Modern life demands flexibility in how we consume audio and the best Bluetooth speakers deliver user-friendly features combined with excellent sound quality both at home and further afield.
The best Bluetooth speakers under £50 have come on leaps and bounds in recent years and are now capable of a huge range of things. A significant proportion of them are battery-powered and supremely portable – you can take and use a portable Bluetooth speaker just about anywhere.
Some are completely waterproof, making them the perfect choice for a trip to the beach, lounging by the pool or even a singalong in the shower. Many have in-built mics enabling them to double up as speakerphones when you make or receive a call, and support for voice assistants like Siri and Google Assistant is becoming more common, adding a welcome level of smart functionality.
Top 10 Best Bluetooth Speakers Under £50 In UK 2021
Below is a list of our carefully selected, read and choose the most suitable product for you.
1. Anker Soundcore Boost 20W
When it comes to sound quality, there are obvious compromises to be made here, but manage your expectations and the SoundCore Boost 20W produces a very enjoyable sound indeed. It’s a bold, confident performance that contradicts the thin, fragile effort that cheaper speakers are often responsible for.
It’s not the most powerful, nor can it create the booming bass of larger speakers, but its midrange is clear and forward, and the treble dodges harshness like a ninja. For a speaker of its price, it’s a very pleasant performance indeed.
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2. XLEADER SoundAngel (3rd Gen) 5W
It combined with Smart Touch Screen technology and Echo Dot design,Sensitive touch offers you funny control. Gently touching with your fingertip easily achieve switching the songs and volume control and taking the calls.A fun gift that’s guaranteed to bring a smile.
Equipped with the advanced technology, compatible with all Bluetooth devices. And the phone can display the remaining power of the speaker,Speaker automatically reconnects to the last device used,Connect your devices in just 3 seconds.The speaker will shut down when Bluetooth is disconnected for 10 minutes, which is helpful to save power when the unit is accidentally left on.
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3. JBL GO 2
For the money, this dinky JBL speaker is an absolute steal. It’s waterproof, highly portable and looks adorable – it’s like a bar of soap that plays music. And the sound is surprisingly good given its diminutive dimensions, providing an open, three-dimensional listen – though obviously it doesn’t pack much bass.
Battery life. Topping out at a mere five hours, it won’t last you a full afternoon of listening, which is something many look for in a Bluetooth speaker. Still, if you can make that sacrifice, it’s well worth your consideration.
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4. Creative Muvo Play
We like the compact design which means the Play is super portable and is even IPX7 waterproof, which isn’t a given at this price point – the mesh just takes a while to dry out. It’s got easy to use buttons and the 360 design, like many others, means you can pretty much plonk the speaker down anywhere and it will still sound good.
It’s got a 3.5mm aux connection but you’re better off making use of Bluetooth 5.0 which provides a decent wireless connection. You can also join two Muvo Play speakers together to create a stereo pair if you like.
Creative offers decent punchy sound for not much money here thanks to a pair of full-range drivers and a couple of passive bass radiators. Although the speaker is suited well to a lot of music and podcasts, it does struggle a little bit at the bass end, only able to reach down to 70Hz – when human hearing goes to 20Hz.
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5. Akai Retro Design Bluetooth Speaker
Featuring 2 PMPO speakers, a stunning leather effect finish, and with a desirable range of up to 10-metres, the Akai Retro Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker is a wonderful accessory for those looking to listen to their favourite songs in style.
With a 3.5mm AUX input, a durable toggle switch, and easy-to-use pause controls for added convenience, this trendy audio accessory, with Bluetooth capability, is guaranteed to bring any party together.
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6. KitSound Slam 2 Bluetooth Speaker
The KitSound Slam 2 Wireless Speaker is notable for being waterproof. The speaker has a moisture protection of IPX4, which basically means it is splash proof. For the summer this means it is ideal for around the pool and at kids parties in the paddling pool, and in colder months it means you can take this outside into damp conditions. IPX4 essentially says it can get wet – for a very short while – but can’t be submerged in water.
Connecting via Bluetooth was nothing to write about , and the onboard rechargeable battery will give you about eight hours of playback. The charging Micro USB port (along with an aux-in for wired connections) sits behind a beefy rubber seal, to remind you of the speaker’s waterproof qualities. Oh, and there is also a full sized USB port there, as you can also charge your phone from it, too.
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7. JBL Clip 2
Looking for a super cheap waterproof Bluetooth speaker? Look no further. The JBL Clip 2 may be petite, but it has powerful sound and a long-lasting battery. It’s completely waterproof – which makes it a perfect companion for a pool or a day at the beach – and it can be hooked up to a second JBL Clip speaker for some sweet stereo sound.
With the built-in rechargeable battery offering up to 8 hours of playback, the Clip 2 has more than enough juice to party into the small hours. Even better, the Clip 2 can be charged via a USB connection in just 2.5 hours.
With the JBL Clip 2, music on the move just got a whole lot more mobile. Cheap and convenient all in one package.
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8. Sumvision Psyc Monic Metal
Once again, we come across a very simple design: A brushed aluminium body, a grill at the front with the logo “psyc” printed on, and two buttons on top to control the volume. The shape of the buttons give in a try to be different and modern – they are rectangular rather than round. Other than these, though, we see no other novelties in this model but, to be frank, we didn’t expect anything more than the basic design.
We are truly chuffed to bits with this model’s sound performance! It reproduces really well all sound frequencies, while it excels in mid and sub bass tones. It amazed us how powerful an affordable speaker can be! Monic also performs really well in separating the sounds of different instruments, making the hearing of a complicated music composition more enjoyable. Thus, it is without a doubt an ideal choice for bass lovers and generally those who seek very good quality in sound performance!
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9. Vtin Punker Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Surely Vitin is not the first brand we think of when we want to buy an electronic device, but the truth is that this speaker does not disappoint.
At a very affordable price, you will take home a very portable device, not only for its dimensions, but because it is made of a material resistant to shock and splashing water. This makes it ideal to take to the pool or picnic.
While it is true that it is not the best speaker to enjoy songs with many bass, the experience in general terms is good, especially if you go more pop than rap. In addition, undoubtedly one of its strengths is the long duration of its battery.
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10. Sony SRS-XB01
The Sony SRS-XB01 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that comes with a removable strap so you can hang it off your bag or backpack while you’re on-the-go. It can reproduce vocals and lead instruments clearly and accurately, but like many small speakers, it really struggles to reproduce low-bass. It doesn’t get very loud, and it doesn’t offer any sound customization options, either.
You can sync the portable wireless speaker with your phone using Bluetooth, so you’re able to control your music on the SRSXB01 through your phone.
With an impressive 6 hour battery life, you can now keep the party going even longer.
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How to choose the best Bluetooth Speakers Under £50 for you
The best cheap Bluetooth speaker is a balance between price, sound quality, size and features. While none of these speakers cost very much, you will see a wide variability in sound quality among the ones that cost closer to £50 than the ones that are less than £20. If you can afford to spend a few more dollars, you will be rewarded with better vocals and bass, and generally, better battery life.
If you know you’ll want to take the speaker with you on hikes and to the pool, opt for one that is light, offers waterproofing and ideally gets loud enough to be heard over environmental noise.
You should also pay attention to the wireless range — some of these will stay connected 100 feet from your audio source, while others are only good at 33 feet. While most of these cheap Bluetooth speakers include a microphone for use as a speakerphone, the quality may not be any better than what your phone can produce.
We tested these speakers using songs from a variety of musical genres, including rock, hip hop, and acoustic. We heard clear, crisp vocals of treble and rich bass. So, surely the 10 speakers above will not disappoint you.