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 once you get the shower going, and dropping the phone becomes that much easier. Your quest for the best shower speakers brought you here. And if you’re like most of us, you either have the speaker with you in the shower, hanging from hooks, or on top of a cabinet. However you go about it, this list has you covered. These are the best shower speakers for the budding superstars.
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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 Roll 2 has way more range at about 100 feet. 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. This is handy if your source device isn’t waterproof or is located in another room.
UE Roll 2Full Review
On the back, you’ll find a small bungee cord that’s perfect for hanging it from the shower head. Pumping out sound is a single 2” driver and dual 3/4” tweeters. Inside is a battery that should give you about 9 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. The fabric that surrounds the UE Roll 2 is waterproof, but also the perfect canvas which is something UE figured out early on. Not only can you get the UE Roll in a number of different colors, but there are also a good amount of limited edition versions designed by various artists. The UE Roll 2 costs less than $100 and you definitely get your moneys worth.
If you just want good sound, the JBL Charge 3 is for you
So, what if you want the best sound possible? In that case, you’ll have to go with the JBL Charge 3. Granted, 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.
JBL Charge 3Full Review
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.
For the most versatile speaker 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. Whether you’re hooking it onto the shower head, the bar that holds the shower curtain, or just standing it up on a ledge by itself, the Boom Swimmer Duo from Polk Audio is 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 a good value go with the Bose SoundLink Micro
Bose is one of the better known brands in audio, and although their 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 so comfortable and have great active noise cancelling technology that they’ve become a staple for many frequent fliers. The Bose SoundLink Micro is like that but in the speaker world. It sounds good enough, but it’s so small and has such a slick, durable design that it’s easy to recommend
Bose SoundLink MicroFull Review
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 the SoundBot SB510 might be the way to go
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. 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-ish 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 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 6 hours of constant playback, though we doubt you’ll need it.
What you should know
When it comes to any product that claims you can wet 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
Though we recommended the JBL Charge 3, you shouldn’t sleep on the Flip 4 either. Not only is it also completely waterproof, but it sounds good, costs less than $100, and has a string on the side so you can hang it. Full review
Anker Soundcore Flare
The Anker Soundcore Flare might be the speaker to beat this summer. It’s waterproof, inexpensive, and has a much better design than any of the previous Soundcore speakers. Including the Anker Soundcore Sport directly below this, but it’s also a little more expensive so it makes sense. You won’t be able to hang it anywhere, but it’s not a bad speaker to bring with you to the beach and then right to the shower afterward. Full review
Anker Soundcore Sport
The Anker Soundcore Sport doesn’t sound as good as some of the other options on this list, but it also doesn’t cost as much. If you want a one of the best shower speakers that also happens to be cheap, look no further.
How we chose
When it came to picking what we thought the best shower speakers were, there were a few features that we were looking for. Obviously, the most important feature had to be 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 as well, but it’s so much smaller that you’d be hard-pressed to hang it off of a towel hook let alone a shower head. 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 for 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
In addition to the fact that this site is all of our day jobs, both Adam and Chris have several years of reviewing consumer audio products under their belts individually. Having kept a finger on the pulse of Bluetooth speakers for several years allows us to be able to figure out what’s good, and what’s best avoided. Considering Chris’ burning hatred for all things Bluetooth, if he approves of something, it’s damned special. In a similar vein, Adam has reviewed tons of these speakers over the course of almost three years, so he’s heard the best (and worst) of what the category has to offer.
We should also state that we regularly update these lists as items become available. However, we only add them if there’s a really solid reason for doing so. Usually, we have to use it first—unless there’s some mind-meltingly awesome feature or price-change that would deem a test or re-test unnecessary. As you can imagine, that doesn’t happen often.
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