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The 6 Best Shower Speakers - Winter 2022 Reviews

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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. 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 80 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.


  1. Best Shower Speaker: Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

    6.8
    Music
    6.1
    Videos/Movies
    8.0
    Podcasts
    3.2
    Voice Assistant
    7.8
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The best Bluetooth shower speaker we've tested overall is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This small speaker is fantastically built, 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. 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, and there's an 'Outdoor Mode' EQ preset to help boost the bass in your audio. It has an exceptional battery performance with a battery life that can last just under 13 hours from a single charge, so you don't have to worry about it running out of battery during longer showers. It also has a small carrying strap built-in which you can use to hang it somewhere near your shower.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants, which may disappoint 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. 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.

    See our review

  2. Best Smart Shower Speaker: Sonos Roam

    6.3
    Music
    6.2
    Videos/Movies
    7.2
    Podcasts
    8.5
    Voice Assistant
    6.6
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The Sonos Roam is the best smart shower speaker we've tested. It offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and has little trouble registering your commands from far away and in noisier settings. You can activate your assistant with your voice, and you can mute the speaker's mic when you no longer want it to listen to you.

    With its Trueplay room correction feature enabled, its sound profile is fairly balanced, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. That said, it lacks low-bass, and higher-pitched voices and lead instruments may also sound a bit dark at times. Fortunately, there are bass and treble adjustments in the Sonos S2 app to tweak its sound. It's also amazingly built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.

    Unfortunately, its room correction feature is only available with iOS devices, which may disappoint some Android users. It also doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression present at max volume that can affect the quality of your audio when the speaker is pushed to its louder volume levels. That said, if you like singing along to your favorite tunes in the shower but also like relying on voice assistant support, this versatile speaker is still a solid choice.

    See our review

  3. Best Shower Speaker For Music: Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3

    6.9
    Music
    6.2
    Videos/Movies
    7.6
    Podcasts
    3.2
    Voice Assistant
    7.8
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is the best shower speaker for music that we've tested. This portable Bluetooth speaker is well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be fully dust-tight as well as immersible for up to 30 minutes in a meter of water.

    With its 'Standard' preset enabled, it has a boomy sound profile overall, with a balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. However, higher-pitched voices and instruments can sound a bit dark at times. Fortunately, its companion app features a graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it also has excellent directivity, resulting in a wide and open-sounding soundstage.

    Unfortunately, while it can get decently loud, there's some compression present at max volume that can affect the clarity of your audio during louder listening sessions. Like most speakers its size, it also struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass that's typically present in bass-heavy music. That said, if you like listening to music while you're in the shower, this speaker is still a solid choice.

    See our review

  4. Alternative With More Bass: Bose SoundLink Flex

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

    If you're looking for a speaker that can produce a deeper bass, check out the Bose SoundLink Flex. While it isn't as customizable as the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, it offers a more extended low-bass out-of-the-box. This very well-built portable speaker is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be dust-proof and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you don't have to worry about it getting a bit wet. It has a neutral sound profile with a touch of boom and warmth in the bass range, making it suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. That said, it doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression present at max volume that can affect audio quality during louder listening sessions.

    If having the ability to customize your speaker's sound to your liking is more important to you, get the Ultimate Ears. That said, if you prefer a speaker that can produce a more extended low-bass out-of-the-box, consider the Bose instead.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Shower Speaker: Anker Soundcore Flare 2

    6.8
    Music
    6.0
    Videos/Movies
    7.3
    Podcasts
    4.4
    Voice Assistant
    7.2
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is the best budget shower speaker we've tested. This small Bluetooth speaker with RGB lights is rated IPX7 for water resistance, certifying it to be immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. You can also pair it to another compatible speaker to create a stereo pair or multiple other speakers when you want your audio to fill a large room without increasing its volume.

    With its default EQ and BassUp features enabled, it has a well-balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though higher-pitched vocals and instruments may sound a bit dull. Like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM. Fortunately, its companion app features a graphic EQ and presets to tweak its sound to your liking. Also, it has excellent directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, resulting in an open and natural-sounding soundstage.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression present at max volume, so your audio doesn't sound as clean at louder volume levels. Also, while it supports voice assistants through your smartphone, its performance isn't very good. However, if you're looking for a speaker that's well suited for playing music in the shower at a more affordable price, it's still a good choice.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap Shower Speaker: Anker Soundcore 3

    6.0
    Music
    5.4
    Videos/Movies
    6.5
    Podcasts
    3.3
    Voice Assistant
    6.9
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The Anker Soundcore 3 is the best cheap shower speaker we've tested. It's decently well-built with an IPX7 rating for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. This remarkably portable speaker even comes with a carrying cord, meaning you can hang it in your shower or bathroom.

    With its 'Bass Up' feature enabled, it has a well-balanced mid-range, so voices and lead instruments are reproduced clearly and accurately in the mix. However, some higher-pitched instruments and vocals can sound a bit dull and veiled. Fortunately, you can customize its sound to your liking thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its Soundcore companion app.

    Unfortunately, like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble typically present in bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. It also doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression present at max volume, so your audio doesn't sound as clean at louder volumes. That said, it's still a good choice if you're looking for a cheap speaker to use in the shower.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST : The Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST is a well-built and versatile Bluetooth speaker rated IP67 for dust and water resistance. It has a neutral sound profile suitable for a wide variety of audio content and even has Alexa built-in. Unfortunately, this speaker may currently be difficult to find in stock. We'll update the article if it gets discontinued. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Motion+: The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a portable Bluetooth speaker with an IPX7 rating for water resistance. Its companion app features a graphic EQ and presets to tweak its sound to your liking. Unfortunately, its price is no longer within our $100 price point for budget speakers. See our review
  • JBL Xtreme 3: The JBL Xtreme 3 is a portable Bluetooth speaker with an IP67 rating that's safe to use near your shower. However, it has a slightly dark sound profile, and there's a lot of compression present when you play it at max volume. See our review
  • OontZ Angle 3: The OontZ Angle 3 is a small Bluetooth speaker with an IPX5 rating that lets it tolerate gentle water splashes. Although its sound profile isn't well balanced, it has an outstanding battery life, and it can play stereo content without downmixing it into mono. See our review
  • Sony SRS-XB13: The Sony SRS-XB13 is a well-built, portable Bluetooth speaker with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. However, the manufacturer warns that it isn't designed to resist water pressure, so it's best to place it somewhere next to your shower instead of inside of it. It also struggles to reproduce low-bass and doesn't come with a graphic EQ or presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. See our review
  • Bose SoundLink Micro: The Bose SoundLink Micro is a small, portable Bluetooth speaker that's rated IPX7 for water resistance, making it safe to use near your shower. However, it isn't as well-built as the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2, and its voice assistant performance isn't as good. See our review
  • JBL Clip 4: The JBL Clip 4 is a small portable speaker that's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and comes with a built-in carabiner hook you can use to hang it from your shower. Unfortunately, it downmixes stereo content to mono, which doesn't sound as immersive. There also isn't a graphic EQ or presets to customize its sound to your liking. See our review
  • JBL GO 3: The JBL GO 3 is a small and portable Bluetooth speaker with an IP67 rating, making it suitable for use near your shower. While it struggles to produce low-bass and only has a five-hour battery life, it has a built-in hook that lets you hang it in your shower. See our review
  • Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2: The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 is a well-built portable smart speaker that offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa built-in. However, while it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, the manufacturer advises against exposing the speaker to soapy water. See our review
  • Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore: The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore is a portable Bluetooth speaker rated IP67 for dust and water resistance. Its companion app features a 'Beosonic' sound customization feature you can use to tweak its sound. That said, the manufacturer warns against exposing the speaker to soapy water. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 11, 2022: Added the Sonos Roam as the 'Best Smart Shower Speaker', and the Bose SoundLink Flex as an 'Alternative With More Bass'. Moved the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 and the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore to the Notable Mentions since the manufacturer advises against exposing these two speakers to soapy water.

  2. Nov 16, 2021: Replaced the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST with the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, since the MEGABLAST is currently difficult to find in stock. Moved the MEGABLAST to the Notable Mentions.

  3. Sep 17, 2021: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Motion+ with the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 since it's no longer within our price point for budget speakers. Moved the Motion+ to the Notable Mentions.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best shower speakers and best bathroom 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.

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