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 55 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 shower speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This small speaker is fantastically built, rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, and the manufacturer advertises it can even be submerged in water, though we don't currently test for this. 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. It also comes with an 'Outdoor Mode' EQ preset to help boost the bass in your audio; however, we didn't test this. Additionally, it also has an exceptional battery performance with a battery life that can last just under 13 hours from a single charge, making it suitable for long listening sessions.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants which can be disappointing to 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, and 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.
If you're looking for a speaker you can use while you shower that also supports voice assistants, check out the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2. While its battery life isn't as long as that of the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, it's superb for voice assistants. When connected to your smartphone, it supports Alexa which you can activate using your voice. The voice assistant has no trouble hearing you from far away as well as in noisier environments, and you can even mute the speaker's microphone when you no longer want it to hear you. That said, this speaker needs to downmix stereo content to mono which may not sound very immersive. It also has a lot of compression artifacts at max volume which can affect the clarity of your audio at louder volumes. It's important to note that the manufacturer also warns to avoid letting the speaker come in contact with soapy water, so it may be best to hang it somewhere in your bathroom close to your shower rather than inside of it.
If you're looking for a shower speaker with a longer battery life that can support stereo content and can float in water, get the Ultimate Ears. However, if having a speaker that's fantastic for voice assistants is important to you, consider the Beosound instead.
The best shower speaker with a hangable design that we've tested is the JBL Clip 4. This small and compact Bluetooth speaker has a carabiner hook built into its top side so that you can easily hang it to your shower head. Although we don't currently test for it, it's also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, so it can be submerged in water up to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes.
It comes in a variety of colors so it's easy to find one that matches your style. It has a very well-built design that feels sturdy and durable. Despite its small size, it has a decently wide and spacious soundstage to help immerse you in your audio. It also has a very long Bluetooth range, so you don't need to worry about having your smartphone nearby for it to still receive audio input. While its battery life is only around 5.5 hours, it turns off after 20 minutes if you don't have any audio playing, which helps save its battery life if you forget to turn it off.
Unfortunately, like most small speakers, it really struggles to reproduce a thumpy low bass while vocals and lead instruments sound a bit muddy. It also doesn't get very loud either, and there are compression artifacts at max volume. Still, if you're looking for a portable and lightweight speaker that you can hang in your shower, it's a solid choice.
The Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST is the best shower speaker for music that we've tested. This 360-degree Bluetooth speaker offers an outstanding soundstage that makes your music sound clear, wide, and immersive. It's also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, so you can submerge it in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to one meter. However, we don't currently test for this.
Thanks to its neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, it's suitable for a variety of musical genres. While some users may find it lacks a thumpy low-bass out-of-the-box, it's compatible with the Ultimate Ears companion app, which offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can tweak its sound to your liking. It has a good Bluetooth performance, and its built-in Alexa voice assistant can hear you clearly, even if you're far away.
Unfortunately, its 8.1-hour battery life falls short of its advertised 16 hours, which is a little disappointing. Although the speaker can get pretty loud, there are also some compression artifacts at max volume. Still, this speaker offers a customizable and immersive audio experience for those who like to listen to music in the shower or bath.
The best speaker for shower use that we've tested in the budget category is the Anker Soundcore Motion+. This small Bluetooth model has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, so you can submerge it in water at a depth of up to one meter for 30 minutes, though we don't currently test for this. It's meant to be placed horizontally, so you can keep it on a nearby counter or shelf while you shower.
It has a well-balanced mid-range, so it can clearly reproduce vocals and lead instruments. Due to its underemphasized treble range, higher frequencies may be perceived as dark or veiled. Fortunately, its companion app has a graphic EQ that lets you customize its sound profile to your liking. Also, it can play stereo content without downmixing it into mono.
However, even with its BassUp feature turned on, it struggles to produce low-bass, so you don't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy genres like EDM or hip-hop. While it can get quite loud, there's also some compression present at max volume. That said, this speaker is well suited for playing music in the shower at a more affordable price.
The best cheap shower speaker that we've tested is the Sony SRS-XB12. This small Bluetooth option has a sturdy build and an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, so you can submerge it in water for thirty minutes at a depth of up to one meter, though we don't currently test for this. It also comes with a strap that you can use to hang it in your shower without taking up too much space.
It has a balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. Although it has to downmix stereo content into mono, its directivity is good, resulting in a wide and spacious soundstage. Its battery also lasts for over thirteen hours, so you don't need to recharge it too often when using it in the shower. It's also compatible with Siri and Google Assistant from your paired smartphone, though it may have trouble understanding you.
Unfortunately, it really lacks low-bass, so you don't feel the punch and rumble in bass-heavy music genres like EDM or hip-hop. It also lacks an EQ for adjusting its sound profile, and it doesn't get very loud. That said, if you're shopping on a tight budget, this speaker is suitable for use in the shower.
May 04, 2021: Added the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 as the 'Alternative With Voice Assistant' pick and moved the Bose SoundLink Micro to the Notable Mentions, since the Beosound is a better speaker overall. Made minor changes to the text for consistency.
Apr 13, 2021: Verified the text for accuracy and product availability to ensure we're recommending the best products for your needs. There has been no change in our recommendations.
Mar 23, 2021: Added the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST as the 'Best for Music'. Replaced the JBL GO 3 with the JBL Clip 4 in the 'Best Hangable' category, and replaced the OontZ Angle 3 with the Sony SRS-XB12 as the pick for the 'Best Cheap' category. Confirmed the other picks are in stock and still the best recommendations for our users.
Mar 02, 2021: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 with the Anker Soundcore Motion+ as the best budget shower speaker. Made the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 a Notable Mention. Changed the 'Best Small Shower Speaker' category to 'Best Hangable Shower Speaker' to best reflect the interests of users. Confirmed that the picks are all in stock and still the best recommendations for our users.
Feb 09, 2021: Initial version.
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.