Best Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers Rated and Reviewed for Quality
What goes well with your picnic, or your outdoor dinner party or your pool party or just about anything outside? Music, that’s what! Music makes everything better and we happen to think that one of the greatest things about the advancements in Bluetooth technology is the fact that you never have to be very far away from your music. It goes where you go. And if it has a good beat you can literally spend your day moving through town to your own personal soundtrack. We think this is a net positive for humanity and for all of us as music (except for Mahler, and death metal in general) makes you feel better about life. So we’ve decided to look into the best ways to ensure that the music never stops. So here is our list of the best outdoor Bluetooth speakers. Rock on!
This is the best product on our list that is currently in stock:
Long Battery Life
100 Foot Bluetooth Range
10 Best Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers
Very bass heavy
High volume capabilities
Came with a micro USB cord for charging
LED flashlight comes in handy during evening parties
Highs can get distorted
This product is a 20-watt, waterproof option with several light modules and is Alexa compatible. It has a long battery life and has a really interesting design.
20-hour battery life
This product has an extra-long battery life ideal for areas where power sources are readily available.
This product is waterproof, drop-proof and "life proof". It is ideal for rougher environments like camping and at the beach. It is also dust resistant so no worries about dust eventually blocking the speakers.
Cost and Value
The majority of the products in this article are mid-range in price. This one is slightly above the majority in this article. It is incredibly resilient, can be dropped in water and is well designed. For these reasons, the product is worth the cost.
2. Oontz Angle 3
Long Battery Life
100 Foot Bluetooth Range
Doesn’t come with a carrying case.
Not only does the Oontz look modern and cool but also it just works really well. Manufactured by Cambridge Soundworks you’re getting a clear, solid sound that’s not too tinny and not too bassy, just pure clean sound that will make all your favorite music sound great wherever you are. We also like that the Bluetooth receiver has an incredible range so you can put the speaker wherever you want it and not worry about glitching out.
This speaker is splashproof and rainproof (you can use it in the shower! Really!). But please don’t test this, don’t drop it in the pool, or the fishbowl because if you do then not only will it stop working but you’ll also be out of luck if you try and get your money back.
Long Battery Life
We love this element of this big old speaker, it has a battery life of up to 14 hours, as long as you keep it at 2/3rd volume. This is important to the campers out there who might find themselves away from a power source for days at a time.
Cost and Value
Not too bad, this isn’t going to break the bank by any means, and it does live up to the hype. You can keep it by the pool without worrying about it getting a bit wet, and you can bring it on your next camping trip and with a bit of care it should run without a recharge for about 14 hours.
3. VicTsing IPX65
Encased in a silicone case
Has a suction cup on the back as well for easy installation and portability
Easy to use
Using in the shower can decrease the quality of the bass
The suction cup doesn't have a tab so it is hard to get off surfaces
This product is considered a shower speaker. It is small in size and also has a D-ring to hang on belts and bars. It has is 5-watts, is, of course, waterproof and like all the rest in this article is wireless.
Built in mike and sound system
This speaker is ideal for hands-free use. While out in the yard or in the shower you can answer your phone with it as it also has a built-in mike.
Small in size
This one is quite small in size. It has a hook as well making it ideal for traveling with. It won't take up much room.
Cost and Value
This product is quite inexpensive. It is easy to haul around, comes in over 5 colors and has a 12-month warranty. There should be no doubt whatsoever in purchasing this product.
4. Archeer 4.0
Includes an "incoming call" notification and a built-in mike
40-day money-back guarantee
Auto-shutoff feature when Bluetooth is disconnected (to preserve the battery)
Stong Bluetooth connection
At the lowest volume, some static can be detected
Good sound quality but not great bass quality
Here is an option that is both dust and waterproof. It is 10-watts and comes in 2 different colors. It is rectangular in shape and also includes a side flashlight. It is both wireless and waterproof.
Now comes one that is attractive in design. It is modern and clean looking for those who like attractive looking technology.
This option has a strong and clear sound to it even with the size of it.
Cost and Value
This speaker is reasonably priced. It is attractive in design, has a clear sound and comes with an 18-month hassle-free warranty. For these reasons, the product is worth the price.
5. Dikaou LED Bluetooth Speakers
Has LED lighting
Excellent sound quality
Smaller in size making it more portable
Some have had issues with Bluetooth linking
This is a pretty unique speaker not only because of its unique catching fire look, and unique design but also because of its performance. It sounds great and the bonus is that it looks great while sounding great. It doesn’t have quite the range of some of the other speakers on our list but if you’re looking for a simple great speaker that will keep your music going in your dorm room or small party this is a great speaker.
Cool LED Flame Effect
This speaker comes with 96 LED’s that make it look like it’s a flickering flame that will add a romantic glow to your room while streaming your favorite tunes. This is a neat effect because the LED really mimics flickering flames incredibly well.
We like the fact that this speaker comes small and can sit in a little nook area of a room and take up any space. But don’t worry because the sound you’re going to get out of this small speaker will easily fill up a room.
Cost and Value
This is a bit more pricey than some of the other options on our list. But if you’re looking for a speaker that will not only fill up a room with music but also fill up a room with warmth, then this is the speaker for you.
6. Anker SoundCore 2
Hands-free calling capabilities
Bluetooth and aux abilities
When the volume is high the product vibrates quite a bit (due to the bass)
Hard to see when the battery is low (small red light indicator is pretty small)
This product is an updated version of the SoundCore by Anker. Anker updated the bass and sound quality on this one. It has a higher wattage than most of the other comparable products on the market as well as the bass. It is rectangular in sound and is both wireless and waterproof.
Pushing out 12 watts of sound provides the unit with plenty to brag about. This is one of the highest available for products within this price range and with wireless capabilities.
This product has an amplified bass, many reviewers were surprised by the depth of the sound and bass emanating from this little speaker.
Cost and Value
A little higher in price than the rest of the products in this article but still pretty inexpensive considering the sound quality. This product also comes with an 18-month warranty. For these reasons, this product is worth the cost.
7. AUKEY SoundTank
Hands-free call capability
30 hours of playtime
Great sound and bass quality
On highest volume and bass the sound quality isn't as good
Some reviewers had issues with the Bluetooth dropping sometimes
Coming in a little bit larger than the majority of products in this article. It has a tough appearance and is surrounded by silicone so you know that it will not only absorb vibrations but also be protected from drops. It has a 10-watt system and has 30 hours of listening time.
Updated Bluetooth system
With an updated 4.2 Bluetooth system that allows the user to go up to 33 feet before experiencing an interruption of service. It also offers a quicker and easier connection.
Coming complete with a little mounting socket on its base so that you can mount it onto a stand if required. If purchasing additional models and mounting them as well you can create a surround sound environment.
Cost and Value
Landing roughly around mid-range in price. It is attached to a 24-month warranty and is both powerful and lightweight. Because of these reasons, this product is worth the cost.
8. Clever Bright
Bluetooth connects easily
Shorter battery life (3-6 hours)
The instruction manual says it has FM radio but users said that it doesn't
This has a smooth ergonomic design. It has a soft silicone body and is easy to move around with. It also has a fun light show that moves with the music you are playing. It has a 33-foot range and is lightweight.
LED light-up feature
As an added bonus you get a fun LED light feature. It will give a light show that moves with the music when using it. Making it ideal for parties and when out with friends.
With the potential to connect to up to 6 others of its kind allowing the user to offer a full, surround sound experience when in use.
Cost and Value
This option is inexpensive in price and is ideal for all your party needs. Because it can connect to 6 other of its kind and the fun LED effects this product is perfect for all your party needs.
9. Bugani Waterproof Speaker
Long Battery Life
The reason we liked the Bugani was not only because it puts out a great sound and it’s waterproof. We liked the Bugani because it looks like an old school boom box with a handle and two big speakers and we love that.
Shock Absorbing Shell
This is a great addition because from time to time your speaker is going to run into some trouble and fall off its perch and this shell will keep it running no matter the kinds of bumps and bruises inflicted on it.
The Bugani is waterproof and also can stand up to dust, snow mud, pretty much any liquid messiness that it gets put through. We’d also like to add that we’ve got better promises, a good 40 hours of life so it’ll keep working wherever you go.
Cost And Value
This baby is expensive, at least more expensive than a lot of the other options on our list, but you’re getting a lot with this speaker, it’s big sound and long battery life and the fact that it’s waterproof make it a good choice.
10. UE Boom 3
Both Bluetooth and aux capabilities
Good sound quality
360 degrees of sound
Some complaints about the bass
Not the most durable
This speaker from Ultimate Ears was not only designed to be easily portable, but it can blast music 360 degrees so everyone around can enjoy. Made from high-quality materials, it is shockproof and waterproof and can be submerged in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
With the new upgrades, you are now able to control your speakers with your words. It features Google Now and Siri voice integration so you can call for your favorite tunes without the need of a phone.
With this special feature, you are able to connect with up to 50 UE speakers wirelessly, allowing you to listen to your favorite songs no matter where you go.
Cost and Value
This will cost a little more than some of the other speakers on this list, but it is well worth it. Not only is it made to last, but the sound quality is amazing and provides 360 degrees of loud and clear bass and treble.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
If you are investing in speakers, then the main thing you want them to do is to sound good. With these type of speakers you have to take into account that you will most likely be using them outdoors, which means that they'll be competing with other people, cars, wind, and any other sounds you may hear while out there.
If possible, try the speakers out before buying them and see how they sound with the volume up since you will need to drown out all the other noises. Is it clear? Are the bass and treble working as they should? It would be wise to also check out reviews and see what others have said about the sound as well!
Some of the speakers are used in the shower, others for backyard or camping use, and others are meant for hiking with. The shower products usually come with either a clip or a suction cup in order to keep the product at eye/ear level for optimal sound.
When they are meant for the backyard or camping are usually a little larger in size and sometimes come with a mounting socket. The mounting socket comes includes sometimes so that the product can be put on a wall or on a tripod for optimal sound. These speakers are great for additional speakers and creating a surround sound environment.
Those meant for hiking usually are smaller in size and are lighter. They are typically clipped onto a belt or bag so that the product can be used while in motion. If not purchasing based on the activity the product may end up being useless so it’s important to purchase based on the need.
Materials used will indicate the life and durability of the product. You want to make sure that the products are made of strong plastics or metals. It also helps to have a silicone outer casing to help from both drops and shock vibration. These are traveled with so having a strong body will help with drops. Some of the products have a D-clip in order to attach to a belt or bag. The clip needs to be strong in order to handle movement. Some also come with suction cups, they need to be made of strong rubber to keep the suction strong.
The battery life ranges depending on the product. Typically price and size indicate battery quality. The battery should always be rechargeable. A good sound system cannot run well on replaceable batteries. You see in the better quality products lithium-ion batteries which are a more advanced type of battery.
Battery life typically ranges anywhere from 10 to 30 hours depending on the product. How long it takes to charge the battery is also important because if this is being used for an event then being able to charge quickly may be important. Battery life will be one of the most important things to consider when purchasing these types of products.
Because these are Bluetooth-capable, having an updated and newer version of Bluetooth updates is important. You typically see 4.1 and 4.2 versions. You don’t want to purchase anything under a 4.1 to ensure that the product you’re using is easy to use. An updated system offers easier connection, the ability to connect multiple devices at a time, it will help stretch the range of which the product can be away from the device it is connected to and it also offers better sound quality. Having an updated and reliable system is going to improve the overall experience and reliability of the product. If the Bluetooth doesn’t work then it is going to cause frustration.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
With all of the choices currently on the market, it is important to know exactly what you are getting. Not all features are important to all people and paying more for a product just because it has a feature you will never use is a waste of money. Ensure that the one you are looking at is ideal for your situation. They can be used for all sorts of outdoor activities including more active ones like hiking and mountain climbing.
This type of speaker has a range of different types of features. The important things to consider when purchasing this type of product are what you are looking for specifically, the environment you are typically in when using this type of product, how long the battery lasts and how it can be recharged. It is also important to consider where the product is produced, what type of warranty it has and what materials it is made out of.
Other Factors to Consider
The reputation of a company coincides with the warranty and return policy of a company. The company should be both reputable and experienced. Without these two qualities, you may end up with a less than ideal product that is not able to be replaced/returned/exchanged. The reputation of a company is everything. If the company has a poor reputation then they probably are putting out bad products and the company will more than likely not last very long either.
The experience of the company will tell the buyer if the product has gone through upgrades or not. Companies need to get through their kinks and errors before they can truly put out a good, long-lasting product and therefore time in the industry and experience is a very valuable trait. These things should always be considered when purchasing a product- especially electronics.
The warranty (and return policy) is especially important with electronics. The warranty should be at least 6 months to a year long. Electronics can randomly stop working so having the warranty to fall back on will help the buyer avoid having essentially a piece of plastic. Additionally, these products are all waterproof and some of them are also dustproof. If water ends up wrecking the product you want a warranty to fall back on. Ensure that the product being bought can also be replaced and that returning the product won’t be a huge hassle.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How does one of these work?
It works via Bluetooth. Bluetooth is a type of wireless connection where if there are two products that have Bluetooth capabilities they can connect to each other. Each would have its own function- for example, the speaker would take instructions from the phone and react according to those instructions like playing music or answering a phone call. The connection acts as sort of an auxiliary cord in order to work with another device. Some of the products in this article have both Bluetooth and auxiliary features meaning that this product can work on an item with or without Bluetooth capabilities.
This can be nice if wanting to use it on multiple devices. It is also handy if the product you initially bought this for is no longer in use and will need to be used on a product without Bluetooth. This is something to be considered when buying this type of product as well. The other main characteristic is the battery function over than an electric version. The benefit of the battery is that the object is mobile. It can be freely moved around the house. It can also be used outdoors, in areas with no electricity and while moving in lieu of headphones. This is usually done with the assistance of a lithium battery within the product. The battery can be charged (which has to be done with a cord and electricity, unfortunately) so having a good, long-lasting battery is really important (this is discussed above in the criteria for evaluation section on batteries).
Each device also usually has some controls on it that work in tandem with the product you are using to control it (usually a phone or a tablet). These functions are usually volume control, sound change, Bluetooth pairing, and power. You can use either the electronic device to control the speaker or you can use the speaker itself to make these adjustments.
q: Do they need to be installed?
Physically, not usually. They usually just sit where you want them to sit for ideal sound. That said, some of these products do come with a mounting option where you can actually mount the device on a wall or a tripod for better sound quality or convenience. The product should be placed on a solid object away from water or dust (even if they are waterproof or dustproof, avoiding these will just prolong the longevity of the product). Placing it on a solid object will also help with the sound quality. The bass of these products will vibrate the unit and can cause some additional vibrations on objects that are not sturdy and distort the sound coming from the product.
As far as the software goes, connecting your device to the product is usually relatively straightforward and definitely should not require professional help. Each will come with their own set of directions on how to connect it to your device, however, the basic instruction is to ensure that your Bluetooth is turned on on your device (phone or tablet), once on you will need to ensure that the product you are using has a charge (this may require a couple of hours to get the product fully charged). If charged, turn on the device. Most have a little button on them to make them ‘findable’ which basally means it will send out a signal to all devices that it is ready to connect.
Once you see the name of your product on the Bluetooth device list on your phone (it should be called something close to the model name, this may require a quick look at the instructions for the name that should be on your list), tap the device and hit connect. The product should make a noise or vibration when connected. Try playing music to see if it has connected correctly. If you follow the instructions and it doesn’t work try calling the companies customer service line. Sometimes older phones cannot connect with newer models of speakers. This doesn’t happen often but this could be the reason it isn’t working.
q: Can they be fully submerged in water?
They can but they shouldn’t be. They aren’t meant to listen to underwater. The purpose of the waterproof feature is if splashes hit the device or if accidentally dropped in water. Not all the products that are waterproof can be fully submerged in water either. Some only have a protective casing that isn’t sealed enough to stop water from getting into the cavity of the product and wrecking the inside.
There are, however, a couple in this article that can be fully submerged into water for a short period of time without getting wrecked. The most water-resistant one can be submerged up to 1 meter for 30 minutes without hurting the function of the product which is really interesting. This doesn’t mean you should be submerging it on purpose. The purpose of the waterproof function is for accidents only and they definitely should not be fully submerged in water.
q: How long does the battery last on this type of product typically?
It ranges. Some of the products in this article can last anywhere from 3 to 30 hours of continuous use. It depends on the type of battery in the product as well as the size of the battery. We discuss the battery more above in the criteria for the evaluation section. There are factors that can affect the time a battery lasts. You will see in some reviews, people saying “the battery doesn’t last as long as claimed” but that is because the battery can last as long as claimed if used in a way to maximize the battery life. One way of doing this is ensuring that you are using a low to mid-level quality of streaming on your device. Some streaming services offer a low, mid or high-quality music output.
High quality will drain the battery much faster than low and mid-range. Another thing would be to listen to music under 70% of its max volume. This will also help preserve battery life. Move the product closer to where the people are rather than just turning up the music, this will help preserve the battery as well. Another item to consider is charging the battery fully whenever the product dies rather than just to half. This will maximize the overall life of the battery and the increase the longevity of the product. Finally, protect the product when out in the elements. Keep the product out of high heat and cold environments, as well as keeping it on a dry and clean surface. This will allow the product to use the battery function for just the output of music. These things will help prolong the battery life of the product.
q: Can I buy more than one and use them both simultaneously?
Some of these can work with others. One of them can work with up to 6! So, yes they can work simultaneously with others to create a more surround sound environment. Note, though, that typically they can only work with products of the same make or model. It isn’t guaranteed that they will work with others of different brands. Typically you have to keep it within the family, so to speak, in order to use this function.
q: Will they kill my phone or tablet battery?
Yes. Playing music, in general, will kill the battery life on your phone or tablet. The Bluetooth connection will also impact the battery on your devices. Keeping the connection open drains the battery but also having the Bluetooth constantly open and searching will affect the battery life of the device.
The best way to avoid this is as mentioned above, keeping the streaming of music between a low and a mid-quality range and, when the product is not being used, cutting the connection and turning off your Bluetooth on your phone. Some of these products do have a function where when the connection is stopped it will automatically shut off however not all of them do, to ensure that you then turn off the speaker to preserve the battery life in the product as well.
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