Outdoor speakers can help bring your favorite music with you to the backyard. Whether you're looking to host a barbecue or listen to music in the yard, there are many speakers designed for outdoor use that can meet your needs. Many have outdoor-oriented designs that can help them blend in with your landscaping or your patio decor. Some speakers even come with an IP rating for water resistance to help them withstand the elements, which can also be handy if you want to listen to music by the pool.
We've tested over 80 speakers, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best outdoor speakers to buy. We've focused on speakers specifically designed for outdoor use. If you want to see more options, check out our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers under $100.
The Pohopa EF-B210G is the best Bluetooth outdoor speaker we've tested. This set of unique speakers are designed to look like lanterns that can easily blend in with your outdoor decor. They come with LED lights underneath their tops that pulse to the beat of your music and add ambiance to your patio or backyard in the evening hours.
They're decently well-built with an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance, certifying them to be protected from dust for two to eight hours and from small splashes of water. While they don't get very loud, there aren't many compression artifacts present at max volume, so your audio sounds clean and clear during louder listening sessions. They also have an incredibly long-lasting battery life of up to 60 hours, perfect for multiple long listening sessions spent outdoors. That said, battery performance can vary depending on your usage, and your experience may differ.
Unfortunately, like other outdoor speakers we've tested, they have an uneven sound profile that isn't ideal for neutral listening. They lack low bass, and their boomy high-bass can muddy vocals and lead instruments. There isn't a graphic EQ or presets you can use to customize its sound. That said, if you're looking for pair of outdoor speakers to blend in with your outdoor decor, this pair of lantern speakers make a great addition to your patio or backyard.
The Sonos Move is the best outdoor smart speaker we've tested. Google Assistant and Alexa are built into this speaker and can register your commands from far away and in noisier settings. You can activate your assistant with your voice, and you can mute its mic when you don't want it to listen to you. It's also rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, so it's certified to be protected against direct contact with water for up to three minutes and dust for around two to eight hours.
This smart speaker is battery-powered, so you can take it outdoors with you without needing to worry about plugging it into an outlet, and there's a handle built into its rear to help you transport it. It can get loud and has a well-balanced sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. You can adjust its sound to your liking thanks to the bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app.
Unfortunately, while you can pair it to another compatible speaker to create a stereo pair, it has to downmix stereo content to mono when using it on its own, which isn't as immersive. There are some compression artifacts present at max volume that can affect the clarity of your audio during louder listening sessions. However, this versatile speaker is still a great choice if you're looking for a smart speaker you can use outdoors on your patio or by the pool.
The best waterproof speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This small speaker is outstandingly well-built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The manufacturer also advertises that it can float in water. Its light weight makes it incredibly portable, and there's a built-in carrying strap you can use to attach the speaker to your bag or suspend it from a hook.
Its fairly balanced mid-range out-of-the-box ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though like most speakers its size, it lacks a thumpy low-bass. Fortunately, there's an 'Outdoor Mode' that's advertised to help add a bit of bass to the mix. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has excellent directivity, meaning you can hear your audio clearly from most angles. Also, its almost 13-hour-long battery life makes it suitable for long days of listening spent outdoors, though this can vary depending on your usage.
Unfortunately, unlike other Ultimate Ears speakers we've tested, it isn't compatible with the Ultimate Ears app and doesn't have more comprehensive sound customization features like a graphic EQ to tweak its sound to your liking. It also doesn't get very loud. That said, you're looking for a floatable waterproof speaker to bring along with you to the pool, it's a solid choice.
The Alpine Corporation Solar Bluetooth Rock Speaker is the best discrete outdoor speaker we've tested. This speaker's rock-like design helps it easily blend in with your landscaping and would make a great addition to any backyard. Also, while it doesn't have an IP rating for dust and water resistance, the manufacturer advertises that it's water-resistant, and we expect it to be water-resistant since it's designed for use outdoors.
Its battery life is outstandingly long, lasting over 22 hours when charged via USB in our tests, making it good for long listening sessions spent outdoors. However, this can vary depending on your usage, and your experience may differ. It even features a built-in solar panel, so it can charge itself under the sunlight while you're listening to your favorite tunes. This speaker can also pair with up to two devices at once, which is handy if you frequently need to switch between audio sources.
Unfortunately, its sound profile is pretty uneven, and there aren't any sound customization features like a graphic EQ or presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. Its directivity is also sub-par, resulting in a narrow and directional-sounding soundstage. That said, it's still a great speaker to consider if you're looking for something discrete to blend into your backyard.
The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes is the best cheap outdoor speaker we've tested. This small speaker is designed to look like a torchlight, and there's an amber light inside of it that mimics a flickering flame. There's also a threaded hole underneath it, which you can use to mount it to a pole, so you can easily place it anywhere in your backyard or on your patio.
This speaker is well-built, and it's rated IP65 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be dust-tight and protected against direct contact with water like rain for up to three minutes. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has excellent directivity, meaning you can hear your audio clearly from most angles. Also, while it doesn't get very loud, there's little compression present at max volume, so your audio sounds clean and clear at louder volumes.
Unfortunately, its sound profile is fairly uneven, and like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass. There aren't any sound customization features like a graphic EQ or presets you can use to adjust its sound to your liking. That said, if you're looking for a speaker to add a nice ambiance to your outdoor space, it's worth checking out.
Jan 13, 2022: Verified picks for availability, and updated text for clarity.
Dec 17, 2021: Made the Alpine Corporation Solar Bluetooth Rock Speaker the 'Best Discrete Outdoor Speaker', and the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes the 'Best Cheap Outdoor Speaker'. Added the Bose SoundLink Flex to the Notable Mentions. Updated the text for consistency.
Nov 19, 2021: Checked text for accuracy and verified product availability. No changes were made to recommendations.
Oct 22, 2021: Verified picks for availability. Minor changes were made to the text for accuracy; no changes to picks.
Sep 24, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best outdoor 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 speakers, sorted by their outdoor performance. 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.