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 being in 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 it's 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 either soapy or salty water is bound to deteriorate the speaker's surface build over time, especially if it's wrapped in fabric as opposed to 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 than that. It's also generally good practice to make sure your speaker's ports are completely dry before using and recharging them.
We've tested over 95 speakers, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best speakers to use in the shower. 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.
If you like to sing along with your favorite artists while you take a long shower, the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is the best shower speaker 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 and immersible for up to 30 minutes in a meter of water. It's even advertised to float in water, so you can float your favorite music around while you relax in the bath. With its 'Standard' preset enabled, it has a boomy sound profile, 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 has excellent directivity, resulting in a wide and open-sounding soundstage.
However, 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. It also struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass. If you prefer a bassier sound, check out the Marshall Emberton II. While it's smaller, it produces a more extended low-bass than the MEGABOOM 3 at a more affordable price. Unfortunately, it has significantly more compression that degrades audio quality when you max out the volume. Also, while there are presets in its companion app, there's no graphic EQ to let you fully customize its sound like the MEGABOOM 3.
Looking for something a bit more affordable? While the Bose SoundLink Flex doesn't have customization features like a graphic EQ or presets to adjust its sound to your liking, this well-built speaker can produce a more extended low-bass out-of-the-box. It's rated IP67, meaning it's dust tight and immersible in a meter of water for 30 minutes, and there's a small strap built-in you can use to hook it somewhere in your shower. Like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, it's also advertised to float in water, making it great if you want to float it around in the bath with you instead! While the manufacturer says to rinse the speaker with fresh water if you expose it to salty or chlorinated water, they don't specify whether or not you can expose it to soapy water. It means it's best to place it somewhere in your shower where it isn't likely to get any soap on it, like at the top of your shower caddy. If any soap accidentally gets on the speaker, you can then rinse it off with fresh water.
Its sound profile is neutral with a touch of extra warmth and boom in the high-bass range, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. It even supports Google Assistant and Siri through your smartphone and does an excellent job of understanding your commands in noisy rooms, which is good if you want it to hear you over the noise of the water in your shower. Unfortunately, it has to downmix stereo content to mono, so your audio doesn't sound as full and rich.
The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a great all-around speaker with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It means you don't have to worry about it getting wet when you want to bring your favorite music in the shower. Like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 and the Bose SoundLink Flex, it floats in water, so you can enhance relaxing bathtimes by floating your music around with you. It has a well-balanced default sound profile, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content, from music to podcasts, and you can hang it somewhere in the shower thanks to its small built-in loop.
That said, it doesn't produce as deep a bass as the Bose SoundLink Flex, and apart from its 'Outdoor Mode', there aren't any customization features to adjust its sound to your liking. If you're looking for a speaker that can produce deeper bass, get louder, and features a graphic EQ to customize its sound, check out the Anker Soundcore Motion Boom. It's rated IP67 and can float in water. However, it's a lot larger and bulkier to bring inside the shower with you, especially if you have a smaller shower. The manufacturer also doesn't specify whether or not you can expose it to soapy water, so it's best to avoid placing it in soapy splash zones.
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 comes with a graphic EQ and presets that give you more control over its sound profile. It features customizable RGB lights too, and can even support voice assistants from your smartphone.
Its balanced sound profile can produce a more extended low-bass than the WONDERBOOM 2 with its BassUp feature enabled, making it great for listening to a wide variety of audio content. It also offers a wide and spacious sounding soundstage thanks to its 360-degree design. That said, it doesn't get as loud as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 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.
If you aren't all that picky about sound quality and are just looking for a device to play your music back to you while you shower, the Anker Soundcore 2 has become a great, cheap option since the release of the next generation, Anker Soundcore 3. However, it doesn't come with a carrying strap to hang it in your shower. Like the Anker Soundcore Flare 2, it's rated IPX7 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be immersible in a meter of water for 30 minutes. Its mid-range is balanced, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though higher-pitched vocals and instruments sound dull at times. Unfortunately, it doesn't produce as deep a bass as the Flare 2 and Soundcore 3, and it isn't compatible with the Soundcore app, so you don't have access to customization features like a graphic EQ or presets.
For a speaker more specifically designed for use in showers, the iFox iF012 comes with a large and sturdy suction cup and a carabiner hook you can use to secure it somewhere in your shower. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be dust-tight and immersible in water. However, it has an uneven default sound profile that causes higher-pitched vocals and sibilants like 'S' and 'T' to sound alternately harsh and dull, which isn't ideal in an echoey environment like your bathroom. It doesn't produce nearly as much bass as the Soundcore 2, either.
Looking for a shower speaker, smart home speaker, and outdoor speaker all in one? The Sonos Roam's small, well-built design makes it a great, versatile option. 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, so you don't have to worry about it hearing you over the noise of your shower. You can activate your assistant with your voice and can mute the speaker's mic when you no longer want it to listen to you. It's also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, though it doesn't float. Since the manufacturer doesn't specify if you can expose it to soapy water, it's best to avoid placing it in areas of your shower where it can get splashed with soap.
With its Trueplay room correction feature enabled, its sound profile is fairly balanced, making it suitable for listening to different audio content. There are also bass and treble adjustments in the Sonos S2 app to tweak its sound. However, it lacks low-bass, and higher-pitched voices and lead instruments also sound dark at times. Unfortunately, its room correction feature is only available with iOS devices. It doesn't get as loud as the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, and there's a lot more compression that affects the quality of your audio when the speaker is pushed to its louder volume levels. Its soundstage also doesn't sound as spacious and as immersive.
Sep 06, 2022: Recategorized picks to better reflect a price-based approach. Added the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 as the 'Best Budget Shower Speaker' and the Anker Soundcore 2 as the 'Best Cheap Speaker'.
May 06, 2022: Added the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 to the Notable Mentions and restructured the rest of the picks in the article for clarity and accuracy.
Mar 09, 2022: Added the iFox iF012 to the Notable Mentions. Text was updated for consistency.
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.
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.
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.