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The wireless nature of Bluetooth speakers is undeniably their biggest advantage since it allows them to be used just about anywhere - including outdoor settings. However, this also means that these speakers should (ideally) be more resistant to environmental factors than wired speakers. Perhaps this is the reason that there’s no dearth of waterproof Bluetooth speakers in the market.
These come in a multitude of shapes and sizes (all with varying price points), so choosing one isn’t exactly a walk in the park. But don’t worry, as we’ve done the hard work for you by curating (some of) the best ones out there. These may have different feature sets, but the one thing they all have in common is that they all are water-resistant.
Great sound quality
Auto power off feature
No speakerphone functionality
Easily one of the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers available out there, JBL’s Flip 5 is packed with goodness. It sports a new 44mm racetrack-shaped driver that delivers 20 watts of powerful sound. Having a durable body made from rubber and fabric, the speaker’s backed by an IPX7 rating that allows it to be submerged in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes. You also get support for JBL’s “PartyBoost” feature, which allows two or more (compatible) speakers to be linked together for an even bigger audio output. JBL Flip 5 uses Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless connectivity and includes a USB Type-C port for juicing up its built-in 4,800mAh battery, which can provide a playback time of up to 12 hours on a full charge. The speaker weighs around 1.2 pounds and comes in a variety of funky color options such as Sand, Teal, and Black Matte.
Slightly underwhelming bass
Learning from the successes of the Charge 3, JBL created a mid-priced Bluetooth speaker that delivers plenty of bang for its buck. Whether its pool party tunes or shower karaoke, the JBL Charge 4 Bluetooth speakers are powerful and durable, delivering high-quality audio in a body both small and rugged. With an IPX7 rating, it can withstand being in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes, meaning rain or pool splashes will be a non-issue. The speakers can also float, so there’s no risk if it falls into the deep end.
With a substantial 7500mAh battery, the speakers are a testament to JBL’s desire for continual improvement in making sure you jam out without worry (it lasts 20 hours on a single charge). The single full-range driver pumps out rich and crisp audio, and the improved JBL Connect+ lets the speaker connect with up to 100 other JBL speakers to play the same song, rather than just one or two others, as the Charge 3 offered. Our tester loved the Charge 4s durability and remarkably clear sound.
"The JBL Charge 4 is a versatile and waterproof Bluetooth speaker with lots of power and great sound." — Danny Chadwick, Product Tester
Compact and portable
Fantastic sound quality
Dust proof as well as waterproof
Lossy Bluetooth codec
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom speaker is one of the most portable Bluetooth units we’ve seen. At around 4 inches tall, it’ll slide into any backpack or beach bag with ease. In terms of sound quality, it blows the first-gen model out of the water. For starters, there's a lot more bass on tap, so you never have to worry about an otherwise glaring lack of vibration when you're studying and relaxing to your favorite lo-fi hip-hop beats. Plus, if you plan to share your music with the outside world, the Wonderboom 2 has an “outdoor boost” mode, which you can activate by pressing a button located on its underside.
While the first Wonderboom had an IPX7 waterproof rating, Wonderboom 2 adds dust protection to the mix, thereby netting itself an IP67 rating. With that, not only can you submerge the speaker underwater, but also you can expect an active resistance to dust. Wonderboom 2 introduces a bigger battery as well, with which Ultimate Ears claims it will last about 13 hours of consecutive audio playback, up from just 10 hours with its predecessor. The new color options — Bermuda Blue, Crushed Ice Gray, Deep Space, and Radical Red — are reminiscent of athleisure wear, and the accessory loop at the top is stretchier, not to mention sturdier than it ever was before. Our reviewer, James, loved its big sound and solid battery life.
"Between an excellent 13-hour battery life, waterproof and drop-proof design, and enough volume to cut through even the loudest background noise, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 is the perfect speaker for a backyard party or day at the beach." — James Huenink, Product Tester
Solid battery life
Can survive half an hour of immersion
Not the best looking speaker
The low price and useful features of the AOMAIS Sport II make it a great option for value-conscious buyers. With 20W output, the speaker is seriously loud, and you'll have no problem filling your room or campsite with music. Depending on the volume, you'll get up to 12 hours between charges, and the Sport II acts as a speakerphone as well if you need it.
There are controls on the speaker for volume, playback, and calls, and you can pair a second Sport II for double the volume and stereo separation. Unusually for a low-cost speaker, it's IPX7 rated, so can handle being immersed in water for half an hour. It's not the most attractive device you'll ever find, but its durability, powerful audio output, and overall value for money make any lack of style easy to overlook.
Customizable lighting effects
Long battery life
MicroUSB charging port
Anker’s Soundcore-branded audio products have come to be renowned for offering incredible value, and the Flare+ is no exception. Featuring two back-to-back full-range drivers working alongside dual passive bass radiators and two tweeters, it outputs 25 watts of rich sound in all directions. The speaker’s IPX7 rating means it’ll continue blasting tunes even after being submerged in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes, and you can also connect two of these to a single device for stereo playback. Then there’s Anker’s “BassUp” technology, which uses a custom Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to analyze and enhance bass in real time. However, the true highlight of the speaker is the LED light ring at its base, which pulses and phases according to the music for an immersive audio-visual experience. Anker Soundcore Flare+ includes a microphone for taking calls, and its integrated battery can go up to 20 hours when fully charged.
“Packing everything from robust battery life to expansive 360-degree sound in a good-looking package, Anker’s Soundcore Flare+ offers insane bang for your bucks.” - Rajat Sharma, Tech Writer
Perfect for the shower
Big accessible controls
Slightly underwhelming volume
Want to listen to your favorite tunes or podcasts in the shower? While almost any waterproof speaker will do the job, the iFox iF012 is designed specifically for the task, with a few extra features that help it stand out.
It's one of the least-expensive speakers we've found with an IP67 rating, meaning it'll handle immersion in three feet of water for half an hour, rather than just a few splashes. For a device that's likely to get soaked every day, that's important.
Much of the speaker's front face is a set of large buttons for controlling playback and answering calls, so there's no need to touch your phone with wet hands, and a strong suction mount lets you securely stick the speaker almost anywhere.
With up to a ten-hour battery life, this is a great, low-cost way add some musical accompaniment to your shower. Danny, our tester, loved the crisp audio, and the convenience of that powerful suction cup.
"If you want a basic, affordable shower speaker that reliably sticks to the wall and delivers clear audio, the iFox iF012 is the model to buy." — Danny Chadwick, Product Tester
Cool light show effects
Connect up to a 100 Pulse 3s
Planning a beach party? JBL's Pulse 3 hits all the right notes with impressive sound, solid waterproofing, and an inbuilt light show that turns the dunes into your own personal nightclub.
Sound quality is impressive across the tonal range, and there's more than enough volume for a good-sized outdoor party. The speaker sits vertically, with a large plastic section for the customizable lighting to show through. You can select from eight different lighting modes from the device, with total customization available through the accompanying app.
The app also lets you connect 100+ other Pulse 3s together, which would be quite something to see on a dark night. You'll get up to 12 hours of battery life with the lights turned on, and with the same IPX7 rating as the other JBL models on this list, your speaker will be just fine even when the tide rolls in.
It's fairly hefty, at 8.8" long and 2.1 pounds, but if your priority is great sound and an impressive light show from a device that's still pretty portable, the extra size will likely be a compromise worth making.
Speakerphone functionality for voice calls
Lightweight and portable
A tad expensive
Ever heard of the phrase that says big things come in small packages? Well it’s definitely true in case of Bose’s SoundLink Micro, a waterproof Bluetooth speaker that’s compact enough to fit in the palm of your hand. But don’t let that diminutive size fool you, as this thing packs some serious punch, thanks to a custom-designed transducer and dual passive radiators. Having a rubberized silicone exterior, the IPX7-certified speaker works great even after it’s submerged in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes. It also comes with a tear-resistant that lets you fasten it securely to a backpack, your bike’s handlebar, or just about anything else. Bose SoundLink Micro supports popular virtual assistants like Siri and Google Assistant (via a connected smartphone), and features guided voice prompts that make Bluetooth pairing a cakewalk. The speaker’s available in three color options and its built-in battery can provide a playback time of up to six hours on a full charge.
Amazing lighting effects
No 3.5mm audio port
Music is definitely a must-have for a beach party (or any party, for that matter!), but you know what else is needed to liven things up? Lights – and that’s where JBL’s Pulse 4 comes into the picture. Boasting a spectacular omnidirectional LED light show that moves along with the music, this waterproof Bluetooth speaker looks just as great as it sounds. There are many illumination themes/patterns to choose from, and you can even customize your own using the companion smartphone app.
Backed by an IPX7 rating, the speaker will continue to work even when it’s been immersed in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes. Its 360-degree driver array outputs 20 watts of vibrant sound, and you can use JBL’s “PartyBoost” feature to link two or more (compatible) speakers to further amplify the audio output. JBL Pulse 4 comes with a USB Type-C port and its integrated 7,260mAh battery can keep things running for up to 12 hours when fully charged.
“With a stunning customizable LED light show complementing its omnidirectional sound, JBL’s Pulse 4 is bound to jazz up any party you bring it to.” - Rajat Sharma, Tech Writer
Multiple audio modes
Using “Extra Bass” reduces battery life
If you’re a fan of deep and punchy sound, Sony’s SRS-XB23 is just what you need. Featuring dual passive radiators working in tandem with full-range speakers, it gives your music a thunderous bass boost that needs to be heard in order to be believed. The cylinder-shaped speaker can be used in both horizontal and vertical positions, and includes a convenient strap that can be used to suspend it just about anywhere. Being IP67-certified, it’ll continue pumping out tunes even after being immersed in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes.
You don’t have to worry about stuff like dust and (unintended) bumps either, as the XB23 is quite solid. The speaker uses Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connectivity and supports most of the audio codes like SBC, AAC, and LDAC. Sony SRS-XB23 comes in multiple color options (e.g. Coral Red, Olive Green, and Light Blue) and its built-in battery can last up to 12 hours on a single charge.
Even though all of the waterproof Bluetooth speakers detailed above are incredible in their own right, our top pick is the JBL Flip 5. Among other features, it offers room-filling detailed sound and solid battery life in a well-rounded package. Yes, there are some shortcomings (e.g. no 3.5mm audio port), but they aren’t exactly dealbreakers.
Our expert reviewers and testers evaluate waterproof Bluetooth speakers similarly to how we test most speakers, except with more focus on durability and wireless connectivity. First, we look at the design and portability, what waterproofing rating it has, how much space the speaker takes up, and how easy it is to connect devices through Bluetooth. To test waterproofing, we dunk or immerse the speaker in a bucket and wash it under running water, provided it's rated for that. We might take it to a beach or a pool to see how it holds up and if it can resist sand and drops.
Next, we play a variety of media content, including music, movies, and games, so we can get a good idea of the sound profile, frequency response, and bass. Here's also where we consider any special features like software customization that allows tweaking of frequency response, directional audio, bass enhancements, or extras like RGB lighting. Finally, we compare it to competitors in a similar price range to make a final judgment. All of the computer speakers we test are purchased by Lifewire; none are provided by the manufacturer.
Rajat Sharma has been in the field of technology journalism for more than six years now, and has reviewed quite a few speakers (as well as numerous other gadgets) over the course of his career so far. Prior to joining Lifewire, he worked as a senior technology editor/writer with two of India’s biggest media houses - The Times Group and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited.
David Dean is an experienced tech reporter whose work has appeared in top publications like The New York Times and Chicago Tribune. He previously spent 15 years as an IT expert, and specialized in travel tech, making him a perfect choice to craft this roundup.
Danny Chadwick has been writing about tech since back in 2008, and has produced hundreds of features, articles, and reviews on a massive range of subjects. He specializes in mobile audio equipment and reviewed several of the speakers on our list.
James Huenink is an experienced tech journalist and copywriter who's fascinated with how tech can help bind people together. He specializes in portable speakers and produced an insightful review of the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 for our list.
IP rating - The main factor that distinguishes the models on our list from traditional Bluetooth speakers is their water resistance, so you'll want to pay close attention to the IP ratings of any speaker that will live near (or perhaps in) the water.
Audio quality - Key when picking out any speaker, audio quality is especially important for a waterproof Bluetooth model because of how often they'll be used outside. They'll need to be crisp and clear, and powerful enough to compete with any ambient noise outdoor environments present.
Battery life - Because they'll often be used on the go, or may live outside next to your pool, a capacious battery is really important for these speakers. Something in excess of 12 hours is a good place to start, though some of the best will go all weekend long without quitting.