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Best speaker deals 2021: wireless, hi-fi, stereo

Whether you're looking for a traditional pair of hi-fi stereo speakers, a wireless smart speaker or a stylish Bluetooth portable speaker, you've come to the right place. 

We've hunted down the best speaker deals across all the big US retailers, featuring affordable speakers from Bose, JBL and Sony, to upmarket offerings crafted by KEF and Definitive Technology.

Sales are always ongoing, so the good news is there should be plenty of deals to tempt you. It's time to upgrade your sound system...

Wireless speaker deals

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) $64.99

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) $64.99 $20 at Amazon
An easy and excellent way to get your smart home started, the Echo Dot works well on its own or can be integrated into other smart home and AV products, bringing voice control and streaming just a command away.

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) $64.99

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) $64.99 $20 at Amazon
An easy and excellent way to get your smart home started, the Echo Dot works well on its own or can be integrated into other smart home and AV products, bringing voice control and streaming just a command away. Get it without the smart plug for $19.99.

Amazon Echo (4th Gen) $100

Amazon Echo (4th Gen) $100 $60 at Amazon (save $40)
The latest Echo combines the best of the standard Echo with the bigger, more powerful Echo Studio. Inside is a built-in Zigbee smart hub, meaning it can directly control compatible devices, and it has better sound than the previous generation. 

$100

Apple HomePod Mini $100 $90 at Best Buy (Save $10)
Sadly this deal only applies to the Space Grey and White finishes, not the more colourful options Apple launched recently. Still, it makes an excellent smart speaker even more tempting...

JBL Xtreme 2 (green) $350

JBL Xtreme 2 (green) $350 $212 (save $138) at Amazon
When we reviewed this larger portable speaker, we concluded: "One of the best portable speakers around, the Xtreme 2 offers sonic subtlety you wouldn’t expect from first impressions". And look at that discount! 

Bose Home Speaker 500 with Alexa (silver) $399

Bose Home Speaker 500 with Alexa (silver) $399 $299 (save $100) at Walmart)
While its smaller brother, the 300, didn't wow us for sound, we've never actually been 12 rounds with this model. It boasts the same Bluetooth and wifi connectivity, AirPlay 2, app support and built-in voice assistants, but you'll also get a color LCD display screen. It's a lot of tech for this low price but hurry, there aren't many left... 

Google Home Mini (1st Gen) $50

Google Home Mini (1st Gen) $50 $24.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond
The Google Home Mini is a dinky smart speaker with Google Assistant. It can be used as a wireless speaker or smart hub through which you can co4ntrol other Google Home and Chromecast-enabled speakers around your house. Now available with a $25 saving.

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker:

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker: $150 $130 at Amazon
It may not be the newest speaker in JBL's Charge family, but that doesn't stop it from being a versatile wireless speaker with a fine feature set and very good sound quality. For its price, it is excellent. Which is why we gave it five stars.

Sony SRS-XB12 (red): $60

Sony SRS-XB12 (red): $60 $50 (save $10) at Walmart
This Bluetooth speaker boasts a water-, dust-, and mud-proof build, plus an Extra Bass feature for more low-end bass clout. You can even pair two speakers together for room-filling stereo sound.

Hi-fi speaker deals

Q Acoustics 3030i speakers $459

Q Acoustics 3030i speakers $459 $352 at Amazon (save $107)
The 3030i standmounters have all the attributes of their more compact siblings above, but add a huge slice of authority into the proceedings. Simply put, you can buy these with confidence – especially at this discounted price.

KEF R3 bookshelf speakers $2100

KEF R3 bookshelf speakers $2100 $1699 at Amazon (save $400)
Former What Hi-Fi? Award winners, the R3 are brilliant all-rounders. They’re expertly sonically balanced and work well across a wide range of systems.

Definitive Technology Demand Series D11:  $1139

Definitive Technology Demand Series D11: $1139 $899 at World Wide Stereo (save $240)
This pair of compact bookshelf speakers is a two-way design that features offset tweeters, a passive bass radiator and a Linear Response Waveguide for natural mids and precise imaging. Now with a $240 discount.

$219

Polk Audio TSi100 bookshelf speakers $219 $149 at Crutchfield
These Polk speakers are a great price and promise an open sound with wide staging and precise imaging. They sport a 1in silk dome tweeter, 5.25in polycarbonate woofer and stand 16 inches tall. Also at Amazon and World Wide Stereo.

Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.