost’ button on the underside of the unit for using the Wonderboom 2 outdoors. When pressed, this restricts the bass frequencies, allowing the UE to play louder through the midrange and upwards. This is claimed to make the sound easier to hear when the unit is used outdoors.
3. Votomy Portable Speaker
The Bluetooth speaker industry has come a long way in little time and that’s good news for consumers, who no longer have to drop hundreds of dollars for a great product. Proving as much is the Votomy VT360 speaker, a triumph of quality and value alike. Sleek, wireless, and waterproof, it delivers rich sound and a 100-foot range at a price that’s simply too good to refuse. Whereas most counterparts of this calibre cost around US$200, the VT360 comes in at just US$70.
4. Sumvision Psyc Torre Premium Portable Speaker
The Torre bluetooth wireless tower speaker has many different inputs including: Bluetooth, AUX, FM radio, SD card and USB. Enjoy your music from many different sources Charge your smartphone or tablet using the Psys Torre wireless bluetooth stand speaker, from the front panels USB port. Customise your listening experience with 5 preset equalizer modes including Classic, Pop, Rock, Jazz and normal The Psyc Torre wireless bluetooth speaker’s 2.1 sound system with a built in subwoofer gives your music some extra bass Change the volume or skip tracks using the inbuilt controls for the unit or by using the remote
5. Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker
Deep. Loud. And immersive, too. The SoundLink Revolve Portable Bluetooth speaker delivers true 360° sound for consistent, uniform coverage. Place it in the center of the room to give everyone the same experience. Or set it near a wall so sound radiates and reflects. This wireless speaker is durable, water-resistant and easy to grab and go – with a rechargeable battery that plays up to 12 hours.
6. JBL Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Share your adventure playlist with this JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker. Its IPX7 waterproof rating and rugged housing provide protection against water splashes or immersion, and its voice-assistant integration lets you access Siri or Google Now from a mobile device. Connect to two devices simultaneously with this JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker for alternating playback.
7. Sony SRS-XB01
Typically, Sony’s entry-level mini Bluetooth speakers have started at $50. But the SRS-XB01 lists for $35 (£30, AU$50) and sometimes gets discounted to $25. That’s pretty inexpensive. While it’s lightweight at 5.4 ounces (154 grams), it manages to avoid feeling cheap. The speaker feels solid enough, with a textured finish and a set of rubberized buttons on top that allow you to play and pause your music, or answer and end calls, and adjust volume. A gasket hides the USB charging port and audio input.
8. Bose S1 Pro System Bluetooth Speaker
The Bose S1 Pro is a mid-sized speaker with an all-black design. It’s mostly made of plastic, and there’s a steel grille on the front to help protect the drivers. You can position this speaker vertically, tilted back, or horizontally, as the Auto EQ feature uses internal sensors to provide an optimal performance based on how it’s positioned. There’s also a 35mm pole cup on the bottom of the speaker so you can mount it on a speaker stand.
9. Ultimate Ears Megablast Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
The Ultimate Ears Megablast is UE’s loudest and smartest speaker. With Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant built in, wi-fi connectivity as well as Bluetooth and the UE rugged build, it’s quite the portable package. More crucially, the Megablast joins the brand’s portfolio of five-star Bluetooth speakers that are simply fun to use and listen to. Good-looking and great-sounding, the Megablast is an absolute treat.
10. Laney F67 Speaker
Celebrate your music and have your own personal festival anywhere with the LANEY SOUND SYSTEMS Bluetooth speaker. Stylish, portable and powerful, the Laney Sound Systems Bluetooth Speaker’s versatile and responsive onboard EQ delivers high quality thumping bass, satisfying mids and crystal-clear highs – whatever style of Music you listen to. Meticulously designed and engineered, the Laney Sound Systems Bluetooth speaker delivers stunning, detailed and realistic audio -allowing you to enjoy the Music that inspires, relaxes, excites and creates the mood you’re searching for. Powerful yet functional, The Laney Sound Systems Bluetooth speaker wirelessly connects with your audio devices and the fast charging internal battery gives you 20+ hours playtime. Available in two stylish, iconic Laney designs – inspired by over 50 years of British Amplifier design and manufacture. This portable Bluetooth speaker is elegant enough to be used in any area of your home and versatile enough to be used wherever you want to enjoy your Music.
How to choose the best budget speaker?
Consider Their Cost
From the style of speaker required to the length of their speech, no two bookings cost the same. Due to this, most speakers choose not to advertise their prices, making it difficult for event organisers to search for budget-appropriate options. At The Motivational Speakers Agency, we take the hassle out of finding the perfect speaker by supplying our clients with a bespoke selection of experts to choose from, each within their budget.
Research Their Experience
While browsing a category of speakers, pay close attention to their previous experience and how it may complement your industry, theme or audience. For example, if you are hosting a sales conference, consider hiring Jordan Belfort, for his experience on Wall Street, or Paul Wearmouth, the “Go to Sales Guy”. Additionally, it is important to take into account the speaker’s experience on stage, as a skilled presenter will better engage with audiences.
Watch Their Previous Speeches
Nearly all of our speaker profiles have a tab for videos, which allows clients to see the individual in action for themselves. We believe in the term “seeing is believing”, so often include examples of the speaker presenting onstage or taking part in an interview, to showcase their communication skills and confidence. If you have a shortlist of speakers to choose from, make sure to watch their previous appearances before making your decision.
Check Out Their Social Media
Before booking a speaker, check out their professional social media. There you will discover whether they commonly promote the events they are booked for, and how popular they are amongst users. If the speaker receives positive engagement, you can trust they will likely draw valuable attention to your event from an online audience – particularly important for webinars and other virtual conferences.
I’m hoping this guide was helpful. Choosing the best budget speaker doesn’t have to be hard, but you need to know what you want in terms of features and what you have to take into account given your room and listening limitations.