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When it comes to creating a relaxing environment at home this season, setting the right mood requires paying attention to all five of your senses. In addition to creating a cozy space with soft blankets, mood lighting and fragrant candles, you’ll need to appeal to your sense of hearing too.
Unfortunately, high quality sound usually comes with a high price tag, but when we heard about a top-rated (and affordable!) Bluetooth speaker that rivals its pricey brand-name counterparts, we were immediately intrigued.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $28 (originally $36)
What is it?
The Anker SoundCore Mini Bluetooth Speaker currently sits as the no. 1 best-selling portable speaker on Amazon, and boasts a 4.6-star rating on a whopping 59,000 customer reviews. Whether you’re using it at home to add ambiance to your space or bringing it along for your outdoor adventures, this mini speaker is a definite winner.
Fitting into the palm of your hand, this speaker weighs in at just 200 grams, for ultimate portability. A rechargeable battery provides up to 15 hours of continuous playtime on a single charge, so you can rest assured that your speaker won’t die in the middle of a relaxing day at the park.
What shoppers are saying
If the thousands of five-star ratings and best-seller status weren’t enough to convince you of this “small but mighty” speaker’s value, just a quick look through the reviews offers words from plenty of satisfied customers.
“The sound quality is impressive for a device this small. Of course, it is nothing compared to big high-quality speakers that cost a couple hundreds of dollars, but for $30? This is the best thing you can get,” raved one five-star reviewer.
“This is the tiny speaker that ‘could,’ added another. “The speaker fills my bedroom with great sound, and my living room as well. Distortion free sound, of high quality, easily fills my room when I use my Anker speaker.”
According to reviewers, the only downside to this speaker is that when pairing to devices that are running video, there can be a delay in audio playback while connected.
“This product has a noticeable delay in the output of the sound. I paired this with my iPad Pro and when watching YouTube music videos the video would be at least 1 second faster than the sound coming from the Anker Soundcore Mini,” noted one reviewer.
While it usually retails for an already-affordable $36, at its sale price of just $28, this mini speaker seems to be especially well worth its price if you’re after an affordable and portable device. Available in two colours, it’s a great choice if you’re looking for a simple and straightforward speaker.
Ideal for dorms, outdoor use or desk-side, it’s a versatile device that easily fits into any decor. While it won’t rival a large sound system, but as an easy way to boost your audio setup, you can’t go wrong with this miniature speaker.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.