Enhance your audiovisual experience from your smartphone, tablet or laptop with a portable Bluetooth speaker. You needn't spend the earth to get better sound: we review the 18 best portable speakers and budget Bluetooth speakers you can buy in the UK for less than £100 in 2015. (See all speaker reviews.)
We are increasingly using mobile devices as entertainment devices for watching TV, films and video, playing games, and listening to music, radio and audiobooks. Headphones are a must have when you're out and about (we've rounded up the best cheap headphones and best headphones), but when you're at home you should make the most of the experience with a portable speaker.
You can spend hundred (even thousands) of pounds on such a device but, nice as these may be, only the fithy rich and true audiophiles will want to do so. Here we're setting our sights much lower, with £100 the absolute cut-off. The budget Bluetooth speakers we review here won't produce concert-quality sound, but they will offer a better audio experience than is possible from your mobile device.
18 best portable speakers and budget Bluetooth speakers for 2015 UK
19. Luxa2 Groovy W
- Reviewed on: 7 April 14
- RRP: £100 inc VAT
The Luxa2 Groovy W has poor sound quality. The combination of lo-fi Class D amplifier and low-grade Bluetooth hamper any decent audio quality from this unremarkable speaker. In our tests it had a tiresome sound when tasked with playing music but it may be more suited to casual telephone conversation.
Read our Luxa2 Groovy W review.
- Reviewed on: 16 October 13
- RRP: £99 inc VAT
The Otone Soundship Micro is reasonable portable Bluetooth speaker for £99. It provides very clear 3D audio and is very easy to use, the major downsides to this Bluetooth speaker are the docking design and lack of audio oomph.
Read our Otone Soundship Micro review.
- Reviewed on: 21 August 14
- RRP: £15.99
This Inateck Portable Bluetooth Speaker is a useful gadget for turning up the volume on your phone or tablet, PC or laptop, and it comes in at a great price. So it doesn't offer out-of-this-world audio quality, but if you want that you'll have to pay for it.
- Reviewed on: 11 February 15
- RRP: £29.99 inc. VAT
Etekcity's Roverbeats T12 is a stylish Bluetooth speaker that's portable enough to take on your travels and loud enough to fill a room. It offers good value at this price, but its long battery life is undermined by the lack of a standby mode, and there is no mic for taking handsfree calls over Bluetooth.
- Reviewed on: 13 May 13
- RRP: £80 inc VAT
The Chant Bluetooth cheaper than some portable wireless speakers and its eco credentials mark it out, but sound quality isn't the best. If you're prepared to carry something a little larger, i-box's Twist sounds better and is £10 cheaper.
Read our House of Marley Chant Bluetooth review.
14. X-Mini Max Duo
- Reviewed on: 7 June 13
- RRP: £49-£55
At £49.90, the X-Mini Max Duo speakers aren't exactly an impulse purchase, but they remain solidly affordable. While not illegal-rave-spec, the X-Minis sound great for such portable units (alternatively, you could say they're wonderfully portable for such decent-sounding speakers) and look pretty good too. A great buy for summer holidays and outdoor loafing.
Read our X-Mini Max Duo review.
13. Maxell MXSP-BT03
- Reviewed on: 3 February 14
- RRP: £45 inc. VAT
A good value, very portable Bluetooth speaker. At this price it's hard not to recommend the Maxell MXSP-BT03. Just don't expect the greatest audio quality.
Read our Maxell MXSP-BT03 review.
12. Jabra Solemate
- Reviewed on: 20 January 14
- RRP: £149 inc. VAT
The Jabra Solemate offers a big sound in a small packet (for a reasonably large price). The Bluetooth speaker is small enough to fit in a laptop bag, but can easily fill a room with sound. And it is built to last.
Read our Jabra Solemate review.
- Reviewed on: 21 January 14
- RRP: £119 inc. VAT
Reasonably priced and well built. If you don't expect awesome audio this portable speaker set will serve you well. The Scosche BoomBOTTLE is ideal for active types who like to make noise when out and about in the great outdoors.
Read our Scosche BoomBOTTLE review.
10. SoundBook GO
- Reviewed on: 21 November 14
- RRP: £80
Of the three SoundBooks we’ve opened to date, this is the first that we’ve found to really impress by its sound quality. Bayan Audio has really taken a leaf out of a good book on music here, making an affordable little speaker that bucks the trend for many of its Bluetooth breed by being a delight to listen to. And as with any such speaker though, for best results skip the Bluetooth link and just plug into the jack in the back.
Read our SoundBook GO review.
- Reviewed on: 14 October 14
- RRP: £26 inc. VAT
Great value, easily portable and pretty tough, the Inateck BTSP-20 is an ideal Bluetooth speaker for rocking out in your shower or at the beach, and for holding conversations as you sit in the tub.
Read our Inateck BTSP-20 review.
- Reviewed on: 9 March 15
- RRP: £49.99 inc. VAT
At £49 the Inateck BTSP-10 is a loud, cool-looking portable speaker that uses power-efficient Bluetooth 4.0. Sound quality is pretty good, too, but we dislike the inability to skip tracks and, Inateck, we don't do user manuals.
Read our Inateck BTSP-10 Plus review.
- Reviewed on: 22 August 14
- RRP: £28.99
We like the Inateck BP2001. It looks good, it sounds good, and it's cheap. It's not in Bose territory, but if all you want to do is turn up the volume on your phone, tablet, PC or laptop, the Inateck BP2001 is a steal at £28.99.
- Reviewed on: 26 September 13
- RRP: £29 inc VAT
There's little to dislike about the Edifier Sound To Go Plus at the price. It's a cheap and effective way of improving the sound from your laptop. Sleek and well finished it can also be used on the go with a range of devices using its built-in battery.
Read our Edifier Sound To Go Plus review.
- Reviewed on: 27 January 15
- RRP: £25.99 inc. VAT
We really like iClever's Bluetooth Wireless Speaker. Audiophiles will still prefer to spend 40 times the price (and then some), but for most of us this £25 speaker is portable, good-looking and offers more than adequate sound.
- Reviewed on: 4 February 15
- RRP: £39.99 inc. VAT
We're pretty taken with the Lava BrightSounds. It won't appeal to everyone, but if you're planning a camping or festival trip, a BBQ party in the garden, or even just fancy a cool reading- or night light, this all-in-one Bluetooth speaker and LED lamp is worth a look.
Read our Lava BrightSounds review.
3. i-box Twist
- Reviewed on: 11 May 13
- RRP: £70 inc VAT
It's hard to fault the i-box Twist given how cheaply it can be picked up online. It sounds great and works well as a speakerphone. Battery life isn't the best, but it's probably enough for most people.
Read our i-box Twist review.
- Reviewed on: 18 February 15
- RRP: £18.99
The Lumsing B9 Bluetooth speaker is a good speaker for a good price. It has a variety of connection options and is fairly straight forward to use. Its reported 25 hour battery life means that it'll keep on going and the audio quality is a lot better than others in the same category.
Read our Lumsing B9 Bluetooth Speaker review.
1. Envaya Mini
- Reviewed on: 8 April 15
- RRP: £99
For a £99 speaker, the Denon Envaya Mini blows away similarly priced Bluetooth speakers. The design of the Envaya Mini gives it a premium look and feel, without the premium price tag to go along with it. We mention the UE Boom in the review, and that’s because we think that the Envaya Mini is at the standard of a £169 Bluetooth speaker. Even without a 360-degree speaker setup, it does a great job of filling a room with the sound of clear and crisp audio.
Read our Envaya Mini review.