As people started integrating portable speakers with all aspects of their lives, the need for waterproof Bluetooth speakers quickly became apparent. Whether it is because you want to take your music camping, on your kayak, into the shower, or just with you to the beach or pool, you will need a speaker that can withstand the elements (especially water of course!) for real peace of mind.
Over the last few years, the number of available waterproof Bluetooth speakers has all but exploded. Amazon lists more than 8,000 items in a search for “waterproof Bluetooth speaker” alone. Needless to say, this entire market is targeted at making it possible for you to not only take your music with you wherever you go. So how do you select the best waterproof Bluetooth speaker? We’re here to help!
JBL Flip 5
Incredible sound. Truly waterproof. The JBL Flip 5 is one of those rare products that deliver upon what is promised.
Best Overall Everyday Speaker
The JBL Flip 5 is one of those rare products that deliver upon what is promised in the advertisement. The new and improved JBL Flip 5 features 20W speakers and is completely waterproof with an IPX7 rating. The main selling point though is till the amazing sound. If you’re going to buy just one Bluetooth speaker, you can’t go wrong making it this one.
Best Primary Listening Speaker
The JBL Charge 4, much like its smaller and more economic counterpart, the JBL Flip 5, is an exercise in excellence. This third-gen speaker is packed within a durable, waterproof, and dustproof enclosure, with an IPX7 rating. The sound emphasis is on the low end but the highs are clear and crisp as well making this a well-balanced speaker that is just fantastic to listen to.
Best Ultra-Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The Bose Sound Link Micro Bluetooth speaker delivers high quality, crisp, clear sound that will sound great even to the pickiest of ears. Proprietary Bose technology produces loud, clear sound – even when you are outdoors – thanks to the passive radiators and custom-mounted transducer. You will get all of this from a speaker that is perfectly at home in the palm of your hand.
Understanding Waterproof Ratings
Before we start looking at our selection of waterproof Bluetooth speakers it’s important to understand how speakers – and all electronic devices for that matter – are rated for their level of “waterproofness”. Here’s a short primer without going into too much detail.
Almost all modern electronic devices, including the speakers below, will have some sort of IP or IPX rating. Both IP and IPX refer to Ingress Protection or International Protection rating. (IEC 60529) IP rating indicates the waterproofing ability and dust resistance of an electrical enclosure or device. When only waterproof testing is done, the rating is indicated with IPX, followed by a number. When a manufacturer tests for both waterproofing and dust resistance, it is indicated by IP followed by 2 numbers.
For example; let’s look at an IP67 rating. The first number represents the dust resistance while the second number represents the level of waterproofing.
For obvious reasons, the number we’re most interested in is the last one – protection against water intrusion. So what should your rating be? Well, that depends on how you plan to use your speaker. Go here if you’re interested in a full explanation of all IP ratings. The relevant ratings for our purposes are IPX ratings from 5 upwards. Here’s what they mean:
Any IPX5 and above rating would be suitable for outdoor sporting activities where your device might get splashed on or momentarily submerged. However…
IPX7 means your device can be completely submerged for up to 30 minutes in 3 feet of water. IPX7 and above can be seen as “truly waterproof” in laymen’s terms.
As we said earlier, there are literally thousands of IPX5 and above speakers available on the market. We decided to focus on true waterproof speakers only. So, every speaker on this list has an IPX7 rating. They are truly waterproof. Feel free to drop them in the pool.
Every Speaker On This List is Rated
BTW, we’ll tell you on every speaker below whether the speaker floats. Not all waterproof speakers do, so in some cases, if you drop it off your kayak it’ll probably be fine, but be prepared to dive!
Comparing Apples to Apples
To make it easier for you to find the waterproof Bluetooth speaker for your specific needs, we’ve divided our list up into 3 groups:
- Everyday Speakers: Those “every day” Bluetooth speakers weighing in at 1-4 lbs
- Primary Speakers: The big boys. A lot of power weighing in at more than 4 lbs
- Ultra-Portable Speakers: For people on the move. Great sound at less than 1 lb.
Editors Note: We constantly curate our content to keep it fresh and relevant. This list was updated on May 28th, 2020 to remove 13 speakers from the list that is not IPX7 rated – the baseline requirement for future speakers on this list. Click here to see the full update history.
The Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker For Everyday Use
The waterproof Bluetooth speakers in this group weigh between 1-4 lbs. This group represents the best IPX7 rated speakers from the bulk of portable Bluetooth speakers that are available on the market today. Chances are if you’re looking for your first Bluetooth speaker or a speaker for everyday use, that it’ll fall into this category. The competitiveness of this segment has benefited the consumer in that there are some truly amazing speakers with incredible sound and a range of great features available to pick from nowadays. Here are the ones that rise to the top.
1. JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The JBL Flip 5 is one of those rare products that deliver upon what is promised in the advertisement. The new and improved JBL Flip 5 features 20W speakers and is completely waterproof with an IPX7 rating. The main selling point of this little fella, however (and little it is, but more on that shortly) is the sound. Granted, this should be the selling point for every speaker, but the Flip 5 completely exceeds the baseline expectations.
The speaker tends to emphasize the bass and treble ends of the spectrum over the mids, but overall, the sound it delivers has great clarity to it. The passive drivers, coupled with the noise and echo canceling speakerphone, make for crystal clear calls, with just a press of a button.
In regards to the rest of hardware, the Flip 5 features a waterproof enclosure, allowing you not only to drag it along with you to the beach or into the shower but also to wash it under a stream of running water or even completely submerge it in the pool. You can connect two Bluetooth devices at a time, be it smartphones, tablets, or whatever and take turns playing music from either. The max range, in optimum conditions, should be about 33 feet. As for actually using the thing goes, you can place it either vertically or horizontally, it makes no difference in terms of sound.
Speaking of limits, the JBL Flip 5 uses a 3000mAh rechargeable battery that should give you about 12 hours of playtime on a single charge. To recharge it, simply use the complimentary USB charger or any old micro USB to USB cable you’ve got lying around. Keep in mind you’ll need an adapter to use a standard wall outlet though.
We think one of the few shortcomings in this speaker is that it doesn’t float. It’s strange that JBL didn’t build this into the design, as larger JBL speakers like the Charge 4 actually does.
Another, this one minor, selling point, is the considerable variety of colors available, as many as six. It’s the small details that help set the JBL Flip 5 apart from the rest of the stock. Who doesn’t like the freedom to choose?
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that JBL is owned by Harman Kardon, known for its quality speakers and fantastic high-end audio products. It’s not hard to see their influence pop up everywhere in this portable speaker. The JBL Flip 5 gets our highest ranking. You can’t go wrong here.
JBL Flip 5 Water Submersion Test Video
2. AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
The speaker never fails to deliver a crisp, robust sound. Using advanced TWS technology, AOMAIS SPORT II allows you to pair two speakers together to create the ultimate surround sound experience. This 20-watt system produces rich and immersive sound quality that you can enjoy in the comfort of your home or even outdoors. AOMAIS SPORT II pushes past any limitations of true portability by providing a waterproof exterior of IPX7 and a high capacity battery made for hours of enjoyment.
AOMAIS prides themselves on providing the highest quality products and service. Their speakers are tailor-made with customer’s needs in mind and aimed for perfection. AOMAIS is driven by its core values of creating speakers that exceed current standards and strive for continuous improvements that go beyond expectations. Their goal is to become the mechanism that helps transform the way people listen to music everywhere they go.
Certified with an IPX7 waterproof rating, AOMAIS SPORT II is ready to go with you on any extreme water-related adventures. IPX7 enables this device to be fully functioning even if it is submerged in water up to one meter deep for 30 minutes. Rainfall or even accidental spills will no longer be a worrying factor when you take the AOMAIS SPORT II out to play. Custom made floating accessory included so you can have your music right by your side at the beach or when relaxing in the pool.
The speaker supports stereo pairing for added acoustic depth, so you can create an enveloping sound field. A superb quality surround sound experience can be made by simply pairing two of these speakers together. The saying that two will always be better than one proves as a fact with AOMAIS SPORT II.
AOMAIS SPORT II Water Submersion Test Video
3. Anker SoundCore Sport XL
Anker has never disappointed us with their portable speakers and nor did they with the Sport XL. The SoundCore Sport XL is a somewhat larger portable speaker with a sleek metal grill on the front and a hard-plastic cover that spreads across the rest of the speaker. With visible screws holding everything together, the speaker has a pretty cool industrial look.
At the bottom of the waterproof Bluetooth speaker, you can barely see the waterproof fabric that is responsible for keeping the drivers safe. The speaker is complete with rounded edges that give the speaker a smooth feel when you hold it in your hand. The mix of industrial ruggedness and sleek comfort is the perfect combination.
If you turn the speaker over, you will notice some squared off sections on the back of the SoundCore Sport XL. The passive bass radiator can be found in the middle section, which is great to watch when you are playing music. There is a discreet flap that houses the aux input, micro USB input, and USB output and ensures that the speaker is kept safe from water and dust.
The top of the speaker holds five buttons that are responsible for controlling the power, volume, pause/play, and Bluetooth pairing. The speaker also holds small indicator lights, one of which tells you when the speaker is in pairing mode. This makes it easy to know whether your pairing attempt was successful or not. The three remaining indicator lights will indicate the speakers’ battery level. You can also attach a strap to the speaker that allows you to hang it up or attach it to your backpack or bike.
Anker SoundCore Sport XL Water Submersion Test Video
The Best Primary Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers
The waterproof Bluetooth speakers in this group weigh in at above 4 lbs and are slightly larger than the speakers above. One of the benefits of a larger encasement is the ability to increase your speaker driver sizes, fit additional tweeters and subwoofers, and add a larger battery. So the trade-off on portability means you generally get a speaker with a better frequency range that you can listen to for longer before they need to be recharged.
They are still fully waterproof and more than portable enough to take to the beach of course, but they will serve you well as a primary speaker to enjoy your music on.
4. JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Much like its smaller and more economic counterpart, the JBL Flip 5, the JBL Charge 4 is an exercise in excellence. This third-gen speaker is packed within a durable, waterproof, and dustproof enclosure, with an IPX rating of 7.
Again, as with most JBL products, the sound emphasis is on the low end of the frequency response range, which should satisfy the bass-heads amongst us. Make no mistake though, the highs are clear and crisp as well making this a well-balanced speaker that is just fantastic to listen to.
The larger form factor also gives you a power output of 30W, which is an additional 10W over the JBL Flip 5.
The speaker allows you to connect up to three Bluetooth devices at once, and take turns playing tracks. Moreover, you can also connect multiple JBL speakers to make your own ecosystem. The built-in rechargeable battery should give you up to an impressive 20 hours of continuous playtime before needing to recharge it. For this purpose, the Charge 4 comes via any USB to micro USB cable you’ve got lying around.
With its three pounds of weight and modest footprint (4.9 x 5.9 x 10.8 inches), the speaker is ultra-portable. The buttons are as every bit as sturdy as the rest of the enclosure.
If you’re up for it, JBL offers a variety of 10 distinct color options to choose from.
JBL Charge 4 Water Submersion Test Video
5. FUGOO Sport XL
Portable Bluetooth speakers are great for lounging on the beach or next to the pool, but if you enjoy an active lifestyle and want to take your speaker with you then the FUGOO Sport XL is the one to get. While other Bluetooth speakers might be waterproof the Sport XL has an IP67 rating, which means it can go underwater for up to thirty minutes and a depth of up to 3’. Don’t worry about it sinking though as it will float so you can easily retrieve it does end up falling off your paddleboard.
The Sport XL features 8 symmetrically placed drivers to provide you with 360-degree audio. This is great for parties as everyone will always be in the audio sweet spot no matter where they move. Everything from the highs and midrange sounds great and the speaker can even deliver some nice lows. The result is rich audio that you will want to crank up loud.
The Sport XL is also a great choice if you love spending lots of time in the great outdoors as it offers up to 35 hours of battery life. This means you’ll never have to worry about the music ending before the outdoor party does. Best of all, the Sport XL requires less than four hours of charging time before it is ready for action again.
The Sport XL has a rugged but has a nice design. You’ll find the power and Bluetooth buttons on the side while all the other buttons are at the top. These include the usual skip controls, a play button that doubles as a pause button, and volume controls. The Sport XL also has a multifunction button, which can actually be used for interacting with the speech controls of your paired device, such as Siri or Google Now.
With its fantastic battery life, great sound quality, IP67 rating, and stylish design the Sport XL is a strong contender for the best waterproof Bluetooth speaker.
FUGOO Sport XL Water Submersion Test Video
The Best Ultra-Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers
The next group of speakers weigh in at under 1 lb. They can rightfully be referred to as the light-weights of the waterproof Bluetooth speaker world. However, there’s nothing light-weight about their built and sound quality, so we like o think of them as ultra-portable. These are the speakers you’re going to take backpacking with you. You can hook and hang them off your rucksack, or bicycle handlebars, and they won’t bog you down, and still provide you with your fix of beats on the road. If it wasn’t for the hours of great music, you’d barely notice they’re there.
6. Bose SoundLink Micro Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Bose has never failed to impress us with both their sound quality and design and when they released the SoundLink Micro, we were unsurprisingly impressed once again. This Bose speaker rightfully brags with an IPX7 rating that will ensure that your speaker is protected from water damage even when the speaker is completely submerged in water.
The Bose Sound Link Micro Bluetooth speaker delivers high quality, crisp, clear sound that will sound great even to the pickiest of ears. Proprietary Bose technology produces loud, clear sound – even when you are outdoors – thanks to the passive radiators and custom-mounted transducer. You will get all of this from a speaker that is perfectly at home in your hand.
As mentioned, the speaker is waterproof from the inside out, with a soft but rugged exterior, as well as a tear-resistant silicone strap. The Bose SoundLink Micro was designed to be taken with you on all your life’s adventures. You can simply attach it to your backpack or cooler without having to worry about dropping it or getting it wet.
With the SoundLink Micro waterproof Bluetooth speaker, you can enjoy up to six hours of playtime with a powerful rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Wirelessly pair your smartphone or tablet with the speaker via Bluetooth in order to stream music from your Smart device and make use of voice prompts. Press a button to take phone calls on loudspeaker directly through the speaker with crisp, clear Bose sound.
The built-in speakerphone gives you voice access to your phone’s Google Assistant or Siri – directly through the Bose speaker. The waterproof Bluetooth speaker also works with Echo Dot for hands-free voice control.
With loud volume capabilities and deep powerful sound, we cannot imagine why you would need more volume but just in case you do, you can use the free Bose Connect app to pair multiple compatible Bose Bluetooth speakers for Party Mode that allows you to play synced music through a multitude of speakers. You can also use Stereo Mode to separate right and left channels for a surround sound effect.
Bose SoundLink Micro Water Submersion Test Video
7. UE ROLL 2 Volcano Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The UE Roll 2 is a super-portable, mostly flat, rugged Bluetooth speaker. One of the many things that make it great is that it is so waterproof you can take it into the pool with its own adorable little floatie that can be found in the box. The sound quality of the UE Roll 2 is absolutely amazing for such a small speaker and so is the battery with a charge that holds between 5 and 9 hours.
This speaker is perfect for taking on outdoor trips and it easily fits into your backpack. The UE Roll 2 pairs easily with multiple devices and even has Android and iOS apps for creating alarms and checking the speaker’s battery.
The original UE Roll waterproof Bluetooth speaker was impressively loud, but the newer UE Roll 2 took it further by making this model 15% louder than the previous. The volume difference between the original model and its successor is definitely notable. Furthermore, at just over a half a pound, the UE Roll 2 is lighter than a can of soda, making it very portable and easy to carry around.
Technically speaking, UE ROLL 2 falls in a class of its own. Ultimate Ears have increased the wireless range of the speaker to 100 feet – this is over 50 percent more than the wireless range of the original UE ROLL. The rechargeable battery is quite powerful and will give you up to nine hours of non-stop beats.
Every ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker should have an incredibly stretchy, go-anywhere bungee. However, only UE ROLL 2 gives you this accessory. As a result, no speaker has the same ultra-versatility and unique portability. You can strap the waterproof Bluetooth speaker to your bike, your backpack, your board, or wherever else you feel like taking your music.
It is clear that the UE Roll 2 is an amazing speaker thanks to its many strong points, but I have to say the thing that excites me the most about it, is the mini floatie. You can chill in the pool on your own floatie while your waterproof Bluetooth speaker floats right next to you on its own custom mini floatie, blasting your favorite summer tracks – it is not only super cute but also really useful and convenient.
UE ROLL 2 Volcano Water Submersion Test Video
Think About This Before You Buy…
There are a few things you specifically need to think about when buying a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. The basic considerations for buying any speaker obviously still apply – look at the design, the sound quality, the warranty. But what are those features unique to waterproof speakers that you have to look out for? Here are a few:
How will You Use It?
When you set out to buy a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, you probably have something specific in mind. There’s likely to be something that prompted you to specifically look for a speaker that is water-resistant. Keep in mind what that was, and usually, that has something to do with how you plan to use the speaker. Are you the active outdoorsy type who often hikes in the rain, goes out one kayak, or go fishing and want to take your speaker with you? Or are you just a person who likes lounging around your pool (or in it!) with your beats, or throw the occasional poolside house party?
Regardless, you know what your needs are. If you look carefully through the speakers on our list above, you’re bound to find a top-rated waterproof Bluetooth speaker for any of these scenarios.
What is the IPX Waterproof Rating?
The IPX rating is critical as this tells you the level of “waterproofness” a speaker has. There’s a nice primer about IPX ratings at the top of this article and we deal with it in more detail here, so we’re not going to rehash it again. Suffice to say, pick a waterproof rating that will fit your needs. Speakers with higher IPX ratings are often a bit more expensive – after all, it costs money to waterproof a speaker – but not excessively so.
Does the Speaker Float?
The speakers on this list were not necessarily intended to provide music while floating in the water (We do have a nice article about floating pool speakers that will cover those off for you) but whether the speaker float or not when it falls in the water is an obvious characteristic that you need to research and decide how important that would be to you.
Why is this important? Well, again, it depends on how and where you plan to use your speaker.
If you’re going to be using it around the pool, then dropping it in the water and seeing it float like a lead balloon could be a non-issue. Simply dive it out. Everyone will have a laugh, you’ll wow some guests with your cool speaker and the party goes on.
If you’re going to be taking your speaker on a kayaking trip, then everything changes. If your speaker drops off your kayak for whatever reason and doesn’t stay afloat for you to easily retrieve, you may very well lose your entire investment. The water may be too murky, rough, or deep to retrieve a speaker that sunk.
Here’s a brief summary again of the speakers on our list showing you which ones float and which sink.
|JBL Flip 5||Sinks||✘|
|AOMAIS Sport II||Floats||✓|
|Anker SoundCore Sport XL||Sinks||✘|
|JBL Charge 4||Floats||✓|
|FUGOO Sport XL||Floats||✓|
|Bose SoundLink Micro||Sinks||✘|
|UE ROLL 2||Sinks (Floatie included)||✘|
JBL Flip 5
Incredible sound. Truly waterproof. The JBL Flip 5 is one of those rare products that deliver upon what is promised.