The best portable Bluetooth speaker for outdoors is tricky, but a few standout brands stand out. Based on the research that we have done, these are the models that we recommend:
1. UE Boom 3
The UE boom 3 is the latest portable wireless speaker released by Ultimate Ears (UE). The UE boom 3 is perfect for playing music outdoors due to its IPX7 waterproof resistance. The Boom series of speakers are known for their “360-degree” sound. The UE boom three also comes with powerful 15-hour battery life, meaning you will be able to listen to your playlist at the beach, on the boat, or any outdoor activity all day long without needing to worry about charging!
2. Sonos Roam
The Sonos Roam is the latest portable wireless speaker released by Sonos. It is designed primarily for playing music in your home and not quite as good for playing outdoors and around the water. The Sonos Roam does come with a carrying handle and splashproof technology, but it is not recommended for use near water or in the rain. It also comes with 10-hour battery life.
3. Tribit StormBox
The Tribit StormBox is a Bluetooth speaker that uses “360-degree” sound technology. It comes with 24-hour battery life, and a one-year warranty backs it against defects! It also comes with splashproof technology and an audio passthrough (which allows you to keep playing music when you take your phone call).
4. Sonos Move
The Sonos move is the portable wireless alternative to the full-sized Sonos Play:5 speaker. It can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, and it also comes with Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility (you can use your voice to control it). The Sonos move has a 12-hour battery life and also supports tethered Alexa/Google Assistant connections.
5. UE Wonderboom 2
The UE Wonderboom 2 is a hybrid speaker that combines 360-degree sound technology with long-lasting battery life. It also comes with a waterproof design for use outdoors and a bungee cord so you can hang it from things. The UE Wonderboom 2 even floats on water, making it perfect for taking to the pool/beach!
6. JBL Clip 4
The JBL Clip 4 is an easy-to-use, portable wireless speaker that is both shockproof and splash-proof. It comes with 10-hour battery life and can connect via Bluetooth or NFC (touch to pair). There is also a 3.5mm audio jack for wired connections. The JBL Clip 4 also has speakerphone functionality, allowing you to answer your phone calls through the speaker (with support for NFC pairing).
7. Tribit Storm box Micro
The Tribit Storm box micro is a portable waterproof Bluetooth speaker with everything that the other speakers come with (IPX4 waterproofing, 24 hours of battery life, etc.). The only downside is that this speaker does not come with Alexa/Google Assistant integration (you can’t control it using your voice). Instead, it uses an app on your phone to control which device you want to be connected to it!
8. Sony SRS-XB13
The Sony SRS-XB13 is an outdoor waterproof Bluetooth speaker that can connect with Alexa and Google Assistant. It also comes with a 15-hour battery life (which means you can stream music all day long). The sound quality is pretty mediocre, however, so it is not recommended for audiophiles.
9. Marshall Stockwell II
Marshall Stockwell II is a waterproof speaker that comes with 15 hours of battery life. It can connect via wired or Bluetooth and has clear bass, good sound quality, and good volume. However, there is no microphones built-in, which is why it does not support Alexa/Google Assistant functionality.
10. Ultimate Ears Hyperboom
The Ultimate Ears Hyperboom is a portable wireless speaker with shockproof, waterproof protection, and a long battery life (15 hours). It uses 360-degree sound technology, and it also comes with a built-in microphone for making hands-free phone calls. It is Alexa/Google Assistant compatible as well as Siri compatible.
11. JBL Boombox 2
The JBL Boombox 2 is a portable wireless speaker with a built-in handle, a USB charging port, and an audio input jack for wired connections. It also has an impressive 16-hour battery life, making it perfect for extended outdoor use!
12. Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen)
The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) has a built-in speakerphone and can connect to Alexa and Google Assistant (you can use your voice to control the speaker). The downside is that it does not have a built-in battery, so you can’t leave it charging overnight. Also, it is splash-proof and waterproof, but not waterproof enough for swimming (IPX5). This speaker’s sound quality and volume are mediocre (like many of the others on this list), but we recommend you check out the 1st Generation model as well – they’re pretty much identical!
13. Anker Soundcore Flare
The Anker Soundcore Flare is a compact yet powerful speaker. It comes with Alexa and Google Assistant support, but you can’t use your voice to control it. You have to use the included remote control to do so.
14. Bose Soundlink Revolve+ II
The Bose Soundlink Revolve+ II has fantastic sound quality, although it does not come with splash-proofing or waterproofing technology. It does come with 10-hour battery life, and it also has a built-in speakerphone and hands-free calling.
15. JBL Jr. Pop Speaker
The JBL Jr. Pop Speaker is a portable, 360-degree speaker with a built-in microphone for hands-free calling. It is both splashproof and waterproof, meaning you will be able to connect it to your phone and take it in the shower! The JBL Jr. Pop Speaker has a great battery life (up to 12 hours) and also comes with an audio input jack for wired connections.
16. Vizio 2.1 Soundbar and Sub (SB3621NS-H8)
The Vizio 2.1 Soundbar and Sub (SB3621NS-H8) is a great sound system for the price, but it does not come with any waterproofing functionality. It has a decent 12 hours of battery life and can connect via Bluetooth, or you can use an audio jack to connect it to your TV! The sound quality is fantastic, and the bass is excellent.
Various types of Bluetooth speakers are available on the market, but they are not all created equally. Some are incredibly high quality, while others are just “ok.” However, if you choose the right speaker for your needs, you will be able to listen to music with ease wherever you go!