If you love listening to music in the shower, you'll want a speaker that can hold up against water. Many speakers have an IP rating or a score that demonstrates their dust and water resistance based on accredited third-party standards. Depending on where you like to keep your speaker in your bathroom, you may prefer a speaker with a different IP rating. For example, one with an IPX7 rating can be fully immersed in water for up to thirty minutes at a depth of up to one meter, while another with an IPX6 rating can withstand high-pressure jets from a nozzle like your shower head. We don't currently test for this, but an IP rating can help you understand just how water-resistant your speaker is. Note that you should always check with the manufacturer before bringing one into the shower, as some manufacturers advise against this use in the manual despite the speaker's IP rating.
We've tested over 70 speakers, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best shower speakers. If you're looking for more speakers, check out our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and the best cheap speakers.
The best shower speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This small speaker is fantastically built, rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, and the manufacturer advertises it can even be submerged in water, though we don't currently test for this. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it also has a fantastic and spacious-sounding soundstage.
Its out-of-the-box sound profile is reasonably well balanced, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. It also comes with an 'Outdoor Mode' EQ preset to help boost the bass in your audio; however, we didn't test this. Additionally, it also has an exceptional battery performance with a battery life that can last just under 13 hours from a single charge, making it suitable for long listening sessions.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants, which can be disappointing to users who regularly rely on them for support. Like most speakers its size, it also struggles to reproduce low bass with the deep thump and rumble fans of bass-heavy music tend to enjoy, and aside from its 'Outdoor Mode' preset, it doesn't have any audio customization features. That said, if you're looking for a good speaker you can use in the shower, it's still a solid choice.
If you're looking for a speaker you can use while you shower that also supports voice assistants, check out the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2. While its battery life isn't as long as that of the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, it's superb for voice assistants. When connected to your smartphone, it supports Alexa, which you can activate using your voice. The voice assistant has no trouble hearing you from far away as well as in noisier environments, and you can even mute the speaker's microphone when you no longer want it to hear you. That said, this speaker needs to downmix stereo content to mono which may not sound very immersive. It also has a lot of compression artifacts at max volume, which can affect the clarity of your audio at louder volumes. It's important to note that the manufacturer also warns to avoid letting the speaker come in contact with soapy water, so it may be best to hang it somewhere in your bathroom close to your shower rather than inside of it.
If you're looking for a shower speaker with a longer battery life that can support stereo content and can float in water, get the Ultimate Ears. However, if having a speaker that's fantastic for voice assistants is important to you, consider the Bang & Olufsen instead.
The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore is the best hangable shower speaker that we've tested. This small, well-built speaker is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, and the manufacturer even advertises that it can be submerged in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes, though we don't currently test for this.
It comes in three colors and has a built-in carrying strap and a carabiner hook, so you can easily hang it in your shower. It has an excellent soundstage that can be perceived as open and wide, thanks to its 360-degree design. It also has a somewhat boomy sound profile that adds some extra bass to the mix, though this can slightly muddy vocals and lead instruments, which may overwhelm some users. Thankfully, it comes with EQ presets, as well as a 'Beosonic' sound customization feature you can use to tweak its sound to your liking.
Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and there are some compression artifacts at max volume that can affect the clarity of your audio during louder listening sessions. Like most small speakers, it also struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass, which may disappoint some fans of bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. That said, this sturdy speaker is still a good choice if you're looking for one to hang in your shower.
The best shower speaker for music that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST. This amazingly built speaker has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, and the manufacturer claims it can even be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to one meter, though we don't test this. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it also has an incredible soundstage that can be perceived as wide and spacious-sounding.
Out-of-the-box, it has a neutral sound profile, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of music genres. Like many small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. Fortunately, its companion app features a graphic EQ and presets you can use to customize its sound to better suit your preferences. Additionally, this speaker has Alexa built-in, has no trouble understanding you from far away, and you can even mute its mic when you no longer want it to listen to you.
Unfortunately, while it can get pretty loud, there's some compression present at max volume, so your audio may not sound as clean at louder volumes. Also, although it's advertised to last up to 16 hours from a single charge, it only lasted a little over eight hours in our tests. That said, battery performance can vary depending on your usage, so your experience may differ. If you're a music-lover looking for a speaker you can use in the shower, this customizable speaker is still a solid choice.
The best speaker for shower use that we've tested in the budget category is the Anker Soundcore Motion+. This small Bluetooth model has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, so you can submerge it in water at a depth of up to one meter for 30 minutes, though we don't currently test for this. It's meant to be placed horizontally, so you can keep it on a nearby counter or shelf while you shower.
It has a well-balanced mid-range, so it can clearly reproduce vocals and lead instruments. Due to its underemphasized treble range, higher frequencies may be perceived as dark or veiled. Fortunately, its companion app has a graphic EQ that lets you customize its sound profile to your liking. Also, it can play stereo content without downmixing it into mono.
However, even with its BassUp feature turned on, it struggles to produce low-bass, so you don't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy genres like EDM or hip-hop. While it can get quite loud, there's also some compression present at max volume. That said, this speaker is well suited for playing music in the shower at a more affordable price.
The best cheap shower speaker that we've tested is the Anker Soundcore 3. This decently well-built speaker is rated IPX7 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. It's exceptionally portable and comes with a carrying cord you can use to hang it in your shower.
Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, making it suitable for listening to dialogue-centric content like audiobooks and podcasts. It struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. However, its companion app features a graphic EQ you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. It also has an outstanding battery life that lasts over 13 hours from a single charge.
Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud and has some compression artifacts at max volume that can affect the clarity of your audio during louder listening sessions. It also has poor directivity, resulting in a soundstage that can sound narrow and directional. That said, if you're looking for a cheap shower speaker, it's still a solid choice.
Jul 20, 2021: Replaced the JBL Clip 4 with the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore as the 'Best Hangable Shower Speaker' since it's a better speaker overall. Moved the JBL Clip 4 to the Notable Mentions. Replaced the Sony SRS-XB12 with the next-generation Sony SRS-XB13 in the Notable Mentions.
May 21, 2021: Added the Anker Soundcore 3 as the 'Best Cheap Shower Speaker' and added the Sony SRS-XB12 to the Notable Mentions. Minor changes were made to the text for consistency and accuracy.
May 04, 2021: Added the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 as the 'Alternative With Voice Assistant' pick and moved the Bose SoundLink Micro to the Notable Mentions, since the Beosound is a better speaker overall. Made minor changes to the text for consistency.
Apr 13, 2021: Verified the text for accuracy and product availability to ensure we're recommending the best products for your needs. There has been no change in our recommendations.
Mar 23, 2021: Added the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST as the 'Best for Music'. Replaced the JBL GO 3 with the JBL Clip 4 in the 'Best Hangable' category, and replaced the OontZ Angle 3 with the Sony SRS-XB12 as the pick for the 'Best Cheap' category. Confirmed the other picks are in stock and still the best recommendations for our users.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best shower 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'd like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for speakers with an IPX5 rating or higher for water resistance. 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.