(Pocket-lint) - A top waterproof speaker allows you to take your tunes near the pool, in the shower or on expeditions in the great outdoors - all while the device remains free from damage.
While all speakers offer some level of Ingress Protection, the dedicated water-resistant and weatherproof options we'll be detailing below are the only speakers to consider if you desire true durability.
These are the absolute best bet for those who plan to use their speaker around water, since they can handle everything from splashes to complete submersion.
Still, even if they all possess the power to withstand water damage, not all are created equally.
Some are designed to act as clip-on devices for bags or shower caddies, while others are pill-shaped units that can easily rest on tables or the floor. For more information on what to consider before you buy, check out the section below our picks.
Without further ado, though, let's dive in and detail some of the top waterproof speakers.
What are the best waterproof speakers? The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 is currently our top recommendation. However, the JBL Clip 4, Bose SoundLink Micro, Anker Soundcore 2 and iFox iF012 are also worth considering.
Our Top Pick: Best Waterproof Speaker
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2
- Great design and loads of colours
- Impressive sound
- Super durable
- A little expensive
Ultimate Ears offers a host of really rugged and durable speakers, but it's the smallest of its lineup that will work best for most people. The Wonderboom 2 doesn't mind being submerged in water, and still manages an impressively full sound profile.
You'll find its volumes can get pretty loud, and it's really easy to pair (both to a phone, as well as stereo pair with a second Wonderboom 2) and it even has a sound mode specifically designed for outdoor use, which can be accessed on the base of the speaker.
There are certainly other speakers we've tested on this list that excel past it in individual areas, but the Wonderboom 2 is an excellent blend of design, sound, water-resistance and asking price.
Waterproof speakers we also recommend
Here are four other excellent options for a waterproof speaker.
JBL Clip 4
- Handy clip
- Solid sound
- Good battery life and features
- Distinctive looks
If you need a carabiner-like design that you can take anywhere, JBL's Clip range is one to consider.
The IPX67 waterproof rating of the Clip 4 means the device can survive water submersion of up to 3ft for 30 minutes, while the 10 hours of playtime ensures you'll get plenty of on-the-go tunes, come rain or shine.
It's not the newest device in the Clip range, but it's both affordable and beautifully designed, with the built-in clip, manual control and colour varieties all great touches.
Bose SoundLink Micro
- Tiny size
- Useful strap
- Solid sound
- A little ugly
Bose's pedigree is well-known and well deserved within the audio space, and that extends to its more portable gadgets.
The SoundLink Micro is a little long in the tooth nowadays, but it punches above its weight in the sound department and has an excellent design that's easy to transport.
With the IPX7 rating, it's able to handle 3ft of water submersion for up to 30 minutes, and the design - aside from being easy to hook onto things - is surprisingly rugged.
There's also six hours of runtime on the battery, while two SoundLink Micro speakers can be paired together for left-right stereo sound.
Anker Soundcore 2
- Good build quality
- Nice sound
- Big controls
- Not much to look at
Anker built its name by providing excellent devices at an entry-level price, and the water-resistant Soundcore 2 is no different.
With a 12W speaker, enhanced bass drivers and a digital signal processor packed inside the 6.5-inch rectangular design, it's able to deliver some excellent, punchy sound - especially considering its size.
And with IPX7 protection, it can also handle basic water submersion, as well as splashes, dust and rain. If that's not enough, the 24 hours of battery life is enough to make it an elite pick.
iFox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker
- Easy controls
- Really small
- Easy to clip on
- Again quite ugly
If you're looking to sing in the shower without a hint of irony, you may as well get a speaker to help you listen along in time. With iFox's tiny dedicated option, you can do just that.
With an IP67 rating, it's able to withstand splashes and even submersion in water up to 3ft. Weighing just under 200g and measuring 6cm, too, it's great for clipping onto your shower caddy or sticking to the wall and blaring out sound through the 5W speaker.
You'll also get plenty of mileage per charge, with the Bluetooth device able to deliver around 10 hours of battery life.
Other devices we considered
When trying to figure out what we believe are the best waterproof speakers currently available, we spent hours testing and researching. We consider a number of factors when it comes to recommending these speakers - and apply the same criteria when a new device is being considered for inclusion. It's not all judged on our testing, either - we also try to factor in consumer reviews, brand quality and value.
In all of our roundups, there are also many products we test that don't make the final cut. Since they may be the right fit for some people, however, we've listed them below.
How to choose a waterproof speaker
There are plenty of speakers out there that make a point about being waterproof. Here are some questions to help narrow things down.
What will you be using your speaker for?
Having a waterproof speaker is a nice bit of peace of mind when it comes to outdoor usage, but it's still worth having a think about why you want it waterproofed. Do you often go camping and worry about the damp? Is it for pumping out tunes by a pool? Or for going to the beach?
Knowing your aims will help to establish just how much waterproofing you need, and will help you figure out what type of speaker is best for your requirements.
What size works for you?
One of the variables that you'll be toying with will come down to size, after all. The size of a speaker tends to correspond fairly neatly to how powerful it is, but there's also a more practical side to that decision, and taking note of your options' measurements could be a good idea. After all, you don't want to buy a speaker and then discover when it arrives that it's way bigger than you imagined (although most of the options we've selected are pretty small).
Do you need a clip?
Some of the speakers we've selected share a slightly interesting design feature, in the form of a clip or strap to make it super easy to attach to things. This is great for use in the shower or when you don't have a simple surface to sit it on, but it might not be for everyone.
Have a think about whether this is something you'd get use out of, and also whether the impact on the speakers' aesthetics matter to you, before you commit to choosing one.
What's your budget?
Of course, another huge factor for any tech purchasing decision revolves around money - figuring out your budget and sticking to it is a vital tactic if you want to avoid paying more than you need to. While none of the speakers we've presented here has a truly premium asking price attached, those who want a more affordable option should have this in mind before being swayed by small upgrades that they won't necessarily get the most out of.
More about this story
Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.
That means we've listened to these speakers for an extended amount of time, under a range of circumstances, to ascertain how their sound quality holds up both when listening carefully and with background noise in place. Of course, their waterproofing is also tested to make sure that they hold up to everyday use in the rain and wet.
On top of those practical questions are those of cost and style, with the price tags and the speakers' looks being important in helping us to determine whether they'll make our list, and how high up.
As with any roundup, it's not possible to deliver a list that works for every type of user, but we lean on the experiences and opinions of the wider Pocket-lint team - as well as thoroughly assessing the areas above - in order to do our best in this regard.
What we always tend to avoid when compiling these picks are needless spec comparisons and marketing lines; we just want to provide an easy to understand summary that gives you an idea of what each speaker is like to use. Our verdicts are concise, but this is purely in the interest of brevity.