Smart speakers are fun to have around. You can tell them what songs to play, ask ‘em for the weather, or have them control any smart appliances you have around the house. Unfortunately, they’re often pricey. This week, we spotted a few speakers bucking the trend. Best Buy, Jet, and Amazon are holding a few sales on some of the better Bluetooth speakers and smart speakers on the market at some deep discounts.
Best Deal, By Far
Sony Google Speaker + Bluetooth XB20 Speaker – $128 ($172 off)
It almost looks like a mistake, but Jet.com has paired together Sony’s pretty solid Google Speaker with its kickass little XB20 Bluetooth speaker. You can read about both speakers below, because they’re both on sale individually, but this discount is far better than the others. The Google Assistant speaker is best for your room or kitchen because it always displays the time and the Bluetooth speaker is waterproof and great to take on vacation or wherever you need some tunes. This deal is worth the trouble of signing up for Jet.
Other Great Speaker Deals
Sony Google Speaker for $128 ($70 off)
We miss this speaker now that it’s gone. It’s a really nice bedroom companion that shows the time and has Google Assistant built in. Since Google will play white noise for you, it’s a great speaker to put you to bed each night. Read our full review, but know that we like the speaker overall—just ignore its strange motion controls. Luckily, with Google built in, you don’t really need them.
Buy on Walmart
Sony XB20 Bluetooth Speaker for $50 ($50 off)
It’s just a Bluetooth speaker, but Sony’s XB20 still kicks it. This 2017 model has universally high reviews thanks to its water resistance, strong bass, 12 hours of battery life, and a light-up LED strip that moves to the beat. The slightly larger Sony XB30 is also on sale for $90.
Insignia Bluetooth Speaker (with Google) for $50 ($50 off)
According to those who have tried it, this speaker isn’t the greatest around. But for $50, it has some nice perks over the tiny Google Home Mini and Echo Dot. It can perform most Google Home functions and displays the time (and temperature if prompted). The sound quality appears in the neighborhood of the standard Google Home and Echo units, which means it’ll be good enough for casual listeners.
Buy on Best Buy
Ultimate Ears Blast (with Alexa) for $179 ($50 off)
The Blast is one of our top WIRED Recommends speakers with a review score of 8/10, creeping onto our list of the best smart speakers and Alexa speakers. It gets about 12 hours of battery life, connects to Alexa, is waterproof enough to throw in the pool, and works as a very good Bluetooth speaker.
JBL Clip 2 Bluetooth Speaker (Portable) for $40 ($32 off)
The Clip 2 is a standard Bluetooth speaker, but made to snap onto your backpack and take on the go. It’s IPX7 waterproof and comes in a ton of colors. A full charge should keep the speaker jammin’ for about 8 hours.
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