When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, small is hot. We have Jawbone and all the marketing it put behind its Jambox partially to thank for that. With its rechargeable battery and impressive sound for its size, the Jambox showed how you could take a tiny portable speaker and pair it with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to create a mini wireless stereo system just about anywhere you were.
But some folks don't want to drop $150 to $175 on a portable speaker, which is why I've put together this list of less expensive alternatives. We'll be reviewing more inexpensive portable Bluetooth speakers as the year goes along and we'll continue to update this list as we listen to new products and earlier models we might have missed.
One of iHome's better-designed products, the iDM11 delivers decent sound and has speakerphone capabilities. It has the same features as the Jambox and delivers more bang for your buck.
iHome iDM8 rechargeable Bluetooth speaker
Not into cubes? iHome's step-down iDM8 is closer to spherical and costs $10 less ($60). The two speakers sound very similar but the iDM11 has speakerphone capabilities while the iDM8 does not. Read the full review of the iHome iDM8.
We gave Monster's mini Bluetooth speaker a bit of a hard time in our original review for being a little pricey at $120. But now that it's come down to around $75, it's more attractive. It has good sound quality for its size and, like the Jambox, includes a microphone for speakerphone capabilities.
The Logitech Mini Boombox offers 10 hours of battery life, and its sound is slightly warmer and more open than the sound from Monster's iClarityHD. It also has a built-in microphone and speakerphone capabilities.
Editor Justin Yu says, "With its durable outer shell, multiple connectivity options, and wide range of sound, the Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 makes a great sidekick for your next backyard barbecue or picnic party."
Soundfeaq's first portable Bluetooth speaker has a clean look, good sound, and a USB charging port. It just gets into the roundup with a $99.99 price point.