The 8 Best Shower Speakers to Buy in 2018

Take your tunes into the shower

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM
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Who doesn't love belting out a song in the shower or listening to music while washing up? Unfortunately, not all speakers can handle getting wet (and you can't, well, shouldn't, take your smartphone in the shower or tub with you), so it's worth investing in one that does. There are two main types of waterproof shower speakers: ones that hang on the shower head and others that rest on a shelf or the side of the tub. So whether you want to liven up your mundane shower routine or you need to keep the kids entertained during bath time, look to these best shower speakers when you want to sing along to your favorite tunes.

Best Overall: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

With sharp looks that combine a compact form factor and larger-than-life sound, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is a great shower-friendly speaker. The IPX7 rating allows the Wonderboom to be submerged in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes, so it's more than suited for the shower. The Bluetooth-ready speaker allows for playback up to 100 feet away from a compatible smartphone or tablet and provides up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge. The 4.6 x 4.2 x 5.24-inch speaker weigh a meager 1.3 pounds, but has surprisingly big sound with 360 degrees of audio performance that’s both crisp and bass-heavy. A drop test from 1.7 meters high offers some peace-of-mind in the event the speaker falls from a high shelf. It's available in six different colors (subzero blue, cashmere pink, fireball red, lilac, phantom black and stone gray).

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Boom Swimmer Duo

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 shower head. 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 Budget: AmazonBasics

Amazon’s own product line of AmazonBasics hardware continues to impress and its waterproof Bluetooth wireless mini speaker is no exception. Along with its budget-friendly price tag, the IP67 rating allows it to be labeled as dustproof, shockproof and waterproof. Doubling as a shower speaker, the Bluetooth 4.0 compatible hardware works with any Bluetooth-enabled device up to 33 feet away courtesy of its three-watt audio driver and a passive subwoofer. The rubberized exterior provides a small measure of impact resistance in case of a tumble from the shower shelf. It measures 3.31 x 3.31 x 1.77 inches and weighing 4.64 ounces, so it can go beyond the bathroom and on other adventures such as river rafting and kayaking.

Best Battery: Fugoo Sport

There are waterproof speakers that offer good battery life and then there’s the Fugoo Sport. With up to 40 hours of battery life at 50 percent volume, the Fugoo is second-to-none when it comes to playing tunes between recharges. Perhaps the only hiccup with the Fugoo is its size. At 7 x 4 x 9 inches, it will likely need to be placed on a shelf or on the side of a bathtub. Fortunately, no matter where you place the Fugoo, you’ll benefit from high-fidelity sound backed by an IP67 waterproof rating that allows for immersion into the water for up to 30 minutes at one meter. Inside the Fugoo are six drivers that are spread out across all four sides of the device to power the 360-degree audio. A voice-enabled omnidirectional microphone pairs with a full-duplex speakerphone for answering a call right from the speaker. It also has support for both Siri and Google Now to play music or ask about weather and sports scores.

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. Splash proofing 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 shower head and blast its crisp treble right in your direction. It also has a three-inch woofer, one-inch tweeter and two passive drivers.

Best for Ruggedness: Sharkk 2O Bluetooth

Big sound without breaking the bank helps make the Sharkk 2O Bluetooth speaker an ideal option for music fans who want something both durable and waterproof. Featuring more than 100 feet of Bluetooth connectivity, the IP67-rated Shark adds both shockproof and dustproof benefits along with the waterproof rating. The 10 hours of battery life are fairly in line with competitive options, and there's even a built-in microphone for answering calls. These features help make the Sharkk a worthy purchase, but it’s the rugged rubberized construction and design that really make the Sharkk stand out. Inside the rubberized frame are dual four-watt speakers for a dynamic sound. Weighing 1.9 pounds, it has a carrying strap that allows it to hang from a shower head, but the 11.4 x 4 x 3-inch frame is best placed on a shelf or on the side of the bathtub.

Best for Portability: Anker SoundCore Sport

If you’re looking for the best combination of size and price, the Anker SoundCore Sport is your best bet. 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 shower head for easy listening without getting in the way.

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 shower head easy listening. Design and battery aside, the real highlight of the Braven Mira is the sound: Two drivers and a passive radiator allows 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 splash back emanating from a shower head without slowing down.

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