Top 10 Best Soundbars Under £100 For 2019

March 2019
Top 10 Best Soundbars Under £100

The best way to improve your tv watching experience is to add a soundbar.

 

These clever devices sit underneath the TV and project a wider, more detailed sound field over the TV’s onboard speakers.

 

However, there’s more to them than meets the eyes. Most soundbars also are Bluetooth ready, allowing you to play music from your phone or tablet.

 

Whether you’re looking to improve your tv or movie watching experience or enjoy music in a higher quality, a soundbar is a must.

 

Having searched the internet, here are our top 10 best soundbars under £100. Included in our list are well-known brands, new arrivals on the scene and a personal favourite.

 

 

Item

Photo

Our rating

Price

Purchase

Sony HT-SF150 2ch Single Soundbar

7/10

£89.00

Majority Snowdon II Soundbar

6/10

£34.95

JVC Compact Sound Bar

7/10

£59.94

AZATOM Studio Soundbar

7/10

£59.95

TaoTronics 40-Inch Sound Bar

5/10

£59.99

Panasonic SC-HTB8EB-K Soundbar

5/10

£68.99

LG Electronics SK1 All-in-One Soundbar

8/10

£73.99

LONPOO 20-inch Slim Soundbar

6/10

£32.60

Goodmans 60 W 2.1 Bluetooth Soundbar

9/10

£44.00

Hitachi 120W Soundbar

9/10

£65.00

 

 

Sony HT-SF150 2ch Single Soundbar

Sony HT-SF150 2ch Single Soundbar

photo by Sony

 

Description

Our first soundbar is the Sony HT-SF150, which can be yours for £89 (available on Amazon). Measuring 35 inches (90cm), it’s reasonable size will blend in under most TVs or on the wall.

 

Under the hood of the Sony HT-SF150 are two speakers, which each produce 30 watts. These are designed to give a punchy bass without sacrificing the overall frequency response. Sony’s S-Force virtual surround sound technology is designed to emulate the surround sound typical of the cinema.

 

This unit connects to your TV via optical or HDMI. Playing music using the device is also simple as you can easily stream via Bluetooth or use the USB input.

 

The HT-SF150 remote enables more control that you’ll ever require! However, it’s simple enough for anyone to use.

 

If you lose the remote or if that’s not your thing, then you’ll find the buttons on top useful. These include buttons for input source, volume +/- and power. The easy to see status LEDs, shows which input is selected.

 

Mounting is easy and only requires two screws. Sadly, these are not included. And of course, Sony HT-SF150 looks superb sat under a TV.

 

Pros

  • S-Force virtual surround sound technology
  • Slimline design
  • 60 watts

 

Cons

  • Limited connectivity
  • Doesn’t come with HDMI cable

 

Conclusion

When it comes to TVs and hi-fis, the Sony brand remains amongst the best. And this Sony HT-SF150 2ch Single Soundbar (available on Amazon for £89.00) doesn’t disappoint.

 

Starting with the bad points. The unit comes with short AC and optical cables. So, if you’re planning to connect via HDMI, then you’ll need to buy a cable.

 

In terms of connectivity, the Sony HT-SF150 only provides two inputs (Optical and HDMI ARC). This mean users with older TV might struggle. In our opinion, Sony could have included an AUX mini-jack input. Doing so would ensure wider connectivity.

 

Finally, the remote while well thought out does provide you with more options that you’ll ever need. A slimmer remote would be better, especially if your goal is to improve the TV’s built-in speakers.

 

We like the virtual surround system, while it will never replace a 5.1 setup, it does sound rich. You’ll be disappointed if you hope this Sony soundbar will replace the need for a subwoofer.

 

Overall we’re happy to give the Sony HT-SF150 2ch Single Soundbar 7/10.

 

 

Majority Snowdon II Soundbar

Majority Snowdon II Soundbar

photo by Majority

 

Description

With its unique sloping design, the Majority Snowdon II Soundbar is a steal at £34.95 (available from Amazon).

 

Starting with the connectivity, there’s a good range of options on the Snowdow II. The optical input is likely to be your first choice. Sadly no optical cable is included. In addition, the unit has dual RCA phonos and AUX mini-jack.

 

This mini-jack socket is located at the end on the unit, next to the controls. This allows easy access if you want to use an iPod or media player. Bluetooth devices sync with ease. So there’s plenty of options with the Snowdow II soundbar.

 

With an inbuilt sub-woofer, the soundbar is designed to faithfully reproduce a 2.1 surround sound experience, albeit virtually. The total output of 120 watts means you have more than enough volume.

While the inputs are safely tucked away on the rear, the controls and AUX input are easily accessible on the right-hand side. These controls include vol +/-, power, and source. The remote provides another way to control the unit and enables you to control the basics as well as the EQ options.

 

As you’d expect, it’s quite easy to mount on a wall, however, screws are not included. Finally, the Snowdon II comes with a 3-year warranty.

 

Pros

  • 120 watt output
  • Built in sub-woofer
  • Multiple inputs (RCA phonos, Optical, mini-jack)

 

Cons

  • Opical cables not included
  • Turns on super loud
  • no HDMI input

 

Conclusion

At just shy of £35, the Majority Snowdon II Soundbar leaves us feeling a little mixed.

 

Yes, it’s cheap and powerful but enough users have had issues to make us questions whether it’s worth it. Of course, some of these issues could be down to QA, which Majority might have sorted.

 

It’s worth noting that the included cables won’t be of the highest quality and may cause issues. So if do you purchase one, treat yourself to some better cables. You’ll thank us later!

 

We like the built-in sub-woofer, as well as the controls and an AUX input on the side. It’s slightly annoying that the unit doesn’t come with an optical cable as that is our prefered method of connection.

 

Overall, the price seems fair for the features. However, our rating for the Majority Snowdon II Soundbar is 6/10.

 

 

JVC Compact Sound Bar

JVC Compact Sound Bar

photo by JVC

 

 

Description

If you’re looking for a slim soundbar for a bedroom, the kitchen or simply for your main TV, then JVC TH-D227B 2.0 Compact Sound Bar could be for you. Available from Amazon at £59.94.

 

Designed for TVs of 17 inches and up, JVC has packed a lot into a small space. The unit uses two 15 watt speakers and has a good amount of power.

 

While you can place it on top of a unit, the included mounting kit will enable you to fix the soundbar to the wall with ease.

 

When it comes connecting the JVC with audio sources, there are a few options available. The unit has inputs for mini-jack, coaxial, and optical. All of these connections are located on the rear. Also, the unit is Bluetooth ready.

 

The unit comes with a 3.5mm mini-jack cable and a coaxial cable. Sadly, no optical cable is included.

 

The remote is well throughout with only the necessary options available. In addition to the remote, you can control the soundbar using the buttons on top. These include source buttons, vol +/-, and power. The status LEDs on the front are also useful.

 

Finally, the unit automatically switches to standby after 15 minutes of inactivity.

 

Pros

  • Slim design with small footprint
  • Mounting kit included
  • Good range of inputs

 

Cons

  • AUX input is on rear – so is hard to reach
  • lacks full sounding bass

 

Conclusion

The JVC TH-D227B 2.0 Compact Sound Bar is a superb solution if you’re looking for a soundbar with a small footprint.

 

At 30 watts, it’s powerful enough to bring the TV to life but isn’t super loud. The frequency response is fairly good but lacks depth for movies as there’s no virtual surround sound programme.

 

We like the mounting kit as this will enable us to quickly set it up. The only downside to mounting it is the AUX input is on the rear and not on the side. So if you plan on occasional using an iPod or media player then you might be frustrated.

 

Another annoying point is JVC didn’t include an optical cable. While this is a small issue, it still bugs us.

 

We like the LEDs on the front and the buttons on the top. Both are really useful and mean you don’t always have to reach for the remote.

 

Overall, the JVC TH-D227B 2.0 Compact Sound Bar is perfect for smaller tv and will improve the sound. Our rating is 7/10!

 

 

AZATOM Studio Soundbar

AZATOM Studio Soundbar

photo by AZATOM

 

Description

If you’re short on space but really want a 2.1 sound system, then the AZATOM Studio Soundbar (available at Amazon for £59.95) might be for you.

 

Using a Multi-Directional Speaker Configuration and built-in Subwoofer, the AZATOM delivers an impressive 180 watts. The unique digital signal processing technology produces cinema-quality sound.

 

There are 4 built-in presets to choose from including Music, TV, Movies and default. Each fine-tunes the overall sound while enhancing your viewing experience.

 

There’s a good selection of connectivity, including HDMI ARC, optical and RCA phono inputs. A mini-jack AUX input is located with the controls on the right-hand side. This panel includes vol +/-, power, and input source. Also, you can connect via Bluetooth.

 

While there are controls on the right-hand side, the remote will enable you to fine-tune the sound further. The remote has controls for Bass and treble frequencies, input source, volume +/- and more.

 

Finally, AZATOM Studio Soundbar comes with a 3 Year Warranty.

 

Pros

  • Built-in sub woofer
  • 4 sound presets
  • 3 year Warranty

 

Cons

  • HDMI Arc doesn’t always work with older HDMI devices
  • Only an optical cable included

 

Conclusion

We haven’t heard of the AZATOM before starting our research. We’re glad we did as they design their products in the UK. This soundbar has a number of unique features, which make the price (£59.95 on Amazon) seem cheap!

 

Firstly, the AZATOM Studio Soundbar is a decent size and sits under a 40 inch TV nicely. It comes with a wall mounting kit and is quite simple to mount it.

 

While only an optical cable is included, it’s likely you won’t need any other cables. Of course, if you have a 4k TV with HDMI ARC output then it will be worth buying a cable. Connecting this way means you’ll be able to control the soundbar using the TV’s remote.

 

As there are 4 presets, you can easily fine-tune the soundbar to the situation without having to try and balance frequencies on your own.

 

For the price, it’s a superb unit: 7/10.

 

 

TaoTronics 40-Inch Sound Bar

TaoTronics 40-Inch Sound Bar

photo by TaoTronics

 

Description

With its unique design, the TaoTronics 40-Inch Sound Bar offers a lot for it’s £59.99 (buy on Amazon) price tag.

 

Let’s start with its shape. The front is angled, which mean the speakers disperse into the room rather than in a straight line.

 

There’s four amplifiers onboard which drive two full-range speaker and two sub-woofers. This results in clearer sound and better overall frequency response.

 

The connectivity on the rear gives you plenty of options including optical, coaxial and RCA phono inputs. You can even play music directly from your device using Bluetooth. Both mini-jack to RCA and optical cables come with the unit.

 

On the front, the LED display is easy to use and displays the mode and loudness. Underneath this panel is four essential controls: vol+/-, power and mute.

 

If the controls on the front aren’t enough, then the remote provides you with more options. While most remotes have a source button which allows you to cycle through the inputs list, the TaoTronics remote has a button for each input. The remote also has buttons for power, vol -/+, mute amougst other.

 

Measuring 40 inches, you can place it on the top of a media unit or mount it to a wall (no screws included).

 

Pros

  • Unique design
  • Built-in subwoofer
  • LED display on the front

 

Cons

  • No mounting screws
  • Lacks AUX input
  • No way to control treble and bass frequencies

 

Conclusion

At a penny under £60, the TaoTronics 40-Inch Sound Bar TT-SK019 is fairly affordable.

 

However, this soundbar lacks in a few areas. Firstly, you have no control over the frequency response. So if you’re listening to TV and it sounds muffled, there’s no way for you to turn down the bass and increase the treble.

 

The LED display is nice but would work better on top as you’ll find yourself glancing at it rather than enjoying TV or music. The 4 controls under this display are useful but could equally be on top, out of the way.

 

The remote is confusing as there’s a button for each input source. While some will like this feature, others will wish for a single button as they might only use a second input occasionally.

 

All in all, we think there are better units on the market for the same price. So the TaoTronics 40-Inch Sound Bar scores 5/10.

 

 

Panasonic SC-HTB8EB-K Soundbar

Panasonic SC-HTB8-EBK Soundbar

photo by Panasonic

 

Description

The Panasonic SC-HTB8EB-K Soundbar (price £68.99 at Amazon) is a 2 channel unit which produces 80 watts of power.

 

The silm design means it’s will easily fit under most TVs of 32″ to 50″ inches. Yet it still packs a punch!

 

The Panasonic HTB8 has dynamic sound for HDTVs and Clear-mode dialogue feature for perfect sound spectrum. Plus you can stream via Bluetooth, with apps available in the Apple and Google Play stores.

 

In terms of connectivity, a few options are available in addition to Bluetooth. An optical input and RCA phono input are both located at the rear.

 

Moving on the front, on top, there’s two rows of controls. The first has vol +/- controls, input selector and power. The other row contains LEDs and indicates which mode is activated, the source and power status.

 

The small remote is quite basic and covers just the essentials. You can turn the unit on/off, control the volume, change the input source and the mode. There’s also a Bluetooth button.

 

Mounting is easy and only requires two screws. You can, of course, place the Panasonic SC-HTB8EB-K Soundbar on your media unit.

 

Pros

  • 80 Watts of power
  • Silm design
  • Clear-mode dialogue feature, which improves on screen speech

 

Cons

  • Lack of frequency control
  • LEDs are hard to view
  • Limited connectivity

 

Conclusion

Like other well-known brands, we had high hopes for the Panasonic SC-HTB8EB-K Soundbar. Sadly, it’s quite disappointing.

 

The first issue is there are only two inputs (optical and RCA), there’s no HDMI ARC or mini-jack AUX input. Having just one of these would make connecting it to more devices easier.

 

Second, you have to supply your own cables. Yes, even the power cable. We don’t get it either and this would be easy for Panasonic to sort.

 

Our third issue is lack of control. The remote is fairly useless as it provides little options over what on the unit. Speaking about control, the LEDs, while helpful are set quite far back and are somewhat obscured.

 

We like the modes and the Clear-mode dialogue feature is impressive.

 

At just shy of £70, the Panasonic SC-HTB8EB-K Soundbar feels a little overpriced. Sadly our rating is 5/10.

 

 

LG Electronics SK1 All-in-One Soundbar

LG Electronics SK1 All-in-One Soundbar

photo by LG Electronics

 

Description

Designed to match an LG 43 inch TV this LG Electronics SK1 All-in-One Soundbar has a unique look and costs £73.99 (available at Amazon).

 

With a total output of 40 watts, the SK1 delivers enough power for TV, movies and music. The unit features a built-in Bass Blast mode with devliers a fuller sound without the need for a subwoofer.

 

Set up is straight forward with three inputs and Bluetooth connectivity. These inputs are located on the rear and consist of HDMI ARC, optical and mini-jack.

 

As an LG product, it syncs with their TVs via their Sound Sync option and so provides control using your existing TV remote. Of course, if your TV isn’t from LG, then the remote will come in handy.

 

The remote is fairly small, but provide easy access to all of the main functions. In addition to volume, power and source buttons, you can activate the Bass Blast and the Dynamic Range Control (DRC).

 

Selecting DRC mode means the soundbar will automatically prevent sudden volume changes and will improve the clarity of the sound at low volume.

 

A unique feature on the SK1 is its power on options. You can set it up so that it reacts to the input source. For example, if you decide to play music via Bluetooth, simply cast to the SK1 and jump into action.

 

Finally, the LG SK1 is easy to mount if you prefer that over resting it on a media unit.

 

Pros

  • Easily syncs with LG TVs
  • Unique Bass Blast and Dynamic Range Control modes

 

Cons

  • AUX input is on rear
  • No opical cable included
  • No bass and treble controls

 

Conclusion

There’s something almost futuristic about the LG Electronics SK1 All-in-One Soundbar from a design standpoint. And while at £73.99 (from Amazon), it’s one of the most expensive on our list, it’s a feature-packed soundbar.

 

There are a few points which let the SK1 down. Firstly there are no cables included. Again one would imagine this would be a stupidly simple issue for LG to sort. So, if you do purchase, make sure you add some cables!

 

The mini-jack AUX input is on the rear. This means it will be a pain to use if you prefer to play music via an iPod, for example. Of course, if you plan to only Bluetooth, then this won’t be a deal breaker.

 

Rather than including the option to tweak the bass and treble, LG has replaced this with a Bass Blast mode. While this might work for the majority of users, having these controls would be a bonus.

 

We like the DRC mode and considering the above, the Bass Blast is also useful. The sync option is great and means you’re not always searching for a remote. Plus the automatic power on/off option is really nice too.

 

it safe to stay we would recommend the LG Electronics SK1 All-in-One Soundbar. Our rating, a strong 8/10!

 

 

LONPOO 20-inch Slim Soundbar

LONPOO 20-inch Slim Soundbar

photo by LONPOO

 

Description

While LONPOO isn’t a household name, at £32.60 (available from Amazon), this 20-inch soundbar is worth looking at. So, what does a little over £30 get you?

 

Under the sleek 20 inch frame, there are 4 speakers which provide up to 10 watts in power. At each end, there are bass holes, which aims to improve the bass frequencies.

 

When compared to other soundbars in our list, 10 watts may seem on the small side. However, this unit should be sufficient for watching tv in a kitchen, bedroom or small living room.

 

As it’s designed to work with TV and computers, the LONPOO comes with a USB cable. So if your TV doesn’t have a USB socket, you’ll want to buy an adaptor.

 

The unit’s audio cable allows you to use a microphone and speaker. While you might never use the mic capabilities, it’ll be used if you live in a small apartment as it can double as a PC speaker. As a Bluetooth enabled device, it’s easy to stream music in its full glory.

 

The front has a volume knob which also acts as the power switch. There are also headphone and microphone sockets, for when you’re trying to keep the volume down.

 

Other than this size, what makes the LONPOO perfect for small space is the option to mount it on a wall. You can, of course, place it on a table.

 

Pros

  • Small – only 20 inches long
  • Versatile uses
  • Powers via USB

 

Cons

  • Low 10 watts output
  • Limited connectivity
  • Thin sound

 

Conclusion

At just over £30 the LONPOO 20-inch Slim Soundbar does a fairly good job. Of course, it won’t sound as good as the Sony or LG for example. But at half of the price, that’s what you’re paying for.

 

So is it worth it? Maybe.

 

For example, if you live in a small apartment and want to improve your’s TV sound, then it’s worth taking a look at. If you use your PC or laptop a lot and want to improve the sound then it’s a worthwhile upgrade.

 

However, if your a serious film buff or audiophile, then you’ll want to skip the LONPOO. 6/10

 

 

Goodmans 60 W 2.1 Bluetooth Soundbar

Goodmans 60 W 2.1 Bluetooth Soundbar

photo by Goodmans

 

Description

At £44 (from Amazon), the Goodmans 60 W 2.1 Bluetooth Soundbar is an affordable solution with plenty of power.

 

It comes with a range of cables, so getting it set up is easy. Also in the box is a mounting kit in case you plan on fixing it to a wall.

 

The Goodmans delivers 60 watts of power, which is more than you’ll probably ever need. Plus, the unit has an integrated sub-woofer. This means it delivers a clear and full sound across the frequencies.

 

In terms of connectivity, on the rear, there are optical and RCA inputs. On the right side, alongside the controls is an AUX mini-jack socket. In addition, the soundbar is Bluetooth compatible.

 

The control panel on the right-hand side includes volume, source, and Bluetooth. If you prefer, there’s a small remote.

 

This remote covers all the basics like source, power, mute and volume. You can also select from the 3 DSP settings (Music/Movie/Voice) and adjust the bass and treble. In Bluetooth mode, you can use the play/pause, forward and rewind buttons.

 

Pros

  • 60 Watts
  • 3 preset modes
  • Good connectivity options

 

Cons

  • no HDMI ARC – so you’ll always need the remote handy

 

Conclusion

We think the Goodmans 60 W 2.1 Bluetooth Soundbar is superb and at £44 – it’s a steal.

 

Our recommendation is to save your pennies and buy the 60-watt version. The 30-watt unit lacks the power that movies and you deserve! So treat yourself!

 

Overall the soundbar is well throughout. You have plenty of connectivity options on the rear. The side panel controls and aux input are super useful, especially if you have an iPod that you wish to use on occasion.

 

While we would argue that the remote has too many options and is small, it is useful for fine-tuning the overall sound. As the unit doesn’t have HDMI ARC, which would allow you to control the volume from the TV’s remote, you’ll find that the remote comes in handy.

 

Our score for the Goodmans 60 W 2.1 Bluetooth Soundbar is 9/10!

 

 

Hitachi 120W Soundbar

Hitachi 120W Soundbar

photo by Hitachi

 

Description

With more power than you’ll ever need, the Hitachi AXS014BTU 120W Soundbar with Bluetooth offers an exciting range of options. Available on Amazon for £65, it’s highly affordable.

 

Measuring 32 inches, the Hitachi 2 channels produce up to 120 watts of power, which is far more than you’ll ever need!

 

Looking at the sleek front, you’ll see a row of status LEDs in the middle. These show whether the unit is on or in standby mode and which mode is activated.

 

In addition to the power socket, the rear features an optical input, RCA inputs and Aux input. While no optical cable is included, a mini-jack to mini-jack cable and mini-jack to RCA phono cable come with the soundbar.

 

On top of the unit are just the essential controls. You have buttons for volume +/-, power and input source.

 

The remote is just as simple with buttons for power, Bluetooth, Volume +/-, and input.

 

While it packs a punch when in use, leave it idle for 15 minutes and the Hitachi AXS014BTU Soundbar automatically turn off. This will save you some pennies and help the environment.

 

Finally, it’s easy to mount on a wall and comes with 2 screws. It also looks great on a media unit under a TV.

 

Pros

  • 120 watts of power
  • Simple controls on unit and remote
  • easy to set-up and mount to a wall

 

Cons

  • No control over bass/treble
  • Doesn’t come with optical cable

 

Conclusion

Having used the Hitachi AXS014BTU 120W Soundbar in our home, we can say it’s a great unit. We have actually upgraded to a Hitachi 2.1 sound system (with soundbar and active subwoofer), which is even better, but more on that in a future article.

 

The bad points first. It’s fairly basic. There’s no bass or treble controls or DSP settings which further enhance the sound.

 

The aux input is on the rear and so you’ll struggle to use it. However, as it has Bluetooth, this is hardly a deal breaker. If you plan to use the optical input, then you’ll need to order your own cable as one isn’t included.

 

On to the good points. it’s super easy to use. Plug in and play best describes the setup process.

 

The remote mirror the controls on the top of the unit. So if you lose the remote, you’re not missing anything. Again some will hate the lack of EQ controls, but we love its simplicity.

 

If you’re looking for a simple unit, consider buying the Hitachi AXS014BTU 120W Soundbar. It’s easily worth £65. Our rating: 9/10.

 

 

The best soundbar under £100

If you’re looking to improve your tv and movie watching experience then adding a soundbar is a great idea.

 

While the market is flooded with cheap options, you’ll want to spend at least £50 to ensure you get one which will last and provide you with crystal clear sound.

 

If you’re looking for a small soundbar for the bedroom or kitchen, then you can’t go wrong with the JVC. And at just shy of £60, it’s worth what you’ll pay for it.

 

Looking for plug-in and play? Then the Hitachi 120W Soundbar is superb and it actually holds our top spot along with the Goodmans.

 

The Goodmans 60 W 2.1 Bluetooth Soundbar is worth the £44 and more! It’s superb, has a lot of options and is very powerful.

 

Do you agree with our picks? Is there any missing from our list?