Best Water-resistant Bluetooth speakers Android Central 2020
There are so many Bluetooth speakers available, but what if you need one that can withstand a pool party or a trip to the beach? That's where water-resistance comes into play, and there's none better than the JBL Charge 4. With this speaker, you'll get 20 hours of battery life, USB Type-C, and the ability to connect with up to 100 different compatible speakers. You get all of this, along with being IPX7 waterproof so you can take it for a swim.
- Best Overall: JBL Charge 4
- Best for Parties: Ultimate Ears BOOM 3
- Best Value: Soundcore Flare Party Speaker
- Best for 360-degree sound: Bose Soundlink Revolve+
- Most Rugged: DemerBox Rugged Bluetooth Speaker
- Best Battery Life: JBL Boombox
- Best Value: UE Wonderboom 2
- Best for Portability: JBL Clip 3
Best Overall: JBL Charge 4
JBL makes some great Bluetooth speakers, and the Charge 4 is the perfect balance between high and low-end speakers. The Charge 4 is rated to last for up to 20-hours, and can quickly recharge with the USB Type-C charging port. The inclusion of Type-C sets it apart from the competition alone.
JBL also makes a slew of different color options to pick from, so you don't have to worry about going with the same boring, old, black. JBL also includes Connect+ which allows you to pair the Charge 4 with up to 100 different compatible speakers for the ultimate sound experience.
The downside with the Charge 4 is that you will need to make sure you have a wall adapter available to keep it powered. Plus, this speaker is a bit heftier than other models, so you may not want to carry it with you for the entire day.
- Many colors to pick from
- 20-hours of battery life
- USB Type-C charging port
- Does not include wall adapter
- Heavier than similar models
Take it anywhere, and it lasts all day
The JBL Charge 4 is fantastic with its 20-hours of battery life, multiple color options, and improved bass radiators.
Best for Parties: Ultimate Ears BOOM 3
The Ultimate Ears BOOM lineup of Bluetooth speakers has always impressed, and the BOOM 3 improves even more over its predecessor. You have a range of up to 150-feet, so you can take your phone with you during the party, versus leaving it on the same table and open to others.
Ultimate Ears also provides an optional charging dock for those moments where you need to keep the BOOM 3 charged but want to keep the music going. There is also an accompanying app for any updates that may arrive over the lifespan of this Bluetooth speaker. Plus, it floats in the water and can be paired with other compatible speakers for a surround sound experience.
The downside here is that while Ultimate Ears does a fantastic job when it comes to sound, it still lags a bit in other areas. One such area is the charging port, as the BOOM 3 still relies on microUSB for its charging needs, which can be frustrating with the subpar 15-hours of battery life.
- Bluetooth range up to 150-feet
- App integration
- Floats in water
- Pair up to 150 compatible speakers for stereo sound
- 15-hour battery life
- MicroUSB charging port
Best for Parties
Perfect to take to the pool since it floats with you
With the Ultimate Ears Boom 3, you will get fantastic sound in a sleek package, and it even floats for those pool parties.
Best Value: Soundcore Flare Party Speaker
If you are trying to liven up the party, then the Soundcore Flare could be the perfect solution without breaking the bank. This speaker sports 360-degrees of sound along with its IP67 water and dust resistance so you can bring it to the beach or pool.
There is also an LED ring at the bottom of the speaker with a few different themes and patterns. This LED ring will pulsate and change to the rhythm of the music, creating a unique experience compared to other speakers. There is even an accompanying application that allows you to adjust the EQ levels, so you get the best playback possible.
While the Flare includes the "BassUp" functionality, you won't get too much oomph due to the 10W speaker output. Plus, you will likely need to charge up sooner than expected with the 12-hour battery life.
- Connect two Flare speakers for stereo sound
- LEDs pulse to rhythm of the music
- 360-degrees of sound
- IP67 water and dust resistant
- 12-hours of battery life
- Only 10 watts of power
Get your groove on with the LEDs
On top of offering 360-degrees of sound, the Soundcore Flare sports an LED ring that changes to the rhythm of your music.
Best for 360-degree sound: Bose Soundlink Revolve+
Bose is an industry-leader in speakers, headphones, sound systems and more, and it's for good reason. With options like the SoundLink Revolve+, you get incredible sound quality in a gorgeous package.
The Revolve+ offers 360-degrees of sound, and the built-in acoustic deflector ensures that the music is spread out evenly. The accompanying Bose Connect app makes it easy to switch between Bluetooth devices with ease. There is even Google Assistant support with the hardware button found on the top of the speaker.
Bose decided to not go "all-out" with the Revolve+, despite its pricing. On the water-resistance front, this speaker only has an IPX4 rating, so you won't exactly want to take this one swimming.
- Integration with Google Assistant
- 360-degrees of sound
- Stereo mode possible with multiple speakers
- IPX4 water and dust resistant
- More expensive than other options
Best for 360-degree sound
Not the best water resistance, but you get that Bose sound
The Bose Soundlink Revolve+ provides that classic Bose sound that you can rely on while being water-resistant and more.
Most Rugged: DemerBox Rugged Bluetooth Speaker
The DemerBox is perhaps one of the most unique Bluetooth speakers available, as it looks like it's built like a tank. There are two speakers built into this Pelican case and lasts for up to 40 hours in between charges.
The case itself opens up and includes an internal storage compartment so you can take the DemerBox with you on a lazy river. There is even a built-in USB port that allows you to keep your phone charged up while the music is playing.
This is not precisely the best speaker for portability, as it would be better suited to float around in the pool or to take to the beach for the day. Just be prepared to pay for the awesomeness that the DemerBox has to offer.
- 40 hours of battery life
- Internal storage compartment
- Charge your phone with built-in USB port
- Not very portable
Pump up the music and store your valuables
Not only is the DemerBox ultra-rugged, but there is even a compartment to store your valuables, and they won't get wet.
Best Battery Life: JBL Boombox
Unfortunately, traditional boomboxes are not readily available, and they don't have Bluetooth support. That leaves you to rely on options such as the aptly-named JBL Boombox. This has a built-in handle at the top with easy-to-access controls and even a little base.
JBL packed a 20,000mAh battery into the Boombox, which is rated for providing up to 24 hours of playback. The speaker is even IPX7 water and dust resistant so it can handle a pool party or just a trip to the park.
The awesome-ness provided by the Boombox does come at a price, as it's more expensive than similarly sized speakers. Another downside is that you will have to rely on your smartphone to control the EQ, as there is no support elsewhere.
- 24-hour battery life
- Two built-in bass radiators
- Classic and nostalgic design
- Extremely pricey
- No application for EQ adjustment
Best Battery Life
Give them the Boombox Serenade in 2019
The JBL Boombox is big and beautiful while providing 24 hours of battery life so the party won't end.
Best Value: UE Wonderboom 2
The Wonderboom 2 from Ultimate Ears is consistently mentioned as one of the best Bluetooth speakers. This is because it's small, portable, and provides excellent sound quality in this unique package.
With an IP67 water and dust resistance, you can take it to the pool, and don't have to worry about keeping your phone nearby. That's thanks to the 100-foot Bluetooth range provided by the Wonderboom 2. Plus, you can pair a second Wonderboom 2 for a stereo experience, or just to cover the entire area.
You might want to keep a charger nearby, however, as the Wonderboom 2 comes with just 13-hours of battery life. This is expounded by the fact that you have to rely on micro USB and not USB Type-C, which is rather frustrating.
- Bluetooth range of 100-feet
- IP67 Water and dust resistant
- Pair a second Wonderboom 2 for stereo sound
- 13-hour battery life
- MicroUSB charging port
- No app support
Packs a bigger punch than expected
If you want a more portable speaker with a lot of sounds, then the UE Wonderboom 2 is excellent. Just don't expect the battery to last forever.
Best for Portability: JBL Clip 3
Sometimes you don't need a Bluetooth speaker to light up a party, but you want something with enough power to enjoy yourself. That's where the JBL Clip 3 comes in, as this speaker includes a built-in carabiner so that you can clip it to your belt loop or backpack.
JBL even included IPX7 water and dust resistance so it will be able to withstand a hiking session, or if you get caught in the rain. The Clip 3 also features three easy-to-access control buttons on the front for Play/Pause and Volume Up/Down.
Not everything is perfect with the Clip 3, as it only sports 10-hours of battery life. Meaning that you could end up with a dead speaker if you are out for the day. Plus, there's no microphone, so you'll still have to use your smartphone if a phone call comes through.
- IPX7 Water and dust resistant
- Carabiner clips to backpack or clothes
- 10 hours of battery life
- No built-in microphone
Best for Portability
Clip it anywhere and listen all day
When it comes to portability, there's no better option than the JBL Clip 3 since you can use the carabiner to attach it to your bag or pants loop.
There are so many great Bluetooth speakers out there. If you are looking for the perfect waterproof Bluetooth speaker, you would be hard-pressed to find a better option than the JBL Charge 4. On top of getting great sound from this, the Charge 4 also has a fantastic battery life with a 20-hour battery life rating.
Plus, the Charge 4 is one of the few speakers that comes equipped with USB Type-C for charging, so you can finally get rid of those micro USB cables. The accompanying JBL Connect+ app makes it possible to connect with compatible speakers so you can fill the room, or the yard, with your music.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Andrew Myrick is a regular freelancer at Android Central and iMore. He has been a tech enthusiast ever since the original iPhone was released and continues to flip-flop between devices. You might as well hook him up to an IV filled with coffee in an effort to get him through the day. If you have any questions, you can find him on Twitter, and he'll get back to you.
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