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 60 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 best outdoor speaker that we've tested is the Pohopa EF-B210G. This set of portable Bluetooth speakers is specifically designed for long-term outdoor use, and they're even rated IPX4 for water resistance, though we don't test for this. Their lantern-style design can blend easily into your outdoor decor, so they can become a permanent addition to your patio setup, and you can even turn on their LED lights to add ambiance at night.
You can pair your smartphone to these speakers via Bluetooth to wirelessly play music, podcasts, and audiobooks from your smartphone or other mobile devices. While they don't get very loud, there isn't much compression at max volume, so audio reproduction is clear and pure. They also last for 60 hours off of a single charge, which is exceptional and should be more than enough through multiple long days outside.
Unfortunately, they have a slightly boomy sound profile that muddies vocals and lead instruments. It can also make them sound a bit honky and harsh. As a result, like many outdoor-oriented speakers we've tested, they aren't ideal for neutral listening, and unfortunately, there isn't any way to customize their sound profile. That said, if you're looking for a pair of outdoor-oriented speakers that suit your patio decor, they're a solid choice.
The Sonos Move is the best smart outdoor speaker that we've tested. Although this speaker isn't specifically designed for the outdoors, it's very well-built with an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. It's also incredibly portable and has a built-in handle you can use to carry it around.
It offers outstanding support via its built-in voice assistants, Google Assistant and Alexa. They can hear you when you're far away from the speaker, as well as in noisier environments. There's also a mute mic button you can use when you no longer want them to hear you. Additionally, it has a well-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, making it a suitable choice for listening to a variety of music genres. Its companion app also features bass and treble sliders you can use to tweak its sound to better suit your preferences.
Unfortunately, there are some compression artifacts present at max volume, so your audio may not sound as clean during louder listening sessions. It also has to downmix stereo content to mono, which doesn't sound as immersive. However, if you're looking for a smart speaker you can take outdoors with you, it's a good choice.
The best waterproof outdoor speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This outstandingly portable speaker is exceptionally built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, and is advertised to be submersible in water for up to 30 minutes, though we don't currently test for this.
It has a neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, suitable for listening to a wide range of audio content. It comes with an 'Outdoor Mode' preset advertised to boost its bass reproduction, though we didn't test this. It also has fantastic directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, so your audio sounds clear from most angles, and its soundstage is perceived as wide and spacious-sounding.
Unfortunately, like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce a deep thumpy and rumbling bass out-of-the-box, and it doesn't feature a graphic EQ you can use to customize its sound to your liking. However, while it doesn't get very loud, there aren't many compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio mostly sounds clean at louder volumes. If you're looking for a floatable waterproof speaker you can use outdoors, it's still a solid choice.
The best budget outdoor Bluetooth speaker we've tested is the Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR. This speaker looks like a rock and blends in nicely with most outdoor landscapes. It's decently built and is advertised to be water-resistant, though we don't test for this.
You can pair it to two devices at once, which is helpful when you need to switch between audio sources quickly. Its 22-hour battery life also makes this speaker good to use on long days spent outside, though battery life can depend on your usage habits, so your experience may vary. Additionally, it has a solar panel on top of it that you can use to charge it, though we didn't test this.
Unfortunately, it has a pretty uneven sound profile that struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. Additionally, it has middling directivity, which causes its soundstage to sound narrow and directional. However, it's still a decent choice if you're looking for an outdoor Bluetooth speaker on a budget.
For a budget outdoor speaker that has a wider-sounding soundstage, consider the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. Though it has a shorter battery life than the Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR, it has much better directivity resulting in an open and more natural-sounding soundstage. This torch-like speaker is smaller and more portable than the Alpine. It has an amber light inside of it that mimics a flickering flame and has a threaded hole at its bottom so you can mount it to a pole. It's decently built and is rated IP65 for dust and water resistance, though we don't test for this. Unfortunately, it can't get as loud as the Alpine, and its sound profile isn't as balanced.
Get the Alpine if you're looking for an outdoor speaker that can get louder and has longer battery life. However, if you're looking for a speaker with a more natural-sounding soundstage, consider the Limitless.
Jun 09, 2021: Verified picks for accuracy, and updated text for clarity.
May 19, 2021: Confirmed the picks are still the best recommendations for our users. Minor changes were made to the text for consistency and accuracy.
Apr 28, 2021: Minor changes to text for consistency. No changes were made to product picks.
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.