Best Amazon Prime Day Deals on Bluetooth and Smart Speakers
There are some great prices on speakers from Amazon, Google, JBL, and more
If you’ve been considering buying a smart speaker, or any wireless speaker, Amazon Prime Day, which runs through today, is a great time to snag one at a discount. In particular, you can find some of the lowest prices of the year on Amazon Echo devices—along with other Amazon products such as Fire TVs and tablets.
The sales event is taking place July 12 and 13 this year. Amazon Prime Day features thousands of deals, and it can be hard to find the best discounts on speakers. That’s particularly true because you can’t just look at the sale price—the quality of the product you buy makes a huge difference because not all speakers have the same sound quality. We’ve combed through the sales, alongside Consumer Reports’ test results, to help you buy a speaker that will make you happy next month and for years to come.
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The Edifier S1000MKII has long been our favorite wireless speaker and is the best-sounding model we’ve tested. It’s pretty straightforward–it comes in a matched, powered pair that can pair by Bluetooth and a variety of inputs, but offers no multiroom capability. But Edifiers sound sublime, with plenty of volume and bass, and a bit of magic in the midrange that can almost convince you that the musicians are standing right in front of you. At any price, the Edifier represents a smart investment in music; at $130 off, this model is a stone bargain.
CR’s test results: Edifier S1000 MKII Bluetooth Speaker
The latest Echo is back to the low price we saw last Prime Day and Black Friday. This new orb-shaped model is better than its predecessor in just about every way. The new Zigbee hub is a useful smart home upgrade. And the sound quality is improved with strong but slightly boomy bass and enough volume to fill a midsized room. That said, the latest Echo still can’t compete with the best-sounding smart speakers, such as the Sonos One and Amazon’s Echo Studio.
CR’s test results: Amazon Echo (4th generation)
The Dot is the cheapest way to enter the Amazon smart speaker ecosystem, especially when it’s on sale. This discount puts the price just a few dollars higher than we usually see on Prime Day. Despite its low price and small size, it’s powered by Amazon’s cloud servers, so it offers the same smart speaker functionality as its far more expensive brethren. With stronger bass and more extended trebles, the sound quality on the latest globe-shaped model is improved over previous versions, but it’s still not a best choice for listening to music. If you’re looking for a smart speaker to tell you the weather or perhaps play a podcast, the Dot will do just fine.
This is the best price we’ve seen for the Dot, which was discounted to $25 for Prime Day in years past.
CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Dot (4th generation) smart speaker
The Echo Show 10 has a large, 10-inch touch screen that pivots around squat cylindrical base (reminiscent of the Pixar iMac.) And the screen has a silent electric motor that moves the screen automatically to follow you as you move around your kitchen. This model has a decent screen and sound. But you need a pizza-sized clearance area around the Show 10. Otherwise, if you use it in the kitchen, the pivoting screen could knock over objects, such as a metal travel mug or a mostly filled bottle of cooking oil, creating a potential hazard. If you have a large kitchen with lots of counter space and the discipline to keep things away from the screen, the Show 10 could be a great option. If not, consider the less expensive Show 8 which lacks the motorized screen and requires much less counter space.
CR’s test results: Echo Show 10
The Echo Show 15 is a wall-mounted 15-inch touch screen that Amazon envisions as a smart home hub and a digital replacement for magnets on the fridge and Post-its on the kitchen wall. A smart speaker as a family message center is an intriguing idea, but in our opinion the execution is lacking. Sonically, the Show 15 sound leaves a lot to be desired, performing at a level in our labs about as well as models like the Echo Dot that can be bought for $50 or less. Evaluation in a real-world kitchen revealed the touch screen to be balky, as well as some problems interacting with a small array of smart home devices. The much less expensive Show 8 isn’t quite as sexy, but it’s a better performer.
CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Show 15
The Charge 5 is one of the larger models in JBL’s line and in this case that translates into better sound. Our testers find that the JBL Charge 5 has satisfying sound quality with impactful bass. It’s also easy to use, and able to deliver enough volume for a midsized room. JBL says the Charge 5 is dust-resistant in addition to being water-resistant; these are claims that CR doesn’t test.
CR’s test results: JBL Charge 5
This is a good pick for anyone looking for a cheap and cheerful companion for a hike or a bike ride. While the JBL Clip 4 is hardly the best-sounding speaker we’ve tested, it does have two important things going for it—it’s inexpensive and it’s small. This tiny speaker fits easily into your palm and features a carabiner that can clip onto a backpack or a beach bag. JBL claims an IP67 rating, which means the speaker is both water-resistant and dustproof. Our testers found the Clip 4 to be easy to pair, and the prominent controls make it easy to turn up the volume.
CR’s test results: JBL Clip 4
The JBL Flip 5 is a really good, inexpensive portable speaker. It’s the very similar successor to the Flip 4 and it shares many of that speaker’s good qualities, notably the fine sound quality and overall performance at a low price. Our testers find it to be a bit less versatile than its predecessor, however; it lacks an aux input for plugging in an external device, and a microphone that allows the Flip 4 to function as a speakerphone.
CR’s test results: JBL Flip 5
The JBL Xtreme 3 is a fine-sounding portable speaker, even if it’s not all that portable at more than 5 pounds and a foot long. The Xtreme 3 sounds slightly better than its predecessor, the Xtreme 2, too, although it’s very close in overall character. Like the Xtreme 2, the 3 has strong bass that goes fairly deep—but was somewhat boomy and lacked natural instrument detail compared with better performing speakers we’ve tested. It can play loud enough to fill a midsized to large room. The Xtreme 3 features an internal power bank that can charge other devices, and JBL says it’s both dustproof and water resistant to 3 meters, but CR doesn’t test those claims.
CR’s test results: JBL Xtreme 3
The Stanmore II is a super-stylish wireless speaker, channeling the classic good looks of Marshall’s iconic guitar amplifiers. Our testers evaluated the Stanmore II Voice smart speaker version and find it quite easy to use, with large, clearly labeled knobs. Its sound falls short of what you get from the very best wireless speakers, with bass that’s a bit boomy and a midrange that’s slightly congested. The Stanmore II does provide enough volume to fill a large room. We expect that this version, without the smart speaker functionality, should perform similarly. And the substantial discount makes it a much better value compared with its original list price.
CR’s test results: Marshall Stanmore II Voice Smart Speaker
For less than $40, this pocket-size Sony SRS-XB13 is a bargain. It’s a take-anywhere speaker that you can bring to the park or the beach without fear of an expensive piece of electronics getting lost, stolen, or destroyed by a less-than-careful child. The Sony’s bass isn’t very strong and it lacks the smoothness and detail of more expensive speakers, but the speaker’s sound can fill a small room.
CR’s test results: Sony SRS XB13 Bluetooth Speaker