Today’s waterproof speakers have become smarter, more durable, and more entertaining than ever The top offerings will not only play your favorite tunes, but also charge your mobile devices, and even deliver access to your favorite virtual assistant, among many other things. Best of all, you can find a great option no matter your budget.
A team of BestProducts.com editors spent 3 weeks researching and testing picks from the most popular brands in order to find the best waterproof speaker out there.
Ready to find the ultimate waterproof bluetooth speaker? Learn more about our favorite picks at every price point.
1. Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
The MEGABOOM 3 by Ultimate Ears ticks all the boxes of what you’d want from a waterproof speaker.
It has an eye-catching design, a tough build, an excellent rating for water resistance, fantastic audio quality, top-notch battery life (up to 20 hours between charges), a sweet 2-year warranty, and a host of additional features you can access via a smartphone app.
Our senior home decor editor Melanie Yates liked the design and the fabric finish of the MEGABOOM 3. “The fabric casing allows it to blend in with its surroundings and it doesn’t automatically read as tech gadget,” she said. But she did note that the fabric is difficult to clean if it catches dirt or debris.
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2. JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
The JBL Charge 4 is an excellent waterproof Bluetooth speaker with a cool and durable design, a powerful sound, intuitive controls, excellent battery life, and the handy ability to charge your gadgets if necessary.
It packs a proprietary JBL audio driver, flanked by a duo of bass radiators for enhanced low range. The memorable sonic experience is headlined by a thunderous bass, which is perfect for outdoor entertainment.
Our senior food & drink editor Danielle St. Pierre spent a couple of weeks with the JBL Charge 4 and liked it quite a bit. “I look forward to bringing this speaker to the pool or beach with me this summer,” she said. “I love how lightweight, minimalistic, and easy to use it is.”
3. Soundcore Flare 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
The fabric-covered Soundcore Flare 2 speaker by Anker belies its price tag. It has a great design, intuitive controls, IPX7 rating for water resistance (it can survive a submersion under water), and excellent audio quality. It is our favorite option for budget-conscious buyers.
With a pair of high-quality audio drivers and a duo of passive bass radiators on board, the Flare 2 sounds a lot better than its price tag suggests.
We love how interactive this speaker is, thanks to customizable LED lights. Users can tweak the device’s sound and lighting effects via a mobile app. There’s also the option to connect more than 100 speakers for a bigger sound.
4. JBL Pulse 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
The JBL Pulse 4 is hands-down the most entertaining speaker on this list. In addition to being capable of blasting the brand’s signature sound, it can also deliver a 360-degree LED light show. It makes the speaker look unlike any other rival in its price range and beyond.
Our art production manager Bridget Clegg was also taken with the unique design of the JBL Pulse 4. “The coordinated and customized lights add a joyful element that you didn’t know you were missing in a speaker,” she said. “It’s exciting to be able to choose the color and brightness to match the mood of your space or party.”
5. Bose SoundLink Micro Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
The SoundLink Micro waterproof speaker by Bose is the best ultra-compact option worth your attention. The palm-sized gadget has a cool and versatile design, headlined by a handy strap that will allow you to attach it to a bag, a backpack, or a bicycle, among many other things.
Our associate editor Zarah Kavarana tested the SoundLink Micro and was impressed by how compact it is: “I appreciate the speaker’s small size and lightweight construction for practical portability when toting it to the park or beach, along with a slew of other heavy essentials.”