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The 10 Best Waterproof Speakers in 2021
Water resistance and waterproofing have been around since the moment we decided we don’t like getting our valuables wet. Whether it’s submerging an entire naval vessel underwater, keeping your smartphone dry, or preventing the party from ending when your speaker goes overboard, waterproofing is finding its way into more and more tech products to both protect and improve your gear.
How much water a speaker can actually handle is determined by its Ingress Protection or IP rating. This rating measures how protected a device is from both solid objects and liquids. Displayed using two digits, the first number determines protection from solids, while the second number determines water resistance. Ranging from 0-9, the higher the number, the better the protection.
While this certainly makes things easy when picking the most waterproof speaker, it doesn’t take into account sound quality or functionality. To help you make an informed decision about your next waterproof speaker purchase, Next Luxury has kindly put together a list of the 10 best waterproof speakers in 2021.
1. JBL Flip 5
Rocking an IPX7 waterproof rating, powerful sound, deep bass, 12-hours of playtime, and access to JBL PartyBoost for connecting multiple speakers, the JBL Flip 5 is hands down our Best Choice option for the best waterproof speaker in 2021. And it comes in red!
Decked out with an all-new racetrack-shaped driver, the JBL Flip 5 delivers the brand’s bold signature sound that will have your party pumping all night long. Powered by a 4800mAh battery with a 20W power output, and thanks to USB-C quick charge, you can get back to 100% in no time at all. Small enough to throw into a bag or even around your wrist, the JBL Flip 5 is ready to go wherever the party takes you.
2. SONOS Move
You knew SONOS was going to be near the top, and as our Premium Pick of the bunch, we’ve chosen their durable, battery-powered smart speaker for outdoor and indoor listening – the SONOS Move. Offering brilliant acoustics no matter where you go, it’s both weatherproof and drop-resistant (IP65), making this premium option tough as nails.
Control it with your voice thanks to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, alongside the Sonos App, Apple AirPlay 2 at home, and Bluetooth streaming when the Wi-Fi is out. Rocking 11 hours of continuous play, USB-C charging (along with the charging dock), and a nifty handle on the back for carrying the SONOS Move around, it’s a rather neat piece of kit.
Combined with Sonos Trueplay, this amazing speaker will sound incredible all day long thanks to its continually adapting soundstage.
3. Anker Soundcore Flare Wireless Speaker
Take the club with you everywhere thanks to the Anker Soundcore Flare Wireless Speaker and its halo of LEDs around the base that phase, pulse, and shine with the rhythm of your music for a completely immersive audiovisual experience. Offering five individual color themes and five illumination patterns, you have the freedom to create the perfect light show for your banging tunes.
Combined with a 360° Sound, BassUp Mode for more intensified sound and speaker pairing, it’s pretty apparent why it’s on this list. And with a super-safe IP67 rating, it’s pool party-proof too.
4. BOSE Soundlink Revolve
Look out SONOS, we’ve got another premium speaker on our hands. Presenting the BOSE Soundlink Revolve. Delivering proper 360° sound coverage for up to 12-hours at a time, this high-quality speaker gives you the sound quality you deserve with the portability you crave. Plus, an IPX4 rating for solid water resistance.
Capable of connecting to multiple BOSE Soundlink speakers via the BOSE Connect app, you can switch on stereo or party mode via its intuitive drag-and-drop interface. Combined with smart assistant connectivity and a built-in mic with a wireless range of 30-feet, the BOSE Soundlink Revolve is a highly capable waterproof speaker for those with money to burn.
5. Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Ultimate Ears or UE have become synonymous with portable speakers recently. Many an outdoor party-goer has heard the phrase, “did you bring the UE Boom?” during their time, and for a good reason.
The Ultimate Ear Booms 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker delivers loud and immersive 360° sound with a healthy dose of bass that will have every man and their dog dancing to your chart-topping beats. Rocking a 15-hour power reserve, Bluetooth connectivity from up to 150 feet away, and an ultra-tough IP67 waterproof construction that allows the UE Boom 3 to float in water, this is one awesome speaker.
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6. JBL CLIP 3
Gotta respect the innovation by JBL here. Combining a portable waterproof speaker with an integrated carabiner means you can clip this bad boy onto your back and take the music with you everywhere you go. Hell, you could even hang it up in the shower with you after a long day.
Boasting ten hours of playtime, an IPX7 waterproof rating, and a built-in noise and echo-canceling speakerphone, the JBL Clip 3 is a tiny but mighty option when it comes to the best waterproof speakers in 2021.
7. Sony Extra Bass
Offering extra bass like Burger King offers refills, the Sony SRS-XB33 is a wireless portable speaker that’s built to last. Rocking an IP67 rating and up to 24-hours of battery life, you don’t have to worry about the Sony Extra Bass ending up overboard, or running out of juice.
Not to mention, with those multiple LED lights that sync with the rhythm of the music, finding it won’t be too hard either.
8. AOMAIS Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
No, this isn’t your new toolbox, but it is just as durable. Say hello to the AOMAIS Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker.
Offering 40-hours of playtime, 25W power, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity with a 100ft range, stereo pairing, and a waterproof rating of IPX7, chuck it in the back of the truck next time you set off for adventure.
9. Altec Lansing Mini Lifejacket Bluetooth Speaker
With the Altec Lansing Mini Lifejacket Bluetooth Speaker, you can pair up to 50 Altec Lansing speakers. Yeah, you heard us right. That’s fifty waterproof and shockproof (IP67) wireless speakers playing in unison with five LED light modes that pulse along to the music’s rhythm. Now that’s what we call a party.
10. LG PL5 XBOOM Go
Life’s Good when you have up to 18-hours of playback on your LG PL5 XBOOM Go water-resistant (IPX5) wireless speaker. Because when you want tunes at the pool party, you need the right gear to keep the music pumping.
Rocking flashing LED lights that sync up with your music, Google Assistant connectivity, USB-C charging, and the ability to connect up to 100 LG speakers together, it’s no wonder they call it the XBOOM.
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Waterproof Speakers FAQs
Waterproof speakers are typically considered outdoor speakers, meaning their acoustics are designed to maximize sound projection over a large area, whereas indoor speakers are generally used in smaller, more enclosed spaces. However, just like all speakers, they too vary in sound quality depending on components, size, and construction.
How much water a speaker can handle is determined by its Ingress Protection or IP rating.
An Ingress Protection Rating measures how protected a device is from both solid objects and liquids. Typically displayed with two digits, the first determines protection from solids, while the second number determines water resistance. Ranging from 0-9, the higher the number, the better the protection.
Only speakers that carry an IP rating of seven or higher are considered waterproof. Anything below this threshold is considered water-resistant.
The best waterproof speakers feature extended battery life, smart assistant connectivity for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0, and portability. Physical buttons are also a benefit for some.