The best Bluetooth speakers under $50 are compact, portable and waterproof – perfect for traveling. With the price of Bluetooth speakers you really pay for sound quality and given that you shouldn't expect to be completely wowed by even the best Bluetooth speaker under $50. That said, it is pretty incredible what such a cheap price can get you in a speaker in regard to audio quality and volume.
Generally, the size, features and the sound quality were so marginally different between the speakers listed here. The price also varies narrowly by just $10 between the most expensive and cheapest option.
This article will provide an overview of the three best budget Bluetooth speakers by highlighting their features, pros and cons. We have three products from Anker, Oontz and Doss.
If your interested in more expensive speakers check out our articles on Bluetooth speakers under $100.
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1. Anker SoundCore 2
The Anker SoundCore 2 is perhaps the most known out of the best budget speakers. It is highly portable, fitting nicely into large coat pockets and the low price presents an option for a Bluetooth speaker that it is hard to go wrong with.
The sound of this model is driven by the low frequencies, making it a great budget choice for those looking for some pounding bass for punchy dance music. An impressive battery life of 24 hours and the light and compact nature of the speaker mean that it can be taken with you and be operated intermittently for a long period.
The sound quality, like with the other budget speakers, is questionable compared to the more expensive options although it is still at the level where the audio feels good to listen to. The higher frequencies are relatively not as good as the bass and can come across a little harshly, especially at higher volumes.
It has an IPX5 waterproof rating, meaning it can deal with light splashes but not full submersions.
Despite a few negatives it is hard to go wrong at a mere $40.
The size, sound, and price make the Anker SoundCore 2 the perfect travel buddy and the best speaker under $50!
- Best Bluetooth speaker under 50
- Punchy bass
- Decent battery life
- IPX5 waterproof rating
- Mids and highs a little harsh
2. OontZ Angle 3 Plus
The Oontz Angle 3 Plus is another solid and cheap bet of a speaker which has received much praise for its sound quality and loud volume. When it came down to it, there was little in it when deciding the Anker was the best Bluetooth speaker under $50. The Oontz Angle 3 Plus is similar to the Anker SoundCore 2 in regards to being a bass-driven Bluetooth speaker but is lacking some brightness in the higher frequencies.
It has a very solid battery life of 30 hours and is equipped with a microphone much like the other two models in this category. The Angle 3 Plus also shares the same IPX5 rating with the Anker SoundCore 2 and has a better portability rating due to being ever so slightly lighter and smaller. However, in practice, the 3-ounce difference and 1-inch reduction in size are unlikely to be noticeable.
Where the Oontz Angle 3 Plus loses out to the Anker SoundCore 2, is the overall sound quality of the bass, treble, clarity and dynamic range. Sound quality the most important feature in our eyes when it comes to Bluetooth speakers.
Given the similarities in these speakers, the sound quality was the tipping point.
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- Punchy bass
- More portable
- 30 hours of battery life
- Sound quality not as good as Anker SoundCore 2
3. Doss Touch
The Doss Touch comes in at $10 less than the Anker SoundCore 2, with a relatively crisp and clear sound at most volumes. Out of these budget speakers, the Touch is the cheapest option. Like all our top pick speakers in this price category, it is hard to go wrong with this option due to the cheap cost.
It loses out to the other models due to not having any IPX waterproof rating, a less punchy overall sound, and a shorter battery life. Additionally, the bass isn’t quite there as it is with the Anker or Oontz Angle, making it a better budget choice for music which features more higher frequencies and less of the lower frequencies.
It does, however, share a fairly similar size, a similar version of Bluetooth 4.0 and a microphone with the Anker Soundcore 2. All in all, this is still a solid choice for a cheaper price, but we would certainly recommend paying that little bit more for the best Bluetooth speaker under $50.
- Cheapest options
- Good higher frequencies
- Lacks bass
- No waterproof rating
Given the marginal price differences, we would highly recommend purchasing the Anker SoundCore 2 as we believe it is the best Bluetooth speaker under $50 . The Oontz and the Doss are not bad choices, but the extra $5-$10 is so minimal that we don't think it is worth deterring from the Anker SoundCore 2 just because of the price. In some cases, the Doss Touch may be the best Bluetooth speaker under $50 if your music is naturally less bassy and you aren't looking for a party boomer of a speaker. For bass driven and typically more punchy and dancier music the other two options are more suitable.