If you want to play audio at the pool, outdoors, or are looking for the best beach Bluetooth speaker, 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. An IP rating is the most surefire way to know how a speaker handles water.
We've tested over 85 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.
The best waterproof Bluetooth 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 up to 30 minutes. The manufacturer also advertises this study speaker to be floatable, so you don't have to worry about accidentally dropping it in the pool.
With its 'Standard' preset, it has a boomy sound profile with a balanced mid-range, meaning vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though they can sound a bit dark at times. It lacks low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM. Fortunately, you can tweak its sound to your liking, thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its companion app. Its long-lasting battery life of over 17 hours also makes it suitable for long listening sessions spent outdoors.
Unfortunately, while it can get fairly loud, there are some compression artifacts present at max volume that affect the quality of your audio when the speaker is pushed to louder volume levels. It can also only pair to one device at a time, so you can't easily switch between audio sources. That said, if you're looking for a good waterproof speaker to use while relaxing by the pool, it's still a solid choice.
The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is the best portable waterproof Bluetooth speaker that we've tested. While it isn't as customizable as the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, this lightweight speaker is smaller, making it more portable. It's 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, making it great to bring along with you while you shower.
Out-of-the-box, it has a fairly balanced sound profile overall, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments reproduce accurately and with detail in the mix. There's also an 'Outdoor Mode' preset advertised to help boost its bass. Also, it has fantastic directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, meaning you can hear your audio clearly from all angles.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants. Also, like most small speakers, it lacks a thumpy and rumbling low-bass and doesn't come with more comprehensive sound customization features like a graphic EQ or presets to adjust its sound. However, although it doesn't get very loud, there isn't much compression present at max volume, so the quality of your audio doesn't degrade much as you bump up the volume.
The Sonos Move is the best versatile waterproof Bluetooth speaker we've tested. This well-built Bluetooth speaker is rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified for protection against direct contact with water for up to three minutes and dust for around two to eight hours. It offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and can understand you from far and in noisier settings.
With its room correction feature enabled, it has a neutral sound profile suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. That said, it lacks a thumpy and rumbling low-bass. Fortunately, you can customize its sound to your liking using the bass and treble sliders featured in its companion app. It also comes with a built-in handle and is battery powered, so you can easily take it outdoors with you to your poolside.
Unfortunately, you need to pair it to a second unit to play stereo audio since it downmixes stereo content to mono when using it on its own, which isn't very immersive. Also, while it comes with a room correction feature, it's currently only available with iOS devices. If you're looking for a Bluetooth speaker that you can use at home and outdoors, this well-built versatile speaker is still a solid choice.
The Bose SoundLink Flex is the best small and versatile waterproof speaker we've tested. While it doesn't support Wi-Fi like the Sonos Move, this well-built speaker is smaller, lighter, and easier to bring along with you outdoors. Its rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. There's also a small carrying strap built into its side, which you can use to attach it to your beach bag or suspend it from a hook near your shower.
It has a fairly balanced and neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, suitable for listening to different types of audio content. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. It supports Siri and Google Assistant through your smartphone and has no trouble registering your commands when you're far away or in noisy environments. You can also pair it to up to two devices at once, which is handy when you quickly need to switch between audio sources.
Unfortunately, like most small speakers, it doesn't get very loud and lacks a thumpy and rumbling low-bass. There isn't a graphic EQ or presets to customize its sound to your liking. If you don't care much for Wi-Fi connectivity and prefer having a versatile waterproof speaker that's smaller and easier to carry along with you when you're out and about, it's still a great choice.
The best speaker that's waterproof that we've tested in the budget category is the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. This well-built speaker is rated IPX7 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be immersible in up to a meter of water for around 30 minutes. It's incredibly portable and comes with customizable RGB lights. You also can pair it to other compatible speakers to create a stereo pair or when you want to amplify your audio across a larger area.
It has a balanced mid-range with its BassUp feature enabled, so vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly and accurately in the mix, though they can also sound dark and veiled at times. Fortunately, its companion app features a graphic EQ and presets you can use to customize its sound to your liking. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has excellent directivity, resulting in an open and natural-sounding soundstage.
Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and there are compression artifacts present at max volume that degrade audio quality when the speaker is pushed to its louder volume levels. Also, like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce the thump and rumble in low-bass that's typically present in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. If you're looking for a budget-friendly Bluetooth speaker you can leave by the pool, it's still a good choice.
Mar 21, 2022: Updated text for clarity; no changes to product picks.
Jan 20, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Dec 21, 2021: Made the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 the 'Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker', and made the Bose SoundLink Flex the 'Best Small Versatile Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker'. Moved the Bose SoundLink Revolve to the Notable Mentions.
Nov 02, 2021: Replaced the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST with the Bose SoundLink Revolve II, since the MEGABLAST is currently difficult to find in stock.
Sep 03, 2021: Verified picks for accuracy, and updated text for clarity.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best waterproof 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.