The Best Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers
The Best Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers
To bring in 2019, today we’ll be covering in my opinion, the best outdoor Bluetooth speakers. This will be a list of 10 of the most desirable, must haves for this year. If you want to skip ahead to the list now, then simply click here.
First it’s important we answer a question that a lot of people might have when reading this; what makes a speaker better suited for outdoor use anyway?
Well when placed inside, the sound from a speaker interacts with whatever happens to be in the room. This reflection results in what you hear, and is why it can be so different depending on the area. However when it’s placed outside, it’s a completely different ball game.
With almost no objects to really reflect off of, lower frequency sounds (or bass) has a lot more trouble traveling longer distances, meaning it takes a lot more power just to make it audible. As a result of that, a speaker would need to be focused on better performance outside, rather than inside.
Due to that difference, these types of speakers tend to have a much higher emphasis on treble; and since treble has a much easier time traveling, it doesn’t need to get as loud for you to hear it. Of course a lot of audibility also depends on additional factors like driver size, materials, etc but you get the general idea.
Here’s an article on the hows, and whys if you’re wondering about the science behind it by the way.
Keeping all of this mind, here are a few things to take into consideration when looking for the appropriate bluetooth speaker that fits you best.
Water Resistance/Water Proof
Something rather important that you may want to consider in your search, is the capability of some sort of water resistance/ proofing; especially if you plan on ever going to the beach/pool. There’s nothing worse than getting water inside a speaker, (I would know) and having it completely crap out on you. So I’d highly advise taking this into consideration as well.
Now believe it or not, there are different degrees to which a speaker can handle water. This is known as an Ingress Protection Rating or International Protection Rating (IP for short) This scale goes from 0-9 with with 0 giving little to no protection, and 9 giving the most. It also usually consists of 2 numbers.
The second number revolves around protection against water, and the first revolves around protection from things like dirt and debris. That number goes from 0-6. You can read more about that here if curious. https://www.averyweigh-tronix.com/News/news-and-case-studies-by-product/indicators-news-and-case-studies/what-is-the-ip-rating-system/
Ideally, try to get one that at least has water resistance to 3 feet so that way an accidental drop into a pool or spill won’t spell disaster for your device.
NFC pairing (Near Field Communication) is yet another thing you may want to consider as well. This basically allows the speaker to connect with whatever Bluetooth device is nearby instantaneously, which allows you to not only save time, but effort as well. So after the first time it’s connected, it’ll always remember that device and connect automatically until you unpair it yourself. Pretty convenient right?
Battery life is always an important metric to go by, and in general, you’ll typically want to go with the speaker that has the highest battery life. Battery life is measured in milli amp hours (abbreviated to mAh) and the higher the mAh, the more use you’re going to be able to get out of it.
But something you’ll also want to keep in mind is that the bigger the battery, the bigger the speaker has to be to hold it as well. The ones on this list all have at the very least 8 hours of continuous use but they’re still compact so there’s no worries there.
Durability is also a key thing you’ll want to consider as well. If you’re an outdoorsy person that plans on taking their speaker with them, then you’ll likely want to consider a more rugged option. Typically these include things like water, sand, and even snow proofing (no really!)
There are even speakers out there that claim to be completely drop proof; meaning it’s pretty near impossible to break. The only downsides are that they may be on the heavier side, and they may not be everyone’s cup of tea in the looks department. It’s really what you plan on using it for that’ll decide on the one you want to go with.
When/Why Should You Use A Bluetooth Speaker?
Another question is why get a Bluetooth speaker, and when’s the best time to use one? Well if you’re basically having a small get together or outing like a cookout; or even if you’re just poolside, you’ll probably want to get one.
Or you could be simply relaxing outside by yourself and want to enjoy good sound quality, making it a good idea in that case too. Basically any occasion outside where there’s a smaller group of people would be appropriate honestly.
While you could use your phone, chances are the sound quality won’t be great, and it probably won’t be loud enough.
These types of speakers tend to work great for these types of events because they’re portable, virtually no set up, and they’re usually compatible with a smartphone; meaning anybody can share their favorite playlists.
So the ones that will be talked about on this list luckily, will be centered around all of these things. No doubt that you’ll love them. They won’t be in any specific order though because everyone has different needs.
So without further ado, let’s get to it.
Innovative Technology Premium 5-Watt Bluetooth Outdoor Rock Speakers
First up is a truly interesting one, if not a bit different. They’re speakers shaped like rocks. Bet you haven’t seen that before! Truthfully, I haven’t before this point either, but hey…However as far as performance goes, they’re actually exceptional.
But what do they have to offer? Well an important feature that I’m glad to see here is Bluetooth technology. By now I’m sure you know what Bluetooth is, but it’s always nice when it’s included. Pairing is simple at least. Just turn it on on your phone, press the button, and voila.
What I find interesting is that they work up to a distance of up to 33 feet.That’s pretty good, especially when you’ll likely have your phone close to them anyway. The next addition that’s really awesome is that they’re waterproof!
With their rugged exterior, they’d likely be right at home poolside, so an accidental knock into water won’t be a devastating event either way.
That alone is worth it. With a 5200 mAh battery, battery life is pretty good too at 10 hours of playback before needing a recharge. That should easily get you through a mini deck party, or get together.
- Unique aesthetic design
- Water proof
- Bluetooth capability
- Great Sound
- A few reviewers have remarked about syncing issues.
- 5 Watts, so might not be for the person that needs extremely loud music.
Overall, I personally like these and think that for the average deck or backyard, these are perfect.
Bluetooth 6.50″ Indoor/Outdoor Weatherproof Patio Speakers
Next up are the 6 & half inch Bluetooth speakers by sound appeal. What makes these special? The big draw here is that they’re placing an emphasis on big sound; and I can see where their claim is coming from.
Right off the bat, you’ll notice that these things are pretty hefty with a combined weight of 16 pounds. That’s pretty substantial admittedly. The driver diameters are also listed at 6.5 inches.
Normally you’ll see outdoor wireless speakers at 3 and maybe 4 inches, so to see drivers that big means the potential for serious output is there. That assertion is further affirmed by the fact these have a whopping 80 watts of power. Not too shabby at all.
It’s also stated that a new type of motor structure allows it to not only go louder, but also offer up more clarity and bass as a whole. On top of that, this motor structure allows the speaker to be more efficient, so it’ll be able to get louder easier
As far as how they’re powered, one side plugs into an outlet, and then the other side plugs into the speaker. The cord is about 25 feet so even if you needed to plug it inside, it’ll still reach outside which is good.
Another really good feature is that it’s waterproof. What that means for you is that you won’t have to worry about the typical elements that can damage a speaker like water or heat. This also opens up the amount of places you can put it as well.
In order to actually play music, they come with Bluetooth abilities. What’s really useful is there’s a blue led that lets you know when it’s connected.
- Bluetooth is offered
- Able to go loud
- Sound quality offered is great
- Weatherproof design
- Not entirely wireless
- Somewhat heavy
- Definitely not the most portable in the world.
If a little extra heft doesn’t bother you, I would go check these out because the audio here is worth it.
Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Panther Limited Edition Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker
What a name. Just by its title, you already have an idea of what’s it’s going for. The Boom 2 is an interesting one to say the least, for a number of reasons.
The first peculiar thing that you’ll notice besides the shape, is that there’s perforations all around the speaker. The reason for that is simple, 360 degree sound.
Not too many can make that claim so it’s great to see that here. That means no more trying to sit somewhere specific to gets the best sound; everyone gets to experience that. The next thing that makes it completely worth it is it’s shockproof.
I don’t know if you’ve ever dropped a speaker, I have, but it’s not a good thing. But the fact that if you don’t have to worry about damaging this thing, should you happen to drop it while transporting it is invaluable.
Believe it or not, it’s also water resistant to boot meaning if you have a pool party, you won’t have to worry about a little splash ruining it. What’s particularly interesting to note here is that you can take phone calls too.
So let’s say you were playing music from your phone via Bluetooth, and you were getting a call. Well instead of taking it the normal way, you could use the Boom 2 to do so. Believe it or not, that’s not all.
What’s even better is that you can connect a second one to the original, and play them as a makeshift stereo system. With a 100 foot limit, you’ll be free to walk around while it’s playing too. Battery life is stellar with a 15 hour life and tops up with a micro USB cable.
- Big sound in a small package
- 360 degree sound
- Shockproof so no worries about dropping it
- Weather proof
- Can be synced with a second one to play in stereo
- 15 hour battery life
- Can on rare occasions have connection issues.
Honestly not too many negative things to say here, they’re really that good. But don’t just take my word for it. Go see for yourself!
JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The JBL Flip 4 deserves a mention as well because of how good it is. Besides offering bookshelf speakers that tend to be quality, some might not be aware that they have a good standing in the portable speaker realm as well.
It’s pill shape is ergonomic, so that means it’s easy to transport as well. Sociability is also a big theme here, and it obviously shows. What’s really different about this speaker is that you can connect 2 devices to the same one.
So if 2 different people have different playlists, they’ll both be able to play their music. It has a 3000mAh battery which equates to about 12 hours of on time. That certainly isn’t bad considering you likely wouldn’t be playing it for longer than that in one sitting.
It even has an Ipx7 waterproof rating. What does that mean? Well that means you could literally go swimming with it since it can be technically dunked in water (would not recommend that at all though)
Here’s the real kicker with this speaker and why I said this is one for the socialites. You can connect the Flip with up to 100 other connect+ speakers at the same time, all playing the same thing. 100.. that’s incredible!
So as you could probably imagine, things could get loud pretty quick. But as far as the audio goes, that’s spectacular as well. They have a pretty substantial amount of bass and clarity which is unusual for a portable speaker this size meaning there’s no doubt you’ll love it.
There’s even support for voice assistants like Siri and Cortana.
- Easy to carry around
- Good battery life
- Powerful sound
- Can connect to other JBL speakers for even more output.
- Support for Voice Assistants
- Minor complaints of battery life.
I had trouble finding bad things to say about this one. You really won’t regret this one.
Sonos Play:1 Compact Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music
This next speaker, the Sonos Play 1, is amazing for a variety of reasons, but one of its top draws is its compatibility with Alexa. Now if you’re not sure what Alexa is, you can read about it here.
Simply put, you can consider it a virtual assistant similar to Siri, that promises to make your life easier. Want to play music, automatically order pizza, or even dim the lights? It can do that. It’s just awesome to see more devices beginning to support it, especially speakers!
So with the Sonos, you could tell Alexa to play a specific song, and it’d be able to do that for you. The good news is that it profile as a whole isn’t unwieldy, so you won’t feel limited as far as placing it is concerned.
What’s really interesting here is that when paired with another one, you could have them playing different songs at the same time or even the same song! This really opens up what you’re able to do, especially if you have that one friend who doesn’t exactly agree with your music choices.
It’s compatible with all your standard streaming services as well such as Pandora and Spotify, so you won’t have to worry about having nothing to play. There’s also wall mounts included here as well, so you could even put it up somewhere if you wanted to.
- Compatible with Alexa
- Can be paired with a second Sonos to amp up the fun
- Wall mountable
- Fantastic sound quality
- Reports that it had trouble with IOS 11.2, but a firmware update could easily fix this
This is yet another one you’ll probably want to take a look at. No doubt that it’ll serve you well.
Fugoo Style S 100% Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
The Fugoo (man that’s a fun name) Style S is definitely for those who happen to be a little rough with their belongings. It’s main claim to fame is that it’s 100 percent waterproof and can survive underwater ( 1 meter for 30 minutes to be exact) How does that work if it’s an electronics device?
Well it’s IP67 certified, so that basically means there’s a special coating that protects the internals. A lot of phones today are starting to include this as well by the way, so it’s awesome to see it here. If you want to read more about the technical side of it though, you can here.
The Fugoo also shockproof up to 6 feet. Not that I would ever recommend dropping your things to begin with, but at least you have the peace of mind knowing you won’t have to worry. The battery is rechargeable via USB, and can be used for 15 hours straight before needing a recharge.
That’s more than enough to get you through even your most intense jam sessions. It’s portable as well so you can use it wherever you please; inside, outside, by the pool, in the snow…. Snow?
Yep, forgot to mention as well that it’s also snow proof, so you’re really getting all the options you want here. Like many similar speakers, you can also pair it with a second one to play in stereo. Bluetooth 4.2 ensures you’ll get a solid connection with up to 100 feet when used outdoors.
It truly is a quality device through and through.
- Snow Proof
- 15 hour battery life
- The outer material is fibrous so if you wasted something on it, it wouldn’t hurt it but it could stain it
I personally like this one as it just looks nice. Plus look at that name, how couldn’t you like it?
Big Blue Unplugged Wireless Indoor-Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker
Now here’s a speaker that lives up to its name. Luckily, it’s not the size of it that’s big, but the sound itself. The appearance is really simple but elegant with a speaker grill that goes all the way around it.
This is because it outputs in 360 degrees! The Big Blue is also water resistant, so any poolside parties or splashing won’t be an issue. Of course, there’s Bluetooth present here as well, so music is simply a button press away.
What’s even better is supports NFC pairing, so all you’ll have to do is tap your phone against it and it’ll pair. Speaking of which, there’s also support for a second one to join in as well to play your music in stereo.
For those of you who are more old-school, don’t worry, as there’s still support for an auxiliary cord too. Battery life is more on the conservative side with 7 hours of continuous playback time.
Also let’s say you were playing a track, and you suddenly got a phone call. Well the Blue allows you to take the call right on the speaker if you wanted. There’s even a built in subwoofer, so the bass will definitely hit hard.
As far as any concerns about weight goes, it’s actually pretty light at 2.9 pounds.
To put that into perspective, on average, that’s about a half-gallon of milk. So portability won’t be an issue with this one.
- Water resistant.
- Light weight
- 360 degree audio
- Built in subwoofer.
- Can be paired with a second for stereo.
- Someone recounted having an issue syncing it with a second device.
The pros far outweigh the cons in this case, which means it’s more than worthy of a second look.
JBL Charge 3 JBLCHARGE3BLKAM Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The JBL charge 3 is another one that might be of particular interest to you. It’s able to connect up to 3 smartphones at once, so everyone could take turns playing their favorite tunes.
Battery life is certainly something to mention, as it has an estimated 20 hours of playback time. That’s huge! When you really think about it, that’s almost an entire day so no reason to complain about that.
IPX7 waterproofing is provided, so you won’t have to be afraid of any unfortunate mishaps.
Taking calls is also a breeze. With one button press, the music is stopped so you can then accept the call through its speakerphone ability. Not only that, but they’ll sound good to thanks to the charge’s superb sound quality.
If you want even more output, you can sync it to other JBL devices as well. It even comes in an assortment of colors to boot!
- Long battery life at 20 hours
- Only 3 pounds
- Speakerphone ability
- A very select few reported hearing static a low volume, but that could be a defect.
Overall, the JBL Charge 3 is awesome and I’d highly recommend it.
OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The first thing you’ll probably notice about this one in particular is just how weirdly it’s shaped. There’s a reason for it though. This ergonomic design allows it to be placed on its side where typical rounded speakers would probably roll. Plus it just looks cool.
But the Oontz angle 3 is unique for a number of reasons besides its unusual shape. A very important feature to note is its inclusion of 2 acoustic drivers.
A lot of portable speakers include 1 larger driver, but by having 2 smaller ones, this can allow it be a lot more accurate.
It doesn’t stop there as it also includes a passive bass radiator design. What does that mean for you exactly? Well what it essentially boils down to is a greater bass response and more it at that.
Here’s a really short, but informative article on bass radiators if you’re curious about the technical side.
The Oontz is also water resistant, so any minor splashing done around it won’t hurt it one bit. Also happens to be dustproof, so trips to the beach with it are more than okay. Luckily it’s also extremely light at 10 ounces you could really bring this with you anywhere.
There’s also a 2200 mAh battery on-board providing a whopping 12 hours of battery life at 2/3 of the volume! That’s incredible because the higher the volume you play a powered speaker at, the more energy it’ll consume.
So the fact that it can play at nearly max volume for 12 hours certainly says a lot. You can connect it to your smartphone via Bluetooth or an auxiliary cord, so you’re given ample options.
- Water resistant
- Unique triangular design
- Long battery life
- Adequate bass
- Better suited for small get togethers. Not necessarily sufficient for bigger parties.
It’s really hard to dislike the Oontz given what it’s providing here. I’d highly advise you to check this one out.
Altec Lansing IMW448-AB Jacket H2O 3 Wireless Bluetooth Waterproof Floatable Speaker
Altec Lansing is another reputable company that is known for their quality electronics; more specifically their audio offerings. The H20 speaker definitely lives up to the name.
Immediately, you’ll notice something rather peculiar about the name though. It says it’s…floatable? Yup, you read that correctly. You could actually float it in the pool.
This is a speaker that almost seems to be immune to everything. It’s waterproof, shockproof, sand proof, dustproof, the list just goes on.
There’s no doubt that this is built for the people who can be unintentionally clumsy…(raises hand) What’s even better is that there’s a 10 hour battery life that ensures that the party will live on.
It’s only a pound, so it’s really easy to carry around. Bluetooth capability means there’s no need for external cords; though you can still connect one if that interests you.
- Proofed to pretty much anything you can throw at it
- Fantastic audio quality
- A variety of different colors
- Bluetooth can sometimes be an issue
If having a speaker that seems almost impervious to everything seems amazing, (it is) then you can’t go wrong with this one.
JBL Portable Go 2
The JBL Portable Go 2 is, like the name would suggest, a very portable and manageable speaker that puts out some serious sound despite its smaller stature. It’s of course a bluetooth speaker, so it’ll perfectly sync with your phone when you want to play music.
Another really cool feature is that it’s IPX7 certified to 3.3 feet for 30 minutes, so any accidental drops into the pool won’t matter. It also features built in noise cancelling which is an unexpected but welcome feature.
Couple this with the fact that it can also accept phone calls when paired with your phone and what you get is a very well rounded device.
Of course the sound is stellar too, with bass that actually seems as if it’s coming from something much bigger and high notes sounding very realistic. Plus it gets pretty loud.
In terms of appearance, it’s slightly rectangular with a mesh grill with the JBL logo laid on top of it and an led light on top of it signaling that it’s on. It’s a simple design, but it’s still very attractive.
What’s cool about this one as well is the fact that it can play music with a wired connection as well via the included auxiliary port so even if you don’t have bluetooth available, you won’t be without your music.
In terms of size it’s very small, measuring 1.3 by 3.5 by 2.9 inches and 8.8 ounces so it definitely lives up to its name. You also have a ton of options since it comes in 18 different colors so there’s something here for everybody. I would highly recommend this one to be honest.
- Stellar sound
- Built in noise cancelling allows phone calls to be crystal clear
- IPX7 certified meaning it’s waterproof to 3.3 feet
- Small size allows it to be incredibly portable
- Can play music wirelessly as well as wired
- While definitely acceptable, battery life could be a little better
Well I hope you enjoyed this article on the best outdoor Bluetooth speakers. For 2019, these will be the top choices you’ll want to decide between. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask because I’m here for you. Until next time, make it easy, keep it simple. 😉
Hey everyone it’s nice to meet you. I’m Jasmere, the founder of Easy Home Theater. I’ve been with this hobby for many years now, and decided to create this site to share everything that I’ve learned from personal experience with you. I hope you find it helpful, and if you ever have any questions, be sure to reach out!