Consider range, battery life, IP ratings, weight, and more when choosing the best waterproof Bluetooth speaker for your needs.
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Being able to take your music wherever you go is one of the great wonders of Bluetooth and smartphone technology. It’s even better when you have a portable Bluetooth speaker on hand to boost the sound quality. Ideally though, you want a waterproof Bluetooth speaker.
Besides protecting your beats in a sudden rain shower, a waterproof Bluetooth speaker means you can take it to a pool party and not worry about a thing. Some portable Bluetooth speakers even float in the water, becoming a cool feature piece to show off to your friends.
There are hundreds of different Bluetooth speakers out there, depending on your budget and needs. It’s tough to know which one’s right for you, so we thought we’d do all the hard work for you and research the best waterproof Bluetooth speaker for the job.
You want to focus on a few important things while purchasing a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. For one thing, not all waterproofing is the same. It’s easy to get confused by IP ratings that tell you exactly how waterproof (or merely water-resistant) something is. Ideally, you want something that’s at least IP67 rated. That means it can be submerged in about a meter of water for 30 minutes without any issue. All the speakers listed here are at least IP67 rated.
Water-resistant is no good because it just survives an occasional splash. You can’t toss it into the pool and expect it to last. You want it to be lightweight too as, otherwise, the idea of a portable Bluetooth speaker will seem a little pointless if it’s tough to carry around.
Having a waterproof Bluetooth speaker is no use if the sound quality is bad though, so we’ve also taken into consideration how good your music sounds through the speakers. Life’s too short for dull sounding beats, right?
It’s also important to consider battery life. Your Bluetooth speaker is portable for a reason and you don’t want to have to take a charger with you everywhere you go. Being able to charge the portable speaker and not worry about it for the rest of the day is the sweet spot here.
Range is another thing to consider. If you’re sitting nearby your speaker, it doesn’t really matter. But if you’re having a party, you might want the flexibility of moving your phone (and you) quite far away from the setup. There’s never a time where you want less range so you might as well aim for the best Bluetooth range possible, right?
A good waterproof Bluetooth speaker won’t be the cheapest Bluetooth speaker out there, but it will stand you in good stead for a number of years to come. You want a speaker that is rugged and can take a bit of a beating if need be, so that it fits into your active (or chilled) lifestyle. Think of it as planning ahead when you spend a little more than usual on one.
Here are our picks for seven of the best Bluetooth waterproof speakers on the market right now:
IP67 rated • 10 hour battery life • Easy to carry around
No speakerphone • Sound is a little limited
Looks super stylish and is the perfect addition to your pool party, bar none.
1. UE WonderboomA great option all around for quality sound and effective portability.
100+ feet wireless range, two 40mm active drivers, two 46x65mm passive radiators, floats on water
Besides being pretty loud at all times, the clarity of sound is high-end for the price and the overall sound quality is remarkable. Mid-basses thump with power that belies its size.
To make it even more appealing, it actually floats on water. That’s thanks to its inflatable ring that works as its own personal lifesaver. Toss it in the pool and enjoy the sound. If it happens to sink, it’ll be good in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes. You can pair it with two devices simultaneously too, which is great if you want to have two deejays controlling the music at your party. You can pair two Wonderbooms together too.
Amazon customer Greg L writes:
“The sound from this little guy is amazing. I was expecting good quality sound, as UE (owned by Logitech) makes great products. I was surprised, though, at how much you notice the lower tones and bass from this thing. It has a full sound and is multidirectional, so you get good coverage wherever you are standing in relation to the speaker. It also gets quite loud, so if you enjoy that, you won’t miss anything here. It feels robust and durable.”
It’s also pretty rugged so if you happen to drop it or drunkenly throw it across the yard, it’s going to survive a little rough housing.
The only issue here is that there’s no speakerphone option, but that’s hardly a problem if you’re just after great sound with your buddies. Other than that, it’s tough to fault the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom. Even more so when you consider it only costs about $67.
Great sound quality • Charges your phone too
Not the lightest of portable speakers
A solid effort by a respectable Bluetooth speaker manufacturer, the JBL Charge 3 is dependable whether you’re indoors or out.
2. JBL Charge 3Ideal for flexible living and use, it can easily move from inside the house to the backyard.
30+ feet wireless range, two 1.7-inch drivers and two passive radiators, speakerphone facility
It’s a fairly chunky design so don’t expect it to be the most lightweight of speakers to carry around. However, weighing under 2 lbs, it’s still good to take most distances. The weight is worth it, thanks to it packing in a battery that’ll last about 20 hours, and a powerful speaker to boot.
Like the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom, it’ll survive being submerged in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes but, obviously, it’s going to sink pretty fast.
You can hook up multiple JBL Connect based speakers to augment the sound with stereo playback supported through two speakers. It sounds great too, with music really being projected across the room or yard in a clear and powerful fashion. Expect the deepest bass you’ve heard in a while.
Amazon customer Genao writes:
“JBL is in it, to win it. I own the JBL Xtreme, the Charge 2+ and now the Charge 3. If I had to pick one it would be the Charge 3. I love the sound of the Charge 2+ but the volume is not loud enough. If you are going to listen to the speaker right next to you, the Charge 2+ is very good as the treble and bass are boosted like a smiley face eq setting. The Xtreme is pretty much the same, treble and bass are boosted and the volume goes pretty loud, however it is not very portable as it is a medium to larger size speaker. The JBL Charge 3, on the other hand, is a lot smaller than the Xtreme and slightly larger than the Charge 2+. The sound is very well balanced with an emphasis on midrange and vocals. The treble and bass are not boosted like the other two yet the volume can go twice as loud as the Charge 2+ and almost as loud as the Xtreme with less treble and bass but with better midrange.”
The only issue here is that certain sounds like violins and other more subtle and higher frequencies aren’t as clear as one would like. If you’re after a meaty bass sound though, it’s tough to fault the JBL Charge 3.
At $150, it’s a great price for a speaker that works so well in multiple different scenarios.
Huge battery life • Sounds great
Want a stylish looking waterproof speaker that also happens to have a ridiculously long battery life? You can’t go wrong with the Fugoo Style XL.
3. Fugoo Style XLOften forget to charge your devices? The Fugoo Style XL won’t let you down.
30+ feet wireless range, two 28mm neodymium tweeters, two 39mm neodymium domed mid/woofers, two 43mm x 54mm passive radiators, customizable look
Other than that, it has a tough IP67 rated center so it can withstand significant shocks as well as survive being submerged in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. In all, there are six speakers contained within that shell, which explains why the sound quality is so fantastic.
Initially, you might think it’s a fairly ugly looking speaker — but that’s because the Fugoo Style XL is actually highly customizable. You can apply different jackets to suit your style, with some neat options available. The Sport jacket also enhances the protection offered with a thicker plastic shell and more rubber, for those times when you’re dealing with more rugged terrain.
Still, it’s the sound quality that’s going to blow you away. The Fugoo Style XL simply sounds great, whether you’re at home or hitting the beach. It truly sounds like 360-degree sound thanks to how the six speakers work together. Nothing sounds weak or less than wonderfully crisp.
Whack the volume up high and you’ve got a battery life of about 20 hours. However, turn the sound down low and the battery life goes up to an extraordinary 35-40 hours. The party (almost) never needs to end thanks to this battery.
Amazon Reviewer Ben said:
“This speaker (Tough XL) is an absolute tank. It looks like it can take anything. And it basically can. It is everything-proof. Dust, water, mud, sand, you name it. Sonically, it sounds amazing, as there are EIGHT drivers facing all directions, so you’re always getting quality sound wherever you are in relation to the speaker. The bass drops, too. At 50 hrtz, this speaker puts out deep, clean bass that you simply wouldn’t expect to hear from a speaker like this. I get compliments on it all the time. A lot of other speakers out there have decent bass, but a lot of the time it’s more of a muddy, thumpy, and overpowering bass. That’s not the case with the Fugoo XL. Paired with the 4 tweeters and the 2 midwoofers on the sides, this thing puts out some of the most clear and well-balanced sound I’ve ever heard from a portable Bluetooth speaker.”
There’s a speakerphone facility, as well as Siri and Google Now support too. Ultimately though, it’s that potent mix of great battery life, exceptional sound quality, and waterproofing that makes the Fugoo Style XL a tantalizing prospect for $170.
Rugged design • Solid battery life
Sound quality isn’t perfect
If you want a speaker that’s easy to carry all day, and won’t run out of juice any time soon, the Altec Lansing Mini Life Jacket 3 is a solid choice to make, even if it is a little unexciting.
4. Altec Lansing Mini Life Jacket 3
100 feet wireless range, two x 1.5 inch neodymium drivers, one passive bass radiator, rugged design, floats, built-in smartphone charger
Elsewhere, it’s possible to use it in pairs as left and right channels, with its neodymium driver and passive radiator doing an admirable job. Unusually for a portable speaker of this price, there’s a 3.5mm aux input for wired listening, as well as a convenient USB port for charging your own devices off the speaker’s battery.
The speaker uses digital signal processing (DSP), which means the bass sounds a little quieter when the volume is high, but most users will be perfectly happy with the results. The DSP works to avoid distortion and does a pretty good job, even if certain sounds and the bass can seem quieter.
Amazon reviewer Firedancer215 said:
“This is the best little speaker!! We use it constantly at my house….. inside, outside…..and the range is huge. The device doesn’t have to stay right next to the speaker to work. It gets very loud. I love that it’s waterproof also! Super easy to use and the batter lasts a very long time as well. If you are looking for a good quality portable speaker, this is definitely a good choice!”
Audiophiles may find themselves a little irritated by this moderation but the majority of users will simply revel in the overall quality of the Altec Lansing Mini Life Jacket 3. It sounds good enough, and its extensive ruggedness makes it a perfect candidate if you love to wander off the beaten track, but still take your sounds with you.
Compact and lightweight • Easy to attach to things
Short battery life • No 360 sound
Not every waterproof Bluetooth speaker has to be for taking outdoors. The Bose SoundLink Micro is perfect for listening to music while hitting the shower.
5. Bose Soundlink Micro
Lightweight, tear-resistant strap, speakerphone, rugged design
It’s not going to win prizes for style, but it’s very travel friendly and the sound quality is what you would expect from Bose. It has a strap directly attached to the bottom so you can easily fasten it to objects, like your bike or a towel rail, or simply a hook next to your shower. Flexibility is key here, so you can easily move the Bose SoundLink Micro around your home.
Where the Bose SoundLink Micro falters a little is its 6-hour battery life. This isn’t a speaker to take out hiking for the day, although its sound levels are surprisingly high enough to carry when outdoors.
Amazon reviewer Paul Christensen said:
“On its own, and with nothing to compare, the sound is clear, undistorted, and loud enough for outdoors. It’s IP7 waterproof (you can literally dunk it in 1 meter of water for 30 min) and dust-proof, so it’s rugged for true outdoor use, biking, or a day at the beach. At 10 ounces, it’s not going to break your carry-on or backpack with weight. The built-in mounting band is brilliant – you can attach this to your belt, a strap on your backpack, even a thin bicycle handle and it locks securely. You get about 6 hours of playback on a single charge.”
We think this speaker’s greatest strengths lie at home. It’s perfect for moving around wherever you go about your business throughout the house. Conveniently, there’s Siri and Google Assistant support too.
Alexa support • Rugged design • 360 degree sound
If you want a poolside smart assistant, the Ultimate Ears Blast is the speaker to get. Don’t expect to take it hiking though.
6. Ultimate Ears Blast
150 foot wireless range, Alexa support, 360 degree sound, two 1.4 inches active drivers, two 3.2 inches x 1.5 inches passive radiators
With its 150-foot Bluetooth wireless range and 330-foot Wi-Fi range, you can use it to not only play whatever music you feel like, but also control everything that works through your Alexa unit. It’s kind of a game changer for when you’re sitting at the pool and you suddenly realize you need to do something important. Besides that, it’s simply a great Bluetooth speaker.
Its build quality means it can survive a few knocks, thanks to its tough rubber coating around the speaker. Plus, there’s a metal D-ring for hanging it up from a hook or branch.
You can pair it up to eight different Bluetooth devices, and its Alexa services means you can easily access Amazon Music, Tune-In, Deezer, and (recently added) Spotify. Although, there’s no support for Alexa Calling and Messaging right now, and some users have reported it’s not as accurate as a conventional Echo.
However, reassuringly, sound quality is exactly what you would expect from Ultimate Ears. Bass is strong but not overwhelming, and mids and lows are easy to spot without any distortion, even at maximum volume. 360-degree audio helps a ton too.
Amazon Reviewer K said:
“All together, this is a great speaker. It sounds amazing and fulfills my needs for a portable speaker. The Alexa function is a nice addition, but would recommend the UE Boom if this was not on sale and the Alexa function is not important to you.”
Battery life isn’t amazing at 12 hours but it’s perfectly respectable for when you’re hanging out in the backyard. If you’re keen to enjoy Alexa through your waterproof speaker, the Ultimate Ears Blast is the speaker for you.
Fun light show • 360 degree sound
Sound quality isn’t the highest
If you’re not too fussy about high sound quality but you want super fun lighting, then the JBL Pulse 3 is perfect for a party.
7. JBL Pulse 3
360 degree sound, three x 40mm transducer, light sequence show, speakerphone
Its body is made up of a smooth plastic that acts as a light diffuser for the built-in LEDs while still protecting it from water with a IP67 rating. Its sound projects in 360 degrees so wherever you’re located, it’ll sound the same. The issue there is that the quality isn’t quite as high as others in this price range, but that’s not to say it’s massively inferior.
Highs and lows are reasonably balanced, and the bass is full bodied if not quite as meaty as other JBL speakers. That’s a small price to pay for something that looks this fun though. Watching the light show unfold in time with the music you’re listening to is great when you’re all gathered around the pool or beach. Even if it does mean that battery life is a little low at 12 hours.
An Amazon Customer said:
“I have just received my JBL speaker a few days ago and I absolutely love it! I will say when I first played music on it the background sounds in the song sometimes were off a little. After awhile the speaker got broken in and it went away. Its great that you can change the light show so you can switch it up. The speaker has 360 surround sound coming out of it. I try to not have it to close to a back surface, to just have it standing by itself away from other items. The light display it gives out is spectacular! I was instantly mesmerized from all the lights haha. I brought it to the beach to relax and played it and JBL did not disappoint, I had the sound on a little under medium and I could perfectly hear it. Overall a great product and conversation piece. I highly recommend for someone looking for a aesthetic looking speaker.”
For a fun party piece, it’s hard to go wrong with the JBL Pulse 3. There’s even a speakerphone facility, and the option to hook it up to many other JBL speakers through the Connected app.