A new Bluetooth speaker is currently one of the best gifts you can give. They’re affordable. They’re super useful. Their average sound quality and range are better than ever before. And even your obnoxiously picky boyfriend who “doesn’t want anything for his birthday” would be stoked about this present. We’ve put together a list to help you find the best Bluetooth speaker under 50 bucks, and trust me, some of these selections are pretty great. Now granted, you’re not going to get the same sound out of these little portable Bluetooth speakers as you would a thousand-dollar professional studio speaker. But technology is advancing so rapidly these days that these speakers are incredibly easy to transport and use, and they deliver surprisingly high-quality audio. And all for less than fifty smackers.
At only 3.2 inches across, this teeny Bluetooth speaker surprises us with how much sound it can pump out. With 3W of output power, it’s easy to hear your pre-party theme song over the sound of the shower. Speaking of which, did we mention it’s splash-proof? Super portable, rugged and durable, and designed for easy handling with sturdy plastic and a comfortable, easy-grip design— Omaker has built an incredible amount of versatility into this low-budget speaker. We also love the long battery life (up to 12 hours of continuous play time!). With easy Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC pairing, connecting to any device—including your android or iPhone—is simple and quick.
Listen up, lovebirds! If you’re developing cauliflower ear from spending way too much time pressing your poor pinna against a phone, change your life for barely the price of a few Starbucks runs! We love the built-in mic and easy controls of this speaker, so hands-free calling is an absolute cinch. With a sturdy, water-resistant design, the SoundBot can come with you pretty much anywhere. It even has an attached suction cup so you can set it up wherever you go. Bluetooth 3.0 makes this speaker compatible with any Bluetooth device. And the color options, you guys. Hounds tooth, camo, even zebra print. There are 10 different choices. No, you hang up first. Iloveyoumorebye!
The Angle 3 is an impressive addition to our list of Bluetooth speakers, and at $27 it’s a great value. The speaker is engineered to be able to handle high amounts of bass and at loud volumes without any distortion. With 10W of acoustic output, it can also be placed either on its side or upright for changing the level of bass. Mid- and high-range tones are crystal clear and accurate, especially for this size of speaker. Water-resistance means you don’t need to worry about taking it outside in the rain, to the pool, or to the beach. We love that it’s the perfect size to plop in your car’s cup holder, and the built-in mic means easy hands-free “Okay Google”ing. Bluetooth and an aux-in jack make this speaker universally compatible with iOS, android, and other operating systems.
There’s a lot we love about this speaker. First off, it’s a cute little cylinder that puts out amazing sound and can be paired with either Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, or regular aux line. It’s got long battery life and a surprisingly full sound with 3W of output power. It’s amazingly waterproof. Plus, one of our very favorite things about this speaker is its incredible 18-month warranty and excellent customer service. Let the music play!
One look at the AOMAIS Sport II and you know it’s a toughie. Chiseled as Brad Pitt’s chin and compliant with IPx7 ratings, this is a truly waterproof, rugged speaker that can accompany you skiing, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, mountain climbing, skinny dipping—you name it. Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and a 3.5mm jack make this speaker easily compatible with any device. We especially love that it comes with a free flotation accessory so you can take it rafting, swimming, kayaking, etc. But keep reading, average Joe. You, too, can enjoy all this #1 best seller has to offer. The speaker boasts room-filling, exceptionally clear sound. It is made to last and comes with a 12-month warranty. You can also hook two of these together for 40W of surround sound—a useful feature that we love.
Pressing buttons is so 2005. But seriously though, we’re kind of giddy about the touch controls of this sleek-looking Bluetooth speaker. We also love that not only does it come with Bluetooth and an aux-in jack, but you can also insert a Micro SD card to either play music or give it a nifty firmware upgrade. Unique high-performance bass drivers make this 12W speaker sound surprisingly loud and crisp, with just the right amount of bass. Bluetooth 4.0 is a great plus, as is the free waterproof travel pouch that comes with this powerful little speaker.
As a center-channel speaker, the Meidong QQ Chocolate is great at cutting through ambient sound. We love it for watching movies on a road trip when somebody is always whining and somebody else is always complaining that they can’t hear. Pair your tablet with this powerful little Bluetooth 4.0 speaker, and voila! Excellent dialogue and hopefully a little less complaining. (No promises.) This speaker looks great, sounds excellent, and has a unique design that enhances the perceived acoustic power beyond a normal 10W sound. If that sounds like a lot of techno mumbo jumbo to you, just take a look at the 4.5-star Amazon rating and rest assured that you can’t go wrong with this top-selling speaker.
For the price and size of this speaker, it really puts out some excellent sound. With double 2.5W speakers, it can fill a room with clear and powerful sound. It also has a built-in mic and supports hands-free calling. It also has a decent battery life and sturdy design. This is a simple, useful speaker without a whole lot of bells and whistles—but as far as Bluetooth devices go, what it does, it does well.
Okay, let us explain. This is a speaker that can (literally) go the distance. We’re talking about super clear, accurate sound. 24-hour battery life (!!!). A unique patented spiral bass port for super-tight bass. And a Bluetooth range of 66 feet! (Most Bluetooth speakers have about a 30-ft range.) And the aux-in jack means you can daisy-chain multiple speakers together for a huge surround sound experience. So this speaker is perfect for blasting music through large spaces… or for putting it in the upstairs bathroom and controlling it from the basement. Think of the April Fool’s pranks. And with the unique features and the teensy weensy price, this speaker sure feels like a fairy tale to us.
Oh, it’s so pretty. This speaker sounds great, is nice and portable, and has both Bluetooth 3.0 and a 3.5mm aux-in jack to connect to any device. Its sleek design and cute color choices make it stand out. One cool feature that we really go for is that you can display the battery level on your iPhone. So you don’t have to wait for Siri to interrupt your dance party with “battery low” before you plug it in and keep jiving. It comes equipped with a rechargable Li-ion battery, so you can charge it right back up every so often to keep the music going all night.
It all depends on the features you want, and how you plan to use it. Here are some things worth considering before you make your choice:
In the end, the choice is yours. But we’ve included some decent inexpensive options above for your consideration. Happy hunting!