We are faced with a big pile of portable speakers out there, from Bluetooth speakers to Waterproof speakers, all of which is a challenge to choose from. When you are going to buy one, for sure it’s going to make our heads hurt. From that pile of portable speakers, which one is really the worthy buy?
This is why we are here to help you choose among a wide array of portable speakers out there. If you’re looking for a portable speaker and has the budget of under a hundred dollars, then you’re on the right page. Here’s our list of the 2015 Best Portable Speakers under $100.
But before we proceed, let us explain how we got the list. We identified portable speakers that belong to the pricing range of $51 to $100. Then we tested each portable speakers based on its performance, design, and other features. We also took consideration on what portable speakers gives the most value.
Alright, so here comes the list of the best portable speakers under $100.
1. Braven BRV-1
Very first in our list of the best portable speakers under $100 is the Braven BRV-1, a rugged portable speaker that’s very great to use outdoors – from a pool, camping ground, snow, beach, dessert, to mountain slopes. It is well-known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of portable speakers.
The Braven BRV-1, as we think, is a portable speaker built to deliver a well-balanced sound quality for its size. Considering its ultra-lightweight and compact design, Braven BRV-1 delivers a solid audio experience which is really great to bring in your adventures and travels.
For the battery life, Braven BRV-1 can last up to 12 hours of playback. If used over a wired connection, it can reach the maximum life but if used with a Bluetooth connection, the battery stays up to 7 hours. Take note also that this portable speaker can double as a charger for your devices.
The design of the Braven BRV-1 is absolutely and positively great. It is a perfect device to bring into different adventures, like rock climbing, water rafting, skating, or even enjoying at the beach, which is also a great use for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. This portable speaker is really designed to withstand any environmental elements that harm its use. Also, Braven BRV-1 is an IPX5 certified water resistant and shock absorbent portable speaker.
The Braven BRV-1 can connect wirelessly from any devices, smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth connection. Streaming is possible for a range of up to 30 feet away. For non-Bluetooth devices, it is still possible to use this portable speaker via an auxiliary port. It can also function as a speakerphone.
2. Altec Lansing Life Jacket
Next here on the best portable speakers under $100 list is the Altec Lansing Life Jacket, another rugged portable speaker you can use anywhere you go.
The Altec Lansing Life Jacket actually produces a very nice, clear, crisp, and loud sound. Considering its small size, this portable speaker’s audio quality is detailed, impressive, and satisfying. The portable speaker performed well even at the highest volume without getting distortions.
For the battery life, Altec Lansing Life Jacket lasts at an absolutely impressive 16 hours on a single, full charge. This is because this portable speaker packs a large lithium-ion rechargeable battery. In this long hour of playback, the battery life is amazing! This portable speaker also doubles as a power bank or charger for other devices such as your iPhone, Android smartphones, tablets, and others.
It can wirelessly connect from any of your devices, be it an iPhone, Android smartphone, tablet, laptops, and others as long as it is supported with Bluetooth connection. For non-Bluetooth devices, Altec Lansing is still usable because it has a built-in 3.5 mm auxiliary port. Aside from that, this portable speaker doubles as a speakerphone.
Read our full review of the Altec Lansing Life Jacket.
3. UE Mini Boom
Ultimate Ears really has a lot of great portable speakers to offer. One is the UE Mini Boom, the younger or junior version of the UE Boom. It is priced at $89.99, which is really affordable for such a small portable speaker.
UE Mini Boom can deliver a decent sound considering it is a small portable speaker. Also, the audio it produces are impressively loud and clear. The sound was really richer and cleaner, especially if compared to its predecessor, the UE Boom. As far as the battery performance is concerned, the UE Mini Boom suits up a good battery. You can use the UE Mini Boom for up to 10 hours. This is quite lengthy battery life for a small portable speaker.
The UE Mini Boom is designed to connect with any devices via Bluetooth. As long as your device supports Bluetooth, then you are good to go. For other devices that do not have Bluetooth capability, this portable speaker can be used by plugging it to the built-in 3.5mm auxiliary port. Like other portable speakers on this list, the UE Mini Boom doubles as a speakerphone.
4. Jawbone Mini Jambox
Jawbone Mini Jambox comes next to this list of best portable speakers under $100. The smaller version of the Jawbone Jambox, this portable speaker breaks the belief of “bigger speaker for bigger sound quality” and the expectation of “smaller sound from a smaller speaker”.
The Mini Jambox offers the audio quality that is comparable to other excellent mid-sized wireless portable speakers being sold in the market. For its size, its sound quality is crisp, clear, and loud. As for the battery life, Mini Jambox extends up to 10 hours, on a single, full charge.
The Mini Jambox comes in multiple color options, all of which are bright and vibrant. In addition, this portable speaker has five different patterns of drilled grills on the face of the Mini Jambox. The feel of the Mini Jambox is excellently solid and lightweight.
Like the Jawbone Jambox, Mini Jawbone Jambox supports Bluetooth connectivity. Streaming music from your iPhone or Android smartphone via Bluetooth is fast and smooth. Good news is that it also functions as a speakerphone.
Read our full review of the Jawbone Mini Jambox.
5. SHARKK Boombox
Bigger size means bigger sound and that’s why the SHARKK Boombox is made to prove that. Available at $59.99 and the most affordable in the least, this portable speaker has a lot going on and has many to offer.
The SHARKK Boombox is built with a powerful 10W speaker creating bigger and bolder sound that can absolutely fill a large room. Add to its performance is the 4400mAh polymer Li-ion battery that can juice this portable speaker for up to 18 hours of playtime or battery life.
For its design, SHARKK Boombox is literally big. Compared from other portable speakers out there, this one is bigger and sturdier. Although, don’t take it as a disadvantage because you can still carry it around all day and use it anytime and anywhere.
SHARKK Boombox is supported with Bluetooth 4.0 technology and NFC capability. As long as your device has Bluetooth with it, you can easily connect it with the portable speaker. NFC makes pairing even easier especially if your device already supports this kind of connection. It also functions as a speakerphone!
Read our full review of the SHARKK Boombox.
Conclusionfor the best portable speaker under $100M:
Yes, there are a lot of portable speakers out there and we agree that it’s a pain in the head whether to choose one from another. But as consumers as well as audiophiles, we should choose which one has the best quality and which one really gives the best value.