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The 7 Best Outdoor Speakers - Winter 2023 Reviews

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Best Outdoor Speakers

Whether you want to host a pool party, listen to your favorite tunes in your backyard, or spice up your next hike at the local park, an outdoor speaker is a great way to bring audio with you on the go. There are lots of portable Bluetooth speakers on the market that are battery-operated, so you can use them outside without having to worry about plugging them into an outlet. Plus, their sturdy and solid designs help withstand the bumps and falls that come along with an active lifestyle, and they even boast IP ratings for dust and water resistance to help them withstand the elements. We've also tested a few speakers that blend into your landscaping, which is a neat touch. However, the scope of our testing hasn't expanded to speakers that are designed to live outdoors permanently, so you'll want to remember to bring them inside at the end of the day unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer.

We've tested over 105 speakers, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best speakers to use outdoors. If you want to see more options, check out our recommendations for the best portable Bluetooth speakers, the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers under $100.


  1. Best Outdoor Speaker

    The best outdoor speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. It's a versatile Bluetooth speaker with a portable design, and it's small and lightweight enough to carry with you in one hand. Take it with you to the park or the beach, and its long-lasting battery life ensures you can enjoy your favorite tunes all day long. It has a solid and sturdy build to withstand days on the go, and it's even rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, so you can use it near bodies of water without worrying about long-term damage.

    Whether you want to listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks, this speaker offers great sound quality when you're on the go. Dialogue is clearly and accurately reproduced, and you enjoy pleasant voices and instruments in your favorite tunes. There's even a little extra boom in the bass to bring genres like EDM and hip-hop to life. If you want a different sound, you can even customize its output, thanks to the graphic EQ and presets available in its companion app. Naturally, it's not meant to live outside all the time, but if you're looking for something to bring the party outside for the day, it's still the best Bluetooth outdoor speaker we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Outdoor Speaker

    If you're looking for a more affordable Bluetooth speaker to bring with you on the go, check out the Sony SRS-XE300. It's another portable speaker that's easy to carry in one hand, though it doesn't come with a carrying strap like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. Still, it's versatile, and its IP67 rating for dust and water resistance certifies it to be fully dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. The manufacturer says it can withstand minor drops and bumps, so it's a great choice for your next adventure outdoors.

    You enjoy a clear and accurate sound with this speaker, so voices and lead instruments are pleasant and detailed in the mix. There's also some extra boom in the bass range, which is a fun touch if you listen to a lot of bass-heavy content. You've also got a graphic EQ in its app to switch up its sound if you want, and given its long-lasting battery life, you can listen to music all day long without interruption. Overall, it provides great value for its performance.

    See our review

  3. Best Lower Mid-Range Outdoor Speaker

    Looking for the best wireless outdoor speaker at a more affordable price? The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is a small but mighty speaker designed to come with you on the go. It's small and lightweight, with a portable design that you can carry in one hand, and you can even clip it onto your bag with its included strap. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, so you won't damage it if you're caught in a light rainstorm or if you drop it into a pool. The manufacturer says that it can float in water, which is cool.

    Given its smaller design, it's no surprise that this speaker lacks a bit of low-bass compared to the Sony SRS-XE300 and doesn't get quite as loud. Still, it's a suitable pick for different types of audio content, as it reproduces voices and lead instruments accurately. Its 'Outdoor' mode brings extra crispness to the sound when you use it in an open-air space, which is nice. However, you won't find a full graphic EQ to switch up its sound across the range, which is disappointing.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Outdoor Speaker

    The best budget outdoor speaker we've tested is the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. It's a portable Bluetooth speaker with a small and lightweight design, so you can easily carry it in one hand while on the go. With an IPX7 rating for water resistance, it's certified to withstand some light exposure to the elements, and its solid build makes it a durable pick. Plus, the lights around the edges of the speaker add a fun ambiance to your next day at the park, and you can customize the colors and patterns to meet your needs.

    This speaker is a great choice whether you're listening to music, podcasts, or audiobooks. Voices and lead instruments are clear and present in the mix, and you don't have trouble following along with dialogue. There's even a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize its sound, which is great if you want something a little different. While its eight-hour battery life will be more than enough for a day outside, it pales compared to the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3's 22 hours of charge. It can't float in water, and the manufacturer warns against dropping it. Still, if you don't plan to use your speaker near water, it's a great choice at a wallet-friendly price.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Outdoor Speaker

    The Anker Soundcore 2 is an even more wallet-friendly pick available at a cheap price. This portable Bluetooth speaker has a small and lightweight design that makes it easy to bring with you on the go, meaning you can toss it into your bag or backpack for a day at the park or a hike in the woods. It has a solid and sturdy build, and with an IPX7 rating for water resistance, it's designed to withstand some light exposure to the elements. Its fifteen-hour battery life means you don't have to worry too much about recharging it while outside for long periods.

    This speaker is a great fit whether you want to listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks. It offers a balanced mid-range out-of-the-box, so voices and other instruments are clear and present in the mix. There aren't any customization features like with the Anker Soundcore Flare 2, but you may find that you don't need them. Naturally, this smaller device doesn't bring as much rumble in the bass as some of our larger picks on the list—but compared to other similar models at this price point, it does a solid job. For those looking to invest in a speaker for the first time, it's ultimately a solid, wallet-friendly option.

    See our review

  6. Best Speaker For Outdoor Decor

    The Pohopa EF-B210G are unique speakers built to live inside or outside, depending on your preferences. Their lantern-like design makes them a stylish addition to your patio or deck, and they blend in well with your existing landscaping for a chic look. These speakers work as real lanterns—LED lights within each device illuminate your outdoor space while listening to your favorite tracks at night. Since their battery life lasts over 60 hours, you don't have to worry about recharging them regularly, and they're also rated IP54 for dust and water resistance.

    Unfortunately, these speakers prioritize design over sound quality. Voices and instruments are fairly clear, but more astute audiophiles will notice a muddy and cluttered quality to the overall sound, especially compared to speakers like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. There isn't a lot of bass reproduced, either, so you don't feel the rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM and hip-hop. Without any customization tools, you don't have any way to switch up their performance. If you aren't worried about the fidelity of audio reproduction, they're still a great choice, and you won't have any trouble hearing your music or your podcasts through the speaker—plus, their stylish design helps them stand out from the pack.

    See our review

  7. Best Outdoor Smart Speaker

    Most smart speakers are designed for in-home use only. However, models like the Sonos Move offer the flexibility to use your smart speaker inside and outside, with built-in voice assistant support for hands-free control of your device. Overall, this speaker is a premium choice, with Wi-Fi compatibility for in-home use, as well as Bluetooth support for when you bring it outdoors. Since it's battery-powered, you don't have to worry about finding a plug for pesky cables while outside, and the over 10-hour battery life is great for long listening sessions.

    Overall, this speaker is well-built, and its IP56 rating for dust and water resistance adds some protection against the elements. Alexa and Google Assistant have no issues hearing you clearly, even if you're on the other side of the backyard. It offers a great solid quality, making it suitable for listening to many different music genres, with plenty of thump in the bass for EDM and hip-hop lovers. Bass and treble adjustments let you control its sound, and its app makes it easy to pair the speaker with other Sonos products in your ecosystem.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM: The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a portable Bluetooth speaker that can get incredibly loud with little compression at max volume. It can produce a more extended low-bass than the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 and has a longer-lasting battery life of almost 24 hours. It isn't as well-built or portable as the MEGABOOM 3 or the Sony SRS-XE300, and it's too large and heavy to take on hikes, for instance. See our review
  • JBL Boombox 3: The JBL Boombox 3 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that gets louder and produces a deeper bass than the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 and the Sony SRS-XE300 due to its larger size. It's well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance and even floats. That said, due to its much larger size and heavier weight, it's less portable. While it's great for outdoor gatherings, it isn't suitable for listening to music on the go or on a hike, for example. See our review
  • Alpine Corporation Solar Bluetooth Rock Speaker: The Alpine Corporation Solar Bluetooth Rock Speaker is designed to look like a rock that blends nicely with outdoor landscaping. It has a solar panel atop it, so its battery nearly never drains when exposed to sunlight. However, it downmixes stereo content to mono to play it, which isn't as immersive. It also doesn't produce an as extended low-bass as the Pohopa EF-B210G speakers. See our review
  • Limitless Innovations TikiTunes: The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes is a cheap outdoor speaker designed to look like a torch and comes with an amber light built-in that mimics a flickering flame. However, it has an uneven sound profile and doesn't come with any sound customization features. It also doesn't get as loud as the Pohopa EF-B210G speakers, and its battery doesn't last as long. See our review
  • Bose SoundLink Flex: The Bose SoundLink Flex is a well-built portable Bluetooth speaker that the manufacturer advertises as floatable. However, unlike the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, it downmixes stereo content to mono, which isn't as immersive. Its battery life also doesn't last as long. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 12, 2023: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  2. Dec 13, 2022: No changes to product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  3. Nov 18, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  4. Oct 21, 2022: Added the JBL BoomBox 3 to the Notable Mentions. Minor adjustments to text for accuracy.

  5. Sep 23, 2022: Replaced the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 with the next generation Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3. Text was updated for consistency.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth 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.

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