Top Waterproof Sound Systems: Best Shower Speaker with bluetooth
Why should you care?
Because – and be honest with me here – who doesn’t like singing in the shower? And with waterproof Bluetooth shower speakers, you can take the experience to a whole new level!
So, if you’re the type who feels like music makes everything (including showers) a lot more fun, you stumbled across the right article.
Today is all about finding the best shower speaker – and I’ll guide you through it every step of the way.
Let’s get this show on the road!
In a hurry? The test winner after 34 hours of research:
Last Updated: October 1, 2019
By Barry Allen: This article has been updated to reflect the most accurate information regarding best shower speakers available for those who are interested in the best audio experience without worrying about the splashes. The best 5 available have changed, and information has been added to assist individuals in finding the best Bluetooth shower speakers currently available on the market. The FAQ has also been updated.
Most Bluetooth shower speakers sound decent at best, and there are far more critical things to focus on here.
If you'd like to make the most out of your investment – and who doesn’t – there are two critical factors worth considering when shopping for the best shower speaker.
Okay, this might be a no-brainer to you and I. However, I'm willing to bet that there are folks out there who see the word "waterproof,” and think:
I've got a product that can withstand a dive or two in the pool.
The terms “water-resistant” and “waterproof” are often used as synonyms by people who don’t understand the subtle – but essential – differences between the two concepts. They don’t mean the same thing, though – not by a long shot.
There are nine levels of water protection, all labeled with appropriate IPX ratings, going from 0 to 8. Devices rated as IPX0 are of no interest to you, as they don’t have any protection against water ingress.
Here’s a brief overview of the remaining eight IPX ratings:
- IPX1 – The unit can handle vertical drops of water for no more than ten minutes, with the amount of water being equal to 1 mm per minute.
- IPX2 – Level two water resistance means that it can survive drops of water corresponding to 3 mm per minute while tilted at a 15-degree angle from the vertical.
- IPX3 – It can withstand sprays of water at angles of up to 60 degrees, five minutes at a time.
- IPX4 – Level-four resistance rating means that it can handle sprays, as well as splashes of water, at any given angle for up to five minutes.
- IPX5 – A unit with this rating will be able to hold up sprays of water at a 12.5-liters-per-minute rate at any given angle for up to 15 minutes.
- IPX6 – Level six water resistance ensures protection from strong sprays of water from all directions, with the flow rate of 100 liters per minute, for up to three minutes.
- IPX7 – A unit with this level of water resistance can handle being submerged in the water level of up one meter for 30 minutes.
- IPX8 – Level eight water resistance is reserved for units that can handle prolonged immersion in water that’s over one meter deep, with the maximum being three meters.
What should you take away from this little round-up of different IPX ratings?
When shopping for a top shower speaker, you should focus your attention on models that have a level six water resistance – or higher. If you want waterproof speakers, IPX7 is the way to go.
If you want a good shower speaker, going wireless is the way to go. However, things are not as simple as you might think.
You see, there are two ways to achieve wireless connection – through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth technology.
One isn’t better than the other, though – both are cable-free and convenient.
Most portable speakers, including shower-friendly ones, utilize Bluetooth wireless technology as a means of streaming music from other devices, such as cell phones or laptops.
Bluetooth connectivity tends to be much simpler, and compatible with a wide range of devices – Android and iOS smartphones, for example. Plus, they tend to be easier on the wallet than those that use Wi-Fi.
Moreover, some Bluetooth speakers also include the near-field communication (NFC) feature, enabling two devices to establish a connection with a mere tap.
Wi-Fi speakers, on the other hand, connect to your home network, which typically results in a stronger, more stable connection. Plus, they let you stream music to more than one speaker at a time.
Another advantage is that they have a much longer range compared to Bluetooth, and you can typically maintain a connection at up to 200 feet distance. Around 100 to 150 feet is where it performs best, but going beyond that is still an option.
Best Shower Speakers
Okay, it’s time to get up close and personal with the market’s best shower speakers! I divided them in several categories for easier comparison:
Best Multi-Purpose Waterproof Speakers
Thanks to the now widely-used Bluetooth technology, more and more of our devices are becoming highly portable. That means that they can now accompany us in all of our outdoor activities.
Multi-purpose waterproof speakers are a perfect example of this transition. Once reserved for the comfort of your home, these speakers can now travel with you to the beach or be taken camping. And yes, you can even use them while you’re in the shower!
1. JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Our Rating: 90/100
The JBL Flip series is easily one of the most popular Bluetooth speaker lines on the market – and the JBL Flip 4 continues the tradition.
More rugged than ever, with better sound quality, longer battery life, and a completely waterproof design, it’s the definition of what the best shower speaker should be!
Measuring 3.7 x 3.6 x 8.5 inches, this cylindrical-shaped speaker looks like a tiny thermos flask. It weighs a little less than two pounds, which is insane for a portable speaker – but it does feel sturdy and well-made.
The speaker is encased in heavy-duty rubber, which ensures water resistance and allows it to take a beating, such as accidental drops, like a champ. More importantly, though, it has an IPX7 rating, meaning it’s completely waterproof.
The Micro-USB charging port and the 3.5 mm aux input are both protected by rubber flaps, too.
The main controls are located directly on the fabric weave that covers the speaker’s active drivers. A microphone is also integrated, which is nice.
You’ll find additional button controls on the back, including the Power button, the battery indicator, and the JBL Connect+ button. That last one lets you connect several of these speakers!
Also, it comes equipped with a removable lanyard, which allows you to hang the speaker anywhere you want.
One might say that the sound quality didn’t see much of an improvement compared to previous JBL Flip models, but that’s not entirely true.
First off, it packs plenty of power – and impressive bass for a speaker its size. It packs two external passive bass radiators, one on each end, so no surprise there.
It delivers thumping lows, full mid-tones, and a crisp treble – loud and clear overall. Plus, it does an excellent job of avoiding distortion.
Another impressive aspect of its performance is battery life. You can get approximately 12 hours of playback time on a single charge – at medium-high volume, that is.Oh, and it can pair with up to two Bluetooth-enabled devices at a time if you want to take turns playing music from different sources.
2. Cambridge Sound Works OontZ Angle 3
Our Rating: 87/100
At first glance, the OontZ Angle 3 doesn’t look like much – a simple, black housing without any noteworthy frills.
But if the hype is to be trusted, it might just be the best budget-friendly outdoor water-resistant speaker out there!
The first thing you’ll notice about the OontZ Angle 3 is its triangular design. The housing has a lightly rubberized exterior with rounded edges, complete with a set of non-slip, rubber feet that stop the speaker from sliding around.
Measuring 2.6 x 5.25 x 2.8 inches, and weighing a little over nine ounces, it’s relatively compact. At the same time, it’s sturdy and has a stable feel to it.
It handles accidental drops without issues. Moreover, it’s rated at IPX5, which isn’t ideal, but still makes for a splash-proof speaker.
Both ports are hidden behind rubber gaskets, which further prevent water, dust, or sand from finding their way into the speaker and damaging the internal components.
The 100-feet connection range sounds impressive, but it only works in unobstructed areas. Factor in walls, and you’ll probably be left with 30 or so feet.
The included 3.5 mm aux input, and a built-in microphone is a huge plus, though, as they allow for a broader range of applications.
Third time’s the charm, they say – and it seems to be true regarding the OontZ Angle 3. One definite improvement is the balanced sound quality, enhanced clarity, and yes, even a bit of bass.
Even with the volume cranked up, it doesn’t resort to sound distortions!
Its performance is equally as elegant as its design thanks to the dual stereo drivers and a passive bass radiator.
Pair it with any of your devices – or use the 3.5 mm aux input for a non-Bluetooth connection – and you’re set.
Also, I love the power-saving feature. If you don’t stream any music to it for 15 minutes, it will power off automatically to conserve battery life. Depending on the volume level, you can get 12 to 14 hours of playback time on a single charge.
The thing about this affordable Bluetooth speaker is that it doesn’t feel cheap, at all. Everything comes together perfectly!
3. Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker
Our Rating: 85/100
If there’s anything that sums up my experience with the Bose SoundLink Micro, it would be this:
It’s a micro-speaker that delivers macro sound!
The real question is, is it worth the money with some much more affordable alternatives out there?
Build quality of this pebble-shaped speaker seems surprisingly good – excellent, even.
Its dimensions – 3.9 x 3.9 x 1.4 inches – might be small, but it weighs a little over 0.6 pounds, so it does have some heft to it. It feels well-made and sturdy.
The soft-touch rubberized exterior not only makes it easy to grip but protects against drops, dents, and scratches, as well.
On the backside of the speaker, there’s a tear-resistant, flexible silicone strap that allows you to hang the speaker anywhere in your bathroom.
The rubberized finish acts as a protective barrier, as well. The Bose SoundLink Micro is IPX7-rated, meaning it handles full submersion for up to half an hour.
Surprisingly enough, the Bose SoundLink Micro manages to avoid sound quality issues found in most small, wireless speakers.
When the speaker is sitting on a flat surface, the bass comes out the bottom – but it doesn’t sound muffled at all. It’s solid, with highs and lows adequately balanced.
However, the sound quality does start to drop past the 85-percent volume mark.
Bose’s mixing does focus on the bass a bit more, but it doesn’t feel overwhelming.
Overall, it packs enough punch to fill a small room – a bathroom, for example.
The six-hour battery life isn’t something to brag about, but at 50-percent volume, it managed to deliver a full six-hour playback time. The higher the volume level, the shorter the battery life, though.
Charging takes at least three hours but can be used while charging, though, so I’ll give it that.
Best Shower Speakers
Besides the so-called multi-purpose waterproof speakers, another option worth considering is an actual shower speaker. They’re specifically designed to survive direct exposure to moisture and steam without missing a single beat.
Listening to music while you’re in the shower is a thing. And so is singing along to your favorite tunes! But you need to have a durable device to handle all those sprays and splashes – and that’s where the best shower speakers come in.
1. iFox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker
Our Rating: 86/100
Finding that perfect balance between compactness and sound quality is remarkably tricky – and I get why most manufacturers struggle with it.
However, it seems that the iF012 managed to achieve it!
If you’re looking for a perfect gift for a difficult-to-buy-for audiophile, this one’s certainly worth considering.
The speaker measures 3.4 x 3.4 x 2.6 and weighs as little as 1.92 ounces. Talk about lightweight and portable, huh?
It’s certified as waterproof, too – and no, that’s not a marketing trick. The speaker has an IP67 rating, which means that it’s not only fully submersible to up to three feet but dust-proof, as well.
The large, white-filled buttons are located on the front, making it super easy to access any of the controls. That includes using the hands-free feature to answer phone calls.
The iFox Creations’ design also addressed the challenge of finding the right spot for your shower speaker. It comes fitted with a large suction cup that has no problem sticking to anything from glass and tiles to kitchen counters, and possibly beyond!
The charging port is on the side of the unit, but it’s not your standard Micro-USB cable – it features a 3.5 mm input. The rubber cover on the port is a nice touch regarding waterproofing the internal components.
Tiny, portable Bluetooth speakers usually sound like an excellent concept until you get to test their sound quality. Surprisingly enough, the iFox shower speaker doesn’t make a lot of sacrifices in that department.
Trust me; as long as you keep your expectations in check, you’ll be impressed.
For instance, the volume is fantastic – for a three-watt speaker, it produces quite a sound. You’ll be able to hear your favorite songs, even over the noise of the shower.
And the battery life is nothing short of amazing, as well. It offers up to ten hours of playback time on a single charge. Plus, the battery recharges in three hours.
The Bluetooth 4.1 version allows the speaker to pair with any Bluetooth-enabled device in less than six seconds. It maintains the connection within a 33-feet range, which is the industry standard.
2. VicTsing SoundHot C6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Our Rating: 82/100
I wouldn’t expect miracles from a compact, five-watt Bluetooth speaker. However, considering the budget-friendly price, chances are you’ll be impressed with the VicTsing SoundHot C6!
Round in shape with an outer shell made of rubber it’s designed to survive any accidental falls. An added rubber flap covers the charging port, too, protecting the internal components.
It’s relatively small in size, measuring 5 x 2.2 x 4.2 inches, and weighs a mere 4.8 ounces, but it feels sturdy thanks to its protective outer body.
Thanks to the IPX5 rating, it can survive quite a few splashes – a must-have for a shower speaker.
My issue with it is that it’s advertised as “waterproof,” when it isn’t. It’s water-resistant, but it probably won’t survive getting dunked in the tub.
It’s fitted with a removable suction cup on the back that sticks to bathroom tiles or shower walls with ease. It also comes with an aluminum alloy hook that lets you hang the speaker anywhere you want.
You'll find four large buttons distributed across the sides. These allow you to adjust the volume, change tracks, or answer calls using the hands-free function – directly from the speaker.
The audio can’t compete with larger speakers, but thanks to A2DP support and the five-watt speaker, it’s still pretty impressive.
It delivers a powerful stereo sound, which remains clear and crisp even at a higher volume. Plus, there’s a bit of bass to it, too. Overall, it lets you enjoy the balanced sound with a full range output.
The hands-free function is an excellent addition, as it allows you to answer calls using the built-in microphone.
The battery offers up to six hours of playback time on a full charge, as long as you keep the volume at a medium-high.
It only takes around two hours to recharge, and it’s fully functional during that time, as well – but it has to stay away from wet areas.
Oh, and to conserve power, it shuts down automatically if it remains idle for 15 minutes. It’s perfect for those who are known for being forgetful.
3. SoundBot SB510 HD Water-Resistant Bluetooth 3.0 Shower Speaker
Our Rating: 80/100
There’s nothing fancy about the SoundBot SB510. Then again, you can’t expect much from a tiny shower speaker this cheap, now, can you?
I know it’s lousy of me to make assumptions about a product based on its price tag, but come one – it costs as much as a large pizza!
From charcoal black to pink – and everything in between – lack of options color-wise is something you can’t complain about here.
The round-shaped speaker measures 2.25 by 3.25 inches and weighs a little over 7.2 ounces. It’s encased in a soft rubber shell, which means it has a splash-proof surface.
It’s water-resistant only, though. Using it in the shower is fine, but make sure that you don’t drop it in a filled tub. It won’t survive that fall.
On that note, I like that the charging port is covered by a rubber tab, as well.
The button controls are located on the front of the speaker. The placement is spot on, but they might be tricky to navigate while in the shower – especially for someone who wears glasses.I was a bit skeptical about the single suction cup as a mounting solution. But I was wrong – it works flawlessly.
It’s not half as bad as I figured it’d be considering the price. The speaker is located underneath the suction cup, which isn’t ideal, but it doesn’t ruin the experience.
The sound is reasonably balanced, with full-spectrum coverage, crisp and clear audio, and even some bass. Also, it features wind and noise reduction technology, which is always a plus.
The volume level leaves a lot to be desired, but that’s probably me being nitpicky.
The built-in microphone doesn’t work as well as I’d hoped, though, so I’d avoid using it unless it’s necessary.
The universal Bluetooth compatibility is a striking aspect of its performance. It pairs quickly with any Bluetooth-enabled device and maintains a connection even beyond the recommended 33 feet.The battery offers up to six hours of wireless music streaming. It’s not the most durable one out there, but it gets the job done.
Best Shower Speaker - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do shower speakers work?
A: Shower speakers utilize wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth, to receive audio signals, using radio frequency waves, rather than audio cables. They can be paired with mobile devices to play music, as well as receive phone calls in loudspeaker mode. They function almost the same way as a regular speaker would, with the advantage of being able to withstand moisture and water.
Q: Where should I put my shower speaker?
A: You have several placement options, the most popular ones being set up the shower speaker on your bathroom wall or inside your shower. It all depends on the design of the shower speaker, though. Some are intended to be fixed on the glass door of your shower area by using adhesive, while others can be hung.
Q: What’s the difference between water-resistant and waterproof speakers?
A: If a speaker has an IPX7 rating, this means that it’s waterproof, and can handle total submersion for up to half an hour in a meter of water. Water-resistant shower speakers, on the other hand, are splash-proof only. They won’t survive to be underwater, even if it’s for a brief moment.
Q: How long does the shower speaker’s battery last?
A: Most models available these days have a relatively long battery life of 8 to 12 hours, with the average playback time on a full charge being 10 hours. Lower-quality units have batteries that last around six hours. Granted, it all depends on the volume level and any other features you might use simultaneously.
After it's all said and done, we recommend:
As my reviews hopefully showed you, there are plenty of options worth considering – and each of them has something unique to offer. Think about the water-resistance rating, battery life, sound quality, and wireless connectivity – and pick accordingly.The title of the best portable shower speaker should go to the JBL Flip 4. It may not be as affordable as some other options out there, but it outperformed the competitors in every other aspect, especially the performance and quality of construction.