4 of the best waterproof speakers for 2018

By Mike Atherton 26 Apr 2018
Best waterproof speakers

We’ve seen some huge improvements in Bluetooth speakers over the last few years. It used to be that we’d just buy a small, cheap speaker to use in the garden or to take on holiday. It’d have terrible sound quality, and you wouldn’t be able to take your phone more than ten feet before the music cut out - but it didn’t matter too much if it got wet, because you only paid £20 for it.

These days our expectations are a little higher, and manufacturers know that. Sound quality has hugely improved, they have much better range, and some are even waterproof - making them perfect for taking on holiday, to the beach, or the music festival.

So here are 4 of the best waterproof speakers you can buy - on any budget.

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It might be small, but it certainly packs a punch. At £199, it’s hardly inexpensive, but Bose is all about premium quality, and that’s exactly what this speaker offers.

It’s about the size of a Coke can, yet the sound you get from it makes you think you’re listening to something much bigger. It creates a really rich and balanced sound, and it’s 360 degree driver sends the music in all directions, so everyone gets to hear the same thing, wherever they are.

It’s sturdy too, designed specifically to withstand drops on hard surfaces, with its rubber bumpers at the top and bottom. You can also control the music from the speaker, so you don’t have to pick up your phone every time you want to skip a song or pause the music.

With its IPX4 rating, it’ll happily stand up to a heavy rain shower, but we wouldn’t recommend fully submerging it in water.

The Bose SoundLink Revolve also has a big brother, the Revolve+, which is even more powerful and comes with a bigger battery - giving you better sound quality, for longer.

Find out more about the SoundLink Revolve, or the Revolve+.

JBL Pulse 3

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If you’re looking for something a bit different, this one might be for you. The JBL Pulse 3 isn’t just a great sounding speaker, it’s also a light show.

At just over 20cm, the Pulse 3 is a little bit bigger than the standard SoundLink Revolve, and that extra size does give it a slightly fuller sound than the Bose speaker - but you’d probably only be able to tell if you were listening to them side-by-side.

The thing that really makes this speaker stand out from the rest, is the fully customisable light show. The top third of the speaker is a 360 degree LED that can be programmed using the JBL Connect app, you can even point your phone’s camera at something and the light show will match the colour of whatever you point your phone at.

It also has an IPX7 rating, meaning it’s completely waterproof, so you can throw it in the pool and it’ll be fine - it even floats.

It has a decent battery life lasting up to 12 hours, but that does depend on how much you use the light show. If you want to save battery, you can just turn the lights off.

At £169, the Pulse 3 is currently a bit cheaper than the Bose - take a look at what else the Pulse 3 can do.

JVC SP-AD80-B

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The JVC SP-AD80-B has been designed with festivals and camping in mind, it’s relatively inexpensive at £34.99, and with an IPX7 rating, it doesn’t matter if it’s dropped in water.

The sound quality won’t rival the more expensive, JBL, Sony, or Bose speakers, but if you’re looking for something to keep you entertained by the campfire, this might be the one to go for - it even comes with a built-in torch.

Find out more about the JVC SP-AD80-B.

JBL Boombox

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There’s only one word to describe the JBL Boombox, and that's big. For a portable Bluetooth speaker, this thing is huge. At £399, it’s not cheap either - but you get way more for your money than you get from most Bluetooth speakers.

Like other speakers, it has an IPX7 rating, meaning you can throw it in the pool and it'll be absolutely fine. It even floats - which is surprising, considering it weighs more than 5 kilos.

Its huge battery means you’ll get up to 24 hours of music from a full charge. It also has two handy USB charging ports hidden behind a waterproof cover, that lets you charge other devices from your Boombox.

This speaker is designed with large outdoor areas in mind, whether it’s at the park, the beach, or on the boat, the output and audio quality you get from it is amazing. If you’re looking for something mostly for indoor use, the Boombox is probably a bit over the top - unless you live in a mansion. But if you need something that can create loads of sound in a big area, you won't find much better than the JBL Boombox

Find out more about the JBL Boombox.

Hopefully, that’s helped you decide which waterproof speaker to get. If you need help with anything else, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow experts here.

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