When you try to look for portable speakers, it is an absolute truth that choosing one is really hard. There are big numbers of portable speakers available in the market nowadays and even though you have the budget to purchase, it will take some time before you finally come up with the best option. So how will you know you got the best one for you?

Before presenting our 2015 Best Portable Speakers under $200, we would like to explain to you how we came up with the list. Of course, we identified portable speakers that belong to the pricing range of $101 to $200. Then we tested each portable speakers based on its performance, design, and other features.

As consumers, value is really important. Who would want to spend for a portable speaker that costs you 200 dollars and does not really delivers quality? Right? So here’s a list of the best portable speakers available in the market and costs under $200.

1. Bose SoundLink Mini

The Bose SoundLink Mini offers great value for consumers like us. At least, by spending 179 dollars, it is absolute that we won’t get disappointed with what we get from this portable speaker. Here’s the reason why.

“Big performance, small size,” that is what Bose claims with its SoundLink Mini. We stick to what this company tells us. The Bose SoundLink Mini is really designed to produce amazing sound quality for its size. To add more functionality with this portable speaker, Bose has enabled the SoundLink Mini with wireless charging. With this, you only get to charge this portable speaker using its charging cradle. For the battery life, the Bose SoundLink Mini performs for up to 7 hours.

Bose SoundLink Mini is always mistaken to be Apple’s product because of its unibody aluminum case that encloses the very important parts of the portable speakers. If not because to its logo placed in its grille, it will surely be mistaken as one. Bose SoundLink Mini’s design is indeed ultra-compact, very sleek and modern-looking.

For its connectivity capability, the Bose SoundLink Mini supports wireless streaming via Bluetooth. It can also remember up to six devices making pairing very easy and fast. For non-Bluetooth devices, the Bose SoundLink Mini can still be used via an auxillary input.

2. Creative Sound Blaster Roar

Second in this list of the best portable speakers under $200 is the Creative Sound Blaster Roar. If you’re asking whether you will get high value for this, we would answer that an immediate yes. Creative Sound Blaster Roar is a portable speaker you can bring anywhere, especially in a party.

Naming this portable speaker as “Roar” is really wise and perfect. Creative Sound Blaster Roar produces an amazingly loud sound for its size. It is really capable of bringing out booming sound without getting distorted.

Another feature that makes it worthy for a price under $200 is its design. The design of this portable speaker is outstanding. It looks elegant, refined, and modern. The 149 dollars pays off because the “Roar” has that “expensive” look and feel.

When it comes to connectivity capability, Creative Sound Blaster Roar supports wired and wireless playback. It can connect to devices via Bluetooth/NFC or it can connect via an auxillary input.

3. Bose SoundLink Color

Another product by Bose is included here for its excellent value. For 129 dollars, what can you get from the Bose SoundLink Color?

For the Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker, performance and sound delivery is excellently provided considering its compact design. This portable speaker absolutely delivers great sound and bass. It can even fill a large room with its loud sound without distortions.

When it comes to its design, we love how the Bose SoundLink Color brings color to music. It also has great look and feel as well as compact and lightweight build.

Convenient connectivity is also brought about by the Bose SoundLink Color. It can easily pair to your smartphones and any other device via Bluetooth. If you don’t have a Bluetooth device, you can still use this portable speaker via an auxillary input.

Click here for our full review of the Bose SoundLink Color.

4. JBL Charge 2

Another portable speaker that excels in value is the JBL Charge 2. Although JBL has recently introduced an improved version of this, which is the JBL Charge 2+, we agreed on including it in this list.

The JBL Charge 2’s performance, as we tested it, is very impressive and thus not disappointing at all. For its size, the JBL Charge 2 plays very loud and at the same time delivers sounds that are very good and clear.

Another thing we have noticed here is the differentiated range that lets you hear the amount of bass, mid-range, and the treble separately (but not compromising the quality, of course). In terms of power, this portable speaker encloses a 6000mAh battery that makes an estimated 12 hours of playback possible.

The design of the JBL Charge 2 is cylindrical in shape and seems to be durable and sturdy. In case you suddenly drop it on your walk in the park or even in your party, the JBL Charge 2 can, for sure, survive it.

The JBL Charge 2 has the capability to connect wirelessly with any devices. It streams music from smartphones, tablets, or any other devices supported with Bluetooth.

Click here for our full review of the JBL Charge 2.

5. Ultimate Ears Boom

If phone speaker does not satisfy your eardrums, then a portable speaker comes in handy. Try the Ultimate Ears (UE) Boom, a speaker you can use in everywhere you go, from indoors to outdoors.

The UE Boom, when it comes to performance, is undeniably impressive. This portable speaker has an outstanding performance. The sound quality is pretty decent. It produces clear, crisp, detailed, and full 360-degree sound. For the battery life, the UE Boom stays for up to 15 hours of playback in a single charge.

The design of the UE Boom is also great. One, it looks cool and two, it is really functional! It is available in six exciting colors: moss green, red, blue, pink, white, and black. It is designed to have a cylindrical body, like a shape of a large energy drink can, covering the interior parts such as the drivers and radiators. Though considering its unique shape, the UE Boom is designed to be positioned in either vertically or horizontally. To let you know, this portable speaker can survive your daily shower and your pool party because the UE Boom is waterproof.

Lastly, in terms of connectivity, the UE Boom supports wireless connection (via Bluetooth and NFC) as well as wired connection (via 3.5mm jack) for devices that do not support Bluetooth or NFC.

Click here for our full review of the Ultimate Ears Boom.


Although you’re capable of buying a portable speaker under $200, it is really important to know what you should really spend it with. We are flooded with a lot of portable speakers out there but not all are worthy of our 200 dollars.