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This article is about floating pool speakers that are intended to play music while they are adrift in your pool or jacuzzi. While we’ve included a few good poolside speakers at the bottom as well, we have covered off waterproof bluetooth speakers that just happen to float when they fall off your kayak (but they may sound terrible while they do!) elsewhere.
Portable Bluetooth speakers that enable us to listen to our music when outdoors are nothing new, but now it’s possible to enjoy music even while swimming in the pool, or lunging in your jacuzzi. There are waterproof outdoor speakers available for everyday use and intermittent exposure and even submersion in water, but what about taking your speakers into the pool with you?
In this article, we take a look at speakers that are actually designed to float in a manner that the speaker drivers are still able to deliver great sound. A floating speaker can be tossed into the drink without the risk of moisture damage while still delivering great audio.
A great pool speaker is can be essential if you want to throw a pool party or even if you just want to chill by the pool alone or with some friends. If you’ve ever switched on your living room sound system and tried to listen to music by the pool that way, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. But before you set out and buy a speaker for use in your pool, you need to understand what to look for to ensure your speaker can do what you intend to use it for.
What is an IP Rating?
When buying a floating pool speaker, you have to understand the difference between water-resistant and waterproof speakers. Most, if not all, modern outdoor or portable speakers come with an IP or IPX rating. Look for it on the packaging, on the product itself, or Google the design specifications of the speaker if you can’t find it. The IP rating is the amount of “ingress protection” that the speaker has. For the purpose of this article there are really only 2 levels that you need to understand:
|IPX 6 and below||Water-Resistant||Use poolside. Splash on it.|
|IPX 7 and up||Waterproof||Throw it in the water!|
As simple as that. IPX7 rated speakers can be submerged in water. Assuming that the speaker was designed to float, you can safely toss these into the pool. IPX6 and under are water-resistant. Make no mistake, an IPX6 rated speaker can still withstand high-pressure water being blasted at it from any direction, so feel free to splash all over it!
We’ve split up this article into pool speakers that can be used around the pool and floating speakers that you can submerge in water. We’ve also included a comprehensive Buyers Guide at the end to help you understand what to look for to make a smart purchase decision. Feel free to jump to wherever you want to be.
Editors Note: We constantly curate our content to keep it fresh and relevant. This list was updated on May 29th, 2020 to restructures the content to focus on floating pool speakers and update ratings to reflect our current opinion. Click here to see the full update history.
The Best Floating Pool Speakers
If you want something a little more innovative than a poolside speaker, you can opt for a floating pool speaker. These little guys are completely waterproof and they will play music via Bluetooth while they float alongside you in the pool. These speakers are cute and fun and they never fail to impress your guests. We looked at several floating pool speakers, and chose the five best ones on the market:
IP Rating: IPX7
For our list of the best floating pool speakers, this is the last one on here, but it is still a great floating pool speaker on the list. It comes with many different features which you might like, least of which is the awesome LED light show which it produces. It also has various other neat features such as being extremely strong and durable, having good sound quality, being lightweight and portable, and it features a great Bluetooth connection system too.
One of our favorite features of the COWIN-Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is that it has an absolutely fantastic sound quality. A part of this does have to do with the great Bluetooth connection which the speaker provides you with, but mostly it is thanks to the high-quality components used in the construction of the COWIN-Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker. This is, in fact, a 10-watt speaker, which is not really expected based on its small size.
None the less, this little guy has a full 10 watts of power and that helps to make it extremely loud and clear. Many other speakers are hard to hear over kids yelling, splashing, and waves breaking, but not this one. It can be easily heard from quite a far distance.
Even better is that the COWIN-Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker comes with its own built-in subwoofer for an outstandingly deep, clear, and buzz-free bass sound. Fear not because this particular floating pool speaker does just as well with the high notes as it does with the low, plus with treble too. The point here is that the sound quality produced by this little COWIN-Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is top notch without a doubt.
The high-quality build of the COWIN-Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker does also help ensure its durability and waterproof nature. First off, the internal components are housed inside a thick plastic shell and protected with a layer of hardened rubber on the outside. This makes the COWIN-Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker impact resistant like no other floating pool speaker out there. You can drop this thing from pretty high up and you never have to worry about it getting damaged.
At the same time, the special construction of this speaker ensures that dust and dirt cannot get to the important internal electrical components. As you might have guessed, this is a floating speaker, which means that it is obviously waterproof. It has an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means that it can actually be submerged underwater for a short period of time without any worries of the water damaging it. This is a really important feature when it comes to any speaker that you are going to be using in a pool. It’s bound to get wet, so it needs to be able to deal with that.
Something else that many people like about the COWIN-Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is that it features 32 colored LED lights on the top. It might not make this speaker any louder or clearer, or make it more durable either, but it does certainly add a certain level of fun and entertainment to the mix. These red, blue, and green LED lights changes with the sound of the music, thus providing you with a neat little light show for the duration of your music listening experience.
To make life a little easier for you, the COWIN-Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker does have easy to use control buttons located on the top. You can pause, play, change the volume, and more with these easy to navigate controls.
The COWIN-Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is intended to be used while floating in a pool, so you can’t exactly have your music playing device floating next to it in the water, which is why this speaker is a Bluetooth one. The Advanced Bluetooth 4.0 system has a really far range so the speaker can be in the pool while your device is safe and sound at the poolside.
Moreover, the Bluetooth can connect to more or less any Bluetooth compatible device. This is a newer version of Bluetooth, so pairing is made very easy, plus the connection is always strong and reliable. This helps ensure that you have an uninterrupted experience, plus it makes the music itself much louder and clearer too.
The battery life for the COWIN-Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is pretty decent, but not the best of all floating pool speakers. It comes with a micro USB charging cable so you can easily charge it, something that only takes a couple of hours to complete. The battery will last for roughly 8 hours with the volume turned up to around 70%. However, if you have the volume turned up to the maximum, the battery life is significantly shorter. This is not great, but it is not horrible either.
Weight: 2 lbs
IP Rating: IPX7
This new NUWA floating pool speaker is simply outstanding. It has a high IPX7 rating and unlike most similar speakers, it is not only splashproof or water-resistant but it is shockproof, dustproof and damage resistant! There is no need to be gentle with this speaker since it can float in the pool with you or even while the kids are playing and splashing around. The speaker can even be submerged in the water at up to 3ft and it will just continue playing music.
All you need to do to stream music to this floating pool speaker is pair your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth devices to it and press play. Your music, podcast, audiobook, or whatever audio file you choose to play, will instantly play through the speaker in high-quality sound. With dual 5 watts of power, this little speaker’s volume capabilities will surprise you.
When it comes to connectivity, we have to say that we were thoroughly impressed. The Bluetooth connectivity has a maximum connection distance of up to 120ft – which from having reviewed countless portable speakers, is a very impressive feature. The battery will also last for up to 5 hours, which will give you more than enough time to enjoy the sun.
Overall this floating pool speaker consists of high-quality materials and delivers high-quality sound and durability at an affordable price, making it the perfect choice for a pool speaker.
Weight: 1.1 lbs
IP Rating: IPX6
For a slightly different looking speaker, there is the Monster SuperStar, which is a very slim and sturdy portable offering. It has a silicone casing to keep the water out, but this also makes the speaker shockproof and very resilient. It has an IPX6 rating, so it can handle getting wet, but don’t let it get completely submerged for too long.
The sound quality is equally impressive and while it is easy for a speaker to sound impressive in a small shower, the Monster SuperStar manages decent audio quality outdoors as well. It is capable of high volume levels without distorting your audio, even when floating around in the water. Audio quality can be a hit or miss with smaller speakers, but the highs on the SuperStar is crisp and the lows are rich. For very deep bass the speaker will distort slightly at high volume, but this is to be expected.
As with most portable speakers, it comes with an integrated microphone for taking phone calls and the audio quality over the speakerphone sounds good too. While floating the front panel of the speaker points upwards and this is where the passive bass radiator and two drivers can be found.
With about seven hours of audio playback on a full charge, the SuperStar is able to handle long sessions of lounging in the pool. Included in the package is a protective pouch, which is not only well padded but perforated so that it doesn’t interfere with the audio quality.
While it is not a cheap speaker, it delivers solid performance and durable design.
IP Rating: IPX7
This speaker from Maze has an IPX7 rating, which means it can be submerged to a depth of up to one meter for up to thirty minutes without the water doing any damage. Not that you have to worry about this speaker sinking that deep as it is designed to float on top of the water. It connects to any Bluetooth audio devices, which makes it a breeze to pair with a phone for music playback.
Since this speaker uses rechargeable lithium-ion batteries you can expect playing times in excess of 15 hours. These batteries also only take about four to five hours to fully charge. It can also be recharged via a computer using the USB port.
While the speaker is quite compact it definitely packs a big sound. It sounds great when used in the shower and even features a suction cup for mounting on any smooth, flat surface. Since the speaker can float you can take use it in the bath, hot tub or swimming pool as well and still enjoy your music. When connected to your phone it even allows you to answer phone calls.
The speaker features a nice round design and all the buttons are on the top of the device. In addition to the call button, it has buttons for power, play/pause, and track forward or backward, the latter also doubling as the volume controls. Despite its lightweight design, this little speaker is actually quite rugged as well.
For a loud, clear speaker that is very comfortable around or even in the water this offering from Maze comes highly recommended.
Weight: 1.3 lbs
IP Rating: IPX7
The NYNE Multimedia Aqua is another IPX7 rated Bluetooth speaker, so it has no problem with water. It has been specifically designed to float and features a stylish look that, according to the creators, is meant to resemble a mini tri-hull boat.
The Aqua connects via Bluetooth and has a 33-foot range, so your precious phone or tablet doesn’t need to be anywhere near the water for you to listen to music. The Aqua is a bigger speaker than the one from Maze, but still manages a decent 10 hours of playback per battery charge.
I really like the sound quality of the NYNE Aqua and it even has four equalizer settings for those who want to adjust the playback. It features 2.0 stereo channel output with 2 passive radiators, which means it sounds as good in the pool as it does in the shower. In addition to audio playback, it is also capable of hands-free calling thanks to the integrated waterproof microphone.
With its high-quality rubberized finish cabinet, this floating speaker not only looks good but is pretty durable as well. It is not a very heavy speaker, but the included strap makes it easy to carry around or hang wherever you need it. If you are away from water and want to connect an older device that doesn’t have Bluetooth you can use the 3.5mm AUX input located on the sealed rear panel of the Aqua.
For a decent waterproof speaker that features a unique design, the Aqua is a must.
Weight: 2 lbs
IP Rating: IPX7
Out of all the pool speakers on this list, the Ivation offering is probably the only one that looks like it actually belongs in a pool. That is because it looks more like a bright mini beach ball than a speaker, but beneath its colorful exterior lurks a pretty powerful speaker.
The Ivation uses Bluetooth 3.0 technology, so it is able to stream from any compatible device up to a distance of about 33 feet. It has fully waterproof seals, so the speaker, batteries, controls, and lights are all protected from water.
Anyone who enjoys swimming at night and wants to chill out with some tunes will appreciate the cool blue mood lighting that the Ivation is capable of producing. This feature also makes it easier to locate the speaker at night but can be switched off during the day. The rounded design of the Ivation is very nice but limits its use outside of a pool. When immersed in water the audio quality remains crisp and because of the weight distribution of the speaker, it remains right-side-up even when used in a wave pool.
The Ivation is powered by 6 AA batteries, which offers a decent amount of playback time. Sound quality is not an issue either as the speaker is able to deliver plenty of volume along with some solid bass. Since it only has a single driver it is not going to be able to compete with more expensive speakers, but for its price range, it is a solid performer.
If you are looking for a decent portable speaker that will only be used in the pool the Ivation fits the bill.
The Best Poolside Speakers
IP Rating: IPX6
The Photive Hydra Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is so much more than a portable pool speaker. According to one Amazon review, this speaker withstood a raging tornado that destroyed the home it was held in and then laid out in the pouring rain for an entire day and still worked perfectly. If that is not proof of the durability of this speaker with its IP66 ingress protection, then we don’t know what is.
This truly remarkable speaker offers you up to 8 hours of uninterrupted sound and thanks to its passive subwoofer and two 40mm drivers, the sound is crisp, clear, and undeniably of the utmost quality. With the Hydra, you can stream music through any of your Bluetooth devices such as your Smartphone, tablet, computer, etc. So best make sure that your playlist is fully stocked with all your favorite hits because you are not going to want to let go of this amazing portable pool speaker.
You can also switch tracks or adjust the volume of the speaker with the use of some convenient buttons – and all this with Waterproof, Wireless, Shockproof, and Dustproof features.
While the Photive Hydra pool speaker has a rather simple industrial design, it outshines all its competitors due to its sheer quality of both built and sound.
Weight: 1.25 lbs
IP Rating: IPX6
This speaker was designed specifically for all those people who love to enjoy the entire summer in the pool. It is completely waterproof and will float alongside you while you swim and dive and enjoy the feeling of the cool water under the warm sun rays – all the while playing your favorite music as you stream it remotely from your Bluetooth device.
When you buy the iJoy Beach Bomb, you won’t be able to remember how you ever survived without it. It is a must-have for each and every summer-crazed water lover. If dropped in the pool it will simply float around and continue playing uninterrupted music, and no need to worry about accidentally submerging it in the water as it can handle being in debts of up to 3ft.
This floating pool speaker also features a hands-free option that will allow you to answer incoming calls to the connected device and use the built-in mic to have a conversation without ever being near your actual phone.
On the speaker, you will see 6 buttons including the power button, previous song, next song, volume down, volume up, and then finally a play/pause button which also acts as the answerphone button. This allows you full control over your music and phone calls, all the while splashing around in the water.
The iJoy gives you up to 6 hours of uninterrupted music and it can be connected to via Bluetooth, micro USB, USB, or Aux.
For all the summer fans out there looking for the perfect floating pool speaker – look no further than the iJoy Beach Bomb.
Weight: 1.4 lbs
IP Rating: IPX7
The FUGOO Sport is the perfect portable pool speaker for those of you looking for a more sporty look and some pretty sporty functions. Being a pool speaker, this model is waterproof with an IP67 rating. It can however only be submerged in the water at max 3 feet for up to 30 minutes. This is not a major flaw though since nobody other than the folks at Bikini Bottom actually wants to use a speaker to listen to music under the water. In addition to its waterproof feature, the FUGOO Sport is also both snowproof and sand proof. No adventure is too rough for this little portable speaker.
If you are the adventurous type, you will find many accessories designed specifically for the FUGOO Sport, such as a bike mount, strap mount, multi-mount, and even a remote control. All these accessories are available in the same black and teal color palate as the actual speaker so that you can enjoy the rugged outdoors in style.
This pool speaker offers an extensive battery life of up to 40 hours. This is four times more than most other portable pool speakers! All of this is produced through a powerful 360º speaker system which allows you to listen to clear unobstructed music no matter where you are in relation to the speaker.
What about the sound? Well, be ready to be amazed. When you turn on this tiny speaker it is hard to believe that it is actually producing such pure and truly incredible sound. Unlike many portable speakers, the designers did not focus merely on portability, but also on the actual sound quality and my oh my, did they get it spot-on. The pool speaker features six speakers in total that consists of two tweeters, two woofers, and two passive radiators. The speakers are tilted upwards at a perfect 8º angle to further improve the listening experience. If sound quality is very important to you then the FUGOO Sport is undoubtedly the way to go.
The speaker also responds to preset voice commands that allow you to answer phone calls or use Siri or Google Now with which you can do all the things you do with your phone, such as play music, call your friends, get a weather update, and so much more.
The FUGOO Sport is a bit more pricey, but for the extensive features and remarkable sound quality, it is well worth it.
Weight: 1.29 lbs
IP Rating: IPX5
The Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is definitely one of the better options out there at this time. It is an extremely durable, convenient, and versatile pool speaker that does not fail to deliver crystal clear sound quality no matter the occasion. One of the best features of the Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is that it is very durable and has a long lifespan.
First off, it is made with only the highest quality parts to ensure that it will not break. The hard plastic shell is designed to be scratch, dent, and impact-resistant, making it the perfect choice for outdoor use and for taking with you on the go. No, you can’t throw the Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker at a wall and expect it to survive, but a small drop won’t hurt it.
The Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is, of course, a pool speaker so it needs to be waterproof. Now, this model is splash-proof and rainproof, so having it outdoors on a rainy day, having it poolside near rambunctious kids, or even having it on a fishing boat will not ruin it. Water is no big deal. However, that being said, the Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is not totally waterproof to the point where you can submerge it without fear of damage. None the less, when it comes to being durable and waterproof, this speaker has got your back.
Another awesome aspect of the Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is the fact that it is a 20 Watt speaker. In other words, it is extremely loud and powerful. You will be able to hear this bad boy no matter how loud the kids are being, how big the waves are, and no matter what other kinds of noise is present for your day at the pool or beach.
You can easily hear this speaker from several dozen feet away, plus it is even clearer indoors. The sound produced by the Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is extremely crisp and clear, with deep lows and great highs. Bass, treble, and all other types of sound are no problem for the Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker.
Something else that stands out about the Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is that it has absolutely fantastic battery life. First off, the battery is actually integrated right into the speaker. To be exact, it features a 4400mAh lithium-ion battery with an extremely long life. This battery only takes a couple of hours to charge up, but it can last for a whopping 25 hours on a single charge. This is really convenient because you can spend a whole day and night listening to your favorite tunes on one charge, but only spend a couple of hours charging it.
To be clear, the battery life is 25 hours when you have this speaker at 70% volume. However, when you have the Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker on full volume, the battery life is more like 8 hours, which is still not bad at all.
Yet another feature that we really like about the Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is that it is extremely portable and convenient. It is not that big or heavy, which is surprising seeing how loud it is, but anyway, it’s easy to put in your backpack or beach bag to take with you on the go. Being so lightweight and small is a definite advantage. The Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker also comes with a nifty D ring that you can use to attach it to any kind of strap or even a camping chair. It’s a good speaker for home use and for being on the go.
Another thing that stands out about this speaker is the fact that it uses Bluetooth to connect to your favorite devices. Simply press the Bluetooth button to hook up to your iPods, iPhones, Androids, and other Bluetooth compatible devices. In case your device does not have Bluetooth or is not compatible with the Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, you can always use the AUX audio cable to manually connect your device.
Even better is that you can pick up cell phone calls with the Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker. Simply use the phone button to pick up calls and use the noise-canceling microphone to speak to whoever is on the other line. Having a noise-canceling microphone is pretty important when you are in a loud place and trying to have an important phone call.
All in all, the Vtin Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is definitely a very handy pool speaker to go with. It’s durable, water doesn’t bother it, it has great sound quality, a good microphone for calls, and it’s very portable as well.
IP Rating: IPX7
Yet another great pool speaker to go with, this one might be last on our list, but it certainly is not the least! The Proxelle Waterproof Portable Speaker has a whole lot of features that most people will definitely appreciate. Just like the other pool speaker options we have looked at here today, the Proxelle Waterproof Portable Speaker is durable, has good sound quality, is portable, and of course, water does not bother it either. Proxelle is known for making so very high-quality audio products and they did not fail to deliver quality this time.
Perhaps one of the best features of the Proxelle Waterproof Portable Speaker is the fact that it has a really great Bluetooth system. This particular speaker employs Bluetooth 4.0 technology for really strong and clear connections to any device. This really clear connection helps to greatly increase the sound quality when compared to other Bluetooth speakers. It features a really great bass sound and it can definitely put out the high notes too. Sound quality is not an issue here. The range for the Bluetooth connection is 33 feet or approximately 10 meters, which is quite impressive for such a small speaker.
The Proxelle Waterproof Portable Speaker can connect to pretty much any Bluetooth compatible device including computers, laptops, tablets, and all kinds of smartphones. The fact that the Bluetooth capabilities of this particular speaker are so good is a big bonus no doubt. These capabilities are so good that the Proxelle Waterproof Portable Speaker can even connect to two devices at the same time. Heck, even if you do not have any Bluetooth capable device, this speaker still allows for an AUX audio cable to be plugged in, so you can connect your music playing device manually if you have to.
Going back to the sound quality, only the best of the best materials are used in the manufacturing process of the Proxelle Waterproof Portable Speaker. The components related to sound delivery are all top-notch. It’s actually a 3 Watt + 3 Watt speaker, making it extremely powerful for its small size. This little guy is loud like nothing else, and not only is it loud, but it is very clear too, plus it has a great audio range and clearly replicate songs without issue.
Speaking of the high-quality materials used for the Proxelle Waterproof Portable Speaker, this also means that this speaker is very durable and won’t easily break on you. The shell is made from specially treated plastic and is covered with a hard rubber casing for maximum durability. You can drop this thing from a pretty decent height without fear of it falling apart on you. It is very crash, dent, and scratch-resistant. Not to mention the fact that it is waterproof, as a good pool speaker should be.
Unlike most other pool speakers, the Proxelle Waterproof Portable Speaker is actually 100% waterproof. The special casing means that splashes from the pool, heavy rain, and even an occasional submerging won’t damage it. No, you can’t submerge it forever without fear of damage, but a couple of minutes in the pool won’t do it any harm.
What is also pretty neat about the Proxelle Waterproof Portable Speaker is that it is very portable. Like we mentioned before, the size of this speaker is very small, plus it’s very lightweight too. This definitely helps add to the convenience factor when it comes time to carry this thing to the beach, park, pool, or the camping ground. This little guy even comes with mounting accessories so you can mount it on your bicycle and listen to your favorite tunes as you blaze through the trails. This mounting mechanism can also be used to attach the Proxelle Waterproof Portable Speaker to your backpack or anything else with a strap.
The fairly good battery life of the Proxelle Waterproof Portable Speaker is another thing that is definitely worth mentioning. It has a built-in battery that can be recharged with the included micro USB cable. The playtime for this speaker is around 10 hours, or a little less if you have the volume cranked up to the maximum. All in all, the battery life is pretty good, but it is a little shorter when compared to other pool speakers. The good thing, however, is that the Proxelle Waterproof Portable Speaker only takes 3 hours to completely charge.
Finally, you can pick up calls with this speaker. Simply use the phone button and the integrated microphone to take calls from your phone. It’s a good microphone so people on the other end of the line will always be able to hear you just fine.
Buying Guide – What To Look Out For When Buying Pool Speakers
Pool speakers and floating pool speakers can definitely help add some fun and entertainment to your already awesome pool party, beach party, or camping trip. They are very useful, they are portable, and they often employ some great technology too. That being said, these things can be a little expensive, so you don’t want to just buy the first one you see. Before you go out and spend any amount of money on pool speakers of any kind, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind.
Waterproof vs Water-Resistant
There is a really important distinction to be made here. Some pool speakers are water-resistant or splash-proof, while others are totally waterproof. This is very important to remember. Most floating speakers, due to the fact that they are built to be directly in the pool, are going to be totally waterproof. This means that they can be splashed, rained on, they can float in a pool, and more often than not, they can be totally submerged in water for a given period of time. Waterproof speakers are the best way to go as pretty much no amount of water will damage them.
On the other hand, pool speakers, not floating pool speakers, will only be waterproof to a certain degree, or in other words, they are only water-resistant. This means that they can be rained on or splashed, but they cannot be totally submerged in water. While water-resistant speakers can deal with a certain level of moisture, they certainly cannot handle being totally submerged in water.
The Build – Durability
Another thing to take a good look at is how durable the floating speaker in question is. Keep in mind folks, these speakers are built to be used in pools, at the beach, while camping, or while otherwise outdoors. This means that they need to be tough and rugged if you expect the speakers to survive any amount of time. However, not all speakers are built with the same quality standards in mind.
You need to look for pool speakers made of hard plastic, preferably with some kind of coating, and even a hard rubber outer shell. Pool speakers are going to get dropped and they are going to get hit with things. They need to be able to withstand some pretty big impacts. At the same time, pool speakers need to be able to keep dust, dirt, and other debris from getting to the electrical components on the inside. Remember folks, durability is a big consideration to keep in mind. You don’t want to buy a pool speaker only to drop it and realize that it is already broken.
The sound quality of the pool speaker in question is another big consideration to keep in mind. After all, the whole point of the speaker is to play music, so it better do that really well. Different speakers have different power levels, with some being as low as 3 watts while others can reach 16 watts of power or more. Simply put, the more watts the speaker has in its arsenal the louder it will be. Of course, this probably means a higher price, but when it comes to music, it is definitely worth paying a little more for better quality.
Pools, beaches, and campgrounds get really loud, so the speaker needs to have enough volume so you can hear the music over all other ambient noise. Moreover, something like a subwoofer is always helpful so you can hear bass well. A good bass sound, being able to accurately replicate a variety of sounds including high and low notes, and being able to cancel out ambient noise with wind protection are all beneficial features. The whole point here is to listen to your favorite tunes, so the pool speaker in question needs to be loud and clear.
Yet another important factor to look out for is how the pool speaker in question connects to your music playing device. Most modern pool speakers use Bluetooth to accomplish this. You should look for a pool speaker that has Bluetooth 4.0 or up. The newer the Bluetooth tech is the better the connectivity will be and the better the sound will end up being. Newer Bluetooth is essential for replicating sounds and for maintaining a clear and strong connection. You should look for a Bluetooth speaker that has a connectivity range of at least 30 feet.
You need to be able to swim around in the pool with the speaker without the connection giving out. The speaker is not always going to be right beside the music playing device, so the range is fairly important. The pool speaker you get should be able to connect to a variety of devices including smartphones, tablets, and even computers. Some pool speakers, especially the ones not intended to float in the pool, usually have an AUX audio jack as well, so you can connect your music playing device with a good old AUX cable if need be. This is a good backup to look for in case something is not working with the Bluetooth.
Something else that most Bluetooth pool speakers should be able to do is to take calls. Now, you won’t be able to make calls without the phone at your side, but as long as it is connected to the speaker, you should be able to pick calls up. Most modern pool speakers with Bluetooth will stop the music and ring when you get a call, plus they will have a button to pick up calls with too.
The important thing to look out for here is the quality of the integrated microphone. The microphone needs to be high quality and noise-canceling if possible. Remember, you will be using these speakers in fairly noisy places, so having a quality microphone is essential if you want the person on the other end of the line to hear your voice clearly.
Yet another important factor to look out for before purchasing pool speakers is how portable the one in question is. This really boils down to the size and weight of the speaker. The lighter and smaller the speaker is the more portable it is going to be. Being able to fit the speaker in a backpack or even a pant pocket is really useful if you plan on taking the speaker with you on the go. It should at least be able to easily fit in a backpack or beach bag with other things.
Also, many models come with some kind of strap, ring, or hook so you can hang them from a backpack or some other kind of strap. Some of the more advanced pool speakers even come with mounting brackets so you can mount them on your bicycle.
The Battery Life
One of the more important things to look out for is what the battery life of the speaker in question is like. You don’t want to be halfway through a pool or beach party only to have the speaker die on you. Something to look out for here is a lithium-ion battery. A well-integrated lithium-ion battery that can be recharged with a micro USB or regular USB cable is really convenient. You definitely do not want to have to always be buying batteries.
Also, the battery life does depend on the speaker in question, with some having an 8-hour life and others being able to go for up to 25 or 30 hours without charging. Ones with better battery life will cost more, but if you plan on listening to lots of music for hours on end, you will have to spend a little extra. Keep in mind that most speakers will only last for the advertised amount of time when the music volume is set to 60% or 70%. However, when the volume is set to the maximum level, you can rest assured that the battery life will be significantly lower than what is advertised.
This one is a no brainer, but having some kind of control panel, touch or otherwise is really important too. At the very least you want to be able to pause and play songs, plus change the volume too. A pool speaker without any kind of control panel is going to be a pain to use.
Pool Speaker vs Floating Pool Speaker
Just keep in mind that pool speakers are generally meant to be kept poolside, but not in the pool. On the other hand, floating pool speakers are designed to be right beside you floating in the pool. The choice here is totally up to you to make. It really is a matter of your needs and personal preferences more than anything else.
To recap on the above-mentioned speakers, and to help you choose between the provided options; here is a quick table summary that compares the various features of each speaker to help you pick the perfect speaker for you.