The best cheap Bluetooth speaker deals and sales for December 2022

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Looking for the best cheap Bluetooth speakers deals? Look no further as we've brought together the finest offers out there in one handy guide.

Bluetooth speakers are ten-a-penny these days, with everyone from JBL and Bose to Sony and Sonos getting in on the action. The promise of wireless speakers you can take on the move, often even in all weather conditions, is simply too good to pass up – especially at these prices.

As a popular tech category, sales on Bluetooth speakers can be found at pretty much any time of the year. Of course, the deepest price cuts tend to be reserved for big events like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but if you need to score a speaker for summer or spring, then definitely don't hesitate to shop around and find the best option for your needs. 

Unlike our guide to the best Bluetooth speakers, which are ranked on quality, these have been ranked in order of price, from cheapest to most expensive. Pay more and you’ll get features like better battery life and more complete water-proofing. However, every speaker in this list is a winner, offering great sound for the money and size.

Just below you'll find a roundup of today's best Bluetooth speakers deals, with the models that we think are worth checking out if you're on a budget.

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What are the best cheap Bluetooth speaker deals?

The best cheap Bluetooth speaker deals will depend on why you would want to buy a Bluetooth speaker in the first place. 

Generally speaking, Bluetooth wireless speakers are awesomely convenient and extremely portable powerhouses that provide the sound of a small Hi-Fi. And instead of the mess of cables and docks that you normally need to get music playing out of a set of speakers, with a Bluetooth speaker it’s as easy as pairing up your phone, opening your music app of choice, and getting your favorite songs playing. 

Bluetooth speakers are perfect for BBQs, days in the park or just carrying around the house. Now, this is where you'll have to take select features into consideration. How and where do you intend to use your new cheap Bluetooth speaker?

If you want to bring your Bluetooth speaker to the beach or campsite, seek something with a durable, waterproof build. You'll also want to prioritize portability as carrying something too clunky for too long can become cumbersome.

Meanwhile, if you want an indoor Bluetooth speaker to add to include as part of a wider multi-room system, high-end audio brands such as Bose and Sonos can provide that along with great style and balanced sound. However, you can find cheaper alternatives from the likes of Urbanista, Tribit, and Anker.

The best cheap Bluetooth speaker deals right now

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JBL Clip 2

This petite Bluetooth speaker packs a punch

Weight: 0.41 lb | Battery life: 8 hours | IPX rating: IPX7 waterproof | NFC: No | Aux-in: No

Built-in carabiner
Waterproof up to 3 feet
Wireless daisy chain
Not very loud
Lacking in bass

Looking for a super cheap waterproof Bluetooth speaker? Look no further. The JBL Clip 2 may be petite, but it has excellent sound (for its size) and a long-lasting 8-hour battery. It's completely waterproof – you can submerge it in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes – which makes it a perfect companion for a pool or a day at the beach.

The Clip 2 can be hooked up to a second JBL Clip speaker for some sweet stereo sound.  Other noteworthy features include a speakerphone, built-in line-in cable, and a carabiner so you can, well, clip it to your bag or belt loop. Cheap and convenient, all in one package.

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JBL Charge 5

The latest iteration of a crowd favorite

Weight: 2.1 lbs | Battery life: 20 hours | IPX rating: IPX7 waterproof | NFC: No | Aux-in: Yes

Up to 20 hours of playback
Balanced, impressively loud sound
Can charge a phone
Distortion at higher volumes

We've reviewed every iteration of the JBL Charge series since its second entry and each time we've been impressed by its mix of serious sound and great battery life. The fifth model in the range doesn't reinvent the wheel, keeping the same design language as the previous entries, but subtly improves on nearly every aspect of the speaker. For its size, you're going to get some serious bass and volume from this thing, although we'd recommend playing it at around 50 to 60% volume for the best results. Anything over that and you can get slight distortion.

Feel free to take the JBL Charge 4 with you on your next trip to the beach or on an upcoming hike. This waterproof speaker has an incredible 20-hour playback time and can charge your phone in a pinch. Bulky form factor aside, the Charge 4 is one of the most travel-friendly Bluetooth speakers you can buy.

Read the review: JBL Charge 5

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Sony SRS-XB23

An affordable outdoor speaker that most people will love

Weight: 1.23 lbs | Battery life: 12 hours | IPX rating: IP67 dust- and waterproof | NFC: Yes | Aux-in: No

Competitively priced
Stereo pairing and Party Mode
Charges faster than advertised
Unclear battery level alerts
Lower peak volume

The Sony SRS-XB23 is an entry-level portable Bluetooth wireless speaker with good sound quality and even more impressive features. Among those are Stereo Pairing (which lets you assign each speaker to a left-right channel) and Party Mode (so you can chain up to 100 Sony speakers together – imagine that party!). It's also completely dust-proof and waterproof up to three feet.

The design of the Sony SRS-XB23 borrows a few cues from Ultimate Ears' line of speakers, from the oblong shape to a top bungee strap that allows you to hang the speaker from a carabiner, fence, or post. As far as SRS-XB23's audio quality goes, you'll find better from other speakers in its class. However, it's an affordable outdoor Bluetooth speaker that has plenty of nifty tricks up its sleeve.

Read the review: Sony SRS-XB23 (opens in new tab)

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

Epic 360-degree sound and so much more

Weight: 0.94 lbs | Battery life: 13 hours | IPX rating: IP67 dust- and waterproof | NFC: No | Aux-in: No

Better bass response
Improved battery life
Now it can float!
Still no speakerphone
Restrictive soundstage

The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 is the sequel we've all been waiting for – and it's delivered big time. Although it looks nearly identical to the OG UE Wonderboom (opens in new tab), the Wonderboom 2 has been granted a slew of upgrades that include increased battery life (up 30% compared to the original), better bass response, and a new Outdoor Boost feature that helps the speaker get even louder than before.

Unlike the previous Wonderboom, the Wonderboom 2 is now able to float in as much as three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Combine that with its small form factor – but by no means small sound – and the UE Wonderboom 2 is one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can bring to the pool, beach, or campground.

Read the review: UE Wonderboom 2 (opens in new tab)

best cheap bluetooth speaker deals bose soundlink color 2

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Good sound quality, now with Siri/Google Assistant support

Weight: 1.2 lbs | Battery life: 8 hours | IPX rating: IPX4 splashproof | NFC: Yes | Aux-in: Yes

Works with Siri and Google Assistant
Multipoint Bluetooth
Good sound for its size
Splashproof, not waterproof
Average battery for cost

The Bose SoundLink Color II is much like its predecessor, the Bose SoundLink Color, in that it offers good sound quality in a compact, colorful package. But Bose has made quite a few changes with this iteration of its budget Bluetooth speaker. For instance, the SoundLink Color II now supports Apple's Siri and Google Assistant for hands-free operation.

Then there's the construction. The SoundLink Color II has a soft-touch rubber instead of hard plastic exterior of the previous-gen SoundLink Color. This makes the SoundLink Color II more capable of enduring any bumps and scrapes out on the trail. However, it's not waterproof, but splashproof, so proceed with caution near bodies of water or if a storm is brewing while you're out and about.

Read the review: Bose SoundLink Color II (opens in new tab)

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Ultimate Ears Boom 2

Not the latest Boom, but still the greatest Boom

Weight: 1.2 lb | Battery life: 15 hours | IPX rating: IPX7 waterproof | NFC: Yes | Aux-in: Yes

Waterproof up to 3 feet
Robust feature set
360-degree sound
Battery life could be better for price
Distortion at high volumes

The Ultimate Ears Boom 2 bluetooth speaker is no longer the brand's most current in the Boom lineup. (That would be the just-released UE Boom 3 (opens in new tab).)  However, there's no marked difference in audio quality between the two speakers – and the Boom 2 costs considerably less, so it's a no brainer which one we'd recommend.

The UE Boom 2 offers 360-degree immersive sound, simple-to-use tap controls, a competent speakerphone, and a feature-laden companion app. Oh, and it's also waterproof so you can bring it with you into the pool or the shower. It's difficult to justify purchasing the latest Boom 3 when the Boom 2 remains the greatest among the UE Boom lineup.

Read the review: UE Boom 2

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Creative Muvo Mini

Capable, durable – and very affordable

Weight: 0.6 lbs | Battery life: 10 hours | IPX rating: IP66 dust/water-resistant | NFC: Yes | Aux-in: Yes

Weatherproof exterior
Good battery life
Bluetooth and NFC
Doesn't charge devices
Can't submerge it underwater

The Creative Muvo Mini is highly recommended for audiophiles with a limited budget who don't want to sacrifice sound quality. It emits an impressive sound that is much larger than its small form factor. The design may be reminiscent of a decorative heat vent cover, but the Muvo Mini is quite durable with a weatherproof casing and a IP66 rating for dust and water resistance. (Just be careful not to throw it in a pool or lake.)

You can connect a mobile device to the Muvo Mini via Bluetooth or NFC. In addition to jamming to your favorite tunes or listening to your weekly podcasts, you can also use the Muvo Mini as a speakerphone, which boasts a very good call quality.

The Creative Muvo Mini was released in 2014, so it certainly has some years under its belt. However, it can certainly keep up with many cheap Bluetooth speakers that have come after it at a price that's very hard to beat.

Read the review: Creative Muvo Mini (opens in new tab)

Should I buy a cheap or expensive Bluetooth speaker?

Yes! If you want. It really depends on what you're after, and what options are on sale at the given point when you're shopping. Bear in mind, for the basics, there are a ton of great options on the market that have surprisingly good sound quality. Things get more complex if you're looking for more features like smart functionality and assistant support.

We wouldn't recommend buying a model you aren't impressed by just because it's discounted, since truly premium Bluetooth speakers can still be semi-pricey even after a discount. It helps if you know the model or brand you're keen to buy from, and whether you're fussed about having 'smart' functionality like voice assistant support, or something a bit simpler – though smart functions are increasingly the norm across the board.

We have seen discounts on the odd Sonos speaker (opens in new tab), as well as some Bang & Olufsen speakers (opens in new tab) and a brilliant Bose model (opens in new tab) – so there are certainly good offer abounding.

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Alison is a freelance writer and editor from Philadelphia, USA. She is an expert mattress tester and sleep product reviewer, and has been sharing trusted buying advice and retail news for over a decade. When she isn't reviewing mattresses or hunting for deals, Alison can be found teaching/training in martial arts, fawning over skincare, and indulging in her quarantine-borne hobby: cooking.