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Best Bluetooth Speaker Under 300

In recent years wireless tech gear became trending leaving all the wires in the past. Gadgets like wireless headphones, wireless speakers, and many more became the new reality and everyone loved it. There is a vast range of Bluetooth speakers that you can find in the market and at every price point. There are high-end Bluetooth speakers that cost a lot and then there are a lot of affordable options as well that will provide you with a satisfying quality experience. So in this article, we are discussing some of the best Bluetooth speakers under $300 that will not disappoint you in any way. 

Bluetooth speakers became the new truth as they are now used in almost every situation. Whether you are at a beach party or a pool party, at home, or at an office conference, you will find a Bluetooth speaker there. They are portable and easy to carry around, as well as provide you with solid quality audio.

Moreover, they come with reliable battery life and some are even water-resistant, what else do you need in a speaker? Connectivity is never an issue for Bluetooth speakers as they can be connected to any smartphone or device that supports Bluetooth connectivity. Some speakers also support WiFi which enables you to connect the speaker directly with your Spotify account and enjoy. The best Bluetooth speakers under $300 include:

Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $300

ULTIMATE EARS MEGABOOM 3

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • WEIGHT: 2 pounds
  • BATTERY LIFE: 20 hours
  • IP RATING: IP67
  • Water/ dust resistant
  • BLUETOOTH RANGE: 147.6 feet

BODY

If you are searching for a perfect portable Bluetooth speaker for outdoor use, like for pool parties or camping, Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 is a must to consider speaker for that. It is relatively bigger than Boom 3. The speaker comes in a cylindrical shape having a weight of around 2 pounds.

It is available in different colors, which include red, blue, purple, and grey. The speaker is covered with fabric. And the side of the ends of the speaker is made up of rubber. The rubber enables the speaker to float in water, which is impressive. Imagine yourself being in a pool, listening to music you like, and your speaker floating with you.

The speaker has a big button at the middle on the top that allows you to control the playback music, as well as it instantly starts playing your one-touch playlist Ultimate Ears calls it the “Magic Button.” Furthermore, there is a Bluetooth connectivity button and a power button at the top. The charging port is easily accessible as it is at the side of the speaker.

Moreover, the volume buttons are at the front of the speaker in between the fabric cover, giving the speaker a full supply of 360-degree sound. Megaboom 3 has a very decent yet attractive look to it, and the different color options are a plus point as you can choose from a variety of colors.    

FEATURES

Starting from the battery life, the UE Megaboom 3 claims to have a solid battery life of around 20 hours. However, the battery life can vary depending on the volume level you are playing your music on. The speaker takes 5-6 hours to charge completely from scratch using a micro-USB charger.

However, if you want to go full wireless, you can also buy yourself a $40 wireless charging dock. The speaker is water and dust resistant and has a pleasant IP rating of IP67, which means the speaker can survive being 3 feet underwater for almost half an hour.

The button present at the top of the speaker holds some reliable features, which include stopping and playing a song, starting your playlist by holding it for some seconds, and skipping a song by double-tapping the same button. It is why the button is referred to as the Magic Button, as it provides you with easy access to the playlist control.

The speaker switches off itself if the music stops for 3 minutes straight. This feature prevents the waste of battery life. It has a dedicated app through which you can make quick access playlists, which you can surf through using the Magic Button. It is quite a useful button as by using it, you won’t have to use your smartphone again and again to manage the playlist.Megaboom 3 can play music from your Apple music playlist, but it can’t play music from Spotify, which is a disappointment for IOS users, whereas, for android users, you can only stream music through Deezer.

The speaker also comes with two different modes, which include Stereo mode and Party-up mode. The PartyUp mode allows you to connect your Megaboom 3 with 150 more Megaboom or boom speakers, which will give you an extra loud, full party-like audio.

Moreover, the stereo mode enables you to connect the speaker with two other Megaboom 3, which is perfect for a house party. The speaker has a Bluetooth range of 45m and has top-notch audio quality. The sound disperses evenly in all directions due to full 360-degree speakers.

The speaker is loud and supplies clear and punchy audio. It also comes with a deep bass making the sound more appealing to listen to. The overall quality of the speaker is impressive and will provide you with a great experience in both indoor and outdoor scenarios.

It has a sleek yet attractive design, and its durable body along with an IP rating of IP67 makes it a suitable option if you party a lot or travel often. The speaker is very lightweight and can fit in your backpack easily. Its delightful sound quality and features make it a perfect option for our list of best Bluetooth speakers under $300.

Pros
  • IP67 water/ dust resistant.
  • Solid audio quality.
  • Can float over water.
  • Portable and lightweight.
  • Reliable battery life.
Cons
  • Uses micro-USB for charging.
  • A charging dock does not come along with it.

MARSHAL STOCKWELL II

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • WEIGHT: 3 pounds
  • BATTERY LIFE: 20 hours
  • IP RATING: IPX4
  • BLUETOOTH RANGE: 30 feet

BODY

Marshall Stockwell ii has a weight of 3 pounds and a rectangular structure. The speaker comes with a leather hand carry to make it easy to carry around. The body of the speaker is made up of a hard silicone shell with a silver metal grille at the front having the signature Marshall logo at the center.

The speaker also features a black metallic grille at the back of it. The body is very durable and does not get scratched or damaged easily. It comes with two different color options, which include black and grey, and continues with the same signature look that other Marshall speakers have.

It has an Aux jack and the charging port at the side of the speaker and three different controllers at the top to control the bass, treble, and volume. A small Bluetooth button is also present at the top, along with small light bars that indicate the battery life of the speaker. The speaker is somewhat portable as you can carry it around quite effortlessly.   

FEATURES                                

Marshall Stockwell II has a great battery life of 20 hours straight; however, the battery life varies with the volume level you are using. The battery is charged using a USB-C power cable and takes around 3 hours to charge completely. It is IPX4 resistant; therefore, it can survive splashes of water and slight rain.

The water resistivity makes it okay to travel with if you are going on camping or an outdoor picnic as it can survive drizzles and slow rain sessions. The speaker features a 10-watt woofer having a frequency of 60-20Hz and two 5-watt tweeters both the tweeters face in the opposite direction but gives sturdy audio simultaneously.

To manage the volume of the speaker, you will have to use the knob, which is present at the top of the speaker. The volume level of the connected device does not have any effect on the volume of the speaker. The audio quality is quite thrilling, and the bass it provides is also adequate. The speaker supports Bluetooth 5.0 and has a range of 30 feet.

But sadly, the speaker does not support Wi-Fi connectivity. The audio quality remains smooth even when the volume and the bass are increased to their maximum level. It is a good thing as no distortion takes place in the audio.

The audio is clear and loud, and the speaker at full volume can be enough for a small party you can throw at your house. It is an impressive speaker having a vintage-aesthetic look to it, which will look great at your side table, although you can travel around with it and take it anywhere and enjoy the stunning sound quality that it provides.

Pros
  • Good battery life.
  • Does not take long to charge.
  • Solid audio quality.
  • Durable design.
Cons
  • Does not feature Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Audio bass could have been better.

BEATS PILL XL

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • WEIGHT: 3.3 pounds
  • BATTERY LIFE: 15 hours
  • BLUETOOTH RANGE: 30 feet.
  • NOT WATER-RESISTANT.

BODY          

Beats pill XL weighs 3.3 pounds and is not very portable if you compare it to other Bluetooth speakers in this list. It does come with a handle at the top, which makes it easy to carry around. The speaker has an appealing look and comes in two different colors; black and white. It has a shape that looks like a pill, which is unique and quite eye-catching.

Furthermore, the front of the speaker is covered with a metallic grille and has the signature beats logo at the very center. The logo is a dedicated button that you can use for several tasks. The back of the speaker is made up of plastic and has a glossy shiny look to it.

All the ports, along with the handle, are on the rare side of the speaker. The handle acts as a support to the speaker and can be used as a stand. Moreover, the handle is where all the ports are present. The speaker comes with several ports, which include a 3.5 mm input Aux port, a 3.5 mm output Aux port, a USB, and a micro-USB port.

All these ports are secured by a rubberized cover to prevent them from dust and water. Some other stuff that you will find with these ports includes the LED light that acts as a Bluetooth connectivity indicator and a power adapter.

All these ports are on the left side of the handle, whereas on the right side, you will find the power button along with the volume controllers, battery life indicators, and an NFC button. At the handle, it also says the name “beats pill xl” at the center. The speaker holds all these ports and buttons and still gives a sleek look due to its impressive placement of things.

FEATURES

The battery life of beats pill XL is around 15 hours, not the best, I may add, and the battery will die a lot faster when you use the speaker to its full potential. The speaker takes almost 3-4 hours to charge completely, which is an adequate time compared to the battery life it is providing.

Moreover, you can manage the volume setting using your smart device, which you have linked to the speaker. The front logo button holds some functions that are very helpful and gives quick access to controlling the speaker. Moreover, the features that the button enables you to perform include; letting you attend and end the call and play or stop the songs that the speaker is playing.

Furthermore, the speaker holds two tweeters, a bass radiator, and two mid-range drivers. It doesn’t support Wi-Fi connectivity and can’t play the radio as well. You can also use the speaker as a power bank as you can utilize it for charging your smartphone using the USB connection. Furthermore, you can update the firmware using the micro-USB option.

Pill XL features an NFC button that enables you to connect the speaker with other devices that supports NFC. If you want a stereo pair of beats pill XL, the speaker also allows you to link the speaker with another beats pill XL.

Moreover, the button at the front is also the one you have to use to connect it with the devices. Just press the button, and the speaker will try to reconnect itself to the device it was linked to before.

The speaker holding such appealing looks and as satisfactory of audio quality as it provides, it is worthy of a place in the list of best Bluetooth speakers under $300. 

Pros
  • Impressive audio quality.
  • Sleek and attractive design.
  • Reliable speakerphone quality.
Cons
  • Battery life could have been better.
  • Not water-resistant.
  • Relatively less portable.

TRIBIT MAX SOUND PLUS

SPECIFICATIONS:          

  • WEIGHT: 1.3 pounds
  • BATTERY LIFE: 20 hours
  • BLUETOOTH RANGE: 100 feet
  • IP RATING: IPX7
  • WATER RESISTANT

BODY

Tribit Max sound Plus is a small, travel-friendly, and lightweight speaker, having a weight of 1.3 pounds. You can adjust this speaker anywhere without any problem as it is portable and doesn’t take a lot of space. It has a decent look with angular ends and a matte black plastic body.

At the front, you will see a metal grille covering the drivers and a Tribit logo right at the center. While placed at a side table, the speaker looks quite good. Ports are on the rare side of the speaker and are protected using a plastic cover to protect it from water.

The ports that are at the back include a 3.5mm Aux and a micro-USB port. It also uses tiny plastic feet to stand on. Furthermore, there is a venting grille at the rare side of the speaker. The speaker holds a bunch of buttons at the top. Which includes a power button, and buttons for controlling bass, volume, Bluetooth connectivity, and playing and stopping the music.

There is also a built-in microphone present at the top of the speaker. Right next to the power button, you will notice a tiny LED light that indicates the battery status. It gets red when the speaker is charging, and once the speaker is full, it turns green. This same LED light has some other uses too.

It turns red when the battery level gets to 15% and when you connect the speaker using Bluetooth. It turns blue to indicate Bluetooth connectivity. The design of the speaker has been taken very simply. Yet appreciable approach giving all the buttons and ports a reasonable placement.

FEATURES

The battery life of the speaker is around 20 hours but use it at the max volume, and it will consume the battery juice much faster. The speaker uses a micro-USB cable for charging and takes good 4 hours to charge completely from the bottom.

It supports Bluetooth 4.2 and has a Bluetooth range of 100 feet, which is pretty impressive, and also supports voice assistants like Google voice assistant or Siri. You can order commands to the speaker, and the built-in microphone will catch your voice and activate the voice assistants.

Furthermore, the speaker has two drivers and a passive radiator facing backward. The XBass button improves the richness of the audio and gives it more depth. Additionally, the audio quality the speaker provides is pleasant with a smooth-out quality.

Play the music at the maximum volume, and you will hardly realize any distortion at all due to the well-balanced audio quality that it provides. Max sound is a water-resistant speaker having an IP rating of IPX7. This means it can survive underwater for approximately half an hour, which is quite stunning.

The speaker doesn’t support device pairing with other speakers and you can only connect it to a smart device using Bluetooth. Moreover, the volume buttons have another function. You can use them to reset the speaker and delete all the previous devices that were paired with the speaker. All you have to do is press both buttons simultaneously for a couple of seconds.

Pros
  • Solid battery life.
  • Balanced audio.
  • IPX7 water resistivity.
Cons
  • Does not have a premium look.
  • Can’t attend calls using it.

JAWBONE BIG JAMBOX

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • WEIGHT: 2.7 pounds
  • BATTERY LIFE: 15 hours
  • BLUETOOTH RANGE: 33 feet
  • NOT WATER RESISTANT

BODY                       

Are you someone who is obsessed with good-looking patterns? If yes, then Jawbone Big Jambox is a speaker you should have a look at. It is a portable speaker having a rectangular shape and a weight of 2.7 pounds. The speaker is portable and doesn’t weigh a lot.

Now comes the exciting part, it comes with three different patterns and colors on it. The three different looks include a red-colored speaker having dots at the front, a white speaker having a wave pattern on it, and a greyish-black colored speaker with a graphical hex at the front. All of these look stunning and unique.

Furthermore, the speaker has a durable plastic body and a metallic grille at the front with a decent jawbone logo at the front top. The speaker stands on four tiny rubber feet, and the control buttons are present at the top of the speaker.

The buttons at the top include a volume button, a play-and-pause button, a power button, and a button each for going back or skipping a track. All the control buttons are rubberized and at the top center of the speaker. At the side of the speaker, you will find a couple of ports, which include a micro-USB port, a 3.5mm Aux jack, and a jack for a power adapter.

Moreover, the Bluetooth connectivity button is also on the same side, along with the power button. The power button has a ring around it, which lights up when you power on the speaker. The speaker has an excellent design and looks amazing with its different patterns and colors.  

FEATURES

Big Jambox has a battery life of 15 hours, acceptable but not perfect, and uses a USB cable for charging. It takes approximately 2-3 hours to get the juice back up to the top, which is a reliable time considering the battery life. The speaker has a built that absorbs all the vibration due to the rubberized feet at the bottom.

The speaker is not water-resistant, which is a disappointment as it holds a lot of impressive qualities. It has a built-in microphone that you can use for calls and stuff. Furthermore, the speaker features MyTalk upgrades.

It enables the speaker to read out messages and emails and also gives you your calendar alerts. This feature is unique and not present in any other speakers in the above-given list. Big Jambox comes with 3D spatial sound technology. Which gives a kind of surround-sound effect and makes the audio sound a lot better. The audio quality that it provides is appreciable.

But the bass is not smoothly balanced with the sound and can get overpowering. The live audio effect and the 3D sound effect are delightful and give you a very enjoyable experience. You can activate the Live Audio feature by pressing both the volume buttons simultaneously.

The speaker has an average Bluetooth range of 33 feet. The audio quality is pretty reliable, and it holds some wonderful and unique features, which give it a plus point. Moreover, the speakerphone quality is also adequate. And features 360-degree audio input. With stunning looks and unique features. It is a great option to go for as being one of the best Bluetooth speakers for under $300.      

Pros
  • Stunning looks.
  • Unique features.
Cons
  • Not water-resistant.
  • Battery life can get better.

CONCLUSION:

If you don’t want to exceed your budget and what to have the best Bluetooth speaker under $300. The most reliable and the one that will give you a part of everything is the Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3. It provides you with sound audio quality, as well as it is entirely water and dust-resistant.

Additionally, it’s lightweight and portable size makes it easy to travel with and is an impressive option for parties. It can connect to a ton of different boom speakers, and together they can create the perfect environment for a fun party. Another great option is the Tribit Max sound Plus which keeps things simple but provides you with a quality experience. However, if you can stretch your budget you can also get some reliable options at the best Bluetooth speakers under 500.

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