Attention audiophiles: these are the best shower speakers for your money
Shower speakers can withstand the water splashes and high humidity of bathrooms, all while kicking out superb sound. Sing to your heart’s content with our roundup of this year’s best speakers built just for the shower.
Best for your budget:
When your bank balance is your first consideration, this is the shower speaker you want. This palm-sized model attaches to any surface with a suction cup, and it holds on strong, even on a shower wall. The built-in mic works as it should, allowing you to handle phone calls while you manage your bathroom business. Battery life is roughly six hours, and there are five buttons on the face-side of this speaker to control sound, power, and calls. Get one in green, yellow, black, blue, pink, or white. They all look sweet, and they’re all waterproof in the shower or bath, poolside, on a boat, or hanging out outside in the yard.
Go with you anywhere:
JBL Clip 3
The original JBL Clip came out six years ago, and each iteration gets better and better. The all-new JBL Clip 3 is a pocket-sized Bluetooth speaker with a carabiner-like clip at the top. Use the carabiner to hook this over a shower rod, your backpack strap, belt loops, and more. The Clip 3 has IPX7 waterproofing, so it’s good to go in the rain, the bathtub or shower, or on your next camping trip. The built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery is quick to recharge and guarantees a solid 10 hours of life. If that weren’t enough, use this little guy as a speakerphone. Calls are crystal clear, and so are tunes. Basses boom like they should, and you get remarkable highs and lows from this tiny, go-anywhere speaker.
Best battery life:
Ultimate Ears Boom 3
The cylinder-shaped Ultimate Ears Boom 3 shoots out 360 degrees of pulsating sound to every nook and cranny in the room. The bass is deep, trebles are accurate, and it’s all so well balanced you won’t believe the upgrade in bathroom acoustics you’ll get from this little shower speaker. The Boom 3 comes in five bold colors and is so completely waterproof it can float in water without skipping a beat. Best of all, it’s good for 15 hours of battery power, so you can also keep this by the pool or in the sauna for all-day entertainment. A bungee hanger on the back gives you a way to secure the Boom 3 to nearly anything, and it also sits upright (and looks awesome) anywhere inside or out.
Jam Hang Up
Most of the speakers I’ve tested came with a carabiner or rubber strap for hanging. The Jam Hang Up comes with a strap, but it also has a sticky pad on the back that lets you attach it to any smooth surface. Hang it from a shower wall, a boat, the ceiling, a mirror, or your locker. It works almost anywhere and defies gravity. This model is speakerphone-friendly, has an aux-in port for those who don’t have Bluetooth, and the rechargeable battery gives you eight hours of playtime. With an IP67 rating, the Hang Up can be submerged in up to one meter of water for an hour, plus its dust and dirtproof. As for the sound, it’s impressive for its size. We had no trouble hearing beats, making calls, or hearing callers over a running shower.
Add a clock:
BassPal Shower Speaker
I don’t know how many times I’ve wished clocks in showers were a thing. My wish was granted with the BassPal. Complete with an IPX7 rating, this Bluetooth speaker can go right in the shower with you. There’s a removable suction cup on the back to stick it to any wall. It also floats in your tub or pool if that’s your thing. You’ll get 3D stereo sound that’s on par with other speakers this size, plus a backlit clock, built-in microphone, and speakerphone for calls, FM radio, and a beat-driven light show courtesy of LED lights. The battery on the BassPal is good for eight hours of music, and it’s right at home in the shower, on the beach, or even on the corner of your desk.
From bath to shower and beyond
My travels take me around the world with regularity, and whether I’m hiking in the pounding rain or taking a shower in a hotel, I count on the Bose SoundLink Micro to add music to my ears. The bass is deep and powerful, the sound crisp and loud, and it can easily go from bathroom to backpack. For your money, you’ll also get a speakerphone and compatibility with Google Assistant and Siri. Of all the speakers I’ve used, this is the most rugged and best sounding, and I’d buy it all over again.
When you need killer battery life, great sound, and waterproofing, you want to hang your hat on the Ultimate Ears Boom 3. This is one of my favorite speakers for showers, pool time, and saunas because it’s just made so darn well. The waterproofing is so topnotch it can float on the water. The Boom 3 also pipes out fantastic sound. Best of all, the battery lasts a full 15 hours. Now that’s impressive.
The BassPal Shower Speaker is one of the most entertaining and functional speakers I’ve spent time within a long stretch. I love the halo of LED lights that keeps time with the music. Those can be turned off if that’s not your style. The clock at the top is genius! And in addition to the usual bells and whistles, like a speakerphone, microphone, and Bluetooth, the BassPal also has an FM radio. Sweet if you like to catch up on the local news while you bathe.
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