The 11 Best Shower Speakers of 2019

Take your tunes into the shower

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: JBL Charge 4

5

Some of the best ideas come in the shower, and the best shower speakers do, too. The JBL Charge 4, the latest in the brand’s Charge series, has a 7500mAh battery (about 1500mAh more than the previous Charge 3), powering up to 20 hours without needing to be plugged in, though it will take over 5 hours for the speaker to fully recharge. The IPX7 certification means that the speaker can be submerged in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes, so bath takers don’t have to worry about any ruined devices. Its Bluetooth 4.2 enables a connection of around 30 feet but doesn’t have speakerphone capabilities, which can be positive or negative depending on your preferences.

The Charge 4 builds off the benefits of prior models, with one major addition: JBL Connect+, an upgraded version of JBL Connect, where up to 100 JBL speakers can be connected to play the same song simultaneously. It is available in ten different colors and weighs just over two pounds. 

Fan of this brand? Take a peek at our picks for the best JBL speakers.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Boom Swimmer Duo

4.5

The Boom Swimmer Duo from Polk Audio has an IPX7 rating, so even the longest shower with the highest water pressure won't hurt the speaker. Made to be malleable, the tail end of the 2.62 x 9.72 x 2.62-inch Boom can wrap around virtually any object, including the showerhead. The Boom also comes complete with a suction cup for sticking to nearly any surface for even more mounting options.

Beyond surface mounting, the Boom adds another layer of usability with a built-in microphone allowing for hands-free calls right in the shower (but it's probably not the best place for a business call). If you’re not already sold on the Boom, the inclusion of both dirtproof and shockproof ratings add another layer of protection against drops and provides functionality in almost any environment.

Best Basic: iFox iF012 Bluetooth Speaker

3.8

Although its size is deceiving, this 3.4-inch circular speaker delivers clear, loud audio making it an ideal choice for any environment, whether it be your private shower, hot tub or pool party. Its compact design is surprisingly durable, boasting 100-percent waterproof certification (including full submersion up to 3 feet) as well as CE, FCC and ROHS certifications, ensuring top-notch quality. iFox also offers a one-year warranty, guaranteeing a full refund to unsatisfied customers, which speaks to the company’s confidence in its product.

As for the design, the controls are very user-friendly: the buttons are super responsive and easy to read. On the back of the speaker is a large suction cup so you can attach it to your shower wall. According to reviewers, the suction cup does, in fact, stay secure, so you can rest knowing that it won’t unexpectedly come loose. The iFox features fast-connecting wireless capabilities with a Bluetooth range of 33 feet. In addition to upgrading your listening experience, you can also answer phone calls via speakerphone. The battery lasts for 10 hours of continuous playtime and only takes 3 hours to fully recharge.

Best Durability: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

Ultimate Ears' Wonderboom speaker line has always been a good option for those looking to introduce music and podcasts into their daily cleaning routines. The original earned an IPX7 waterproof rating, meaning it will work great in the rain or the shower. Among many upgrades, the Wonderboom 2 brings IP67, giving it that same waterproof earmark but with the addition of dust protection. As a result, Wonderboom 2 is the ideal outdoor companion. Another huge boon is the outdoor boost button, which offers an instant enrichment to bass and acoustics while traveling outside the house.

You’ll get Bluetooth connectivity up to 100 feet plus around 13 hours of battery life — a roughly 30 percent increase from the Wonderboom 1, according to Ultimate Ears. Plus, with a new spread of colors including Deep Space, Crushed Ice Gray, Bermuda Blue, and Radical Red and the upgraded, sturdier accessory loop, you have a welcome iteration to an already-celebrated line of Bluetooth speakers.

Best Budget: AquaAudio Cubo Waterproof Speaker

If you’re looking for a stylish speaker to complement your hot tub or shower, then the AquaAudio Cubo’s sleek design and multiple color options might just catch your eye. More than just an aesthetically pleasing device, the speaker produces rich, clear audio with deep bass. Set up is quick and easy with an auto-pairing feature that automatically connects to your Bluetooth listening device and has a range of up to 50 feet.

For iOS users, it’s also compatible with SIRI for hands-free use. The battery delivers 10 hours of playtime and charging only takes 2.5 hours. Its only flaw is the weak suction cup on the back of the speaker, so you may find it best to rest the device on a shelf rather than attach to the shower wall.    

Best Battery: Fugoo Style XL

Among even some of the best portable speakers, battery life continues to be a problem area. In an effort to sound amazing and connect seamlessly, they tend to suck up a lot of juice. Fortunately, Fugooo doesn't make that compromise — they've actually made powerful batteries central to their speaker design. Case in point: the Style XL. This speaker gives you a whopping 35 hours of battery life per charge and, of course, it’s 100% waterproof. It actually offers an IP67 rating for up to three feet of full submersion and 30 minutes underwater, so it can definitely handle your shower rack.

The Fugoo Style XL is also compatible with Siri and Google, so it can also be integrated into your smart home system — and therefore voice-controlled — if you wish. But how does it sound? With eight different drivers (four tweeters, two mids/subs, and two passive radiators), it offers fully-immersive sound peaking at 97 dB. Plus, with a sleek, faux-fabric exterior, this thing is a far cry from the weird-looking shower radios of yesteryear.

Best Bluetooth Range: Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Bluetooth Speaker

You asked for range and Ultimate Ears delivers with a wireless connectivity radius of 100 feet. The Roll 2 can also pair with up to 8 Bluetooth-enabled devices and can connect two sources simultaneously. This speaker is built for more than karaoke sessions in the shower. It’s highly durable, dust-proof, shock-proof and has an IPX7 rating. The Roll 2 is also highly portable, featuring a bungee hook that can attach to a backpack or even your belt loop if you want to take it to the beach or on a bike ride.

The speakers also boast remarkable audio quality offering a range of 108Hz to 20kHz and a maximum volume of 85 dB with the capability to connect to an additional Roll’s speaker for a stronger sound. The battery can last for up to 9 hours of playtime, although this varies depending on the volume and environmental conditions. Just be sure the speaker has enough power before you leave the house, as charge time takes about five and a half hours.

Best Sound: Braven Mira

For a device that measures just 1.38 x 5 x 5 inches and weighs just under two pounds, the Braven Mira offers outstanding sound for a shower-ready speaker. Powered by a 1200mAh battery, the Mira can play up to 10 hours before requiring a recharge. The hinged hook is flush with the device when closed on the rear of the hardware but, when opened, it makes for an excellent way to hang from a showerhead easy listening.

Design and battery aside, the real highlight of the Braven Mira is the sound: Two drivers and a passive radiator allow for full sound, crisp highs, and excellent bass. Past sound, the IPX5 rating offers water resistance, but it’s not waterproof (so it may not survive a drop in the tub). However, the Mira will handily shrug off splashback emanating from a showerhead without slowing down.

Best for Portability: Anker SoundCore Sport

If you’re looking for the best combination of size and price, the Anker SoundCore Sport is the best shower speaker for you. Featuring an IPX7 waterproof rating (up to one meter for up to 30 minutes), the speaker offers crystal-clear sound for singing along to your favorite tunes before karaoke night. In fact, it's powered by a three-watt driver and a passive subwoofer.

With more than 10 hours of battery life, the Anker's Bluetooth connectivity can power the SoundCore up to 33 feet away from a device. The included wrist strap doubles to hang the 3.35 x 3.35 x 1.77-inch, eight-ounce SoundCore from a showerhead for easy listening without getting in the way.

See more reviews of our favorite portable speakers available for purchase.

Best Splurge: Libratone One Click

Roughly the size of a paperback book, the Libratone One Click portable Bluetooth speaker is an exceptional choice. The unique style allows for 360-degree sound along with 12 hours of battery life to last not only in the shower but also for a full day at the beach. The IPX-4 rating makes it splashproof, so while it technically isn't waterproof, it'll be fine for the shower.

Splashproofing aside, the 4.7 x 1.6 x 8-inch Libratone stands out courtesy of its two interchangeable accessories, including the small hook and larger lunch-box style handle. The latter of two is more ideal for the shower where it can hang from the showerhead and blast its crisp treble right in your direction. It also has a three-inch woofer, one-inch tweeter, and two passive drivers.

You may also want to check out our selections for the best party speakers on the market this year.

Best Bass: Ultimate Ears Megaboom

As the name suggests, the Ultimate Ears Megaboom packs a powerful punch. At 1.93 pounds and 9 inches tall, this is one of the largest speakers on our list, however, it’s still light enough to carry with one hand. It’s also one of the loudest — featuring two 2-inch drivers and two passive radiators, creating a more robust, bass-heavy, 360-degree sound that excels beyond other Ultimate Ears models.

Its design is highly durable, and the IPX7 rating certifies that it’s almost completely waterproof, capable of being fully submerged in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. Like other UE models, the Megaboom is also known for its strong wireless connection which offers a range of 100 feet. 

Still haven't found what you're looking for? Take a look at our picks for the best portable bluetooth wireless speakers.

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How We Tested

We bought four top-rated shower speakers that our reviewers tested for 80 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these speakers, from their sound quality to their durability. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in Shower Speakers

Sound quality - In order to hear your music over the sound of running water, you’re going to have to crank up the volume—which is why sound quality is extra important in a shower speaker. Too often, when you blast music on a cheap speaker, the sound just becomes noise, so make sure the music on yours is always clear.

Battery life - Because shower speakers are meant to be used in damp environments, they’re often powered by batteries (instead of a power outlet). Some also charge via USB cable. If you’re going to be using your speaker a lot—especially if you’ll be mounting it with a suction cup or some other method—check that its battery lasts long enough so you don’t have to take it down constantly to recharge it.

Durability - Because shower speakers are often mounted high up on a wall, it’s important to look at the durability of any speaker you’re buying. If you want one that can survive multiple falls and come out unscathed, make sure you pay attention to the device’s construction.

Test Results: JBL Charge 4 (Best Overall)

5

What We Like

  • Crisp, clear audio

  • Great battery life

  • Extremely durable

  • Charges other devices

What We Don't Like

  • Bulky

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JBL Charge 4
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JBL Charge 4
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JBL Charge 4
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JBL Charge 4
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“This device feels like it should be more expensive than it is,” our tester raved, “and because you can connect it with up to 100 other JBL devices, it’s ideal for wiring (wirelessly of course) your whole home with sound.” In addition, our reviewer found this speaker “highly durable,” loved the battery life (“up to 20 hours of continuous use”), and said “it’s difficult, if not impossible, to find any flaws” in the audio quality. In terms of negatives, he felt it was a bit bulky for a shower. He also wished it had a speakerphone. But the takeaway? “If you want big sound and great versatility, it’s hard to beat the JBL Charge 4,” our tester declared.

Test Results: Boom Swimmer Duo (Runner-Up, Best Overall)

4.5

What We Like

  • Super portable

  • Thumpy bass

  • Shock resistant

What We Don't Like

  • Vocals sometimes suffer

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Polk Boom Swimmer Duo
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Polk Boom Swimmer Duo
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Polk Boom Swimmer Duo
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“Sound quality is excellent for the most part,” our tester said of this speaker. “The bass is very thumpy and the speakerphone has great range and clarity.” However, our reviewer also noted, “If you're listening to a song that has unconventional sound mixing, the audio gets ruined due to everything being pushed through a single speaker.” Its compact size, though, makes it ideal for the shower and also super portable: “It fits nicely in the palm of your hand and the flexible tail makes it very versatile as a stand or hook,” he said.

Test Results: iFox iF012 Bluetooth Speaker (Best Basic)

3.8

What We Like

  • Strong suction cup

  • Good battery life

  • High-quality speakerphone

  • Clear audio

What We Don't Like

  • Weak bass

  • Doesn’t come with a wall adapter

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Fox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker
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Fox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker
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Fox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker
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Our tester loved that this speaker was designed specifically for the shower: “It does one job and does it very well for its intended purpose,” he noted. In addition, he liked the long-lasting battery, “clear, crisp” audio, and high-quality speakerphone. Our reviewer did caution that the bass is weak, however. “If you want pulsing sound in the morning, this device isn't for you,” he said. Overall, though, he found it to be “a basic, affordable shower speaker that reliably sticks to the wall.”

Test Results: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom (Best Durability)

3.9

What We Like

  • 360-degree sound

  • Excellent sound quality

  • Great for outside as well as shower

What We Don't Like

  • Bulky

  • Confusing controls

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Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM
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Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM
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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom shower speakers
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Our tester found the 360-degree audio of the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom to be top notch: “It produces sound that's true to the recording, so all the small details can be heard with perfect clarity,” he explained. Our reviewer also said, “It's highly rugged and waterproof, making it ideal not just for the shower but also outdoor use.” The negatives? “It's a bit large to take in the shower with you and will take up a good amount of real estate on your bathroom counter or shower shelf,” he noted. Our tester also found the controls confusing and the instructions “subpar.” Overall, he said that “it’s probably overkill for a shower speaker,” but recommended it as a solid option with a deal or discount.