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The 7 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers - Spring 2024 Reviews

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. Many speakers have an IP rating: dust and water resistance scores 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. An IP rating is the most surefire way to know how a speaker handles water.

Despite their IP rating, some product manuals advise against using waterproof speakers in certain situations, 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 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 the manufacturer hasn't explicitly deemed safe for your product and double-check that the speaker's ports are completely dry before using and recharging them.

We've tested over 130 speakers; 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 JBL Boombox 3 is the best waterproof Bluetooth speaker we've tested. If you're looking to rock out to your favorite tunes at your next pool party or a day at the beach, this speaker's for you. With a boombox-style design, it boasts great sound quality, so you can enjoy a clean and clear reproduction of all your favorite tracks. This speaker gets loud enough to fill larger and more open spaces like a backyard or a community pool with sound. Best of all, it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and even floats in water. You can enjoy your next big party without fear of splashes and spills.

    This premium device has extra features to make the most of your listening experience. It's compatible with the JBL Portable app, which you can load onto your phone or tablet to control the speaker's output. A graphic EQ is on hand to switch up its sound to your liking, and you can even pair it up with other compatible JBL speakers to boost sound throughout the pool deck. This speaker also lasts almost 30 hours off a single charge, so you can rock on late into the night without worrying about a recharge. With a sturdy build and a stand-out sound, this Bluetooth speaker is worth checking out. We've also purchased the Brane X, which promises an excellent all-around performance coupled with an IP57 rating, making it submersible in water.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    The Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM is another premium waterproof speaker available at a more affordable price. Rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, this speaker is more than suitable for listening to your favorite tunes at your next pool party. It gets loud, with a 360-degree design to ensure consistent sound from around the speaker. You can customize its sound thanks to its graphic EQ and preset modes. It can even handle some drops and a dip in the pool—after all, this speaker floats in water.

    Like other premium speakers on the market, this device comes with a room correction feature that automatically optimizes its sound based on your room's unique acoustics. It's called Adaptive EQ, and with it on, you get a bass-heavy sound that adds extra warmth to your mixes. The treble also has some added brightness to emphasize high-pitched instruments like hi-hats. Since it's a battery-powered speaker, you don't have to worry about plugging it into an outlet when you listen by the pool. That said, its 7.8-hour battery life isn't quite as impressive as what you get with the more premium JBL Boombox 3.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    Looking to spend less on your waterproof speaker? Check out the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. With a sturdy build and a portable design, this speaker is a great choice for bringing your music on the go, whether stopping by the pool or soaping up in the shower. Its built-in carrying hook makes it easy to clip the device onto your bag or backpack, or you can carry it in your hand since it's so lightweight. Like the Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM, it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and can float in water.

    Given the price difference, it's no surprise that this speaker has fewer features than its more premium cousin. Notably, there's no Adaptive EQ, so it sounds a little different depending on the acoustics of the room you're in. Fortunately, you can compensate for this with its graphic EQ and presets, which let you customize its sound manually. It lacks low bass compared to the larger EPICBOOM, too. You can check out the Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Plus if you want a similarly priced waterproof speaker with a bit more low bass. However, the Anker isn't quite as small as the Ultimate Ears, which may or may not be a drawback, depending on how you plan to use it. Its bass is no match for the more premium EPICBOOM, either.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is a great choice for those on a budget. It's a small, lightweight speaker available in several colors, and it can float in water. Take it to your next pool party to enjoy consistent sound from all angles, thanks to its 360-degree design. Like other top picks on our list, it's also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and can float in water. Plus, it can hold up against some small drops and falls, which is great for on-the-go use.

    With a clean and clear sound out of the box, this speaker is great for listening to many different types of audio content. You can rock out to your favorite songs at the pool or the lake, and the Outdoor EQ mode ensures a crisp sound even in those larger and more open outdoor spaces. That said, it doesn't have a companion app like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, and you don't have access to many customization tools to switch up its sound. Still, if you prefer a simpler speaker, you may find it a better value. It even lasts a little longer off a single charge, with an impressive 22-hour battery life.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    The Anker Soundcore 3 is the best cheap waterproof Bluetooth speaker we've tested. For an affordable price, this small and lightweight device offers a solid sound in a waterproof shell. Like many of our top picks, it's rated IPX7 for water resistance, so you can submerse it in water without issue. Since it lasts for over 13 hours off a single charge, it's a great choice for listening to music while on the go, even if it doesn't last quite as long as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3.

    This speaker offers a balanced sound out of the box, making it suitable for listening to most music genres. It lacks a bit of bass and treble, but you can always make up for this using its graphic EQ and presets in its companion app. There's even a BassUp feature designed to increase the bass in the mix, which is a nice touch. Still, even with the bass turned up, this small speaker can't bring an extended thump and rumble in the low bass. However, it's still worth a look if you're on a tight budget.

    See our review

  6. Best Smart Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    Smart speakers are handy devices that offer built-in support for voice assistants, so you get hands-free control right from the comfort of your couch. The Sonos Roam/Roam SL is the best waterproof smart speaker we've tested, and whether you need to add ingredients to your shopping list, check the weather, or solve a math problem on the go, Alexa and Google Assistant are ready to help. More privacy-conscious users can even mute the microphone when the voice assistants aren't in use, which is a nice touch. You'll want to make sure you pick up the original Roam, as the SL variant comes without a microphone, so it doesn't support voice assistants.

    It's the manufacturer's most portable option, with a small, lightweight design that's great for taking the party wherever you go. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance; the manufacturer also says it's drop-resistant. Plus, it comes with Sonos' room correction feature, called TruePlay, to optimize its output based on your room's unique acoustics for the best possible sound. You can even pair it up with other devices in your Sonos ecosystem. Its five-hour battery life pales compared to top picks like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, but still, if you want a waterproof smart speaker, it's a great option.

    See our review

  7. Best Waterproof 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. Thanks to the graphic EQ in its companion app, it has a boomy sound profile with lots of rumble in the bass, and you can customize it to your liking. It also comes with customizable RGB lights to set the mood, as well as mic and guitar inputs, which are great for karaoke lovers.

    However, this speaker is pretty bulky and large. It has a built-in handle and wheels to help you move it around, but if you're looking for a more portable option for your next party, you might want to check out the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM instead. This speaker gets plenty loud, and its IPX4 rating ensures it can withstand some small splashes of water. However, it doesn't have any RGB lights, and you can't connect any instruments to it, though you may not need these features in the first place.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Anker Soundcore Motion+: The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a slightly more affordable alternative to the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. It's waterproof and is a great alternative if you want more bass in the mix. That said, it's not as well-built overall. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Flare 2: The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is a great alternative to the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 if you want a budget-friendly speaker with sound customization tools. Unlike the Ultimate Ears, its companion app offers a graphic EQ. That said, its battery life isn't as long-lasting, which isn't ideal for longer days outdoors. See our review
  • Sony SRS-XB100: The Sony SRS-XB100 is one of the smallest speakers we've tested, so it's a portable option. Rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, it can withstand the elements well. However, its sound isn't as customizable as that of the Anker Soundcore 3 since it lacks a graphic EQ. See our review
  • Sony SRS-XG500: The Sony SRS-XG500 is a portable party speaker that's better built than the JBL PartyBox 310. 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. However, it doesn't get as loud as the JBL, and there's more compression at max volume. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 10, 2024: We've checked all our picks to ensure they're still relevant and in stock. We've also added a mention of the Brane X, which we'll be testing and reviewing soon.

  2. Feb 14, 2024: Verified that our picks are the best for user needs. Some text edits for consistency.

  3. Dec 20, 2023: Confirmed accuracy and availability of product picks.

  4. Oct 30, 2023: Restructured to include the Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range' to address the price gap between the top pick and 'Best Mid-Range' picks. The Anker Soundcore Motion+ moves to the Notable Mentions to ensure consistency within price categories across articles.

  5. Sep 07, 2023: Replaced the Anker Soundcore 2 with the next-generation Anker Soundcore 3 as 'Best Cheap'. In the Notable Mentions, replaced the Sony SRS-XB13 with the next-gen Sony SRS-XB100.

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.