When putting together this top 10 Bluetooth speakers guide we wanted to include the features you need to consider when looking to purchase a Bluetooth speaker.
What is a Bluetooth speaker?
Speakers have historically always relied on wired connections to connect between speakers and to a main audio player. Bluetooth removes this requirement and allows the audio to be transmitted wirelessly using the Bluetooth protocol. This technology is one most people have come across at some point as it gained popularity initially using handsfree kits with mobile phones.
Using a Bluetooth Speaker
Bluetooth speakers are a great way to listen to your music which you would normally do from your mobile, tablet, or PC. Top Bluetooth speakers will give you far superior audio quality compared to a mobile phone. The speakers tend to be compact, portable and have rechargeable batteries so you can take them for example onto the beach or in the garden. Bluetooth does have a limit on the distance you can transmit audio which is normally between 10 -20 meters and will depend on your environment.
Here we take a look at some of the most popular choices for Bluetooth speakers under £100. All the products listed in this top 10 Bluetooth speakers guide are available on Amazon. You can compare the speakers in the list by clicking the graph icon on the images. The criteria for making the list was that the speakers must be under £100, have a four-star rating or higher, and have more than 8000 reviews. We may receive a commission if you support us by clicking the links.
The speaker has either removable batteries or a rechargeable battery
The hours the device get play music on battery power
The range the device can receive a Bluetooth signal
Noise-cancelling are headphones that reduce unwanted ambient sounds
Audio In Jack
An audio input jack for connecting wired devices
Memory Card Slot
Memory card slot for playing stored music files
Identified as an IP rating. The higher the number the better the protection
USB Changing Port
A USB port could be used for charging another device
Smart Assistant Compatible
Works with Smart assistants such as Google Home, Siri and Alexa.
Sound Power (Watts)
How loud the speaker is capable of playing audio
What are the IP ratings?
An IP rating is a two-digit grading system that’s applied to an electrical item. This assists in giving customers an indication of how durable the item is in relation to outside elements such as dust and water.
Dripping water (1 mm/min)
Limit: vertical drips only
Dripping water (3 mm/min)
Limit: Device max tilt of 15° from drips
Limit: Device max tilt of 60° from sprays
Water jets (12.5 L/min)
Example: Squirt guns
Strong water jets (100 L/min)
Example: Powerful water guns
Limit: 1 m. for 30 min
Limit: 3 m. for 30 min