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The 6 Best Outdoor Speakers - Spring 2023 Reviews

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 110 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. While it's not designed for long-term outdoor use, it's a great choice for bringing your favorite tunes on the go, whether in your backyard or at a local park. With a small and lightweight design, it's easy to carry, and the built-in hook even lets you clip it onto your bag. Since it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, you don't have to worry about some exposure to the elements.

    With a battery life of over seventeen hours, you can rock out to your favorite music all day long with this speaker. Its sound performance is really impressive, making it a great choice for listening to everything from classical music to bass-heavy EDM and hip-hop. Plus, it's super customizable, with a graphic EQ in its companion app, meaning you can switch up its sound to your liking. As the best Bluetooth outdoor speaker we've tested, it's easy to stream audio right from your phone to the device. No matter where you go, this speaker lets you bring the party with you.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Outdoor Speaker

    The Sony SRS-XE300 is a more affordable option that's also really well-suited for outdoor use. Like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, this speaker isn't meant to live outside permanently, but you can bring it with you on your hikes or bike rides to enjoy your favorite tunes on the go. Since it's small and lightweight, it's pretty easy to transport, and while it doesn't have a built-in hook like the Ultimate Ears, you can always throw it in your bag. It's also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, and while it doesn't have an IP rating for impact resistance, the manufacturer says that it's built to withstand minor drops and bumps.

    This speaker is a great choice for your next outdoor adventure and has a great sound quality. Voices and other lead instruments reproduce with clarity, and there's a little extra boom in the high-bass to bring out the energy in your favorite songs. If you want a different sound, there's a graphic EQ in its companion app, which is handy, too. Plus, it lasts over sixteen hours off a single charge, meaning you can listen all day long without interruption.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Outdoor Speaker

    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is the best budget outdoor speaker we've tested. This small but mighty speaker is a great choice for listening to tunes on the go or even pumping up the action at your next pool party. It's one of the few speakers we've tested that can float in water, which is really cool, and it also boasts an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. Plus, it's really small and lightweight, so you can carry it in one hand with ease. The included strap is handy for clipping it onto your bag, too.

    This wallet-friendly pick still offers a solid sound quality, making it suitable for listening to lots of different music genres. Its Outdoor mode is even designed to bring a little extra crispness to the mix when you're out in a larger, more open-air space, which is a cool touch. Since it lasts for over 22 hours off a single charge, you can rock out all throughout the day. That said, since it's smaller than the Sony SRS-XE300, it's not a surprise that it can't reproduce as deep of a low-bass, so you notice a little less rumble in tracks like EDM and hip-hop. Still, if you're on a tighter budget, it's a really stand-out pick.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Outdoor Speaker

    If you're just looking for a simple speaker that won't break the bank, the Anker Soundcore 2 is worth a look. It's another wallet-friendly pick available at an even cheaper price, and it boasts a really solid sound quality compared to other similarly-priced models. Voices and lead instruments are clear and present in the mix, whether you're listening to music or enjoying the latest podcasts. It doesn't come with any sound customization tools like the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3, but you may find that you don't need them in the first place.

    With a small and portable design, this speaker is a great choice for listening to your favorite tunes while out and about. You can easily 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, too, so you don't have to worry too much about damaging it. It can't float in water like the Ultimate Ears, but it's still rated IPX7 for water resistance in case you come across some light exposure to the elements. And it lasts for fifteen hours from a single charge, so you can listen to your tunes all day long without interruption. If you're looking for a simple model, or you're investing in a speaker for the first time, this pick is worth a look.

    See our review

  5. Best Speaker For Outdoor Decor

    Want a more discreet speaker for your backyard? Prefer something that can live outside 24/7? Check out the Pohopa EF-B210G. These stylish speakers come in pairs of two, and they're designed to look like lanterns so they don't distract from your landscaping. With LED lights inside each device, you can also use them to illuminate your outdoor patio, so they serve two functions in one. Stream audio right from your phone using Bluetooth, and you enjoy over 60 hours of uninterrupted playback time. Don't worry about the elements, either—these speakers are also rated IP54 for dust and water resistance.

    However, like most outdoor decor speakers we've tested, these devices prioritize design over sound quality. They're more than suitable for most casual listening sessions. However, if you're an astute audiophile, you'll notice a muddier and more cluttered sound compared to more premium tools like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. Plus, 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 podcasts through the speaker. Ultimately, they still rank among the best wireless outdoor speakers we've tested.

    See our review

  6. Best Outdoor Smart Speaker

    Smart speakers are a great option if you're looking for hands-free control since their built-in voice assistants are designed to respond to your commands with ease. While most are designed with in-home use in mind, the Sonos Move offers the flexibility to take your smart device outside with you. Its built-in handle makes it easier to transport to your backyard, and its IP56 rating for dust and water resistance adds some protection against the elements. It's a well-built and premium speaker with great sound quality overall, though it's not really small enough for longer days outside like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, so you'll probably just want to keep it to your porch or backyard.

    Inside, you can connect the speaker to your home network over Wi-Fi. Since it also supports Bluetooth, you can wirelessly stream content to the device when you're outside. Plus, its bass and treble adjustments give you some ability to customize its sound, which is handy. The app even lets you pair the device to other Sonos products, meaning you can boost audio throughout your home and backyard. With a 10-hour battery life, it'll last through a day outside without worrying about a recharge. It's a great voice assistant option for those interested in this technology.

    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. 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 taking 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 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. May 11, 2023: The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3's price fell to match that of our previous budget pick, the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. Since the Ultimate Ears is the better speaker, we've made it our new 'Best Budget' pick.

  2. Apr 12, 2023: Confirmed the accuracy of product picks. Minor text updates.

  3. Mar 13, 2023: Confirmed product picks. Minor updates to the text for accuracy.

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

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

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.