by Adam MolinaFebruary 15, 2017

It’s been a while since we last updated this, and there are plenty of speakers to talk about. I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but cheap audio is getting pretty damn good. If you don’t want to spend more than $50 there are now plenty of options to choose from, but we picked out a few of the best. These are the best Bluetooth speakers under $50.

Best All-Around

Anker Soundcore

The Anker Soundcore is a small speaker, but it has a crazy long battery life. This’ll easily last you a full day. Aesthetically there is nothing really special or amazing about this speaker. It’s a small plastic box with a few handy playback controls up top that let you do everything from skip tracks to adjust the volume. The Soundcore is rocking Bluetooth 4.0 and an above average range of about 66ft. In our full review this did have some limitations, but overall it worked fine. Usually in a sub-$50 speaker we keep expectations in check so as not to be disappointed. Anything around 10 hours is usually decent for the price, but the Soundcore blows that expectation out of the water with 24 hours of constant playback. If you’re main priority in a speaker is that it requires minimal charging, this is the way to go. That’s not to say that it doesn’t sound good, because it does. The dual drivers and patent pending spiral bass port combine to virtually eliminate distortion at any point in the frequency range. That said don’t expect to power a party with it since it doesn’t get too loud, but for small gatherings and personal use it’s perfect. The Anker Soundcore has about 5,000 reviews already on Amazon and has a score of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Not too shabby for a speaker of this size.
Microphone
Yes
Bluetooth
4.0
Water-Resistance
No
Battery Life
24 hours
Weight
12.6 ounces
Size
6.5 x 1.8 x 2.1 inches
Pros
Battery lifeSound Quality
Cons
Highs are a bit harshFingerprint magnet

DKnight Magicbox II

The DKnight Magicbox II is one of those speakers that used to slip under the radar, but now it has gather plenty of attention for being a great bang for your buck speaker. As the name implies, it’s the second Magicbox, but keeps the physical footprint of the original(6 x 2 x 1.6 inches). This newer version has a 10W acoustic driver along with an improved passive radiator that when paired together can give the MagicBox II a max volume 30% louder than the original. The passive radiator also helps to give a nice boost to the low end. In fact bass is so strong that it comes with something called Basspad, which is literally a pad that you can put the speaker on to prevent the rumbling from pushing it off the table. It has enough juice to last you a total of 10 hours of constant playback which should be enough to get the average person through a full day of use and has a pretty standard range of about 30 feet, so you shouldn’t have any problem with skipping as long as you stay roughly within that range. On the top of the speaker you’ll find six buttons that control playback, volume, and let you answer phone calls directly from the speaker. Pretty useful if you decide to leave your phone on a charger somewhere nearby. It’s just over 10,000 reviews on Amazon and has a 4.3 out of 5 star rating. Not a bad bang for your buck option considering that you can get one for about $30.
Microphone
Yes
Bluetooth
4.0
Water-Resistance
No
Battery Life
10 hours
Weight
10.4 ounces
Size
6 x 1.5 x 2.3 inches
Pros
Good soundSolid build
Cons
Microphone

Best Design

CB3 Ultra Slim

If you just want a speaker that plays music and looks awesome, go for the Ultra Slim by CB3 Audio. The Ultra Slim is just that: ultra slim. Perfect for throwing it in your bag or even slipping it in your pocket for some portable sound. The feature that immediately jumps out about this speaker is the aesthetics. It’s a gorgeous slab of metal with playback buttons lining the top of the speaker. There’s actually a suspended bass radiator which adds a nice pump to the low end frequencies. Not to mention it just looks really cool when music is playing and you can see it go to work in front of your eyes. You’ll also get built-in microSD card slot and 3.5mm input, so however you like to enjoy music it has you covered. Battery life is around 8 hours which isn’t the longest we’ve seen but definitely isn’t the shortest. Solid enough to get you through a solid listening session or Friday night get together. The CB3 Ultra Slim has a solid 3.9 out of 5 stars so far on Amazon and climbing. Available in 4 crisp colors: silver, gunmetal gray, champagne gold, and rose gold.
Microphone
Yes
Bluetooth
4.0
Water-Resistance
No
Battery Life
8 hours
Weight
0.8 ounces
Size
2.3 x 4.2 x 0.7 in
Pros
DesignLightweightMetal build
Cons
Squishy buttonsAverage battery life

Anker Soundcore Nano

The regular-sized Soundcore is a pretty small speaker, but Anker pushed itself to the limits and went even smaller. The appropriately named Nano is one of the smallest Bluetooth speakers I’ve ever seen but it still looks really nice as well. Obviously in a speaker this small, you’re sacrificing performance for convenience. This speaker is a lesson in minimalism with a unibody aluminum design and a single button on the back to control playback. You can pause/play music, skip to the next song, and answer phone calls but you won’t find any volume controls here. Another downside is you’ll only get a 4 hour battery life, but for less than $20 that’s a fair trade in my book. It comes a few different color options and has a 4.3 out of 5 star rating on Amazon with over 200 reviews.
Microphone
Yes
Bluetooth
4.0
Water-Resistance
No
Battery Life
4 hours
Weight
2.9 ounces
Size
2.1 x 2.1 x 1.1 inches
Pros
DesignPortable
Cons
Battery lifeOkay sound

Best Portable

JBL Clip 2

Previously we had the Clip+ on this list, but it’s since been refreshed with a very worthy upgrade. Now this is kind of cheating because this speaker is a little more expensive than $50, but just barely. We think the extra $5 you spend is worth it because the new Clip 2 is one of the best portable speakers you can speak at any price point. The hard plastic grille is gone and in its place you’ll find a new fabric covering that gives it an IPX7 waterproof rating and a much better look and feel. The built-in plastic carabiner has also been replaced with an actual metal one, but the most important internal upgrade has to be battery life. The previous model maxed out at 5 while you can squeeze 8 out of this one. Sound quality is also good enough for a hike, picnic, or even for the shower, but don’t expect it to get loud enough to power your backyard BBQ. It’s been out for a months and already has a near perfect 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Microphone
Yes
Bluetooth
4.2
Water-Resistance
IPX7
Battery Life
8 hours
Weight
6.6 ounces
Size
3.7 x 1.6 x 5.5 inches
Pros
Carabiner clipIPX7Decent sound
Cons
Average battery life

Omaker M4

The Omaker M4 isn’t really a new speaker, but it’s one that’s still impressing. To be fair you should probably lower your expectations on amazing sound quality right now, but if you’re rough on your electronics and need something durable, this thing is a tank. It has a rugged design with plenty of hard plastic and metal, and also comes in a bunch of colors including army camo, black on black, black and orange, and this pretty cool dark green and gray color. It has NFC so you can easily connect to compatible devices. Up top you’ll get four buttons that give you all of the usual suspects in terms of playback controls. You’ll be able to adjust volume, skip between tracks, pause or play music, and also answer phone calls. Battery life is also spec’d at 12 hours so if you need all-day music, this might be the way to go. With about 5,000 reviews on Amazon it has an impressive score of 4.4 out of 5 stars.
Microphone
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
Water-Resistance
IP54
Battery Life
12 hours
Weight
0.51 lb
Size
3.2 x 3.2 x 1.8 in
Pros
Tough buildIP54Portable
Cons
Sound quality isn't great

Best Sound

Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3

If you’re getting tired of square blocks of metal, maybe you should try mixing it up with a triangular one. The OontZ Angle 3 comes in a slightly different form factor and has a triangular design that’s a little more visually appealing and practical when you set it down. Dual drivers are also aimed slightly upwards for better listening angles, which is probably where it gets its name from. It has a splash proof IPX5 build so even though it shouldn’t be fully submerged at least you know it can survive a spill or two. On top of that it has a 12 hour battery life which makes it great for an all-day party or picnic. You’ll find playback controls on the side of the speaker which lets you pause/play music, skip to the next song, and also adjust the volume to your liking. There’s also an integrated mic for voice calls should you need it. With a solid 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, this is a good choice for anyone looking to spend around $30.
Microphone
Yes
Water-Resistance
IPX5
Battery Life
12 hours
Weight
0.56 lb
Size
2.7 x 5.2 x 2.5 in
Pros
Good soundDecent battery lifeIPx5
Cons
Kind of bulky

SoundBot SB571

The Soundbot SB571 is the next pick on this list. Not only is this speaker under $50, but it’s actually under $20. How they managed to make this speaker and sell it for $20 is beyond me, but if you’re looking for a speaker that you can toss in a bag to bring with you to a friends house this is a good option. You’ll get dedicated buttons that let you skip between songs, adjust volume, pause or play music, and answer phone calls right on top of the speaker. The speaker gets pretty loud and at max volume there is a bit of distortion, but hey $20. There’s definitely a bump in lower-mids and highs aren’t the cleanest, but it gets the job done. It’s hard to argue with 3,000 reviews on Amazon that gave it a score of 4.3 out of 5.
Microphone
Yes
Bluetooth
3.0
Water-Resistance
No
Battery Life
10 hours
Weight
12 ounces
Size
6.0 x 2.0 x 1.6-inches
Pros
PriceDecent battery life
Cons
Not loud at all

If you have any good recommendations that weren’t on this list, make sure to drop a comment down below and help out your fellow audio lovers looking to make a purchase. We’ll keep this list updated to reflect new and inexpensive speakers as they come out.

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