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The 10 Best Bluetooth Shower Speakers of 2018

When we first starting researching products for this Bluetooth shower speakers article, we had no idea how much of a demand or, how many products there actually are. It seems there are a lot of people who love listening to music in the shower, which is awesome! We also found that with so many products, there was a lot of poor-quality, cheap shower speakers on the market. In this article, we take a look at the best Bluetooth shower speakers of 2018.

As with all of our “best of” articles, we don’t just list random products and let you guess the rest. At the beginning of this article, you’ll find some explanations to terms which may be confusing – while at the end of the article you’ll find our regular Buyer’s Guide to help you make the right decision based on your needs.

What is a Bluetooth Shower Speaker?

If you’ve landed on this page and you don’t know what a Bluetooth shower speaker is or that it was even a thing, don’t worry – we’ll explain.

The answer is actually pretty simple, as the name is in the title. A Bluetooth shower speaker is basically a speaker designed to work in the shower. These speakers are typically a lot smaller than your normal Bluetooth speaker and carry a minimum IPX5 or splashproof rating. Shower speakers either have a suction cup, clip/strap or (in some cases) both.

Why Are Shower Speakers So Small?

Showers speakers are small for a couple of reasons. One, you don’t need a lot of power in a confined space like a shower to hear a speaker. Secondly, most shower speakers need to hang on a clip or attach to the wall via a suction cup. If the speaker is too big you’re limited to where you can hang the speaker. Lastly, most showers just don’t have enough space for a bulky speaker.

The average shower speaker features a 40-60mm (1.5” – 2.3”) speaker driver only capable of between 3-6W of power. While this doesn’t seem like much, it’s enough for the purposes of a shower speaker. Due to their size, shower speakers don’t have any bass. Unless you get a bigger speaker for the shower, don’t expect to find a bass-heavy shower speaker.

IPX What? Waterproof Ratings Explained

When it comes to any waterproof consumer electronics product, you’re going to come across an IPX waterproof rating. The USA also has its own waterproof rating system which doesn’t include the “X” but rather just two letters “IP” and two numbers (eg: “67”). At first, this seems a little confusing, but I guarantee after reading this brief description you’ll have a full grasp of the waterproof ratings.

Where Do IPX Ratings Come From?

IPX ratings are determined by the international regulatory body called the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) based out of Geneva, Switzerland. The IEC is responsible for tens of thousands of regulations relating to electronics products with waterproof ratings making up a fraction of a fraction of what the IEC does.

IPX Ratings

The IPX ratings start from 1 and go up to 8 with 1 being the lowest/ no protection and 8 being the highest submersion waterproof protection. For the purposes of this article, anything less than IPX5 will not offer enough protection for your electronics product, so we’ll ignore everything from 1 to 4. If you are interested to read more on the topic, you can do so here.

● IPX5 – Protection from jets of water sprayed from all sides.
● IPX6 – Protection from powerful jets of water sprayed from all sides.
● IPX7 – Product can be submerged to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes.
● IPX8 – Product can be submerged past 1 meter to a depth and timeframe as determined by the manufacturer.

Where Do IP Ratings Come From?

IP ratings are based on an American standard. The US doesn’t force manufacturers to use IP over IPX ratings as they are pretty much the same. If a product is manufactured in the US, then it’ll always have an IP over IPX rating. IP ratings are regulated by the US regulatory body, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). Like the IEC, NEMA deal with thousands of regulations with waterproof ratings making up a fraction of what they do.

IP Ratings

IP ratings are identical to IPX ratings except that the X is replaced by a number (6 being completely waterproof and dust proof. The second number goes from 1-8 and follows the same protection classification as the NEMA standard. So IP67 is the same as IPX7 and IP68 is the same as IPX8.

1. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

At a Glance

Power Output:
5W
Battery Life:
10 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth
Waterproof Rating
IPX7
Bluetooth:
100ft
Dimensions:
4” x 3.6”
Weight:
21.1oz

 

In the last few years, Ultimate Ears (UE) has become one of the most popular Bluetooth speaker manufacturers. The company produces quality products with trendy, minimal design features in a variety of colors. The UE Wonderboom makes an awesome Bluetooth shower speaker but is versatile enough for many applications.

The Wonderboom is a cylindrical speaker standing 4” high, 3.6” wide and weighing just 21.1oz. Ultimate Ears doesn’t specify the exact power output on the UE Wonderboom but it is one powerful compact speaker – certainly enough to get a party started in the bathroom. The speaker plays audio at 360° which is more effective for filling a room with sound.

The Wonderboom has a very natural sounding bass profile with no apparent bass boost. Mids and highs are clear with a surprising amount of detail. While the Wonderboom does get very loud, it does start to distort at 100% which is to be expected from a speaker of this size. You also have the ability to pair two Wonderboom speakers together to double your sound. Unfortunately, this doesn’t give you the option of setting the speakers up in stereo, but great for getting a louder sound.

The Wonderboom uses Bluetooth with a range of up to 100ft for audio input, which is better than the other Bluetooth shower speakers we reviewed for this article. A paired device can be controlled via four buttons on the Wonderboom. The most obvious of which is the large Ultimate Ears signature + (plus) and – (minus) buttons for volume control located on the side of the speaker. On top of the Wonderboom is a power button which also activates pairing. Just next to the power button is the Ultimate Ears button which is used for play/pause and a double tap will skip the track forward. There is no way to skip to the previous track on the Wonderboom.

One of the most important features of the Wonderboom is its durability. Firstly, the Wonderboom is IPX7 waterproof rated which protects the speaker to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes. The speaker is also shockproof and has been tested being dropped from around 16ft without experiencing any damage. This is certainly a welcome feature for the hard surfaces of a bathroom. The Wonderboom comes with a small stretchy hook for hanging the speaker, however, this won’t fit over a faucet so, if you need to hang the speaker in your shower, you might need to attach a piece of string or a clip.

What’s in the Box?

Here is what’s in the box when you purchase the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom:

● Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker
● Flat Micro USB charging cable

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Conclusion

The Wonderboom is a great little speaker with good sound quality and durability features including the IPX7 waterproof rating. At just under $100, the Wonderboom is a little more expensive than most of the Bluetooth shower speakers in this article. With that said, it is well worth the price, given both the build and sound quality. If looks are what you’re after, the Wonderboom is also available in 11 stylish colors which are bound to turn heads.

2. Anker Soundcore Motion Q Waterproof Speaker

Anker Soundcore Motion Q Waterproof Speaker

At a Glance

Power Output:
16W
Battery Life:
10 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth
Waterproof Rating
IPX7
Bluetooth:
33ft
Dimensions:
4.2” x 3.5”
Weight:
14.4oz

 

We regularly feature Anker products in our articles. We find Anker speakers offer a great balance between affordability and sound quality. The Soundcore Motion Q is a great option as a Bluetooth shower speaker. The speaker stands just 4.2” high, 3.5” wide and weighs just 14.4oz. The Soundcore Motion Q has a hook and Anker provide you with a detachable shoelace-style string to hang the speaker with. This string is big enough to easily fit over a faucet so no worrying about hanging the Soundcore Motion Q in the shower. The speaker carries an IPX7 waterproof rating which is perfect for use in the shower or bathtub as the Soundcore Motion Q is able to survive submersion in water up to 1m.

The Soundcore Motion Q features dual 8W speakers producing a combined 16W delivering 360° sound. The sound is surprisingly loud for such a small speaker. Bass is not sub-bass levels but certainly clean and punchy. As we’ve come to expect from Anker, the mids and highs are clean, even at higher volumes. The Soundcore Motion Q seems to handle distortion well with only a slight break up at full volume. Overall, sound quality was impressive. The Soundcore Motion Q can also be linked to a second Motion Q for a stereo sound and double the volume.

The Soundcore Motion Q has both Bluetooth and ⅛ inch AUX inputs. The AUX is behind a watertight seal so, if you plan to use the Soundcore Motion Q around water, you don’t want to be using the AUX input. Bluetooth connectivity and pairing is excellent with no issues there. Once paired, you have a few controls for your Bluetooth device located on top of the Soundcore Motion Q. There is a play/pause, Bluetooth pairing, power, volume up, and volume down button.

The Soundcore Motion Q has a built-in microphone so the speaker can be used for hands-free calling and you can also chat to Siri and Google Now. The audio quality on calls is good enough that both ends of the call can be heard. Certainly better than the cheaper Bluetooth shower speakers.

What’s in the Box?

Here is what’s in the box when you purchase the Anker Soundcore Motion Q Waterproof Speaker:

● Soundcore Motion Q
● Micro USB charging cable
● Hanging string

Anker Soundcore Motion Q Waterproof Speaker Conclusion

The Soundcore Motion Q is the perfect balance between audio quality and affordability. While the Soundcore Motion Q is double the price of most Bluetooth shower speakers, at under $50 the speaker is still half the price of the premium brands without sounding cheap. The Soundcore Motion Q is great as a waterproof speaker but is also powerful enough with decent sound quality to use in bigger rooms around the house.

3. JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

At a Glance

Power Output:
3W
Battery Life:
8 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth, ⅛ inch AUX (permanently attached AUX cable)
Waterproof Rating
IPX7
Bluetooth:
33ft
Dimensions:
5.6” x 3.7”
Weight:
6.4oz

 

A name synonymous with professional and consumer audio is JBL. The JBL Clip 2 is one of the smallest JBL speakers to date. The speaker is basically a circle with a custom carabiner hook, which is great for hanging the Clip 2 on a backpack or in your shower. The speaker is 3.7” in diameter with the clip adding 1.8” to measure 5.5” at its longest point. The Clip 2 is only 1.4” thick making it the thinnest Bluetooth shower speaker we reviewed for this article.

The JBL Clip 2 features a 3W speaker which isn’t powerful enough to fill a room, but certainly good enough for listening in close proximity like in the shower or even hanging from a backpack. The Clip 2 doesn’t really have much bass, as you would expect from a speaker this size, but the midrange and highs deliver exceptional clarity.

The speaker has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling. Unlike other shower speakers, JBL seems to have got this formula right with the audio quality on calls sounding really good. There is no echo and the voices sound present. You do, however, need to speak close to the Clip 2 in order to be heard properly.

The JBL Clip 2 comes with several buttons and some advanced features. Firstly, the Clip 2 features both Bluetooth and ⅛ inch AUX. The AUX cable is integrated into the speaker, so it’s permanently attached. The cable wraps around the speaker neatly so it’s out of the way when not in use. The great thing about having an integrated AUX cable is you can use this even around water. Something which isn’t possible with other waterproof speakers. This does, of course, mean you need a waterproof MP3 device or phone though.

The buttons on the Clip 2 include a volume up/down and call answer/reject/end on one side with the power and Bluetooth buttons on the opposite side. The call button also doubles as your play/pause while the Bluetooth button allows you to daisy-chain to another JBL Clip 2. The daisy-chain option only allows for mono audio, so a boost in power rather than stereo sound. Linking two Clip 2 speakers is as easy as holding down the Bluetooth button on each speaker until pairing is activated.

What’s in the Box?

Here is what’s in the box when you purchase the JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker:

● JBL Clip 2
● Carabiner clip
● Micro USB charging cable

JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Conclusion

If you want a premium Bluetooth shower speaker, then you’ll certainly get that with the JBL Clip 2. Every feature on the Clip 2 works as is says on the box. Sound quality is great, you can use the AUX for wet and dry applications and the speakerphone actually works! The Clip 2 is so small and compact you can easily pop the speaker in a backpack, laptop bag or even a lady’s handbag to take on your travels. The original retail price of the JBL Clip 2 was $72 but they’re regularly running specials on Amazon for under $50 which is a great price for a premium speaker of this quality.

4. VicTsing Bluetooth Shower Speaker

VicTsing Bluetooth Shower Speaker

At a Glance

Power Output:
5W
Battery Life:
6 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth
Waterproof Rating
IPX5
Bluetooth Range:
33ft
Dimensions:
5” x 2.2”
Weight:
7.4oz

 

The VicTsing Bluetooth Shower Speaker is a neat little circular device. The speaker weighs a mere 7.4oz with a large suction cup on the rear for easy mounting on a flat surface like a wall or glass. There is also a mounting ring on top of the speaker and VicTsing supplies you with a carabiner clip to hang the speaker from. The VicTsing carries an IPX5 waterproof rating, which basically means it’s splashproof. So, not enough protection should you accidentally drop the speaker in a tub of water.

The VicTsing features a compact 5W full-range speaker, which (given its size) is pretty loud. For a closed environment like a shower, the VicTsing will produce more than enough sound to listen to your favorite tracks while having a scrub. The sound quality on the VicTsing is what you’d expect from a 5W speaker this size. There’s very little bass although the speaker does produce a little bit of a punch. Mids and highs are clear and sufficient for what the speaker is intended for. Obviously, you won’t get audiophile-quality audio, but for some fun in the shower or as a Bluetooth speaker for background music, the VicTsing is perfect.

The VicTsing only allows for Bluetooth as an input, no ⅛ inch AUX cable. Bluetooth range is around 33ft so you will have to have your mobile device in the bathroom when you plan to use this Bluetooth shower speaker. The Bluetooth connectivity is solid and, if the device is in range, you shouldn’t experience any dropout or issues.

The VicTsing has various buttons around the side of the speaker to control your Bluetooth device. The buttons and their functions include a play/pause/call, volume up/skip forward, volume down/backward and power/Bluetooth.

The VicTsing also has a built-in microphone so you receive incoming calls via the play/pause button. This is probably not a feature you’ll ever use in the shower, however, the VicTsing could make an excellent hands-free device for your vehicle. With the large suction cup, you can fit the VicTsing on any window close to your head so you can make and receive calls on the go. The carabiner clip can be attached to a backpack to take your music wherever you wish.

The VicTsing has a built-in battery with a 6-hour battery life which should last most of the day with continuous usage.

Another great thing about the VicTsing is its durability. Especially for a budget speaker at under $20. I’ve read a few reviews from users who have dropped their VicTsing in the shower and had no issues with it being damaged at all. Obviously, each circumstance is different, it could break the first time you drop it or the hundredth, but it’s good to know that many users have shared similar experiences about this shower speaker’s durability.

The VicTsing is available in army green, blue, grey and orange.

What’s in the Box?

Here is what’s in the box when you purchase the VicTsing Bluetooth Shower Speaker:

● VicTsing Bluetooth Shower Speaker
● Carabiner clip
● Suction cup
● USB charging cable

VicTsing Bluetooth Shower Speaker Conclusion

As you can see from the VicTsing’s features, it is really versatile and not your average Bluetooth shower speaker. At under $20, the VicTsing is affordable offering great value with its design and features. The VicTsing will be great as a shower speaker but will also make a great Bluetooth speaker to take on your travels due to its lightweight and compact size.

5. iFox iF013 Bluetooth Shower Speaker

iFox iF013 Bluetooth Shower Speaker

At a Glance

Power Output:
5W
Battery Life:
8 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth, FM Radio
Waterproof Rating
IPX67
Bluetooth Range:
33ft
Dimensions:
2.3” x 3.3”
Weight:
10.4oz

 

The iFox iF013 looks more like an alien spaceship than a Bluetooth shower speaker. The iF013 features a circular design – 3.3” in diameter and standing 2.3” high. On the rear is a large suction cup to mount on flat surfaces while on the front is the speaker and controls. The iFox iF013 carries a US waterproof rating of IP67 (similar to IPX7). This means the speaker can be submerged to a depth of 1m for 30 minutes. Perfect for accidental drops in the bathtub or the shallow end of most swimming pools.

The iFox iF013 features a 5W speaker which is more than enough for an enclosed shower or bathroom area. When set to full volume, the iFox iF013 did start to distort for some genres of music. Therefore, if you want something really loud, the iFox iF013 is probably not the best choice. Having said that, for listening to music in the shower, the iFox iF013 is perfect.

Like all speakers this size, there isn’t much bass to speak of in the iFox iF013 but the mids and highs offer great clarity for general music listening.

The only input on the iFox iF013 is Bluetooth. There is a ⅛ inch input but this is for charging purposes only. The iFox iF013 features Bluetooth version 4.1, offering excellent connectivity of up to 33 feet – perfectly adequate for connections in the bathroom. You also have an FM tuner so you can listen to the radio as well as your music.

When paired, you have some control over your Bluetooth device via the buttons on top of the speaker. You can play/pause, volume up/skip, volume down/back, switch inputs (M or mode button), and power on/off.

The speaker also has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling.

The iFox iF013 has a built-in 8-hour battery which is more than enough for a full day of use. From flat, the iFox iF013 will fully recharge in around 3 hours.
At the rear of the speaker near the suction cup, is an LED light. This LED isn’t very bright but could be used for ambiance if perhaps you want to take a bath, or shower, with the lights dimmed. Keep in mind this will affect your battery life.

The iFox iF013 is also rated as shockproof with a durable outer casing. This is perfect for accidental drops in the bathroom or around the pool.

What’s in the Box?

Here is what’s in the box when you purchase the iFox iF013 Bluetooth Shower Speaker:

● iFox iF013
● Charging cable

iFox iF013 Bluetooth Shower Speaker Conclusion

The iFox iF013 is a great speaker for the bathroom and around the pool. With an IP67 rating, you don’t have to worry about dropping the speaker in water (up to 1m of course). The speaker is ultra-lightweight and compact so its suitable as a travel speaker, even in your carry-on for flights. At just under $35, the iF013 is a lot more expensive than the VicTsing. Both of these speakers have exactly the same sound and features, however, the iF013 can be submerged while the VicTsing is only splash proof.

6. AYL SoundFit Bluetooth Shower Speaker

AYL SoundFit Bluetooth Shower Speaker

At a Glance

Power Output:
Unspecified
Battery Life:
10 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth, ⅛ inch AUX
Waterproof Rating
IPX5
Bluetooth Range:
33ft
Dimensions:
3.9” x 2.0”
Weight:
9.4oz

 

The AYL (Accessorize Your Life) SoundFit is a funky looking, square Bluetooth shower speaker with an IPX5 waterproof rating. This basically makes the AYL SoundFit splashproof – any submersion will damage the AYL SoundFit.

The SoundFit comes with a detachable plastic strap which can be used to carry or hang the speaker. Great for hanging over the shower faucet.

The speaker is rated as shockproof, so is likely to survive the random drop, bump or scratch. I have read a couple of reviews from people who have owned the SoundFit for a few years and the speaker still works as normal, even after being dropped plenty of times.

AYL doesn’t specify the SoundFit’s power output, but given the amount of sound it produces, I would estimate this to be between 5W-10W. Certainly enough for listening to music in the shower. The SoundFit doesn’t have much bass but does deliver a decent punch with clear mids and highs.

The SoundFit features Bluetooth version 4.1 with a range of around 33ft. Pairing the device is quick and easy offering excellent connectivity with no dropout within the specified range. If your primary purpose for the SoundFit is for use in the bathroom, then you won’t have any issues. The SoundFit also has a ⅛ inch AUX input which is housed next to the micro USB charging input behind a watertight cover. Keep in mind this cover needs to be closed and sealed for the device to be waterproof. This means you won’t be able to use the ⅛ inch AUX input where there is the risk of splashes from any water. You probably wouldn’t want to do this anyway, since with an AUX cable connected you’d risk wetting your phone or MP3 device too.

The SoundFit has a four-button control panel for controlling your Bluetooth device. You can play/pause, volume up/skip forward, volume down/skip backward and power/Bluetooth pairing. The play pause can also answer and end an incoming call.

The SoundFit has a built-in battery with an impressive 12-hour battery life. The battery will fully recharge from flat in around 3-4 hours. The SoundFit is available in green, blue or black.

What’s in the Box?

Here is what’s in the box when you purchase the AYL SoundFit Bluetooth Shower Speaker:

● AYL SoundFit
● Micro USB charging cable
● ⅛ inch AUX cable
● Soft mesh carry bag

AYL SoundFit Bluetooth Shower Speaker Conclusion

At under $20, the AYL SoundFit Bluetooth Shower Speaker comes with a cool design and premium features. The SoundFit is designed to take some punishment from water as well as the odd drop, making it a worthwhile investment at an affordable price. Due to the speakers’ compact size, you can easily carry the SoundFit in your laptop bag or backpack without feeling the extra weight. With the strap attached, you can even attach the SoundFit to your backpack for adventures outdoors.

7. AquaAudio Cube Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

 AquaAudio Cubo Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker 

At a Glance

Power Output:
3W
Battery Life:
10 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth
Waterproof Rating
Unspecified (Rated splashproof)
Bluetooth Range:
50ft
Dimensions:
3.5” x 3.5”
Weight:
4.8oz

 

The AquaAudio Cube is an ultra-compact, lightweight waterproof speaker which is simple to use with some great features. This shower speaker measures 3.5” x 3.5” and weighs a mere 4.8oz. The Cube is rated as waterproof however, AquaAudio doesn’t specify the exact waterproof rating but does note that the speaker should not be submerged. The Cube comes with a large suction cup on the back for easy mounting in the shower.

The AquaAudio Cube features a compact 3W speaker which gets surprisingly loud. There is no bass and the midrange seems to be quite thin too. I would compact the audio quality as being slightly better than the speakers on the new iPad. The audio is clear, but with the highs being very prominent – so you can hear the music clearly, it’s just not a very full sound. For listening in the shower where the speaker is almost right next to your head, this won’t be too much of an issue.

The AquaAudio Cube has a total of seven buttons to control your Bluetooth device. All the buttons are neatly laid out on the front of the speaker making them easy to see and operate. Buttons include play/pause, volume up, volume down, skip forward, skip backward, call answer/end and power/Bluetooth.

The Cube features Bluetooth version 3 which isn’t the latest in 2018 however, the speaker pairs fast and connectivity is solid. For use in the shower, you definitely won’t experience any issues. All the buttons mentioned above will operate with any Bluetooth paired device including the ability to take incoming calls. There is a small built-in microphone on top of the speaker for calls. Sound quality is actually pretty good, however, your voice will sound a little distant to the caller.

The AquaAudio Cube features a 10-hour battery life which can fully recharge in around 2.5 hours which is quicker than most of the other shower speakers in this article.

What’s in the Box?

Here is what’s in the box when you purchase the AquaAudio Cubo Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker:

● AquaAudio Cubo
● Charging cable

AquaAudio Cube Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Conclusion

The Cube is a no frills, easy to operate shower speaker which is great for general listening in the shower. If you just want some background music in the bathroom, the Cube is great. Due to the speaker’s lack of power, the Cube is probably not going to be loud enough for bigger rooms.

8. AVWOO Bluetooth Shower Speaker

AVWOO Bluetooth Shower Speaker

At a Glance

Power Output:
5W
Battery Life:
12 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth, ⅛ inch AUX, SD Card
Waterproof Rating
IPX67
Bluetooth Range:
50ft
Dimensions:
4.0” x 4.0”
Weight:
10oz

 

I have to admit when I first saw the AVWOO Bluetooth shower speaker, I wasn’t expecting much. But the AVWOO is actually a really cool little Bluetooth speaker. The circular speaker measures 4” in diameter and weighs 10oz. The AVWOO comes with a carabiner clip so you can easily hang the speaker in the shower or bathroom. It carries an IP67 waterproof rating which protects the speaker from complete submersion for up to 30 minutes. The entire device is also covered in a soft silicone which gives the speaker a premium feel.

The 5W speaker on the AVWOO is actually surprisingly loud with more bass than you’d expect from a speaker this size. The AVWOO also performs well in the midrange and highs delivering a pleasant overall sound.

The AVWOO offers three inputs, ⅛ inch AUX, SD card (up to 16GB maximum) and Bluetooth. Having the SD card is a great addition because you can load your favorite playlists, plug the card in and you’ll always have music. This could be cool for paddleboarding, kayaking or tubing on the water where you typically won’t have your phone.

The carabiner clip means you can secure your AVWOO and not have to worry about the speaker falling off. The ⅛ inch AUX is great however, you can’t use this around water because the input is behind a watertight seal which needs to be closed to stay waterproof.

The AVWOO features Bluetooth 4.2 with a range of up to 50ft. Perfect for the shower, pool or just around the house. For Bluetooth and SD modes, you have several buttons on the side of the AVWOO. These buttons include play/pause, volume up/skip track, volume down/backtrack, call answer/end, and a light button for changing lighting modes.

Behind the speaker is an LED lighting panel which displays several lighting patterns. You can switch between these via the light button mentioned above. The lights aren’t very bright, so it needs to be pretty dark to have any effect but adds a bit of fun to the speaker.

The AVWOO has a built-in, 12-hour battery – which is perfect for a full day of playing music or, if you just use the speaker in the shower, it should easily last a few weeks between charges.

The AVWOO also has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling. The incoming caller sounds clean and clear, however, your voice will appear slightly muffled to the caller.

What’s in the Box?

Here is what’s in the box when you purchase the AVWOO Bluetooth Shower Speaker:

● AVWOO Bluetooth Shower Speaker
● ⅛ inch AUX cable
● Micro USB charging cable

AVWOO Bluetooth Shower Speaker Conclusion

The AVWOO is a great little speaker which is a lot more powerful than it initially looks. The silicone cover adds a nice soft feel to the speaker which will also prevent against bumps and scratches. The option of an SD card is great for those who might want to take the AVWOO out on the water or hiking and not want to take their phone. As a general shower speaker, the AVWOO delivers better sound quality than most of its competitors in the $30 and under price range.

9. SoundBot SB510 HD Bluetooth Shower Speaker

SoundBot SB510 HD Bluetooth Shower Speaker

At a Glance

Power Output:
5W
Battery Life:
6 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth
Waterproof Rating
Unspecified (Rated as water resistant)
Bluetooth Range:
33ft
Dimensions:
4” x 3.6”
Weight:
21.1oz

 

The SoundBot SB510 HD is one of the older, more popular Bluetooth shower speakers on the market and continues to sell well on Amazon and other retailers. The SoundBot measures 3.25” x 2.25” and weighs just 5.6oz. The speaker has a large suction cup on the rear for mounting on flat surfaces.

The SoundBot features a 5W speaker which delivers a decent amount of volume. The speaker delivers clean and clear mids and highs but the bass is almost non-existent, which is typical for a speaker this size.

The SoundBot only offers Bluetooth as an input option. There is a 5-button set of controls on the front of the Soundbot which controls any paired device. The buttons include play/pause, volume up/skip forward, volume down/skip backward, power/Bluetooth pairing and call answer/end. The hands-free calling on the SoundBot is very poor with the microphone producing sounding an echo sound making your voice unrecognizable on the other end of the line. I don’t see the need for a taking calls in the shower, so I don’t see this as an issue.

The SoundBot has a built-in battery with a battery life of up to 6 hours. Perfect for use in the shower a few minutes a day. You want to be careful when opening the charging port as the silicone cover is a little delicate and can pull off completely if you apply too much force. Without that cover, you lose any waterproof features it provides.

What’s in the Box?

Here is what’s in the box when you purchase the SoundBot SB510 HD Bluetooth Shower Speaker:

● SoundBot SB510 HD
● Micro USB cable

SoundBot SB510 HD Bluetooth Shower Speaker Conclusion

If you’re looking for a cheap Bluetooth shower speaker, then the SoundBot SB510 HD. The speaker costs under $15 and delivers decent sound quality. Certainly good enough for some music in the shower. The SoundBot is only splashproof, so be wary around the bathtub or pool.

10. COMISO Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

COMISO Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

At a Glance

Power Output:
12W
Battery Life:
24 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth
Waterproof Rating
IPX5
Bluetooth Range:
33ft
Dimensions:
5.7” x 2.8”
Weight:
13oz

 

The COMISO Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker resembles something that’s closer to a coffee thermos than a speaker. The cylindrical speaker stands 5.7 inches high and just 2.8 inches wide and weighs just 13oz making it easy to hold in the palm of your hand. The COMISO features a built-in strap which is great for a hook but will be a bit tight to fit over a faucet. With the speaker being so thin, you can easily place it on the soap rack.

The COMISO features two 6W speakers producing a combined 12W of 360° sound. More than double most of the shower speakers we feature in this article. The sound on the COMISO is fine till about 70-80% volume after which the speaker starts to distort. Up to this point, there’s not much bass but the speaker does have a nice little punch to the low end. The mids and highs offer a decent amount of clarity for both music and radio or podcasts.

If you do want to double the power capability, you can purchase a second COMISO and pair the speakers via the TWS (True Wireless Stereo) function. At under $30 for each speaker, purchasing two COMISO is definitely an affordable option.

One of the most impressive features on the COMISO is its 20-hour battery life. This is provided you don’t run the speaker past 60% volume, which is actually the perfect volume to run the COMISO at anyway. The battery will fully charge within 3 hours from being completely flat which is quick for a 20-hour battery.

The COMISO features Bluetooth only for input options. The Bluetooth is quick and easy to pair with audio prompts to let you know when a connection is complete. There is also a large blue Bluetooth LED indicator around the top of the speaker which offers function and a nice aesthetic.
The COMISO has several buttons located on top of the speaker which control any paired Bluetooth device. There is a play/pause button, volume up/track skip forward, volume down/track skip backward, power/call/Bluetooth pairing and the TWS button to link an additional COMISO. The COMISO also has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling. The sound quality of is not great with voices sounding distant.

What’s in the Box?

Here is what’s in the box when you purchase the COMISO Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker:

● COMISO speaker
● Carabiner clip
● Micro USB charging cable

COMISO Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Conclusion

The COMISO is an affordable speaker which delivers more punch and sound than most of the shower speakers we chose for this article. At under $30, the COMISO is also the cheapest Bluetooth speaker we have come across which offers the speaker linking feature essentially allowing you to double your speakers and volume. While the COMISO is more powerful than most shower speakers, it does appear to distort at high volumes. This is pushing the speaker a fair bit so staying at around 60-70% volume is best to avoid this. Other than that, the COMISO does what it says on the box with an IPX5 waterproof rating, perfect for use as a Bluetooth shower speaker.

Bluetooth Shower Speakers Buyer’s Guide

We trust you found our reviews of each product helpful in determining which Bluetooth shower speaker is right for you. If you’re still unsure about your decision, here is a further list to distinguish the best products in each sub-category of shower speakers:

Cheapest Bluetooth Shower Speaker

Luckily Bluetooth shower speakers are generally quite cheap (in relation to other portable Bluetooth speakers) so you could potentially push your budget a little to afford a premium brand like Ultimate Ears or JBL. The cheapest Bluetooth shower speaker we reviewed for this article is the SoundBot SB510 HD at under $15! That’s just a crazy price for a Bluetooth speaker.

Here are all the shower speakers in order of price.

Under $20

● SoundBot SB510 HD
● VicTsing Shower Speaker
● AVWOO
● AYL SoundFit
● AquaAudio Cubo

Under $30

● COMISO

Under $50

● iFox iF013 Shower Speaker
● JBL Clip 2
● Anker Soundcore Motion Q

Under $80

● Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

Best Sound Quality

If sound quality is what you’re after, then the JBL Clip 2 is the best sounding Bluetooth shower speaker. The Clip 2 is also one of the few shower speakers with a good quality built-in microphone for hands-free calling. The UE Wonderboom and Anker Soundcore Motion Q also offer great sound quality, it’s not quite as good as the Clip 2 but they are both louder than the Clip 2 which is why we’ve rated them 1st and 2nd ahead of the JBL in this article.

If you are looking for the best sounding shower speaker in the under $20 price range, then the VicTsing Shower Speaker is going to be your best choice. This is a great little speaker and really well priced.

Loudest Bluetooth Shower Speaker

If power is what you’re after, then the Anker Soundcore Motion Q is going to be the loudest Bluetooth shower speaker. The Motion Q will be great as a shower speaker but can also be used as a portable Bluetooth speaker for background music in a small room like a dorm or home office. The Soundcore Motion Q produces 360° sound to deliver audio around the room and the Motion Q also produces the best bass response of all the shower speakers in this article.

Most Compact Shower Speaker

The good news is most shower speakers are lightweight and compact. But for travel, you might need something really small to fit in hand luggage without taking up space or weighing too much. The lightest and most compact is also one of the best Bluetooth shower speakers, the JBL Clip 2. At 5.5” wide, 1.4” thick and weighing just 6.4oz, the Clip 2 is perfect for traveling. The carabiner clip allows you to attach the speaker to your backpack so you can even play music while on the go.

Longest Battery Life

If you want a shower speaker with good battery life, then the COMISO is by far the best option with a 24-hour battery life. The second longest battery lasts 12 hours so you can see just how impressive the COMISO is surpassing even the premium brands by a long way.

Here are the Bluetooth Shower speakers listed in order of battery life:

24 Hours

● COMISO

12 Hours

● AVWOO

10 Hours

● Ultimate Ears Wonderboom
● Anker Soundcore Motion Q
● AYL SoundFit
● AquaAudio Cubo

8 Hours

● JBL Clip 2
● iFox iF013 Shower Speaker

6 Hours

● VicTsing Shower Speaker
● SoundBot SB510 HD

3 Tips to Get The Most Out of Your Bluetooth Shower Speaker

Even though these speakers tend to be cheap and easy to replace, you still want to ensure you get the most out of your purchase, no matter how much you spent. After reading many comments and reviews from consumers, we’ve identified three major points where customers often find issues with their shower speakers.

1 – Dry Your Speaker After Use

Just because a speaker is waterproof, doesn’t mean it can stay wet all the time, no matter what the waterproof rating is. You should also fully rinse the speaker off after showering to remove any soap or sediment which may have landed on the speaker. Soap is the worst because it dries as a grimy gunge which builds up to block the speaker grille and in some cases can eat away or damage parts of the speaker. Once you have rinsed the speaker, towel it off to remove as much water as possible and hang it to dry near a window or outside in the sun. Do not leave the speaker hanging in the shower, especially if there is poor ventilation. Drying the speaker can feel like a bit of a mission each time, but it’ll definitely prolong the life of your speaker.

2 – Battery Warning!

To prolong the life of your battery, always read the instructions in the user manual on how the manufacturer recommends you charge the speaker. Some small electronics products, especially budget Bluetooth speakers, have sensitive batteries which cannot be charged via a socket outlet. The manufacturer will stipulate in the user manual that the product must be charged using a laptop or power bank. Charging via a USB wall socket, especially the fast charge USB chargers, will damage the battery. You’ll find within a few months the battery will go from lasting several hours to under an hour. Always read the instructions for charging your Bluetooth shower speakers.

3 – Mount Your Speaker High

As you have seen throughout this article, shower speakers are not the most powerful speakers on the market. For this reason, you want to mount the speaker at head height, as close to your head as possible. Most shower speakers come with a large suction cup so this is easy to achieve. Those speakers with hooks might only be able to mount on the faucet. If this is the case, invest in a hook to hang your speaker higher up. You can get a simple plastic shower hook for a couple dollars which can be mounted with double-sided tape. So an inexpensive and easy fix to get the best audio quality out of your Bluetooth shower speaker.

Final Words

We had a lot of fun putting this article together for you. In closing, we thought we’d summarize the year of Bluetooth speakers and also give you an idea of what to expect in 2019 and beyond.

Dynamite In Small Packages

One thing we have noticed in recent years from reviewing portable Bluetooth speakers of all kinds is that manufacturers are finding ways to make these miniature speakers, and internal amps, more powerful with significant improvements in bass response. Improvements have been really big in the last 18 months which leaves us wondering what sort of power we’ll see from portable Bluetooth speakers in 2019. It’s doubtful that we’ll ever get anything close to sub-bass frequency response but with the improvements in bass radiators, speakers are performing better every year.

Battery Life

Battery life just doesn’t seem to be an issue anymore. Nowadays, getting less than 10 hours of battery life isn’t too impressive. With companies like Tesla putting so much R&D into lithium-ion batteries, it won’t be long until we start seeing portable Bluetooth speakers with 100-hour averages. This could very well become a reality within the next 18 months.

Bluetooth

In 2018, Bluetooth released version 5 of the wireless technology. It takes some time for manufacturers to update their products so you’re probably only likely to see V5 available en masse mid to late 2019 with the premium brands like Sony and JBL possibly implementing this sooner. Bluetooth V5 claims to be twice as fast with four times the connectivity range. So we could see Bluetooth speakers averaging 100ft+ connectivity range in 2019. Bluetooth has released their annual report for 2018 which you can download to read in detail here.

Cost

When you compare Bluetooth speakers from 5 years ago to now, what you get for the money nowadays is ridiculous. But is a cheaper speaker better for us? For audio quality, no, but for the number of features, you now get in Bluetooth speakers, yes. The issue is these additional features come at a cost, sound quality. It’s going to be interesting to see the developments in speaker technology over the next 18 months which will hopefully improve Bluetooth speakers.

Matt

Matt

Matt is a sound engineer, event organizer, marketer, and vinyl junkie!

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