The 5 Best Outdoor Speakers - Spring 2021 Reviews

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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 50 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.


  1. Best Outdoor Speaker: Pohopa EF-B210G

    6.6
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    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.

    See our review

  2. Best Smart Outdoor Speaker: Sonos Move

    7.7
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The best smart outdoor speaker that we've tested is the Sonos Move. While this speaker isn't specifically designed for long-term outdoor use, its portable design lets you bring it outside for the afternoon to enjoy your music. It also has built-in support for both Alexa and Google Assistant, which can understand your commands even if you aren't very close to the speaker.

    Out-of-the-box, it has a very neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. There are even bass and treble adjustments in the Sonos S2 app to help you customize its sound, as well as a room correction feature that's available over Wi-Fi. It's even rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this, and you can easily carry it with one hand using its built-in handle.

    Unfortunately, while it can get pretty loud, there's some compression at max volume, which can be disappointing if you like to crank up the volume while outside. Also, it has to downmix stereo content into mono to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive. That said, if you're looking for a very versatile speaker that you can bring with you outside, it's a solid choice.

    See our review

  3. Best Floatable Waterproof Outdoor Speaker: Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

    7.8
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    If you're looking for a waterproof speaker that can float in water, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is the best outdoor speaker we've tested. This small, lightweight model has a portable design that makes it easy to bring with you outside for the afternoon, though it isn't intended for long-term outdoor use. The manufacturer says it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and can submerge in water for up to 30 minutes, but we don't test for this.

    It has a pretty neutral, balanced sound profile that's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content, though it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass. If you prefer a more bass-heavy sound, there's an 'Outdoor Mode' EQ preset that's advertised to add extra thump and punch to your audio. This stereo speaker also has an outstanding soundstage performance, and its 360-degree design helps audio sound clear from all angles.

    Unfortunately, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, which can be disappointing if you like bass-heavy music, and there isn't a full graphic EQ to help you customize its sound to your liking. It also doesn't get very loud, which can be disappointing if you like to crank up the volume. That said, there isn't a lot of compression when you play it at max volume, which is nice.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Outdoor Speaker: Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR

    6.1
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    If you're looking for a speaker specifically designed for outdoor use on a budget, the best outdoor speaker we've tested is the Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR. This Bluetooth speaker has a rock-like design that helps it blend in with your landscaping, and it's advertised to be water-resistant, though we don't test for this. It's mostly made of a hard plastic coating, and its materials feel robust and durable.

    You can pair this speaker with up to two devices via Bluetooth, so you can easily switch between playing audio from your smartphone and playing audio from your tablet. It's battery-powered, so you don't have to worry about plugging it into an outlet to play your music. Thanks to its over 22-hour battery life, it's well-suited for long days outside, and you can even recharge it using its built-in solar panel, though we don't test for this.

    Unfortunately, like many of the outdoor speakers we've tested, its sound profile isn't very neutral, and vocals and lead instruments can sound alternately harsh or dull. It also struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, which can be disappointing if you like bass-heavy music like EDM. Unlike the Theater Solutions B83GR, the manufacturer doesn't say if you can pair it to other Alpine Corporation speakers, though we don't test for this.

    See our review

  5. Alternative With Better Soundstage: Limitless Innovations TikiTunes

    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    If you're looking for a budget speaker specifically designed for outdoor use with better soundstage performance, consider the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. While it doesn't get as loud as the Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR, and its battery life isn't as long, this speaker's 360-design helps make audio sound more clear from all angles. It has a torchlight design with amber lights inside to mimic a flickering flame, so it can easily blend into your existing outdoor decor. You can even use the threaded hole underneath to attach it to a pole and ground stake, which is handy if you want a speaker with a specifically outdoor-oriented look. It's also rated IP65 for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this.

    If you want a louder outdoor speaker with a rock-like design and a longer battery life, check out the Alpine Corporation. However, if you prefer a smaller, more portable speaker with a torchlight design that offers a more immersive soundstage, consider the Limitless Innovations instead.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Theater Solutions B83GR: The Theater Solutions B83GR is an outdoor-oriented speaker designed to look like a rock, which the manufacturer says you can pair with up to 99 other B83GR speakers. However, it isn't as well-built, and its sound profile isn't as balanced as that of the Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR. See our review

All Reviews

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.

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