A lot of people like to take their music anywhere they go, and sometimes that includes unconventional spaces. One of these is in the shower. Sure, if you’re trying to relax or just wind down after a tough day at work, music and a nice shower can certainly help out. However, it’s understandable that you’d be a bit skeptical of using your phone in there.
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This is why you should look for a waterproof speaker. You can take these waterproof speakers into the shower, and these “shower speakers” are actually quite safe. Most of these speakers are built exactly for this purpose, so they have no problem being blasted with water, for the most part.
Still, it’s certainly a niche product for some companies to make. So you’re either going to get great audio quality or just robust water resistance. But don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of speakers that integrate both, and here are five of our favorites.
UE or Ultimate Ears (owned by Logitech) has been making great waterproof speakers for a long while now. They are known to have great sound quality, premium construction, and good design. Currently, the Wonderboom 2 is their best option, especially for the shower.
The Wonderboom 2 is a shrunk-down version of the highly successful Megaboom lineup. It has the same 360-degree audio design, and it has a surprisingly wide soundstage. But first, let’s talk about design. This speaker is portable and you can easily take it in a shower. The large volume buttons are still present at the front, which gives it an iconic look.
It also has a loop for hanging it if you can find a spot for it. At the top, we have the play/pause/skip buttons, the power button, and the Bluetooth indicator. At the bottom, we have an “Outdoor Boost” which increases clarity and loudness when outdoors.
Water-resistance is at rated at IP67, so it can survive long sessions in the shower no problem. UE is known for rugged speakers, and the Wonderboom 2 is no different. It also sounds great, with rich full sounding detail even at full volume. Perfect for the shower.
The only downside I can think of is the lack of battery indication on the speaker. However, the 13-hour battery makes up for that.
It’s hard to talk about the best speakers in any category, and not mention JBL. Their legacy speaks for itself, as they’ve been around for such a long time. Recently, they have been crushing it with their Bluetooth speaker lineup. The JBL Charge 4 is one of their best Bluetooth speakers and a surprisingly good fit for the shower.
The JBL Charge 4 has a similar design language compared to the previous iterations, and even the flip lineup. Their oblong shape is quite recognizable at this point, and while JBL is pushing the boundaries of what one might call small or portable, the Charge 4 is still easy to carry around. JBL offers more than 10 colors with this speaker, so there is a little something for everyone.
The passive bass radiators on both sides are still impressive, and they move along with your music. IP67 water resistance is still present, and that makes the Charge 4 incredibly rugged. In fact, it can even float in the water and play music for up to 30 minutes. Perfect for the pool or shower.
Sound is impressive as you’d expect from JBL. The low-end is very pleasing, and the mid-range is smooth with bright cheerful highs. The only downside to this speaker is its size, as having something smaller would be better for the shower. But if you can place it on a flat surface, you’ll have a great experience.
Next up is a speaker that you probably haven’t heard of before or the company for that matter. The Braven BMRAUSW. It might look like an ordinary speaker at first glance, but what it lacks in design flair, it makes up in sound quality.
Let’s talk about design. This is an extremely small speaker and that makes it perfect for the sure. The white and blue color scheme is a bit dull. If the blue has been brighter, maybe the design would pop more. But that’s just an aesthetic complaint.
At the front of the speaker are the drivers, and the volume control buttons to the left. The play pause and power button are on the right. At the back, we have a clip/hook that folds out so you can hang it somewhere in the bathroom when need be. It can also be used as a kickstand. The charging port is protected by a waterproof flap.
The 1200mAh battery is rated to last up to 10 hours, so if you intend to get this just for the shower, it will last a while. This Braven speaker has two drivers and a passive radiator, which is impressive in this size on its own. Sound quality is full and rich, with crisp detailed highs and a lot of kick in the bass. Just don’t dunk this into the tub, as the IPX5 rating won’t help. It can survive a few drops in the shower though.
In a world where a lot of Bluetooth speakers look exactly the same, the Polk Audio BOOM Swimmer DUO is a breath of fresh air. This was designed with the shower in mind, and the design reflects that. The Swimmer is rugged and built to withstand accidental drops without taking any major damage.
Polk Audio’s BOOM Swimmer is made out of hard plastic material, but the surface is coated in a way that it feels soft to the touch. It is dirtproof, water-resistant, and shockproof. Sure, this is a great speaker for the shower, but with that rugged construction, you can take this outside no problem.
The speaker is available in green, orange, and blue color options, with blue looking like the most appealing one. At the bottom of the speaker we have the buttons for play/pause and volume controls. There is also a Bluetooth button for pairing quickly.
At the bottom, we have a removable base. You can either screw in a regular suction cup base, or a tail like loop base. The loop base is flexible and you can wrap it around any surface, which makes it versatile. Sound quality is quite decent and loud, but the bass is lacking a bit. There’s also no option for pairing with multiple devices.
Last on our list is a budget option called the AYL Soundfit. This speaker is extremely rugged and is certified with IPX5 water resistance. That means while it’s not quite suited for the pool, you can certainly take this into the shower, and that’s what it is intended for.
You actually get a lot in the box for this price. They include a user guide, a cloth drawstring bag, a micro-USB for charging, and a 3.5mm aux cable. The speaker has a boxy shape to it and looks identical from either side. You can get it in black, blue, or forest green colorways. The USB port and aux port are hidden behind a thick rubber door.
As for overall sound quality, you shouldn’t expect much, but you won’t be disappointed either. The speaker gets reasonably loud, plenty enough for the shower. And it sounds good enough for the most part, it’s just that a little bit of distortion jumps in when you play bass-heavy music.
But for a low price you’re getting rugged build quality, shock resistance and water resistance, and decent audio for the shower. There’s not much more you could ask for from an entry-level speaker.