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4 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers - 58 Tested - Spring 2022

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If you want to play audio at the pool, outdoors, or are looking for the best beach Bluetooth speaker, you'll most likely want a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. Many speakers have an IP rating: scores for dust and water resistance tested by independent and accredited third parties. When looking for a waterproof speaker, an IP rating of IPX4-IPX7 is ideal, but it ultimately depends on your needs. A speaker with an IPX4 rating can tolerate splashes of water. In contrast, speakers with an IPX7 rating can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes at a time. An IP rating is the most surefire way to know how a speaker handles water.

We've tested over 85 speakers, and below you'll find our picks for the best waterproof speakers. If you're looking for more speakers, check out our recommendations for the best shower speakers, the best outdoor speakers, the best speaker brands, and the best cheap speakers.


  1. Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    The best waterproof speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. This portable speaker is well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. The manufacturer also advertises this sturdy speaker to be floatable, so you don't have to worry about accidentally dropping it in the pool. With its 'Standard' preset, it has a boomy sound profile with a balanced mid-range, meaning vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though they can sound a bit dark at times. Fortunately, there's a graphic EQ and presets in its companion app to tweak its sound.

    However, like most speakers its size, it lacks low bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM. For a waterproof speaker that can produce a deeper low bass, consider the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. That said, it's larger and heavier than MEGABOOM 3, making it less portable.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is the best budget waterproof Bluetooth speaker that we've tested. It's well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It's even advertised to float in water, making it great to bring with you to the pool or to use in the shower. Its default sound profile is fairly well-balanced, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content, and there's an 'Outdoor Mode' preset advertised to help boost its bass. However, like most small speakers, it lacks a thumpy low bass, and there aren't any sound customization features like a graphic EQ to tweak its sound to your liking. It has fantastic directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, resulting in a wide and open-sounding soundstage.

    You might want to check out the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 if you like having more control over your speaker's sound. It comes with a graphic EQ and presets to customize its sound profile. However, it isn't as well-built as the Ultimate Ears, doesn't get as loud, and its battery doesn't last as long.

    See our review

  3. Best Smart Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    The Sonos Move is the best smart waterproof Bluetooth speaker we've tested. This well-built Bluetooth speaker is rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified for protection against direct contact with water for up to three minutes and dust for around two to eight hours. It offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and can understand you from far and in noisier settings. With its room correction feature enabled, it has a neutral sound profile suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. You can also customize its sound to your liking using the bass and treble sliders featured in its companion app. That said, it lacks a thumpy and rumbling low bass.

    While it's on the larger side, this smart, battery-powered speaker comes with a built-in handle, so you can easily take it outdoors with you to your poolside. However, if you're looking for a smaller portable waterproof speaker you can easily throw in your backpack on the go, you might want to look at the Sonos Roam. The Roam doesn't get as loud as the Move and doesn't produce as deep a bass. Its battery also doesn't last as long.

    See our review

  4. Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker For Parties

    The JBL PartyBox 310 is the best waterproof party speaker we've tested. It comes with an IPX4 rating for water resistance that certifies it to withstand small splashes of water, so you can use it at your next pool party without needing to worry about it getting a bit wet. With its Bass Boost feature set to its first level, it has a boomy sound profile suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. It can get loud enough to fill large crowded spaces and can produce quite an extended low bass, meaning you can feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. It also comes with customizable RGB lights as well as mic and guitar inputs which is great for karaoke-lovers.

    However, while the PartyBox 310 comes with a built-in telescopic handle and wheels to help transport it, it's still fairly bulky and large. It also lacks sound customization features like a graphic EQ, so you can't tweak its sound to your liking. If you're looking for a smaller and more customizable speaker, check out the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM or the Sony SRS-XG500.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony SRS-XB33: The Sony SRS-XB33 is a portable speaker with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. It has an excellent build quality, but it doesn't have as open and spacious a soundstage as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. See our review
  • Sony SRS-XB13: The Sony SRS-XB13 is a small, well-built portable speaker with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. It has to downmix stereo content to mono to play it, which isn't as immersive. See our review
  • Bose Portable Smart Speaker: The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is a versatile speaker with an IPX4 rating for water resistance that has built-in Alexa and Google Assistant capabilities. Unfortunately, it isn't as well-built as the Sonos Move, and its battery life isn't as long. See our review
  • JBL Boombox 2: The JBL Boombox 2 is a mid-sized speaker with an IPX7 rating for water resistance that offers a pretty balanced sound profile, but it doesn't have any sound customization features. It also doesn't produce a bass as deep as the JBL PartyBox 310. See our review
  • Bose SoundLink Revolve II: The Bose SoundLink Revolve II is a versatile, portable Bluetooth speaker with a sleek design rated IP55 for dust and water resistance. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and it struggles to reproduce low bass. See our review
  • Ultimate Ears BOOM 3: The Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 is a portable Bluetooth speaker with an IPX7 rating for dust and water resistance that offers a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization. The manufacturer says it can float in water, too. However, its sound profile isn't as balanced as the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, and its battery life doesn't last as long. See our review
  • Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2: The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 is a small, portable Bluetooth speaker with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. It has outstanding voice assistant support and comes with a carrying strap to help with transporting it. Unfortunately, it has poor battery performance, though this can vary depending on your usage. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Motion+: The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a portable Bluetooth speaker with an IPX7 rating for water resistance. Its sound is customizable, thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured on its companion app. Unfortunately, its price is no longer within our $100 price point for budget speakers. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 24, 2022: Restructured the article to better align with user needs and expectations. Recategorized the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 as 'Best Budget Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker', and the Sonos Move as 'Best Smart Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker'. Added the JBL PartyBox 310 as the 'Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker For Parties'. Text was updated for consistency.

  2. Mar 21, 2022: Updated text for clarity; no changes to product picks.

  3. Jan 20, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  4. Dec 21, 2021: Made the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 the 'Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker', and made the Bose SoundLink Flex the 'Best Small Versatile Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker'. Moved the Bose SoundLink Revolve to the Notable Mentions.

  5. Nov 02, 2021: Replaced the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST with the Bose SoundLink Revolve II, since the MEGABLAST is currently difficult to find in stock.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best speakers that are waterproof for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price (cheaper speakers win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no speakers that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for Bluetooth speakers, filtered by water resistance (IPX4 and above). Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect speakers. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

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