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 70 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 Bluetooth outdoor speaker that we've tested is the Pohopa EF-B210G. This set of portable Bluetooth speakers is 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 that 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 outdoor smart speaker that we've tested. It's well-built, with an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance. It offers excellent voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. It can understand you from far and in noisier settings, and you can also mute its mic when you no longer want it to listen to you.
It has a well-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box and is suitable for listening to different types of audio content. It can get decently loud, and you can tweak its sound to better suit your preferences, thanks to the bass and treble adjustments featured in its Sonos S2 companion app. It can connect to two devices at once; this can come in handy if you need to switch between audio sources. Also, its built-in handle and light weight make this speaker remarkably portable, so you can easily take it with you when you're on the move.
Unfortunately, it requires two units to play stereo sound and 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 may affect the clarity of your audio during louder listening sessions. However, this speaker's versatility makes it one of the best Bluetooth speakers we've tested and would make a solid choice if you're looking for a smart speaker you can use outdoors.
The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is the best waterproof outdoor speaker that we've tested. This fantastically built speaker is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, and the manufacturer even advertises that it can submerge in water for up to 30 minutes. It's also incredibly portable thanks to its small size, light weight, and built-in carrying handle.
Out-of-the-box, this speaker has a neutral sound profile, making it suitable for listening to many music genres and audio content. There's an 'Outdoor Mode' you can also use to bump up its bass, though we didn't test this. Like many other speakers with a 360-degree design, it has impressive directivity, resulting in a natural and open-sounding soundstage. It also has few compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio sounds mostly clean during louder listening sessions.
Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, it struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass that's typically present in bass-heavy music, and there isn't a graphic EQ you can use to adjust its sound to your liking. That said, it's still a great choice if you're looking for a floatable waterproof speaker to use when you're outside, and it's even one of the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers we've tested.
The Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR is the best budget outdoor speaker that we've tested. This rock-like speaker is decently built and is advertised to be water-resistant. Its design allows it to blend in nicely with most outdoor landscaping, and it even has a built-in solar panel to charge it while exposed to sunlight.
It has an incredible battery life that can last over 22 hours over a single charge when charged via USB. That said, battery life can vary depending on your usage, so your real-world experience may differ. It has very few compression artifacts present at max volume, so your audio sounds clean during louder listening sessions. It can also be paired to up to two devices at once, which can come in handy when you need to switch between audio sources.
Unfortunately, its sound profile is quite uneven, which may disappoint users who prefer a more neutral sound. It lacks sound customization features like a graphic EQ you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. Also, it has sub-par directivity, resulting in a narrow and directional-sounding soundstage. However, it's still a solid choice if you're looking for a budget Bluetooth speaker designed for outdoor use.
Consider the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes if you're looking for a budget outdoor Bluetooth speaker with a wider-sounding soundstage. Though its sound profile isn't as balanced as that of the Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR, it has much better directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, resulting in a more open and natural-sounding soundstage. This portable Bluetooth speaker has a torch-like design and comes with an amber light built into it that mimics a flickering flame. It's decently built with an IP65 rating for dust and water resistance. Its battery life doesn't last as long, and it also doesn't get as loud.
Get the Alpine if you're looking for an outdoor speaker that can get louder and has longer-lasting battery life. That said, if you prefer a speaker with a wider-sounding soundstage, check out the Limitless instead.
Sep 24, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Aug 27, 2021: Minor updates to the text for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
Jul 30, 2021: No changes were made to product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Jun 30, 2021: Confirmed the picks are still available and are still the best recommendations for our users.
Jun 09, 2021: Verified picks for accuracy, and updated text for clarity.
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.