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.
|Product||IP Rating||Battery Life||Dimensions||Weight|
|Sharkk 2O||IP67||10 hours||11.5 x 4 x 3 in||1.92 lb|
|JBL Clip 2||IPX7||8 hours||3.7 x 1.6 x 5.5 in||0.41 lb|
|Ultimate Ears Wonderboom||IPX7||10 hours||4.2 x 4.6 x 5.2 in||1.32 lb|
|EcoXGear ECOXBT||IPX7||10 hours||9 x 2.9 x 4 in||1.5 lb|
|Fugoo Style||IP67||40 hours||6.5 x 2.6 x 2.1 in||0.97 lb|
|Braven BRV-X||IPX7||12 hours||9.1 x 2.9 x 3.6 in||4 lb|
|Bose SoundLink Micro||IPX7||6 hours||1.4 x 3.9 x 3.9 in||0.64 lb|
|Ultimate Ears Roll 2||IPX7||9 hours||5.3 x 1.6 x 5.3||0.73 lb|
|JBL Flip 4||IPX7||12 hours||2.8 x 6.9 x 2.7 in||1.14 lb|
|Ultimate Ears Boom 2||IPX7||15 hours||2.5 x 2.5 x 7 in||1.2 lb|
|Sony SRS-XB31||IP67||24 hours||10.4 x 4.4 x 6.8 in||1.95 lb|
|JBL Pulse 3||IPX7||12 hours||8.8 x 3.6 x 3.6 in||2.12 lb|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.