The best Bluetooth speakers under £100 in 2024 – Massive sound, tiny price

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A selection of the best bluetooth speakers under £100

by Ryan Houghton |
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Great portable sound doesn't always have to come at a huge cost – and the best Bluetooth speakers under £100 are here to prove it. With many top brands competing on the ultra-budget front, there's no shortage of great speakers that are worthy of your consideration.

These inexpensive options are versatile, durable and loud – and that's even the case for the smaller portable speakers which we've highlighted.

Best Bluetooth speaker under £100 in 2024 at a glance

• Best overall: Tribit StormBox Micro 2 – View at Amazon
• Best budget: Sony SRS-XB13 speaker – View at Amazon
• Best for bass: Soundcore Anker Motion Boom – View at Amazon
• Best for design: Marshall Willen – View at John Lewis

Our experts have scoured the internet for the greatest deals on speaker technology, from speaker brands we know and trust – including Anker, Sony and JBL.

With so much on offer, we've also looked at the specifications that'll make the difference between a generic speaker and one the could become a permanent fixture.

Best Bluetooth speaker under £100 in 2024

All prices are correct at the time of writing. Prices, stock and deals are subject to change without notice.

Best overall

Tribit StormBox Micro 2Amazon

Rrp: $79.99

Price: $59.99

This speaker isn't from a big brand, but it outpaces most of the options on this list. The latest iteration of the Tribit Stormbox has a better battery, better bass and an unexpected but welcome feature...

If your phone runs out of juice in the middle of a listening session this speaker doubles as a power bank, combining two essential bits of tech kit into one great package. This makes long listening sessions even more possible, while the IP67 rating means that no matter where you want to jam, you can.

The sound is great from such a small package, with great bass (though the top end can suffer slightly) so your listening experience never has to be tinny again. Overall, this is not just one of the best Bluetooth speakers under £100, but also one of the best Bluetooth speakers full stop.

Pros

  • Power bank feature is very handy
  • Great bass extension
  • Included strap handy for when you're out and about

Cons

  • No AUX input
  • Build Quality:
    5.0
  • Sound:
    5.0
  • Value:
    5.0
Dimensions:4.27 x 9.91 x 4.27 cm
Weight:456g
Connections:Bluetooth, USB-C
Battery Life:12 hours
Waterproofing:Yes
Available Colours:Black, Blue, Red
Additional Features:Power bank, stereo pairing,

Best budget speaker

Sony SRS-XB13 speaker
Price: $58.00
Alternative retailers
Walmart$54.99View offer
B&H Photo Video$58.00View offer

With great sound and gorgeous aesthetics – Sony's SRS-XB13 doesn't seem the sort of speaker to cost less than £50.

One of our favourite bassy Bluetooth speakers of the year, the XB13's size means it can quickly and easily be tucked away in a bag for ease of access. Another particularly brilliant aspect is its surprisingly strong battery life. Lasting a whopping 16 hours, it matches or exceeds many of its more expensive counterparts.

All in all, this is one fun speaker we can heartily recommend, regardless of budget.

Pros

  • Huge sound from such a small Bluetooth speaker
  • Small enough to take anywhere but still with good usability
  • The battery life will last for the better part of a whole day if you're out and about

Cons

  • Some distortion and loss of clarity at high volumes
  • Build Quality:
    4.0
  • Sound:
    4.0
  • Value:
    5.0
Dimensions:7.4 x 7.4 x 9.2 cm
Weight:243 g
Connections:Bluetooth 4.2
Battery Life:16 hours
Waterproofing:IP67
Available Colours:Black/Blue/Pink/Yellow/Blue/Taupe
Additional Features:EXTRA BASS,

Best for bass

soundcore Anker Motion Boom

Rrp: $109.99

Price: $99.99
Alternative retailers
Walmart$111.62View offer

From one of the best budget Bluetooth speaker manufacturers right now, Anker's Soundcore Motion Boom is one of our favourite Bluetooth speakers under £100 this year.

Made to withstand the rough and tumble of daily life, including being submerged in up to one metre of water for up to thirty minutes, this durable waterproof speaker is perfect for summer getaways and long nights in the heat. Though it may be a little bulky, you won't have to worry about it getting damaged.

As for its sound, the Motion Boom is named as such thanks to its incredible bass. With titanium speakers, it's perfect for student gatherings and some downtime with your favourite electronic-heavy music. This does mean that it lacks precision and clarity, but it's still great for the price.

Pros

  • A medium-sized speaker that delivers large bass
  • The durable build plus large handle means you can safely take this anywhere
  • Can withstand being submerged so use this poolside with confidence

Cons

  • The bulky, all-black design might put off some buyers
  • Build Quality:
    4.0
  • Sound:
    4.0
  • Value:
    5.0
Dimensions:34.6 x 14.8 x 20 cm
Weight:2000g
Connections:Bluetooth 5.0
Battery Life:24 hours
Waterproofing:IPX7
Available Colours:Black
Additional Features:BassUp Technology, floatable
  • Customer review: "The Soundcore Anker Motion Boom Portable Bluetooth Speaker is an impressive piece of audio equipment that packs a powerful punch."

Best design

Marshall Willen - Wireless Speaker Black
Price: $89.99
Alternative retailers
Bloomingdale's$119.99View offer
Target$119.99View offer
B&H Photo Video$119.99View offer
Macy's$128.95View offer

Marshall – one of the best-known brands for great speakers, amps and instruments – is typically a high-end, expensive brand, with speakers that are made for deep-pocketed audiophiles, but Marshall's Willen is different.

With all the sophistication of a high-priced portable Bluetooth speaker, it's very reasonably priced. Blowing most budget options out of the water in terms of style too (adorned with the black and brass classic design) this is a gorgeous speaker.

There's plenty of balance when it comes to sound, with warm, natural mid-tones and some exciting bass, but it's on the quiet side.

If you like splendid sound, without ear-deafening volume, the Marshall Willem is a great pick for you.

Pros

  • The aesthetics are gorgeous – typical Marshall quality build too
  • The sound profile of this is satisfyingly well-tuned and broad
  • Like the amps of old, the speaker is stackable - add more in Stack Mode for combined power

Cons

  • Some users may expect more power from a Marshall device
  • Build Quality:
    5.0
  • Sound:
    4.0
  • Value:
    4.5
Dimensions:10.2 x 10.5 x 4 cm
Weight:300g
Connections:Bluetooth 5.1
Battery Life:15 hours
Waterproofing:IP67
Available Colours:Black and Brass/Cream
Additional Features:Quick-charging, EQ app

Best waterproof speaker

A satisfying speaker in design, ease of access and performance – the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 is adorable, but as for bass - it certainly isn't cute.

Smacking you in the face with boundless, bouncy bass, and fun, crisp and clear high tones, the Wonderboom 3 is everything you'd want in a speaker in a package as small as its price. Not to mention you can listen outdoors comfortable in the knowledge that it uses recycled plastic in its construction.

These terrific party speakers can buddy up easily to create brilliant stereo sound. As for charging, it's a bit more of a faff. Using a sadly out-of-date micro USB, getting the Wonderboom 3 to full capacity can take time, which might be annoying if you want a speaker to grab and go.

Pros

  • Innovative compact design makes using this intuitive and simple
  • The ultra-durable design and build means this is well protected and will even float
  • A well-rounded sound from a small unit

Cons

  • Micro USB charging is outdated in 2024
  • Build Quality:
    5.0
  • Sound:
    4.5
  • Value:
    5.0
Dimensions:10.4 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm
Weight:570g
Connections:Bluetooth 5.2
Battery Life:14 hours
Waterproofing:IP67
Available Colours:Black/Pink/Blue/Green/Grey
Additional Features:Drop-proof, dust-proof, floatable, Google Fast Pair, pair two Wonderboom 3 speakers together

Best party speaker

JBL has changed the game when it comes to affordable Bluetooth audio. From their ultra pocket-sized JBL GO 3 to their titanic Partybox speakers, there's no end to the creativity and user accessibility of their speaker lineup, and with the JBL FLIP 6 JBL's fantastic quality shines through once again.

Designed with simplicity in mind, this minimal, yet visually impressive speaker feels sturdy, reliable and satisfying in the hand. The FLIP 6 is a classic JBL speaker through and through, from its design to its stirring bass, pumping highs and warm, natural-sounding mid-tones which are astounding at its price.

At its size and wattage, however, we've noticed that this has taken a toll on the battery. At around 10 hours of use, this is a little weaker compared to even the smaller-sized competition, but this is the trade-off for demanding bass.

If you'd prefer a more compact JBL experience, check out our review of the Clip 4 for a small yet mighty alternative.

Pros

  • Gorgeous design - compact yet powerful enough for both indoor and outdoor uses
  • The IP67 dust and waterproofing means this will be safe no matter where you take it
  • Lighter than previous versions, so can be carried anywhere with ease

Cons

  • 12-hour battery life is good but not great
  • Build Quality:
    5.0
  • Sound:
    4.0
  • Value:
    5.0
Dimensions:17 x 6.8 x 7.2 cm
Output Power:30W
Connections:Bluetooth 5.1, USB-C
Battery Life:12 hours
Waterproofing:IP67
Available Colours:Black, Blue, Camo, Green, Pink, Red, Teal, White
Additional Features:JBL Pro Sound
Weight:550g

Best travel speaker

soundcore Motion 300soundcore
Price: $79.99

Yet another hit from the team at soundcore, the Motion 300 is the best offering for travel speakers we've seen. Just the right size, not small enough to be lost in luggage, not too bulky that it bulges in a backpack, it's a great slim and sturdy package. You'll be able to take this anywhere you might want – with its IPX7 waterproofing, poolside listening just got less perilous.

The soundcore companion app allows you to adjust the on-board EQ however you may want, which can help compensate for the slightly lacklustre bass performance. Despite this, it performs well no matter which way you orient it, with multiple listening options depending on your environment.

Overall, this is another great addition from the folks at soundcore. For a deeper dive check out our full Motion 300 review.

Pros

  • Slim design, ideal for backpacks
  • Detachable strap to hang wherever you want
  • Hi-res audio guarantee with customizable EQ

Cons

  • Bass is a little weak
  • Build Quality:
    5.0
  • Sound:
    4.5
  • Value:
    5.0
Dimensions:‎ 5.9 x 23.5 x 10.3 cm
Weight:900g
Connections:Bluetooth
Battery Life:14 hours
Waterproofing:IPX7
Available Colours:Black, Blue, Green
Additional Features:Detachable strap, custom EQ

Best smart speaker

If you're looking for one of the best smart speakers of the year at an incredibly reasonable price, Amazon's Echo Dot is perhaps the perfect pick for you.

This wonderfully easy-to-use little speaker is quick and simple to set up, with an array of features that even less technically inclined users can access at a word. Using Alexa voice assistant to play a song, change a channel or even control lighting or heating, this is an astounding modern luxury at a price that can't be beaten.

What's more, the Amazon Echo Dot 5 has some particularly solid sound – its bass is surprisingly deep for its size, with some nice crisp highs that are perfect for club anthems whilst cooking. However, there are some setbacks, mid-tones are a little muddled and compressed on occasion. Since it requires wall power it's also not portable, so you'll need to pop this on a shelf or unit and plug it in.

Pros

  • A smart speaker this small that sounds this good is a rarity
  • The voice control for your music makes for the easiest user experience
  • The design is modern and will fit with your decor very well

Cons

  • The sound profile is good for a small unit, but a little undefined compared to larger ones
  • Build Quality:
    4.0
  • Sound:
    3.5
  • Value:
    5.0
Dimensions:100 x 100 x 89 mm
Weight:340g
Connections:Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Battery Life:N/A
Waterproofing:No
Available Colours:Charcoal, Deep Sea Blue, Glacier White
Additional Features:Smart home device compatible, microphone off button

Best Bluetooth speakers under £100: Buyer's guide

Tribit Stormbox Micro 2
©Tribit

As a wireless connection technology, Bluetooth is in almost all modern devices, from smartphones and TVs to PCs and of course smart speakers. When it comes to what sets apart a Bluetooth speaker from the rest, we break down what you should be looking for:

Portability

One of the benefits of having wireless audio tech is that it can fit inside smaller speakers, and this is ideal for playing all of your tunes from your smartphone or tablet while out and about, and for quickly stuffing into a bag when you need to go. So, if you're planning on taking your music with you on day trips or even just from room to room at home, consider the size and weight. If you need it to slip into a small bag, you can still find small yet powerful options.

Weatherproofing

Generally, any speaker that has more durability is a good thing, so if possible find one with at least enough weatherproofing to withstand a light rain shower. But, if you know you're going to be taking this to the beach or poolside, always go for the best outdoor speaker with at least an IPX7 rating. This will protect against some submersion, but keep in mind that the music sounds better when it's not underwater.

Battery life

Although not all of the best Bluetooth speakers under £100 are portable, those that are naturally have a battery. And that means planning ahead if you're going to be away from mains power. If you know you'll be having a picnic or out on a day trip all day, make sure you have at least 7 hours of battery life in your new speaker – or you could always invest in a portable recharging solution, like the Anker Prime Power Bank we reviewed.

Most of the options here include USB-C, which is regarded as the better charging option thanks to its speed and efficiency.

FAQs

Are Bluetooth speakers under £100 worth it?

The Bluetooth market over recent years with more and more options available for people on a budget. And with solid speaker technology becoming more available to manufacturers, it's far easier these days to create a great speaker that's also affordable.

All-in-all, Bluetooth speakers under £100 are absolutely worth it – they're strikingly loud, dynamic, and exciting – and with great brands making excellent speakers, there's no denying you're getting quality.

What can you connect to a Bluetooth speaker?

Phones and laptops are the most common connection methods for portable Bluetooth speakers, though there's nothing stopping you from connecting anything that has Bluetooth to expand your listening experience. If you want to use a speaker as a new audio setup for your PC, feel free to give it a go. but keep in mind the latency from Bluetooth signal processing.

What's the best Bluetooth speaker brand?

It's hard to pinpoint what exactly is the best speaker brand, while a brand might be incredible – it's more than capable of making the occasional bad speaker, but there are certainly some brands to keep an eye on.

Brands such as JBL, Anker and Sony are consistently releasing excellent budget Bluetooth speaker tech for particularly great speakers at competitive prices – but there are some wonderful options from other brands too.

Ryan Houghton is a Tech Writer and Reviewer for What’s The Best, known best for his expertise in gaming, with a particular soft spot for PC gaming, audio tech, televisions and smartphones.

Diligently writing for What’s The Best for almost two years, there are very few tech products Ryan hasn’t had his hands on to review; televisions, headphones, folding phones and even LEGO, if it’s nerdy, he’ll be there.

His well-versed history as one of the resident techies at What’s The Best has kept him keen to uncover the very best deals, savings and offers for those in need of a cracking deal to upgrade their setup.

In his downtime, Ryan most likely has his nose buried in a fantasy book, or his eyes glued to a screen whilst playing a tough-as-nails Soulslike or leisurely RPG, indulging in most forms of escapism where possible.

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