When the temps are soaring in the summer, we’re all headed to the pool or beach to cool off. The pre-departure checklist usually involves sunscreen, towels, toys and then, hmmm, music. While I obviously want “Despacito” playing in the background all summer long, the thought of bringing my bluetooth speaker anywhere near water gives me the shivers. One accidental drop or splash and it’s dance party over. (And a significant amount of money lost!)
Luckily there’s a solution. Enter: The waterproof speaker! Great for the pool, beach, boat or simply the backyard bbq, these speakers mean you don’t have to worry if a rain shower pops up, the tide comes in faster than you expected or your husband’s cannonball creates a deluge of water everywhere. The best part? They don’t compromise on sound quality, while keeping you at ease as you soak in the rays. Just one more excuse for another day at the beach people.
Kicker Bullfrog Speaker System
Got some down and dirty plans this weekend? Then you’ll want to be packing the Bullfrog. Offering a battery-life of up to 20 hours (yes, 20 hours!) and 360-degree sound thanks to speakers on both sides of the unit, the Bullfrog’s best feature is how tough it is. Whether you’re off-roading and it’s covered in mud or you’re boating and it gets soaked, you’re good to go thanks the speaker’s IP66 rating (which essentially says it can sustain water projected by powerful jets without suffering any harm). More perks: 100-foot Bluetooth range, DoubleKick pairing that allows you to wirelessly synch two speakers, and a built-in FM tuner means you can also switch to radio when you’re not feeling your playlist.
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Splash Tunes Speaker
If you never want the party to stop (even when you are getting ready) this speaker is for you! It’s handy suction cup adheres to most flat surfaces (including the shower!), there’s a built-in microphone for hands-free talking, bluetooth pairing, and a 10-hours battery life.
Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker II
This speaker is small but mighty, with excellent sound quality and a bright, punchy design. Equipped with bluetooth and NFC-pairing, the Soundlink is water resistant and compatible with voice assistants. The eight-hour battery life is a bit shorter than others on the list, but it makes up for it with that Bose sound quality.
Altec Lansing Life Jacket 2 Floating Waterproof Speaker
The ultimate pool party guest, the Altec Lansing Life Jacket 2, not only floats along as it pumps out music, it is in for the long haul with a whopping 16-hour battery life. Described as “waterproof, shockproof, snowproof, everything-proof,” this speaker is as rugged as they get. It also comes with a built-in mounting system to attach to bikes, kayaks, jet skis or whatever other adventure you are up for!
Braven BRV-XXL Waterproof Speaker
Definitely the largest and pricieest on our list, this tough as nails speaker is completely water-resistant, dirt-proof and sand-proof. Equipped with charging capabilities for any smartphone, tablet, or USB-enabled device, the Braven also has an AUX port, microphone input and carrying strap with bottle opener—making this speaker a party waiting to happen. The only downside is that it weighs in at 18 pounds, so it’s not the best option if you’re on the go.
Shaped like a water bottle, the boomBOTTLE fits conveniently into your bike bottle cage or other drink holders. With the option of dual pairing you can connect via bluetooth to two boomBOTTLES so you can listen in true stereo sound with one acting as the left channel and the other as the right channel. Genius! The equalizer setting allows you adjust to indoor/outdoor listening to maximized sound quality based on your environment.
JBL Charge 3
JBL’s Charge 3 does a great job of covering all the features we want, while still coming in at an affordable price. Able to connect to up to three smartphones, the speaker also offers voice integration with Siri and Google Now, the ability to charge your phone via USB while music is playing and of course, it’s completely waterproof.
Logitech UE Boom 2
Waterproof and shockproof, this speaker is literally all about that bass and offers 360-degree sound. With eight fun colors to choose from, the UE Boom gives users the ability to connect to multiple speakers, including the Echo Dot so Alexa can take care of your playlist for you! We love the 15-hour battery life, the 100-foot Bluetooth range and it can even be submerged up to one meter of water!
SHARKK ²O Waterproof Speaker
This fully-waterproof speaker is a great choice for your summer fun and at an even better price point now that it’s on sale! With a rubberized coating that makes it shockproof and rustproof, the Sharkk also has a MicroSD slot, so if your phone dies after its 10-hour battery life, the party doesn't have to.
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