Portable speakers are must-haves for poolside parties, the beach, and outdoor fun in general, but you don't have to break the bank to be able to take your music on the go. You will find that the best portable speakers under $100 will have both the functionality and style you want — and still sound great. It's just a matter of knowing what to look for and where to shop.
But it's important to remember that the best speakers for hanging out at home might be different than for a day at the beach, so when you're choosing the best portable speakers for you and your needs, consider the following:
- Volume: To enjoy your playlist, you'll need a speaker with range. The sensitivity rating, as measured in decibels (dBs), will give an idea of how loud your speaker can get while still sounding great. For most situations, speakers with 87 dBs (about as loud as a blender) or higher are ideal.
- Durability: A good portable speaker, should be prepared for rain or shine — especially if you plan on taking it to the beach or pool. In those cases, look for at least a water-resistance rating of IPX7 to guarantee that the speakers will continue to work even after it's put under a meter of water for 30 minutes.
- Battery Life: For continuous playtime, you'll also want a long-lasting battery life. For most cases, look for a unit that can play non-stop for eight hours or more between charges.
And of course, a speaker is no good if it isn't easily compatible with your devices. That's why all of our top picks are Bluetooth enabled.
To make picking the best speaker easier, here's my list of the best portable speakers under $100 on Amazon!