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Singing in the shower is a longtime phenomenon that has made its way into popular humor across the world. Isolation and an uneventful setting naturally lead us to try and cheer ourselves up with our favorite tracks.
Shower speakers take it up to the next level, letting us bring along all our favorite beats. They give you something to concentrate on other than the boring tile around you.
That said, shower speakers aren’t just for the tub. Anywhere you are near water can benefit from a quality shower speaker, including the beach, pool parties, or hiking trips in swampy areas.
Most will connect wirelessly to your choice of mobile device, freeing you from the need to designate a disc jockey or towel off every few minutes to switch tracks. Just set your favorite playlist and dive in.
As with many electronics or accessories, there is a vast selection on the market, and it can be hard to pick out the right one – a model you can be happy with for some time to come.
We’ve narrowed the field to five of the best soakable speakers to help you play your tunes literally anywhere.
Table of Contents
|1. AOMAIS SPORT II
|2. JBL Flip 4
|3. Bose SoundLink
|4. Anker SoundCore 2
|5. Photive Hydra
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1. AOMAIS SPORT II
A particularly rugged model with a convenient outline that’s easy to pack for a day of fun by the water or set up next to your tub.
- Full stereo sound
- 15 hour battery life
- Weighs 667 grams
- 20-watt stereo speakers
What We Like About AOMAIS SPORT II
This model can handle any event or conditions. It resists immersion of up to one meter and damage from small scratches to automobile crush tests.
What We Don’t Like About AOMAIS SPORT II
There are multiple reports of the Bluetooth connection failing or weakening the sound quality.
- High damage resistance
- Nearly a full day of battery
- Safe for full immersion
- Multiple input feeds
- Accessories included
- Poor Bluetooth connection
- No subwoofer
2. JBL Flip 4
JBL adds another success to its 60-year history of quality electronics with this small but powerful waterproof speaker.
- Battery lasts for 12 hours
- Bass Radiator
- 3,000 milliamp rechargeable battery
- IPX7 submersible casing
What We Like About JBL Flip 4
This device is capable of linking with other JBL devices or mobile devices for a comprehensive sound experience.
What We Don’t Like About JBL Flip 4
The sound can be overpowering and hard to properly modulate.
- Can link to multiple devices or even other speakers
- Bass radiators for full effect
- Bluetooth streaming
- Highly resistant casing
- Echo cancelling
- Battery life wanes after a few months
- Round shape can be awkward to pack properly
3. Bose SoundLink
This speaker is deceptively small for the powerful sound and crystal-clear playback that it can produce.
- Weighs roughly 10 oz.
- IPX7 water resistance
- Wireless pairing to 30 feet
- Battery lasts for up to 6 hours
What We Like About Bose SoundLink
This speaker is a miniscule amount of space for the sound power and clarity of a much larger system.
What We Don’t Like About Bose SoundLink
Even with the included strap, this item can be too small to effectively mount or keep track of in a backpack or on a bicycle.
- Lightweight in the extreme
- Convenient Size
- Batteries included
- Relatively long wireless range
- Compatible with most digital assistants.
- Shorter battery life than other models
- Easy to lose, especially if taken in a bag
4. Anker SoundCore 2
A powerful Bluetooth shower speaker with a full day of battery life.
- Bluetooth 5
- Six watt power supply
- Weighs less than a pound
- IPX7 immersion rating
What We Like About Anker SoundCore 2
This speaker has received accolades from the popular tech reviewer ‘Tom’s Guide’ for its power and value for money.
What We Don’t Like About Anker SoundCore 2
The Bluetooth pairing range on this model is subpar, especially when compared to other models from the same manufacturer.
- Noted by the tech community
- Full day of battery life
- Easy and clear pairing up to Bluetooth 5
- Call answering features
- Full bass projection
- Shoddy pairing range
- Autotuning is not reliable
5. Photive Hydra
Many speakers can resist water. The Hydra can take everything else as well, including dust, shocks, crush tests and insect damage.
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Battery lasts up to 8 hours
- Controls on speaker mean no need to take out a phone
- Calling compatible with integrated speakerphone.
What We Like About Photive Hydra
This speaker is reliable enough to actually take into the shower or pool, or on long treks and rough terrain.
What We Don’t Like About Photive Hydra
Some speaker power and clarity seems to have been sacrificed in making the shell so resilient.
- Integrated control panel
- Works underwater to one meter
- Simple to pair, unpair, and use
- Attractively priced
- Operable through more than just water
- Sound and bass quality somewhat lacking
- Included accessories are not up to standard
These speakers can liven up a dull time in all manner of ways, but there are some things that need to go with them for a complete experience.
In particular, many of these models are not easily portable, or come with lackluster carrying straps. Investing in a proper strap or a bag with space for your speaker may prove a ‘sound’ decision.
Additionally, it should be noted that while near water or in the shower can be the very time when it is most critical to be able to hear what is going on around you. Users are cautioned not to raise the volume to the point where they are unaware of their surroundings.
The loud volume will make it impossible to hear important safety messages or calls for help. These speakers are powerful enough to cause hearing damage if played at full power and is located too close to the human ear.
A further ‘note’ of caution regards the waterproof casings. While these casings are rated IPX7, which means it can be fully submersible to at least a meter, keep in mind that is only while the casing is intact.
If the casing is suspected to be damaged then keep the speaker out of water. Have it checked out by a licensed technician before taking it to any water. A damaged casing submerged in the water could destroy the product and endanger the user.