With the summer upon us, it's time to take your music outside and enjoy some tunes by the pool, at the beach, or on your next camping adventure. Thankfully, these Bluetooth smart speakers are up to the job, as they all offer water resistance and will not be damaged if you drop them into up to a meter of water.
These speakers cover a wide price range, from $40 all the way up to $200, and most are also small enough to fit in your bag, or even be used in the shower or while you take a bath. All of these speakers offer a Bluetooth connection for streaming music from your smartphone or tablet, while some also include an auxiliary port for connecting with a cable, and some include Wi-Fi and the Amazon Alexa voice assistant, too.
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Denon Envaya DSB-250BT - $200
The Denon DSB-250BT has up to 13 hours of battery lifeDenon
This compact speaker comes from Denon, a reputable name in the high-end audio industry. It has up to 13 hours of battery life, which is a little less than some other options in the this article, but is smaller than some of its rivals and offers voice control via Siri on your iPhone.
There is also an auxiliary port for connecting that way instead of streaming over Bluetooth, if your prefer. The Denon has an IP67 rating, meaning it can survive being submerged in water up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes. If you buy two, you can wirelessly sync them together to create a stereo pair.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 - $100
The Wonderboom 2 is just four inches tall, but packs a punchUltimate Ears
Available in blue, gray, black and red, the Wonderboom 2 speaker by Ultimate Ears is remarkably compact and portable, yet offers 13 hours of Bluetooth audio playback, is water resistant, and has a rugged, drop-proof construction. It also floats, so there's no need to worry is you drop it in the swimming pool.
Oversize volume up and down buttons take up much of the front of the speaker, making it really easy to adjust the audio levels, and there's a useful fabric hook on top to clip it to your backpack, or maybe hang it up in the middle of a tent.
Compared to the original Wonderboom, this second-generation model has more bass, 30 percent extra battery life, waterproofing, and the option to pair two together to create wireless stereo sound. The speaker is just four inches tall, 3.4 inches wide, and weighs 1.4 pounds.
JBL Charge 4 - $120
The Charge 4 has a battery life of up to 20 hoursJBL
Available in no fewer than 11 different colors, the Charge 4 by JBL is a solid all-rounder when it comes to a waterproof wireless speaker. The battery is claimed to last for up top 20 hours when streaming over Bluetooth, and there's also a USB port for charging your smartphone, should its battery run low.
Two devices can be connected over Bluetooth to the JBL Charge 4 at once, making it easy for two people to play DJ, and JBL's connect+ system means over 100 Charge 4 speakers can be connected together at once. This speaker is a little larger than some other we have featured here, at almost 11 inches long and six inches wide; it weighs three pounds.
Bose SoundLink Color II
The SoundLink is available in black, white, red and blueBose
The battery of this Bose speaker is limited to just eight hours of music playback, but we still think this is plenty for most users, and when you're buying into the Bose name you know sound quality is going to be a top feature.
Bose sells the second-generation SoundLink Color speaker in blue, red, white and black, and you can connect by either Bluetooth or from your smartphone's headphone jack. There's a microphone built in too, so you can access your phone's voice assistant, be it Siri on iPhones or the Google Assistant on Android handsets.
You can create a stereo pair with two of these speakers, and the rugged, water resistant body means it can be used by the pool, in the shower, or on the beach without concern.
JBL Clip 3 - $40
Despite its compact size, the JBL Clip 3 offers up to 10 hours of battery life, and will survive being dropped into a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. It is also resistant to dust and sand, and has an integrated carabiner for clipping it to your backpack, or maybe to the shower curtain too.
The Clip 3 weighs just 7.8 ounces and is a little under eight inches tall, six inches wide and 2.4 inches thick.
You can't connect multiple JBL Clips together to create a stereo pair, but we think the benefits of a low price and the integrated carabiner more than make up for this missing feature. It's quite possibly the perfect shower speaker.
Anker Soundcore 2 - $40
The Soundcore 2 promises 24 hours of battery lifeAnker
Anker is a reputable name when it comes to accessories like speakers, Bluetooth devices, cables and battery packs. This second-generation Soundcore wireless speaker is available in black, blue and red, has a huge 24 hours of claimed battery life, and a large 12W of audio power.
You can wireless sync two together to create a stereo pair (a common feature among these speakers, we are sure you have noticed), and an IPX7 rating means it will survive the usual benchmark of being dropping into a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. You'll have nothing to worry about when placing this speaker on the side of the bath, or taking it to your next pool party.
Ultimate Ears Megablast - $160
Six different colors are on offer for the MegablastUltimate Ears
Our second entry from Ultimate Ears is the Megablast, the company's flagship wireless waterproof speaker. This device has Alexa built in, so you can speak to the Amazon assistant just as you do with your Echo speaker at home, only this one is water resistant and can be taken wherever you like.
With Alexa (and an internet connection via the speaker's own Wi-Fi) you can stream music from Amazon Prime, Pandora, Deezer and Spotify, or tune into digital radio from TuneIn, iHeart Radio and Sirius. Or, via Bluetooth you can stream music from your smartphone.
The Megablast is available in six different colors and offers up to 16 hours of wireless music playback, plus 360-degree sound output. The familiar IP67 rating means it will be fine when dropped into a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
Multiple Megablast speakers cannot be paired together, which is a shame, but the Wi-Fi connection at least means it will receive software updates and improvements over time, Ultimate Ears says.