Our roundup of the top 10 best Bluetooth speakers under £200. Wireless is the future. As evidenced by Apple dropping the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, you can bet that other companies will follow suit and push Bluetooth technology to the forefront of everyone’s attention. But with so many wireless speakers on the market already, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you.
It’s no secret that technology has changed the way we live. I remember buying my first JBL boombox for well over £250 in 2002, it was big and bulky and was good at pretty much one thing – playing music. These days you can find some superb portable speakers that pack additional features like a built-in powerbank, the ability to pair up two speakers and much more for well under £200.
In this article, we’ve lined up 10 of the best Bluetooth speakers under £200 to help you find the perfect wireless speaker without breaking the bank.
TOP 10 BEST BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS UNDER £200 UK
#1 Beoplay A1
#4 UE Megaboom
Beoplay A1 Bluetooth Speaker
Roughly the same size around as a DVD and weighing in at only 600 grams, the Beoplay A1 offers full 360-degree sound from its rounded aluminium dome. Producing a peak power of 2X140W, the A1 provides powerful dispersion, volume, and bass.
B&O strived to make this a truly portable speaker by not only making the aluminium case dust- and splash-resistant but also by including a rechargeable lithium battery that can last up to 24 hours when played at a normal volume.
The omni-directional microphone at the bottom of the device gives enhanced 360-degree voice recognition regardless of where the speaker is positioned, making this an optimal speaker for more professional settings, as well.
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II
Bose has become synonymous with excellence, and the SoundLink Mini Speaker II does not disappoint. This ultra-compact speaker delivers full-range sound with deep bass and can play for up to 10 hours on a single charge. Accessibility is the name of the game here, though.
Voice prompts make the Bluetooth pairing process incredibly simple, and the speaker remembers the last six devices used, so reconnecting is automatic. The built-in speakerphone allows you to take calls out loud, and the optional soft covers make it customisable to ensure it fits in with any décor in the home or office.
Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2
This aptly named Bluetooth speaker definitely delivers on the creative front. Whereas other Bluetooth speakers are content to offer a 3.5mm headphone jack “just in case,” the Sound Blaster Roar 2 gives you access to everything, all in a slim, booklet-sized package.
Incorporating five drivers (including a built-in subwoofer) and powered by two high-performance amplifiers, this speaker can be positioned horizontally or vertically for different soundscapes. The back of the unit contains the control panel for the features packed within the small enclosure, such as a built-in MP3 player, micro SD slot, voice recorder, speakerphone, 6000mAh power bank (to charge your phone), and USB Sound Blaster.
This pill-shaped speaker comes in four different colours with plasma coating that is waterproof for up to 30 minutes at a depth of one metre. The dual performance drivers blast clear, 360-degree sound with deep, heart-pounding bass and crystal clear highs.
The UE is shockingly light for such a strong speaker at only 1.7 pounds, and the battery lasts up to 15 hours on a single charge. And with Siri and Google Now voice integration, all you have to do is say it to play it. If you prefer to use the app, though, you can also control features like the musical alarm and customisable five-band EQ, all wirelessly.
Designed to look like a classic Marshall guitar amp, this vintage-looking Bluetooth speaker will impress all of your friends before you even turn it on. The knobs on the top of the unit control the treble, mid, and bass just like on a real amp, and the built-in strap makes carrying it from point A to point B hassle-free.
Boasting up to 20 hours of playtime on a single charge, the Kilburn will be rocking the party all day and deep into the night. And did we mention the room-filling sound that emanates from this little powerhouse? The Kilburn gets loud, making it the perfect companion no matter where you go.
AZATOM Stealth-Air 2A
If you’re an Apple user, the Stealth was made just for you. This Apple-certified speaker integrates fully with Airplay to seamlessly integrate into your high-end peripherals. But don’t worry if you’re an Android or PC user, because it can stream music wirelessly using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, as well.
This speaker features high quality components and advanced DSP (Digital Sound Processing) that have been finely tuned to deliver high quality audio performance. And for those of you looking for the ultimate oomph, the Stealth-Air can also be combined into a multi-room system. Using the app, you can control up to eight speakers at a time!
Bose SoundTouch 10 Wireless Music System
The second Bose unit to make this list does not disappoint. This small unit can be placed anywhere in your home, and it will fit right in, delivering sound big enough to fill any room. It’s simple to connect to a device via Bluetooth, but one of the coolest things about it is that you don’t even need a separate device to play music.
It can also connect to the Wi-Fi and stream directly from music services, Internet radio stations, or your own music library. The six numbered buttons on the top of the unit allow you to programme up to six different presets to start playing the music you want to hear with a single button press.
SHARKK BEAST 45W Bluetooth Speaker
The BEAST definitely lives up to its namesake, as it delivers ridiculously killer bass using advanced MaxxBass technology with the included subwoofer. The ultra-powerful 45W speaker is loud enough to fill any space with rich, clear sounds, and the USB Power Bank Charging Port ensures that any paired devices are always good to go.
Complete with Siri and S-Voice support, the unit’s microphone makes it easy to give commands and make hands-free phone calls.
Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 2 Bluetooth Speaker
The Onyx Studio 2 may not be the lightest speaker on this list, but it more than makes up for the added weight with superb, high-quality audio and an elegant design that’s sure to become the centrepiece of any room. Offering 60W of power, you can pump up the volume without ever compromising on quality.
This much amazingness does mean the battery depletes after five hours of playtime, but if that isn’t a deal breaker, there’s really no better speaker on the market at this price.
House of Marley Get Together Bluetooth Speaker
If sustainability is your thing, then you’ll love the Get Together speaker. Made of bamboo and an exclusive Rewind fabric cover, this unit not only looks good, but it’s good for the environment, too.
None of that matters, though, if the speaker itself isn’t good, and we’re happy to assure you that the 1” tweeters deliver loud, crisp and clear music. Plus, the auto-reconnect feature makes it quick and easy to pair with the most recently used Bluetooth device.
As you can see from the ten products listed above, a big sound and massive amount of features does not have to mean giving up astronomical sums of money.
On the contrary, these wireless speakers prove that you can get exactly what you need at a price that works for you. Pick up one of these speakers today, and start filling your home with the music you love.