Do you love listening to music in the shower? A great way to ensure that your speaker doesn't get damaged is to look for a model with an IP rating for water resistance. An IPX7-rated speaker 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. You can't immerse an IPX6-rated speaker in water, and IPX7-rated speakers aren't designed to withstand direct contact with high-pressure water jets, so you'll need to look for a rating that suits your particular needs.
It's important to know that some manufacturer manuals advise against using waterproof speakers in the shower despite their IP rating. These ratings don't account for different types of water exposure like salty, soapy, or chlorinated water, so you may have to either rinse the speaker off with fresh water after exposure or completely avoid exposure, depending on what the manufacturer specifies.
Also, frequently exposing your speaker to soapy or salty water is bound to deteriorate the speaker's surface build over time, especially if it's wrapped in fabric instead of silicone or plastic. Some manufacturers advise against placing speakers in environments hotter than 95°F (35°C), too, so it's best to avoid putting them in direct contact with your shower water if you like your water hotter. It's also generally good practice to ensure your speaker's ports are completely dry before using and recharging them.
We've tested over 125 speakers, and below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth shower speakers. If you're looking for more speakers, check out our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and the best cheap speakers.
The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is the best shower speaker we've tested. Thanks to its water-resistant design, this speaker is a great choice for listening to your favorite tunes while in the shower. Its built-in hook makes hanging from a shower caddy easy while you rinse off. If you prefer to take a bath, it's a great choice, too—it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, meaning that you can immerse it in water for up to thirty minutes without damage. It even floats in water, so you don't have to worry about it tumbling into the suds.
This speaker is available in several colors, and if you catch a sale, you may find some of these variants at an even more affordable price than some of our mid-range picks. Regardless, this speaker's sound quality is worth the extra cost, especially if you're an avid audiophile. Its 360-degree design easily fills your bathroom with consistent sound from all angles. Voices and lead instruments reproduce with accuracy right out of the box, and the extra boom in the bass is ideal for genres like EDM and hip-hop. Its companion app gives you access to a graphic EQ and presets to customize its sound before your next shower. In or out of the bathroom, this speaker's versatile performance makes it a stand-out pick.
If you want a more affordable shower speaker, check out the Bose SoundLink Flex. This portable Bluetooth speaker is designed to withstand exposure to the elements, so you enjoy great sound while in the shower. Like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and can float in water. It also comes with a built-in strap, which is handy for hanging the speaker from a shower caddy while you rinse off. It can even withstand drops to the floor, so it's great for use in a slippery environment.
While this speaker doesn't have customization tools, you may not need them. Out-of-the-box, this speaker offers a clear and detailed sound. Voices and lead instruments are reproduced with clarity, making the speaker suitable for listening to many different genres. Plus, like many premium speakers on the market, it has a room calibration tool that automatically adjusts the speaker's sound based on your room's unique acoustics—especially handy for a smaller space like a shower. It doesn't boast the same 360-degree design as the Ultimate Ears, but this speaker still offers a solid sound overall for its price.
The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is another great shower speaker available at a more wallet-friendly price. Like our top picks, it's more than suitable for listening in the shower, with an IP67 rating and the ability to float in water. This portable Bluetooth speaker is made of recycled plastic and comes in many colors to meet your preferences. It's lightweight and easy to transport, and its built-in hook means you can hang it from your caddy while you shower. The manufacturer says it can withstand small bumps and drops, too.
This budget-friendly speaker is a solid choice for all kinds of music genres since it reproduces voices and lead instruments with clarity and detail right out of the box. Its large controls make it easy to adjust the volume while in the shower, and while it doesn't get quite as loud as the Bose SoundLink Flex, it still fills an average-sized bathroom with sound without issue. The over 22-hour battery life means you can continue the party well after your shower without worrying about recharging it regularly. For the price, it's a versatile pick.
The Anker Soundcore 3 is a great way to listen to your favorite tunes in the shower without breaking the bank. Available at a wallet-friendly price point, this portable Bluetooth speaker boasts a solid, sturdy build and an IPX7 rating for water resistance. The large buttons on top of the speaker are easy to identify, so you don't have trouble adjusting the volume or switching the song while in the shower. It also lasts over 13 hours off a single charge, which is great for longer dips in the bath.
After you get out of the shower, you can use the Soundcore app on your phone to access many additional features. This speaker is one of the few in its price range to come with a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization, so you can switch up its performance more to your liking. You can even connect it to your smartphone to use the phone's voice assistants, which is cool. Of course, given the price, its performance has some trade-offs. Notably, this speaker doesn't get as loud as others on our list. Still, it's an affordable way to bring the party to your next dip in the shower.
Smart speakers let you listen to your favorite tunes while enjoying hands-free control through a voice assistant—and they're especially handy while you're busy in the shower. The Sonos Roam/Roam SL is the best we've tested, as its built-in Alexa and Google Assistant support lets you check the weather, add ingredients to your shopping list, and more while scrubbing in the shower. The assistants offer fantastic performance, and they can hear you clearly through ambient noise, including the rush of the showerhead. Keep in mind that the SL variant of this speaker comes without a microphone, so if you want to take full advantage of its smart features, stick with the original Roam.
This speaker is rated IP67, meaning it can be submerged in a meter of water for up to thirty minutes without issue. Like other premium devices on the market, this speaker has a room correction feature to optimize its audio reproduction based on the unique acoustic characteristics of your room—Sonos calls it TruePlay. It's only available with iOS devices, but Android users can still use its bass and treble adjustments to accommodate changes in your room. With it on, voices and lead instruments in your favorite tunes reproduce clearly, so you can sing along in the shower or follow along when you listen to a podcast. Compared to the similarly-priced Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, its battery life isn't as long, so you'll have to recharge it more often. Still, it's a great device, especially if you love hands-free control.
Shower speakers come in all shapes and sizes, and the Sony SRS-XB100 is one of the smallest we've tested. With a lightweight and compact design, it's great for more cramped shower stalls and doesn't take up much room in your caddy. Like many of our top picks, it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and can float in water. Simply hang it off your shower caddy using the built-in strap to enjoy your favorite tunes while you scrub.
As the next generation of the Sony SRS-XB13, this speaker has improved sound quality and battery life. It has a bass-heavy sound that emphasizes the punch in genres like EDM and hip-hop, while vocals and lead instruments remain pretty clear in the mix. However, it has fewer customization features than the similarly-priced Anker Soundcore 3. Still, it's suitable for listening to music in and out of the shower, with a 20-plus hour battery life to keep you going all day.
Jan 16, 2024: We've added the Anker Soundcore Motion 300 to Notable Mentions. It's a budget-friendly speaker with sound customization features, but the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is better built and has a more balanced sound.
Sep 20, 2023: This article included the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 and the Anker Soundcore Flare 2, both available at the same price. The UE is the better speaker, so it stays in the article. Replaced the Anker Soundcore 2 with the next-gen Anker Soundcore 3. Added the Sony SRS-XB100 as 'Best Small'.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth 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, from which we've picked the best speakers that can handle the shower. 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.