The 6 Best Golf Cart Speakers - Black Friday 2021 Reviews

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If you're looking for a speaker to take along with you on the golf course, you may prefer a smaller speaker that may fit into the cup holder of your golf cart or that you can attach to your bags. You probably also want to look for a well-built speaker that has an IP rating for dust and water resistance to ensure that it can withstand the elements while you're outdoors. While we have yet to test speakers specifically designed to clip onto golf carts, we'll keep updating this article as we continue to review new units.

We've tested over 75 speakers, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best speakers for golf carts that we've tested. If you want to see more options, check out our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers under $100.


  1. Best Golf Cart Speaker For Music: Ultimate Ears BOOM 3

    6.4
    Music
    6.1
    Videos/Movies
    7.2
    Podcasts
    3.0
    Voice Assistant
    7.7
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The best Bluetooth speaker for golf carts that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3. This small and lightweight speaker is incredibly portable. It's also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be fully dust-tight and submersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so it can withstand some light rain while outdoors.

    It has amazing directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, resulting in a wide and open-sounding soundstage. It has a fairly balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, and you can use the graphic EQ and presets featured in its companion app to tweak its sound to your liking. It also has a long-lasting battery life suitable for long days spent outdoors, though this can vary depending on your usage, and your experience may differ.

    Unfortunately, higher-pitched vocals and instruments can sound dull and veiled at times. Like most speakers its size, it also struggles to reproduce low-bass, which may disappoint fans of bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. However, if you're looking for a good golf cart speaker for music, it's still a solid choice.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With More Bass: JBL Flip 5

    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    If you prefer a speaker to use on the golf course that can produce deeper bass, check out the JBL Flip 5. While it doesn't feature sound customization features like the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3, it can produce a more extended low-bass out-of-the-box. It has a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though higher-pitched vocals and instruments may sound veiled at times. It's rated IPX7 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so it should withstand some light rain while outdoors. Unfortunately, unlike the JBL Flip 4, it doesn't support voice assistants and has to downmix stereo content to mono to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive.

    Get the Ultimate Ears if you're looking for a speaker with a customizable sound profile. That said, consider the JBL if you prefer a speaker that can produce a more extended low-bass out-of-the-box.

    See our review

  3. Best Hangable Golf Cart Speaker: Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

    6.8
    Music
    6.1
    Videos/Movies
    8.0
    Podcasts
    3.2
    Voice Assistant
    7.8
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The best hangable golf cart speaker that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This small speaker is incredibly portable and comes with a small built-in carrying handle you can use to suspend it from a hook. It's well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be dust-tight and submersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.

    It has a neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, with a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments are accurately reproduced in the mix. There's an 'Outdoor Mode' that's advertised to add a bit of extra bass to your mix. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has a wide and open-sounding soundstage. Also, it could last up to 13 hours from a single charge in our tests, making it suitable for long days spent outdoors. That said, battery life can vary depending on your usage, and your real-world experience may differ.

    Unfortunately, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, and there aren't any sound customization features like a graphic EQ you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. However, if you're looking for a hangable speaker to use in your golf cart, it's still a solid choice. It's even one of the best Bluetooth speakers we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Smaller Alternative: Sony SRS-XB13

    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    If you're looking for a hangable speaker that's a little smaller, check out the Sony SRS-XB13. While its sound profile isn't as balanced as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, it's smaller and more likely to fit in a standard-size cup holder. It comes with a larger carrying strap which you can use to attach the speaker to your bag or somewhere in your cart. It also has incredible directivity, so its soundstage is perceived as open and natural-sounding. It even supports voice assistants through your smartphone, though its performance isn't very good. Unfortunately, it requires a second unit to play stereo audio and downmixes stereo content to mono when using it on its own.

    If you're looking for a hangable speaker with a better-balanced sound profile that can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, check out the Ultimate Ears. If you prefer a smaller speaker with a longer carrying strap, and supports voice assistants, consider the Sony instead.

    See our review

  5. Best Compact Golf Cart Speaker: Bose SoundLink Micro

    5.9
    Music
    5.6
    Videos/Movies
    7.3
    Podcasts
    5.9
    Voice Assistant
    6.7
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The Bose SoundLink Micro is the best compact golf cart speaker we've tested. This speaker is small enough to carry in one hand and comes with a strap built into its rear so you can strap it to your bag. It's rated IPX7 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be immersible in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

    Out-of-the-box, it has a well-balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced in the mix. However, higher-pitched vocals and instruments may sound dull and veiled at times. It has outstanding directivity, so its soundstage is perceived as wide and open. It even supports voice assistants through your smartphone and can understand your commands from far away and in noisier settings.

    Unfortunately, it has to downmix stereo content to mono to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive. Also, it doesn't have a very long-lasting battery life, lasting just under eight hours in our tests. However, battery life can vary depending on your usage, and your experience may differ. If you're looking for a compact speaker to take with you on the go, it's still a good choice.

    See our review

  6. Clip-On Alternative: JBL Clip 4

    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    If you're looking for a compact speaker that you can clip onto your cart or your bags, consider the JBL Clip 4. While its battery doesn't last as long as the Bose SoundLink Micro, this small and compact speaker comes with a built-in carabiner hook. It's very well-built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be fully dust-tight and immersible in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. When placed with its logo facing upwards, it has a somewhat boomy sound profile, though it struggles to reproduce low-bass. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. Also, it has fantastic directivity, so its soundstage is perceived as open and spacious-sounding. Unfortunately, it has to downmix stereo content to mono to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive.

    If you're looking for a compact speaker with longer-lasting battery life, check out the Bose. That said, if you prefer a speaker that comes with a built-in carabiner hook, consider the JBL instead.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • JBL Flip 4: The JBL Flip 4 is a portable stereo Bluetooth speaker that has a fairly balanced sound profile and supports voice assistants through your smartphone. However, it doesn't produce bass as extended as that of the JBL Flip 5. See our review
  • Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST : The Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST is a versatile portable Bluetooth speaker. It's well-built and offers amazing voice assistant support with Alexa built-in. You can customize its sound profile thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its companion app. That said, this speaker may currently be difficult to find in stock. We'll update the article if it gets discontinued. See our review
  • Sony SRS-XB23: The Sony SRS-XB23 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that comes with a carrying strap to help to transport it. It also comes with a graphic EQ you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. That said, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop. See our review
  • Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2: The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 is a well-built portable speaker that comes with a carrying strap to help transport it and offers outstanding voice assistant support. However, it has a short battery life, though this can vary depending on your usage. It also has to downmix stereo content to mono to play it, which isn't as immersive. See our review
  • JBL GO 3: The JBL GO 3 is a well-built compact Bluetooth speaker with a built-in hook you can use to attach it to your bags. However, it lacks a lot of low-bass, which may disappoint fans of bass-heavy music. It also has to downmix stereo content to mono to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive. See our review
  • Sonos Roam: The Sonos Roam is a versatile portable speaker that offers excellent voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. With its Trueplay feature enabled, it has a neutral sound profile suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. However, its battery life doesn't last very long, which may not be suitable for long listening sessions. That said, battery performance can vary depending on your usage, and your experience may differ. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Flare 2: The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is a portable Bluetooth speaker with distinctive RGB lights. There's a graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking, and it has an amazing soundstage. That said, while it supports voice assistants through your smartphone, its performance isn't very good. See our review
  • JBL Charge 5: The JBL Charge 5 is a portable speaker with a neutral sound profile, suitable for many music genres. It has a fantastic battery life, making it good for long days on the golf course, though this can depend on your usage. That said, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy and rumbling low-bass, and there isn't a graphic EQ or presets you can use to tweak its sound. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Nov 08, 2021: Switched the JBL Flip 5 with the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 as the 'Best Golf Cart Speaker For Music' since it performs better overall, making the JBL the 'Alternative With More Bass'. Added the JBL Flip 4 to the Notable Mentions.

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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best golf cart 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 would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our speakers sorted by their score for outdoor use. 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.

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