The 9 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers to Buy for Travel in 2018

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Nothing makes an audiophile cringe more than someone who blasts their music simply by turning the volume up on their smartphone. Even if they’re savvy enough to position the phone in a glass to amplify the sound, there’s no denying that the audio sounds tinny, muddy, and just plain bad. It might do in a pinch, but music-loving travelers know that there’s no substitute for a high-quality Bluetooth speaker, one that’s waterproof enough to keep blasting tunes even in a deluge, durable enough to handle the inevitable falls that come with life on the road, and compact enough to stash without shifting from a carry-on to a checked bag. And then there are the extras: speakerphone functionality, the ability to sync with Siri and Google Assist, and LED light shows that play along with your tunes. Below, all of our favorite waterproof Bluetooth speakers to buy for travel now.

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Fugoo Go

Fugoo Go
Amazon

If water remains constant in your travels, the Fugoo Go delivers ten uninterrupted hours of wireless musical perfection, whether your pool-side, playing in the waves, or windsurfing across the ocean. Two full-range 52mm drivers deliver 360-degree sound, amplified by twin base radiators that measure 62 x 36mm for a full-bodied sound that can reach up to 92 decibels. Pairing is a breeze thanks to the easy-to-set-up Bluetooth 4.2, and a wireless range of up to 100 feet will keep you untethered from the speaker.

It's all the little things that really let the Go shine, though, including a mounting cord to let you strap or hang the speaker, and large, easy-access volume and power controls integrated across the face of the speaker, rather than hidden off to one side of the device. The Go is compatible with a range of Fugoo accessories, including a Mount Pack to attach the device to your bike, windsurfing rig, and kiteboarding harness. You can also pair the same device to another Go to deliver full stereo sound, or share the same tunes when you and your travel partner tackle the surf in a sea kayak.

02 of 09

Best Value: Comiso Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

It’s not just the $30 price point that makes the Comiso shine. It’s also received praise from customers with a four-star rating across more than 800 users on Amazon. Two precision acoustic drivers deliver 360-degree sound that’s buoyed by a dual passive bass radiator design, which pushes out the bass evenly, even at full volume. At less than 13 ounces, it’s easy to stash and forget, and its cylindrical shape makes it easy to slip into a side water bottle pocket. The controls are nestled on the top, including play/pause, volume, power, and next/previous tracks. You can also pair this device to another Comiso, and then opt to either stream the same audio through both speakers, or configure them to play the audio’s left and right channels via the TWS control.

03 of 09

Best for Base Campers: Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0

When you’re camping out in the wild — be that on the beach or in beech wood forest — you want something that’ll play longer than your partying ambitions and the Turtle Shell 3.0 delivers, with 20 hours of play time when running off a full charge. Now in its third iteration, this one is 20 percent louder than previous models, blasting 360-degree sound from a polygonal housing that’s rugged and dust-, shock-, and fully waterproof. The thing even floats. A built-in mic allows for conference calls, and it comes with a 3.5mm jack if you want to save your smartphone battery and plug in for wired sound (cable included). The wireless range reaches 35 feet, and you can also daisy-chain together a network of Turtle Shells. Just sync another speaker to the same device 15 feet away that extends your reach to 45 feet to boost the ambient audio into full-on music festival status.

04 of 09

Best for Clip-and-Go Convenience: Lifeproof Aquaphonics AQ9

Lifeproof got its start making some of the best waterproof smartphone cases on the market. And now that most smartphones are waterproof, they’ve extended their business to keeping the delicate insides of portable speakers just as dry. The ultra-compact Aquaphonics AQ9 runs for 16 hours at a full charge, with speakers that measure 5.6" x 3.2" x 1.3" and a max audio output of 80 decibels. The spring-loaded carabiner locks tight, but even if you manage to drop the speaker, it can handle serious abuse. The AQ9 is submersible in water for up to 30 minutes, drop-proof from 1.2 meters, and sealed to protect it from dirt, dust, and snow. It also floats and can be paired with up to eight different devices. A built-in mic lets it work as a speakerphone if you get trapped mid-vacation by some work obligation, or if you just want to call the family lake-side and rub in your good fortune.

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05 of 09

Best Design: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

Available in bold, playful colors like fireball red and deep blue, the Wonderboom adds a bit of much-needed whimsy to your aquatic audio adventures. The spherical device delivers boisterous 360-degree sound, with a max level of 86 decibels powered by two 40mm active drivers and two 46.1 x 65.2 mm passive bass radiators that deliver pristine sound even when cranked high.

With a full charge, the Wonderboom produces ten hours of sound, with a wireless range that tops out at 100 feet. Large volume controls make it easy to adjust the levels, while other buttons at the top let you toggle the power and play/pause/skip as well as a quick-pair Bluetooth button that can be synced up to eight devices — or paired with another Wonderboom speaker. It comes with a smart hanging loop, but it also floats in water and is drop-proof from up to five feet.

06 of 09

Best Big Sound in a Small Package: Bose SoundLink Micro

Measuring only 3.87" x 3.87", with a modest diameter of 1.37" and weighing just more than ten ounces, the SoundLink Micro is small in size and massive in sound. Bose leverages its well-earned rep for high-quality sound by using a custom-designed transducer along with rugged silicone passive radiators to boost the bass and deliver clear, crisp sound that other speakers can’t match.

The integrated, tear-resistant strap makes it easy to attach it your pack, bike, or cooler, and it exceeds the industry-standard IPX7 waterproof rating, with a silicone rubber exterior that eliminates gaps and seams while armoring it against drops, dents, scratches, and cracks. Basic controls — volume, power, and a multi-functional button that includes fast Bluetooth pairing — all sit on the face of the device, but the Bose Control app unlocks a world of configurations, including tips, personalized settings, and the ability to trigger Party Mode, which allows you pair another speaker, and Stereo Mode to create dedicated right and left playback. A full charge delivers six hours of playback with a wireless range of up to 30 feet. An integrated mic lets it work as a speakerphone, and the multi-function button also lets you access voice input from Siri or Google Assistant directly from the speaker.

07 of 09

Best for Streaming: Fugoo Sport

Boasting a max playback time of 40 hours, the Fugoo Sport carries the longest running time of any device on this list. The audio runs on six proprietary, custom-designed acoustic drivers, including two 28mm tweeters, two 39mm aluminum domed mid-woofers, and twin 43 x 54 mm passive radiators for serious bass. Bluetooth 4.0 comes with 33 feet of wireless range and supports aptX codec for top-quality Bluetooth stereo sound, along with a 3.5mm jack for wired back-up application. Built to withstand the elements, the Sport is mud-, snow-, shock-, and waterproof. Thanks to the built-in mic you can also use Siri and Google Assistant through the speaker, and it’s been configured to cancel out echoes and programmatically reduce background noise and wind when used as a speakerphone. As with most Fugoo speakers, it’s compatible with their range of mounting kits, making it easy to strap it onto bikes, paddles, and bars — or just dangle it off your backpack.

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Best for Light Shows: JLB Pulse 3

If music is merely the start of your party, the JLB Pulse 3 can bring the vibrancy of a light show to your next outdoor fête. Simply shake the cylindrical device and LED lights blast out of the speaker, synchronizing to your music automatically, or to whatever setting your creative spirit desires thanks to the JBL Connect app. Sounds comes out at 80 decibels thanks to the 3 x 40 mm transducer, which runs off 20 watts of power for up to 12 hours of playing time. It carries an IPX7 waterproof rating and includes a speakerphone mic equipped with noise- and echo-canceling tech. But to really become the life of the party, you can pair your device with up to 100 additional Pulse 3s and then create a light show extravaganza that would’ve made Pink Floyd blush with envy.

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Best for Backpackers: Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro

The deep beyond you reach while backpacking shouldn’t be shattered with bone-rattling sound, which is with the lower-octane Buckshot Pro is ideal. It delivers clear sound, with a passive bass port for enhanced subtly, without blasting out the animals lingering at the edge of your fire, playing for ten hours on full charge.

The Buckshot Pro is more than a mere speaker, though. It’s also another backcountry essential: a flashlight, which can operate as a go-to lantern when cooking by setting it to torch mode. It carries an IPX5 waterproof rating — not ideal for full submersion, but plenty robust enough to handle light rain and snow. It also comes with a bike mount, transforming the simple wireless speaker into a bike light/music monster when you’re in the saddle.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 15 hours researching the most popular waterproof Bluetooth speakers for travel on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 11 different speakers overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers, read over 5 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 5 of the speakers themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.