Bluetooth speakers are the ultimate wireless audio playback device. You won’t have to worry about tangled cords with these devices. While Bluetooth speakers are convenient, they have a bad rep for inaccurately reproducing sound.
The really cheap Bluetooth speakers, like under $30, are not known for high-quality audio. But if you can go up to $200, a number of top products will be available to you.
Here is a list of best Bluetooth speakers under 200:
5 Best Bluetooth Speakers Under 200 – 2017
This Bose product is possibly one of the best Bluetooth speakers under 200. We have tried out a number of these speakers, and this Bose is what gave the best sound. Bluetooth connections can sometimes ruin audio because of lack of wires. But we managed to get loud and booming sounds with this speaker.
We are not just speaking in terms of sheer volume either. It gave sharp highs and booming bass, which is pretty much the full range of audio you can get from a speaker. It’s still not as high-quality as the best wired speakers, but for a wireless device, this is surprisingly good.
It comes with a lithium ion battery that can last up to 10 hours according to the product description. In reality, this is more close to 7 or 8 hours. But if you play sound low you can stretch it out for about 10 hours, No product is ever perfect, so of course there are some issues we experienced with this Bluetooth speaker.
Mainly, it’s described as a “mini” speaker. While the Bose is fairly compact with a stylish black exterior, it was still a bit heavy. It’s not as portable as it should be for a mini speaker. Also, the speaker has a built-in speakerphone to take calls, but it’s pretty useless.
- Amazing sound
- Long smartphone
- Worthless built-in speaker
Given the name, we took this Bluetooth speaker to be really fancy. It’s highly affordable, but does have a super fancy exterior. This speaker has a lovely silver casing and a big handle, like in a briefcase, that makes it very easy to carry around.
It’s quite considerable in size, and this speaker is more like a wireless boombox than a laptop speaker. It’s a full-range device that delivers 360-degree sound. It can connect to a Bluetooth device at 33 yards max. Though it’s big, it’s lightweight enough to carry around the house, to a pool party, or a barbeque.
This speaker is powered by 72 watts, which makes it practically a subwoofer. You can expect really loud and clear sounds, like booming bass, lucid treble, solid crystal highs. It even plays retro music well without minimal noise. This speaker is great for filling rooms with music.
The audio remains clear even in outdoor areas. One disappointment we has though was the battery. It lasts only about 4 hours. But it’s easy enough to recharge. Also, this is not the easiest speaker to travel with because of the size.
- Powerful sound
- Easy to carry handle
- Lovely exterior
- Short battery life
This is a very rugged looking Bluetooth speaker. It has a tough, water resistant exterior that can keep the dust out. If you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker for pool parties, boat trips, and otherwise water-related activities, we recommend this device. It floats on pools.
Keep in mind though that this is water resistant and is not completely water proof. We liked the exterior that is square, so it doesn’t roll off like a Beats speaker. Sound wise, we don’t have any complaints. It produces high-quality audio like the Bose mentioned above. Audio reproduction is not 100 percent, but is close enough. It has a built-in microphone as well.
This speaker is great for personal stuff like listening to music in the bedroom, shower, or at a campsite. It’s compact, so this speaker can easily fit in a travelling backpack. It’s not that heavy either.
It connects to Bluetooth devices almost instantly too. We do have to warn that though this device is tough on the outside, it’s not necessarily tough on the inside. Several people have complained about fragile ports that fall apart after a year or so.
- Tough exterior
- Good quality sound
- Problematic port
This is another one of best Bluetooth speakers under 200. This is a cylindrical speaker with a highly portable and rugged exterior. We really liked the fact that the ports of this speaker came with rubber protection caps. Some Bluetooth speakers are notorious for having bad charging ports.
You can be assured that this one won’t break down so easily. Sound wise, this is comparable to most of the speakers mentioned above. However, this is not a bass heavy speaker like the Bose mentioned above. If you want smooth and gentle sounds, then this is a good speaker. The bass does not overwhelm the vocals with this devise.
This speaker comes with a considerably sized 6000mAh battery. It won’t last overnight, but it’s suitable for several hours of playback.
This speaker came with a NeopreneTM carry case, which is really convenient when travelling. We highly recommend this speaker for personal use. It won’t entertain a party, but it’s good enough to fill a room with sound.
- Good audio without overwhelming bass
- Rubber cap protected charging port
- Rugged Exterior
- Highly portable
- Not high enough volume
- No extended battery life
If you are looking for a small portable Bluetooth speaker, then better look elsewhere. This Bluetooth speaker is about 10 inches long and 3.5 inches high. It’s made to generate powerful sound for large parties and such. Design wise, it’s simple and minimalist. It’s a bit heavy, but is still convenient enough to carry around.
It blends in with decor well. Audio wise, it’s loud, bass heavy, and more powerful than the average sound bar. This speaker really hits the notes without just raising the volume. There are three passive bass radiators inside, so it really booms. It does not have an amplification subwoofer quality, but is good enough for a home theater system.
You can generally expect sharp highs and clear mids thanks to custom designed precision drivers that come with the speaker. We really liked the built-in USB power bank that can charge a secondary device, like a phone, while playing music. The battery packs about 10 hours of power, so this is really a valuable speaker. As for downside, of course, this speaker is bit on a heavy side so you can’t carry it in a backpack.
- Three bass radiators
- Custom precision drivers inside for high-quality audio
- Built-in USB power bank
- Up to 10 hours of battery
- Not very portable
Tips for Buying Bluetooth Speakers with a $200 Budget
Here is what you should know about buying a Bluetooth speaker when you only have $200 to spend:
You will have to compromise between portability and audio power. Most portable Bluetooth speakers are rather small, so they are limited in their ability to generate powerful audio like booming bass. The larger ones are good at reproducing loud sounds but can be heavy.
Some Bluetooth speakers, like the OontZ mentioned above, have built-in USB power banks. That means the device can carry extra power so you can charge another device, like your smartphone, while on the go.
Don’t expect Bluetooth speakers to amplify sound like subwoofers. While most speakers have come a long way in reproducing quality audio, Bluetooth speakers are still a step behind wired counterparts when it comes to audio quality.
If you plan on using your Bluetooth speaker in an area like by the pool, then make sure the device has at least some water resistant ability.
If you are not sure about a brand, don’t buy without a manufacturer’s warranty.