If you have an older car, then the lack of Bluetooth can be kind of frustrating. But you can still make hands-free calls and stream music with a Bluetooth speakerphone.
Bluetooth speakerphones are small devices with long battery life. They clip to your sun visor, and they’re a lot cheaper than a brand new stereo system. While these speakerphones may not be useful to people with newer cars, they can greatly improve the safety and experience of an older vehicle that doesn’t have Bluetooth. (If you’re interested in adding Bluetooth playback to your old car, we’d recommend checking out our guide to updating your old car with inexpensive tech.)
These speakerphones are best for hands-free calling. If you’re in a pinch and your stereo is broken, then you can use one of these to play music. Just be warned, it won’t sound as good as your average set of car speakers.
There’s a lot of confusing products in the world of Bluetooth speakerphones. Some of them are poorly designed, and others are very out of date. That’s why we’ve taken the time to find the best Bluetooth speakerphones, from budget to premium.
Avantree CK11 ($30)
If you’re looking for an affordable, low-profile Bluetooth speakerphone, then you should consider the Avantree CK11. This speakerphone has a loud 2-watt speaker, a mute button, and a volume knob that easy to adjust without taking your eyes off the road. It has 22 hours of in-call battery life, so you don’t need to recharge it often. Plus, Google Assistant is built into the Avantree. A simple button press allows you to make voice commands, like “call Mom.”
This is a great product for people that want to add Bluetooth to their car without breaking the bank. It’s loud, it has a great battery life, and you can make outgoing calls without touching your phone. The Avantree does lack the higher sound quality found on some of the more expensive models featured here, however, so keep reading if your key concern is audio fidelity.