A picture of the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker on a rocky beach.

The combination of small size, sound quality, and price makes the JBL Flip 4 the best around.

The combination of small size, sound quality, and price makes the JBL Flip 4 the best around.

Don’t overthink it, the best Bluetooth speaker under $100 is the JBL Flip 4. Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen, and if you look long enough you can convince yourself that you need to spend hundreds of dollars on the newest product from the most premium brand around. The truth is, you don’t. Still, a decent Bluetooth speaker can go a long way and there are plenty of great, affordable options. For a closer look at the pros and cons of each pick, make sure to check out the full article over on our sibling site SoundGuys. For now, we’ll run down our list of the best Bluetooth speakers under $100.

Best Bluetooth speakers under $100:

  1. JBL Flip 4
  2. Bose Soundlink Micro
  3. UE Wonderboom 2
  4. Anker Soundcore Motion Plus
  5. Anker Soundcore Flare

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Bluetooth speakers under $100 regularly as new devices launch.


1. JBL Flip 4

The JBL Flip 4 in aqua pictured on top of a backpack - one of the best bluetooth speakers under $100

The JBL Flip 4 is the perfect combination of size, durability, and sound.

The JBL Flip 4 is the perfect combination of size, durability, and sound.

The JBL Flip 4 comes from a trusted line of affordable Bluetooth speakers and carries the torch perfectly. Aside from having an impressive sound considering its size, it also has a number of practical features like the IPX7 waterproof build and 12-hour battery life. Of course, the newer JBL Flip 5 is available, but the only real improvement is the move to USB-C charging. Aside from that, the Flip 5 feels more like a step backward considering it no longer has a 3.5mm jack. If you want one of the best speakers around, the Flip 4 is basically the same speaker and will save you some money along the way too. 


2. Bose Soundlink Micro

A wet Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth speaker clipped to a backpack

The Bose Soundlink Micro makes a great travel companion because of its tough build and small size.

The Bose Soundlink Micro makes a great travel companion because of its tough build and small size.

Bose might spend most of its time making audio products at the higher price point, but every now and then it makes a bang for your buck product that is too good to pass up. The Soundlink Micro is that product, and it’s earned a spot on our best Bluetooth speakers under $100 list. It has an IPX7 waterproof build and a tough rubber build so you know it can take a beating, but it’s the versatile clip on the back that really makes it unique. You can clip it to almost anything and it’ll stay put without a problem. This makes it a great option for hikers or bikers that want a speaker that you can clip to your backpack. Plus, it gets really loud. While the sound quality definitely degrades at higher volume, it’s still not bad for such a small piece of plastic.

One downside you’ll have to deal with is the sub-par battery, which manages to last just over four hours and then needs to charge via MicroUSB. If you can live with that, then you’ll have a tough little speaker you can bring with you anywhere. 


3. UE Wonderboom 2

UE Wonderboom 2 volume controls

Credit: Lily Katz / Android Authority

The giant plus and minus signs make adjusting volume simple, but playback controls beyond that are limited.

While it isn’t the most exciting speaker around, the UE Wonderboom 2 is a great waterproof option for one specific reason: it floats. There are plenty of speakers that are waterproof, but that doesn’t mean much if you drop it in a lake. The Wonderboom 2 will float on top of the water for easy retrieval, and it’s also IP67 rated so water won’t damage it. On top, there’s a small bungee cord for hooking onto different things and there’s even a bass boost mode so you can hear the low end of your music better when you’re outdoors. Keep in mind, this is still a tiny speaker so it doesn’t make a huge difference, but the sound quality does exceed expectations which is what makes it one of the best Bluetooth speakers under $100. 


4. Anker Soundcore Motion Plus

Anker Soundcore Motion Plus

We’ve all heard not to judge a book by its boring cover, we just never knew that the saying was about Anker’s Soundcore Motion Plus. Though it isn’t really much to look at, Anker’s pill-shaped speaker packs a serious punch that’s easily worth the sub-$100 price tag. The speaker relies on a clever blend of tweeters, woofers, and passive radiators for a well-rounded sound and all of the rich bass you can ask for. Anker’s Soundcore Motion Plus also delivers with the aptX codec and extra EQs in the Soundcore app. You’ll also have an IPX7 waterproof rating for adventures and USB-C charging to keep your 6,700mAh battery rocking for up to 12 hours.


5. Anker Soundcore Flare

Anker Soundcore Flare pictured from the top down so the logo and LED lights are plainly visible - one of the best bluetooth speakers under $100

The Anker Soundcore Flare packs a punch for the price.

The Anker Soundcore Flare virtually the as the Flare 2, save for the extra top LED ring on the second-gen model.

The Anker Soundcore Flare packs a punch for the price. The Anker Soundcore Flare is a no-brainer for anyone that wants good sound and a unique design. The cylindrical shape allows it to fit into most standard-sized cup holders including the car or a backpack making it super portable. Plus, the IPX7 build, tasteful LED light strip along the bottom, and the ability to play sound in 360 degrees sets it apart from the pack when it comes to performance too. Of course, there are no high-quality codecs to speak of here, but it doesn’t sound bad at all. While it is slightly lacking in the battery department with just 5.5 hours of playback at 100%, you can easily make it last longer if you listen to music at normal volumes. 


What you should know

There aren’t as many things to be aware of with Bluetooth speakers as there is with other audio equipment, but there are still some important factors to consider. 

IP ratings

A table explaining the IP rating system.

This IP rating guide sums everything up nicely for the purposes of this article.

Wirefield This IP rating guide sums everything up nicely for the purposes of this article.

One of the most important things to consider when looking for a Bluetooth speaker is the environment in which you’re going to be using it. If you plan on taking it anywhere outside or poolside, then a water-resistant or waterproof rating is highly recommended. In the chart above, you can see that means that, at the very least, the second number in the IP rating should be at a four or above. If you’re going to be using the speaker while doing something like hiking, camping, or even at the beach, then you also want it to be protected against dirt and dust. In that case, the first number should be at the very least a five or above. That’s basically all you need to know for the purposes of this article, but we recommend reading the full explainer to learn more about what an IP rating is.

Bluetooth codecs

If you really want to dig into this part of Bluetooth audio, it’s worth checking out the article where Lily Katz explains everything you need to know about Bluetooth codecs. The good thing is, you don’t need to know all of that for the purposes of this article. Instead, all you really need to know is that some Bluetooth codecs allow for more data transfer between devices, which results in higher quality audio transfer and better sound. Of course, sound quality is likely not the reason you’re looking for a sub-$100 Bluetooth speaker, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for something that sounds terrible. 

Why you should trust SoundGuys

SoundGuys is the sibling site to Android Authority that goes over everything you need to know about audio. Whether you’re looking for reviews on a new speaker, a list of the best headphones, or just want to learn how some of your favorite audio gadgets work, the team at SoundGuys has made it their mission to explain it all. 

And that wraps up our list of best Bluetooth speakers under $100. We’ll add more models to the list once they launch.