If you want to play audio at the pool or outdoors, you'll most likely want a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. Many speakers have an IP rating, which are scores for dust and water resistance tested by independent and accredited third parties. When looking for a waterproof speaker, an IP rating of IPX4-IPX7 is ideal, but it ultimately depends on your needs. A speaker with an IPX4 rating can tolerate splashes of water. In contrast, speakers with an IPX7 rating can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes at a time. While we don't currently test for this, an IP rating is the most surefire way to know how a speaker handles water.
We've tested over 55 speakers, and below you'll find out recommendations for the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers. If you're looking for more speakers, check out our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best shower speakers, and the best cheap speakers.
The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is the best waterproof Bluetooth speaker with a floatable design that we've tested. Its small and lightweight design makes it incredibly portable. It even comes with a carrying strap, so you can carry it around with you when you’re on the go. It’s exceptionally well-built, is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, and the manufacturer claims it can even float in water, though we don’t test for this.
It has a fantastic soundstage due to its 360-design, which should help ensure you feel immersed in your audio from all angles. Its sound profile is pretty balanced. However, like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, which may disappoint fans of bass-heavy music like hip-hop or EDM. That said, you can set its EQ to ‘Outdoor Mode’, which can help add more bass to your audio, though we don't test this. It also can connect to two devices at once via Bluetooth, which makes it ideal for listeners who want to switch between different audio sources quickly.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t support voice assistants, which may disappoint some listeners. It also can’t get very loud, which doesn’t make it very suitable for large parties. That said, it has few compression artifacts at max volume, which ensures your audio sounds clean when played at louder volumes.
For a floatable speaker with more sound customization features, check out the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. Although its out-of-the-box sound profile isn't as neutral as that of the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, its Ultimate Ears companion app features a full graphic EQ along with presets you can use to tweak the speaker's sound to better suit your preferences. With its 'Standard' preset enabled, this speaker has a boomy sound profile, so you can hear the punch that fans of bass-heavy music like hip-hop enjoy, though this may sound overwhelming to some listeners. It's fantastically built and is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test this. Unfortunately, like most speakers of its size, it struggles to reproduce a deep thumpy and rumbling low bass.
Get the WONDERBOOM 2 if you're looking for a speaker with a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. However, if having a speaker with a more customizable sound profile is important to you, check out the MEGABOOM 3.
The best waterproof Bluetooth speaker with a versatile performance is the Sonos Move. This portable, well-built speaker is rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, but we don't test for this. It’s also Wi-Fi compatible and has both Alexa and Google Assistants built-in, who have no trouble understanding you from far away, even in relatively noisier rooms.
Its sound profile is pretty balanced and can produce a deep bass that can please fans of bass-heavy music like Hip-Hop and EDM. You can also customize the bass and treble to your liking thanks to its EQ sliders in its Sonos S2 companion app. Additionally, it has low Apple AirPlay latency, so you can use it to watch movies and videos without having to worry about audio being out of sync with video.
Unfortunately, it has to downmix stereo content to mono which may not sound very immersive. Although it can get decently loud, it has some compression artifacts in the bass range at max volume, so your audio may not sound very clean and clear when listening to music at loud volumes. That said, it’s still a great versatile speaker for both indoor and outdoor use.
If you're looking for a versatile speaker with an even more customizable sound profile, consider the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST. While it doesn't sound as balanced as the Sonos Move out-of-the-box, you can customize its sound profile using the graphic EQ and presets in the Ultimate Ears app. It also has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, and it has an amazing build quality. Unlike the Sonos, it can play stereo content, and its soundstage is perceived as much more open and spacious, thanks to its 360-degree design. However, it isn't compatible with Apple AirPlay.
Consider the Sonos if you like streaming audio over Apple AirPlay or prefer a speaker with a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. However, go for the Ultimate Ears if you want to customize your speaker's sound to your liking.
The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is the best budget waterproof Bluetooth speaker that we've tested. This small and portable speaker has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. It has an outstanding battery life, lasting over 15 hours on a single charge.
Its mid-range is well-balanced, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. Although it struggles to produce a punchy low-bass, it has a graphic EQ in its companion app as well as preset EQ settings like 'Bass Up' and 'Heavy'. It can get fairly loud, which is nice for playing music at the beach or by the pool. Also, it can play stereo content without downmixing it into mono, so its soundstage feels immersive.
Unfortunately, it doesn't come with any built-in voice assistants, so it relies on the voice assistant from your paired smartphone. It also can't understand you well, even if you're close to it without much background noise. That said, it has a waterproof design and sound customization features, making it a solid choice at a more affordable price point.
For a more affordable option, check out the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. While its battery life isn't as long as that of the Anker Soundcore Motion+, and it can't get as loud, it has a wider-sounding soundstage thanks to its 360-degree design. Its sound profile is somewhat neutral, making it suitable for listening to a wide range of audio content, and you can customize it to your liking thanks to the graphic EQ featured on its companion app. This well-built speaker is also rated IPX7 for water resistance, though we don't test this. Unfortunately, it struggles to reproduce low-bass even with its 'BassUp' feature turned on, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble commonly present in bass-heavy music like hip-hop or EDM.
If you're looking for a speaker that can get louder with longer battery life, get the Motion +. However, if having a more budget-friendly speaker with a wider-sounding soundstage is important to you, consider the Flare 2.
May 06, 2021: Added the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 to the Notable Mentions, and confirmed picks are still the best recommendation for our users.
Apr 19, 2021: Added JBL PartyBox 310 to Notable Mentions. Verified product availability and updated text for accuracy.
Mar 29, 2021: Added the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 as 'Customizable Alternative'. Added the Bose Portable Smart Speaker, the JBL Boombox 2, the Bose SoundLink Revolve, and the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 as Notable Mentions.
Mar 16, 2021: Replaced the Sony SRS-XB43 with the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST as the 'Alternative with a Graphic EQ' in the 'Best Versatile' category. Moved the Sony SRS-XB43 to Notable Mentions. Confirmed that the rest of the picks are in stock and still the best recommendations for our users.
Feb 23, 2021: Replaced the Sony SRS-XB23 with the Anker Soundcore Motion+ in the Best Budget category. Replaced the Sony SRS-XB12 with the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 as the cheaper alternative. Added the SRS-XB23 and SRS-XB12 to Notable Mentions. Confirmed the rest of the recommended products are in stock and still the best picks for our users.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price (cheaper speakers win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no speakers that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for Bluetooth speakers, filtered by water resistance (IPX4 and above). Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect speakers. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.