The 10 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers

Updated November 09, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

10 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers
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We spent 44 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Don't let the music stop when you leave your living room. Whether you're practicing your synchronized swimming routine or just singing in the rain, these waterproof Bluetooth speakers are built to stand up to any splashes you may encounter. They pair quickly and easily with most mobile devices, like your phone or tablet, so you never have to interrupt your listening again. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best waterproof bluetooth speaker on Amazon.

10. Topmaxions Mini Wireless

The Topmaxions Mini Wireless charges to full capacity in less than three hours, yet provides an ample 12 hours of continuous high definition playback as long as you keep the volume level set to eighty percent or below. All that, plus it looks like a wheel.
  • built-in metal handle
  • fits in large pockets
  • not the most durable option
Brand Topmaxions
Model 6574171
Weight 13.3 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

9. Asiyun Shower

The Asiyun Shower has a clever mounting feature built right in: there is a suction cup attached to the back of the unit. It can be easily placed anywhere from your shower to the gunwales of a boat, or affixed to the window of your bedroom or office.
  • intuitive on-unit controls
  • comes with a handy carabiner
  • middling three-hour playback time
Brand asiyun
Model EL-3110
Weight 2.4 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

8. Photive M90

The Photive M90 is rugged and durable, and can handle more than a few rainstorms. It features a sturdy shell that can withstand bumps and drops, and has a built-in subwoofer and 20 watts of power to keep your music sounding rich and booming.
  • can be mounted to a stand or tripod
  • integrated rubberized carry handle
  • switching between devices is a pain
Brand Photive
Model PH-M90
Weight 4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. VicTsing 1

A steal for its price, the VicTsing 1 boasts up to 6 hours of playing time and a rugged detachable suction cup for when you want it to stay put. It also features a handy loop so you can attach it to your bag or backpack for tunes on the go.
  • impressively loud for its size
  • built-in speakerphone mic
  • battery life wanes over time
Brand VicTsing
Model 1
Weight 7.7 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Vava Voom 20

The sleek form-factor of the Vava Voom 20 makes it easy to slip into your bag. Whether you're headed on a camping trip, to the corner store, or to the pool, its splash-proof design with two onboard subwoofers will be sure to provide a rich sound.
  • usb port can charge your phone
  • can pair almost instantly via nfc
  • could be a bit louder
Brand VAVA
Model VA-SK002US
Weight 2.6 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. JBL Charge 3

While it may look small, the JBL Charge 3 is big on sound, featuring crystal clear high notes and impressive bass. Its IPX7 rating means it can be submerged in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes, and its built-in USB port can be used to charge your other mobile devices.
  • comes in a variety of colors
  • echo-canceling speakerphone
  • can be daisy-chained for more volume
Brand JBL
Weight 3.2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Anker SoundCore

With an impressive 24 hours of battery life, the Anker SoundCore may very well outlast the party. It's quite loud for its size, and its durable design means you can take it almost anywhere without worrying over whether it'll survive the trip.
  • can be used while charging
  • intuitive call handling features
  • up to 66 foot wireless range
Brand Anker
Model AK-A3105011
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. OontZ Angle 3 Ultra

The Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Ultra is of excellent quality yet is still highly affordable. The speaker's triangular shape allows it to sit stably on almost any surface, even vertically. It also fits in most cupholders as a makeshift car sound system.
  • up to 20 hours of battery life
  • impressive 100 foot wireless range
  • two units can be paired in stereo
Brand SoundWorks
Model OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA Bla
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Aomais Go Indoor/Outdoor

Prepare to party with the stereo quality of the Aomais Go Indoor/Outdoor, featuring 30 watts of power and enhanced bass. With a built-in handle and 30 hours of battery life, it's a perfect companion on trips both long and short.
  • fully charges in just three hours
  • floats in water
  • backed by a 12 month warranty
Model AS-F5-Black
Weight 4.7 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. UE Roll 2

Thanks to its unique flat and round design, the UE Roll 2 slips easily into a laptop bag or backpack and produces high quality, omnidirectional sound loud enough to satisfy a small party for hours. Its handy bungee cord keeps surface vibration low when the bass is pumping.
  • includes custom flotation device
  • mobile app offers eq control
  • supports multiple paired hosts
Brand Ultimate Ears
Model 984-000659
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

How Bluetooth Technology Came To Be

The ubiquitous Bluetooth technology is based on a frequency-hopping spread spectrum technique that was first developed in 1942. At that time, a patent was issued to Antheil George and Markey Hedy Kiesler for a secret communication system they envisioned would be used by the U.S. Navy. It was intended to be used for the radio control of remote crafts or torpedoes. Because the signals constantly jumped across multiple frequencies, they believed the enemy wouldn't be able to jam the communications.

The two were an unlikely pair of inventors for such technology. Antheil was a pianist and Hollywood composer while Kiesler was a well-known actress. The system they designed used 88 different carrier frequencies, which happens to be equal to the number of keys on a piano. It is believed the Navy passed on the technology because a piano was mentioned as part of the explanation and high-level military personnel believed that the communicating devices would have to be fitted with actual pianos. This is debatable, however.

It wasn't until 1994 that Bluetooth as we know it began to take form. At that time, the Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson introduced the idea of using a radio frequency-based communication system to replace the RS-232 cables that were currently being used.

Ericsson wasn't alone in the breakthrough, though. Both Nokia and Intel started to develop similar systems at the same time. Their focus was to wirelessly link computers and cell phones. In an unlikely move for the business sector, the three companies realized that the best course of action was to develop a standardized system that would allow products from different companies to communicate with each other rather than to develop their own proprietary systems. In December of 1996, representatives of the three companies met at an Ericsson plant in Lund, Sweden. There, they agreed to form a special interest group to handle the development of the standardized system.

The Bluetooth Special Interest group officially coalesced in 1998 and included Toshiba and IBM in addition to Intel, Ericsson, and Nokia. The first version of Bluetooth was launched just one year later, in 1999.

The name Bluetooth is an ode to the Danish King Harald Gormsson, who united the warring factions of Denmark. He was often referred to as King Blåtand, which is a Danish word that translates to blue tooth. He is said to have commonly snacked on blueberries, hence the nickname Blue Tooth. Ericsson first called the technology they were forming Bluetooth since they believed it would unite the computer and cellular companies with a single communications system. The Bluetooth logo is even formed of the ancient Germanic runes that formed his initials.

Understanding Waterproof And Water-Resistant Ratings

It is important to understand the waterproof and water-resistant ratings of electronics before using them in wet environments. Water-resistant means that water can get into a device when exposed to it certain conditions, while waterproof means that water should never be able to get into a device, though few consumer electronics are truly waterproof. Most consumers are likely familiar with the Ingress Protection rating system, though they may not know what the actual codes mean. IP ratings can be written in one- or two- digit formats. When written in a single-digit format, such as IPX-5, that number refers to water ingress. When written in a two-digit format, such as IP65, the first number refers to dust ingress resistance and the second number refers to water ingress resistance.

Only electronics with an IP rating of IPX-7 or higher can be submerged in water without damage. IPX-1 and IPX-2 mean that a device can be exposed to dripping water without damage, while IPX-3 and IPX-4 mean that a device can be exposed to sprays or splashes, respectively. IPX-5 and IPX-6 mean that a device can be exposed to low and high pressure water jets, respectively, without any harmful repercussions.

It is important to note, however, that IPX ratings above 6 are not cumulative. This means that a device rated at IPX-7 may be capable of being submerged without harmful repercussions, but if it were exposed to a high pressure jet of water, it could technically be problematic. That is why some devices may have two IPX ratings, such as IPX-5/IPX-8.

Finding The Right Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

It is important not to be fooled by marketing terminology when choosing a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. Some manufacturers may market speakers with a high water resistance rating as being waterproof. This is why it is vital to be armed with knowledge of the IP rating system. If one is familiar with what the ratings mean, they can double check the specifications to see if the device they are considering can truly be submerged in water or can only be exposed to splashes and the occasional spray.

If one only plans on using their waterproof speaker in the shower or at the beach, then picking a device with a high water resistance rating will be fine. On the other hand, if one plans on using their speaker while in the water, such as strapped to a paddleboard or inflatable float, it is important to choose a device that is capable of being fully submerged in the very real possibility that the device falls in. Another consideration should be whether the device floats. Many waterproof Bluetooth speakers will float if dropped in water. This can be very handy to ensure the device is not lost if accidentally dropped in an area with deep water.

Sound and size should also be considered when purchasing a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. Consumers must often make a trade-off between these two properties. Generally, the larger a speaker, the higher the volume it will be capable of and the better the sound quality. This is theoretical, however, and many companies are capable of making extremely compact speakers that sound better and get louder than many of their larger counterparts. JBL, UE, and Bose are examples of such companies. As can be expected, speakers from these manufacturers are often sold for a higher price than those from other companies.

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Last updated on November 09, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.

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