Swedish retailer Ikea has launched an own-brand Bluetooth speaker range, called Eneby. They cost less than your average speaker and are undeniably versatile.
Aimed at buyers on a budget, the Eneby speakers have been described as ‘discrete and portable’ with a ‘clear, powerful sound’.
Keep reading to see what the speakers have to offer, and how their costs compares with affordable Bluetooth speaker rivals we’ve tested in our lab.
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Ikea speaker range – what’s on offer?
The new Eneby speakers come in two sizes – 20 x 20cm and 30 x 30cm – and are available in white, grey or black.
There are a couple of ways you can set up an Eneby Bluetooth speaker. The most obvious option involves sitting it upright on a living room table or kitchen counter. But the gadget can also be wall-mount using an Ikea wall bracket costing £15.
The Eneby can be used away from a plug socket, but you’ll need to pick up a £15 battery pack to make it truly portable. Ikea claims you’ll get up to 10 hours from either speaker on a single charge.
If you’re after a cleaner look, you can also remove the mesh fabric cover that sits on top of the speaker (see below).
So how much do Ikea’s Bluetooth speakers cost? You’ll pay £45 for the smaller model, while the larger version is £80. With both costing less than £100, they’re considerably cheaper than many rivals.
But will the sound quality from these speakers be as impressive as they should be? Based on our lab tests, the average Best Buy costs around £200. But we have tested plenty of highly rated speakers that cost less.
Find out which are the highest-rated cheap speakers in our guide on the top six best cheap speakers for 2018.
Tested: cheap Bluetooth speakers
You don’t need to spend big to land yourself a Best Buy Bluetooth speaker. But the price tag isn’t always an indicator of quality.
Below, we’ve rounded up three alternatives for under £150. One scored 84%, while another just 46%, so click on the links to our expert reviews to see which ones are worth your hard-earned cash.
Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) – £90
The voice-controlled Amazon Echo offers more than the typical Bluetooth speaker. It’s powered by the Amazon Alexa voice assistant, which can answer questions, schedule calendar events, send messages and, of course, play music.
This speaker is Android and iOS compatible and also has the ability to control other smart devices in your home, such as light bulbs and thermostats. You can play music through Spotify, or using the Amazon Music Store and Amazon MyMusic services.
To see how the Amazon Echo performed in our test lab, see our full Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) review.
Acoustic Solutions Wireless Speaker with Alexa (AS1) – £100
Design-wise, this £100 Bluetooth speaker from Acoustic Solutions looks similar to the Amazon Echo. Like its Amazon rival, it arrives with Alexa inside. But this speaker also has an aux-in for a wired connection, so you can connect it to your phone. That’s something the Echo can’t offer.
You can control this Bluetooth speaker hands-free, but there are also some buttons on the top of the tower if your phone isn’t within reach. Streaming services including Spotify, Amazon Music and Audible are all supported.
Does this speaker deserve a spot in your home? Head over to our Acoustic Solutions Wireless Speaker with Alexa (AS1) review for our verdict.
Yamaha WX-010 – £119
The wireless Yamaha WX-010 can be used as part of a multi-room system. If you have more than one, you can sync them together, enabling you to play the same track from different rooms in your house. You can also control the WX-010 using the official mobile app, or play tracks from your PC, provided it’s connected to the same wi-fi network as the Yamaha.
Find out whether this speaker offers superior sound and usability in our review of the Yamaha WX-010.
How to buy the best Bluetooth speaker
When it comes to buying a Bluetooth speaker, there are a couple of points to keep in mind. You’ll want to ask yourself:
- What type of speaker do you need? You’ll have a choice between a portable Bluetooth speaker and a home sound system. Portable Bluetooth speakers are great for music on the move, while home sound systems are generally bigger but tend to pack a bigger punch audio-wise.
- How do you listen to your music? Before you settle on a speaker, make sure it supports your streaming service of choice.
- Do you need a multi-room speaker? If you like the idea of controlling your music from different points in the house, you may want to invest in a multi-room speaker. You can play the same track from each speaker, or use each one independently.
Every Bluetooth speaker we review is subject to our rigorous lab tests. We pay close attention to sound quality, ease of use and battery life to help you choose wisely. Our guide on How to buy the best wireless or Bluetooth speaker will help you find the perfect option for you.