The 6 Best Shower Radios
6. Pyle PSR71 Mini
- extremely lightweight design
- batteries are easy to replace
- doesn't pick up many am stations
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
5. SoundBot SB515FM
- includes metal-finished hanger
- radio is scratch-proof
- power switch is rather small
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
4. iFox iF013
- submersible in up to 3 feet of water
- 33-foot wireless range
- hands-free calling function
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
3. Sangean H202
- equipped with an led flashlight
- also capable of floating
- extremely durable construction
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
2. Abcotech ABC2029
- bluetooth capabilities
- battery lasts for 15 hours
- has a built-in microphone
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
1. Sony ICF-S80
- 100-hour battery life
- 5 preset buttons
- lightweight and easy to transport
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
Ideas Set To Music
I don't know about you, but my best ideas come to me when I'm in the shower. There's something about the privacy and serenity of that space that facilitates thinking like little else on earth. Maybe it's because I don't have any clothes on.
Whatever the exact cause, having the right music playing in there with me does nothing but elevate the quality of those ideas and my ability to remember them. Any time a song comes on that was playing when an idea struck, I am reminded of the figurative light bulb that switched on in my head.
It's possible that you don't care too much for critical thinking in the shower, though, that you just want to take that time by yourself to relax or to wake yourself up in preparation for the busy day ahead. Those are equally important uses of the space and they are equally bolstered by the proper music.
If you're looking to unwind, you can fire up your favorite classical radio station or connect your devices via Bluetooth for a more controlled experience. On the other hand, if you want to get pumped up, you can tune into a wild dance station or pop on your favorite Daft Punk record. Since manufacturers build these radios to hang pretty much anywhere in your shower, you can get that speaker right up to your face and belt out the lyrics where no one can hear you.
Make sure you stock up on batteries, though. There's nothing worse than getting halfway through a shower only to have your radio conk out on you while you're covered in soap.
Features To Divide The Waters
At first, you might not think that your choice of radio shower is all that important. It's true that a lot of them look pretty similar at first glance, and it's a real possibility that getting to know the ins and outs of a product can activate the risk of perpetual dissatisfaction, no matter what you take home.
One could argue, however, that there are enough meaningful differences among these radios that you can find the one best-suited for your shower with minimal effort and fantastic results.
Take, for example, the radios with anti-fog mirrors built in. Here's a very distinct feature that's only available to you on a couple of the radios we've listed. If you don't need to shave your face in the shower, you probably don't need that mirror and you can get yourself a much smaller unit without sacrificing any other great features. If you do shave in the shower, or if you're a manic narcissist who needs to look at yourself as often as possible, then you know the mirror models are right for you.
Then, of course, there's Bluetooth connectivity, which is a phenomenal feature to have if you're going to use it. But perhaps you want to listen to NPR in the shower every morning so you can start your day more informed than your neighbors at work. It sounds like you might not need to connect your smartphone to your shower, which can save you a little money. That said, if the prices aren't too dissimilar, I'd recommend grabbing a shower radio with Bluetooth, just in case you ever desperately need it.
Radio, It's Cleaning Up The Nation
The history of the radio itself is long, storied, and the developments in both science and technology leading to its advent reach back hundreds of years. The first transmission of sound over the airwaves took place in the late 1800's, and by 1894, the first wireless telegraphy machine came to market.
Fast forward nearly one hundred years and you will have witnessed the introduction of the radio into households across America, through F.D.R.'s fireside chats, observed the revolution of the television into the digital age, and you come upon the first shower radio.
It's hard to believe that radio transmission existed for a solid century before being waterproofed for the consumer and installed in the shower, but it wasn't until 1985 that Salton Inc. picked up a patent by an inventor named Andrew Mark and developed the first mass-produced shower radio. It had the unfortunate sultry name Wet Tunes, which I assume meant that it was only sold in adult video stores.
More recently, these units have incorporated anti-fog mirrors, CD players (now defunct), Bluetooth connectivity to your mobile devices, and even a little mood lighting should you have some company joining you for a clean-up.
Ideally, the showers of the future will have decent sound systems built into their bathrooms, with Bluetooth technology that can be upgraded through the years. It would be a fairly simple installation process and it's nowhere near as expensive as it once was to realize.
In the meantime, these portable shower radios will serve your needs under the steady stream of water, and you can take them out into the world with you if you ever need to rock out in the rain.