The best waterproof speakers for 2024: the top outdoor speakers for any budget

You need one of the best waterproof speakers if you like listening to music outdoors because nobody wants your speaker to be ruined by a sudden storm or an accidental drop in a pool or puddle. 

We've reviewed hundreds of speakers over the years, which means we know what to look for when it comes to audio quality, robust design and, of course, best-in-class waterproofing. 

Each one of the best waterproof speakers, like the options in our best Bluetooth speakers guide, has been thoroughly tested by the TechRadar team, which includes comparing each model against class-leaders at the level.

If portability and waterproofing aren't your top priorities and you need excellent sound that never leaves your living room, take a look at our best party speakers guide or best wireless speakers roundup. Prefer a more intimate device to soundtrack your swims? Take a look at our best bone conduction headphones and our best waterproof headphones roundups. Otherwise, read on for our selection of the best waterproof speakers you can buy today.

Written by
Becky Scarrott
Written by
Becky Scarrott

Becky is a senior TechRadar writer (which she has been assured refers to expertise rather than age) focusing on all things audio. Before joining the team in early 2022, she spent three years at What Hi-Fi? reviewing everything from wallet-friendly wireless earbuds to huge high-end sound systems. 

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The best waterproof speakers of 2024

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Below you'll find full write-ups for each of the best waterproof speakers in our list. We've tested each one extensively, so you can be sure that our recommendations can be trusted.

The best waterproof speaker overall

The best waterproof speaker overall

Specifications

Weight: 14.8oz/420g
Battery life: 14 hours
Wireless range: 131feet
Drivers: 2x 40mm active drivers, 2x 46.1mm x 65.2mm passive radiators
USB charging: Yes (micro)
Waterproof rating: IP67

Reasons to buy

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Compact and lightweight
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Long-lasting battery

Reasons to avoid

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MicroUSB charging
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Struggles at higher volumes

Ultimate Ears didn't make that many upgrades to the Wonderboom 3 compared to its predecessor but sometimes if it ain't broke, why fix it? The second-generation Ultimate Ears Wonderboom was at the top of our best waterproof speaker list long (long) after its 2019 debut but since it has been discontinued, we've since replaced it for this third-generation, which is just as rugged, loud and feature-rich.

Although the UE Wonderboom 3 looks nearly identical to its original mould (released in 2013) and the second-generation model, Ultimate Ears has added some small upgrades (albeit not many) to the Wonderboom 3, including increased battery life from 13 hours to 14 hours and an increased Bluetooth range from 100 to 131 feet. It can also still be paired with other UE Wonderboom speakers in either mono or stereo mode to amplify sound. 

It's only a small update, but with the Wonderboom 2 now discontinued, naturally this replaces it as the best waterproof speaker to suit most peoples' needs. There are few small niggles, including a micro USB charging port instead of USB-C and a lack of 3.5mm aux-in, but putting those aside the Wonderboom 3 is still fantastic value for money if you're looking for tunes on the go.  

Read our full Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 review

The best budget waterproof speaker

The best for portability and battery life

Specifications

Weight: 0.69 pounds
Battery life: 12 hours
Wireless range: 100+ feet
Frequency response: 70Hz-20kHz
Drivers: 48mm
NFC: Yes
Aux-in: No
USB charging: Yes, USB-C
Waterproof rating: IP67

Reasons to buy

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Great sound quality for the size
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Incredible value

Reasons to avoid

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No 3.5mm line-in for wired listening
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Can't chain with older models

Haven't heard of Tribit before? You're not alone. The Chinese audio specialist doesn't have the big-brand clout of heavy-hitters such as JBL, Sony and Bose in the best Bluetooth speaker realm. However, its latest speaker, the Stormbox Micro 2, is not only an improvement on the original Stormbox Micro, but is an extremely portable speaker that's excellent value for money at only $60 / £60 (around AU$86) with features you'd never expect at this price and a beefy, crisp sound that will bring even more fun to your picnic, hike or campfire.

The Micro 2 is about the size of a stack of drinks coasters, and it has a handy strap on the underside so you can attach it to a bag strap or your bike's handlebars. It weighs 315g and has an IP67 dust- and waterproof rating, making it perfect for taking to the beach, pool or anywhere else. It has 12 hours of battery life at moderate volume, which we found accurate during testing. This is great considering you'll only get five from similarly-sized options such as the JBL Go 3.

You can also pair two Stormbox Micro 2 speakers together to get either 'Party' (read: mono) sound or create a stereo pair. Although it's a little disappointing to see you must have two Micro 2s to pair them up at all, so you can't daisy-chain other original Stormbox Micros as you can with JBL's PartyBoost tech or the UE WonderBoom 2 and original Wonderboom. But that's a relatively small gripe at this level. 

Read our full Tribit Stormbox Micro 2 review

The best mid-range waterproof speaker

Great-for-the-price speakers with a well-balanced, bassy sound

Specifications

Weight: 1.2 pounds
Battery life: 12 hours
Wireless range: Not listed
Frequency response: 63Hz - 20kHz
Drivers: 16mm dome tweeter, 45x80mm bass driver and 2x passive radiators
NFC: No
Aux-in: No
USB charging: No
Waterproof rating: IP67

Reasons to buy

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Well-balanced, bassy sound
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Simple to use

Reasons to avoid

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No charging port for your phone
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No voice assistant

The JBL Flip 6 is a prime example of a Bluetooth speaker that sticks to the basics, and gets it right. This rugged portable speaker is super simple to use, sounds good, and can be paired with up to 100 other JBL speakers at once to create a huge wall of sound. 

You won't find extra features like voice assistants or Wi-Fi connectivity, but the Flip 6 sounds so good that you won't miss them. We found that its warm, well-balanced audio performance is far more powerful than you might expect from a speaker of this size, and while we felt that trebles can sound a little harsh at higher volumes, you're getting plenty of clarity and detail.

A 12-hour battery life and IP67 water and dustproofing makes this an ideal speaker to take to the pool or beach, and it's available in an array of eye-catching colors. It's a shame it doesn't have a port to charge your phone, like larger JBL Charge speakers do, but that's not a big deal. 

Like the JBL Flip 5 before it, the Flip 6 is an ideal speaker for anyone who wants to simply play their music, crank it up loud, sit back and enjoy – whether you're listening at home or on the go. 

Read the full JBL Flip 6 review

The best waterproof speaker for multi-room connectivity

The best premium waterproof speaker with lots of bass

Specifications

Weight: 0.95 pounds
Battery life: 10 hours
Wireless range: 100+ feet
Frequency response: N/A
Drivers: One tweeter, one mid-woofer
NFC: Yes
Aux-in: No
USB charging: Yes (USB-C)
Waterproof rating: IP67

Reasons to buy

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Powerful audio performance
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Easily portable design

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly pricey compared to rivals
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Bass can be overwhelming

The Sonos Roam is our pick for the best Bluetooth speaker on the planet, and with an IP67 dust and water resistance rating, it can handle the great outdoors with ease. Following in the footsteps of the Sonos Move, the Sonos Roam comes with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, which means it can work as an outdoor speaker as well as part of your wider multi-room Sonos system. Plus, with Google Assistant and Alexa onboard, it doubles up a smart speaker too. 

During our tests, we found this mini Sonos speaker to deliver a powerful sound, and that alone makes it a sound investment, especially for the more discerning listeners. Add in its rugged design, excellent connectivity features, and smart home control, and you're getting the full package. A bass-heavy audio performance makes it ideal for use outdoors, while a clever Automatic Switching feature means it's easily used indoors, too – though audiophiles may take issue with the occasionally-overwhelming low frequencies.

Read our full Sonos Roam review

The best waterproof speaker for sound

The best waterproof speaker for audiophiles

Specifications

Weight: 1.2 pounds (0.54kg)
Battery life: 24 hours
Wireless range: 30m (100ft)
Frequency response: 55 - 20,000 Hz
Connectivity : Bluetooth
Drivers: N/A
NFC: No
Aux-in: No
USB charging: USB-C
Waterproof rating: IP67

Reasons to buy

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Crisp sound quality
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Tough but lightweight design

Reasons to avoid

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Flawed Alexa support
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Buttons are tricky to find

Almost identical to the original A1, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) is an appealing and highly portable Bluetooth speaker that comes with (admittedly flawed) Alexa support without the need for Wi-Fi. 

The puck- or even burger-shaped speaker looks sophisticated, while its IP67 water and dust resistance rating means it's more robust than it looks, making it suitable for use outdoors and it can take a dunking.

We found that its crisp audio performance and 360-degree soundstage makes the A1 ideal for soundtracking small gatherings. The impeccable balance between bass, mid and treble means that compared to a lot of Bluetooth speakers, it's like we were enjoying our favorite songs as if we were listening to them for the first time. Music is exciting, punchy and energetic, yet it achieves this without overloading the bass, or pushing the treble so far that it loses realism. It's what you expect from B&O (and for a premium price), but still – this is the best smaller portable speaker for hardcore music lovers. 

Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity means that the speaker is easy to pair with your smartphone, while built-in Alexa voice assistance means it can double up as a smart speaker. The A1 is the first speaker to offer Alexa support without needing to be connected to your home Wi-Fi network – and while this is impressive in itself, we did find that the voice assistant was sometimes quite slow to respond to our commands, since it's routing over Bluetooth to your phone, and your phone is then making the request over whatever internet connection it has… which won't always be great.

Read our full Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) review

The best waterproof speaker for charging and listening

A feature-rich waterproof speaker with room for expansion

Specifications

Weight: 2.11 pounds
Battery life: Up to 20 hours
Wireless range: About 50 ft
Frequency response: 60Hz–20kHz
Drivers: N/A
NFC: No
Aux-in: No
USB charging: Yes
Waterproof rating: IP67

Reasons to buy

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Balanced, powerful sound
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Long battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Long charge time
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Distortion at high volume

The JBL Charge 5 is still JBL's most recent Charge, having been released in April 2021. Thankfully, it inherited the Charge 4's winning formula, boasting the Charge series' balanced sound, high volume and long battery life. Back too are features that made it a winner, including a built-in power bank and the ability to connect with other compatible JBL speakers for a boost in volume and surround sound power.

At the same time, we found during our tests that this isn't just another iteration. It actually improves on just about every aspect of what makes these speakers great. That means fans of the line will be very happy to upgrade, even if it is a little pricier than its predecessor.

Naturally, it's dust and waterproof as well with a rating of IP67, aka total protection against dust and airborne particles as well as a high level of waterproofing – up to one meter of immersion, for up to 30 minutes – against freshwater and other liquids. If you want a great sounding waterproof speaker with nice features and high level of protection, this is worth the investment.

Read our full JBL Charge 5 review

The best waterproof speaker for battery life