Edifier MP700 speaker (left) and Bose Soundlink Micro are wireless speakers for $100 and under

One of the benefits of the wireless speaker revolution has been the appearance of a spate of fine and fun speakers that are downright cheap. For less than you might spend on a trip to Trader Joe’s, you can now buy a versatile speaker with decent sound. 

The wireless speakers listed here cost about $100 or less, but beyond sharing a price range, they are a varied group, from a WiFi-only model designed to work in a multiroom system at home to a tiny speaker that can easily attach to your backpack for a ramble through the park.

Despite that diversity, they all deliver enjoyable sound quality combined with ease of use and versatility, as we determined in our audio labs. Consumer Reports buys all our test samples, from trucks to TVs, through regular retail channels; no freebies for us.

Ikea Symfonisk Bookshelf

This $100 bookshelf speaker by the Swedish furniture giant is a solid performer on its own, and it also represents the cheapest way into the Sonos ecosystem of speakers that can work together to create a multiroom sound system.

The Ikea-designed box—which can serve as a light-duty bookshelf when mounted horizontally on a wall—doesn’t look much like other Sonos models, but when it comes to sound and function, there’s a definite family resemblance.

Our testers report that the Symfonisk delivers clear trebles that make cymbals shimmer, a balanced and detailed midrange that lets you hear the nuance in Taylor Swift’s vocals, and bass that’s musical although not especially deep. The sound quality falls just a bit below that of the Sonos One SL, which costs almost twice as much, but the gap is so subtle that most listeners probably won’t notice the difference.

With Sonos’s easy-to-use smartphone app, it’s simple to add the Symfonisk into a Sonos-based whole-house system, allowing you to listen to the “Dolly Parton’s America” podcast in the kitchen while the kids blast Ariana Grande in the basement.

Keep in mind that, like Sonos’ other home wireless speakers, the Symfonisk lacks Bluetooth capability. It needs WiFi to function. And there’s no rechargeable battery, so it runs on juice from an outlet. 

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Ikea Symfonisk Bookshelf

Price: $100

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JBL by Harman Flip 4

Don’t be fooled by the JBL’s low price—the Flip 4 is a lot of speaker for the money and is a smart choice if you want a model that’s rugged and portable.

Its classic cylindrical design takes up relatively little space in a beach bag or on a picnic table. And the Flip 4 comes in a variety of fun colors—just in case you want to coordinate with your favorite beach towel. 

The company claims a battery life of up to 12 hours, and the Flip 4’s claimed IPX7 waterproofness rating means that it should survive being fully submerged, which makes it perfect for an afternoon by the pool, or anywhere a sudden shower or spilled drink is a risk. 

Compared with the best-sounding portable speakers we’ve tested, the Flip 4 has a few sonic shortcomings. Its bass is a bit boomy while its trebles are somewhat subdued. But when played outdoors and in other casual environments where a speaker like this is likely to do its work, the Flip 4’s sound encourages you to just hit shuffle and let the tunes keep coming.

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JBL Flip 4

Price: $80

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Edifier MP700

Edifier is probably best known for its high-flying S1000DB speaker, which tops our wireless speaker ratings, but the MP700 illustrates that the company can provide decent performance at a much lower price. 

Our testers find a few sonic faults with the small Edifier, a wireless speaker priced at around $100. The bass doesn’t go deep, and the all-important midrange (the neighborhood in the sonic spectrum where most vocals and instruments live) is a little muffled compared with what speakers like the more expensive S1000DB can produce. The MP700 does, however, deliver enough volume to fill a midsized room. 

Our testers find the Edifier to be easy to pair. Though its controls are large and prominent, they’re not quite as intuitive as those on some other speakers. The Edifier also features a handy 3.5-mm jack that allows you to plug in a music source without Bluetooth. 

The MP features robust construction topped off by a subtly retro aluminum grill that will look good just about anywhere. The Edifier’s elegant metal handle can also double as a stand to angle the speaker upward and is a reminder that the MP700 is easily portable. 

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Edifier MP700

Price: $100

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Bose SoundLink Micro

If you need a speaker that’s not just portable but also so small it positively demands that you bring it along, look no further than the Bose SoundLink Micro. At just under 4 inches square, the baby Bose can easily strap onto a backpack, bicycle handlebars, or even a stroller. 

The SoundLink Micro falls somewhat short of larger and more expensive models in our sound-quality testing, but it is enjoyable to listen to. Our testers report that the midrange is smooth but not super-detailed. The bass doesn’t go particularly deep, but that’s a trade-off you have to expect in such a petite speaker.

The SoundLink Micro wears a silicone cover in orange, blue, or black, and according to Bose, it meets IPX7 water-resistance standards, which means that it should survive a not-so-deep tumble into a kiddie pool.

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Bose Soundlink Micro

Price: $80

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