We love having our gadgets everywhere we go and Bluetooth speakers are one of those gadgets. We just like the peace of mind that our speakers are going to be able to resist the rain, splashes, spills and continue to pump out your favourite tunes.
Water resistant and splash proof speakers are becoming the norm. A great many manufacturers especially small unknown brands are producing a great variety of water resistant speakers mainly for the budget segment of the market. But how can you be sure of the sound quality, the acoustic fidelity, technology and the quality of these speakers?
Quality wireless speakers that are built to withstand splashes, spills and the weather meant you can take them outdoor and enjoy superb sound quality anywhere without the fear of water damage. And, with our line-up or speakers from reputable brands and speaker houses, there is no compromise in sound quality, or sacrifices in performance for sake of making them water resistant.
We take a look at premium splash proof speakers from big names like Bose, Libratone, Sony and Skull Candy. Other companies like Logitech Ultimate Ears (UE), JBL, Braven, Polk Audio and Sharkk take the idea of water, dust and portable speakers further with speakers that are dust and waterproof.
If you would rather have the total peace of mind knowing that your Bluetooth speaker is totally waterproof and not afraid of the occasional dunk in the bath or accidental drop in the pool then check out our favourites and industrial rated speakers, properly waterproof bluetooth speakers that you can take just about anywhere.
5 Best Premium Splash Proof & Water Resistant Bluetooth Speakers
Not wanting to compromise on sound quality, here is our line-up of the best splash proof and water resistant speakers.
- Bose SoundLink Color Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker II Water Resistant – 8 HRS
- Libratone ONE CLICK Bluetooth Splash-Resistant Modular Portable Speaker – 12 HRS
- Sony SRS-XB3 Extra Bass Water-Resistant Bluetooth NFC Portable Speaker – 24 HRS [BEST BATTERY LIFE]
- Libratone TOO Bluetooth Splash-Resistant Portable Speaker – 12 HRS
- Skullcandy Air Raid Water-Resistant Drop Proof Bluetooth Portable Speaker – 10 HRS
Let’s start with the biggest name in premium speakers and premium sound for that matter. Now, in its second generation, the ultra portable Bose SoundLink Color II is an outdoor Bluetooth speaker with a water resistant design. Available in four colours, Aquatic Blue, Coral Red, Soft Black and Polar White, the soft-touch silicone covered flat box with rounded sides offers exceptionally great sound quality for its size. The compact shape meant it will fit in the backpack or hand luggage. Controls are perfectly laid out on the top of the speakers and it remembers eight most recently used devices so you can reconnect quickly.
- Engineered to deliver bold sound wherever life takes you
- Rugged, soft-touch, water-resistant design
- Voice prompts for easy Bluetooth pairing
- Lithium-ion battery lets you enjoy up to 8 hours of play time
- Bose Connect app control
What can we say, it was love at first sight; the simplistic design, the touch sensitive controls, that soft glow indicator light and the solid build quality, Libratone got so many things right of their line of Bluetooth speakers. The Danish company did a good job with speakers that produces top end premium sound. The ONE CLICK together with ONE STYLE is the higher of the three ultra portables from the company, with the smaller and cheaper version being the Libratone TOO. All three speakers are IPX4 rated, meaning they are weather resistant and splash proof, tick all boxes for our list. The name CLICK comes from its ability to change the frame as well as the click on attachments, allowing you to change colour and style. Change between the carry strap or the more rigid click on hook.
Sony SRS-XB3 Extra Bass Water-Resistant Bluetooth NFC Portable Speaker – 24 HRS [BEST BATTERY LIFE]
If you like your sound deep and I mean real low and bassy, the Sony SRS-XB3 Extra Bass is for you. Tailor-made for dance music, innovative EXTRA BASS technology enhances deep, punchy bass sound. Just press the EXTRA BASS button to give each track added impact. Using a unique digital signal processor, EXTRA BASS maximises punchy bass and loudness. The newly developed 48mm large full-range speaker unit has a powerful embedded magnet and long stroke to reproduce deep bass. The light diaphragm achieves high sound pressure for punchy low end. It has the best play time per charge in our line-up, a whooping 24 hours, double the average playtime of premium speakers listed here. To add to that, the speaker is designed to be water resistant with IPX5 rating. Like most Bluetooth speakers, you can pair two Sony SRS-XB3 together for double the power and stereo sound.
The cheaper and smaller of the Libratone’s ultra portable Bluetooth speakers, the TOO is no less impressive. It does not have any fancy frame, removable carry strap or click on attachment but this pill shaped speaker packing two 1.5-inch full range driver and 1 passive driver can still rock. It also has the ability to connect two phones to take turns streaming to the speaker. With its intuitive touch interface, 12 hours of play time, compact design, noise isolation speaker phone function and the ability to pair two Libratone speakers to play together, what is not to like. We love it in fresh Caribbean Green.
Military Inspired, Air Raid take inspiration from ammo cases, vintage field radios, and rugged military cases. Skullcandy already established its name in headphones and have not let us down with their line of Bluetooth speakers. Air Raid delivers a remarkable range of sound all in a rugged stainless steel frame with rubber boot. The Bluetooth speaker lasts up to 10 hours between charge offering plenty of play time. Pair it up with a two Air Raid speaker and you get stereo sound and more volume.
OTHER: Libratone ONE STYLE Bluetooth Splash-Resistant Portable Speaker – 12 hours
We could not leave out the third Libratone speaker from our list. The flat rectangular box with wraparound strap that doubles as protection and cutting edge design yet still capable of great sound is simply astounding. It’s all the features we love about the Libratone range, the 360 surround sound with 4 internal speakers, the 12 hours play time between charge, the speakerphone function, the Libratone App, the ability to pair two speakers be it in the same room or different rooms and most importantly the weather resistant design up to IPX4 – splash proof that is.
For those who want even more peace of mind, make sure to check out our totally waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and I do mean those you can drop into water or take surf boarding in the Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers.