Don't let a surprise splash be a death sentence for yourduring a or by the pool. Portable, waterproof Bluetooth speakers are the perfect choice for streaming music, and podcasts from a phone or tablet when you're near water.
Don't know which brand to pick -- or what type of waterproof Bluetooth speaker to get? The ideal option for you depends on your budget, the sound quality you're seeking and what extra features you want, such as voice control.
Take a look at these ten reviewer-loved, portable, waterproof Bluetooth speakers that make excellent bathtub, poolside and beach-day companions.
Best Bluetooth speaker features: Sonos Roam
The feature-rich Sonos Roam ticks many boxes, making it a great value for your money -- even though it does sit at a higher price range. A standalone Bluetooth speaker that supports Sonos' multi-room ecosystem, it boasts Qi charging (although you have to buy the charger separately), Google Assistant and Alexa support for voice control and Sonos Trueplay, which allows you to retune the speaker based on your surroundings. Bass lovers will also appreciate its controlled bass-heavy sound.
Its "well-balanced sound" and "surprising bass for the size" are among the many things Best Buy reviewer CraigB appreciates about Sonos Roam, concluding that "If you are in the market for a small, portable speaker and value balance sound over excessive bass or gimmicky features, the Sonos Roam is worth a look."
Excellent premium option: Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd generation)
While the B&O Beosound A1 (2nd generation)'s elegant design makes it seem like it shouldn't go anywhere near water or sand, it proves to be an excellent pool or beach day companion with its IP67 certification. That means that it has total protection against sand and dust, and can be submerged underwater for 30 minutes, at a depth of up to one meter. It also has a long battery life of up to 18 hours, plus Amazon Alexa built-in and app support so you can personalize its sound profile.
"I've been using Bose products for over a decade and recently I tried a pair of B&O headphones and immediately noticed the difference," reviewer Andrew Timko III says on Amazon. "This is my first B&O Bluetooth speaker and it certainly delivered."
Best rugged Bluetooth speaker: Bose SoundLink Flex
The Bose SoundLink Flex boasts that crisp, clear sound that Bose users have come to expect from the brand. Of course, it comes with its own features that sets it apart from other Bose speakers. Those include its versatile form factor, which allows you to stand it upright, hang it from a backpack and lay it flat. Its sound positioning is just as versatile, thanks to Bose's PositionIQ technology that automatically detects its orientation and adjusts the sound imaging accordingly. Other great features are its IP67 rating, up to 12 hours of battery life and ability to pair with another Bose Bluetooth speaker.
According to Best Buy reviewer jsisko76, "...this bluetooth speaker does not disappoint. The huge sound fills a room with little effort and it is incredible to think that the sound is coming from such a small/medium sized portable speaker."
Great mid-range option: Bose SoundLink Color II
Many budget-minded consumers are under the impression that Bose products are expensive. However, you can get one without breaking the bank if you know where to look. The Bose SoundLink Color II, for example, is now $30 off, putting it in the mid-range market in terms of waterproof Bluetooth speakers. It's an older-generation model, but it can still keep up with the newer ones, thanks to its Bose SimpleSync technology support connecting to other Bose speakers; up to 8 hours of battery life; and IPX7 waterproof rating.
"This Bose Soundlink Color II portable speaker is designed around smart compromises," reviewer VADarkstar says. "It focuses on clarity of sound over powerful volume and packs that sound into a portable size with an impressive battery life."
Most portable waterproof Bluetooth speaker: JBL Clip 4
This waterproof speaker is small enough to fit in your palm, so it's not an ideal option to fill an entire pool area with sound. But if you're seeking a versatile, budget-friendly speaker that can fit into any active adventure, consider the JBL Clip 4. It's currently reduced from $70 to $60 and has a built-in clip, so you can attach it to a tree, your pool bag and more. The Clip 4 comes in six hues and offers 10 hours of playtime on a single charge.
"It's not going to rattle any windows, but the bass coming out of this thing is a lot better than I expected," reviewer TheDude says. "I was expecting it to be tinny like most small speakers."
To save $10, consider the well-reviewed JBL Clip 3, which is available in an even wider variety of colors, but has only 3.3 watts compared to the JBL Clip 4's 5 watts.
Great sound for the price: Anker Soundcore Motion+
If you're all about the sound quality, check out the Anker Soundcore Motion+. Reviewers praise its high-res audio, intense bass and faithful music reproduction. This speaker is available in three colors, has a 12-hour playtime and has USB-C connectivity. It has an IPX7 rating, meaning it can temporarily be submerged in water. Plus, you can pair two of these speakers together for even more volume, or a huge stereo sound. This speaker is thoughtfully positioned upward to fill an entire space with sound.
"I've been collecting portable Bluetooth speakers for over eight years, and the Motion+ is one of the best speakers I've heard in this price range," reviewer KB Weldon says. "Many others have tried to hit the perfect balance of audio accuracy, with portability and affordability. The Motion+ is truly the first portable speaker that checks all the boxes."
Best budget option: Comiso waterproof Bluetooth speaker
If you're looking for the most affordable option with the longest playtime here, the Comiso waterproof Bluetooth speaker is for you. It plays for 24 hours at full volume, or up to 36 hours at two-thirds volume on a single charge. Plus, it comes in seven cheerful colors from yellow to rose gold. You can pair two of these speakers for an enhanced stereo sound experience via a single device. This speaker is also IPX5 waterproof, which means it can resist a gentle splash, but cannot be partially or fully submerged.
"I like how the sound comes out from all around the speaker -- 360 degrees -- and it is able to get a lot louder than other speakers I've had," reviewer M. Merchant says.
Long battery life: Sony SRS-XB33 portable waterproof & rustproof speaker
Do you want long battery life without sacrificing performance and sound quality? The Sony SRS-XB33 is a great fit, with its 24-hour battery life rating. It's a little over $100, but features like Sony's Live Sound mode for a 3D sound experience, plus IP67 waterproofing, rustproofing and a connectivity range of 98.4 feet, make it worth it. Another party perk here is its line lights, which sync up to whatever audio you're playing.
"I've had the pleasure of listening to music and movies with the Sony SRS-XB33 speaker for the last 48 hours and I am pretty impressed with it," according to Best Buy reviewer Ponskippa. "Build quality is very strong and sturdy. It feels like it would definitely survive multiple drops."
Best for 360-degree audio experience: Ultimate Ears Megablast
If voice control is what you're after, this is a great speaker option. It uses Amazon Alexa, so you can request songs on Spotify and Apple Music without leaving the pool. Plus, you can take calls on your phone while the music keeps playing. The Ultimate Ears Megablast has 12 hours of battery life and claims to be "virtually indestructible," with its tough exterior and water resistance up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. You can download fresh updates via the companion apps. Note that this speaker requires a Wi-Fi router for first-time setup.
"I took this thing to a long weekend retreat to use by the pool, and we were all blown away by how good this speaker sounded," reviewer murdock415 says. "When you consider the price, size and that it's waterproof, this blows everything else away. Just one speaker filled a large pool area with great sound."
Best for teens: JBL Flip 5
Pair two of these speakers together for stereo sound, or pair multiple JBL PartyBoost-compatible speakers for music that fills your whole yard. But even alone, this speaker offers 20 watts of sound, which is not too shabby. It has 12 hours of playtime; is IPX7 waterproof up to 3 feet deep; and offers USB-C quick charge. Choose from nine colors.
"This speaker is stupid loud -- and crisp at that," reviewer Alexander P says. "I work in an automotive shop and I keep my volume at 25% in my station. Phenomenal sound, phenomenal quality, could not be happier."
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