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12 July 2021

Best wireless and Bluetooth speaker deals for 2021

The best wireless and Bluetooth speaker deals and smart speaker deals chosen by Which? tech experts
Oliver Trebilcock
The best wireless and Bluetooth speaker deals

On the hunt for a bargain on one of the best wireless and Bluetooth speakers? Look no further – our experts have picked out some of the best speaker deals on the market right now, plus give you handy advice on how to identify what deals to look out for.

Wireless and Bluetooth speakers come at a huge range of prices, from £10 to well over £600 for high-end models aimed at audiophiles. The ones we’ve identified below therefore cover this reality – a small price cut on an already cheap Bluetooth speaker is fantastic, as is a significant saving for a more expensive speaker.

Apple, Bose and Sonos speakers are also incredibly popular, and big savings on these premium brands are rare, so we may also highlight notable savings on high-demand products such as these when we spot them.

Watch out that with price cuts not always being as great as they initially appear – there could be an even better deal elsewhere, or the speaker be not be that great to begin with to justify buying even with a seemingly good saving – even if it’s from a big-name brand. Every one of the superb offers we’ve identified below are for decent-scoring speakers that have performed well in our tests – that doesn’t mean we’ve made them all Best Buys, though, so make sure you click on the links below to read our reviews and ensure that each speaker is exactly what you’re looking for.

Discover what the very best cheap wireless and Bluetooth speakers are on the market, with some priced at £50 and less.

Best wireless and Bluetooth speaker deals for July 2021

There are great-value wireless speakers available all year round, from hefty discounts to cheap models that tick the boxes. 

Our pricing experts update this page once a month, and it was last updated on 1 July 2021.

Best Bluetooth speaker deals

Simple portable Bluetooth speakers are battery-powered and rarely expensive, so even without a big discount they still represent a bit of a bargain. Take care with very small speakers, though – a handful are great, but many have weak bass and a tinny sound. We've highlighted some below, or you can check our Bluetooth speaker reviews for more.

1. Jam Hang Around (HX-P505), £30

  • Half price versus RRP
  • Compact Bluetooth speaker
  • Useful 3.5mm socket for a wired connection

We like: IP67 dust and waterproofing

We didn’t like: No carrying handle

A no-nonsense lightweight Bluetooth speaker that’s great for travelling. It’s now under Clearance at Currys at half its original £60 recommended retail price.

For our full verdict see our expert Jam Hang Around (HX-P505) review

Buy it from Currys PC World for £30 or Amazon for £35

(A 2020 Which? investigation into Currys PC World suggests that the firm has an issue with how it handles complaints about faulty products, so bear this in mind before making a purchase.)

2. Kitsound Diggit 55, £24

 

  • £16 off RRP
  • Medium-sized Bluetooth speaker
  • Water resistant and dustproof (IP66)

We like: Detachable stake for use in garden

We didn’t like: Need to switch to outdoors mode for higher maximum volume

If you want to use your Bluetooth speaker both indoors and outdoors, this could be the model for you. Following further price drops this month, this model can now be had for a superb £16 discount, a hefty saving on its £40 recommended retail price. But does it sound great?

For the crucial details check out our full Kitsound Diggit 55 review.

Buy now from Amazon for £24

Best smart speaker deals

Looking to find a bargain on the best smart speakers and smart displays? Smart speakers have voice assistants such as Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri, and you can largely control them with voice commands. You’ll probably find it helpful to choose an Alexa speaker if you use lots of Amazon services, one supporting Google Assistant if you’re a user of Google services and Siri if you’re an Apple fan.

Smart speakers have wi-fi (and often support Bluetooth, too), which typically makes them more expensive than Bluetooth-only speakers. They’re often larger, with a higher maximum volume. The Amazon Echo Dot and Google Nest Mini are two of the cheapest models available, although that doesn’t mean they’re the best. Smart displays such as the Amazon Echo Show 5 are basically smart speakers with touchscreens, which adds extra functionality such as viewing cooking recipes or YouTube videos on the screen.

For more information on what to consider when buying a smart speaker or smart display, see our how to buy the best smart speaker guide.

3. Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) - £42 (was £50)

  • Latest ball-shaped version of this affordable Amazon smart speaker
  • Alexa voice control
  • 3.5mm audio-out socket

We like: Alexa voice control, small and lightweight

We didn’t like: Low maximum volume won’t fill large rooms

The Echo Dot is Amazon’s latest entry-level Alexa smart speaker with a new spherical design and it’s particularly cheap at the moment.

Find out if the sound quality will make the most of your music in our expert Echo Dot (4th Gen) review.

Buy from Laptops Direct, Appliances Direct or OnBuy for £42

4. Belkin Soundform Elite, £157

 

  • £43 off typical price
  • Full-sized Google Assistant voice-controlled smart speaker
  • Built-in wireless charging dock for charging your phone

We like: Compact minimalist design, Google Home app integration including multi-room

We didn’t like: The plastic casing around the charging dock collects fingerprints easily

This Belkin rolls a smart speaker with Google Assistant voice control and a wireless charger all into one. Simply place your phone, truly wireless headphones or other Qi wireless charging-compatible device on top the speaker for effortless charging without needing to fiddle around with plugging in cables.

It seemed a bit expensive in the past, but this Belkin speaker has just reached its lowest-ever price at Amazon and now looks like a much more attractive proposition for those looking to save needing to buy two separate devices for their music and charging needs.

So is it a good-sounding smart speaker to be worth considering? For our full verdict, see our Belkin Soundform Elite review.

Buy now from Amazon for £157

5. Apple HomePod Mini - £75 (was £99)

 

  • Small ball-shaped speaker similar in size to the Amazon Echo Dot (above)
  • Siri voice control
  • Works seamlessly with Apple devices like iPhones and iPads

We like: Lightweight, Apple Music integration (may require subscription)

We didn’t like: For Apple device owners only, expensive compared to rivals

Apple is far from a dominant force in the world of smart speakers, but if you’re a user of Apple devices like iPhones and iPads you’ll find the HomePod Mini is optimally-designed for your device. Good price cuts on Apple products are rare, so this month’s deal price of £75 is certainly worth taking advantage of.

Find out whether it’s worth choosing the HomePod Mini or if a Google Assistant or Alexa speaker might be a better option in our Apple HomePod Mini review.

Buy it from Sync for £75

When and where are the best wireless and Bluetooth speakers on sale?

It’s often not at all easy to know what’s a good price for a wireless or Bluetooth speaker. Head over to Amazon and you’ll find huge numbers of cheap models on sale, many from brands you’ve likely never heard of before. At the budget end, some Bluetooth speakers are cheap all year round, while some retailers such as John Lewis advertise hefty savings at certain periods for big-brand models such as JBL, LG and Sony speakers.

But an attractive-looking discount doesn’t guarantee a great deal. You’ll find retailers using every trick in the book to persuade you to buy – our experts point out below the tools of the trade at key retailers to make sure you don't get caught out.

First off, lots of retailers, including Currys PC World and John Lewis, try to convince you a ‘hot’ product you’re looking at is a good choice by showing how many people are viewing the same page at the same time you are. This also gives a feeling of urgency to make a quick purchase. Often, though, you’ll have no idea whether the number viewing is really that much more than it would normally be, and low stock warnings as well can push you to rush into a purchase before you’ve fully considered all the options. It’s a good idea to step back when seeing these messages and take a moment to really decide if the offer is a good deal – it may after all simply be one the retailer wants to drive sales for at that moment.

Apple HomePod and Beats speaker deals

If you’re looking into buying an Apple HomePod model, the Apple Store is unlikely to be the place to head to if you’re scouting out the best prices available. Apple is not usually very generous on deals with its own products such as the Apple HomePod mini, but retailers such as Amazon and Currys PC World may slash considerably more off than the recommended retail price of Apple products especially at times of promotion to try to get you to buy from them.

Amazon wireless and Bluetooth speaker deals

Amazon often heavily discounts its own Echo Alexa speakers and smart displays range, especially around promotional periods such as Black Friday, so do keep an eye out for offers if your looking for these.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg with Amazon. If you do a search for wireless and Bluetooth speaker deals on Amazon and you might feel you’ve been transported to a different universe, with many brands you’re unlikely to find anywhere else tempting you with surprisingly low prices compared with the big brand competition – not to mention many of them having built up a remarkable volume of positive reviews and seeming surprisingly popular.

But it can be tricky relying on user reviews for audio products. It can be challenging to tell if a good score means people think the speaker is really one of the best available or just a welcome surprise given the bargain-basement price you can buy it at. This also means it’s hard for those who’ve bought wireless and Bluetooth speakers in the past from big brands such as JBL or Sony to know whether these brands are just as good or will leave you disappointed.

You’ll also notice that some of the same brands keep cropping up time and again – ones such as Anker, Betron and others, very often offering products at attractively low prices and user reviews that are full of praise. You’re often very reliant on Amazon’s website with these products, too – since they’re usually not available at many other places – so you need to bear in mind the standard industry practice that product pictures are often computer-generated and not quite give the same impression out of the box.

Do take care with these seemingly unknown brands. Our lab has found some surprisingly good budget models in our testing, but many have also been exposed as pretty mediocre in our lab compared with more established brands, despite positive user reviews singing their praises. To make direct comparisons, see our wireless and Bluetooth speaker reviews. With such a vast range of wireless and Bluetooth speakers on Amazon we can’t test them all, but we do review a selection of the most popular models that tend to be found near the top of Amazon’s bestsellers charts, including models from Anker, Betron and more.

Currys PC World deals and ‘clearance’ sales

During certain times throughout the year, Currys PC World fills its clearance pages with wireless and Bluetooth speaker deals. But despite what ‘clearance’ may imply, the actual savings on these models in practice can be small or, in the odd bizarre case, no discount at all. Currys PC World may want to clear stock, but that’s no promise it’s offering a good deal.

Often Currys PC World deals don’t stand up to scrutiny, with some fleetingly up for sale at a high price before falling to a more usual price as little as a few weeks later. In addition, a large saving on a high recommended retail price offers no promise it’s any cheaper than rival retailers.

Alongside many rival retailers, Currys PC World employs a price-matching scheme that, again, doesn’t necessarily save you as much money in practice as you might expect. Their popular Sandstrom Bluetooth speakers they sell for example are Currys PC World-exclusive products, so their price-matching won’t cover these, which means attractive prices don’t give any indication that that quality is a match for the price.

Argos wireless and Bluetooth speaker deals

Argos is a favoured retailer for buying small consumer electronics products including wireless and Bluetooth speakers, and very convenient with locations in many bigger Sainsbury’s stores as well. Argos commonly has good deals for individual wireless and Bluetooth speakers, so you may well be rewarded for having a glance every so often to look into which new wireless and Bluetooth speakers they’re promoting strongly.

Be wary of ‘deals’ marked as ‘WOW’, though, as it’s frequently the case these aren’t really deals at all, being instead Argos’ way to draw your attention to a product – unsurprisingly often their own-brand Bush products or other models at seemingly cheap prices, with no guarantee they’ll actually offer good enough performance to justify the price.

Also be wary of marketing that plasters ‘great new price’ as that's in no way offering an assurance the price is surprisingly different from the previous one.

With Argos, the right strategy to find great deals is to watch for its ‘clearance’ deals as these really tend to be promising discounts.

Black Friday: the best time to get a great cheap wireless and Bluetooth speaker deal

Great wireless speaker deals can be nabbed all year long, thanks to this being an enormous market of products and brands at a wide range of prices all competing to push you their way.

Nevertheless, typically the best time in the year to net the most impressive deals is in the run-up to Black Friday buying season and through to Christmas, with Black Friday occurring close to the end of November each year. A raft of attractive deal promotions usually gain momentum around mid-November, and the strong deals tend to keep on coming through Cyber Monday onwards to the end of the year.

Some wireless speaker brands such as Sonos also offer trade-in schemes for its wireless speakers, where you send back your current model for a discount on a newer model, and it then responsibly recycles your old wireless speaker.

Taking up these schemes where available is another option to realise an even better deal on a new wireless speaker, although the discount advertised by the manufacturer will likely be on the speaker’s standard retail price. This might be significantly higher than prices typically offered by major retailers, meaning the saving may not be as large as it initially seems. There’s also a significant second-hand market for higher-end wireless speakers, so selling on your old model may be the best way to help pay towards your new wireless speaker.

Check out our how to buy the best wireless and Bluetooth speakers guide for all the information you need to make the best choice possible for your next purchase.