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The 6 Best Shower Speakers - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Shower Speakers

Love listening to music in the shower and are looking for the best Bluetooth shower speaker? You'll want a speaker with an IP rating for dust and 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. So 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 it's best to avoid placing them directly under the stream of water. Also, just like you can't easily hear your audio underwater, placing an IPX6-rated speaker directly under the water stream will likely affect its sound quality, even when designed to withstand these conditions.

On the other hand, 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 110 speakers, and below are our recommendations for the best speakers to use in the shower. 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.

  1. Best Shower Speaker

    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. The manufacturer even says it can float 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 up your bathroom with 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.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Shower Speaker

    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 a great sound while in the shower. Like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, and the manufacturer says it 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, which is 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 across the range. Voices and lead instruments are reproduced with clarity, making the speaker suitable for listening to many different audio content types. 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 offers a solid sound overall for its price.

    See our review

  3. Best Lower Mid-Range Shower Speaker

    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is another great shower speaker available at a more wallet-friendly price. Like our top picks, it's advertised to be more than suitable for listening in the shower, with an IP67 rating, and the manufacturers claim that it can 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, which is great.

    This budget-friendly speaker is a great choice for all sorts 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.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Shower Speaker

    The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is a great budget-friendly speaker that'll get you a good bang for your buck. It's rated IPX7 for water resistance, meaning you can immerse it in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. Since the manufacturer doesn't specify whether or not you can expose it to soapy water, we recommend placing it somewhere in your shower where it won't get soap splashed onto it, like in the corner of your shower or on top of your shower caddy. While it doesn't float in water, it has a graphic EQ and presets that give you more control over its sound profile. It features customizable RGB lights and can even support voice assistants from your smartphone.

    Its balanced sound profile can produce a more extended low-bass than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 with its BassUp feature enabled, making it great for listening to various audio content. It also offers a wide and spacious soundstage thanks to its 360-degree design. That said, it doesn't get as loud as the WONDERBOOM 3 and has more compression present at max volume, so audio quality degrades more as you increase the volume, and your audio doesn't sound as clean and clear when you blast your favorite tunes.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Shower Speaker

    Shower speakers come in all shapes and sizes, and those who want a simple device will find plenty of solid options that won't break the bank. The Anker Soundcore 2 is the best we've tested in this price range, and it's a great way to listen to music while you bathe. It boasts a clear and clean sound, especially compared to other speakers in this price range. As a result, it's suitable for listening to many different music genres. It doesn't bring as much bass as the Anker Soundcore Flare 2, though this isn't a big issue if you don't listen to many bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop.

    This speaker is a great choice for listening to music in the shower. It's loud enough that you can hear it over the rush of the showerhead, and since it lasts over 15 hours, you won't have to worry about a recharge very often. It offers a solid and sturdy build, too, with an IPX7 rating for water resistance, so you can bring it with you in the shower or leave it on your bathroom counter while you sing along. It's available in many colors to meet your needs, with large side buttons for easy volume control. Overall, if you want a simple plug-and-play waterproof device, it's a great pick at a budget-friendly price.

    See our review

  6. Best Smart Shower Speaker

    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 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. Plus, the speaker is rated IP67, so 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 this. 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 Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, it can't float in water, so it's not quite as suitable for your next bath. Still, it's a great device, especially if you love hands-free control.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • 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 won't resist water pressure, so it's best to place it away from the water stream from your shower head. See our review
  • Bose SoundLink Micro: The Bose SoundLink Micro is a small, portable Bluetooth speaker rated IPX7 for water resistance, making it safe to use near your shower. However, it doesn't produce bass as deep as the Bose SoundLink Flex and the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3. It also doesn't get as loud. See our review
  • JBL Clip 4: The JBL Clip 4 is a small, portable speaker rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and comes with a built-in carabiner hook to hang it from your shower. Unfortunately, unlike the Anker Soundcore 2, it downmixes stereo content to mono, which doesn't sound as immersive. It also doesn't get as loud and has more compression present at max volume. 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, it isn't compatible with Google Assistant like the Sonos Roam, and its sound profile isn't as balanced. Also, 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
  • Ultimate Ears BOOM 3: The Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 is a well-built, IP67-rated, floatable speaker. This stereo speaker offers a wider and more immersive-sounding soundstage than the Bose SoundLink Flex and comes with a graphic EQ and presets to customize its sound to your liking. Its default sound profile isn't as balanced as the Bose and doesn't produce as deep bass. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 29, 2023: Confirmed the accuracy of product picks, and made minor updates to the text for clarity.

  2. Mar 31, 2023: Confirmed product picks. Minor text updates for clarity.

  3. Jan 31, 2023: We've confirmed that our picks are still available, and made some minor changes to the text for clarity.

  4. Dec 02, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  5. Oct 04, 2022: Replaced the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 with the next generation Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3. Updated the text for consistency and accuracy.

All Reviews

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. 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.