The 9 Best Speakers For Tailgating

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in January of 2019. For many, the tailgate party is more fun than the actual game, so it is important to let them rock out hard with some great speakers. All of the items on this list are built tough to withstand the harsh elements outdoor parties are often subjected to, as well as getting knocked over by drunken merrymakers. We've made sure to include models of various sizes and capabilities for any budget. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Altec Lansing Xpedition 850

2. Ecoxgear EcoTrek

3. Soundboks 3rd Generation

Editor's Notes

January 12, 2021:

In our mind, any speaker that is going to be used outdoors should be water resistant. The last thing you want to worry about if the skies open up and everyone is running for cover is also having to grab and lug a big speaker somewhere safe. Because of that we chose to eliminate a few previously recommended models', including the purpose-named Ion Audio Tailgater Plus. In addition to water resistance, we looked for rugged builds that can withstand a few bumps and bruises, which is something that every model here boasts. We also made sure to replace any outdated options with their newer iteration, such as the Soundboks 2, which was usurped by the Soundboks 3rd Generation. Generally speaking, we realize most people want big, booming speakers for tailgate parties, however some people may just be enjoying pre-gaming with their family and a few friends. For those individuals, we included the JBL Boombox, which is lighter and more compact than most of the other options we have recommended, and hence, easier to transport and store.

January 26, 2019:

When selection the best tailgating speakers we strived to find the best balance of a lot of different features. While sound quality always takes center stage when choosing speakers, we also felt it was important to consider things like durability, battery life, portability, and the ability to withstand constant exposure to the elements.

4. Ecoxgear EcoBoulder Max

5. JBL Boombox

6. Ion Pathfinder 4

7. Ion Audio Raptor

8. Monster Rockin' Roller 270

9. Tunes2Go KoolMax

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