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, 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 65 speakers, and below you'll find our picks 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 best waterproof Bluetooth speaker with a floatable design that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This small speaker is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and is advertised to float in water, though we don't currently test for this. Also, its lightweight design and small built-in carrying strap make it remarkably easy to take with you on the go.
Thanks to its 360-degree design, this speaker has incredible directivity, resulting in a wide and natural-sounding soundstage. It also has a somewhat neutral sound profile with a balanced mid-range, so lead instruments and vocals sound clear and present in the mix. That said, like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble that's typically present in bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. However, there's an 'Outdoor Mode' preset you can use to bump up the speaker's bass, though we didn't test this.
Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more comprehensive sound customization features like a graphic EQ to tweak the speaker's sound to your liking. It also doesn't support voice assistants, which may disappoint users who rely on them regularly. That said, while it can't get very loud, there are few compression artifacts present at max volume, so your audio sounds clean and clear during louder listening sessions.
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 Sonos Move is the best versatile Bluetooth speaker we've tested. This very well-built speaker is rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, though we don't test for this. It's incredibly portable thanks to its built-in handle, so you can easily carry it around with you on the move. It also comes with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and can understand your commands from far away and in noisy environments.
It has a neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content, and its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments in your audio reproduce clearly. It can also produce quite a deep bass and comes with bass and treble adjustments you can use to customize its sound to better suit your preferences. Additionally, it comes with a handy room correction feature that adjusts the speaker's sound according to the acoustics of your room and recalibrates when the speaker moves. This speaker also offers very low Apple AirPlay latency, which may please some Apple users.
Unfortunately, it has to downmix stereo content to mono to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive. There's also some compression at max volume, so your audio may not sound clean and clear at louder volume settings. Still, its outstanding voice assistant capabilities, neutral sound profile, build quality, and portability make this versatile speaker one of the best Bluetooth speakers we've tested.
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 best waterproof speaker in the budget category that we've tested is the Anker Soundcore Motion+. This speaker is rated IPX7 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. It's small, lightweight, and is battery-powered, so you can easily carry it around with you when you're on the go without needing to plug it into a power outlet.
It has a well-balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly. However, its underemphasized treble range can make higher-pitched vocals and instruments sound dark at times. Thankfully, its companion app features a graphic EQ and presets you can use to customize its sound to suit your preferences. It can also get decently loud and has an outstanding battery life, lasting over 15 hours from a single charge, though this depends on your usage habits.
Unfortunately, even with its BassUp feature turned on, it still struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass. It also doesn't have any voice assistants built-in, so it uses those available on your smartphone and doesn't do a great job of hearing you from far and in noisy environments. That said, if you're looking for a good waterproof speaker on a budget, it's still a good choice.
For a more affordable option, check out the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. While its battery life isn't as long as 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.
Jul 09, 2021: No changes were made in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Jun 11, 2021: Confirmed the picks are still the best recommendations for our users, and updated the text for consistency and accuracy.
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.
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.