Whether you’re listening to a news report while brushing your teeth or listening to your favorite songs in the shower, a bathroom speaker is a great way to breathe some life into your morning routine. But there are a lot of options out there, so we found the best ones and broke down what makes them so great.
What to Look for in a Bathroom Speaker
Grabbing just any speaker and sticking it in your bathroom can lead to some disastrous results, so here are just a few things to make sure of when choosing your speaker.
- Water Resistance: Whether the speaker is placed in your shower or just on the sink countertop, it’s going to get wet. Fortunately, there are plenty of waterproof speakers made today that still deliver quality sound.
- Battery Life: Having a speaker plugged in 24/7 in the bathroom can be dangerous, and it’s not even an option in the shower. We made sure to mention how long you can expect each of these speakers to last on a full charge.
- On-Device Media Controls: Pausing, playing, and volume control are all frustrating if you needed to reach over to your phone to adjust. Having buttons on the actual speaker is more useful than you may expect, and big easy-to-press buttons are perfect for skipping that song you hate when your hands are covered in slippery soap.
Now that you know what to look for, here are the best waterproof speakers for your bathroom.
Best Overall: Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2
We love the WONDERBOOM 2. It gives you excellent audio for its tiny size, and at 4 x 3.75 inches, it is easy to stick in the shower or leave on a counter, and the hanging loop opens up more places to put the speaker. The large volume controls are easy to press and the rugged design, on top of being waterproof, makes the speaker drop-resistant as well. And, you can expect the battery to last you around 13 hours. You can also choose from five colors (blue, light gray, black, peach, and the red shown above), so you can get whatever matches your bathroom.
While the 360° bass-boosted speaker may seem like overkill, if you care about quality audio it’ll be well worth it. And, if you want to go even further, the WONDERBOOM 2 can support stereo audio if you buy two of them.
ULTIMATE EARS WONDERBOOM 2, Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Big Bass 360 Sound, Waterproof / Dustproof IP67, Floatable, 33-m (100-ft) Range - Deep Space
The WONDERBOOM 2 will comfortably fit in any bathroom while still giving you high-quality audio.
The Premium Pick: Ultimate Ears Boom 3
If you want to step things up a notch further than the WONDERBOOM 2, the Boom 3 delivers even better audio while still being waterproof. This time, the 15-hour battery life can be boosted with an additional charging dock (although it costs about $30 extra and is of course not waterproof). While the larger body (2.9 x 2.9 x 7.2 inches) might be difficult to fit into smaller showers, it’s definitely loud enough to be heard from the countertop. If anything, you may have problems with people hearing it on the other side of the wall.
The outside of the speaker shares the same rugged design and easy to press volume controls of the WONDERBOOM 2, but this time with Ultimate Ear’s “Magic Button” located on the top. This button can pause, play, and skip tracks for pretty much any service.
It also has some added versatility for Apple Music and Deezer Premium members: by installing the Ultimate Ears BOOM and MEGABOOM app (on either iOS or Android), you can create custom one-touch playlists for the Magic Button to trigger, making it even easier to start your morning playlist.
This speaker also comes in five different colors, this time being the blue shown above, a red/gray combination, full black, full red, or full purple.
Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker - Night Black
If you need the best audio possible, the Boom 3 delivers on that while still being waterproof.
The Budget Pick: SoundBot SB510
If you just want a cheap speaker that’s easy to stick on the shower wall, SoundBot’s got you covered. This speaker simply connects to your phone through Bluetooth and sticks to the shower wall with a suction cup. It has a few buttons on the outside for pause, play, and volume control, and can even manage phone calls thanks to the built-in microphone. On a full charge, you can expect this speaker to last you six hours. It comes in four different color options: black, yellow, pink, and turquoise blue.
SoundBot SB510 HD Water Proof Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker, Mini Water Resistant Wireless Shower Speaker, Handsfree Portable Speakerphone with Built-in Mic
If you don't need the highest-end speakers, the SB510 gives you serviceable audio at a low price.
Most Versatile Speaker: BOOM Swimmer DUO
For a speaker with a few more options when it comes to where you can put it, the Swimmer DUO comes with both a wrap-around tail for hanging onto the curtain rod or showerhead and a suction cup for the shower wall. The cup ensures a safe grip in any situation, but if it does fall, the soft exterior is shockproof.
The Swimmer Duo has a set of buttons along the upper rim for media control, and like the SB510, it does have a microphone built-in for calls. Finally, it comes in four different colors: black, turquoise blue, green, and orange.
BOOM Swimmer DUO - Dirt, Shock, Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker with Stereo Pairing (Black)
This speaker can wrap around your shower rail or suction cup to the wall, making it easy to set up.
Smart-Home Options: Echo Dot and Nest Mini
If you’re fully invested in the smart-home life, you’ll likely want to extend that into the bathroom. While the Echo Dot and Nest Mini are not waterproof, they can serve as functional bathroom speakers. Whether you’re on the Amazon side of things with the Echo Dot, or in Google’s camp with the Nest Mini, both of these speakers are compact enough to hide away in a corner somewhere while still getting all the advantages they offer.
However, be aware, these speakers must be placed out of the way of moisture, and extended exposure to steam may damage the. They also require a constant power source, whether that means being plugged into an outlet or an external battery base. (Unfortunately, there is no equivalent for the Nest Mini yet).
Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Sandstone
If you're deep into your smart home setup, and are willing to play things cautiously, the Echo Dot can work out even in a bathroom.