Best Bluetooth Speakers Under Rs.3,000 (April 2020)

by | Mar 28, 2020

Bluetooth speakers gives you the freedom of playing your favorite tracks anywhere you go – be it on the beach side or at a poolside party.

Since the audio technology that we enjoy today has improved in leaps and bounds, choosing a suitable wireless speaker that impress you has become a tedious task.

To alleviate such worries, we recommend you the best Bluetooth speakers that you can buy with a moderate budget of Rs.3,000 in the Indian market.

Read along to know more!

If you want to read reviews on some other price ranges as well, please check out our articles on Best Bluetooth Speakers under different budgets here.

Best Bluetooth Speakers Under Rs.3,000

1. boAt Stone 700Overall Best Pick
 2. Mivi Octave BS16OTRunner-Up Pick
3. JBL Clip 3Pocket Bluetooth Speaker
4. Amazon Echo DotBest IoT speaker
5. Google Home MiniSmart Speaker for Information Retrieval
6. Anker Soundcore Mini Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker
7. Noise Mate Honourable Mention

1. boAt Stone 700

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Overall Best Pick
  • Best companion for outdoor trips
  • Shockproof build
  • Loud sound output

the boAt is a brand famous for its sound-related accessories such as headphones and earphones.

The boAt Stone 700 is an improved version of the company’s previous Stone series model, the Stone 600.

Build Quality and Design

Built quality is one of the key aspects of this portable Bluetooth speaker. It has a very rugged design language that almost resembles the tagline “built like a tank”.

The outer layer of the device is made of toughened fibre that feels almost impenetrable to any damage. The plastic mesh given on the sides is protected by a metal grill.

Although the design looks chunky, this Bluetooth speaker is worth the chunkiness when its durability is considered.

Speaker and Sound Quality

Powered by a speaker with a driver size of 35mm with a frequency response that ranges between 95 – 18000 Hz, the boAt Stone 700 provides excellent bass with clean lows and mids.

The speaker gets loud enough to be used even in noisy environments.

Miscellaneous

Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity ensures that the power consumption for wireless connectivity with other devices consumes less power.

This device is IPX6 certified meaning it is shockproof as well as protected from powerful water jets.

The ports on the device are sealed by tough plastic flaps to block the water from getting in.

Battery Life

The battery on this speaker lasts for about 8 hours on a single charge – nothing too impressive but not bad either.

Verdict

Ruggedness is the main USP of this device and it dutifully sticks to this with the build and design.

The boAt Stone 700 as the name suggests endures the abuses like a stone with no damage to the overall functionality of the product.

If you want such a built like a tank Bluetooth speaker, don’t think twice.

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Great bass

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Rugged design

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IPX6 certified

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Bulky and heavy

Q

Average battery life considering the size of the device

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life8-9 Hours

2. Mivi Octave

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Runner-Up Pick
  • 360 degrees audio propagation
  • IPX5 water and dust resistance
  • Excellent battery backup

Mivi is a local Indian brand specialized in marketing wireless earphones and other smartphone accessories.

The Octave from Mivi is a compact Bluetooth speaker in a cylindrical form factor for 360 degree sound propagation.

Design and Build Quality

The Mivi Octave has a rounded cylindrical design with a circular fabric material covering almost all the front end.

This material feels strong and durable and at the same time acts as an air vent to the speakers inside.

At the top and bottom, there are rubber inserts which make the device look elegant.

The rubber padding at the extreme bottom helps to hold the speaker in place while playing bass heavy tracks.

The control buttons are located on the fabric covering and is raised from the surface for easy accessibility.

The charging port and aux input port is securely covered by a flap, aiding in the IPX5 water and dust resistance.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Mivi Octave has a 40mm driver speaker accompanied by a bass driver on top. The speakers are very loud and is rich in bass.

The quality of mids and highs are on point and the speaker has no problem playing bass heavy and vocal rich music.

The bass radiator at the top enhances the lows and offers a pleasant bass rather than letting out artificial bass for the sake of it.

With the 360 degree orientation, the sound is evenly distributed towards all sides. You can even pair two of these Mivi Octave speakers for true wireless stereo audio output.

Overall the sound from this speaker feels natural and pleasing to the ears.

Connectivity

The Mivi Octave is powered by the latest Bluetooth v4.2 with EDR and low energy technology.

EDR or Enhanced Data Rate allows for faster and efficient data transfer between the devices wirelessly, significantly improving the audio quality, especially on Bluetooth speakers.

In case you don’t want to use Bluetooth on your smartphone or if you want to use this speaker with a legacy device without Bluetooth, there is the aux input for wired connectivity.

Battery Life

The Mivi Octave Bluetooth speaker comes with a 2600mAh Li-ion battery inside.

At moderate volume levels about 60%, the battery is rated to last for about 10 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Mivi Octave excels in its build quality and sound output that is loud as well as clear.

The 360-degree audio reproduction with the bass radiator makes it the best companion for enjoying your favourite songs in its full glory – be it EDMs or vocals.

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Build quality

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Responsive buttons

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Wireless stereo playback option

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life10 Hours

3. JBL Clip 3

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Best Portable Outdoor Speaker
  • Best for use in outdoor sports activities
  • Can sync multiple clip 2 speakers
  • Suited for outdoor camping sessions

The JBL Clip 3 is the successor to the popular Clip series of adventure-based portable Bluetooth speakers from JBL.

Clip 3 has improved upon its predecessor with better build quality as well as an improved speaker.

Design and Build Quality

The JBL Clip 3 comes with an interesting design that makes it stand out from the “blocky form factor” speakers.

Clip 3 has a circular design made of plastic-wrapped with silicon coating for better grip and handling.

The front side of this wireless Bluetooth speaker has a rugged fabric material that will keep water splashes at bay.

There is also a carabiner clip on this device to attach this speaker on to your bag or fabric without falling apart while doing any adventure activities.

Speaker and Sound Quality

This device has a 40mm speaker driver that spans over a frequency range of 120 – 20,000 Hz.

The bass although a bit on the lower side, is not so punchy. The mids are clear and pronounced and highs are crisp without distortion.

You can also pair two Clip 3 speakers and have an even louder output with distinct bass levels when camping or during group sessions.

Miscellaneous

This portable Bluetooth comes with IPX7 certification that will let you intentionally (or not!) submerge this device in water.

There is also an option to attend calls with this device. The inbuilt mic picks up the voice very well even in noisy environments and the speakerphone is loud and clear.

Battery Life

The JBL Clip 3 comes with an 800 mAh Lithium-ion battery that will last you for about 10 hours. The charging time of this battery from empty to 100 per cent is about 2 hours.

What makes the Clip 3 different from its predecessor is that it now comes with a LED status indicator which will notify you if the battery requires charging or not – Finally!

Verdict

The JBL Clip 3 is the best choice if you are an ardent trekker or an adventure enthusiast.

The device looks stylish and performs well enough to keep the brand’s good name.

The built-in carabiner helps to keep this speaker with you. No matter what you do, it will be held in place.

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Rugged waterproof IPX7 rated design

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Quality bass

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Speakerphone functionality works well

Q

Control buttons may feel a bit stiff

Specifications

Frequency 120 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery LifeUp to 10 Hours

4. Amazon Echo Dot

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Amazon Echo Dot
  • Supports a plethora of IoT devices
  • 3.5mm aux-in port
  • Battery-free operation (DC)

The Echo Dot is Amazon’s answer to the Google Home Mini.

Amazon had released its smart speaker way before Google did and this has given it an advantage of a robust hardware control ecosystem based on IoT.

The Echo Dot is the third generation iteration of the same and has various features that will make your life easy and delightful at the same time.

Design and Build Quality

The Amazon Echo Dot has a short cylindrical design with fabric material cover-up on the sides and control buttons on the top.

The soft-touch buttons are very responsive and tactile. There is an LED ring light that glows around the Dot while in operation and it looks cool at night.

On the sides, there are two ports, one for connecting the device to the mains, which isn’t a micro USB or a USB C port.

The next one is a 3.5mm aux-in port which can be used to connect the Echo dot to other speakers or to your smartphone itself.

The quality of construction is very good and the device feels well crafted and made to last.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The third-generation Amazon Echo Dot has a 41mm driver speaker that sounds exceptionally well compared to the one on the Google Home Mini.

The quality of sound is much better with enjoyable bass and rich vocals, offering an immersive audio experience.

Since the speaker is upward firing and the device is having a cylindrical design, the circular sound propagation helps in equal audibility around the device.

If you ever feel the sound isn’t enough, you can hook up another speaker with the Echo dot with the help of 3.5mm aux-in cable.

Smart Features

The Amazon Echo Dot comes powered by Amazon’s homebrewed Alexa voice assistant.

It manages to answer your queries quite well but Google has it better when it comes to answering general questions.

What makes Echo Dot stand out is its deep integration with the IoT ecosystem. The Echo Dot supports much more devices than what Google Home Mini supports now.

This means that even cheap Chinese made IoT devices such as smart bulbs and the smart thermostat will work flawlessly with this device.

The Echo Dot comes with support for many native apps like Saavn and Uber and can be used to stream music handsfree or book a ride. It can even order food for you via certain apps on the market.

Connectivity

Similar to Google Home Mini, the Amazon Echo Dot has Bluetooth v4.1 and Wi-Fi connectivity onboard.

As we have discussed earlier, you can also use the 3.5mm for wiring up the Dot with other devices.

Verdict

The Amazon Echo Dot is your best bet if you’re in search of a smart assistant Bluetooth speaker for controlling your home automation.

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Solid build quality

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Elegant design with ring lighting

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Decent speakers

Q

Need Amazon prime subscription for full utilization

Specifications

Frequency 20Hz – 20000Hz
Driver Size41 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life

5. Google Home Mini

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Best Smart Speaker
  • Hands-Free voice assistant
  • Battery-free operation (DC)
  • Personalized usage with up to 6 people

The Home Mini is an affordable smart speaker from the tech giant Google.

This smart speaker behaves like the hardware version of the smart assistant that you might have come across on your Android smartphone.

Design and Build Quality

The Home Mini is a pebble-shaped device that has almost the size of a doughnut. This device is made of high-quality polycarbonate plastic and feels solid and durable in hand.

On the top portion, there is the fabric made speaker grill that adds to the style and flair of the device.

There are no other ports except the single micro USB port for charging on this device. No, not even a 3.5mm aux-in port.

There are four coloured LED up top carefully hidden inside the fabric covering, which lights up in different patterns depending on the current operation status.

A mute button switch is given on the side of the speaker if you want to keep things a bit calm and quiet around the house.

Speakers and Sound Quality

You shouldn’t expect any surprising sound performance from a smart speaker like Google Home mini.

This little guy here has a single upward-firing speaker with 40mm drivers. It sounds louder and clear but the bass and highs are a bit off.

You can listen to songs on it, yes but if your sole aim is music listening, you should take a look at the other speakers listed in this article, period.

Smart Features

The Google Home Mini can answer any general question you can throw at it – and it is quite quick to respond.

The voice recognition works very well, thanks to the omnidirectional microphone inside.

You can also pair it up with a plethora of Wi-Fi enabled devices such as your Android TV to operate them handsfree with commands.

The ecosystem for more and more hardware integration is ongoing at the moment as we speak.

This device can initiate voice calls remotely from your phone as well. The voice to text is still in testing and is soon expected to roll out in its full glory.

Connectivity

The Google Home Mini comes with Bluetooth v4.1 for connection with devices such as smartphones. The Wi-Fi aids in connecting the mini over to the internet.

Verdict

The Google Home Mini is an ideal smart speaker that answers your queries and initiates certain smart actions with the devices you have at home.

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Elegant design

R

Quick and responsive in answering queries

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Loud sound output

Q

Average sound quality

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Average sound quality

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life

6. Anker SoundCore mini

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Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker
  • Best for use in long trips
  • Elegant design
  • Punchy bass

Anker is a popular Chinese company famed for quality computer peripherals and charging related accessories such as power banks.

The Soundcore mini is a budget Bluetooth speaker priced under Rs.3000 which competes against the likes of JBL and Sony.

Design and Build Quality

The Anker Soundcore mini looks similar to the Google Home speaker.

The rounded rectangle design is very well reminiscent of many other popular Bluetooth speakers of the past as well.

Available in an attractive shade of black, this compact Bluetooth speaker is made of high-quality plastic.

The speaker mesh is placed on the top. The buttons are embedded on to the chassis which makes them a bit tedious to press.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The single 40mm driver speaker on this budget Bluetooth speaker is placed facing upwards.

The sound from this speaker is loud and has a great frequency response range which covers almost all musical notes.

The 5W speaker does deliver a decent amount of bass which feels quite natural and blends with the mids and highs very well.

Connectivity Options

You have the complete set of connectivity options on this budget Bluetooth speaker priced under Rs.3000.

Powered by Bluetooth v4.0, this speaker works over a range of about 10m from the source without any signal drops or sound variations.

There is an SD card slot on this speaker to listen to your favourite songs standalone without needing to pair with a smartphone or laptop.

The 3.5mm AUX will let you play the music with devices that lack Bluetooth connectivity as well.

Battery Life

Battery life is where this Bluetooth speaker trumps over the others in this list.

This device lasts for about 15 hours when played with music on moderate volume levels.

This quite a feat and makes this device with the best battery life in this segment.

Verdict

The Anker Soundcore Mini can be the best companion for you in the long off the grid trips.

With an impressive battery life of about 15 hours and decent sound quality, nothing much can go wrong with this purchase.

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Excellent battery life

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SD card support

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Loud sound output

Q

Buttons are less tactile

Specifications

Frequency 20Hz – 20000Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.0
Battery LifeUp to 15 Hours

7. Noise mate

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Honorable Mention
  • All in one Bluetooth speaker
  • Best for indoor use
  • No dedicated app to control the settings

Noise is an Indian company specializing in affordable gadgets ranging from smartwatches to action cameras.

The company has been releasing quality products rich in features recently that gives its competitors a run for their money.

The Noise mate offers the best value for money features for a portable Bluetooth speaker under Rs. 3,000.

Design and build quality

Noise mate has a plasticky construction with control buttons placed on top and a large

LED display upfront showing the time, temperature and humidity levels.

The bottom side of this device is covered with a grip rubber that will prevent the speaker from rumbling around when placed on a smooth surface.

At the back of this device is an aux input jack, a micro USB as well as the SD card slot.

Speaker and sound quality

This wireless speaker comes with two 5W speakers with a driver size of 40mm placed on either side.

The frequency response of these speakers ranges from 24 – 24800Hz.

A higher impedance rate of 9 slightly deteriorates the quality of sound output from this device.

Although the highs are crisp and clear, the lows and mids could have been better.

The device gets sufficiently loud enough to fill a small room.

Additional features

The display on the front has three brightness settings and even an option to turn off completely to save your sound sleep.

The alarm on this device can get pretty loud, thanks to the twin speakers and can wake you up from even a concussion, if we may say (sarcastically, of course).

The SD card slot at the back can be used to convert this speaker into an independent media player.

Also, FM Radio comes in handy when you are bored with your playlist and want a surprise random song to be listening to.

The Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity poses no stress on the battery whatsoever. Even with a large display on the front, Noise forgot to add a battery percentage indicator which is a bit of shame.

Also, adding to the list of shortcomings, this device doesn’t have an app to control it with.

You would have to cycle through the switches at the top manually to get going.

Battery life

The Noise mate comes with a built-in rechargeable 2200mAh Lithium-ion battery that will last for about 4 hours.

If you turn off the display completely, the battery backup should see a slight increase.

Verdict

If you are a fan of digital convergence, the Noise mate is designed with you in mind specifically.

This Bluetooth speaker comes with a host of useful features that makes this device the swiss army knife equivalent in the segment.

Doubling up as an alarm clock and FM radio, the Noise mate is the value for money purchase you can make under Rs.3000.

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FM Radio, alarm

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Weather display

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Loud sound

Q

Loud sound

Q

No battery percentage indicator

Q

Battery life is just average

Specifications

Frequency 24Hz – 24800Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance9 ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life4-5 Hours

 

The buying list for the best portable Bluetooth speakers under Rs. 3,000 concludes here.

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