The 10 Best Bluetooth Speakers For Ceilings
This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in February of 2019. The main purpose of Bluetooth is to eliminate messy cables, and few wires are more troublesome than those you have to run through walls and ceilings to get audio in every room. Luckily, there's a good range of speakers available with built-in wireless controllers, and some of them even come with extra features like LED lamps, ventilation fans, and the ability to connect to smart speakers. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
October 20, 2020:
Pyle has a number of great options with different sizes and specifications. However, for the sake of variety, we removed two of their models from the list and replaced them with offerings from different brands that offer unique features. We added the Herdio Universal, which is designed to function in humid conditions ranging from bathrooms to kitchens to covered patios. It isn't completely waterproof, but as long as it's kept protected from the elements, it's a good choice for outdoor use. Also new to the list is the Sengled Solo, a smart bulb with built-in dual-channel speakers. While this isn't an independent fixture like the other options on the list, it's a good choice for a household that already has an overhead light fixture with standard sockets (like a ceiling fan, hanging lamp, or chandelier). Note that multiple units cannot be connected for increased volume or stereo; they can only be used one at a time.
Some models are easier to install than others. The Lithonia 6SL should be simple enough to plug in if you already have recessed lighting, while the Broan SPK110 will be difficult to install without the proper expertise. As with any electrical work, you should be extremely cautious, as working with wiring is inherently risky. If you have any doubts, consult a professional.
March 11, 2019:
In-ceiling speakers seem pretty fancy, but you don't necessarily have to hire a contractor or engage in a full remodel of your living room to get them. Thanks to Bluetooth wireless connectivity, it's relatively easy to listen to tunes from a range of sources, without having to run audio cables through the bowels of your home. Pyle makes a large handful of the most reliable pre-configured Bluetooth speakers on the market; you just have to choose how loud you want them to be, and how much space you have in the walls for them. One of their pairs also comes with LED lights built in; these are especially handy for kitchens and bathrooms. For that matter, if you need a light as much as you need some tunes, the little-known Horevo is a great choice. It's easily controlled via a smartphone app, and has a huge selection of colors and brightness, in addition to its wireless music capabilities. The Lithonia serves a similar purpose, although its white light is a little brighter, and it doesn't have any colored modes. Also, if you go with that one, make sure to set it up properly and remove any protective films or tabs, as some users forget this step, which leads them to be unsatisfied with the product. The Lithe Audio model may have the best overall sound, and has a relatively solid bass response for such a small speaker, but it is considerably more expensive than the rest. It does have related models, such as a mated slave, and a splash-resistant version, which you may want to investigate if you're looking for stereo sound, or a bathroom installation. For that matter, if you're looking for music while you're in the tub, the Delta and the Broan are both good choices. The former is an all-around good choice, and not too tough to put in, while the latter is big and weighs a lot, and is much more suitable for full-on remodels or new constructions, rather than aftermarket installation.