Are you thinking about getting some Bluetooth speakers to blast tunes from your phone, tablet, laptop, or MP3 player? (Wait, do people still have dedicated MP3 players?)
Well, it’s actually kind of tricky to figure out which ones to buy. On the one hand, there’s no point buying anything if it sounds like a piece of garbage, even if it’s only thirty bucks. On the other hand, there’s also no point spending a lot of money on a speaker that is never going to sound that good.
So where’s the sweet spot in the Bluetooth speaker market? I’d say it’s between $100 and $200. If it’s less than $100, chances are you’re better off listening to the sounds of silence. If it’s more than $200, however, you have to seriously wonder whether it’s worth it—to you, because this is all relative—to spend so much money on something that isn’t going to sound a one-fourth as good as a pair of $200 bookshelf speakers would sound.
So then, what are the best Bluetooth speakers for $200 or less? Well, what follows is my take. But my #1 choice may not be what’s best for you. Use this list as a shortlist, figure out exactly what you need—such as the clearest possible sound, the loudest possible sound, style, durability, speakerphone functionality, battery life, size, and so on—then make your choice accordingly