The 9 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers of 2019

A little splash is no problem for these powerful devices

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The Rundown

  • Best Overall: JBL Charge 4 at Amazon, "The JBL Charge 4 Bluetooth speakers deliver high-quality audio in a body that is both small and rugged."
  • Most Portable: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 at Amazon, "At around 4 inches tall, it’ll slide into any backpack or beach bag with ease."
  • Best Value: AOMAIS Sport II at Amazon, "With a 20W output, you'll have no problem filling your room or campsite with music."
  • Best Battery Life: Fugoo Sport at Amazon, "The Fugoo Sport comes in with an exceptional weekend-long battery life."
  • Best Mini: Creative Muvo 2c at Amazon, "This speaker can be paired with up to two of the same model speakers for louder stereo sound."
  • Best for the Shower: iFox iF012 at Amazon, "With up to a ten-hour battery life this is a great, low-cost way add some musical accompaniment to your shower."
  • Best for Beach Parties: JBL Pulse 3 at Amazon, "The sound quality is impressive across the tonal range, and there's more than enough volume for a good-sized outdoor party."
  • Best for Voice Assistance: JBL Link 20 at Best Buy, "This smart speaker has up to ten hours of battery life and a rugged, waterproof design."
  • Best for Pool Use: UE Roll 2 at Amazon, "The Roll 2 ships with a special floatie, so it can sit on top of the water pumping out tunes for as long as you like."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: JBL Charge 4

5

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. 

Most Portable: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

4.9

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.

Best Value: AOMAIS Sport II

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.

Best Battery Life: Fugoo Sport

Whether you're partying at the beach or chilling out beside the campfire, the last thing you want is the music to die in the middle of your favorite song. That's where the Fugoo Sport comes in with an exceptional weekend-long battery life.

Rated to last 40 hours at half volume, the Sport is also prepped to contend with snow, sand, and water (three feet for thirty minutes), and puts out up to 95db from its six speakers.

There's a speakerphone built in, and while the speaker looks fine as is, you've got the option of three different colors of "jacket" to make it look more stylish. There's also an optional waterproof remote if you can't be bothered getting out of the pool to turn up the tunes. Weighing about a pound, the Fugoo Sport is a great option for trips that take you far from the nearest wall socket.

Best Mini: Creative Muvo 2c

If you're looking for a tiny waterproof Bluetooth speaker that still sounds good, check out the Creative Muvo 2c. This unobtrusive little gadget weighs just 5.6 ounces and lasts up to six hours on a single charge, delivering solid bass and enough volume to easily be heard outdoors. It can also be paired with up to two of the same model speakers for louder stereo sound.

As well as Bluetooth streaming, you can save battery life on both your phone and the speaker by going old-school and plugging in a micro-SD card full of your favorite tunes.

Available in a small range of colors, including black, blue, green, and red, the Muvo 2c can also act as a speakerphone. Small enough to fit in a pocket, it's dust and splash-proof, but can't handle full immersion in water, so don't go throwing it in a pool or lake.

Best for the Shower: iFox iF012

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 and plenty of volume, this is a great, low-cost way add some musical accompaniment to your shower.

Best for Beach Parties: JBL Pulse 3

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 3's 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.​

Best for Voice Assistance: JBL Link 20

JBL Link 20

Courtesy of Best Buy

With the increasing popularity of voice assistants, the technology is starting to show up in many third-party speakers. The Link 20 is JBL's entry into the genre, and it's an impressive one. It pumps out plenty of sound from its 2x10W speakers and is quite bass-heavy—a bonus for some people, a problem for others. Integrating with Google Assistant, the speaker's biggest selling point is it uses your phone's Internet connection to control your smart home, stream your favorite music, or answer whatever burning question pops into your head.

As with the other premium models in the JBL range, the Link 20 isn't the smallest or lightest Bluetooth speaker you'll find, but at 2.1 pounds and 8.3" long, it's definitely still a portable device. With up to ten hours of battery life and a rugged, waterproof design, it's an excellent way of getting into the world of smart speakers.

Best for Pool Use: UE Roll 2

Putting your speaker beside the pool is one thing, but what about taking it in with you? Most portable speakers aren't designed to do that for very long, even if they're officially waterproof, but the UE Roll 2 is an exception.

The UFO-shaped Roll 2 ships with a special floatie, so it can sit on top of the water pumping out tunes for as long as you like. With a maximum 85db volume, there's a surprising amount of sound from such a small speaker, and its minimal weight, 11.6 ounces, and slim dimensions make it easy to transport no matter where you're going.

You can pair two UE Roll's together for extra volume, and unusually, can also have two phones or devices connected at once. There's even a stretchy bungee cord on the back, making it easy to strap the speaker to your backpack, bike, or anything else you can find. Available in a small range of colors, it's a great portable speaker for almost any use. For playback in the pool, however? It's unbeatable.