In the mid-2000s, you would hear about all these tech devices that were Bluetooth-enabled and have no clue what that meant. Friends would say things like, “Check out my Rhapsody mp3 player, it has Bluetooth!” and you would nod your head approvingly because you didn’t want to appear stupid, but you really had no clue what this colored tooth was and what it could do.
These days, the benefits of Bluetooth technology are obvious. Pairing devices together has become an essential part of our technological lives, from taking calls in the car to watching videos from your laptop on a larger screen. Nowhere is Bluetooth more essential than with music. Since all of our music lives on our phones now, the best way to listen to it loud is with a Bluetooth speaker.
There are plenty of Bluetooth speaker options for the home from brands like Sonos, Bose, and Beats. But you also need tunes when the party moves outdoors. Summer is the time for pool parties, BBQs, and beach days, all of which require tunes but also expose your speaker to natural elements like chlorinated water and spilled beer. To keep the party going, we found the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers.
ULTIMATE EARS MEGABOOM
Here comes the boom. The first thing you notice about the Ultimate Ears MegaBoom is the sleek design, which looks good in all of the four available color options. The speaker also has a 100-foot wireless range and a 20-hour battery. You can even double your fun with a second Ultimate Ears speaker and manage the balance between the two on Ultimate Ears’ mobile app.
With six symmetrically placed drivers, you don’t have to worry about hearing the Fugoo Sport even if you aren’t standing near it. We put this next to our bigger more expensive Jambox and it blew that speaker’s sound away. And the battery is amazing. It can play continuously for up to 40 hours with the volume at 50%. The optional strap accessory makes it easy to mount to a boat, a pool basketball hoop, or just about anything else.
OUTDOOR TECH BUCKSHOT PRO
The Buckshot Pro is like the Swiss Army knife of Bluetooth speakers. It’s a speaker, a flashlight (and strobe light and camp light) and a power source, so you can use it to charge your phone. It is water resistant, not waterproof, so you don’t want to go swimming with it, but if you spill your drink on it, it’s no big deal. If you’re going to any music festivals where camping is involved, make sure this is in your bag.
MONSTER SUPERSTAR BACKFLOAT
True to its name, the SuperStar BackFloat floats on the water, so you can throw it in the pool or hot tub or the ocean and never be far from your music, all served up with the powerful sound Monster is known for. The range on the speaker is 33 feet so you can keep your phone a safe distance away and the battery provides seven hours of playback.
Why not have a waterproof Bluetooth speaker that looks like a sperm? The tail on the Boom Swimmer actually serves a purpose. It’s flexible so you can use it to attach the speaker to things (there’s also a suction cup mount). The entire package is tiny but still delivers clean sound, making it the ideal speaker for singing in the shower.
NUDEAUDIO SUPER M
The Super M is a great speaker in its own right, the fact that it happens to be waterproof is a bonus. The two subwoofers put out deep, rich bass and the entire thing fits in the pocket of your jeans so you can really take it with you anywhere.