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The 10 Best Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers

When the summer months roll around, who doesn’t enjoy spending some time outdoors with friends or family? Whether you’re having a BBQ on the back porch or if you prefer to head down to the lake and swim, being able to bring your music with you can completely transform the experience. Music sets a backdrop for many memorable events of our lives and we feel that having good outdoor Bluetooth speakers you can rely on is a must for anyone who wants to make the most of their time outside.

Not all outdoor Bluetooth speakers are the same though. Installed options can be set up around your home to ensure you have an always-present outdoor entertainment area, while portable Bluetooth speakers for the outdoors are more affordable and versatile.

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What are you looking for?

If you’re looking for outdoor speakers to install outside your home or business, then you need something which can be installed. Our non-portable section features both active and passive speakers. So which is right for you, active or passive outdoor speakers?

Active vs Passive Outdoor Speakers

Active (or Powered) Speakers

Active or powered speakers incorporate a built-in amplifier which means you don’t need an external amp or receiver to drive the speakers. The obvious advantage to this is less cabling and equipment, which ultimately means less cost. In addition, we have included two powered speaker options and both with Bluetooth, so you can literally plug and play.

Passive Speakers

Passive speakers require an external amplifier or receiver to drive the speakers and provide Bluetooth connectivity. So, why have we included these on the list? The passive speakers we have chosen are more powerful than the active speaker options. So, if you’re looking to install some outdoor speakers suitable for a party but still want Bluetooth connectivity, this will be a much better option.

Our Pick!

Polk Audio Atrium 6 Outdoor Speakers (Pair)

Polk Audio Atrium 6 Outdoor Speakers

Has a nice punchy low end with good clarity in the mids and highs. This outdoor speaker system is perfectly suited for medium to large outdoor areas.

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Best Installed Bluetooth Outdoor Speakers

1. Polk Audio Atrium 6 Outdoor Speakers

Polk Audio Atrium 6 Outdoor Speakers (Pair)

The Atrium series from Polk Audio is an affordable range of outdoor Bluetooth speakers. Polk’s Atrium 6 is the third model in the 5-speaker range. The Atrium 4 and 5 are smaller and more compact, while the 7 and 8 are larger and significantly more powerful for filling larger outdoor spaces. In addition, the Polk Atrium 6 is an all-weather outdoor speaker built to withstand salt air, rain, and extreme hot and cold temperatures.


The Atrium 6 features a 5¼-inch low-frequency driver with a 1” tweeter capable of producing up to 100W of power. Depending on the amplifier you choose to power the speakers. The Atrium 6 has a nice punchy low end with good clarity in the mids and highs. This outdoor speaker system is perfectly suited for medium to large outdoor areas.


Each Atrium 6 speaker comes with a bracket that can be mounted on the wall or from the ceiling. While the Atrium 6 is weatherproofed, it’s not recommended to mount the speakers where they will be directly exposed to the rain or sunlight. Rather mount the Atrium 6 speakers under the eves of your roof or on a covered patio.


The Atrium 6 come in white and black. If you plan to paint your Atrium 6 speakers, it’s best to go for the white option. Both the cabinet and speaker grille are paintable. Full instructions for painting your speakers can be found in the Atrium 6 user manual.

What’s in the box?

  • 2 x Polk Audio Atrium 6
  • 2 x Speaker grilles
  • 2 x Speaker brackets

Wireless Receiver / Amplifier

Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver

The Atrium 6 has a power handling of 10W – 100W. To get the most out of your Atrium 6 speakers, use an amplifier or receiver with 100W per channel at 8 ohms. We recommend the Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver, which delivers 100W per channel at 8 ohms if you need to purchase a receiver. A perfect match for the Polk Audio Atrium 6 outdoor speakers. These speakers will need an 18 or 16-gauge speaker cable, depending on the length of the run.

Polk Audio Atrium 6 Outdoor Speakers Conclusion

The Atrium 6 is a versatile outdoor Bluetooth speaker for several applications. It’s big enough to make a noise but small enough that you won’t bother the neighbors. In addition, the speakers are designed to withstand most outdoor environments, including extreme hot, cold, and even salt air. At just under $310 for a pair, the Atrium 6 deliver awesome sound at an affordable price.

2. Pyle 6.5” Bluetooth Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System

Pyle 6.5” Bluetooth Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System

If you’re looking for something on the budget end, you can always rely on Pyle to deliver. The Pyle 6.5” Bluetooth Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System (PDWR62BT) is an affordable pair of outdoor Bluetooth speakers. One thing to clarify, on all Pyle’s marketing material for these speakers, they’re rated at 300W. This is, in fact, incorrect. This might be the program power output of the speaker, but the actual RMS is closer to 30W. So something to keep in mind when checking these speakers out online.


The PDWR62BT features a 6.5” low-frequency driver with a 1” tweeter. As mentioned, these speakers are around 30W RMS delivering a combined 60W power output for the pair. For their size, the PDWR62BT produces a significant amount of volume. Enough to fill most patio areas. However, they aren’t the most powerful outdoor Bluetooth speakers so, if you’re looking for something to throw across the backyard, the PDWR62BT might not be the right choice. These work best in patio areas where you need to cover a specific zone.


The primary speaker powers both PDWR62BT speakers. A 20-foot power cable and 16-foot speaker cable are included with the PDWR62BT. However, 16-foot is a little short, so you might want to consider purchasing a decent length of 18 or 16-gauge cable if needed.


The PDWR62BT only carries an IP44 weatherproof rating which means you definitely don’t want to mount these speakers where they are exposed to the elements. However, under a covered patio or the eaves of a roof is just fine.

Additional Features

The Bluetooth and ⅛-inch AUX inputs are located on the primary speaker. The PDWR62BT features Bluetooth 3.0, which is slightly out of date, but since you’re only connecting to the speaker to play audio, this isn’t really an issue. The Bluetooth range is about 30-foot which is pretty standard and perfectly suited for use on a patio. The ⅛-inch AUX cable is located at the bottom of the primary speaker, so it’s easy to access.

What’s in the box?

  • 2 x Pyle 6.5” PDWR62BT
  • 2 x Speaker grilles
  • 2 x Mounting brackets
  • 1 x Power cable (primary speaker)
  • 1 x Speaker cable (primary speaker to secondary link)

Pyle 6.5” Bluetooth Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System Conclusion

If you’re looking for a pair of cheap outdoor Bluetooth speakers for your patio or outdoor entertainment area, then the PDWR62BT is a great option. Having a built-in amplifier means you don’t need an external receiver or amplifier to drive these speakers. Keep in mind the PDWR62BT is not a very loud outdoor speaker system, so if you need something with some power, consider one of the passive outdoor speaker options in this article. At under $130 for two speakers with cables, brackets, and a built-in amplifier, the PDWR62BT is our cheapest non-portable outdoor speaker option.

3. Yamaha NS-AW350 Outdoor 2-Way Speakers

Yamaha NS-AW350 Outdoor 2-Way Speakers

The Yamaha NS-AW350 is a top-rated outdoor Bluetooth speaker. The speakers are designed for indoor and outdoor applications and sold in 2, 4, or 6 speaker bundles. There aren’t many quality name-brand speakers at under $100 that can compete with the NS-AW350.


The NS-AW350 features a 6½-inch low-frequency driver with a 1-inch tweeter capable of up to 130W peak power output. The speaker has a good, chunky bass response and performs well in the mid-range and high frequencies. The NS-AW350 is also really powerful, with a pair of speakers easily filling most outdoor patio areas.


For installation, the NS-AW350 comes with a mounting bracket and safety cable. The NS-AW350 is weatherproofed. However, it is recommended you install these under a covered patio or under the eaves of your roof to protect against the elements.

The NS-AW350 is available in black or white.

What’s in the box?

  • 2 x Yamaha NS-AW350
  • 2 x Speaker grilles
  • 2 x Mounting brackets
  • 2 x Safety wire
  • 2 x L-bracket for safety wire
  • 2 x Speaker base

Wireless Receiver / Amplifier

Onkyo TX-8220 2 Channel Stereo Receiver

The NS-AW350 has a power handling of 40W to 130W at 6 ohms. To get the most out of your NS-AW350, you want to go for a receiver or amplifier with at least 100-130W power output at 6 ohms. The Onkyo TX-8220 2 Channel Stereo Receiver is an excellent choice for a stereo outdoor speaker system, while the Sherwood RX5502 will be a better option for installing multiple NS-AW350 speakers. Make sure you use no smaller than 16-gauge speaker cable with 14-gauge recommended for runs longer than 20ft.

Yamaha NS-AW350 Outdoor 2-Way Speakers Conclusion

If you’re looking for an affordable outdoor speaker system, then the Yamaha NS-AW350 is definitely one to check out. These outdoor Bluetooth speakers perform exceptionally well for the price, and you can rest assured you’re getting premium parts from a brand like Yamaha. You can pick up the NS-AW350 for under $100 for a pair or a little over $200 for 4 with a speaker cable. Excellent value, great sound.

4. Sound Appeal 6.5” Bluetooth Outdoor Speakers

Sound Appeal 6.5” Bluetooth Outdoor Speakers

If you’re looking for an active outdoor Bluetooth speaker that’s wireless, then you should consider the Sound Appeal 6.5” Bluetooth Outdoor Speakers. Sold as a pair, the Sound Appeal 6.5” features a built-in Class D amplifier with Bluetooth in the primary speaker, so you don’t need an external receiver or amplifier to power the speakers. If you’re looking for a plug-and-play outdoor speaker system, then the Sound Appeal 6.5” is ideal.


The Sound Appeal features a 6.5” low-frequency driver with a 1” tweeter. The primary speaker houses the 80W RMS Class D amplifier, which then feeds power and signal to the second speaker. A 25-foot power cable is supplied with the system to power the primary speaker. If you need a longer run, you’ll need to purchase a power cord extension. In addition, Sound Appeal supplies you with a 25-foot speaker cable to link the two 6.5” speakers. Consider using a 16-gauge speaker cable should you need to run further than 25-foot.


The Sound Appeal 6.5” sounds great when it comes to audio quality. At 40W each, the Sound Appeal 6.5” isn’t the most powerful outdoor speaker but certainly good enough for most patios. For background music, the Sound Appeal 6.5” will work just fine. If you’re looking for a loud outdoor party speaker, the Sound Appeal 6.5” might not be the best choice.


While the Sound Appeal 6.5” is weatherproofed, you don’t want to install these speakers exposed to the elements. Especially given that they are powered with electricity running directly to the primary speaker. Mount these under a covered patio or under the eaves of your roof to ensure minimal exposure to the elements and product longevity.

Additional Features

What’s nice about the Sound Appeal 6.5” is that it’s 100% wireless in terms of signal. The primary speaker features Bluetooth 4.0 with a range of 60ft. Perfect for most patio and backyard setups. Unfortunately, Bluetooth is the only input option. There is no cable input, so you’re limited to Bluetooth only. As most devices are Bluetooth nowadays, this isn’t a major issue.

What’s in the box?

  • 2 x Sound Appeal 6.5”
  • 2 x Speaker grilles
  • 2 x Mounting brackets
  • 1 x Power cable (primary speaker)
  • 1 x Speaker cable (primary to second speaker link)

Sound Appeal 6.5” Bluetooth Outdoor Speakers Conclusion

If you’re looking for a plug-and-play outdoor Bluetooth speaker system, then the Sound Appeal 6.5” is definitely the way to go. No need for external amps or receivers reducing the amount of equipment and wires for installation. The Sound Appeal 6.5” are great for background music on the patio. Still, I wouldn’t choose these outdoor speakers if you are looking for a party speaker. Rather go with one of the passive outdoor speaker options in this article. At just under $200 for two speakers with a built-in amplifier, power, and speaker cables, the Sound Appeal 6.5” is a good all-in-one buy.

5. Dual Electronics LU43P Indoor/Outdoor Speakers

Pyle 6.5” Bluetooth Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System

If you’re looking for an ultra-compact cheap pair of outdoor Bluetooth speakers, then the Dual Electronics LU43P Indoor/Outdoor Speakers are just what you’re after. At under $40 for a pair, there isn’t much competition for the LU43P. These are simply the best outdoor speakers you’ll find for under $50.


The LU43P is a 3-way speaker with a low-frequency driver (4”), a mid-range driver (1½”), and a tweeter (¾”). Each speaker delivers 25W RMS power output with a 50W peak. Perfect for small indoor and outdoor areas. The LU43P doesn’t have much bass to speak of, but the sound quality is crisp and clear. Perfect for background music. If you need something a little louder with a better bass response, the Dual Electronics LU53P is a 5½” speaker delivering 125W Peak.


The LU43P comes with brackets and can be mounted vertically or horizontally. The Dual badge can even be rotated, so the name is facing the right way up. Unfortunately, the LU43P can’t be painted, but they are available in black or white to choose the color best suited for your space. The LU43P does have some weatherproofing, but they are not designed to be installed exposed to the elements. Under the eaves of your roof or covered patio is fine. There doesn’t seem to be any mention of protection against salt air so I wouldn’t recommend the LU43P for installation for sea-facing properties.

What’s in the box?

  • 2 x Dual Electronics LU43P
  • 2 x Speaker grilles
  • 2 x Mounting brackets

Wireless Receiver / Amplifier

 Dual Electronics DBTMA100 Micro Wireless Bluetooth 2 Channel Stereo Class-D Amplifier

If you need to run the LU43P in stereo, then the Dual Electronics DBTMA100 Micro Wireless Bluetooth 2 Channel Stereo Class-D Amplifier is a great match for these outdoor Bluetooth speakers. The Bluetooth micro amplifier features two 25W outputs into 4-8 ohms which is a perfect match for a pair of LU43P speakers.

18-gauge speaker wire will work just fine for the LU43P but for runs longer than 30ft, go with 16-gauge wire.

Dual Electronics LU43P Indoor/Outdoor Speakers Conclusion

If you’re looking for a decent pair of cheap outdoor speakers, the Dual Electronics LU43P is a great option. However, even though these are cheap speakers, they certainly don’t have a cheap sound. The LU43P isn’t very loud and lacks bass, but for under $40, you can’t expect a big sound.

Portable outdoor speakers are regular Bluetooth speakers built to take on the challenges of mother nature. In this section, we have included both compact and larger options, depending on what it is you’re looking for. Most of these speakers are waterproof. However, a couple of options are not. So why would these be included?

While having a waterproof speaker is important for many outdoor applications, often, you simply need an outdoor Bluetooth speaker with a decent amount of power, especially if you’re looking to get a party going. You may have noticed that your outdoor Bluetooth speaker sounds louder inside than it does outside. This is because the sound is contained inside and the sound waves reverberate off the floors, walls, and other surfaces, which amplifies the sound. Outside, the sound travels further but eventually dissipates as there is nothing to reverberate or bounce off.

This is why it’s important to have a powerful outdoor speaker if you intend to play loud music outside. On the other hand, if a party speaker is what you’re after, then be sure to check out the Sony GTK-XB90 or Aiwa Exos-9. Both of these are really powerful speakers with excellent sound quality.

Our Pick!

JBL Charge 5

JBL Charge 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

It has the ability to produce loud, warm, room-filling sounds for a reasonably long time while charging a mobile device and performing safely in practically any weather or environmental condition making this a great choice of outdoor speaker for any application.

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Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers

1. JBL Charge 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Charge 5

JBL’s selection of Bluetooth speakers, particularly the Charge range, has become so popular over recent years I would almost go to say a JBL Charge is a household item. They are available in various sizes and colors. Their long battery life, power bank feature, characteristic JBL tone, loud output volume, and water resistance make them a great choice for anybody looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker. 


JBL speakers tend to all possess a distinctive sound that enhances the tonal characteristics of the music you play through it. They are known to fatten the low end, darken the midrange, and add some sparkle to the highs to create an immersive and punchy sound. Therefore, if you’re an audiophile looking for an accurate and reliable-sounding speaker, I would recommend something like the Bose SoundLink to fulfill your expectations.

One thing that I love about the Charge speakers is their ability to fill a room: their optimized long-excursion driver, side-mounted bass radiators, and dedicated tweeters deliver crisp sound that resonates throughout any environment you put it in, and it always sounds HUGE! Even when using the Charge 5 in an outdoor setting, it appears JBL has managed to imitate room resonances to maintain a fat sound and doesn’t allow the energy to dissipate into thin air.

The JBL Charge 5 is a great portable speaker for music, sports, radio/spoken word or film, indoors and out. When comparing it to its earlier version, the Charge 4, you’ll notice that the charge 5 is not only able to blast music at a slightly louder volume but the 20mm dome tweeter responsible for the 5’s improved clarity and ‘air’, is not included in the Charge 4. 

Input and Controls

The JBL Charge 5 runs on Bluetooth version 5.1 to provide a reliable, uninterrupted, and long-range signal in any environment. You can pair up to 2 smart devices with the Charge 5 at any time, and the JBL PartyBoost function allows for two Charge 5s to form a stereo pair or multiple JBL devices to join forces and create a truly memorable loud party! 

The Charge 5 features a series of buttons on top of the speaker, capable of executing the following commands: Power On/Power Off, Bluetooth Search/Pair, Volume Up/Volume Down, Play/Pause, Skip Track, PartyBoost Mode.

The Charge 5 can also charge USB-appropriate devices such as your smartphone through its USB-C connection. My only complaint so far about the Charge 5 is the absence of a 3.5mm auxiliary jack, which is available on previous Charge models.

Battery Life

JBL’s Charge 5 can provide 20 hours of non-stop playtime – more than enough for an all-night party or multiple uses between charges. I am pretty disappointed that the battery life did not improve from the previous model, Charge 4. The Charge 5 battery takes about 2 hours to charge fully, and the relevant cable is provided in the box. 

Additional Features

Aside from being a lightweight, portable, easy-to-use, and all-around great Bluetooth speaker, the JBL Charge 5’s onboard power bank is a winner. Its IP67 water-resistance rating means it is safe to use in sandy, dusty, wet, hot, or cold environments.

What’s in the Box?

  • 1 x JBL Charge 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
  • 1 x Type C USB Cable
  • 1 x Quick-Start Guide
  • 1 x Safety Sheet
  • 1 x Warranty Card

JBL Charge 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Conclusion 

The JBL Charge 5 is, without a doubt, my favorite portable Bluetooth speaker on this list. Its ability to produce loud, warm, room-filling sounds for a reasonably long time while charging a mobile device and performing safely in practically any weather or environmental condition makes this a great choice of outdoor speaker for any application.

However, I will be honest with you and recommend that you compare the Charge 5 to the Charge 4. While its sound quality and volume have improved, its functionality has remained the same, aside from being slightly larger yet lighter, and the auxiliary cable has been ditched. You might find a better bang for your buck in the Charge 4 if that’s what you’re after. However, if you’re not too fussed about the missing auxiliary option, go for the Charge 5 for improved sound quality and volume.

2. OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

They say dynamite comes in small packages, and that’s certainly the case with the OontZ Angle 3. The Angle 3 is just 5.3” wide, stands 2.6” high, and weighs a mere 9 oz. But don’t let the compact size of the Angle 3 fool you. This outdoor Bluetooth speaker kicks.


The Angle 3 features dual full-range speaker drivers with a bass radiator delivering a punchy 10W of sound. The first thing you’ll notice is the Angle 3 is surprisingly loud for its size. It’s hard to believe something so small has such a big bark. Of course, as this is a compact speaker, there isn’t much bass to speak of. However, the Angle 3 does have a nice punchy low-end. The Angle 3 delivers good clarity across the upper frequencies but don’t expect audiophile quality. Having said that, the Angle 3 is a fun speaker to listen to and is perfect as an ultra-compact Bluetooth speaker.

Inputs and Controls

The Angle 3 allows for both Bluetooth and ⅛-inch AUX audio inputs. Even with its compact size, OontZ has allowed for a small control panel on the side of the Angle 3. Buttons include play/pause, volume control, and a multi-function button for Bluetooth/call management. The Angle 3 features a built-in microphone for hands-free calling, so you can still take calls while paired with the Bluetooth speaker. Call quality is good enough for answering a quick incoming call, but you might battle holding a business call as your voice can sound somewhat distant to the other caller.


Not only is the Angle 3 powerful, but it’s also built tough. The rubberized sides are designed to take a few drops here and there with an IPX5 waterproof rating to fend off any water or moisture. IPX5 only protects against splashes of water, so you definitely don’t want to submerge the Angle 3 in any way.

What’s in the box?

  • OontZ Angle 3
  • Micro USB charging cable
  • ⅛-Inch AUX cable

OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Conclusion

If you’re looking for an outdoor Bluetooth speaker to throw in a backpack and take anywhere, the OontZ Angle 3 is a great option. In fact, the speaker is even small enough to fit in your pocket. While the Angle 3 is loud, it’s not powerful enough to disturb neighbors or those around you. Great for dorm rooms, small apartments, or even listening to music in a public park. At a little over $60, the Angle 3 delivers excellent value for the money.

3. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II

Looking for a rugged, palm-sized outdoor Bluetooth speaker? Then the Bose SoundLink Color II might be what you’re looking for. This premium speaker is coated in a silicon rubber material that offers protection and gives the speaker a premium look and feel. If you’re familiar with the original plastic SoundLink Color, you’ll know this silicon finish is a big improvement. Another improvement is that the SoundLink Color II is now waterproof. But, unfortunately, it’s only an IPX4 rating that protects against water splashes, so it’s not good for use in the pool or out on the water (river/lake).


As to be expected from a premium brand like Bose, the SoundLink Color II sounds really good. The low-end is nicely defined and punchy, with excellent clarity in the mid-range and high frequencies. For a speaker just a little bigger than your hand, the SoundLink Color II performs surprisingly well. Granted, this isn’t audiophile quality, but for a personal speaker and a bit of fun, you won’t be disappointed.

Due to the SoundLink Color II size, the speaker isn’t very powerful, so don’t expect to fill a room with sound. However, for a personal speaker or a bit of background music with a couple of friends, the SoundLink Color II performs just fine. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a Bluetooth party speaker, you might want to look at something bigger.

Inputs and Controls

The SoundLink Color II allows for Bluetooth and ⅛-inch AUX audio inputs. For the purposes of waterproofing, most brands hide the ⅛-inch AUX input behind a watertight seal which means you’re unable to use this port around water. Instead, the SoundLink Color II AUX port is exposed, which means you can use your AUX cable even if there is a chance of getting the speaker wet. A small but much-appreciated convenience. The micro USB charging input is also exposed. However, charging the SoundLink Color II around water probably isn’t a great idea. Consult the user manual for all instructions.

On top of the SoundLink Color II is a small control panel. Buttons include power, Bluetooth, input source, volume up, multi-function, and volume down. The multi-function button allows you to access many features on your paired Bluetooth device. These include play/pause, track skip, call management, and activating voice prompts (Siri, Google Now, etc.)

Additional Features

The SoundLink Color II also has voice prompts so you know when features or changes have been confirmed. In addition, Bose has translated these into 13 different languages so, if English isn’t your first language, you can always change the SoundLink Color II language to suit your preference. You can also turn off voice prompts completely if they are not needed.

Another improvement over its predecessor is the SoundLink Color II is NFC enabled. This means you can quick-pair using your NFC-enabled device simply by tapping the top of the speaker. The SoundLink Color II allows you to store up to 8 Bluetooth devices, so switching between your various Bluetooth devices is quick and easy. You can also clear the stored memory simply by pressing and holding the Bluetooth button for 10 seconds.


The SoundLink Color II features an 8-hour built-in battery which is more than enough for a full day’s use. When the battery reaches 10% or hasn’t been used for three consecutive days, the speaker goes into “battery protection mode,” which preserves the battery. Plugging the SoundLink Color II into a power source reverts to normal operation. The speaker also powers off automatically after 30 minutes of inactivity.

What’s in the box?

  • Bose SoundLink Color II
  • Micro USB charging cable

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II Conclusion

If you are Bose fan, then you’ll enjoy the SoundLink Color II. The speaker is simple to use with only the basic features you need from an outdoor Bluetooth speaker. In addition, the SoundLink Color II is built tough with a decent IPX4 rating designed to survive the everyday challenges of an outdoor speaker. At just under $130, the SoundLink Color II isn’t cheap, but then neither is any part of the speaker’s features or sound quality.

4. Sony GTK-XB90 High Power Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Sony GTKXB90 High Power Portable Bluetooth Speaker

If you’re looking for a true outdoor party speaker, then the Sony GTK-XB90 is definitely the way to go. Not only does the XB90 have awesome sound but an LED lighting show to really get the party vibe going. What’s more, you can connect up to 10 of these Bluetooth speakers to create one big party PA system. You can also pair just two XB90 speakers for a stereo left/right system.

The first thing you’ll notice is the XB90 is big. Standing 26.5” high and weighing in at 36 lbs, the XB90 is certainly not your average portable outdoor Bluetooth speaker. Having said that, the XB90 is fitted with built-in handles making it easy to pick up and move around. The XB90 is pretty rugged, so it can take most of what the outdoors has to throw at it. The only downside to this outdoor Bluetooth speaker is it doesn’t carry a waterproof rating. So you’ll want to keep the XB90 away from the pool and other water sources.


The XB90 features two 7” woofers with three 2.3” tweeters producing a pumping 60W of sound. The XB in XB90 stands for Sony’s EXTRA BASS, and the XB90 certainly delivers here. The speaker produces some serious bass which is especially awesome for urban and dance music genres. The XB90 is not just a party sound. The speaker has surprisingly good intelligibility in the mid and high-frequency range making the XB90 great for all music genres and even a microphone. And yes, the XB90 has a ¼-inch microphone input with separate volume control so that you can do some karaoke, mc, or just yell at the neighbors.

Inputs and Controls

Apart from external microphone input, the XB90 also has a built-in microphone so that you can use the outdoor Bluetooth speaker as a speakerphone. Now, I have to say, this is the most overkill speakerphone on the market, but the XB90 does an excellent job with call quality, and you won’t have any issues carrying a conversation.

With the XB90, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to audio inputs. These include Bluetooth, RCA (in and out), USB, and a ¼-inch jack. Unfortunately, no ⅛-inch AUX input, but you can use an RCA to ⅛-inch AUX cable for non-Bluetooth devices.

On top of the Bluetooth speaker, you’ll find several buttons to control your XB90 and Bluetooth device. These include play/pause/call management, volume up, volume down, and Extra Bass for the bass boost. In addition, you have four buttons to control XB90 features.

The STAMINA button has two functions. First, you can press and hold for a voice prompt that tells you the remaining battery life or, you can press once to engage power-saving mode.

The FUNCTION/PAIRING button switches between inputs and also activates pairing mode to pair a Bluetooth device.

The ADD button enables you to pair a second XB90 to choose between mono or stereo mode. If you have more than two XB90 Bluetooth speakers, you can press the W.PARTY CHAIN button to link multiple XB90, XB60, XB40, XB30, or XB20 speakers. So you’re not limited to the same make and model Sony XB speaker. The W.PARTY CHAIN button also controls the built-in LED lights.

Additional Features

The XB90 comes complete with several LED lights including, strobes left and right, color LED strip around the speaker, and LED strips around each speaker grille. While they’re not the brightest LED lights, they certainly add to the mood by pulsing with the beat in the dark. The lights can be controlled via the W.PARTY CHAIN or using the Sony | Music Center app and Fiestable app.

Using the Sony | Music Center app and Fiestable app, you can adjust controls on the XB90, change lighting effects, and engage DJ sound effects. You can also set up playlists to keep the party going all night.


The XB90 has a built-in battery that lasts up to 24 hours. The actual time depends on how loud you play the speaker and whether you have EXTRA BASS and LED lights engaged. The speaker will automatically shut down after 15 minutes of no activity, saving the remaining battery life. The XB90 also has a USB charge output so that you can charge your mobile device on the go.

What’s in the box?

  • Sony GTK-XB90
  • Power cable

Sony GTK-XB90 High Power Portable Bluetooth Speaker Conclusion

If you’re looking for an outdoor Bluetooth party speaker, then the Sony GTK-XB90 High Power Portable Bluetooth Speaker is the way to go. There are very few speakers on the market that match the XB90 for performance, design, and sound, making this a truly unique speaker. Lights, EXTRA BASS, 24-hour battery, and rugged exterior make the XB90 a serious outdoor Bluetooth speaker system. The only thing missing is a waterproof feature.

If you love the Sony XB range and want something waterproof, the XB40 might be a better option for you. Unfortunately, the XB40 is about a quarter of the size of the XB90, so you won’t have as much power.

5. Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The Anker Soundcore 2 is the updated version of the hugely popular original Soundcore. While the original was an awesome Bluetooth speaker, there was room for improvement, and it lacked a couple of features to make it capable of being one of the best outdoor Bluetooth speakers.

The first major improvement is the Soundcore 2 is now waterproof with an IPX5 rating. This means the speaker can handle sprays of water from all directions. Great for around the pool or even in the shower but not protected against submersion. Another big improvement in the Soundcore 2 is sound quality. The Soundcore 2 includes a bass radiator which means the speaker delivers a deeper bass response making the sound richer than the original. There have also been some slight changes to the styling, but these are minor.


The Soundcore 2 features two full-range speaker drivers, each producing 6W of sound for a combined 12W of power. The addition of a bass radiator gives the Soundcore 2 a nice punchy low-end sound. Unfortunately, the mid-range and highs are a little muddy as a result of the bass radiator. However, this is barely noticeable for the average consumer. The Soundcore 2 is a compact outdoor Bluetooth speaker, so don’t expect big room-filling sound. Having said that, the Soundcore 2 is surprisingly loud for its size and will easily fill a small room or dorm.

Inputs and Controls

The Soundcore 2 has five large buttons on top of the speaker, which offers both form and function. Anker has done a good job designing the buttons to look stylish and trendy, adding to the Soundcore 2 minimalist aesthetic. Buttons include power, Bluetooth, volume up, volume down, and a multi-function button for play/pause/skip forward. Unfortunately, the Soundcore 2 has no functionality to skip to the previous track.

The multi-function button also manages incoming calls, and the built-in microphone even allows you to give voice commands to Siri, Google, etc.


One of the reasons the original Soundcore was so popular was its 24-hour battery life, which also forms part of the Soundcore 2. The battery also charges up really quickly in only 3 hours from completely flat.

What’s in the box?

  • Anker Soundcore 2
  • Charging cable

Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Conclusion

There is a reason the Soundcore Bluetooth speakers are so popular. They’re affordable, produce great sound, include premium features, and have 24-hour battery life. And now, the Soundcore 2 even has an IPX5 waterproof rating. Everything you need from a Bluetooth outdoor speaker. At under $40, there isn’t a product that can compete with the incredible Anker Soundcore 2.

Buyer’s Guide

Because portable outdoor Bluetooth speakers are designed with a focus on portability, there are limitations in what they can achieve due to design challenges. For instance, in order to make speakers louder, you need to ensure you have a sufficient power source that will not only drive the speaker at higher volumes but also provide enough battery life to match the expectations that come with portable Bluetooth speakers.

Similarly, installed outdoor Bluetooth speakers have the advantage of having a dedicated left and right speaker for stereo sound. A lot of portable outdoor Bluetooth speakers can achieve a similar effect, but it requires you to purchase two speakers and then pair them for stereo effect (note that the pairing of speakers will depend on make and model, the safest bet when using stereo pairing is to use two of the same model).

Sound Quality

You should ask yourself whether sound quality is the most important aspect of a speaker to you. While portable Bluetooth speakers made for the outdoors are still more than capable of producing good sound and high volume, they typically lack the finer nuances of audio quality when listened to with a critical ear.

Installed outdoor Bluetooth speakers are often driven by an external amp (active speakers), instead of the internal amp that passive speakers use. Outdoor speakers which are driven with an amp will typically be able to reach higher volume levels than passive speakers. In addition, the frequency response range and general design of installed speakers will typically have an advantage over portable Bluetooth speakers.

While there are still high-quality portable speakers that can outperform low-quality installed speakers, we’ve removed weak contenders from our list so you don’t need to worry about that.

For the best sounding speaker, we recommend the Polk Atrium 6.


Outdoor Bluetooth speakers that are installed have little to no versatility, in the sense that they are typically installed in one location with a bracket mount, and moving them is a real pain. If you’re looking for a dedicated outdoor entertainment speaker, this of course is no problem.

In contrast, portable Bluetooth speakers can easily be picked up and moved, usually being carried in one hand. The ease of simply taking your speaker wherever you want is a huge benefit for those looking for a general outdoor speaker to take to barbeques or even down to the beach.

For a portable option that still has a great sound, we recommend the JBL Charge 5.


While we all love adding to our audio setups, money is finite and sometimes we need to take the budget route. Thankfully, cheap doesn’t always mean low quality. Portable and installed outdoor Bluetooth speakers come in at a fairly wide price range, though you’re going to be hard-pressed to find any worthwhile installed outdoor speakers with Bluetooth at under $150.

Portable Bluetooth speakers, on the other hand, are available regularly at under $100, with some very decent products in the mix. Just be aware that there are still going to be trade-offs when selecting to opt for cheaper products.

For the best value in an installed outdoor speaker with Bluetooth, we’d recommend the Yamaha NS-AW350B which at under $200 (per pair) offers excellent value for money.

If you’re after a portable Bluetooth speaker on a budget, the Oontz Angle 3 comes in at under $50.

Tools for Installing Outdoor Speakers

Installing outdoor speakers requires a few tools and accessories. So we thought we would include a quick list of tools you’ll need to check if you are missing something and purchase these at the same time you purchase your outdoor Bluetooth speakers. These days outdoor speakers are relatively easy to install.

Tools for Installing Outdoor Speakers


To mount your outdoor Bluetooth speaker brackets to the wall, you will need to drill holes for the screws and to run the speaker through the wall if necessary. An in-expensive cordless set comes with everything you’ll need. Keep in mind, that for brick and mortar walls; you may need a more powerful electric drill and masonry drill bits.

Screw Driver

You will need to screw the bracket to the wall. For this, you will need a screwdriver. A multi-bit screwdriver set is inexpensive and comes with all the bits you’ll need for most standard-sized screw heads.

Wire Stripper or Pliers

You will need to cut and strip speaker wire for installation. This can be done with a pair of strong scissors, but it’s always best to use the right tool for the job. Side cutter pliers with a proper cutter and stripper will work best

Spirit Level

One thing people always forget is the spirit level. The result is you step back to admire your work only to find the speaker is ever so slightly off. You think it’ll go unnoticed, but invariably there is always that one guest who points out the error. So make sure you check your speaker position is level before drilling holes for installation.


If you plan to paint your speakers to match your walls or decor, make sure to follow the product instruction manual. For speaker cabinets and grilles, you must use spray paint. It’s always best to use a paint primer first to prevent rust and ensure the paint bonds correctly. When applying the paint, hold the nozzle about a foot from the speaker grille. You want the paint to go on lightly without clogging the speaker grille holes.

Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker FAQ

Purchasing and installing outdoor Bluetooth speakers requires some basic understanding and knowledge as it’s possible to damage your speakers from incorrect installation. Here are some frequently asked questions which will help you avoid making costly mistakes when purchasing and installing your outdoor Bluetooth speakers.

What is Speaker Impedance?

Speaker impedance is the resistance the speaker applies to the amplifier’s current or voltage output. Impedance matching can get very technical, so, for the purposes of this article, all you need to know is mismatching your impedance can lead to blowing your speakers. So, you want to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for matching your amplifier to your speakers. Impedance is measured in ohms, with most speakers being 8 ohms, while some are also 6 or even 4 ohms.

What is Power Handling?

The speaker’s power handling is the lowest and highest power output (measured in watts) a speaker can take. For example, a speaker with a rating of 20W to 100W requires an amplifier with a minimum of 20W output and a maximum of 100W to drive the speaker efficiently. Try to match as close to the peak as possible. So in the case of the aforementioned example, you would want an amplifier or receiver with a 100W output per channel.

But wattage is not the only thing to consider when matching the power handling of a speaker to an amplifier. You also need to match the impedance. So, if a speaker requires 20W to 100W at 8 ohms, make sure your amplifier output is also 20W to 100W at 8 ohms. For example, the Onkyo TX-8220 Receiver delivers 45W at 8 ohms and 100W at 6 ohms. That’s more than double the power output between 8 and 6 ohms. If your 6-ohm speaker can only handle 50 watts, you’ll likely blow the speaker with this receiver.

What is Speaker Sensitivity?

Speaker sensitivity is the specification of how loud a speaker can go measured in decibels. A microphone is placed 1m away to measure this, and the speaker is turned up full using only 1 watt of power output.

What are the Types of Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers?

There’s near countless options for outdoor Bluetooth speakers these days. Both portable Bluetooth speakers and traditional patio speakers with Bluetooth capabilities are common, but there are also other dedicated outdoor speakers, most of which are centered around garden audio. These include things like speakers disguised as rocks, in-ground speakers and even semi-portable outdoor Bluetooth speakers that can get staked into the ground.

Our Pick!

JBL Charge 5

JBL Charge 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

It has the ability to produce loud, warm, room-filling sounds for a reasonably long time while charging a mobile device and performing safely in practically any weather or environmental condition making this a great choice of outdoor speaker for any application.

Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers – Update Log

15 June 2022 – Added buyer’s guide and FAQs. Updated page layout

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Matt is a sound engineer and self-confessed vinyl-junkie! His work as a sound engineer includes both live production and venue installations. While traveling the world, Matt shares his knowledge and expertise with us!

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  • You are misleading when you put passive speakers as non-portable bluetooth speakers such as the Polk Audio, and also mark them as wireless. There’s nothing bluetooth about them. They need an amp and so they are just outdoor speakers.