How We Picked
Having a speaker in the shower is one of those little luxuries that make life all the more enjoyable. After all, who doesn’t love washing down after a long day (or blasting themselves with cold water to wake up – if you’re into that sort of thing) while jamming along to their favorite playlists?
While many of us think of shower speakers as our phone’s loudspeaker on the shelf outside – or a little portable speaker turned right up in the next room – these handy little gadgets have come a long way over the last few years. Nowadays, belting out the classics in the shower is basically on par with listening to a standard home audio system.
If this sounds right up your street, then today you’re in for a treat. We did our research and compiled a list of the very best shower speakers available today.
Taking everything you need to know into consideration from battery life and durability to the quality of sound, and connection opportunities, we highlight eight of the best devices, which means you’ll have everything you need when it comes to finding the ideal shower speaker that’s right for you.
Ready to get down and dirty (well, clean, but you know what we mean) to your favorite artists for some good old-fashioned ‘you’ time? Let’s dive straight into the deep end and see what excellent little speakers the world of tech has to offer!
Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Phantom
There’s no denying Logitech is one of the most innovative tech companies of the 21st Century, and through the years, they’ve introduced the world to numerous gadgets and devices that have positively changed many aspects of our lives, and now shower speakers are included in the list!
Recently, Ultimate Ears (UE) has become a household name in portable speakers, so it should come as no surprise the UE Shower Speaker is listed as one of the best and most popular shower speakers currently available.
Hands down the leading feature of this outstanding mini speaker is the sound quality. Both the mid and high frequencies are impressive, especially considering the size of the speaker, and you can be sure you’ll never run out of volume; it really is that loud. Also, it doesn’t produce that dreaded ‘crackle’ sound!
The level of bass emitted from this speaker is unparalleled for a speaker of this size, so make sure you’re not leaving anything valuable on your shower shelves that could vibrate off and fall at any moment.
However, don’t worry about the speaker itself falling because the entire device is both shockproof and waterproof, and is specially designed to work in extreme environments (watch your feet though because this speaker is heavy! Around 1.85 pounds heavy!). In fact, with a waterproof rating of IP-X, you should be able to submerge this speaker in water up to a meter deep without experiencing any technical issues.
You also won’t need to with AUX since the device is Bluetooth enabled using the latest drivers. This allows a reliable connection up to 100 ft.However, the AUX connection is present if you want it.
The 15-hour battery life is also impressive, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of juice at the worst possible times. Instead, you can get out the shower, get dry, get dressed and ready, head out to a family BBQ, dance the night away, come home, get into bed and put on your favorite sleep meditation track, all without turning the speaker off once.
In true UE Boom fashion, there are 10+ designs, colors and styles to choose from so you can choose the one that best suits you and your personality (or your bathroom décor) effortlessly.
All in all, this is hands down one of the best portable shower speakers available today, and it’s no wonder it has thousands of satisfied customers all over the world. With crisp, clear and absolute clarity regarding the sound quality and an affordable price tag, the UE Boom is one of our top choices.
iFox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker
What you’ll instantly notice with the iFox is the simple circular design that looks stylish in any shower or bathroom, it’s also protected against any potential – read ‘inevitable’ – drops to the ground.
Let’s take a more in-depth look. This super-popular speaker is completely waterproof and can be fully submerged up to 3-foot without experiencing any technical problems. Again, it’s perfect for being used in the shower.
This speaker also boasts an impressive 10-hour battery life and wireless Bluetooth connection to your music device up to 33-foot.
Obviously you’re not going to use your speaker in the shower for that long, but it does mean you don’t have to worry about continuously charging it or forgetting to charge it. Just charge it once, and you’ll be good to go for several weeks!
While this all sounds great, it’s worth noting the only real downside to this speaker is the sound quality. Due to the device being in the affordable price bracket, the speaker doesn’t produce the most fantastic quality of sound. However it will be perfectly good for shower use, no deal breaker here. For the price you’re paying the sound quality isn’t that bad. This is also reflected in the maximum volume the speaker is capable of producing, which isn’t as loud as some of the other speakers on this list, but it still does the job pretty well, especially when you’re showering next to it! We mean, you don’t want to go deaf, do you?
A few reports are claiming the speaker doesn’t seem that loud to begin with, but this is quickly resolved by either increasing the volume using the button on the right of the speaker or by making sure the volume is turned up on the device you’re playing the music from. Turn them both up, and you’ll realize this speaker is more than enough!
It’s worth noting there’s a great suction cup on the back which is a somewhat unique feature compared with other speakers on this list, even those that are more expensive. That’s perfect for sticking your speaker basically anywhere in the shower, so it’s out the way.
This speaker uses a non-standard USB which looks more like a headphone jack. Of course you get a cable to charge it included with your speaker, and this is probably added for waterproofing reasons, but this does mean you can’t just use your standard micro USB or USB charger you have lying around to charge up your device.
Even if you find you have any technical problems with the speaker, it does come with a 1-year money-back guarantee to ensure you’re not out of pocket, and there are endless online reports on how amazing, friendly and helpful the customer service team is.
To summarize, while this may not be the most fantastic speaker in the world, the awesome experience it gives you from ease of use to the friendly and professional customer service team always on hand to help you, make this a great choice for any music lovers!
Vtin Q1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Coming up next, we’ve chosen another extremely affordable, specially designed shower speaker that’s been expertly crafted for those of you who desire an excellent audio experience while in the shower, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg to get it. This is where the Vtin Q10 comes into play.
The Vtin Q1 is a truly powerful speaker that not only comes with a lot of the features most of the leading, high-end speakers have; it also focuses on delivering high-quality sound which is far greater than the majority of speakers in this price bracket.
This is all thanks to a built-in 8W speaker driver that might not sound like a lot, but when you consider this speaker’s tiny and portable size, it’s safe to say this is a speaker that packs a punch. It’s a pleasant surprise to see such a small speaker delivering such rich and powerful bass sounds while not compromising and creating those tinny high and mid sounds.
Furthermore, and truthfully quite impressively, this little mini-speaker is capable of lasting up to 10 hours on a single charge when played around the 70% volume mark. We’re sure you’ll agree this is loud enough, especially when you’re standing right next to it.
As you would expect with a dedicated shower speaker, the speaker body is waterproof, although it would more accurately be called ‘splash-proof.’ This means that while a quick drop into water will be fine, it’s recommended you shouldn’t hold it underwater for long or extended periods of time.
Regarding the connectivity of the device, this punchy little speaker houses Bluetooth 4.2 technology which allows wireless connections to your music device up to 33-feet away. All of this is then backed by specialist anti-interference wireless technology to ensure your jams stay crisp and clear while listening to them, and there’s no risk of stuttering or a complete loss in connection entirely.
If you’re having trouble connecting this speaker via Bluetooth, although this isn’t a common problem, Vtin has a very friendly customer and technical support team that will be more than happy to help you out.
One of the most remarkable features here is the built-in SD card slot, so you don’t even need a wireless device. Just plug in an SD memory card loaded with content and go! This is great if you want to expand your music collection, or you simply don’t want to use your Bluetooth-enabled device.
You’ll even find a handy suction cup on the back of the speaker, and a hanging cord so that you can position your speaker anywhere that’s easiest for you! These also work hand in hand, so you stick your suction cup where you want it, and then hang the cord from it.
With next-to-no negative reviews from literally hundreds of satisfied customers from around the world, the wealth of five-star-rated reviews class this little speaker as a ‘hidden gem’ making it’s easy to see why this is rated one of the best shower speakers currently out there.
VicTsing SoundHot C6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
While VicTsing might not be a household name when it comes to home audio devices, the company is rapidly making waves as being an affordable option when it comes to high-quality yet straightforward audio products.
With literally thousands of satisfied customers around the world and all the features you’d expect from a professional, high-end shower speaker, it would be rude to not give this speaker a place on our best-of list.
To kick things off, this is a speaker designed and certified to a waterproof rating of IPX5, which basically means the speaker is capable of working against splash and spray water that you’ll typically – unavoidably – get in your shower. However, this does mean you shouldn’t keep the speaker submerged for excessive periods of time because it’s not entirely waterproof.
While the battery is a little smaller than other portable speakers listed here, you’ll still get an average of 6-hours battery life from a full charge at 70% volume. Even if you accidentally leave the speaker on, it will thankfully turn itself off after 15 minutes to ensure your battery life is maintained for next time.
Since this VicTsing speaker uses a professional 5W driver, you’ll receive crystal-clear quality from all sound frequency ranges. That means no tinny highs or crackled mid sounds; unless you’re blasting it out at full volume for long periods, so we recommend against this. Don’t worry; it’s safe to say 70% will be more than enough!
It’s also worth noting this speaker does have a feature many of the other speakers fail to have, one of the most valuable of which is a built-in microphone. This means that even if you’re in the shower, you can still answer and engage in phone calls.
If you have a compatible device that uses the Siri or Google Now voice assistants, you can even use these directly from the speaker without needing access to your phone or tablet. So, if you feel like asking Siri to play another song on another playlist, or even on your Apple Music account, this is as easy as saying it out loud!
This speaker uses the most up-to-date wireless technology to make all this possible, which means you’ll be connecting your device using the industry-standard 4.2 Bluetooth technology which works effectively up to 33-feet, and there’s integrated anti-interference technology to make sure your sound remains crisp and clear.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive, waterproof speaker that ticks all the boxes of what a shower speaker should be, there may not be any need to look further than this.
JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
When it comes to high-performance home audio portable speakers, JBL is one of the leading household names, and it’s rare you’ll find a ‘best-of’ list that doesn’t at least nod in their direction. We’ve searched deep into their catalog to see if they offer a speaker that fits our criteria, which indeed they do.
The JBL clip is a specially designed wireless shower speaker available in six unique colors, giving you a full range of choice to find a speaker you’re genuinely going to enjoy using; or simply fits the décor of your bathroom and shower area.
It’s worth noting right off the bat this speaker is slightly more expensive than the other speakers on this list. However, since you’re paying for a premium brand that focuses on delivering the first best quality money can buy, if you’re looking for the best experience, there’s really no need to look any further than this handy little device.
From the leading Bluetooth 4.2 technology for optimal wireless connections to all your devices, a wired AUX connection for wired devices, a full-metal carabiner for hooking up anywhere in your shower, and the fact the body is designed to a waterproof factor of IPX7, this is a complete package.
You’ll notice there’s a slight difference in the way you connect Bluetooth devices compared to other speakers. Whereas you’ll typically hold down the connect button and wait for a sound, this speaker does this for devices you’ve connected already, but when pairing a new device, you’ll need to simply click the button down and release. Don’t hold it down. This feature is standard across all JBL speakers, and while different, as long as you know this simple trick, the speaker will be everything you need it to be.
This speaker also prides itself on its integrated microphone function. This allows you to manage all your phone calls in real-time from the device, along with the accompanying buttons to manage your phone calls, and even use voice assistant apps!
You’ll be happy to know the speaker also uses a standard micro-USB charging port that ensures the speaker can be charged by most cables you’ll have lying around. That makes charging really easy; not that you’ll have to do it that much since you can enjoy an expected battery life of around 7 hours.
All in all, JBL has really pushed the boat out when it comes to shower audio experiences, so much so that even if you weren’t interested in listening to music in the shower; a few minutes listening to this speaker will be more than enough to change your mind.
Photive M90 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
If you’re looking for a more traditional form of speaker that really goes to town when it comes to audio quality which is what most audiophiles will be looking for, the Photive Shower speaker is so good, so much so you might not actually want ever to leave your shower. You might even wonder why you bought that set expensive set of tower speakers in your living room.
This is a powerful speaker, and although it’s one of the most expensive on our list, it’s also the loudest, proudest, and highest performing speaker we’re reviewing. If you’re looking for the ultimate most premium experience possible; quite simply put, this is it.
Compare the fact that most other speakers on this list house a 4-5W speaker, this little powerhouse stores an incredible 20-watts of speaker driver inside it; more than four times what most speakers on this list are capable of. However, this does mean the speaker weighs in around the 2-pound mark, which is a lot heavier than some of the speakers listed here, so mind your feet when placing it in!
If you thought the other speakers in this list were good, you should listen to the incredibly rich and smooth bass tones produced here, all accompanying christening highs and crisp mids. There’s even a built-in subwoofer that really adds the sound levels this speaker can create.
Despite these impressive stats, this is a dedicated shower speaker, but you’re not going to want to submerge it since it’s splash and spray proof device to a rating of IPX5. You can also hang up your speaker using the attached strap or position it flat on a shelf. Again, mind your feet if it falls!
With an outstanding 10-hour battery life, or 8-hours average on high volumes, and accompanying a sleek and minimalist design you’re going to love since it fits with every taste and kind of shower décor, it really doesn’t get much better than this.
Everything you’ll need, such as the equipment and USB charging cable comes complete with every purchase. There’s even the ability to link multiple speakers, so if you want to connect two or more of these together for an even louder experience, this is an option.
Taking a look online, you’ll quickly come to realize that this is one of the most popular and most highly rated speakers on the market, and there really is next-to-nothing bad to say about it.
It’s not even that expensive therefore all in all making this one of the best choices for investing in your next shower speaker, especially if you’re shopping on a budget!
Fugoo GO 100% Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Coming in as the most expensive portable speaker on our list is the Fugoo Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, but don’t let that put you off as this is a premium-quality experience that guarantees to turn your shower time into the best part of your day and definitely a time you’ll look forward too!
In addition to being 100% waterproof making it ideal for shower time, the casing of this speaker is designed to a rating specification of IP67. This means the speaker is dust, mud and in all ways shockproof, which is perfect for the shower, or basically for taking it with you wherever you go in your day to day life.
This means even if you drop the speaker on the floor while you’re washing yourself, it doesn’t matter; just make sure you’re not dropping it on your foot! There’s also an impressive 10-hour battery life and a dedicated cord for hanging the speaker up wherever you want it. Bear in mind this isn’t a speaker that can float.
Easily the best feature of this device is the 360˚ sound design that pumps your favorite tunes out the speaker in every single direction. When applied to a shower environment, this means you’re basically enjoying a complete surround sound experience.
When played on its side, the speaker is capable of producing up to 92db of outstanding quality sound, and you can even link two of these devices together wirelessly to produce an even greater sound experience if this is something you’re interested in.
This is also a Bluetooth speaker using that industry standard 4.2 technology, but there’s also an SD card slot if you that’s what you prefer to use. The choice is yours! Once again, this is another of the most highly rated speakers currently available today.
As you can see, this speaker goes above and beyond the call of duty, and in terms of durability and functionality, you can pretty much use this speaker wherever you feel like using it. In fact, the only real downside is the fact you can’t skip a track directly from the speaker itself. This is a shame because this is a speaker that literally has everything else, but you can still pause and play the track, adjust the volume, etc. With a stable wireless connection, one of the best high-quality sound ranges, a great price and an outstanding customer service team, it’s easy to see why this is a speaker that deserves a place on our list today.
INSMY Portable Bluetooth Shower Speaker
Last, but certainly not least, we’ve chosen the INSMY Portable Bluetooth speaker that takes us back to the budget price tag of portable shower speakers that makes this suitable for anybody, no matter what your budget is!
The INSMY speaker offers the classic circular speaker design which has proven to be time and time again the most durable. It has a very professional aesthetic, and it’s one you’re sure to fall in love with and you’ll wish you knew about earlier.
Taking a look at the stats of this speaker, this device boasts an impressive 1200mAh battery which translates to an overall battery life of a whopping 12 hours on a single charge! As with the other speakers here, that’s when listening to it at the 70% volume mark, which we know you’ll agree is plenty loud enough when you’re in the shower.
As the title suggests, this speaker uses Bluetooth 4.2 technology, as we’ve already discussed can provide you with a stable wireless connection up to 33-feet to your favorite music player, smartphone, or tablet. You can even store up to eight Bluetooth-enabled devices if you wish!
There’s also the option to plug in an SD card if this is how you prefer to listen to your music, but unfortunately no Wifi or Aux connection.
This speaker produces its excellent sound using a high-performance 5W speaker driver; this means you’ll be able to listen to all the classics, crisp vocals, rolling drum beats and rumbling bass lines; all in complete clarity.
The truth of the matter is this speaker has been described by its hundreds of satisfied customers as being so good that you can use it both indoors and outdoors, and the quality of sound continues to hit to the spot. Even the total volume output is impressive, especially for that of a 5-watt speaker.
The back of the speaker houses a sturdy and reliable suction cup, so you can pin your speaker wherever you want in your shower without the risk of it falling off.
Finally, in terms of specs, this speaker is produced and certified to a waterproof rating of IPX7, which means the device is completely waterproof and can be submerged up to 3-foot for 30 minutes without sustaining any technical faults or damage. Perfect for bath time!
We were also surprised to see this speaker includes the speakerphone microphone input that we only typically see with the more expensive models. This means you can take calls while in the shower, ensuring you never miss anything important.
You can even use Siri or Google Now, the smartphone voice assistants, through the speaker!
Finally, we love the fact this speaker only weighs in around the 8-pound mark. This truly is the meaning of a travel speaker, so feel free to take it out and about with you wherever you want to enjoy your favorite tracks!
Buying Guide for Shower Speakers
When it comes to choosing the shower speaker that’s right for you, it’s safe to say there’s a lot of features and functions you need to be paying attention to, and it can all get a little overwhelming when trying to match and compare devices.
With this in mind, here’s a complete buying guide that details everything you need to know, which can act as your checklist, so you know that you’re getting the best speaker for the job.
Don’t worry; this is broken down into four main easy areas.
The first thing you’ll need to consider is how you’re going to connect up your speaker to a source of music. Ideally, you’ll want to use Bluetooth, so you don’t have to bring your phone into the shower, in which case you’ll want the latest Bluetooth 4.2 technology.
However, a speaker with an SD card works just as well, as long as the slot can be covered up and remains waterproof. You’ll want to avoid an AUX connection where possible because this means there will be wires that can get wet, but if you plan on using your speaker while you’re out and about, this can be a handy feature to look for.
Since you’ll be bringing your speaker into the shower with you, the absolute first thing you’ll want to check is the that the speaker is waterproof. As a minimum, you’ll want a speaker certified to a rating of IPX5, but anything more than this will do the job.
As far as bonus features go, you’ll want a speaker that’s shockproof to protect it if it vibrates off a shelf, or you accidentally drop it.
Ease of Use
There’s no point in getting yourself a speaker that you spend 10 minutes trying to pair up with and trying to fiddle around the settings to get it to play your music. Instead, look for easy-pair devices that remember your old devices.
This means that once you’ve paired up your device and speaker for the first time, you won’t have to worry about fiddling around with it again. You can just turn on your Bluetooth, press the button and go!
Another accessibility feature would be how you can charge the speaker. Many of the speakers we’ve listed above will use a standard micro-USB, which means you can use any micro-USB cable to charge your speaker.
However, some speakers may use a different cable, such as an AUX jack charger. While you’ll receive a cable to charge your speaker, if it breaks it can be pretty inconvenient trying to get a new one.
You NEED to make sure you’re getting yourself a speaker that actually produces excellent sound quality. Why spend money on a speaker that sounds tinny and crackly, so much, so you’re not actually going to enjoy the music you’re listening too?
As a minimum, you’ll want to look for a speaker that has a 5-watt driver, but as you go up from here, the sound quality will get better and better. Of course, this will increase with price, but when it comes to speakers, you usually get what you pay for.
With some of the shower speakers, you can get several additional features aim to give you a more complete experience. The most notable of these is the built-in microphone. Whether you’re a fan of using the voice assistant apps, such as Siri or Google Now, or you live a busy life and need to make phone calls, this can be a super-handy feature to have.
Also, looking for a speaker with a suction cup or a corded hook is ideal for any kind of portable speaker. This extra little bonus is excellent because it means you can easily position the speaker anywhere in your shower while ensuring it’s safe and secure. This will stop the speaker being completely submerged, within an excellent range of your ears, and helps to keep it out the way. This is a great feature to help improve your overall experience. What’s more, many shower speakers are designed to be waterproof.
Waterproofing is rated based on an IP rating system which ranges from IP1 to IP10; 10 being the most waterproof a rating is. For a shower speaker, you’ll want a minimum of IP5, which means the speaker is splashproof and protected from water.
Frequently Asked Questions on Shower Speakers
Q: What is a shower speaker?
A: As the title suggests, a shower speaker is simply the term given to a speaker that has been designed to be waterproof. Of course, you could bring any speaker you wanted into the shower, but if it’s not waterproof and the speaker gets wet, this can result in the speaker breaking and becoming unusable.
Instead, shower speaker ranges are designed to be taken into the shower with you, so it doesn’t matter if they get wet, they’ll continue to play music for many years to come.
Q: What is an ‘IP’ rating?
A: IP stands for Ingress Protection, and is the term given to the level of waterproof protection a device has. Every IP rating stands with the letters and will then be given a number between 1 and 8. 8 is the highest level of the waterproof protection and ranges from splash-proof, to entirely submersible.
Q: Will all Bluetooth speakers work with all Bluetooth devices?
A: In short, yes. If you have a Bluetooth-enabled device, it will connect to any Bluetooth speaker. This could be your smartphone, a portable music player, such as an iPod or MP3 player, or even a laptop or computer.
Q: Does my shower speaker need a microphone?
A: While more and more shower speakers these days are starting to include built-in microphones, this isn’t a necessary feature.
However, if you want to be able to take calls from your speaker, or use your phone’s built-in voice assistant app, such as Siri or Alexa, or you just want to use your speaker hands-free, then a microphone is essential.
Q: Do shower speakers play the radio?
A: Some shower speakers double as an AM/FM radio; however, most speakers are not built to run on their own and will only play with compatible devices, such as your phone, radio, or other bluetooth or auxiliary connected device. If you can play the radio on your phone, you can play it on your speaker.
Q: Do shower speakers play under water?
A: The speakers on our list are all designed with water in mind and by nature can get wet, however only certain devices should be fully submerged, and only those with an IPX6 or higher rating will push the sound through the water
Q: Do shower speakers turn off automatically?
A: Some speakers will turn off automatically; this is an individual feature that differentiates by-product. Review your specific speaker for this capability.
There’s no denying that even when it comes to shopping for a little luxury in life like a shower speaker, you really are spoiled for choice. The best thing to do is to think about what features you’re looking for in your speaker of choice, and the budget you have to spend.
Then read back through this list, find the one that best suits what you want, and then you’ll be well on your way to having the best shower experience! However, no matter which speaker you choose from our list, we are sure you won’t be disappointed!