A Bluetooth speaker is an item found on many wish lists, given how many of us have a smartphone and some kind of music-streaming subscription. Kids can link them to up their handheld video game consoles; teenagers take them along to shoot hoops at a friend’s house; and adults pull them outside for their backyard barbecue. Many of them are water-resistant and offer great sound and long battery life. And this time of year, you can often find a good deal, even on a budget. Here are the best Bluetooth speakers—for less than $100—that you can still buy before Christmas.
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If you’re looking for portability, the JBL Go 3 does it best. These speakers retail for $50, but you can snag them for $30 at the official JBL store and get them before Christmas if you order at least three days in advance. They are waterproof, dust-proof, and give you five hours of playtime with a single charge.
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One step up from the JBL Go 3, is the JBL Clip 4. It has the same features, except for twice the battery life with 1o hours of playtime, and it has the clip that allows you to easily carry it on a backpack or belt buckle for hands-free transportation.
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Moving on from JBL, the LG PL7 XBOOM Go is more of a backyard barbecue speaker than a portable clip-on speaker. This speaker retails for $120, but you can get it for $70 by using the coupon “HOLIDAY20" at checkout. This speaker gives 24 hours of playback time, has LED lights that sync with your music on either side, and has some water resistance, but it’s not water proof.
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According to Camelcamelcamel, a year ago, this speaker was going for $209, and before the holiday season, it was selling for about $147. But right now, you can get it for $99. While these only give you eight hours of playtime, they are great for homes with many people because you can connect two phones at the same time and take turns playing music. They also have a built-in microphone, and you can connect them to your smart speakers.
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According to Camelcamelcamel, this speaker usually retails for $148 on Amazon, but right now you can get them at Costco for $99. The speaker has two lights that can sync up with your music. It can also connect with other similar speakers that use “Party Connect,” offers 24 hours of playtime, has powerful bass, and is shock-, water-, and dust-proof.
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