JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
FUGOO Sport Portable Bluetooth
SoundBot SB510 HD
The shower speaker is one of those things that has made life a little bit more enjoyable but hasn’t received much by way of recognition. Well, we’re here to rectify that oversight by taking a close look at the best shower speaker models currently available on the market. The humble shower speaker has come a long way since the dawn of the digital age and the 10 shower speakers we’re going to profile here will have you singing in the shower for years to come. Keep in mind that the selections on this list represent the consensus opinion of our product review experts.
The Best Shower Speaker
This neat, modern, and compact looking waterproof speaker from JBL is ideal for anyone who loves to spend time at the beach. It’s the perfect all-weather sound companion. Available in a host of contemporary and vibrant color options, the JBL Flip 4 enables you to wirelessly connect up to 2 tablets or smartphones and provides impressive stereo sound. There’s even a built-in noise-canceling speakerphone to support crystal clear outdoors conference calls. It’s designed to be waterproof and has an IPX7 rating meaning it can even be submerged in water and not wind up damaged. It also features a built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery and can support up to 12 hours of continuous playtime. You can hear, feel, and physically see the bass in action thanks to dual external passive radiators. Compact and portable it may well be, but it’s also powerful and durable too.
Wireless connection for sound streaming of up to 2 devices
Fully IPX7 waterproof protected with durable fabric cover
Voice assistant activation plus crystal clear call conferencing
Powerful JBL bass radiator
- ModelFLIP 4 Teal
- Weight1.78 pounds
Don’t let the compact size of this Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker fool you. It delivers impressively clear, crisp, and balanced sound, no matter where you might be listening to your music. It’s even equipped with a built-in speakerphone so that you can take conference calls on the go. Plus it supports voice activation for hands-free control. It’s IPX7 waterproof rated and built to be durable both inside and out. The soft yet rugged exterior is crack, scratch and dent resistant. It’s super portable, not just in size, but it’s designed with a tear-resistant strap so that you can conveniently mount your speaker to your bike handlebars or a backpack. It holds on tight every time and is ideal for tagging along with you on that next adventure. The rechargeable fitted battery can deliver 6 hours of music, and it has a wireless range of up to 30 feet. All of that and it literally fits in your hand.
Bose proprietary sound technology for crisp, clear audio
Waterproof inside and out and ruggedly constructed
Conveniently attach to a backpack or your bike
Support wireless Bluetooth connectivity and voice prompts
- Weight10.2 ounces
If you love to turn up the bass, then you will appreciate what this powerful and impressive Anker Soundcore 2 portable Bluetooth speaker has to offer. It’s small and compact so perfect for travel and waterproof too so it can withstand the elements or any adventure you throw its way. It’s been sturdily constructed to be entirely outdoors proof. Delivering 24 hours of continuous playtime this speaker provides 12 watts of pure audio with enhanced bass Thunders. You can enjoy zero distortion no matter how loud you crank up the volume thanks to the patented spiral bass port. The audio quality is clear and intense. The Anker Soundcore 2 is fitted with a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and benefits from an ultra-stable Bluetooth connection. Considering the budget-friendly price, this is an excellent outdoor, enhanced bass, waterproof speaker.
Customized drivers deliver 12 W of stereo sound
Exclusive BassUp technology for incredible clarity
IPX7 outdoor and waterproof protection
24 hours non-stop music thanks to powerful Li-ion battery
- Weight12.6 ounces
This water-resistant Bluetooth speaker from Aomais has plenty of features and benefits that you will appreciate. With a super sturdy and durable design, it’s even resilient enough to withstand being run over by a car. It’s IPX7 waterproof rated so will continue to work even when submerged in water up to one meter deep. Fitted with dual full-range drivers you can enjoy powerful volume, with less than 1% total harmonic distortion, alongside enhanced bass, clarity and fidelity. There’s a built-in microphone that supports hands-free calling, it provides a stable Bluetooth connection up to 100 feet away plus it works like a dream with Amazon Echo Dot. If you want the music to never stop and the adventure to last, then this Aomais Sport II speaker will enable you to enjoy rich sound like never before, whether you are indoors or out.
Powerful 20 W Bluetooth speaker delivers crisp and clear sound
15 hours of continuous music
Durable drop-resistant design
Stable Bluetooth connection up to 10 feet away
- Weight3.04 ounces
Photive Hydra Wireless Shower Speaker
The Photive Hydra waterproof shower speaker is a revelation at its price point. Like the SoundBot it delivers style you’d only expect at several times the price and unlike the SoundBot it’s fully submersible to boot. Audio quality is much better than you’d expect in such an affordable unit, and while it won’t satisfy the most finicky audiophile, it’s more than good enough for the masses.
The Photive Hydra shower speaker is small enough to slip into your or hang around your neck if you’re out for bike ride. Hang it from your harness while rock climbing and bring your favorite tunes to the wall with you. It provides generally excellent audio for such an affordable unit.
- Weight15 oz
The Trakk Harmony is the best bluetooth shower speaker we tested and features generous silicone buttons so you don’t spend time fumbling around in the shower trying to activate functions. It’s completely waterproof and shockproof as well, so if you drop it in the shower there’s nothing to worry about. The sleek sophisticated design belies the unit’s toughness and is so beautiful you’re going to want to take the Harmony with you wherever you go.
The audio from this unit is fantastic, there’s no doubt about it. We found the sound quality to be fairly astonishing considering the size of the unit and its intended use. There’s no doubt that if you go into the shower toting the Trakk Harmony with you you’re probably going to be in there for a while; it’s that much fun.
- Weight1.44 oz
The UE Boom 2 is a relatively expensive shower speaker but you’ll no doubt agree that it’s worth every penny. It’s not the least bit intimidated by water, mud or being dropped and it’s as at home bringing Mozart to the campsite as it is bringing Red One to the shower. The PartyUp feature truly allows you to party up by wirelessly connecting to more than 4 dozen UE speaker types.
Boldly go where no shower speaker has gone before with the UE Boom 2. Stream music while trout fishing, rock climbing, working construction, driving cross country and of course showering. Materials, design and electronics are all state of the art and it will stand up to (almost) any type of abuse the cruel world can dish out.
- BrandUltimate Ears
- Weight2.29 oz
The AYL SoundFit Bluetooth shower speaker is that and so much more. We were impressed by the durability of its construction, the quality of the audio and the ability to pair it with so many Bluetooth enabled devices. While it won’t survive long if you drop it in the ocean, it will handle anything the shower can dole out and won’t flinch when heavy rain starts falling on the campsite.
The lightweight nature of the SoundFit was also a pleasant surprise because upon first glance we expected something heavier (never judge a book by its cover). The AYL SoundFit is a welcome companion in the shower and not just for mom and dad. Its supremely sturdy nature makes it maybe the best shower speaker for families with kids.
- Weight4.8 oz
Trakk has several entries on our top 10 list and that’s because they make such incredible all-purpose audio equipment. The Trakk Wave is one of the coolest designs from any manufacturer but it’s more than just a pretty face. It’s tough as nails and built to withstand both the rigors of a steamy, sopping wet shower environment and the crashing of waves over the bow of the speedboat.
The Trakk Wave provides you with 20 watt audio drivers that kick out the bass while not allowing the finer sounds to get lost in the audio sauce. What you’ll hear is as close to studio perfection as you’re liable to ever hear from any brand of shower speaker.
- Weight1.9 oz
Lithium ion battery included. From its high tech styling to its everyday toughness the Fugoo Sport Bluetooth wireless shower speaker is one that’s after our hearts. Throw in the fact that it costs less than dinner for 2 at a nice restaurant and you have even more reason to give it serious consideration when shopping for a new shower speaker.
Indoors or outdoors, the Fugoo Sport will provide you peerless audio. Whether you like to take steamy hour long showers or you find yourself caught in a dust storm in Death Valley, the Fugoo won’t flinch from its duty to bring the music. And of course there’s the astounding 40 hours of continuous play you can enjoy at 50% loudness, which we all agree is just insane. Be sure to also check out our list of the best portable Bluetooth speakers for more great items like this.
- BrandFUGOO Sport
- Weight1.1 lbs
The Boom Swimmer waterproof shower speaker is another sub $100 delight that won’t match the absolute top of the line shower speakers but will come so close most won’t notice the difference. The big sale point of the Swimmer of course is the flexible, detachable tail that allows you to mount this shower speaker anywhere you can find something to coil around.
The quality of the audio produced by the Boom Swimmer is generally excellent, although the bass in particular will tend to break up just a tad at full volume. All in all though for the price we’re not going to quibble. The Swimmer is a fully waterproof speaker meaning you can attach it to a post on your sailboat and it will take the crashing of the waves without flinching.
- Weight12 oz
Trakk is back with the Bang TR-055D wireless shower speaker. Another in their line of quality portable audio products you can enjoy just about anywhere. The Trakk Bang features advanced Bluetooth 4.0 technology that allows for fairly seamless partnering with an array of other Bluetooth enabled devices including PCs, Macs and most smartphones. The Bang features 2 compact but powerful speakers that produce clear, full bodied music.
It boasts an IPX6 waterproof rating which should be more than enough unless you’re planning to hold it under water for long periods of time on a regular basis. While the overall look of this shower speaker won’t win any awards it’s a shower speaker not a Ferrari so we’ll give it a pass.
- Weight1.16 lbs
The UE Roll 2 Volcano may be the most beautifully designed shower speaker we’ve seen to date. It’s clean circular shape, muted grey palette and enigmatic markings make it as much a work of art as a piece of audio equipment. But audio equipment it is and in the best UE tradition it’s an excellent piece of all-purpose audio equipment.
It would be a shame to squirrel the Volcano shower speaker away in the shower permanently. It’s such an attractive piece of 21st century tech that most people will want to show it off, like they do their new smartphone. But it’s more than just good looks. It’s a truly waterproof speaker and contains a mini bungee cord that allows you to take it just about anywhere.
- BrandUltimate Ears
- Weight1.7 oz
For the price of a large pizza with everything you get dependable SoundBot quality in a portable shower speaker you can take with you wherever you go. It’s not waterproof but it is fully water resistant meaning you’ll have no problem with it in the shower or if you get caught outside with it on a rainy day. Everyone on our panel agreed this may be the best looking shower speaker on the market.
You get many of the features of high end shower speakers at a fraction of the price including 10 meter (33 foot) wireless connectivity to other devices, a built in microphone, hands free operation, full Bluetooth compatibility and more. And all in a unit that’s a mere 2 1/4 inches in diameter and weighs a scant 45 grams.
- Weight5.6 oz
Shower Speakers Buyers Guide and FAQs
If you’re planning on investing in the best shower speakers and not quite sure where to start, we’ve listed some key features that are worth considering.
Waterproofing - Sounds like a no brainer right? They’re waterproof speakers after all. Or are they? Make sure that you are investing in speakers that have an IPX rating of 7, which means they can be submerged in water without being damaged. Otherwise, you might find out the hard way that your speakers are only splash-proof. If you also want your speakers to be dustproof, especially handy if you are taking them to the beach, then look for an IP67 rating instead.
Sound Quality - The quality of audio from today’s best waterproof speakers is nothing short of exceptional. Technology has come on leaps and bounds, and it’s possible to find compact speakers delivering crisp and clear audio with virtually no distortion, no matter how high you crank up the volume.
Bluetooth Connection - The range at which you can use your speaker wirelessly should be considered. Some are effective up to 100 feet away and others only 10 feet. If you know you want to be able to connect your smartphone or tablet at a distance, then make sure you invest in a speaker that supports effective connectivity.
Battery Life - Some of the best shower speakers we’ve reviewed can deliver an impressive 24 hours of playtime from one charge. Others a more modest 6 hours which isn’t quite long enough to get you through a full day at the beach. Go for a battery life that can support the minimum hours of continuous play you’re most likely to need.
Portability - Given that you are most likely purchasing a shower speaker to take to the beach, out boating or on a camping trip, the size and weight matter. You should go for something compact and portable that can easily pack into a backpack, but that’s sturdily constructed to be tough and durable.
Shower Speakers FAQ
Q: What’s the difference between waterproof and water-resistant?
A: If a product is waterproof, it should carry an IPX7 rating, which means that it can float in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes before it stops working. Water-resistant, however, basically means that your device is splash proof only and won’t survive being submerged underwater, not even for a few brief moments. If you are also looking for a speaker to be dustproof, then the rating you need to look out for is IP67. This will still deliver the same amount of waterproof resistance but with the advantage of also providing dustproof protection.
Q: What’s a suitable wattage for waterproof speakers?
A: If you just want to use your speakers for a quiet and intimate picnic, then you might get away with under 10 watts of power. However, to really enjoy those BBQ or beach beats then we recommend you go for a minimum of 12 watts. Make sure that when you crank up the volume, the sound isn’t distorted so that you can still enjoy immersive and impressive clear and crisp audio.