The 7 Best Outdoor and Backyard Speakers to Buy in 2018

Relax on your deck and listen to some tunes with these outdoor speakers

So you're looking to up your outdoor entertainment game at home with a pair of speakers, but which ones are the best out there? You'll have to take some things into consideration (such a price, size, design, and, perhaps most importantly, how well they'll hold up against the weather). Read on to see which outdoor speakers made our best of the best list, so you can take your backyard barbecue party to a whole new level.

Best Overall: Kicker KB6000 Speakers

When you’re trying to find the best overall outdoor speakers for your deck or backyard, you’ll likely want a well-rounded speaker that doesn’t break the bank. Look no further than the Kicker KB6000 Full Range Indoor/Outdoor/Marine Speakers.

These 6.5-inch Kicker speakers measure 17 x 15 x 10 inches and weigh 15.2 pounds total. They have a maximum power of 150 watts per pair and frequency response between 55 Hz and 21 kHz. This means they can get loud while still conveying good, if not great, sound quality. Music especially will sound robust, with clear mids and highs and fair bass.

Customers said these speakers are perfect for personal backyards, decks and pools, but not powerful enough for a large outdoor event space. They also note that these speakers are fairly easy to install.

Best Hidden: Niles RS8Si Granite Pro Weatherproof Rock Loudspeaker

When it comes to adding music to your backyard, you'll likely want outdoor speakers that don't detract from the natural scenery, which makes the Niles RS8Si Granite Pro Weatherproof Rock Loudspeaker is a great choice. Featuring a no-fade protective paint to help against the elements, this weatherproof option surpasses military standards to help prevent corrosion. Whether you live up north where the seasons can all happen in one day or the south where the power of the sun can beat down, the Niles is designed to handle a variety of environmental conditions. Inside the four-layer fiberglass construction is an eight-inch two-way, dual tweet high-performance loudspeaker that can output sound in mono, two-speaker or single-speaker stereo output for exceptional audio performance. Weighing only 30 pounds, the Niles hardly distracts from the view, thanks to a realistic look that fits nearly everywhere in the backyard.  

Best for Audiophiles: Klipsch AW-650 Indoor/Outdoor Speaker

If you want great outdoor speakers but also demand the best in audio quality, then you’ll almost certainly want to buy a pair of Klipsch AW-650 speakers, which will play music loudly and accurately by the pool, patio or anywhere else you feel like pumping the jams.

The Klipsch AW-650 speakers work well both indoors and out, but they truly excel outdoors due to their UV-resistant ABS enclosure with a rust-proof aluminum grille. This means they can sit outside and take a beating from the elements, including from the sun, water and wind. And they sound great, too, with detailed, clean highs and powerful lows. Klipsch claims that these are built to consume less power than the average outdoor speaker, so that’s a nice touch as well.

Amazon reviewers have been extremely happy with these speakers, awarding them an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Many of the reviewers claim to have high audio standards and love that these speakers sound so darn good.

Best Budget: Dual Electronics LU43PB 100 Watt 3-Way Indoor/Outdoor Speakers

If you need outdoor speakers on a rock-bottom budget, you’ll want to take a look at the Dual Electronics LU43PB 100-watt speakers. These weather-proof speakers measure 8.25 x 5.25 x 5.25 inches each and each woofer is four inches, so they are small enough to fit just about anywhere you want to place them and durable enough to last in the sun or next to the pool.

When it comes to sound, the LU43PB three-way speakers offer a frequency response between 100 Hz and 20,000 Hz and will play as loud as 85.5 dB. Each speaker has a 40mm poly cone and a 20mm tweeter piezo dome, which also work to improve sound quality.

It’s important to keep in mind that because these are budget speakers, they won’t win any sound contests. Even so, Amazon reviewers have been highly satisfied, giving these speakers 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Best for Portability: Fugoo Style XL

While many audiophiles or even those who just want to throw a party will love the convenience of on-demand outdoors speakers, sometimes you just want something a little more portable, and the Fugoo Style XL delivers in this department. While pricey, the unit is extra loud and, with 35 hours of battery time, you’ll find you can go the entire weekend without ever looking for the charger. Whether it’s the beach, the backyard or the trail, the Fugoo is ready to go with you wherever you're headed (it's just 11.33" x 4.52" x 3.81” and weighs less than four pounds). Rated IP67, the Fugoo is dustproof and waterproof in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes.

You’ll find eight acoustic drivers including dedicated tweeters, mid-woofers and a subwoofer radiator all packed inside the body. In fact, the eight acoustic drivers are mounted on all four sides offering 360 degrees of audio listening. Connecting to the Fugoo is easy over Bluetooth 4.0 with a friendly voice assistant that offers feedback on pairing, battery life and power. You’ll also have the standard option of playing music via a 3.5mm input if you’re still rocking old-school methods. Standard range is offered at 33 feet for indoor play and close to 120 feet outdoors, but testing showed the magical line was around 50 feet before risking a drop-off in audio quality.

The Fugoo “rocks” to two different sound modes, “normal” and the conveniently-named “outdoor”. Outdoor mode offers a “richer, fuller” sound according to Fugoo and there’s no question about it. Audio quality is excellent. The wide field of sound combined with the rugged form factor make for an incredibly easy buying recommendation.

Best High End: Bose 251 Environmental Outdoor Speakers

With a design that’s perfect for the great outdoors, music fans looking for a high-end experience backed by a strong name should look to the Bose 251 Environmental Outdoor Speakers. Built to withstand the elements, the Bose is made of a water-resistant composite that’s tough enough to handle the hottest of hot (158 degrees Fahrenheit) and the coldest of cold (-40-degrees Fahrenheit) without skipping a beat.

The design offers an extra powerful sound that’s more than loud enough to be heard whether you're in your yard or on your patio, thanks to two 2.5-inch full-range drivers and a 5.25-inch woofer. Easily installed, the included mounting kit lets you place the Bose on a wall, overhang or even hang from a horizontal surface (think shelves or railings).

Best Design: Audio Experience AES0003

While Audio Experience isn’t the first company to release an omni-directional submersible speaker, they can claim the best and most up-to-date unit with this completely redesigned model. The camouflaged unit can be buried up to ⅔" of the speaker grill and delivers true hi-fidelity sound in your backyard at a powerful 200 watts.

The upgraded eight-inch speaker driver uses proprietary technology to deliver a greater frequency for clear-balanced sound with deep bass and crystal highs. In addition to the powerful sound, this omni speaker is built with cabinetry that can resist extreme conditions. The speakers are guaranteed to last over 1,000 hours with high moisture, heat and UV resistance.


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