Top 12 Best Budget Portable Wireless Speakers – Affordable Bluetooth sound on the move

Portable wireless speakers are all the rage right now, with bluetooth speakers available in all shapes and sizes, there are plenty of options out there if you wish to bag a decent speaker even on a budget.

The problem with portable speaker is the size limitation. Small speakers while portable have to content with small drivers and space.

For a deeper and richer bass as well as sharper high notes, you need a pair of tweeters and a decent sized sub-woofer as well as room to pump the volume, luxuries that portable speakers do not have.

Sony SRS-X11 Stage


Instead, small speakers have to get clever with passive bass radiators, small but strong drivers and design that works best in a speaker chamber that is no bigger than say a pencil case or a small box of chocolate. On top of that, it would also need to accommodate the digital amplifier, Bluetooth connectivity, NFC, Auxiliary connector, USB port for charging on some models and a high capacity battery that allows for hours of play time.

While it would be better than compared to speakers on your laptop, smartphone and tablet and in most cases a big step up, due to its size limitation, don’t expect it to perform like your cabinet speakers or full size setups . It is more suitable for a small room (bedroom or dormitory), for a satisfying personal performance or entertainment for a small group of people who happen to be sat around the speaker.

In this article, we look at some of the best wireless Bluetooth speakers on a budget from reputable names such as Sony, JBL, Philips and Ultimate Ears. With the different speaker profile (shape and sizes) you would be spoilt for choice.

Top 12 Best Budget Portable Bluetooth Speakers

Here is a quick look at our line-up – SPEAKER PROFILE

1. Pure Voca Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker 10hrs – ROUNDED RECTANGLE


2. Sony SRS X2 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with NFC 5hrs – ROUNDED RECTANGLE

3. UE Mini Boom Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker 10hrs – CYLINDRICAL

4. JBL Flip 2 Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker 10hrs – CYLINDRICAL

5. Philips BT2500B/00 Portable Wireless Speaker 5hrs – FLAT SQUARE

6. Jabra Solemate Mini Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker 8hrs – RECTANGLE

7. Philips BT3500B/12 Portable Wireless Speaker 5hrs – FLAT RECTANGLE

8. Belkin Fusive Portable Wireless Speaker 10hrs – FLAT RECTANGLE

9. Philips BT100B/37 Wireless Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker 8hrs – VERTICAL RECTANGLE

10. Sony SRS-X1 360-degree Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with NFC 5hrs – BALL, ULTRA PORTABLE

11. PIONEER XW-BTSP1-N Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker 10hrs – RECTANGLE

12. Sony SRS-X11 Compact Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with NFC 12hrs – CUBE, ULTRA PORTABLE

Now for a detailed look at each of these speakers.

1. Pure Voca Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker – ROUNDED RECTANGLE, BUDGET

Pure Voca Portable Bluetooth Speakers

  • Stylish anodised aluminium case, great value
  • Speakers (output power):2 x 1.5″ full-range speakers with dual passive radiators, 10W RMS
  • Dimensions and Weight: 189(w) x d 55(d) x 67(h) mm, 580 grams

Connectivity: Bluetooth, AUX, USB | Playtimee: 10 Hours | Charging: No | Speakerphone: Yes

2. Sony SRS-X2 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with NFC – ROUNDED RECTANGLE

Sony SRS-X2 Black

  • Available in a choice of colours (red, black, white)
  • Speakers (output power): 2 Channel System
  • Great sounding music in one step with ClearAudio+ with Sound Mode for wider sound stage and more power.
  • Dimensions and Weight: 17.1 x 6 x 5.6 cm, 500 grams

Connectivity: Bluetooth with NFC, AUX, USB | Playtime: 5 Hours | Charging: No | Speakerphone: Yes

3. UE Mini Boom Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker – ROUNDED RECTANGLE

UE Mini Boom Black

  • Choice of colours. Remembers up to 8 Bluetooth devices, connect up to 2 sources at the same time, stream to 2 UE MINI Booms from one source, app configurable.
  • Speakers (output power):Two 1.5″, 4 Ohm Drivers; One 3″ x 1.5″ Passive Radiator
  • Dimensions and Weight: 7.6cm x 11.1cm x 6.1cm301 grams

Connectivity: Bluetooth with NFC, AUX, USB | Playtime: 10 Hours | Charging: No | Speakerphone: Yes

4. JBL Flip 2 Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker – CYLINDRICAL

JBL Flip 2

  • Speakers (output power): Dual 40mm drivers and a custom tuned built-in bass port for full range sound 12 W. SoundClear echo and noise cancellation microphone for hands free calls.
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth with NFC Pairing, AUX and USB
  • Dimensions & Weight: 160 x 65 mm, 499 grams

Connectivity: Bluetooth with NFC, AUX, USB | Playtime: 10 Hours | Charging: No | Speakerphone: Yes

5. Philips BT2500B/00 Portable Wireless Speaker  – FLAT SQUARE

Philips BT2500B

  • Anti-clipping function for loud, distortion free music, keeping the speakers safe from distortion damage no matter the signal level. Use your own strap over the hook to carry it anywhere. Big analogue volume dial for ease of access and control.
  • Colours available: Black only
  • Speaker (output power):1 x 2″ driver, (3W)
  • Dimensions & Weight: 10.1 x 10.1 x 3.4 cm ; 222 grams

PhilipsSBT30Connectivity: Bluetooth, AUX, USB | Playtime: 5 hours | Charging: NO | Speakerphone: YES

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6. Jabra Solemate Mini Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker – RECTANGLE

Jabra Solemate Mini

3.5mm stereo cord hidden in the base, rugged design with all over rubber coating for dust and splash resistant.

  • Colour options; black, blue, red or yellow
  • Speaker (output):2 Full range speakers – 1.5 in + 1 bass radiator – 75 x 35 mm, 6Watt
  • Dimensions and Weight: 12.5 (W) x 6.1 (H) x 5.3 (D) cm, 295 grams

Connectivity: Bluetooth with NFC, AUX, USB | Playtime: 8 Hours | Charging: No | Speakerphone: Yes

Also available: Jabra Solemate and Jabra Solemate Max

7. Philips BT3500B/12 Portable Wireless Speaker – FLAT RECTANGLE

Philips BT3500B

  • The bigger version of the BT2500B featured above, the BT3500B features twin driver for stereo effect, analogue volume dial and hook for own strap.
  • Colours available: Black Only
  • Speaker (output power): 2 x 2″ drivers (10Watt)
  • Dimensions & Weight: 201 x 35 x 101  mm, 500 grams

Connectivity: Bluetooth, AUX, USB | Playtime: 5 hours | Charging: NO | Speakerphone: YES

8. Belkin Fusive Portable Wireless Speaker – FLAT RECTANGLE

Belkin Fusive

  • Audifi sound processor for room-filling sound with virtually no distortion with four sound modes: Music, Video, Office or Party. Built-in stand/handle on slim body design. Protective case included,
  • Colours available: Silver on Black only.
  • Speaker (output power): –
  • Dimensions & Weight: 7.9in x 5.3in x 0.7in, 340 grams

Connectivity: Bluetooth, AUX, USB | Playtime: 10 hours | Charging: NO | Speakerphone: YES

9. Philips BT100B/37 Wireless Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker – VERTICAL RECTANGLE

Philips BT100A

  • Colour Options: White, Blue, Black or Red. Advanced audio performance with a compact design. Anti-clipping function for loud, distortion free music.
  • Speakers (output power): 1 x 1.75″ (2Watt)
  • Dimensions & Weight: 63 x 63 x 82  mm, 180 grams

Connectivity: Bluetooth, AUX, USB | Playtime: 8 hours | Charging: NO | Speakerphone: YES

10. Sony SRS-X1 Ultra Portable 360-degree Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with NFC – BALL, ULTRA PORTABLE

Sony SRS-X1 black

  • Colours available: Pink, Violet, Black or White. Wireless speaker with 5W output, 360° directional sound, NFC, Bluetooth® & up to 5 hours’ battery power
  • Speaker (output power): (5Watt)
  • Dimensions & Weight: W 78 x H 80.5 x D 78 (mm), 185 grams – LIGHTEST

Connectivity: Bluetooth with NFC, AUX, USB | Playtime: 5 hours | Charging: NO | Speakerphone: YES

11. PIONEER XW-BTSP1 Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker – RECTANGLE

PIONEER XW-BTSP1-N white

  • Stylish Portable Bluetooth Speaker 2 x 4 W drivers for great sound
  • Colours available: White/Green, White/Silve, Black/Silver or Red.
  • Speaker (output power): 2 full range speakers and passive bass radiator (2 x 4W)
  • Dimensions & Weight: 200 x 76.5 x 72.5 mm,

Connectivity: Bluetooth with NFC, AUX, USB | Playtime: 10 hours | Charging: NO | Speakerphone: NO

12. Sony SRS-X11 Compact Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with NFC – CUBE, ULTRA PORTABLE

Sony SRS-X11

  • Colours available: Black, Pink, Blue, White or Red. Featherweight sound with heavyweight punch featuring one-touch listening convenience, hands-free calling, and up to 12-hours battery life.
  • Speaker (output power): Full-range – Approx 45 mm (1-13/16 in.) dia. (x1), 10 Watt (at 10% harmonic distortion)
  • Dimensions & Weight: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches (61 x 61 x 61 mm (w/h/d)), 7.6 oz. (215 g)

Connectivity: Bluetooth with NFC, AUX, USB | Playtime: 12 hours | Charging: NO | Speakerphone: YES