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Best portable Bluetooth speakers under £100

By Ben Stockton

You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a brilliant-sounding speaker that you can take on your travels. Take a look at some of the best portable Bluetooth speakers for under £100.

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Whether you’re after a quick and easy way to improve the sound from your smartphone at a family barbecue, or something loud and waterproof for poolside parties, a portable Bluetooth speaker is a handy companion that’ll make sure you’re not stuck with second-rate sound when you’re away from home.

There are plenty of speakers to choose from, whether it’s a £20 own-brand model or a £200 Bose. But if you’re after a portable Bluetooth speaker at the cheaper end of the scale, you don’t have to compromise on sound quality. We’ve found Best Buys and Don’t Buys across a range of prices, proving that more expensive doesn’t always mean better.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best portable Bluetooth speakers for under £100. If you’re a Which? member, you can log in to see the full results. If not, sign up for a £1 Which? trial and take a look at our recommendations for cheap but tuneful Bluetooth speakers.

Top five portable Bluetooth speakers

Today's best price £34.99
Which? score 82%
Reviewed Jul 2015
Best Buy
Performance:
5 out of 5
Ease of use:
5 out of 5
Portability:
5 out of 5
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A great option if you're limited for space in your suitcase. This Best Buy portable Bluetooth speaker may be small, but it doesn't hold back when it comes to sound. It's easy to use and available in a range of eye-catching colours, too.

Today's best price £99.00
Which? score 81%
Reviewed Jul 2015
Best Buy
Performance:
5 out of 5
Ease of use:
5 out of 5
Portability:
4 out of 5
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This portable Bluetooth speaker looks a little more traditional than the rest, but is just as impressive when it comes to sound. The bass is well balanced, with the treble and mid-range making everything beautifully clear. With a decent battery life to boot, you shouldn’t be left out and about without your tunes.

Today's best price £96.45
Which? score 79%
Reviewed Nov 2015
Best Buy
Performance:
4 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Portability:
3 out of 5
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A durable body, a fantastic battery life and decent sound quality - this Best Buy speakers not only gives you a good performance across genres, its sturdy rubberised build means it can pretty much take anything you throw at it.

Typical price £160.00
Which? score 74%
Reviewed Nov 2015
Best Buy
Performance:
4 out of 5
Ease of use:
5 out of 5
Portability:
4 out of 5
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This small speaker is ultra-portable and sounds great. We’re used to criticising small speakers for lacking bass, but that’s not the case here – in fact there’s almost too much of it at higher volumes. The battery will get you more than eight hours of music and there’s a built-in microphone, so you don’t need to disconnect your phone to receive calls.

Today's best price £89.99
Which? score 70%
Reviewed Nov 2015
Best Buy
Performance:
4 out of 5
Ease of use:
5 out of 5
Portability:
3 out of 5
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The compact design of this speaker makes it perfect for chucking in your bag before a trip. As with many small speakers, you need to be directly in front of it to get the best of the sound, which is punchy and bright with plenty of bass to accompany the clear vocals and high notes. The battery will last 11 hours on a single charge and the splash-proof casing means rain will only dampen your fun, not your speaker.

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