The 15 Best Tailgate Speakers

So, you’re interested in buying a new tailgate speaker, but don’t know how to pick just the right one, right? You have come to the right place. This list will help you choose between 15 amazing speakers. We will cover everything from budget speakers up to high-end sonic beasts that will bring your party the best sound imaginable.

When buying a tailgate speaker, you need to think about three things: ease of transport, built-in battery, and a good bass that will keep everybody moving. Every model here has these three essential elements and then build from there to provide the exact features you need. But whichever model you pick, your ears will not be sorry.

Aiwa Exos-9Aiwa Exos-9

Coming in first place, we have an excellent tailgate Bluetooth speaker made by Aiwa. This is their loudest portable speaker. It is powered with 200 watts that are used for 5 drivers and a dual voice subwoofer that’s 6.5 inches tall. This model delivers truly beautiful sound, with punchy and crisp bass and crystal clear mids and highs. Even on the highest volume, you won’t hear any trace of clipping (distortion due loudness).

This is a speaker that can be used both inside and outside, thanks to the Exos-9 wireless system. There is a 57 Wh lithium-ion battery that will help you bring your music to the party, no matter the location. Depending on the music, you can further customize your sound thanks to the onboard, visually pleasant, graphic equalizer with four available presets. If you have a big party and need to bring out the big guns, there is an option to link the two speakers in stereo or dual stereo configuration.

You can connect to it in a matter of seconds with any possible device that is Bluetooth friendly. And, to add the icing on the cake, Aiwa offers you a 60-day, risk-free trial period. Buy this model only if you want to have a party with the best possible sound imaginable.


Sony GTKXB90Sony GTKXB90

This is a high-end speaker that will make neighbors wonder if a new nightclub has just opened on their block. The GTKXB90 has a rechargeable battery that will give you up to 16 hours of music, ready to please even the most hardcore party people. On the visual side, this speaker offers Infinity mirror lighting that will give you some amazing visuals and create a greater atmosphere. The Music equalizer offers 8 different presets and covers a wide variety of genres (HIP-HOP, POP, ROCK, EDM, COUNTRY, etc.).

One additional feature is the EXTRA BASS, which will arm you with serious low-end power. All your setting are customizable with the Fiestable app that lets you activate DJ effects and change lights via Bluetooth. For bigger venues, there is an option to connect up to 10 compatible speakers. Yet again, Sony blows all of the competition out of the water.


Ion Explorer OutbackIon Explorer Outback

The Ion Explorer Outback is another serious contender. With 100 watts of power, this beast has a 7AH Lead acid rechargeable battery that will offer you up to 100 hours of music in one sitting. That is more than 4 days!

The Bass is hard hitting and will satisfy everyone. It is a completely waterproof speaker and can be safely used out the in the rain, which is something only a few brands can guarantee. It features a light bar that is multicolored and that can pulsate on the beat of the music. For easy portability, it has wheels and a telescoping handle. Prepare to be blown away.


The Soundboks 2The Soundboks 2

With its price of nearly $900, this tailgate speaker is for those with deep pockets. As such, the Soundboks 2 will deliver you one of the best imaginable music experiences. This model is designed with durability in mind so that you can use it in any possible conditions. The battery is military-grade and will last for up to 40 hours. It charges back up to full in 4 hours.

Your eardrums will be blasted with 122 dB of crystal clear sound that doesn’t have even the slightest trace of distortion. The casing is made from Baltic birch plywood, which is extremely durable and weighs only 33 lbs. That way, you can transport it with no hassle. The Soundboks 2 will help you bring your party anywhere you go.


Tomproad R100Tomproad R100

Armed with a built-in wireless transmission, the Tomproad R100 is compatible with all devices that have Bluetooth (working up to a distance of 10 meters). The R100 supports TF Card music playback, FM radio (15 cm antenna), and three loudspeakers. It offers 10 watts of power and has strong bass. The built-in rechargeable battery charges up quickly and will last you up to 6 hours. If you are on a tight budget, this speaker is definitely a solid choice.

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Audio Block Rocker PlusAudio Block Rocker Plus

Next on the list, we have this powerful speaker that delivers 100 watts of peak power and lifelike sound. There’s a Bass Boost button that you can use to bring out the power of those sweet low notes. This model is portable as well. It has wheels, a telescoping handle, and two carrying handles. It also comes equipped with a microphone, so you are prepared for making announcements or hosting a wild karaoke party! The battery is among the better ones and will last you for 50 hours without charging.

A USB port is included on which you can charge your tablet or smartphone. The Block Rocker Plus also comes equipped with an AUX input, or you can connect to it via Bluetooth. It’s yet another amazing speaker to keep in mind.


Ion Explorer Outback 2Ion Explorer Outback 2

You want more karaoke-ready tailgate speakers? No problem! The Explorer Outback 2 is a 10-watt model that comes with a high-quality microphone and cable. It is made out of IPX5 water-resistant material and is also Bluetooth friendly. The speaker is powered with a 100-watt power amplifier and also has an added bass button to boost the low-end. It even has deep cup holders and an integrated bottle opener. Coming at a price of around $150, it is a real bargain.

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Bose S1 ProBose S1 Pro

If you want only the best for your ears, you simply cannot go wrong with the Bose S1. Built-in sensors coupled with different laying positions will guarantee that you get the most optimal sound in any place you find yourself. If you are up for a little jam, you can also plug in your favorite instrument or a microphone. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers up to 11 hours of music.

For your pleasure, the built-in equalizer will automatically give your music have the best sound possible. It is, of course, Bluetooth friendly with a range of 30 ft. The Bose S1 is for those of us with a refined taste.


Ion Audio Block Party LiveIon Audio Block Party Live

With a disco ball on top, ION’s Audio Block Party Live is a true epitome of the party mindset. This tailgate speaker is armed with a powerful 50-watt speaker system and a light display that follows the beat of the music. The Block Party Plus also includes a free app in which you can customize the speed and color palette of the visual dome.

The rechargeable battery will last you up to 6 hours with the lights on and a stunning 75 without them. A microphone and cable also come included in this package, so you are ready for karaoke or public announcements.

Built-in wheels and a telescoping handle are by now a standard on ION Audio tailgate speakers and are included here as well. Although it is easy to transport, the Block Party Live has a rugged cabinet that will keep your speaker absolutely safe and sound. Ready to have a good time?

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Ion Audio Party Rocker MaxIon Audio Party Rocker Max

What we have here is another ION party speaker with an even more impressive, Tetris-like, light show and a light dome. The Party Rocker Max offers 100 watts of power that will bring the most out of your parties. The 2-way speaker measures 8 inches and will deliver your music with the help of wide-dispersion and vibrant sound.

On the visual side, you can choose from six different colors (green, red, blue, orange, white, and magenta) and five lighting modes. This model gives an additional touch to your karaoke and will make you sound professional thanks to its Echo effect. There are also two microphone inputs for you to sing a duet.

The battery is excellent and will last you up to 75 hours. It’s another impressive party speaker that will guarantee you fun times throughout the night.



When you first see the ECOXGEAR GDI-EXBM901, you will be impressed with its cool and futuristic-looking design. In terms of safety, this is an extremely durable model. This party speaker is 100% dustproof and waterproof and meets IPX7 international standards. You can even throw it in your pool as it is designed to float! But this is not just a gimmick, as this model also has a 100-watt dynamic amplifier that will bring out massive sound.

You can even pair two speakers together, but I advise you not to, as an earthquake might ensue. In case you run out of battery on your smartphone, there’s a convenient storage compartment that includes a USB charging port. The SLA rechargeable battery will last you for 10 hours on full volume. You can also choose to connect via Bluetooth or wireless. This is everything you need for a pool party.



The IP67 is the lightest and most portable speaker on the list. The speaker offers a superior stereo dynamic sound that responds great at any volume. Its clarity is crystal clear, and there is no sound of distortion. This is a perfect speaker to take outside because of its durability. It is dustproof, shockproof, and waterproof. It will continue working in one meter of water for 30 minutes.

You can pair to this device easily thanks to its Bluetooth 4.2 technology. The battery is rechargeable and will last you for 20 hours of play time. This model also has a power bank, so you can charge up your smartphone on it. If you are looking for an extremely durable speaker that you can also fit in a larger pocket, this is your guy.



Another budget-friendly party speaker comes from a company called QFX. For clear sound, it has an 8-inch woofer and amplifier. Aside from standard Bluetooth, there is an option to plug in your USB and Micro-SD card as well as microphone and AUX inputs. For ease of transport, it has a telescopic handle and caster wheels. The speaker weighs only 13 pounds, so anyone can carry it with ease.

The only downside is that it doesn’t have a battery and needs to be plugged in. Aside from that, this is a good little speaker.

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For the price of approximately $50, the QFX OBX-8 party speaker is a bargain. Music can be played through the FM radio, USB port, or via Bluetooth streaming. An 8-inch woofer has a LED screen and packs big sounds. The speaker also has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that is a little weaker and will last you around 5 hours.

For durability, the speaker is covered with a metal grill. This model weighs just below 7 pounds, making it very practical for traveling. It’s another solid product from QFX.


Sylvania Portable Bluetooth SpeakerSylvania Portable Bluetooth Speaker

And in last place, we have another budget-friendly tailgate speaker. This Sylvania model is made out of 2 x 4-inch Hi-Fi speakers that will always deliver huge sound, no matter the volume. You can easily connect to it with Bluetooth or via an AUX input. You can adjust the sound with treble and bass control, so you will always have the sound you desire. This Sylvania speaker has LED light that makes it look super stylish. Additionally, you will get an AUX cable and a USB rechargeable cable.

Overall, this is a good combination of quality and affordability.

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