Best Shower Speakers

Updated April 2019
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Shopping guide for best shower speakers

Last Updated April 2019

Water shouldn’t get in the way of listening to your favorite playlist, but who wants to risk ruining a speaker while you bathe? Shower speakers let you take your music poolside or into the bathroom without worrying about water damage.

However, not all speakers are the same. “Waterproof” doesn’t mean the speaker can survive complete submersion for hours, and the sound quality varies by manufacturer and model.

If you’re unsure where to start your search, you’ve come to the right place. Our shopping guide is designed to give you an inside peek at what makes a great shower speaker. Use it to narrow down your required features so you can find a speaker that will survive everything you can throw (or splash) at it. When you’re ready to buy, take a look at our top recommendations.

Shower speakers come in lots of fun shapes and colors – triangles, circles, and cylinders in a rainbow of hues – so you can choose a speaker that suits your décor or personality.

Key considerations

Battery life

When Bluetooth technology first arrived on the scene, it was a serious drain on batteries. While that hasn’t changed, batteries have, and today you can find shower speakers with excellent battery life of up to 12 hours. Keep in mind that the battery life advertised by the manufacturer is under ideal, controlled conditions, so expect a little less than listed on the packaging. Battery life is also an important consideration if you plan to mount the speaker in your shower. Long battery life will reduce the number of times you have to take down the speaker to recharge.

Audio quality

You can’t talk about speakers without addressing audio quality. Shower speakers have to be heard above the sound of running water. Therefore, a good shower speaker should have little distortion at the higher volume needed to cut through the ambient noise.

Size

Showers aren’t exactly known for their roomy interiors. Smaller speakers won’t clutter the shower or get in the way, but small speakers don’t usually have the power to keep the audio crisp at high volumes. You’ll need to find a balance between size and sound that works with your listening standards.

IP rating

Poolside, kitchen sink accessory, or bathroom sound system? How you use the speaker can determine what features and waterproof rating you need. The likelier it is that the speaker will be submerged, the higher the water-resistance rating you need.

The ingress protection (IP) rating tells you how water resistant or waterproof the speaker is. An IP rating includes two numbers: the first indicates how well the device resists dust and dirt (solids), and the second rates the water-resistance level (liquids). The higher the numbers, the greater the resistance. For example, an IP rating of 3 indicates that the speaker can withstand a spray of water at up to a 60° angle, whereas an IP rating of 8 (the highest) indicates that the speaker can be submerged in water over one meter deep for a prolonged period of time without damage.

Rugged and ready for all-day use

Large, easy-to-use controls increase the ease of use. It’s water resistant with a 33-foot Bluetooth range and ten hours of battery life. Though it’s not submersible, it can take heavy splashing without damage to the speaker. Our favorite part is the crisp, clear audio that makes music sound great.

Shower speaker features

Built-in microphone: While we don’t recommend taking a call while in the shower (that could be weird), you might want to check or send texts or take a call while cleaning the bathroom or combing your hair. A built-in microphone adds to the versatility of the speaker.

Ease of use: If you’re going to answer a call, you’ll need to change from speaker to microphone mode. Some speakers change easily between modes while others don’t. You want a speaker with a one-touch mode switch. You don’t want to fumble with menus or double touches with slippery hands.

Wireless range: All shower speakers need to be connected via Bluetooth to a device that streams music, such as a smartphone or tablet, and that device needs to be within wireless range. Range extends from 10 to 100 feet. In general, a longer wireless range gives more flexibility and ease of use.

Attachment: Not all shower speakers have an attachment feature or device, but those that do may have one or more of the following:

  • Suction cup: Suction cups aren’t a bad way to attach a speaker, but they’re not the sturdiest option. If they lose suction, the speaker will fall and perhaps be damaged. Some suction cups have been known to pull away from the speaker, which is more likely if you frequently have to detach the speaker to charge it. However, these are usually problems of larger, heavier models. Small speakers with suction cups tend to hold up better over time.

  • Hanging hook/loop: A hanging hook or loop allows you to use a carabiner to attach the speaker to the showerhead, curtain rod, or grab bar. This is one of the most stable methods of attaching a shower speaker because it isn’t weakened every time you take the speaker down.

  • Moldable tail: A moldable tail, as the name implies, can be twisted around a rod, handle, or anything else to hold the speaker in place. Some tails are removable.
     

Omnidirectional sound: Omnidirectional sound disperses a full 360°, while unidirectional sound only travels in the direction the speaker is pointing. You might not need this feature in a bathroom, but if you’ll be using the speaker poolside, omnidirectional sound might be on your list of required features.

Durability: The chances of a shower speaker taking an occasional tumble are pretty good. Look for one with a durable casing. Models that include a high IP rating for dust and debris as well as water are the most durable.

EXPERT TIP

Charge time isn’t as big a concern with shower speakers as with other types, but it’s still worth considering. Most take one to three hours to recharge an empty battery. If you only use the speaker while in the shower, that shouldn’t be a problem.


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EXPERT TIP

A few shower speakers have an LCD display that shows the radio station and even the time.


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EXPERT TIP

Some speakers can be synced with multiple devices, including another speaker. Buy two of the same speaker (or sometimes same brand) and set up your own surround sound in the bathroom or around the pool.


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Shower speaker prices

Inexpensive

Shower speakers start at less than $20. At the low end of the price range are small speakers that may have a suction cup or hook attachment, and some may have a built-in mic. These speakers can take direct splashes but won’t survive a dive in the bathtub.

Mid-range

At $20 to $50, the quality (both of construction and audio) increases significantly. These speakers may be larger, but that also means they can crank out more volume without distorting the sound. You start to see a few speakers rated IPX7, which can survive being fully submerged in a meter of water for 30 minutes.

Expensive

Between $50 and $100, the shower speakers put out some excellent audio with omnidirectional sound, built-in mics, and enhanced bass. Some of these speakers have attachment features, but many are large enough that they’re not designed to hang from the wall or curtain rod. These are the speakers you might want to take to the beach or park where they need to be resistant to dirt and water.

Premium

Shower speakers that cost over $100 produce the best sound for models that are both portable and waterproof. Typically, these are larger, which enhances their audio, and they include omnidirectional sound, built-in mics, enhanced bass, longer battery life, and quicker charge times.

Durability at a great price

If you need something small and tough, this is the speaker for you. It’s got both a hook with a carabiner and a suction cup so you can attach it almost anywhere. There are four to six hours of battery life, depending on the volume, but that’s enough to relax while soaking in a tub or floating in the pool. We especially like the built-in mic to take calls or send texts without having to get out of the water.

Tips

  • Don’t try to charge the speaker while it’s exposed to water. Shower speakers still play music while charging, but the charging will take longer.

  • Make lists or take notes in the shower. If your phone is voice-to-text enabled and your shower speaker has a mic, you can start lists or take notes while in the shower. Your brilliant ideas will never be lost!

  • Check the warranty before buying. A one-year warranty is fairly standard, but some speakers have a longer one. Considering that this speaker will be near water, it’s worth looking at models with a better warranty.

Other products we considered

With great speakers entering the market each year, we couldn’t include all of them in our top five. Here are a couple more that might be the perfect fit for you. First, the Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Phantom Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, with its long list of color choices, sleek design, and impressive audio, is as comfortable at the beach as it is in your bathroom. It’s completely submersible and can sync with other Ultimate Ears speakers to create a surround sound system. Another speaker we had a hard time passing up was the BOOM Swimmer Duo. We love the small size (and price), and the tail makes it easy to hook on the showerhead or curtain rod. It can also sync with other Swimmer Duos.

Tired of listening to music? Load your favorite karaoke app and take your shower vocals to the next level. If you need a little downtime, listen to an audiobook instead.

FAQ

Q. Do shower speakers turn off automatically?

A. Some speakers have an auto-off feature while others don’t. This feature can save battery life if you’re prone to forgetting to turn off the speaker. Look for one that shuts itself off after 15 to 30 minutes of idle time.

Q. Can I find a shower speaker that’s a radio, too?

A. Some shower speakers also double as an FM radio, though not as many as you might think. However, if you have a radio that’s Bluetooth enabled, you can still listen to the radio through the shower speaker. You just won’t be able to change the station like you can on a speaker that doubles as a radio.

Q. Can shower speakers play underwater?

A. Only speakers with an IPX6 or higher rating can play underwater. A lesser rating may indicate that the speaker can survive submersion but only the highest-rated speakers will actually push tones through the water.

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