The Best Waterproof Speakers
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Gone are the days where you need to worry about all of your electronics getting wet; many modern speakers are built with a certain level of waterproofing, so that you can take them out with you on any of your water-soaked adventures. They’re also great to keep in your shower, so you can belt out your tunes with a backing track. We’ve put together this list of the best waterproof speakers for you to shop while keeping a variety of different activities in mind — they all have some level of portability, which is an added bonus.
Wondering what the waterproofing categorization in the product description actually means? We’ve put together a guide at the end of the article that’ll teach you all about each level of waterproofing, so that you can be sure you’re getting the right speaker for whatever activity you need it for, and for even more support check out our list of key features that you should be on the hunt for while you shop.
1. Editor’s Pick: Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
- Clear and balanced 360-degree audio
- Built to be durable, and will survive water and heavy blows
- Will float to the surface if dropped into water
- Intense and palpable bass, without lots of audio distortion
- Three beautiful colour options
- Battery life can struggle at higher volumes
|Average Battery Life:||20 hours|
|Dimensions:||8.13 x 8.13 x 22.23 cm|
If you’re looking for the best of the best, this is it! The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker has a loud and clear audio, powerful bass, and will float to the surface if dropped into a body of water.
Because it’s a 360-degree speaker, this model will give you a powerful and immersive sound, including a strong bass, and it comes with sound processing that works to produce balanced and clear audio.
It’s also easy to control this speaker without even touching your phone, because it has a pushable button that can play, pause, and skip tracks. To get the most booming audio for any party, you can even purchase additional speakers and set them up on the same connection to fill your room or backyard with your music.
2. Runner Up: Tribit StormBox Bluetooth Speaker
- Great value for the price
- Long battery life
- Portable and easy to carry around with you
- Option to pair two speakers for a theatre audio experience
- Perfect for genres that aren’t too bass heavy, like indie, pop, and rock
- Bass not as good as other options
|Average Battery Life:||20 hours|
|Dimensions:||17.98 x 6.81 x 6.81 cm|
The Tribit StormBox Bluetooth Speaker is the next best option in terms of its sound quality, and it also has a long battery life so that you can bring it with you on all your watery adventures that are far away from a plug.
Although it doesn’t have the same amazing sound quality as our top pick, this one is much more affordable and still delivers you a clear and balanced music listening experience. While the bass isn’t the best around, it does come with their Xbass technology that you can enable to boost the bass of your music. You can also purchase an additional speaker and link the two together to create a stereo audio experience — outdoor movie marathon by the pool, anyone?
3. Best Budget Pick: Anker Soundcore Flare Mini Bluetooth Speaker
- Light show on the bottom of your speaker that’s controlled by your audio
- Compact and lightweight for a variety of uses
- Good Bluetooth range for the price
- Little sound distortion at mid range volume
- Can survive being dropped in the pool
- Sound quality not as good as other options
|Average Battery Life:||12 hours|
|Dimensions:||8.6 x 7.2 x 14.1 cm|
You don’t need to break the bank for a good waterproof speaker; the Anker Soundcore Flare Mini Bluetooth Speaker is a great option for anyone who wants decent 360-degree audio on a budget.
Not only is this speaker affordably priced, but it comes with great entertainment value; the bottom of the speaker puts on a light show for you that’s in tune with your music, and there are even customizable settings that can allow you to control the light modes and colour options available. Don’t expect the best sound quality in the world with this speaker though — it’s really great for light uses and has entertainment value for outdoor parties, but it’s not really meant for ragers.
4. Popular Choice: JBL Clip 3 Portable Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
- Decent battery life
- Built-in speakerphone to take calls from the bath
- Also easy to bring out on the road with you, and can attach to something like your belt loop
- Variety of colour options
- Easy to set up and use
- Some users noted their cover kept falling off – make sure the one you receive isn’t faulty!
- Sound quality not as great as pricier options, but still good
|Average Battery Life:||10 hours|
|Dimensions:||11 x 5.51 x 10.92 cm|
We know you love to sing in the shower — don’t be shy! Clip the JBL Clip 3 Portable Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker onto your shower caddy and you’ll have the perfect backup vocals for your performance.
This model comes in many different colour options, so you’re sure to find one that fits with your personality type (the teal one is calling my name!), and it’s designed with some great quality of life features, like a built-in speakerphone that you can use to take urgent calls from the shower or bath. With 10 hours of average battery life, you won’t need to take it out of your shower to charge too often, either.
5. Most Portable: Bose SoundLink Micro Portable Outdoor Speaker
- Compact and lightweight
- Clear and powerful sound quality
- Designed with durability in mind
- Built-in voice controls to access your phone’s digital assistant
- Option to sync with other select Bose speakers
- Low average battery life
|Average Battery Life:||6 hours|
|Dimensions:||3.56 x 9.91 x 9.91 cm|
The Bose SoundLink Micro Portable Outdoor Speaker is the perfect waterproof speaker for travelling because its lightweight, portable, has a tear-resistant strap, and is built to survive the toughest dents and falls.
We love this option for travelling because of its excellent audio quality and portability, and it also has a tear-resistant strap that can be used to attach it to your backpack, cooler, or bike handle. If your phone is tucked away safely in your backpack, you can still access Siri, Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa directly through the speaker, which can come in handy in many scenarios like changing your song or asking for weather updates.
One thing you should keep in mind if you purchase this speaker for travelling is that although its the most portable option with this level of sound quality, the battery life leaves a little to be desired; you might need to bring a portable charger along with you on your travels, depending on how long you plan on being away from a plug.
6. Also Consider: Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2
- Comes with a variety of colour options available
- Good average battery life
- Outdoor boost mode
- Durable loop on top to help portability
- Floats when dropped in the water
- Battery life not as good at higher music volumes
|Average Battery Life:||13 hours|
|Dimensions:||9.35 x 9.35 x 10.2 cm|
Pool parties are best with booming audio — the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is both affordable and delivers a powerful 360-degree sound, and there’s even the option to connect an additional speaker for an even better sound.
We love that this model comes with an outdoor boost mode, which you can enable to boost the loudness and clarity of your music, and it’s specifically designed to give you the best music listening experience outdoors — perfect for any pool party or visit to the park. With a built-in loop on top of the speaker, it’s easy to bring it around with you on your bike handle or backpack.
If you want an even better music experience poolside, buy two of these beauties and link them up with the same device, so you’ll have even louder and more immersive audio.
7. Best Mid-Range: JBL Charge 4
- Long battery life
- Option to pair with countless other JBL speakers
- Built to be durable, will survive water and heavy blows
- Wide range of colour options
- Some users noticed strained bass at higher volumes
|Connectivity:||Wireless, Bluetooth, USB|
|Average Battery Life:||20 hours|
|Dimensions:||8.89 x 21.59 x 8.64 cm|
JBL is a well-known brand in the audio world, so it’s no surprise that another one of their models secured a spot on our list. If you love the power, quality and design of their speakers but want a larger model than the Clip 3, the Charge 4 is the one for you.
Although more expensive than other waterproof speakers, this large speaker is packed with some pretty amazing features. Aside from it’s durable, rugged body and IPX7 rating, when fully charged, you can enjoy up to 20 hours of uninterrupted play time. It also doubles as a charger for your phone so the music never has to stop. Another attractive feature is its ability to wirelessly connect to over 100 other JBL compatible speakers to give you an incredibly immersive listening experience.
8. Honourable Mention: BassPal IPX7 Waterproof Portable Shower Speakers
- Changing LED lights
- Removable suction cup
- Lightweight and portable
- Decent battery life
- Built-in microphone
- Some users found radio feature to be difficult to operate
- Confusing interface
|Average Battery Life:||8 hours|
|Dimensions:||8.2 x 8.2 x 6.5 cm|
If you like to bring the party with you wherever you go, the BassPal portable speaker is a fun, budget friendly speaker perfect for adding a soundtrack to your life. With a changing LED light and a large removable suction cup, this speaker looks as good as it sounds.
Its small body makes it great for travel, and with an IPX7 rating, you can comfortably bring this speaker to the beach, out to the pool, or use its handy suction cup to stick to your shower wall which provides a fun backdrop for all of your shower concerts.
It also features a built-in microphone so you can answer your calls hands free, as well as supports FM radio if you don’t want to deal with the pressures of playing DJ. With eight hours of battery life and a 5W driver, this lightweight and portable speaker is an impressive option given it’s price tag.
What are the Different Levels of Waterproofing?
Waterproofing standards have been developed and maintained by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commision), and in basic terms they’ve developed codes that will tell you how much water or particles an electronic device is capable of resisting. This categorization will always begin with the letters “IP”, followed by two more digits. The first digit will tell you how protected the device is from solid particles that can be as big as the surface of the device or as small as a dust particle — we won’t go too much into detail here, but basically if you see the number 6, it’s completely dust proof, and if you see the letter x it means that there’s no data available to tell you.
The second digit will tell you the level of waterproofing that your device has; the highest protection available is the number-9, which means that your device can survive powerful high temperature water jets. Every speaker option that we’ve put into this list has the categorization number-7, which means that it will survive splashes and can be immersed in water up to 1m below the surface at a test duration of 30 minutes. You won’t want to leave your speaker in the water for any longer than that of course, but should you accidentally drop your device in the bath or pool you won’t need to worry about it breaking. If you want to learn even more about these categorizations, you can easily find charts detailing what each number means with a quick Google search!
Features to Look for in a Waterproof Speaker
Connectivity: Every option on this list is Bluetooth compatible, so it’s easy to pair it up to any of your Bluetooth enabled devices, like a smartphone. You can also usually see the range capability listed in the product description, which will tell you how far away your device can be from the speaker and still maintain a connection. If you’re looking for a speaker for partying or camping, getting the longest range possible is a good idea.
Average Battery Life: If you plan on travelling a lot with your speaker, pay attention to the average battery life – nobody likes the feeling of having their devices stop working while being nowhere close to a charger. Look for the option with the highest battery life if you plan on going places with your waterproof speaker. Also remember that the number provided in the description will be an average based on a set amount of usage; if you like blasting your music at high volume, it’ll probably run out of battery faster than the average battery life provided by the manufacturer.
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