The 6 Best Outdoor and Backyard Speakers of 2023

The tunes don't need to stay indoors with the right speakers

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The best outdoor speakers deliver the high-quality audio you'd expect from indoor speakers but in a housing that will shield the interior electronics from the elements (or the occasional splash). 

Our experts searched for weather-resistant speakers with the right combination of audio quality, durability, performance, and easy installation. We also looked at cost versus features, examining what each speaker offered for its price. Read on to see our top picks.

Best Overall

Bose 251 Environmental Outdoor Speakers

Bose 251 Environmental Outdoor Speakers


What We Like
  • Come as a pair

  • Mounting hardware included

  • Works with Bose SoundTouch SA-5 Amplifier

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

With a design fitting for the outdoors, music fans looking for a high-end experience should check out the Bose 251 Environmental Outdoor Speakers. They come as a pair with mounting hardware that lets you adjust the speakers on a vertical angle.

Built to withstand the elements, the Bose 251 speakers are made of a water-resistant composite tough enough to handle the heat (140 degrees Fahrenheit) and the cold (-22 degrees Fahrenheit). These speakers have been around for quite a while, and we've seen users report they still work well after five or more years in the elements.

The design offers an extra powerful sound loud enough to be heard thanks to the 2.5-inch full-range drivers and a 5.25-inch woofer. You can easily install the Bose on an overhang, wall, or even from a horizontal surface (think shelves or railings).

If you're trying to build a large set-up, you may want to read up on some tips on how to experience home theater outdoors.

Number of Speakers Included: 2 | Bluetooth/Wireless: No | Weather Resistance: 140° F to -22° F, ok in snow, rain, and salt | Driver Size: 2.5-inch drivers, 5.25-inch woofer

Best Value

Kicker KB6 Speakers

Kicker KB6000 Speakers


What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Powerful sound with horn-loaded tweeters

  • 180-degree mount

What We Don't Like
  • Not as attractive as some other options

While the Kicker KB6s' design is a bit plain, we chose them as the best-value speakers because they offer a lot of power at a reasonable price. They come as a pair, with the included mounting hardware to install the KB6 on your porch, deck, or even indoors if you want to.

These Kicker speakers measure 17 x 10 x 16 inches and weigh around 14 pounds. We're confident the included mounts, which clamp around the back of the speaker, offer enough support. You can rotate the KB6s 180 degrees from side to side to direct the sound.

They have a 6.25-inch Kicker woofer and dual 5-inch compression-loaded horn tweeters. This is quite a lot of power for a set of speakers in this price range. Music will sound robust, with clear mids and highs and ample bass.

Number of Speakers Included: 2 | Bluetooth/Wireless: No | Weather Resistance: Waterproof and UV-treated enclosure | Driver Size: Dual 5-inch tweeter, 6.5-inch woofer

Best Hidden

Klipsch AWR-650-SM Indoor/Outdoor Speaker

Klipsch AWR-650-SM Indoor/Outdoor Speaker


What We Like
  • Looks like a rock

  • Clean sound

  • UV resistant

What We Don't Like
  • Comes with only one speaker

It's fun when rock speakers blend into the background of your yard, but the speaker should still function well with good sound clarity and a durable design. That's why we chose the Klipsch AWR-650-SM.

Klipsch adds UV protection to the enclosure to help prevent damage from sitting out in the rays. 

The rock speaker has a 6.5-inch dual voice coil polymer woofer and dual ¾-inch polymer dome tweeters, with a two-way design and two grille areas that produce quality sound. It has a frequency response of 66 to 20,000 Hz and a sensitivity of 94 dB. We'd like a lower bass response, but the mids and lows should still sound clean.

Like some of the other outdoor speakers on the list, this model has been on the market for several years now, and many users report that it still functions well after a decade or more outside.

Number of Speakers Included: 1 | Bluetooth/Wireless: No | Weather Resistance: Outdoor rated, UV treated | Driver Size: 6.5-inch woofer, dual ¾-inch tweeters

Best Budget

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

Dual Electronics LU43PB 100 Watt 3-Way Indoor/Outdoor Speakers
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What We Like
  • Very affordable

  • Come as a pair

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Not good for bass

If you need outdoor speakers on a rock-bottom budget, look at the Dual Electronics LU43PB 100-watt speakers. The weather-proof speakers measure 8.25 x 5.25 x 5.25 inches, and each Polyelite PVA Surround is 4 inches.

They have a 1.6-inch midrange driver and a 0.78-inch dome tweeter. This leads to a frequency response between 100 and 20,000 Hz, which doesn't represent strong bass. This set can do the trick for background music for small gatherings, but don't plan on feeling the bass.

Number of Speakers Included: 2 | Bluetooth/Wireless: No | Weather Resistance: Outdoor rated, UV treated | Driver Size: 0.78-inch tweeter, 1.6-inch midrange, 4-inch woofer

Best Lantern Speaker

ANERIMST Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker

ANERIMST Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker


What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Use as a lantern and speaker

  • Good battery life

What We Don't Like
  • Sound isn't powerful

If you’re not looking for built-in or permanent speakers but something you can take with you outside when you have a few guests, the ANERIMST lantern speaker serves as a Bluetooth speaker, a tabletop lantern, and a hanging lamp. While you won’t get the sound quality you could get out of most of the other speakers on this list, as it has only a 5W driver, you do get the benefits of not having to install speakers or connect wires. 

The lantern speaker includes a 3600mAh battery and Bluetooth 4.2, so you can connect it to your phone and play from nearly anywhere. The battery is rated for about 18 hours of playtime, and the device takes about four to five hours to charge.

Number of Speakers Included: 1 | Bluetooth/Wireless: Yes | Weather Resistance: IP65 | Driver Size: N/A

Best for Portability

Bose S1 Pro

Bose S1 Pro


What We Like
  • Battery operated

  • Bluetooth capable

  • Can act as a PA system

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

The S1 Pro is Bose’s take on a battery-powered backyard speaker, but the brand has built this one to work for many more applications, too. The battery-powered wedge speaker is a Bluetooth speaker, letting you pair your phone or music player, while the rechargeable battery offers up to 11 hours of playtime. 

Bose has also added the incremental benefits of a two-channel mixer on board, letting you plug two microphones or line-in instruments into the device. It’s also compatible with the Bose Connect app for additional features. In terms of design, the chassis has plenty of flat edges, so you can position it in any direction. It has built-in sensors that adjust the output equalizer to match the angle. It’s all pretty ingenious, and because it’s a rugged, battery-powered amp, it’ll go wherever you take your party.

Number of Speakers Included: 1 | Bluetooth/Wireless: Yes | Weather Resistance: Suitable for short-term outdoor use | Driver Size: N/A

What to Look For in Outdoor and Backyard Speakers


Solid protection against the elements—including water and ultraviolet light—is a must-have. Outdoor speakers can last for years if they have decent weatherproofing, but you’ll be lucky to get a single season out of a regular speaker left outside in the same conditions.


Wireless outdoor speakers are extremely easy to set up and use, but wired speakers are more reliable and have the potential to offer higher-quality sound. If you use your phone to play music most of the time, Bluetooth might still be the best choice, but nothing beats the reliability and sound quality of physical speaker wires.

Wattage and Sound Specs

A pair of speakers rated at 60W each will be fine if your yard is less than 300 square feet but go for a higher rating if you’re working with a bigger space. (200W speakers will cover a backyard of about 1,000 square feet.) Also, look at the frequency response, which indicates the range of tones the speaker can produce. Usually, you’ll want to see a speaker that can go up to at least 20,000Hz.

  • How do you choose outdoor speakers?

    The most important thing to consider is how you’re going to be using your outdoor speakers. Are you having large parties, or do you just want background music for smaller gatherings? Do you want a built-in sound system that’s permanent, or do you want to be able to move the speakers around? If you want something portable, look for a Bluetooth speaker. If you want a permanent solution, look for speakers with high-quality sound that mount to your exterior walls and connect to a receiver or amplifier.

  • Do outdoor speakers need a receiver?

    Unless you’re going with a Bluetooth or wireless speaker that connects to your mobile device, you’re probably going to need a receiver or amplifier to set up a sound system in your backyard. If your speakers have red and black connections for speaker wire and it doesn’t have wireless capabilities or built-in amplification, you’ll likely need a receiver or amp to make your speakers function. 

  • How are outdoor speakers powered?

    Most permanent outdoor speakers (that have the black and red connection ports) draw power from an amplifier or receiver. Portable speakers usually run on a rechargeable lithium ion battery.

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