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Best Bluetooth speakers under $50 in 2022

Tribit StormBox Micro
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Nothing makes a party better than some music. Nothing makes playing music easier than a Bluetooth speaker, especially as more phone manufacturers omit the 3.5mm headphone jack. Fortunately, you don't need to spend a fortune to get the best Bluetooth speaker and get the good times rolling.

Enjoy rich audio on the go with these Bluetooth speakers

Tribit StormBox Micro

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Tribit StormBox Micro

Perfect for parties, the home, and anywhere else

Reasons to buy

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Excellent bass response
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Bluetooth 5.0
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IP67 Waterproof
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Connect two speakers for stereo sound
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USB-C charging

Reasons to avoid

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No auxiliary port
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Only 8 hours of battery life

Tribit sure knows its way around audio accessories, and the StormBox Micro is no exception. This epic Bluetooth speaker isn't just compact: It puts out a huge kick with deep, booming bass, and 9W of power. Even though the StormBox Micro 2 is now available, the humble predecessor beats the newer speaker thanks to its lower price.

One of the most distinctive features of the StormBox Micro is its ability to be easily mounted to bikes, backpacks, belts, or nearly anything else — get creative! The IP67 water and dust resistance mean you don't have to worry about getting caught in the rain, and you can pair two of these speakers together for an immersive stereo effect.

The only downside is that the StormBox Micro only has 8 hours of battery life — enough to cut some parties short. But on the bright side, it uses the same USB-C connector as your phone and laptop for easy recharging.

Sony SRS-XB13 speaker

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Sony SRS-XB13

Big punch in a small package

Reasons to buy

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Ultra-portable
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IP67 water resistance
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Add an extra speaker for stereo sound
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16-hour battery life
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USB-C charging

Reasons to avoid

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No application integration
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Could be louder

If portability and budget are the names of the game, then the SRS-XB13 from Sony is a fantastic pick. This speaker packs such an impressive punch that it's hard to believe the sound comes from such a small package. While it's max volume levels won't knock your socks off, the Sony SRS-XB13 doesn't compromise on quality.

The XB13's EXTRA BASS tagline holds true with punchy lows that, combined with the sixteen-hour battery life, will allow you to listen to your favorite songs with plenty of bass for long periods. Sony also includes a strap connected to the speaker's bottom if you want to throw it over your shoulder or attach it to a bag.

On the downside, the SRS-XB13 doesn't have a ton of extra features. For example, there's no dedicated app, meaning you'll have to turn to your smartphone or tablet's built-in audio tools if you want to adjust the EQ levels. If you want to have a proper party outdoors, you'd need to pair two of these babies to achieve banging loud volumes, but these are often the sacrifices you'll have to make to hit such a low price.

Anker Soundcore Mini 3

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Anker Soundcore Mini 3

Hear everything from everywhere

Reasons to buy

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360-degree sound
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15 hours of battery life
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IPX7 waterproof
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Pair over 100 Mini 3s together
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USB-C charging

Reasons to avoid

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Only 6W of output
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Not dustproof

When it comes to listening to your music or podcasts, you want to be able to hear them from wherever you are. That's where a speaker like the Anker Soundcore Mini 3 comes in, with its 360 degrees of sound. With the Soundcore app on your phone, you can easily customize the sound to your liking.

The cylindrical design, combined with two drivers and 5 watts of power, makes for an impressive yet lightweight package. As for battery life, you're looking at around 15 hours, which should be plenty long enough for pool parties and the like.

Best of all, you can pair over 100 Mini 3s (or virtually any other Soundcore speaker, for that matter), and each speaker is feather-light at just half a pound. Unfortunately, the IPX7 waterproof rating doesn't include dustproofing, so you need to be careful around dirt and other grime.

Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen held in hand

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Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)

Impress your friends and control your smart home

Reasons to buy

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Amazon Alexa built-in
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Pair with another Echo Dot for stereo sound
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3.5mm headphone jack included
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Mic can be turned off for privacy

Reasons to avoid

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Must always be plugged in
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Not water resistant
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The sound could be better

It may not be a dedicated speaker, but Amazon's smart speaker with Alexa is a popular choice for many. The latest Echo Dot (4th Gen) gives users much to talk about, while still having the ability to show off a bit when guests come over.

In addition to pairing via Bluetooth, you have the option to use the 3.5mm auxiliary jack, or even pair over Wi-Fi to other devices. With Alexa built-in, you can control your smart home easily, or get the answer to that question nagging at your friend during the party. Sure, the sound isn't the greatest, but you can pair this with another Echo Dot for stereo sound, or another Bluetooth speaker.

The other big downside here is that the Echo Dot isn't entirely portable since you need to keep it plugged in at all times. This can be a bit frustrating, but its integrated voice assistant more than makes up for it. If you're bent on wirelessly using it, you can grab a third-party battery base to power it off of, making it wireless. The Mission Battery Base for the Echo Dot (4th Gen) (opens in new tab) is a great choice, as it's "made for Amazon."

Google Nest Mini speaker on a blue backdrop

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Google Nest Mini (2nd Gen)

Google Assistant in a pretty fabric package

Reasons to buy

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Google Assistant built-in
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Great bass response
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Touch-sensitive fabric cover

Reasons to avoid

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Must always be plugged in
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Not water resistant
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No headphone jack

If you like the Amazon Echo Dot's voice control features, but you'd rather use Google Assistant, the Nest Mini is a great alternative. It puts out twice as much bass as its predecessor, and features a touch-sensitive fabric cover that allows you to adjust volume with a quick tap.

Like the Echo Dot, the Nest Mini must be plugged in at all times, so while it makes a great Google Assistant smart speaker on a budget, it may not be the best mobile solution. Still, you can pair it to other Nest Minis for a stereo sound, and use it to control the rest of your smart home without lifting a finger. Maybe turn on some party lights?

Compared to the Echo Dot, the biggest downside is that the Nest Mini doesn't feature a headphone jack, meaning there's no way to wire audio directly into the speaker. Still, you can connect your phone over Bluetooth and play audio wirelessly, with hands-free voice controls to boot.

Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Ultra speaker covered in water droplets

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Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Ultra (4th Gen)

Forget leaving your phone behind

Reasons to buy

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100-foot Bluetooth range
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IPX7 rating
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20-hour battery life
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Unique design

Reasons to avoid

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Dated micro-USB charging
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Heavier than other options

As you look at different Bluetooth speakers to consider, many of them have the same old design: Cylinders that pump out music at varying rates, shapes, and sizes. The OontZ Angle 3 Ultra (4th Gen) changes that with its unique triangular design, so that you can cover as much area as possible.

Oontz also includes an IPX7 rating for water resistance, but we wouldn't recommend taking the Angle 3 Ultra into the wild. The "X" means that you miss out on dust resistance here, making the speaker vulnerable to sand and dust. However, this speaker's most significant benefit is the 100-foot range, allowing you to keep your phone with you and not with the speaker.

While that 100-foot range is incredible, you'll still be stuck in the past with the micro-USB charging port. The OontZ Angle 3 Ultra (4th Gen) bumps up to Bluetooth 5.0 over 4.2, but unfortunately Cambridge SoundWorks did not think about updating the charging port over the last-gen OontZ Angle 3. The OontZ Angle 3 Ultra is also a bit heavier than some of the other speakers on this list, so you may not want to carry it if you go for a hike.

Tronsmart Trip portable Bluetooth speaker dangling from a finger

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Tronsmart Trip

Phenomenal value and the latest Bluetooth

Reasons to buy

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10W of audio
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Lightweight yet durable
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20 hours of playback
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Bluetooth 5.3
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IPX7 waterproof

Reasons to avoid

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No companion app support
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Bass isn't very heavy

There is nothing wrong with a Bluetooth speaker that doesn't have a bunch of extra frills or a design that makes it stand out from the crowd. Sometimes, a great Bluetooth speaker is just your run-of-the-mill option. That brings us to the Tronsmart Trip, which has no significant features to "wow" you. It does, however, tout unbelievable value.

This speaker offers a 20-hour battery life, which is among the leaders on this list, along with IPX7 water resistance, an audio port, a mic, and Bluetooth 5.3. Take all of this, combined with the 10 watts of power, and you have a tried-and-true speaker that will work for every situation. Tronsmart even includes a USB-C and a 3.5mm audio cable in the box.

The Tronsmart Trip portable speaker is delightfully cheap, the most affordable speaker on this list in fact. However, that bottom-of-the-barrel price comes with trade-offs such as just okay bass and no app support.

Tribit XSound Go speaker

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Tribit XSound Go

Singing in the rain

Reasons to buy

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16W of audio
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24 hours of battery life
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IPX7 waterproof
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Rich, bassy, stereo sound
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66-foot Bluetooth range

Reasons to avoid

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Audio cable not included
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No app

The Tribit XSound Go delivers rich sound with 16W of audio, and you can take that sound with you wherever you go. Weighing only 13 ounces, this speaker is extremely light and isn't a burden to carry around. With an IPX7 waterproof rating, it's perfect for a day at the beach or lake, and even comes in handy during a quick shower.

This speaker has a durable exterior coating and internal frame, so you can hook it to your bag or bike with its tear-resistant strap and not worry about it getting any bruises or bumps. It charges quickly through USB-C, but thankfully it has a 24-hour battery life. You can listen to music throughout the weekend without worrying about juicing it up too often.

Best of all, the Tribit XSound uses Bluetooth 5.0 and has a 66-foot range, so you can go on a walk without having to leave your phone behind. And if you're hosting a party, you can pair this speaker with another to double the volume.

Pick the best portable speaker based on your needs

It can be tough picking out a speaker, but it's even more difficult finding an inexpensive waterproof Bluetooth speaker, but the Tribit's StormBox Micro comes close. This speaker offers decent battery life, USB-C charging, and a fantastic bass response that'll give every song you listen to a real boost.

Plus, you can pair this with another StormBox for a stereo sound setup, perfect for any party or situation. It's even IP67 certified for protection against water and dust, and you can clip it to your bike for a quick workout. The only downside? Without any auxiliary port, you'll need to connect to the speaker via Bluetooth for any audio playback.