15 Shower Speakers You Can’t Go Wrong With
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Showers just aren’t the same without jamming some tunes. Whether you need an upbeat song to get you motivated on a Monday morning or whether it’s time for a REALLY good cry to forget about them, having a shower speaker to get the job done is essential. Nobody wants to be heard crying in the bathroom – cover that pain up with music!
We have compiled a list of the best shower speakers you can get right now! We have small ones, big ones, and everything in-between. We don’t mind which one you choose though — just stop putting your phone in a cup in the bathroom and calling it a “speaker.” You’re better than that! Here are the best shower speakers we found for 2021:
1. VicTsing C6 Waterproof Speaker
The VicTsing C6 speaker is a great find for anyone not looking to commit to a massive speaker for their bathrooms or pool parties. This personal speaker is small but still powerful. It’s waterproof, so you can keep it directly in the shower for optimal music enjoyment and quality.
Its battery life is solid, coming in at 6 hours per charge. This speaker is ideally suited for baths and showers, especially with the built-in suction cup on the rear. Designed to be stuck on the tile or side of the shower, you can listen at head level.
2. SoundBot Water Resistant Shower Speaker
The SoundBot Water Resistant Shower Speaker a super cheap and versatile option for all your listening needs. Built with Enhanced HD technology, it’s noise and wind reducing when listening to music and covers the highs and lows well.
Although it’s not waterproof, it is water-resistant, so you can feel comfortable as long as it’s not submerged. It also has a built-in mic if you need to take a call while in the shower (even if it’s a bit weird). If you have any issues with it, the product includes a risk-free 1-year manufacturer warranty for ease of mind.
3. INSMY IPX7 Waterproof Shower Speaker
The fully submersible INSMY IPX7 Shower Speaker works in more than just showers! It offers 12+ hours of playtime per charge and has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery inside. The quality casing makes it dustproof, waterproof, shockproof, and snow proof.
This speaker might be a great option for anyone looking to bring some music with them on their next camping or hiking trip. It uses Bluetooth 5.0, meaning it has high-range and high-quality sound and calls while staying stable. A bonus feature, it comes with a suction cup on the back for use in showers or baths. Just stick it to the wall, connect, and listen!
4. iFox IF012 Shower Speaker
The iFox is a sleek looking speaker with performance to match. It features Bluetooth 5.0 for stable connection at long range and is great for easy listening. It’s fully water submersible up to three feet and can be used in the shower or on a boat. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours and takes about 3 to recharge.
Like a few of the others we’ve seen, the iFox has a suction cup on the back for secure listening in the shower, bath, or on a boat. Just stick and go! In case you don’t like the speaker, the company also offers a 100% money-back guarantee for a full year.
5. JBL CLIP 3 Waterproof Speaker
JBL is a name that’s been in the speaker business for years. They are known to have great sounding devices that are dependable and quality built. The JBL Waterproof speaker is quite popular, and the CLIP 3 is the third iteration of this particular item.
It’s on the pricier side of things for a speaker this size, but it is a name brand item. It’s IPX7 waterproof and has a metal carabiner that can be clipped to backpacks, bikes, or belt loops. It also comes in a ton of different color options for anyone looking to customize their look.
6. XLEADER SoundAngel Speaker
The third generation of this speaker line, the XLEADER SoundAngel looks like an Echo Dot and a speaker had a baby. In fact, they even advertise that detail in their description. The front face of the speaker has a smart-touch design, meaning the buttons are touch-sensitive and a bit more precise and easier than a mechanical switch.
The SoundAngel has a 40mm 5W driver with a subwoofer resonator (in theory giving you deeper basses). It has Bluetooth 5.0 technology and is stable up to 33 feet. It also has a large battery, giving you 12-15 hours of rechargeable power. It comes with a waterproof case but isn’t clear on whether that’s an included extra or built-in.
7. HAISSKY Wireless Waterproof Speaker
The HAISSKY Waterproof Speaker is a great option for anyone looking for super easy listening. It has all the regular features we’ve seen, including a suction cup on the back, a waterproof build up to three feet, and Bluetooth 4.0. What sets the HAISSKY apart is its inclusion of a radio antenna!
You can stick the speaker to a wall or shower and turn on its FM receiver to get music even when you don’t have a phone with you. If you aren’t a radio fan, this isn’t the speaker for you since its battery life is subpar (6 hours), but it’s ideal for anyone looking not to be restricted by a phone or cell signal.
8. BassPal IPX7 Waterproof Speaker
The BassPal is easily one of the coolest speakers we’ve seen on the list so far. It’s IPX7, making it waterproof up to three feet and designed for showers, boats, beaches, and more. One of the two cool visual aspects of the speaker is the LED display near the top! It shows Bluetooth connection, time, and battery.
It also has an FM receiver that you can tune using the LED screen. The second cool visual element is the light ring in the middle of the speaker. As music plays, the light ring responds in time. It pulses and shines to go along with the music, making for a pretty cool light show in a dim bathroom or bedroom.
9. Tribit XSound Go Speaker
Now it’s time for some of the big boys. The Tribit speaker is a 16W (over 3x the smaller ones we’ve seen so far), IPX7 waterproof option for anyone looking for high-quality music while on an adventure. It offers wireless stereo pairing and USB-C charging.
The matte black design looks awesome and hides will when you want music in the background. Its large lithium-ion battery allows for continuous play for over 24 hours, the longest we’ve seen yet. It offers Bluetooth 5.0 as well as Siri and Google Voice input.
10. JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Speaker
This is a speaker that most of us have seen at some point – and for good reason. It’s portable, high-quality, and name brand. The JBL Flip 4 can connect to two phones or tablets, allowing you to share music with friends or at parties.
Its rechargeable battery can get 12 hours of continuous playtime and offers all-day music. One of the coolest features we’ve seen, JBL Connect+ allows you to link more than 100 JBL speakers together to make a truly massive network. With only a few friends with JBL Connect+ speakers, you could have amazing quality and volume.
This speaker is also known for its power, especially for its size. Oh, and it’s waterproof to boot.
11. Anker Soundcore 2 Speaker
The Anker Soundcore 1 rose to prominence a few years ago and quickly became one of the best sounding and cost-efficient speaker you could get. The Soundcore 2 does that and more. With 12W stereo sound, you get distinct stereo notes and clear bass (not to mention its “Bassup” technology).
It offers 24-hour playtime and fits into a backpack without an issue. The IPX7 rating promises protection against rain, dust, and snow (or anything that a casual day outside might bring). It’s hard to state how good this speaker sounds for its size, but it’s awesome.
12. JBL Go 3
The JBL Go 3 looks awesome, plain and simple. Resembling a Masterlock Padlock, the Go 3 is covered in a mesh material that feels nice to touch and takes a beating. The speaker is super small and can fit on any trip you are looking to take.
It’s IPX7 water-resistant, meaning it can be splashed and even quickly submerged without any issues. It charges through USB-C and has an output of 4.2W (great for something this size). It offers 5 hours of playtime and can be charged on the go.
If you didn’t know what it was, “speaker” probably wouldn’t be your first guess! It also comes in different color options so you can express your personality a bit more.
13. EWA Pro Portable Speaker
- Super small
- Comes with carrying case
- Visible diaphragm (can get louder)
- Sleek aesthetic with LED indicator
The EWA Pro is probably the smallest speaker you’ve ever seen! About the size of a tea-candle, this speaker can literally fit in your pocket. It comes with IP67 waterproofing and a carrying case for travel.
The trick to having such a small speaker is the open form in which the actual speaker moves. When music starts playing, you can literally see the diaphragm moving up and down on the bottom. EWA claims that this feature makes up for the small form factor.
The battery lasts for six hours and charges in about two. It is clearly designed for the purist, omitting microphones, headphones jacks, and more. It just has a single silicone button and an LED indicator. The carrying case is built to be used while the speaker plays and has a carabiner for use while biking or walking.
14. SoundBot HD Water Resistant Shower Speaker
The SoundBot HD Speaker is designed for those wanting a cheap speaker without a lot of the fluff. The small speaker is only 3.25 inches in size and offers water resistance. Be wary since “water resistance” is different than “waterproof.” This speaker can be splashed but not submerged (probably best to keep out of the actual shower and just stick it to a nearby wall).
It promises crystal clear sound and noise/wind reduction. It uses Bluetooth 3.0 tech and works up to 33 feet away. It has a built-in microphone and is perfect as a beach/boat speaker that you don’t care too much about.
15. Altec Lansing Mini H20 Floating Speaker
The Altec Lansing is a nice looking speaker with a nifty little trick up its subwoofer. As far as base features go, the Altec has most of them. It’s IP67 waterproof and can be used up to a depth of three feet. It’s ultra-portable and has a built-in carabiner for use while biking, backpacking, or walking.
The battery lasts for around 6 hours and comes with all the cables and extra carabiner clips. The unique feature is that the Altec floats! You can toss it in the pool or lake and watch as it floats around, playing your favorite tunes. If you want a speaker that you can keep with you in the water, the Altec is a great choice.
Picking The Right Waterproof Speaker (2021 Updated Buying Guide)
Ok, so it’s finally time to buy a new waterproof speaker. Maybe you’ve never had one; maybe you’ve been sticking your phone in a Ziploc baggy to bring it in the shower (I’ll only judge a little). Regardless of where you are, a quality, waterproof speaker is where you’re going!
While not the most complicated of devices, there are a few things to keep in mind when picking out your speaker. The difference between picking a speaker for use in your shower at home and picking one to provide the music for a boat party on the lake is pretty huge, so make sure you check it out.
Probably the most important aspect of any waterproof speaker is the fact that it is, in fact, waterproof. It is a truly sad day if you mistake what the IP rating on something is and end up sinking a $50 speaker in the lake when you thought it was designed for it. The biggest thing to understand when talking about technology and waterproofing is its IP rating.
IP rating is a standard measurement with the goal of making things clear, especially in a world of marketing mumbo-jumbo like “waterproof.”
“The standard aims to provide users more detailed information than vague marketing terms such as waterproof. For example, a cellular phone rated at IP68 is “dust resistant” and can be “immersed in 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes”– Wikipedia
The IP code gets REALLY detailed, but we don’t need to know about all the different types of resistances that a device could have. For speakers in the price range we are looking for, IP 6 and IP 7 will be the most common. IPX6 is classified as:
Water projected in powerful jets (12.5 mm (0.49 in)) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
And IPX7 is classified as:
Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 meter (3 ft 3 in) of submersion).
For a device to be listed as splash resistant, it usually has the IPX6 rating. To be submersible in one meter of water, IPX7. To be both splash resistant and submersible, it will read together as IPX67. Not too complicated, right?
A speaker’s “loudness” is super important when picking out the perfect one. While there isn’t a marketing scale like the IP one for sound quality, we can get a baseline reading for how loud and powerful a speaker is. It measured in Watts. Sweetwater Sound sums it up well:
First, speakers do not “have” wattage. A watt is a unit power and, unless your speakers have power amps built-in, they don’t have any. Non powered speakers may have wattage ratings, but this is only to indicate their ability to handle power.Sweetwater Sound
It’s not a perfect system, but on average, we can assume that the more wattage a speaker can handle, the louder it is. Again, don’t set your audiophile friend loose on me on Twitter, but generally, we can make that assumption with the size and style of speakers we are looking at.
For the smaller speakers on our list, we see them range from 3-5W (Watts). Most of that wattage is going to be converted to heat and rattling (unless it’s a HIGHLY efficient speaker). For the 5W range, don’t expect to use them for anything besides personal use and the occasional background music while walking with a friend.
Some of the higher wattage speakers on our list (around 16W or so) pack more of a punch AND are more efficient because of their size (larger speakers can be louder with equal wattage than smaller speakers). With the larger speakers on the list, you can tune them low for personal use or crank them up for a one or two-room party. Personally, I would stay away from the 5W speakers unless you are going to be using them in JUST your shower alone.
This is a relatively simple category, but the size matters! You don’t want to take a massive speaker with you on a backpacking trip with a 10 mile per day minimum hike – that sounds miserable. When picking the ideal one, imagine what you are going to be using it for and for how many people you are using it for.
A bigger speaker can be clipped to a bike and provide music for a whole group of people, or a smaller one can be used for your individual enjoyment. Size is usually an indicator of price, too. There is more stuff in a larger speaker (batteries, tech, etc.) and will inevitably cost more.
Another personal preference, but I recommend at least 12 hours of battery life without a recharge. Anything less than that and you pretty much have to charge it after daily use. If you are anything like me, you will tell yourself to charge it when you get home, and then inevitably NOT do it.
When you go to use it again, it’s dead. 12 hours seems like a happy middle where you can get 2-3 uses before it needs a charge. Something to note, the “estimated time per charge” that is marketed to you has certain caveats. In the description, you can usually find something like “get’s 12 hours when playing music at 50% volume” or something. Just make sure and check how they arrived at that number before taking the time they provide at face value.
Nowadays, there are some REALLY cool software features in speakers. The most basic still don’t do much, but the newer and cooler ones have some real utility. At the most basic level, all of the speakers on our list use Bluetooth. Bluetooth upgrades their software every so often incrementally.
For example, the most current iteration is 5.2. Briefly, all future Bluetooth updates are backward compatible. With that in mind, the main differences between 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0 have to do with transfer speeds, bandwidth, and stability. For us normal-brained humans, the only main benefits that newer Bluetooth versions (in our speaker list) will have is the potential for higher quality audio streaming, higher quality microphone recording, and a more stable connection.
Outside of Bluetooth, some speakers have their own third-party software. JBL, for example, has JBL Connect+. Connect+ allows you to connect with other JBL speakers and create a network that can play music from one source. This is perfect for large parties or when you want to pump the volume but don’t have a huge speaker. Certain brands have their own software applications, so keep that in mind when picking.
It’s finally time to pick out a speaker! The biggest part of deciding on which one is what your life looks like. Just need something to jam out in the shower with? A small waterproof one should do fine. Need something to take on the boat, car camping, and parties? Make sure it’s big and has a good battery! Check out our list and play a tune on it when it arrives for us. Our goal is to make your purchase easy and informed!