Outdoor speakers can help bring your favorite music with you on your next hike, or 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. They also come with an IP rating for dust and 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 100 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.
The best outdoor speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. This small, lightweight, portable speaker is well-built and has a small built-in strap to help transport it, meaning you can bring your favorite music to the pool or your next hike or picnic. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, and the manufacturer says that the speaker can float in water. It also has a long-lasting battery life of almost 18 hours, making it great for long days spent outside, though this varies depending on your usage and chosen volume level.
This stereo speaker also has excellent directivity, resulting in a spacious and natural-sounding soundstage. It has a boomy sound profile, with a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly and accurately in the mix. If you like having extra control over your music's sound, there's a graphic EQ and presets in its companion app to tweak its sound to your liking. However, it still lacks a thumpy and rumbling low-bass.
If you're looking for a well-built portable speaker to take outdoors with you and can produce a more extended low-bass, you might want to take a look at larger models like the more affordable Sony SRS-XE300 or the larger, pricier Sony SRS-XG300. However, they don't float in water like the MEGABOOM 3, and their soundstages don't sound as natural and open.
The Sony SRS-XE300 is a well-built stereo speaker rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, so you can listen to your favorite tunes by the pool without having to worry about damaging your speaker. It also has a long-lasting battery life of almost 17 hours, so you don't have to recharge it frequently. Its default sound profile is boomy overall with a balanced mid-range suitable for listening to a wide variety of music genres, which you can customize to your liking thanks to the graphic EQ featured in its companion app.
Thanks to its slightly larger size, it also produces a more extended low-bass Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. However, you sacrifice some audio quality at max volume. Since it has a lot more compression present at max volume than the MEGABOOM 3, the audio quality doesn't sound as clean and clear when you blast the speaker. It also has a much more narrow and directional-sounding soundstage, so your audio sounds a little different from different angles.
If you're looking for a smaller and more portable speaker within the same price range with a wider-sounding soundstage, consider the Marshall Emberton II. It has a longer-lasting battery life of over 22 hours that'll easily last through multiple listening sessions before you need to recharge it. However, since it's smaller, it doesn't get as loud and doesn't produce a bass that's as deep as the Sony. It also doesn't have sound customization features like a graphic EQ to tweak its sound.
Looking for the best wireless outdoor speaker at a more affordable price? The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is a small but mighty speaker that's very well-built, making it great to use outdoors. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be dust tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so it's designed to withstand getting wet and dirty when you take it outside with you. Like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, it also floats in water, so you can float alongside your music next time you go to the pool. It has a long-lasting battery life of over 22 hours, so it's less likely to die on you in the middle of your jam, and you don't have to charge it as frequently.
This 360-degree stereo speaker has amazing directivity, resulting in a wider and more spacious-sounding soundstage than the Sony SRS-XE300. Its default sound profile is fairly balanced, making it great for listening to different music genres. It has a balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. There's an 'Outdoor' mode that you can enable for a crisper and slightly louder sound when you're outside. However, like most small speakers its size, it doesn't get as loud as larger models like the Sony XE300, and it doesn't produce an as extended low-bass. Also, unlike the Sony speaker, there aren't sound customization features like a graphic EQ.
If you're looking for a more budget-friendly speaker that won't break the bank, consider the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. This portable model offers a balanced sound profile with its BassUp feature enabled, suitable for listening to different music genres. It can produce a more extended low-bass than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3, and you can customize its sound profile to your liking, thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its Soundcore companion app. That said, it doesn't get as loud and has more compression present at max volume, so your audio doesn't sound as clean at louder volume levels. It also has a shorter battery life of around eight hours. Still, it's rated IPX7 for water resistance, so it's immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, and you can take it outdoors without worrying about it getting wet. Its soundstage is perceived as open and spacious-sounding thanks to its 360-degree design. It comes with RGB lights and even supports voice assistants through your smartphone.
For something even more wallet-friendly, check out the Anker Soundcore 3. It's a smaller Anker speaker that's also compatible with the Soundcore app, so you can access its graphic EQ and presets to customize its sound to your liking. Since it's smaller, it's lighter and more portable than the Flare 2, and there's a carrying strap to help you transport it outside with you. However, due to its smaller size, it doesn't produce as deep a bass as the Flare 2. Its soundstage also isn't as open and spacious-sounding.
Looking for the best Bluetooth outdoor speaker but are on an even tighter budget? Check out the Anker Soundcore 2. Since the release of the Anker Soundcore 3, this speaker has become a great cheap option. This small portable stereo speaker is rated IPX7 for water resistance, so it's certified to be immersible in a meter of water for 30 minutes. It's small enough to fit in your hand or fit in your backpack, so you can easily bring it outside when you're out and about. Its long-lasting 15-hour battery life also makes it great for long listening sessions spent outdoors. It even supports voice assistants through your smartphone, though its performance isn't very impressive.
It has a balanced mid-range out of the box, so vocals and lead instruments in your music sound present and clear in the mix, though higher-pitched vocals and instruments sound dull at times. Like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, and you can't feel the thump, punch, and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. Unfortunately, unlike the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 or the Anker Soundcore 3, it isn't compatible with the Soundcore companion app, and you can't customize its sound to your liking using a graphic EQ or presets.
The Pohopa EF-B210G is unique pair of speakers designed to look like lanterns, making them the best wireless outdoor speakers we've tested with an outdoor-oriented design. They come with LED lights underneath their hoods that pulse to the beat of your music and add ambiance to your patio or backyard in the evening hours. Since they're designed for long-term outdoor use, they're rated IP54 for dust and water resistance, meaning they're certified for protection from dust for two to eight hours and from small water splashes, so you don't have to worry about some light rain while outside.
Although they don't get loud enough to fill larger crowded areas with sound, there isn't much compression present at max volume, so the quality of your audio doesn't degrade much when you max out the volume. Their batteries also last up to 60 hours off of a single charge, which is exceptionally longer than the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. However, like other speakers we've tested with outdoor-oriented designs, their sound profile is more uneven. They lack low bass, and their boomy high-bass muddies vocals and lead instruments, which isn't if you prefer neutral sound profiles. That said, this set of lantern speakers would still make a great addition to your patio or backyard if you're looking for outdoor speakers that don't stand out in your outdoor decor.
On the market for a smart speaker that you can use outdoors on your patio or by the pool? Check out the Sonos Move. While connected to a Wi-Fi network, it offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. You can activate your assistant with your voice, and it can easily hear you from far away and in noisy environments. If you're worried about privacy, you can even mute its mic when you no longer want it listening to you. There's a hollow part at the back of this battery-powered speaker that acts as a handle, meaning you can transport your music and podcasts with you from your bedroom to the beach.
While it isn't as well-built as the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 and doesn't float in water, it's still rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, certifying it for protection against direct contact with water for up to three minutes and dust for around two to eight hours. It means you can take it outside with you without worrying about it getting a bit wet. With its room correction feature turned on, it has a well-balanced sound profile suitable for listening to different audio content. While its room correction feature is currently only available with iOS devices, Android users can still tweak its sound using the bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app. If you're looking for a similar smart speaker that's even more portable, look at the Sonos Roam. However, it doesn't get as loud as the Move and has shorter battery life.
Sep 23, 2022: Replaced the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 with the next generation Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3. Text was updated for consistency.
Aug 25, 2022: Added the Sony SRS-XE300 as the 'Best Mid-Range Outdoor Speaker' and added the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM to the Notable Mentions. Updated the text for consistency.
Jul 29, 2022: Recategorized picks to better reflect a price-based approach. Added the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 as the 'Best Budget Outdoor Speaker' and the Anker Soundcore 2 as the 'Best Cheap Outdoor Speaker'. Moved the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes and the Alpine Corporation Solar Bluetooth Rock Speaker to the Notable Mentions.
Jun 10, 2022: Restructured article for greater clarity. Added the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 as the 'Best Floatable Waterproof Outdoor Speaker'.
May 11, 2022: Minor updates to the text for accuracy. No changes in product picks.
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.