Buying a cheap waterproof bluetooth speaker is one hectic experience because of the many choices available. The competition is high between manufacturers to produce superior and reliable Bluetooth speaker. This even makes it harder for the buyers because most of the Bluetooth speakers available at the market are identical, with little differences in the features and specifications.
When we talk about portable Bluetooth speakers, the names such as Bose, JBL, Sony, etc. are familiar brands. These brands are the leading manufacturers of Bluetooth speaker at the market today. Going with such popular brands is one easy way of choosing a speaker model if you don’t want to browse through hundreds of model, checking out the features and making a comparison between them. But let me also remind you that there are hundreds of other speaker models from lesser known manufacturers, which are as good as the high-end speaker from popular brands.
In fact, latest productions from lesser known brands are introducing newer technologies and useful features to take listening music via portable Bluetooth speaker to the next level. Here, let me introduce you to some of the lesser known Bluetooth speaker models, which are competing neck to neck with high-end models from popular brands. Trust me, these models are worth considering if you are looking to buy one today, and the best part is they are available at an affordable price. Check out my top 3 picks below.
RIVA S Premium Powerful Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker
This lesser known model from emerging brand RIVA has literally everything you would want in a portable Bluetooth speaker. The main attractions of this speaker are the 30 Watts audio power output, Water resistant design and long play time of 13 hours.
The TrilliumTM Audio Sound Technology used in this speaker is commendable as it helps in achieving undistorted stereo audio sound favorable for playing different music genres. The speaker has a total of seven ADX TM Drivers (3 x 40mm drivers and 4 x dual piston bass drivers) to produce clear highs, punchy mid range and thumping bass.
The water resistant feature is a true bonus as it increases the portability as well as durability of the unit. Rated IP X4, now you can play music indoors as well as take it with you when outdoors (beach, pool, camping, etc.). Not only the speaker can give long play time of 13 hours, it can be used as a power bank to charge your phone or other devices via USB cable.
- 30 Watts of power, balanced stereo sound
- Long play time of up to 13 hours
- Rated IPX4, water resistant
- Can pair 2 speakers and 1 speaker can be connected to 2 devices
- Different play modes
- You get carry case and international plugs in the box
- 30 Watts can be little low for those who want loud and thumping music
- No NFC connectivity
Big Blue Bluetooth Speaker for Party Indoor/Outdoor Use
The Big Blue Party Bluetooth Speaker from Brookstone is a full range powerful speaker that you can rely on for everywhere music. This speaker is a great choice for those who want to buy a Bluetooth speaker that produces loud and clear music with deep bass. As the name suggest, this speaker is perfect for party use; it can produce a total 72 Watts of audio power at a frequency response of 40Hz to 20kHz. The speaker has 4 powerful drivers, a subwoofer and a passive radiator located inside that delivers 360 degree immersive stereo sound.
The Bluetooth connection is stable within 33 feet and it is NFC enabled for easy and fast pairing. The speaker is solid and has a nice carry handle for maximum portability. And since the speaker is designed water resistant and weather proof, you can play music not only in your rooms but when out of doors too. When fully charged, the speaker can play music for hours depending on the volume you play.
- Can produce loud and clear stereo music, deep bass
- 72 Watts audio output, 360 degree sound
- Bluetooth and 3.5mm connectivity
- NFC enabled
- Weather proof and water resistant
- Carry handle
- Corded and cordless use
- Attached customizable volume controller at the top
- A bit heavy, weights 14.7 pounds
- Play time of 4.5 hours can be improved
Libratone ZIPP WiFi and Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
This speaker from Libratone is one of the latest Bluetooth speaker models that beat many competitors in various aspects. If you want a speaker that produces loud music, this is a great choice. Not only it sounds great, it is one of the speaker models that offer best features.
This speaker is excellent in sound output producing a balanced stereo audio sound. The 4 inches neodymium woofer, 2 x 1 inch neodymium tweeters and 2 x 4 inches low frequency radiators produce an audio output of 100 Watts 360 degree sound.
One special addition in this speaker is the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity to the already integrated Bluetooth connection. This addition opens up a lot more options for you to play music. Unlike other Bluetooth speakers, one clear advantage of this speaker is that it can play all formats of music; whatever you stream, it can play it. Stream and play your favorite music collection from AirPlay, Spotify Connect, DLNA, Netflix, Pandora, etc.
Other great features of this speaker are powerful battery that gives 10 hours of play time, speakerphone, touch interface control, USB and 3.5mm port, etc.
- 100 Watts audio output, 360 degree surround sound
- Bluetooth 4.1 plus Wi-Fi connectivity
- Carry strap and changeable cover in attractive colors
- Powerful battery
- Can pair up to 6 ZIPP speakers for immersive surround sound
- No NFC connectivity
- Not waterproof