If you want to play audio at the pool, at the beach, 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 70 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 shower speakers, the best outdoor speakers, the best speaker brands, 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 best versatile waterproof Bluetooth speaker that we've tested is the Sonos Move. It's very well built, with an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. This battery-powered speaker has a built-in carrying handle that makes it easy to take with you when you're on the move. It also offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, and can understand your commands from far and in noisy environments.
Out-of-the-box, it has a neutral sound profile suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. It has a balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced in the mix. It can also produce quite a deep bass. Its Sonos S2 companion app features bass and treble sliders, so you can tweak its sound to your liking. Also, there's a room correction feature that adjusts the speaker's sound according to the unique acoustics of your room.
Unfortunately, there are some compression artifacts present at max volume that may affect the clarity of your audio during louder listening sessions. It also downmixes stereo content to mono to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive. That said, its neutral sound profile, great build quality, and outstanding portability and voice assistant capabilities make this versatile speaker one of the best Bluetooth speakers we've tested.
If you're looking for an even more customizable, versatile, waterproof speaker, check out the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST. While it doesn't produce an as extended low-bass as the Sonos Move, its companion app features a graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking, making it more customizable. This speaker is well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't test for this. out-of-the-box, it has a neutral sound profile, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. It also has excellent directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, resulting in a soundstage that may be perceived as wide and natural. However, this speaker may currently be difficult to find in stock, though we'll update the article if it gets discontinued.
Get the Sonos if you prefer a versatile waterproof speaker that can produce deeper bass, and that supports Apple AirPlay. However, if you prefer a more customizable waterproof speaker with a graphic EQ, presets, and a better soundstage performance, check out the Ultimate Ears.
The best waterproof speaker we've tested in the budget category is the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. This well-built speaker is rated IPX7 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. It's incredibly portable and comes with customizable RGB lights. You can also pair it to another compatible speaker to create a stereo pair or to multiple speakers when you want your audio to fill a large room.
It has a relatively well-balanced and neutral sound profile with its default settings and BassUp feature enabled, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its companion app also features a graphic EQ and presets so you can customize its sound to your liking. Additionally, it has an amazingly open and natural-sounding soundstage thanks to its 360-degree design, so your audio sounds clear from most angles.
Unfortunately, like most speakers its size, it doesn't get very loud and struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop or EDM. That said, if you're looking for a waterproof speaker on a budget, it's still a good choice.
Sep 03, 2021: Verified picks for accuracy, and updated text for clarity.
Aug 06, 2021: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Motion+ with the Anker Soundcore Flare 2, since the Motion+ is now above our $100 price point for budget speakers. Moved the Motion+ to the Notable Mentions.
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.
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.