Best Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers Compared & Reviewed 2020

The Best Speaker For Outdoors Is Waterproof And Rugged

If you love music and camping, a wireless Bluetooth speaker will be your next favorite tech gadget. I bought the Bose Soundlink Mini II four years ago, and now I don’t go anywhere without it, and I especially love it when camping. Excellent battery life, wireless, portable, and fantastic sound have made it one of my favorite purchases in the past years. I also use it connected to my TV in my camper.

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Since I bought mine, a lot of new Bluetooth speakers have entered the market, and today there are speakers for all budgets. Battery life has gotten even better, and a lot of them are weatherproof, even waterproof.

What the most important factor is to you depends on how you plan on using the speaker outdoors, but all of the ones I am reviewing today are rugged, great-sounding, and of course, wireless via Bluetooth.

If you don’t know what AUX or all the water-resistance ratings mean, please scroll down to the Frequently Asked Questions where I will answer a question about this. I also answer questions about range, battery life, TV capabilities, etc.

But now, let’s compare and review the best portable Bluetooth speakers that can be used outdoors, in the shower, or why not at home?

All The Bluetooth Speakers On The Table

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OontZ Angle 3 (3rd Gen) - Bluetooth Portable Speaker, Louder Volume, Crystal Clear Stereo Sound, Rich Bass, 100 Foot Wireless Range, Microphone, IPX5, Bluetooth Speakers by Cambridge Sound Works (Black)

Good

[Upgraded] Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with 12W Stereo Sound, Bluetooth 5, Bassup, IPX7 Waterproof, 24-Hour Playtime, Wireless Stereo Pairing, Speaker for Home, Outdoors, Travel

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker - Phantom Black

Better

JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Blue

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II - Soft black

Best

Bose SoundLink Revolve, Portable Bluetooth Speaker (with 360 Wireless Surround Sound), Triple Black

Battery Life
12 Hours

24 Hours

10 Hours

12 Hours

8 Hours

12 Hours

Water Resistance Rating
IPX5

IPX5

IPX7

IPX7

IPX4

IPX4

AUX Input

Size
5.3 x 2.8 x 2.6 Inches

6.5 x 2.2 x 1.8 Inches

4.2 x 4.6 x 5.3 Inches

2.8 x 6.9 x 2.7 Inches

2.2 x 5 x 5.2 Inches

3.3 x 3.3 x 6 Inches

Weight
10 Ounces

12.6 Ounces

0.93 Lbs

1.14 Lbs

1.2 Lbs

1.46 Lbs

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OontZ Angle 3 (3rd Gen) - Bluetooth Portable Speaker, Louder Volume, Crystal Clear Stereo Sound, Rich Bass, 100 Foot Wireless Range, Microphone, IPX5, Bluetooth Speakers by Cambridge Sound Works (Black)

Battery Life
12 Hours

Water Resistance Rating
IPX5

AUX Input

Size
5.3 x 2.8 x 2.6 Inches

Weight
10 Ounces

Good

Preview
[Upgraded] Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with 12W Stereo Sound, Bluetooth 5, Bassup, IPX7 Waterproof, 24-Hour Playtime, Wireless Stereo Pairing, Speaker for Home, Outdoors, Travel

Battery Life
24 Hours

Water Resistance Rating
IPX5

AUX Input

Size
6.5 x 2.2 x 1.8 Inches

Weight
12.6 Ounces

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Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker - Phantom Black

Battery Life
10 Hours

Water Resistance Rating
IPX7

AUX Input

Size
4.2 x 4.6 x 5.3 Inches

Weight
0.93 Lbs

Better

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JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Blue

Product

Battery Life
12 Hours

Water Resistance Rating
IPX7

AUX Input

Size
2.8 x 6.9 x 2.7 Inches

Weight
1.14 Lbs

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Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II - Soft black

Battery Life
8 Hours

Water Resistance Rating
IPX4

AUX Input

Size
2.2 x 5 x 5.2 Inches

Weight
1.2 Lbs

Best

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Bose SoundLink Revolve, Portable Bluetooth Speaker (with 360 Wireless Surround Sound), Triple Black

Battery Life
12 Hours

Water Resistance Rating
IPX4

AUX Input

Size
3.3 x 3.3 x 6 Inches

Weight
1.46 Lbs

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A Closer Look At Each Speaker


OontZ Angle 3

OontZ Angle 3 (3rd Gen) - Bluetooth Portable Speaker, Louder Volume, Crystal Clear Stereo Sound, Rich Bass, 100 Foot Wireless Range, Microphone, IPX5, Bluetooth Speakers by Cambridge Sound Works (Black)

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If you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker to take to the beach with a battery that will last you all day long and in a neat little package, the OontZ Angle 3 from Cambridge Soundworks could be the perfect speaker for you.

You will get IPX5 rated water resistance, up to 12 hours of battery life at ⅔ volume and a 3.5mm AUX jack so you can plug in your phone directly if you don’t want to use wireless Bluetooth. This AUX jack also makes it possible to connect the speaker to a laptop or TV with a 3.5mm headphone-jack.

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It has a built-in microphone so you can answer calls from your phone. Some people are looking for a speaker with a microphone and some aren’t, so the fact that they put one in this small but functional speaker is pretty neat.

So who is the OontZ Angle 3 for? It’s for the campfire, beach, shower, and/or pool. It’s not the kind of speaker that you will buy for the best audio quality and accuracy, but for the price it’s impressive. 

It’s rugged enough to take outdoors and not have to worry about its durability. And its size makes it easy to carry around in your backpack all day without being in the way.

PROS

  • Lightweight and rugged
  • 12 Hours Battery Life
  • AUX Input
  • IPX5 Rating
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Wireless via Bluetooth

Anker SoundCore 2

[Upgraded] Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with 12W Stereo Sound, Bluetooth 5, Bassup, IPX7 Waterproof, 24-Hour Playtime, Wireless Stereo Pairing, Speaker for Home, Outdoors, Travel

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Anker makes a lot of accessories for phones, like solar panels and portable batteries, so there is no surprise that they also make a wireless Bluetooth speaker.

Where this speaker sticks out the most is with its battery life. Anker advertises 24 hours of non-stop music! That is impressive, but it makes sense since it has a 5200mAh battery. This means that you could spend several days outdoors and don’t have to worry about charging it up. Grab it for the weekend trip and play music all day and night.

5200mAh is a larger battery than even your phone, so a big thumbs up to Anker for daring to put a large battery in a wireless speaker, which is exactly what some people are looking for.

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IPX5 rating, AUX input, and lightweight for what it has to offer, it makes it a serious contender for the best Bluetooth speaker for most people.

The Anker SoundCore 2 also has a built-in microphone so you can answer calls from your phone.

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • 24 Hours Battery Life
  • AUX Input
  • IPX5 Rating
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Wireless via Bluetooth

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker - Phantom Black

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The WONDERBOOM is a speaker that can be submerged in water and still work just fine with its IPX7 rating. That can be useful if you want to take your paddleboard out on the lake and not worry about water damage. 

It also makes it a great option for a shower speaker if you like to listen to music in the shower. The Wonderboom can handle water without being damaged.

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With 10 hours of battery life, you can stay out all day and it can get really loud at 86 dBC. A neat feature is that you can connect two to make a bigger sound.

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM has big buttons that make it easy to control, and a string on top so you can tie it to something, like a paddleboard or a floatie. Note that it can float in most waters.

What I am missing is a microphone and an AUX input.

In the end, the Wonderboom is a very rugged portable Bluetooth speaker that might be the best choice for you if you want a speaker for the beach or the shower. It’s small compact size and large sound together with the 10-hour battery life make it a beast of a wireless speaker.

PROS

  • 10 Hours Battery Life
  • IPX7 Rating
  • Big Buttons
  • Loud
  • Durable/rugged
  • Wireless via Bluetooth

JBL Flip 4

JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Blue

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JBL is another big brand and this JBL Flip 4 comes close to Bose in sound quality.

A 3000mAh battery will let you play music for 12 hours which is twice as long as the Bose SoundLink Micro. It has the IPX7 rating which means that you can take it out on the lake and put it in the water without damaging it. It also makes it an excellent shower or pool speaker.

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It has an AUX input and a feature that will let you connect several speakers to the same phone to create a bigger sound.

JBL knows how to make a great speaker with lots of functionality and the Flip 4 is a sign off that.

Last but not least it has a microphone with voice assistant integration that will let you talk to Siri or Google Now with the push of a button on the speaker.

The JBL Flip 4 is, in my opinion, the best speaker to bring to the beach or in the water. It has the battery life, the sound quality, AUX input, loud volume, and the waterproof rating to make it one of the best wireless Bluetooth speakers available on the market today.

PROS

  • 12 Hours Battery Life
  • IPX7 Rating
  • AUX Input
  • Built-In Microphone With Voice Assistant Integration
  • Loud
  • Wireless via Bluetooth

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker II

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II - Soft black

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This is a speaker that I have bought for friends and family as a gift. The reason being that it’s a good mix of everything. It has up to 8 hours of battery life, an AUX input, a built-in microphone, and an IPX4 rating.

It’s good for older people because it will tell you what it’s connected to and the buttons on top are easy to see. The sound that comes out of this speaker is great so if a waterproof speaker isn’t a necessity for you, this speaker is a great option.

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You can use the built-in microphone to use voice assistants like Siri and Google Now.

The reason I buy this as a gift instead of the JBL Flip 4 is that I think the sound quality is better on the Bose SoundLink Color. I like the more clear bass and the voice prompts.

It’s also very rugged and can take a beating. Even though it’s only IPX4 and not IPX7, it can be taken to the beach, on a camping trip, or into the shower as long as you don’t submerge it.

PROS

  • 12 Hours Battery Life
  • IPX4 Rating
  • AUX Input
  • Built-In Microphone With Voice Assistant Integration
  • Wireless via Bluetooth

Bose SoundLink Revolve 360 Speaker

Bose SoundLink Revolve, Portable Bluetooth Speaker (with 360 Wireless Surround Sound), Triple Black

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Now we’re getting into the bigger speakers that I recommend for RV life. The first one is the Bose SoundLink Revolve with a 360-degree speaker. The battery will last up to 12 hours and will let you pair it together with another speaker like it to create stereo sound.

While not as water-resistant as their Bose SoundLink Micro, it has an IPX4 rating. To learn more about what these ratings mean in day to day use, check out the FAQ below.

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The Revolve has a microphone and will let you talk to Siri or Google Now through it.

Above all, where the Bose SoundLink Revolve shines is with its audio quality. It has a deep, loud and immersive sound thanks to its 360-degree speakers. If you’re looking for a speaker to keep in your RV that will spread your music in the RV, this is the best option. Note that there’s also a bigger brother to this speaker below.

It has an AUX input so you can plug your phone into it directly to play music. This also makes it possible to connect a TV or a computer as long as the device has a 3.5mm headphone-jack.

PROS

  • 12 Hours Battery Life
  • IPX4 Rating
  • Built-In Microphone With Voice Assistant Integration
  • AUX Input
  • 360-degree sound
  • Loud
  • Wireless via Bluetooth

Extra: Bose SoundLink Revolve+ 360 Speaker

Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Portable & Long-Lasting Bluetooth 360 Speaker - Triple Black

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The last speaker I am looking at today is a big brother to the Bose Revolve above. This is the SoundLink Revolve+. What the plus does to it is what you might expect, it makes it bigger.

16 hours of battery life versus 12 on the smaller Revolve. 2 pounds instead of 1.46 pounds. It’s also slightly bigger.

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Other than that it can do the same things its little brother can. AUX input, voice assistant integration with the built-in microphone, IPX4 rating, and the ability to connect two to create a stereo sound.

In my opinion, this is the best Bluetooth speaker on the market today. If you put this in your RV, you will never use the built-in speakers in your RV again. The portability will let you carry it around with you and put it in a bag when you go to the beach. This is the one to beat when it comes to sound quality.

PROS

  • 16 hours of battery life
  • IPX4 Rating
  • Built-In Microphone With Voice Assistant Integration
  • AUX Input
  • 360-degree sound
  • Loud
  • Incredible Sound
  • Best In Class
  • Wireless via Bluetooth

Conclusion And Recommendations

As you might have realized by now, there are Bluetooth speakers in all price classes. The thing I have noticed is that paying more doesn’t always mean more features, but usually better sound quality. You can pay less and get one that you can take with you on the lake and last all day long, or pay more for one that isn’t waterproof but has better sound quality. It’s all about what you need.

Let’s take a look at my recommendations.

Good: Anker SoundCore 2 – The Anker SoundCore 2 has incredible battery life, average sound quality, and will let you plug your phone into it. It’s an excellent product for the price that will satisfy most people. With IPX5 rating you can take it to the beach or on the camping trip without worrying about damaging it. It’s best in class when it comes to battery life with up to 24 hours of playing time.

Better: JBL Flip 4 – The Flip 4 from JBL is an impressive device with 12 hours of battery life. IPX7 rating will let you submerge it entirely in water and it gets loud, so it works great outdoors. It’s extremely rugged and is the most versatile speaker I have reviewed. It will do a great job not only in the shower and on the beach, but also at home, in the kitchen or the bedroom. It’s versatility and great battery life is hard to beat.

Best: Bose SoundLink Revolve 360 Speaker – 12 hours of battery life, Bose audio quality, 360-degree sound, and access to Siri and Google Now with the built-in microphone makes this portable speaker sit at the top of my list. If you want 4 hours more battery life and a slightly bigger sound you can go with its bigger brother: Bose SoundLink Revolve+ 360 Speaker. But the regular Revolve is a great speaker for the price and it will be all you need in an RV when it comes to listening to music or the radio. An excellent rugged camping buddy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much should I spend on a Bluetooth speaker?

Like I mentioned earlier, paying more doesn’t always equal more features, but often better sound. Are you looking for a speaker to bring to the beach or one to enjoy your favorite music in and outside the RV? If you only plan on listening in the RV, I recommend saving up and getting a better sounding one than a smaller one even though it might have more features.

How accurate is the advertised battery life on Bluetooth speakers?

Companies are always advertising better battery life than what is accurate. It does depend though. Playing music at higher volumes will drain the battery faster and using Bluetooth, although very energy efficient it will drain more battery compared to using an AUX cable. If you’re outdoors camping and can’t charge the speaker every day you should focus more on how much battery life it has than the number of features. You can also get a portable power bank and charge the speaker multiple times.

Will my Bluetooth speaker work with my TV?

If the speaker has an AUX input, and your TV has a 3.5mm output, you can use the speaker with your TV. If your TV has Bluetooth and supports wireless speakers, it might also work wirelessly. You can also use a streaming box that has Bluetooth built-in and choose your Bluetooth speaker as the output.

What is AUX?

AUX stands for auxiliary and can be found on most phones, mp3 players, headphones, and in newer cars. You might have heard it been called an audio cable and it is the standard in today’s products for audio. Apple and Google have recently removed the AUX input in their phones which have caused some stir amongst audio fanatics.

Can a Bluetooth speaker go in checked luggage on an airplane?

Yes, you can put a speaker in your luggage and check it in.

How far will a Bluetooth speaker reach?

How far the wireless speaker will reach depends on lots of factors, but you can expect it to reach at least 30 feet (9 meters), while some reach up to 100 feet (30 meters).

The factors that come into play are signal interference, walls, Bluetooth classes, etc.

Can a Bluetooth speaker be used while charging?

Yes, most Bluetooth speakers can be used even while they’re being charged. If you’re using it at home in one place, it’s a good idea to leave it plugged in all the time to not decrease its battery capacity.

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Keep the speaker plugged in when you’re using it at home to extend the battery capacity when you’re using it outdoors.

Can Bluetooth speakers connect to multiple devices?

It depends on the speaker. Bluetooth is capable of connecting several devices at the same time, but the speaker might have limited functionality. Check the description of the specific speaker you’re looking at or look at questions/answers and you should be able to get an answer.

IPX4, IPX5, IPX7?

The IP in these ratings stands for Ingress Protection and is all about how protected the product is from water and dust getting into it. For example, IPX0 means that it has no protection from water at all so taking it outdoors or into the shower would be a bad idea.

When it comes to IPX4, it offers protection from a splash of water in any direction for at least 5 minutes.

IPX5 offers protection from a 6.3mm spray of water in any direction for at least 3 minutes.

IPX7 offers protection from complete water submersion up to 1 meter deep for at least 30 minutes.

So if you want to be in the water with your portable speaker, pick a speaker with IPX7 rating as that will survive being fully submerged.

How do I connect my Bluetooth speaker to my laptop/computer?

Just like with your TV, there are two ways to connect most speakers. These are via an AUX cable or Bluetooth. An AUX cable fits a hole you might’ve heard as 3.5mm or headphone-jack on your phone. If your computer has one of these holes, and your speaker does as well, you can use a 3.5mm cable.

If your computer or speaker doesn’t have a 3.5mm port, and you would like to do it wirelessly, you’ll need a laptop or computer with Bluetooth built-in. If it’s not built-in, you can use a Bluetooth USB dongle.

From here, it depends on if you have Windows or Mac. These guides explain how to connect a Bluetooth speaker for Windows, and Mac.

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Bluetooth is a very useful technology found in lots of different product categories.

Let me know if you have any questions about Bluetooth speakers, or let me know if you’ve bought one that you like/dislike.

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