10 of the Best Bluetooth Speakers for Big Sound Under $300

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Updated June 27, 2022

If you want a Bluetooth speaker that offers extra power and sound to really fill a room, this is the list for you. Here are the best Bluetooth speaker products for your parties, music sessions, and adventures. You can also check out our list of the top computer speakers and leading desktop speakers, too. And don’t forget to see our overall best Bluetooth speaker list. It will help you to expand your knowledge of the best Bluetooth speakers.

1. Logitech Ultimate Ears Boom

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Ultimate Ears cars about one thing: Great sound. This mini-pillar of a speaker will blast sound out in 360 degrees, ideal for putting on a desk, table, or counter and filling the whole room with music. The wireless features extend to volume adjustment and taking phone calls with additional smartphone compatibility. Thanks to durability coatings, the Boom is also water and spill-resistant, so don’t worry about using it in the kitchen or at a party. If one just isn’t enough sound for you, you can hook two Booms together to transmit the same sound. Are you playing music from an iPhone 5S? Read our guide about the best iPhone 5s cases.

You can buy the Logitech Ultimate Ears Boom for $179.99


 

2. Beats Pill XL

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The Beats Pill XL is one of the top Bluetooth speakers thanks to the improvements that it makes to traditional speaker features. The Pill (it’s pill-shaped, but please don’t try to swallow it) offers up to 15 hours of rechargeable battery life, and includes a visibility battery gauge that shows how much power you have left. The speaker also uses a lot of “tap” technology. Tap your phone onto the speaker to initiate the Bluetooth connection. Tap two of the Pill speakers together to connect both and stream the same music. Other devices that can help you expand your sound experience are featured in our best wireless speaker solutions.

You can buy the Beats Pill XL for $269.95


 

3. Creative Sound Blaster Roar

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The Roar is one of the Bluetooth speaker lines to use NFC technology to communicate with mobile devices with benefits like the one-touch pairing. The shape is a little boxy, but inside this speaker houses five drivers and two amplifiers for impressive sound. It also offers a richer feature set than most wireless speakers, including an internal MP3 player of its own, a voice recorder, a siren, and several different listening modes depending on the mood. While the Roar offers a great sound experience, you’ll need to compare 4-way vs 2-way speakers to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

You can buy the Creative Sound Blaster Roar for $149.99


 

4. SHARKK BoomBox NFC Speaker

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The SHARKK 10W wireless speaker is a solid option with extra benefits for iPhone users, like Siri functionality for smooth voice controls. The battery life is also commendable at 18 hours of playtime for each charge. There’s a “subwoofer” sound effect if you like the extra emphasis on bass, a mic for taking phone calls, and a useful light sensor that illuminates the buttons automatically when the speaker is in a darker environment. Also, check out our guide to the best portable Bluetooth speakers under 100.

You can buy the SHARKK BoomBox for $63


 

5. Bose SoundLink Mini

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Bose has quite a few high-quality speaker options, but the SoundLink Mini is undoubtedly one of the best Bluetooth speakers around. It offers high-fidelity sound with a weight of only 1.5 pounds, making it easy to tote around if you want to. There are also customizable covers available for protection and personalization. But with great sound and portability comes one downside: The battery life can only play for around 7 hours. To combat this issue, Bose offers multiple charging options, including a cradle, a plug, and a USB connection.

You can buy the Bose SoundLink Mini for $199


 

6. Jawbone Big Jambox

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Jawbone offers two different types of Jambox, big and mini. The big version is ideal if you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker for less than $300 but with a big sound that can work just as well for outdoor spaces like yards, patios, and picnics as it can for indoor purposes. It’s quite a bit larger than many on this list, but the extra sound may be worth it. It also comes with a mic, LiveAudio sound boosting tech, and the ability to download apps and new content over time.

You can buy the Jawbone Big Jambox for $204.99


 

7. Sol Republic Punk

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If your idea of a Bluetooth speaker is a little less bulky and a little more like something that you can carry around in a pack or even a pocket to enjoy the sound, then the Punk may be more your kind of speaker. This little square offers 8 hours of battery life, can play music from up to 60 feet away, and comes in a variety of colors for personalization. It’s made to be taken on the road, with resistance to water, dust, and shock, plus a threaded mount for attaching it to a bike or a camera mount.

You can buy the Sol Republic Punk for $54.99


 

8. SoundBlock Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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The SoundBlock is a couple of years old for a Bluetooth wireless speaker, but its fidelity remains high and those extra years have dropped the price down considerably, making this speaker much easier to afford for those on a budget. In addition to the usual Bluetooth features, the speaker also has a 3.5mm line-in for listening to your headphones in a pinch. The 10 hours of playtime is a little low, however.

You can buy the SoundBlock for $49.95


 

9. Photive HYDRA

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The Photive HYDRA isn’t nearly as evil as it sounds: The name is derived from this Bluetooth speaker’s ability to deal with the elements. Specifically, it is dustproof, shockproof, and very extra waterproof, with 100% protection against water for a limited amount of time, enough to use it in the shower or play it by the pool without worrying. It also has a passive subwoofer and two 40mm drivers, so that protection doesn’t come at the cost of sound quality.

You can buy the Photive HYDRA for $59.95


 

10. Braven BRV-X

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If options like the HYDRA or Punk aren’t quite nature-resistant enough for you, you’ll love the BRV-X, which is designed for rough play. It uses a shockproof rubber exterior and has enough water resistance to withstand rain, sleet, and snow with no problems. It also has an internal battery pack that can be used to recharge smartphones, as well as a noise-cancelling mic for receiving phone calls. If you want a speaker you can dump in your backpack and take on an adventure, this is the one.

You can buy the Braven BRV-X for $141

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