12 Best Outdoor Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers

For outdoor activities such as beach parties and camping, a regular portable Bluetooth speaker is not going to cut it. What you need is a speaker built specifically for outdoor use – the ones that pack a long-lasting rechargeable battery and are protected against the elements.

But we’re not talking about speakers that can handle splashes. No, we’re talking about legit outdoor waterproof Bluetooth speakers that can actually survive being submerged in the water. Not all products on the market match that description. Some are merely water resistant. In this guide, we’ll show you the 12 best waterproof speakers that are worth your money.

 

ProductIP RatingBattery LifeDimensionsWeight
Sharkk 2OIP6710 hours11.5 x 4 x 3 in1.92 lb
JBL Clip 2IPX78 hours3.7 x 1.6 x 5.5 in0.41 lb
Ultimate Ears WonderboomIPX710 hours4.2 x 4.6 x 5.2 in1.32 lb
EcoXGear ECOXBTIPX710 hours9 x 2.9 x 4 in1.5 lb
Fugoo StyleIP6740 hours6.5 x 2.6 x 2.1 in0.97 lb
Braven BRV-XIPX712 hours9.1 x 2.9 x 3.6 in4 lb
Bose SoundLink MicroIPX76 hours1.4 x 3.9 x 3.9 in0.64 lb
Ultimate Ears Roll 2IPX79 hours5.3 x 1.6 x 5.30.73 lb
JBL Flip 4IPX712 hours2.8 x 6.9 x 2.7 in1.14 lb
Ultimate Ears Boom 2IPX715 hours2.5 x 2.5 x 7 in1.2 lb
Sony SRS-XB31IP6724 hours10.4 x 4.4 x 6.8 in1.95 lb
JBL Pulse 3IPX712 hours8.8 x 3.6 x 3.6 in2.12 lb

 

Sharkk 2OSharkk 2O

If you can’t afford to spend more than $50 on a Bluetooth speaker, the Sharkk 2O – stylized as Sharkk 2O – is one of the best options on the market. It’s available in 8-watt and 20-watt, with the latter being the slightly more expensive model.

The Shark 2O comes with a number of features designed for user convenience. Aside from the Bluetooth connection, it can also connect via an auxiliary cable and play music from an SD card. The latter option is useful when you want to preserve your smartphone’s battery. The Sharkk 2O also has a built-in mic, which allows you to answer phone calls and access Siri.

The rubber-coated Sharkk 2O has a sturdy, waterproof frame. It’s also shockproof and dustproof, making it a durable outdoor speaker, and comes with a Velcro wrist strap. We recommend that you get the 20-watt model simply because it sounds better.

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JBL Clip 2JBL Clip 2

If you want a portable speaker that you can literally clip on to your bag or jeans, the JBL Clip 2 fits the bill perfectly. It’s a lightweight Bluetooth speaker that comes with a carabiner, making it extremely easy to carry around.

The Clip 2 has a minimalist design, with all the buttons neatly arranged around the edges of its well-built disk-shaped frame. It comes with a 3.5-millimeter cable, which is stored at the back, in case your smartphone’s Bluetooth connection is experiencing technical issues.

The Clip 2 has good sound quality. But in case you need more juice, you can buy a pair and connect them together via Bluetooth. Because of its portable design and carabiner, carrying more than one Clip 2 is hassle-free. It comes with a built-in mic, which allows you to answer phone calls, and can run up to 8 hours on just a single charge.

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Ultimate Ears WonderboomUltimate Ears Wonderboom

The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is another ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker that you can easily carry with you, courtesy of its built-in hanging loop. You can bring along the Wonderboom for almost every outdoor activity, and that includes cycling, hiking, and kayaking – the hanging loop guarantees the Wonderboom is always attached to you.

The Wonderboom has large a volume control so you don’t have to fumble around in the dark. It has a well-protected USB port at the bottom and features an all-in-one button at the top. Using the all-in-one button, you can play, pause, and skip music tracks as well as connect with another Wonderboom speaker within range.

Despite its small size, the Wonderboom delivers an impressive 360-degree sound with a nice bass. It’s completely waterproof, can float on water, and runs up to 10 hours on a single charge, with the charge time taking around three hours. Like the JBL Clip 2, the Wonderboom is also available in different colors.

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EcoXGear ECOXBTEcoXGear ECOXBT

EcoXGear is an authority when it comes to outdoor equipment and accessories, and the EcoXGear ECOXBT makes that apparent with its very rugged design. It has a durable rubberized frame and comes with a detachable carabiner, which you can use to clip your speaker to a hammock, tent, and backpack, among other things.

The ECOXBT is completely waterproof and is shock resistant. Instead of a fabric material, the speakers within the rugged frame is protected by a stainless steel grill cover. It can also float on water, so don’t worry if you accidentally drop it into the ocean.

The ECOBXT is compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled music player. In addition, it has a 3.5-millimeter jack, allowing it to connect via the old-school way. It has a punchy sound quality and can handle up to 10 hours straight of continuous playback, although not when in maximum volume. It’s quick-charging, too, requiring only two hours for a full charge.

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Fugoo StyleFugoo Style

When it comes to battery life, there aren’t many portable speakers that come close to the Fugoo Style. It’s a lightweight wireless speaker that packs a maximum run time of 40 hours at 50 percent volume. Forty freaking hours, ladies and gentlemen. That’s almost two full days of non-stop music.

The Fugoo Style is made of durable materials. It’s sandproof and snowproof and is 100 percent waterproof, coming in with an IP rating of IP67. Inside the frame, the Fugoo Style has six speakers: two tweeters, two woofers, and two passive radiators. It offers a legit 360-degree sound, due in part to its angled design, giving you a more immersive experience.

With the built-in omnidirectional microphone, you can also use the Fugoo Style to answer phone calls and access Siri. If you want an all-around portable Bluetooth speaker that offers a long-lasting battery, the Fugoo Style should be your first option.

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Braven BRV-XBraven BRV-X

The Braven BRV-X is a portable Bluetooth speaker that makes for an excellent companion during camping trips. Like the EcoXGear ECOXBT, it has a rugged design, featuring a tough frame made of high-impact plastic with rubber overmolding.

With an IP rating of IPX7, the BRV-X is completely waterproof. The rugged frame allows it to survive in less-than-ideal weather conditions. It’s also equipped with a built-in power bank, which allows it to recharge external devices such as your smartphone, making it the ultimate accessory for extended camping trips. It has a built-in noise-canceling microphone, too, which allows for hands-free phone calls.

The BRV-X also works well in an indoor setting. It has two audio modes: one for indoors and one for outdoors. Like with the JBL Clip 2, you can also wirelessly connect two BRV-X speakers for an even better sound experience.

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Bose SoundLink MicroBose SoundLink Micro

The Bose SoundLink Micro is an ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker that packs a great-sounding bass. Even in a particularly noisy environment, like at a public pool, its sound quality stands out. It can also go into Party Mode in which it pairs with another compatible Bose Bluetooth speaker.

At first glance, the SoundLink Micro appears to be very fragile, especially when you place it right next to the EcoXGear ECOXBT or the Braven BRV-X. But make no mistake, the SoundLink Micro is a product built specifically for the outdoors. It has a tear-resistant strap at the back, boasts a tough exterior that allows it to survive hard falls, and is 100 percent waterproof.

The SoundLink Micro has a built-in microphone. You can use it to answer calls as well as access Siri and your Google Assistant to check on the weather and other things. Unfortunately, the SoundLink Micro is rather disappointing in the battery department: it can only run up to six hours.

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Ultimate Ears Roll 2Ultimate Ears Roll 2

In appearance, the Ultimate Ears Roll 2 is similar to the JBL Clip 2. It’s a compact, lightweight, disk-shaped portable wireless speaker with a built-in mechanism – a stretchable, marine-grade bungee cord in this case – that allows it to be easily strapped on to a bag, or a tent, or a bike.

Available in different colors, the Roll 2 has an easily accessible volume control out front and well-covered auxiliary and charging ports at the back. The flexible bungee cord is also secured at the back. Just like the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom, the Roll 2 is completely waterproof, with an IP rating of IPX7.

Compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled music players, the Roll 2 is 15 percent louder than the original Ultimate Ears Roll and has a battery that can run up to 9 hours, although the actual battery life may vary depending on the volume. It can also pair with another compatible Bluetooth speaker for an even more immersive experience.

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JBL Flip 4JBL Flip 4

The JBL Flip 4 is one of the most popular portable Bluetooth speakers on the market. It’s easily in the top three in that category, offering great sound quality and excellent durability for a reasonable price. It has an IP rating of IPX7, which means it is 100 percent waterproof.

The Flip 4 can wirelessly connect with two Bluetooth-enabled devices, allowing you to seamlessly switch to a different playlist on a different smartphone. It can also link up with a bunch of JBL speakers with the JBL Connect+ feature, which translates to a more immersive (and louder) sound system. When it comes to battery life, the Flip 4 is in the same league as the Braven BRV-X: it can run up to 12 hours on a single charge.

With the built-in echo-canceling speakerphone, you can also use the Flip 4 to make phone calls and even access Siri. If you want one of the best portable wireless speakers that you can get for $100 or less, you can’t go wrong with the Flip 4.

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Ultimate Ears Boom 2Ultimate Ears Boom 2

If you want something more powerful than the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom and the Ultimate Ears Roll 2, get the Ultimate Ears Boom 2. It offers an immersive and loud 360-degree sound with a rich bass, making it one of the best portable speakers for audiophiles who just can’t leave their music behind.

A shockproof speaker with an IP rating of IPX7, the Boom 2 is built to last. It’s built with premium materials and packs a rechargeable battery that can run up 15 hours on just a single charge, placing it just behind the Fugoo Style and the Sony SRS-XB31 when it comes to battery life (at least on this list).

The Boom 2 can connect with over 150 compatible Ultimate Ears speakers, and that includes the original Boom and the even more powerful Ultimate Ears Megaboom. It has easily accessible buttons and a built-in mic for voice control via Alexa on a 2nd-gen Amazon Echo Dot and even comes with a tripod mount.

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Sony SRS-XB31Sony SRS-XB31

If outdoor parties are your thing, then the Sony SRS-XB31 is for you. It’s a portable Bluetooth speaker equipped with line lights and flashing strobes, which are perfect for nighttime beach parties. Plus, with the Party Booster feature, you can tap the XB31 in different areas to produce a variety of sounds.

And don’t worry, the XB31 can handle all your partying and tapping. It has a well-built frame and is dustproof, rustproof, and 100 perfect waterproof. In addition, it comes with a 24-hour battery, so you can dance and party from sundown to sunrise.

Featuring a deep bass, the XB31 connects easily with Bluetooth-enabled music players and can also connect with up to 100 compatible wireless speakers. If the XB31 is too small for you, you can go for the Sony SRS-XB41 instead. But if you value portability more than anything else, the Sony SRS-XB21 is perfect for you.

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JBL Pulse 3JBL Pulse 3

If the party lights of the Sony SRS-XB31 are too tame for you, get the JBL Pulse 3. Instead of line lights and flashing strobes, the Pulse 3 has a full 360-degree, multi-color light show, which you can customize using the JBL Connect app.

The Pulse 3 is built for beach or pool parties. It has a long-lasting battery that can play up to 12 hours on a single charge. It’s got an IP rating of IPX7, which means you don’t have to worry about bringing it near a body of water. Heck, you can even take it with you when you go for a swim. Just don’t keep it submerged for more than one minute.

The Pulse 3 has a built-in noise-canceling speakerphone, which allows you to take phone calls in the middle of the party. And just like the JBL Flip 4, the Pulse 3 can connect with over 100 JBL speakers compatible with the JBL Connect+ feature.

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Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers Buyer’s Guide

Like with any other product, there are certain parameters you need to keep an eye when shopping for the best outdoor Bluetooth speakers. You can’t just blindly pick up the most popular or the best-reviewed product on the market. Here are the three most important things you need to consider:

IP Rating

Pay close attention to the actual IP rating. Companies can be deceiving. A lot of companies advertise their products as “waterproof” when in reality their products are only water resistant or splashproof. Keep an eye on the second digit, which represents liquid protection, in the IP rating. If the second digit is 6 or lower (i.e. IP66, IPX5, and IPX4), then the product is not fully waterproof.

Only products with an IP rating of at least 7 on the liquid side (i.e. IPX7, IP68, and IP67) are legit waterproof. Such products can survive being submerged in the water for a limited time and at a certain depth. These are the products that you will want to look into if you want real waterproof Bluetooth speakers. Don’t be deceived by the words in the bullet points. Look at the actual IP rating.

Portability

Get a product that you can easily carry around. It should be compact and lightweight enough for easy storage and transport. Most portable outdoor speakers on the market come in either a cylindrical shape or a rectangular shape and typically weigh under three pounds. There are also products that come in a circular shape, like the Ultimate Ears Roll 2. It’s even better if the product has a built-in clip or a sturdy strap that you can use to attach your speaker to your backpack.

Battery Life

You wouldn’t want a product that goes from full charge to empty in just a few hours. The best Bluetooth speakers for outdoor use are the ones that can last a long time on a single charge. On average, most products on the market can go 8-12 hours on a single charge. Except for one product, all the speakers on this list have a maximum run time of at least 8 hours. There are also products that top those numbers, such as the Fugoo Style and the Sony SRS-XB31, which can go 40 hours and 24 hours, respectively, on just a single charge.