If you’re on a budget and can’t afford a high-end wireless speaker then don’t sweat as there are some good alternatives that cost just a fraction of the price. From big brand names such as Sonos, Sony and Bose you can pick up a lower spec model that is still capable of delivering high quality sound and rich bass you will love. We have compared the best budget wireless speakers below, with useful tips on what you need to consider before splashing that cash on payday.
Sonos Play:1 Wireless Hifi
The Sonos Play 1 is a serious contender and the exceptional reviews online really do speak for themselves. A compact and modern ergonomic design that blends beautifully within any living space to feel completely natural.
The Play 1 wireless hifi system is the smallest and cheapest wireless speaker of the Sonos range. Don’t be put off by its small size, this wireless speaker packs an unbelievably powerful base with crystal clear sound.
The Sonos Play 1 is the best wireless speaker if you are on a budget and want to start with just a single speaker and expand into the future. It’s possible to add new Sonos speakers into different rooms and control them wirelessly using an app on your IOS or Android device. 2 years manufacturer warranty included.
The Play:1 speaker uses Wifi over a home network and not Bluetooth. This budget wireless speaker is therefore not portable.
JBL Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The JBL Flip 4 cost considerably less than the Sonos Play:1, it’s portable and uses Bluetooth technology. As you would expect for the price this budget wireless speaker does not have the same high-end build quality and can only connect up to 2 smartphone devices to the speaker at a time, taking turns to play music.
The built in rechargeable battery makes this budget wireless speaker great for on the move and last for up to 12 hours of play time.
Another great feature is that this Bluetooth speaker is completely waterproof so you can stream music in the rain or outdoors in wet conditions! If you need a portable wireless speaker then the JBL is well recommended for the price.
Sony Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Don’t underestimate the compact size of this budget Bluetooth speaker. The Sony SRS-XB30 is a portable full-range wireless speaker that delivers extra base through dual passive radiators. You can play music all day as the impressive battery last upto 24 hours playtime. Special voice feedback functionality will alert you when the device needs recharging.
This wireless speaker is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and is also water resistant. In party mode up to 10 compatible Sony Bluetooth speakers can be connected to increase coverage and improve power! These budget speakers are easy to transport with crisp clear sound that rivals its competitors on both quality and cost. Easy to setup and pair with other Bluetooth/NFC devices.
Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker
The Bose SoundLink Revolve cost around the same price as the Sonos Play:1 and is similar in terms of size. However this speaker uses Bluetooth technology and is portable with up to 12 hours of playtime from its lithium-ion rechargeable battery.
The speaker has complete 360 degree coverage delivering deep immersive sound you will love. The loud bass is more than you would expect for a speaker of this size.
Bose have implemented a down facing transducer with acoustic deflector for better sound distribution. It’s easy to pair the wireless speakers with Bluetooth and voice prompts to take calls and access Google or Apple services. Box contains speaker, power plug and a USB cable.
Ultimate Ears Boom Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Boom was designed to see the world and get used whatever the occasion. Stylish design looks awesome and the app is easy to use and control. Enjoy up to 15 hours of playtime when fully charged. Stream music wirelessly on up to 2 Ultimate Ears speakers at one time! Great sounding Bluetooth speaker capable of filling any room with quality sound for a reasonable price. The unit is solid and well built to last.
This portable budget speaker can be taken outdoors for camping, beach or events and is waterproof as well. PX7 rated: Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes. Excellent value if you need a cheap wireless speaker. Box includes USB charger, cable adapter and user manual.
Braven Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
A little bit more expensive that its fellow rivals the Braven BRV-XXL portable Bluetooth speaker gives you deep powerful sound with up to 14 hours playtime. This wireless speaker is an absolute beast so you will need the carry strap supplied to take it with you on trips outside. The BRV-XXL comes well equipped with an integrated bottle opener so you can crack those beers open and be the life and sole of the party.
This dual-sided speaker is also water-resistant so will be well protected should it start to rain. This makes the budget speaker perfect for outdoor camping activities and home entertainment alike.
If cost is a concern and you don’t have much money to spend on a smart speaker then there are even cheaper wireless speakers under £100 to consider.