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The 7 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers - Fall 2022 Reviews

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Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers

If you want to play audio at the pool or outdoors, or you're looking for the best beach Bluetooth speaker, you'll most likely want a waterproof Bluetooth speaker you can easily bring along with you on the go. Many speakers have an IP rating: 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. An IP rating is the most surefire way to know how a speaker handles water.

That said, despite their IP rating, some product manuals advise against using waterproof speakers in certain situations and places like the beach or shower. IP ratings don't account for different types of water exposure like salty, soapy, or chlorinated water; depending on manufacturer specifications, you may need to rinse the speaker off with fresh water after exposure or avoid exposure completely. Frequent exposure to either soapy, salty, or chlorinated water tends to deteriorate the speaker's surface build with time, particularly if it's covered in fabric instead of sturdier materials like silicone or plastic. As a general rule, it's good to rinse or wipe off any substance that the manufacturer hasn't explicitly deemed safe for your product and to double-check that the speaker's ports are completely dry before using and recharging them.

We've tested over 100 speakers, and below you'll find our picks for the best waterproof speakers. If you're looking for more speakers, check out our recommendations for the best shower speakers, the best outdoor speakers, the best speaker brands, and the best cheap speakers.


  1. Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    The best waterproof speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. This portable speaker is well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. The manufacturer also advertises this sturdy speaker as floatable, meaning you can float your favorite tunes in the pool. They also advise rinsing the speaker with fresh water after exposing it to pool or beach water. It has a small built-in carrying loop, which you can use to suspend it from your shower caddy or attach it to your beach bag. With its 'Standard' preset, it has a boomy sound profile with a balanced mid-range, meaning vocals and lead instruments in your music reproduce clearly and accurately in the mix, though they sound a bit dark at times. Fortunately, the graphic EQ and presets in its companion app give you some control over its sound, meaning you can tweak it to your liking.

    However, like most speakers its size, it lacks the thumpy and rumbling low bass typically present in bass-heavy music like EDM. As a rule of thumb, larger speakers can produce deeper basses and get louder. So, if you're looking for a waterproof speaker that offers deeper bass, you'll have to go for something larger like the slightly cheaper Sony SRS-XE300 or the pricier Sony SRS-XG300. Their soundstages don't sound as open and spacious as that of the Ultimate Ears, and they don't float in water.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    The best mid-range waterproof Bluetooth speaker we've tested is the Sony SRS-XE300. This portable Bluetooth speaker comes with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be dust-tight and immersible in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. While its soundstage doesn't sound as wide and spacious as the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, it's a bit larger, meaning it can produce a more extended low-bass.

    It has a boomy sound profile with a balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments in your music sound clear and present in the mix, though higher-pitched voices and sounds sound dull and veiled at times. There's a graphic EQ in its companion app that lets you customize its sound to your liking. It's even compatible with Sony's 'Fiestable' app that lets you access extra sound effects for the speaker. While it gets a touch louder than the Ultimate Ears, it has a lot more compression present at max volume that degrades audio quality when you bump up the volume, so the quality of your audio doesn't sound as clean and clear when the sound is maxed out.

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  3. Best Lower Mid-Range Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    Looking for something more affordable? The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3, like other speakers on this list, is well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. Like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, it's advertised to float in water, making it great to bring with you to the pool. The manufacturer also advises rinsing the speaker with fresh water after exposing it to pool or beach water. It also comes with a small built-in loop that's handy if you want to attach it to your bag or hang it somewhere in your shower.

    Its default sound profile is fairly well-balanced, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content, and there's an 'Outdoor' preset that makes your audio sound crisper and a bit louder for when you're outdoors. However, like most small speakers, it lacks a thumpy low bass. Unlike the Sony SRS-XE300 and the MEGABOOM 3, there aren't any sound customization features like a graphic EQ since it isn't compatible with the Ultimate Ears app, so you can't tweak its sound to your liking. Its battery life of over 22 hours means it doesn't often die on you in the middle of your jam. It also has fantastic directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, resulting in a wide and open-sounding soundstage.

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  4. Best Budget Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    If you like having extra control over your speaker's sound profile but are on a budget, the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 features a graphic EQ and presets in its Soundcore app, meaning you can customize and adjust the speaker's sound to your liking. This well-built portable speaker comes with an IPX7 rating for water resistance that certifies you can immerse it in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes, making it a great poolside companion. Since the manufacturer doesn't specify whether or not you can expose it to non-fresh water, we recommend wiping the speaker off with clean water if it's accidentally exposed to soapy or beach water, for example.

    With its BassUp feature enabled, it has a neutral sound profile overall that's suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its mid-range is balanced, so vocals and lead instruments in your music sound clear and detailed in the mix, though higher-pitched sounds sound dark at times. Also, while it lacks a thumpy low bass, it can still produce deeper bass than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3. Its battery life is around five hours shorter, though. It also doesn't get quite as loud and has much more compression present at max volume, so audio quality degrades more as you max out the volume.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    Looking for something cheaper? Since the release of the Anker Soundcore 3, the older Anker Soundcore 2 has become a great cheap option. This small, well-built portable speaker is rated IPX7 for water resistance, meaning it's immersible in a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you can drop it in a pool of water without worrying about getting it wet. However, it's best to wipe the speaker off with clean water if it's accidentally exposed to non-fresh water, since the manufacturer doesn't specify whether or not it can withstand exposure to salty, soapy, or chlorinated water.

    It has a balanced mid-range making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Higher-pitched voices and instruments sound dull and veiled at times, though. Unfortunately, unlike the Anker Soundcore Flare 2, it isn't compatible with the Soundcore companion app, so you don't have access to a graphic EQ and presets to customize its sound to your liking. Also, it produces significantly less low-bass due to its smaller size. If you can stretch your budget, you might want to get the Flare 2 instead if you prefer a speaker that can produce deeper bass and want more control over your speaker's sound.

    See our review

  6. Best Smart Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    If you're looking for a waterproof smart speaker, check out the Sonos Roam. While connected to a Wi-Fi network, this small smart speaker offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, making it dust-tight and immersible in a meter of water for 30 minutes. That said, the manufacturer doesn't specify whether or not you can expose it to water that isn't fresh, so we recommend wiping the speaker off with clean water if it's accidentally exposed to non-fresh water. It comes with a room correction feature Sonos calls 'Trueplay', which adjusts the speaker's sound according to the unique acoustics of the space it's placed in. With this feature enabled, it has a balanced sound profile suitable for listening to many different music genres. There are also bass and treble adjustments to tweak its sound.

    However, its room correction feature is currently only available on iOS devices. Also, like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low bass. There's a lot more compression present at max volume than the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, so the quality of your audio degrades more as you bump up the volume. It also has a significantly shorter battery life of just over five hours, which isn't ideal for longer listening sessions. If you're looking for a speaker that can produce deeper bass and get a bit louder, you need to go for something larger like the Sonos Move. While this speaker isn't immersible in water like the Roam, it can still withstand being in direct contact with water for around three minutes. That said, it's much larger and heavier, so you can't transport it as easily.

    See our review

  7. Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker For Parties

    The JBL PartyBox 310 is the best waterproof party speaker we've tested. It has an IPX4 rating for water resistance that certifies it to withstand small splashes of water, so you can use it at your next pool party without worrying about getting it a bit wet. With its Bass Boost feature set to its first level, it has a boomy sound profile, and you can customize its sound profile to your liking, thanks to the graphic EQ in its companion app. It can get loud enough to fill large crowded spaces and produces quite an extended low bass, meaning you can feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. It also comes with customizable RGB lights and mic and guitar inputs, which is great for karaoke lovers.

    However, while it has a built-in telescopic handle and wheels to help transport it, it's still fairly bulky and large. If you're looking for a smaller, more portable option, check out the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM, which can also withstand small water splashes. It gets very loud with little compression at max volume, so your audio remains clean and clear-sounding when the volume maxes out. However, it doesn't have light features or inputs to wire external instruments to the speaker.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Anker Soundcore 3: The Anker Soundcore 3 is a well-built portable Bluetooth speaker rated IPX7 for water resistance. Unlike the Anker Soundcore 2, it's compatible with the Soundcore app, meaning you can access its graphic EQ and presets. That said, its soundstage doesn't sound as wide as the Anker Soundcore Flare 2, and it doesn't produce as deep a bass. See our review
  • Sony SRS-XB13: The Sony SRS-XB13 is a small, well-built portable speaker with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. It can produce a more extended low-bass than the Anker Soundcore 2. It has to downmix stereo content to mono to play it, which isn't as immersive. It doesn't get as loud, and its battery life is a bit shorter. Also, its sound profile isn't customizable like the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. See our review
  • JBL Boombox 2: The JBL Boombox 2 is a mid-sized speaker with an IPX7 rating for water resistance that offers a pretty balanced sound profile. However, it doesn't get as loud as the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM and has a lot more compression present at max volume, degrading audio quality. It also doesn't come with any inputs to wire external instruments to the speaker. See our review
  • Sony SRS-XG500: The Sony SRS-XG500 is a portable party speaker that's better built than the JBL PartyBox 310 and the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. It's rated IP66 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be dust-tight and protected against direct contact with water for up to three minutes. That said, its soundstage isn't as spacious-sounding as that of the HYPERBOOM, and it has a lot more compression at max volume that degrades audio quality. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 23, 2022: Replaced the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 with the next generation Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 as the 'Best Lower Mid-Range Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker'.

  2. Aug 23, 2022: Recategorized picks to better reflect a price-based approach. Added the Sony SRS-XE300 as the 'Best Mid-Range Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker', the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 as the 'Best Budget Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker', and the Anker Soundcore 2 as the 'Best Cheap Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker'. Added the Sonos Roam as the 'Best Smart Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker' and moved the Sonos Move to the Notable Mentions.

  3. May 24, 2022: Restructured the article to better align with user needs and expectations. Recategorized the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 as 'Best Budget Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker', and the Sonos Move as 'Best Smart Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker'. Added the JBL PartyBox 310 as the 'Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker For Parties'. Text was updated for consistency.

  4. Mar 21, 2022: Updated text for clarity; no changes to product picks.

  5. Jan 20, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best speakers that are waterproof 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.

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