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 30 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 speaker for shower use that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This portable Bluetooth speaker has an IP67 rating for water resistance, though we don't test for this, and it even floats in water. It's well-built and lightweight, and you can even use the fabric handle to hang it from a hook in your shower.
Overall, it has a pretty neutral sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different audio content. It has an outstanding 360-degree soundstage, so you really feel immersed in your favorite music. Also, its battery lasts for over twelve hours off of a single charge, which is outstanding. You can even pair it with up to two devices at the same time, which is nice if you switch your audio source frequently.
Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more robust sound customization features like a graphic EQ, and it doesn't support voice assistants. Also, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, so it may not be ideal for fans of bass-heavy music genres like EDM and hip-hop. However, it does come with an 'Outdoor Mode' that's advertised to help with bass reproduction, though we don't currently test for this.
If you're looking for a speaker to use in the shower that also supports voice assistants, consider the Bose SoundLink Micro instead. While its sound profile isn't as well-balanced as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 and it doesn't support stereo content, it can use your voice assistant from your paired smartphone. It's portable, well-built, and has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, though we don't test for this. You can even use its rear strap to hang it from a hook in your bathroom. It has a balanced mid-range that's suitable for listening to vocal-centric content, though it can also sound a bit dark and it struggles to reproduce a thumpy bass.
If you want a shower speaker with a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, check out the Ultimate Ears. However, if you prefer something for shower use that can also support voice assistants, consider the Bose.
The best small shower speaker that we've tested is the JBL GO 3. It has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, and while we don't test for this, it can be submerged in water at a depth of up to one meter for thirty minutes. It's portable, well-built, and its built-in hook makes it easy to hang it in your shower without taking up a lot of space.
It has a pretty neutral, balanced mid-range that can reproduce vocals and lead instruments clearly. It has an incredible Bluetooth range, too, so you can keep your paired smartphone in another room while you shower without interrupting the connection. While it doesn't get very loud, it reproduces clear and pure audio when you play it at max volume, which is good.
Unfortunately, like many small speakers, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy, punchy bass, so it isn't really ideal for fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM. Also, it only lasts for around five hours off of a single charge, so you may have to recharge it pretty regularly. That said, if you don't have a lot of space in your shower, it's a solid choice.
If you're shopping on a budget, the best speaker for shower use that we've tested is the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. This small Bluetooth speaker is rated IPX7 for water resistance, so you can submerge in water at a depth of up to one meter for thirty minutes, though we don't test for this. It's meant to be placed vertically, so you can keep it on your counter while you shower or place it on the side of your bathtub.
It has a pretty neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different audio content. If you prefer a different sound, you can customize it using the graphic EQ in the Soundcore app. The app also lets you customize its brightly-colored RGB lights. This speaker lasts for over eight hours off of a single charge, which is great if you don't want to recharge the speaker regularly.
Unfortunately, this small speaker struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you don't feel the deep thump in bass-heavy music like hip-hop. It doesn't get very loud and there's some compression when you play it at max volume, so it can be hard to hear your music over loud shower jets. However, it still offers a customizable listening experience at a more affordable price.
The OontZ Angle 3 is the best cheap shower speaker that we've tested. This small Bluetooth speaker has an IPX5 rating for water resistance, so it can withstand gentle water spray or splashes, but it shouldn't be submerged in water. You can place it either vertically or horizontally, depending on your bathroom setup.
It has an outstanding range, so you can still receive clear audio even if your paired device isn't very close to the speaker. Also, it lasts for around sixteen hours off of a single charge, which should be more than enough for multiple long listening sessions. It even has a power-saving feature that turns it off after fifteen minutes without an audio signal, which can help conserve its battery life even longer.
Unfortunately, it has a pretty uneven sound profile, so it lacks a lot of low-bass while making vocals and lead instruments sound a bit honky and harsh. There isn't any way to customize its sound profile, either. However, if you're on a tight budget, it's still a solid choice for listening to vocal-centric music in the shower.
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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.