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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.
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.
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.
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.
Considering its low price tag, the VicTsing SoundHot C6 portable Bluetooth speaker packs quite a punch. Because it's rated for IPX5, it's completely waterproof, meaning it should withstand anything your shower can throw at it. A suction cup on the back firmly adheres to most surfaces like tiles or mirrors, but if you'd prefer, you can attach it to a bathroom rack, showerhead, or even a backpack using the included clip. Bluetooth 4.2 lets you pair it up with any smartphone or media player within 33 feet, which should be more than enough range for most bathrooms.
While it is waterproofed for the shower, the IPX5 rating means it’s only certified to withstand streams of water rather than full immersion, so you’ll need to make sure you don’t drop it in the tub if you’re bathing. The built-in battery provides up to six hours of playback time and holds its charge well if you turn it off between uses. Assuming you're using it for showering alone, it's safe to expect a couple of weeks between charges.
The powerful AYL SoundFit portable outdoor and shower speaker will be at home in your shower as it is on the outside trails, offering bold and deep sound for the price that’s surprisingly loud for a speaker this small. In addition to its impressive 12-hour battery life, it supports Bluetooth 5.0, something we rarely see in inexpensive portable speakers. As a result, it pairs to your devices faster, and it’s easier to switch between multiple devices, which is great if you're sharing it with friends or family. Plus, of course, you get the usual 33-foot Bluetooth range.
Although the IPX5 rating technically means that it’s only waterproof from splashes and not actual submersion, some users have reported accidentally dropping it in the water while kayaking or rafting, to no adverse effect. It forgoes suction cups — in favor of a strap — so you might need to get creative if you want to mount it in your shower. Having said that, it will sit nicely on a ledge, shelf, or even strapped to your showerhead.
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.
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 percent 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crisp, clear audio
Great battery life
Charges other devices
“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.
Vocals sometimes suffer
“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.
Strong suction cup
Good battery life
Doesn’t come with a wall adapter
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.”
Excellent sound quality
Great for outside as well as shower
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.