Waterproof Bluetooth speakers vary greatly in size, shape, available features, and price. We’ll help you choose the right one for your needs and budget.
Today’s waterproof wireless speakers have become smarter and more capable than ever. The top offerings will not only play your favorite tunes, but also charge your mobile devices and even deliver additional functionality when connected to a mobile app. The app-enabled features typically include the ability to pair multiple wireless speakers for a more immersive sound experience and the option to set up your favorite virtual assistant, among others. On most occasions you can also update the firmware of your speaker and potentially expand its capabilities.
We spent some significant time with today’s most popular waterproof wireless speakers. Below are our favorite picks in every price point.
1. Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 Waterproof Wireless Speaker
The recently launched MEGABOOM 3 by Ultimate Ears is our favorite waterproof speaker available today. It has a beautiful design and finish, great audio quality, top-notch battery life, and a host of neat features you can access via a smartphone app. They include the ability to access your favorite Apple Music playlists with a single touch, as well as the option to connect over 150 MEGABOOM speakers for a bigger sound experience.
The speaker is fully waterproof with an IP67 rating, which means you can fully submerge it underwater. We also like that Ultimate Ears designed the MEGABOOM 3 to float in water, making it perfect for pool parties.
There are three colors to pick from — black, blue, and red. In case you find the MEGABOOM 3 too big, consider the smaller BOOM 3 speaker instead. It has a similar design, but a more compact body.
More: Our Favorite Waterproof Gadgets
2. Soundcore Flare Waterproof Speaker
Best Budget Buy
The fabric-covered, waterproof Soundcore Flare speaker by Anker has great design, intuitive controls, and excellent audio quality. With customizable LED lights, the Soundcore Flare is also incredibly interactive for its price point.
With a pair of high-quality audio drivers and a duo of passive bass radiators on board, the Soundcore Flare speaker sounds a lot better than its price tag suggests. Users can tweak the device’s audio settings via a mobile app. There’s also the option to pair two speakers for a full stereo experience.
Testers from PC Magazine and TechRadar also liked the sleek design and superb excellent audio quality of the Soundcore Flare speaker. They also liked its built-in LED lights and the mobile app that controls them.
3.Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Available in black or silver, the SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth speaker by Bose is IPX4 water-resistant, and it’s also incredibly stylish (look at its awesome handle!).
The gadget can deliver 360-degree sound with excellent quality for up to a rather amazing 16 hours on a single charge. There’s also the option to connect multiple speakers via a sleek Bose app.
Reviewers from CNET, PC Magazine, and TechRadar praised the SoundLink for its clever design, excellent audio quality, and top-notch battery life. However, they also noted that the optional charging dock will cost you extra on top of the already pricey speaker.
4. Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Best Compact Speaker
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more adorable-looking waterproof speaker than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM. Available in a multitude of color combinations, the compact speaker sounds great, too. It blasts 360-degree sound with excellent quality, courtesy of two active audio drivers and two passive radiators for deep lows.
In case one WONDERBOOM isn’t enough, you can pair it for an even bigger sonic experience. The gadget can deliver up to 10 hours of wireless tunes on a battery charge.
Testers from CNET and TechRadar loved the compact and waterproof design of the WONDERBOOM speaker. They also gave it props for its great audio quality, but noted that you can’t use it as a loudspeaker for phone calls.
More: Our Review of the Bose SoundLink Revolve Speakers
The Sony SRS-XB41 is handily the most entertaining waterproof speaker you can buy. In addition to delivering great sound, the gadget will also entertain you with built-in lights that are customizable via an app. They include a multicolor line light and speaker lights, as well as a flashing strobe.
In case the lights aren’t enough, the speaker is also capable of transforming into a customizable percussion instrument. You can control the volume by changing the force of your taps.
With a duo of 58-millimeter audio drivers on board, the SRS-XB41 delivers an outstanding audio experience. You can choose between an Extra Bass mode or a Live Sound audio profile. There’s an option to pair multiple speakers for a big audio experience.
The speaker can be fully submerged in water. It has up to 24 hours of battery life, as well as the ability to charge your gadgets.
The Link 20 has Wi-Fi connectivity with Chromecast and multiroom audio support, plus Bluetooth 4.2 in case you want to rock out away from home. The battery life of the speaker is up to 10 hours.
The speaker has an IPX5 rating for water resistance. This means that it can survive rain, splashes, and direct exposure to running water. However, the XB10 can’t be fully submerged.
In case you need more decibels in your life, there’s also the option to pair two XB10 speakers for even more immersive stereo sound. There are multiple colors to pick from.
PC Magazinereviewed the Sony XB10 speaker, too, and they praised its great audio performance. The reviewer also liked the option to pair the small speaker with another unit for a bigger sound.
Stellar audio quality and up to 12 hours of battery life make the palm-sized gadget a great pick for buyers on a tight budget. The speaker has a built-in carabiner, so you can easily attach it to a backpack while out and about.
Source: 8 BEST WATERPROOF SPEAKERS THAT DON’T SLACK ON SOUND
Oliver (SEO Warlork) was born and raised in Sharjah and studying in American University of Sharjah to earn Software engineering degree. He wrote for local and International magazines in past. He loves to read Books and Technologies related Articles.
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