No one is going to judge you, we’ve all done it. Singing in the shower has been around since before showers were invented (don’t fact check that). The acoustics in bathrooms does something to your voice that turns everyone into Christina Aguilera. But playing music off of your phone usually isn’t good enough. Your quest for the best shower speakers brought you here, and however you go about it, this list has you covered. These are the best shower speakers for the budding superstars.
Editor’s note: This list was updated on October 19, 2018, to reflect price changes and include contextual information.
When it comes to the best shower speakers, you can’t go wrong with the UE Roll 2
The first version is also a solid choice, but the UE Roll 2 has a 30-meter range. Normally that isn’t such a big deal, but if you don’t like to take your phone with you into the bathroom, then that extra connection comes in handy. The UE Roll 2 is perfect for bringing into the shower for a few different reasons.
For one, it has an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means you won’t have to worry about it getting damaged if it falls into the water or gets sprayed with it. To take it a step further it can be submerged in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, so baths can be just as musical as showers. There are also the large “+” and “-” signs on the front which, as you might expect, controls the volume.
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On the back, is a small bungee cord which is perfect for hanging it from the shower head. Pumping out sound is a single 2” driver and dual 3/4” tweeters. The battery allows for nine hours of playback which, if you intend to use it purely for showers, should last a long time before it needs a charge.
Since the Roll is made by Ultimate Ears, you can also get some more functionality out of the free app. Using the app, you can pair a second UE speaker for true stereo sound. That’s not exactly a helpful feature for the shower (unless you have a giant bathroom), but it’s a great feature for parties. Bluetooth connectivity remains limited to the SBC codec, rather than aptX or AAC, but for showering it’s good enough.
If you just want good sound, the JBL Charge 3 is for you
This is one of the best speakers you can get, period, but that’s what makes it so great for the bathroom. Everything good about this speaker gets amplified in the shower, especially the sound.
Like most of JBL’s new Bluetooth speakers, the Charge 3 is covered in a waterproof fabric that gives it an IPX7 waterproof rating. That means you can completely submerge it in the bath with you if you want. Though, I’m not sure why you would. The Charge 3 also has a USB output to charge your devices (hence the name). Doing so will deplete the battery a little quicker, but don’t worry. After all, 20 hours is more than enough. Losing two or three hours to quickly charge your phone won’t be an issue.
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The Charge 3 shares the exposed passive bass radiators on either end that the Xtreme and Flip 4 have. This adds emphasis to the low-end, which is great considering the Charge 3 already has an impressive sound. But this speaker isn’t only great because of the sound quality, it also has a small stand incorporated into the design. It may not stick to the wall of your shower, but you can easily put it on any flat surface in your bathroom for a room-filling sound, making it one of a few of the best shower speakers.
For the most versatile of shower speakers go with the Polk Audio Boom Swimmer Duo
Let’s be honest, you probably don’t need the best sounding speaker for your shower (but if you do, we have a pick for that too). What you do need is a speaker that you won’t have to fiddle with or worry about—something that you can place anywhere to get your music fix. Enter the Boom Swimmer Duo from Polk Audio. It’s the most versatile speaker you can get. That’s why it’s earned a spot as one of the best shower speakers you can get.
Polk Audio Boom Swimmer Duo
The speaker itself isn’t really anything special with only a single midrange driver, so don’t expect to get powerful thumping lows. What makes this speaker great is its design. It has an IPX7 build so you don’t have to worry if you drop it in the bathtub, but you can also detach the speaker to swap out the attachments. You can go with either a suction cup or a flexible tail that’s pliable enough to wrap around anything.
Polk also claims an eight-hour battery life, so you unless you take extremely long showers, you won’t have to charge it for a while. Plus, there are playback controls built right into the speaker, so you don’t have to reach for your phone every time you want to adjust the volume.
If you want the best shower speaker that looks just as good in the living room, get Bose SoundLink Micro
Bose is one of the better-known brands in audio, and although its products might not be the most popular among audiophiles, the company certainly know how to make a great niche product. Take the Bose QC35 headphones. They don’t sound amazing but they’re comfortable and have great active noise canceling technology that they’ve become a staple for many frequent fliers. The Bose SoundLink Micro is like that but in the speaker world, and it looks just as good in the shower as it does in your family room.
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The only downside really is the battery life, but at around four hours in our testing, it’s still good enough just for the shower. Plus, it has playback controls built into it and a hook on the back so you can clip it to something in your bathroom. It isn’t the best, but at around $99 it’s definitely a bang for your buck option.
For those that want to spend as little as possible then get the SoundBot SB510
The UE Roll 2 is a great waterproof speaker in general, but if you literally want a speaker to just stick on your bathroom wall then the SoundBot might be for you as one of the best shower speakers. At less than $20, it’s a solid little speaker that even has a few features missing from the UE Roll 2.
The first thing you’ll notice about the SoundBot is its odd shape. It’s a simple Bluetooth speaker up top, but a giant suction cup on the bottom. Just stick it to the wall of your shower and you’re good to go. It almost looks like some sort of all-rubber sea creature.
On top of the bulb-like design, you’ll find five buttons that control playback. The center button will let you pause or play music while the button on top of that powers the speaker on and off. To the left and the right are buttons that let you skip tracks and control volume. If you find yourself wanting to skip a song, at least you won’t have to reach for your phone. Simply press the button right in the shower.
Another handy feature that the SoundBot has a dedicated button and built-in mic for answering and ending phone calls. It’s good enough to pick up and tell someone that you’ll call them back, but you might not want to have full-blown conversations through it. Who wants to be bothered with phone calls in the shower anyway? The SoundBot uses Bluetooth 3.0, not quite Bluetooth 5.0, to connect to your devices but for the price, it’s hard to expect more. Packed inside is a rechargeable battery that should get you about six hours of constant playback. Although, we doubt you’ll need it.
Next: Best waterproof speakers
What you should know about the best shower speakers
When it comes to any product that claims you can soak it, it’s also good to look at its IP rating. The IP rating, or Ingress Protection rating, is just an international standard that’s used to quantify how well an electronic device is protected against water and dust. Practically, it’s just a set of tests that a product has to pass in order to get a certification. Now look, we get it, IP ratings can be confusing and most people don’t know what the difference is between IP67 and IPX5. Luckily, we did all the work research it for you and made this chart to explain it.
|IPX1||✓||Dripping water (1 mm/min)
Limit: vertical drips only
|IPX2||✓||Dripping water (3 mm/min)
Limit: Device max tilt of 15° from drips
Limit: Device max tilt of 60° from sprays
|IPX5||✓||Water jets (12.5 L/min)
Example: Squirt guns
|IPX6||✓||Strong water jets (100 L/min)
Example: Powerful water guns
Limit: 1 m. for 30 min
Limit: 3 m. for 30 min
Of course, this is all fairly surface level stuff. Just a quick definition so you can be confident that you know exactly what it is that you’re buying. If you really want to dig into IP rating and learn more about them you can read our full explainer.
- JBL Flip 4: This is completely waterproof and sounds good. Plus, it costs less than $100 and has a string on the side, so you can hang it.
- Anker Soundcore Flare: It’s waterproof, inexpensive, and has a much better design than any of the previous Soundcore speakers.
- Anker Soundcore Sport: If you want one of the best shower speakers that also happens to be cheap, look no further.
- Aoimais Sport II: If you want something that looks as rugged as it is durable, the Aomais Sport II needs to be in your speaker arsenal. It’s an IPX7 speaker with a shock-absorbent build, so it can handle your toughest adventures.
- Altec Lansing IMW257 Mini H20: The attached clip is good for hanging the speaker from a towel rack in the shower, and the speaker itself features an IP67 build, making it an excellent pick for anyone rough on their belongings.
How we chose the best shower speakers
When it came to picking what we thought the best shower speakers were, there were a few features that we were looking for. The most important feature was waterproofing. You can’t take a speaker that isn’t protected against water into a shower where it’s going to be exposed to water, mist, and be potentially dropped every now and then. Well, you can, but you won’t have that speaker for much longer.
The second was ease of use. For example, the UE Wonderboom is a great little waterproof speaker that knocked out the UE Roll 2 in our best waterproof Bluetooth speakers list, but there’s a reason it didn’t manage to do that here.
The UE Roll 2 has an elastic bungee cord on the back that’s large enough to hang from almost anything in your bathroom. The UE Wonderboom has an elastic loop too, but it’s so small that you’d be hard-pressed to hang it off of a towel hook let alone a showerhead. Something like the JBL Charge 3 doesn’t have a loop, but it gets so loud that you can just leave it on the floor and you’ll still fill your bathroom with music.
The last, and arguably most important, feature that we were looking at was the price. If you’re only going to be using the speaker while you shower, chances are you don’t need to more than a hundred dollars. If you do decide to spend more, than it had better be a damn good Bluetooth speaker that you can use in a few different situations (hence the JBL Charge 3 recommendation).
Why you should trust us
Being a SoundGuy is each of our daily grinds, and while we thoroughly enjoy our jobs, admittedly not every product is stellar. However, that mixed experience allows each of us to pick out the golden eggs from the Humpty Dumpties. As far as shower speakers are concerned, each of us sings in the shower and some of us may even be related to it for singing. That said, we want you to be happy with your shower speaker pick and understand that top-notch audio quality may not be what matters most in this instance.
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