11 Best Shower Speakers To Brighten Your Mornings
Like singing in the shower or hearing the morning news on NPR?
So do we!
In order to get up to speed on the latest current events or are looking to belt out your favorite rendition of ‘Splish splash’ while lathering up, we rounded up some of the best shower speakers that are currently available to purchase.
While we focus on just the showering aspect of the speakers, we would be remiss if didn’t acknowledge all the uses these speakers carry.
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Many of the manufacturers of these top-rated shower speakers have made them in such a way that they are incredibly portable making them a great companion to your next bike ride, camping trip, or simply a BBQ with your buds.
Here’s a summary of our findings in search of the best shower speakers available:
Comparing The Best Shower Speakers On The Market
|Title||JBL Charge 3||AYL||ROLL 2 Volcano||Photive Hydra||BRAVEN Mira||BOOM Swimmer||FUGOO Sport||SoundBot SB510||Ultimate Ears WonderBOOM||Skullcandy Barricade||VTIN|
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|Battery Length||20 hours||12 hours||9 hours||8 hours||10 hours||8 hours||40 hours||6 hours||10 hours||8 hours||10 hours|
|Dimensions||9.1 x 3.4 x 3.5 inches||3.6 x 2 x 3.9 inches||5.3 x 1.6 x 5.3 inches||7 x 2 x 2 inches||5 x 1.4 x 5 inches||3.8 x 3 x 5.5 inches||4 x 7 x 9 inches||4 x 4 x 5 inches||4.2 x 4.6 x 5.2 inches||3.8 x 4.6 x 3 inches||4.9 x 4.9 x 2.8 inches|
|Weight||1.8 pounds||4.8 ounces||11.7 ounces||15 ounces||7 ounces||12 ounces||1.1 pounds||1 pound||1.3 pounds||1.2 pounds||8.8 ounces|
The Design of Your Bathroom May Dictate Your Shower Speaker Selection
When choosing a shower speaker, you’re going to want to think about a few things.
What kind of shower stall do you have?
Is it just a stand-up shower? Or is it a full-on bathtub, as well? This is going to have some kind of bearing as to what kind of shower speaker you can mount.
If you have long ledges, then you simply can’t go wrong with the highly rated JBL Charge 3. Its slim profile should easy rest on the tiniest of ledges within your shower stall.
The BOOM Swimmer will perfectly wrap around your shower head.
Also, do you prefer listening to AM/FM radio stations, rather than streaming from your phone?
If that’s the case, you will want to choose a speaker that either has a tuner integrated into it, like the Vtin Shower Speaker, or you will need to download an app onto your smartphone (TuneIn comes to mind) in order to play your favorite channel.
Shower Speakers Can Go Beyond the Stall
As we mentioned earlier, one of the best things about shower speakers is that you can use them for so much more than just your morning routine.
Many of them are designed with an active, outdoor lifestyle in mind, and can be brought hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting.
You can set them up next to pool at the barbecue, or bring them to beach.
These are all great ways to extend the value of the product and use it for so much more than just your tub.
The Hidden Costs of Any Shower Speaker
You’re going to see shower speakers available in a few different setups.
Some come with suction cups, others sit on a ledge. Some are hanging speakers, that come with a hook or strap, for hanging from your shower head or caddy.
Suction cup speakers seem the most convenient, but they tend to lose their suction ability over time.
This will result in a limited life-span, and you’ll just end up tossing it into your shower caddy for the rest of its days.
Ledge speakers are pretty simple to set up – just stick it on ledge. But, they may be susceptible to mold and mildew build-up.
Be sure to remove it after every shower to prevent growth. The plus side to any ledge is that it will be fantastically mobile, and perfect for bringing outside, camping, etc.
A hanging speaker is probably your best option for a shower speaker. You can hang it either from a fogless mirror in the shower, or the shower caddy, without any fear of suction cups failing or mildew building up behind it.
Using Your Shower Speaker
When using your new shower speaker, be sure that you do not keep your phone or device in the bathroom with you.
As the humidity builds up in the bathroom from a hot shower, your phone could become permanently damaged.
Most speakers will have around a 10m (30ft) range, so you should be able to easily leave it in another room and still hear good music.
Then all you have to do is create your favorite list on Spotify and you’re ready to go!
Other Features To Consider
A couple more things you may want to consider when selecting a shower speaker are:
- Battery Life. How Long does the battery last? Is it rechargeable, or do you need to buy replaceable batteries? (Most come with rechargeable batteries).
- Does it have a built-in mic to take a call? While not necessary, this is very convenient. Many also let you control music playback with just your voice.
- Is it waterproof, or just water-resistant? While a water-resistant speaker will be fine in a shower, you will want to make sure it is completely waterproof before submerging it in a bathtub or bringing it into the pool.
With all that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite shower speakers available today.
Have a look and see which one works best for you:
Best Shower Speakers of 2017
JBL Charge 3
Tough, sleek and attractive, the Charge 3 from JBL is a fantastic compact and waterproof speaker. Rated to IPX7, built from robust rubber and safely submersible up to 3 feet, the Charge 3 is perfect for the pool, beach or shower.
Despite the its small size, JBL’s premium bass radiator gives powerful, deep bass you can feel and hear. With a noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone, the Charge 3 lets you take calls at the push of button and be wholly understood.
Bluetooth lets you connect to 3 separate smartphones or tablets simultaneously. You can also connect other JBL Connect-enabled speakers at the same time for louder, immersive listening.
External rubberized buttons on the speaker’s front permit easy control and pairing, while the built-in Lithium-Ion battery lasts up to 20 hours of play. It can even charge your devices via USB during playback.
The Charge 3 comes in various colors, and is exactly what we have come to expect from JBL – a striking and versatile speaker with excellent sound that will fit your fun and active lifestyle.See Price
Ayl designed this shower speaker to be highly portable and extra durable, going everywhere from your bathtub to kayaking, hiking or even mountain biking.
Constructed from sturdy rubber and plastic and rated for IPX5, it shockproof, dustproof, and water-resistant. It can withstand a low-pressure stream, such as from a shower, is splash proof, and will survive being dropped into water, but should not be submersed for long periods.
The drivers put out 5 watts of power, which is decently powerful for a shower speaker (but not as strong as the smaller Photive Hydra) and has a surprisingly full, loud bass.
With up to 12 hours of battery life, it will last all day on an outdoor trip and weeks in your shower. The Bluetooth 4.0 connects instantaneously with any device, and has a range of up to 33 feet. It also has an AUX-in port.See Price
ROLL 2 Volcano
The Roll 2 Volcano is the slimmer, smaller brother to the WonderBOOM, built for all kinds of open-air escapades. It is waterproof, shockproof and dustproof, rated up to IPX7 and submersible for up to 30 minutes. The Roll even comes with an included floatie for use in the pool.
The backside features a stretchy bungee for easy hanging or attachment anywhere; you can loop it around your backpack, on your bike, or even your belt loop.
The Bluetooth connectivity has a range of up to 100 feet, and you can connect two phones simultaneously. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 9 hours of music.
A pretty cool feature of the ROLL 2 is its compatibility with the new Ultimate Ears app, which lets you control music, EQ and pair up to 2 ROLL’s at the same time for bigger sound.
You can also share music using the Block Party feature, with up to 3 friends at a time.See Price
The Photive Hydra is an absolutely rugged and durable Bluetooth shower speaker, suitable for the beach, the outdoors or even summit – in addition to fitting perfectly in your shower.
Built from a heavy-duty rubberized exterior and aluminum grill, it is rated for IP66 ingress protection, meaning that it is completely dust-tight and waterproof. IP66 states that it can withstand waves as well as powerful pressurized jets.
Couple that with a battery life of up to 8 hours, and you’ve got a speaker that can go anywhere and do anything from tropical surfing to backcountry bushwhacking.
The Hydra comes with Bluetooth 4.0, for the best in mobility, with rubberized control buttons built into the side (Volume, Track).
Sound quality is also fantastic for a speaker its size, with a passive subwoofer and two 40mm drivers, that put out over 7 watts of sound. Overall, the Hydra is a tank of a speaker, that will be just at home in the great outdoors as it will be in your shower.See Price
The Braven Mira is a compact and portable wireless speaker that can be easily carried from room to room. It has a hinged ABS hook, which can double as a kickstand for standing the speaker up on any flat surface.
The Mira includes both Bluetooth, for wireless hook-up to devices, and an AUX-in port for cabled devices. You can even listen to music from your PC, using the included USB cable.
The Mira is rated IPX5, meaning it is water-resistant and perfect for the shower, lounging by the pool or the beach; it should be submerged. The rechargeable 1200MAh battery can last up to 10 hours of play time.
Controls are on the front of the speaker, including Volume control and a button for changing tracks.See Price
The BOOM Swimmer is a hanging shower speaker with a unique design. It features a flexible rubber tail, that can be wrapped tightly around any object, such as a shower caddy, showerhead or curtain rod, for secure, out-of-the-way sound.
The robust rubber body has an IPX7 rating, meaning that is completely waterproof and can be submerged to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes – meaning you can take this little guy swimming, canoeing or just into the bathtub without worry. The flexible tail also comes off, and in its place, you can screw on a variety of different attachments. BOOM offers a suction cup, screw mount, and even a belt clip among others, helping you take the Swimmer anywhere you could need.
The BOOM is completely wireless, using Bluetooth 4.0 to connect with your phone or tablet for hands-off, wireless freedom.
All the basic controls (Play/Pause, Volume and Pairing) are rubberized and built flush into the side, and the battery lasts up to 8 hours – perfect for all day adventuring.See Price
The Fugoo Sport is intended to be portable, rugged and pleasing to the eye. With an IPX7 rating, it is totally dustproof and waterproof.
You can bring it anywhere without fear of breaking or water damage. It is compatible with Fugoo’s optional bike mount, strap mount (for attaching to a tree or pole) and Multi-Mount, which comes with a Carabiner loop, tripod mounting socket and strap/belt clip.
The speaker itself has six drivers on four sides, for 360-degree sound. Each driver is tilted upward 8 degrees, to ensure you hear it is as clearly as possible.
It has a Voice-Enabled, omnidirectional speakerphone, which allows you take calls, control your music, as well as use Siri or Google Now. You can also purchase an optional remote.
The Fugoo Sport boasts an incredible 40 hours of battery life. That’s weeks, if not months of showers, and the Fugoo Sport and can go anywhere without running out of juice.See Price
This ultra-compact shower speaker from Soundbot uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to your phone or other device, and has a built-in microphone. In addition to letting you take calls, this microphone allows you to navigate your music and control the speaker with only your voice.
With a range of up to 33 feet, you shouldn’t ever have use your hands.
The Soundbot is rated IPX4 water-resistant, meaning that it is splashproof and highly water-resistant, perfect for the shower, poolside, or taking to the beach. It is not, however, submersible.
It uses a suction cup for adhering to the shower wall or any other flat surface. Keep in mind, however, that suction cups tend to lose their strength over time.
With a battery life of 6 hours, the Soundbot will last many hours in the shower, and through all kinds of outdoor adventures. It’s excellent if you’re looking for something ultra-compact and with hands-free control.See Price
Ultimate Ears WonderBOOM
UltimateEars makes some awesome Bluetooth speakers, and the WonderBOOM delivers brilliant sound in a surprisingly sleek and attractive package.
Small enough to fit in your hand, this 360-degree speaker puts out up to 86db from two active drivers and two passive radiators. With a Bluetooth range of up to 100 feet and battery life that lasts up to 10 hours, you can bring it poolside, to a barbecue at the beach, or just leave it in your shower.
For even more volume, pair the Wonderboom with a second Wonderboom for twice the sound.
IPX7-rated, it is waterproof up to a depth of 3 feet for up to 30 minutes, and has been drop-tested to withstand a 1.7-meter fall.
A loop on top lets you hang it easily in the shower or loop it onto your bag. Big, bright rubber buttons let you control the volume and skip songs. It also comes in six vibrant colors for never-ending partying.See Price
Skullcandy is a popular maker of appealing headphones, and this portable and waterproof speaker is an impressive piece of audio.
With 10w of audio and dual passive radiators, it delivers dynamic sound in a small size. Low End bass is clear and powerful, while highs are crisp and strong.
The outer body is IPX7-rated, shockproof and ready to withstand all kinds of abuse. It can be submersed up to 3 feet for up to 30 minutes. It is also buoyant enough to float, should it be dropped into the pool or fall out of your kayak. Battery life lasts up to 8 hours
The Barricade can also be paired seamlessly via Bluetooth with other speakers, for immersive sound as loud as you wish.
The included Micro-USB-to-USB cable both charges the speaker and allows you to charge other devices with the Barricade’s power. The Barricade also features a strap for easy carry, or hanging from a hook.See Price
The Vtin is a classic shower radio, a combination of your trusty alarm clock radio and a waterproof shower speaker. It is also the only speaker we have reviewed so far with FM radio, scanning channels automatically with the push of a button.
A backlit LCD clock display, with adjustable brightness settings and built in alarm clock, adorns the front of the speaker. Battery lasts up to 10 hours.
With an IPX5 rating, it is highly water-resistant and perfect for your shower, but can also easily be brought to the beach or poolside. It comes with two mounting methods: a strap, for hanging from a shower caddy or hook, as well as a suction cup for sticking to the shower wall. Bluetooth ranges up to 33 feet, and an AUX-in port lets you connect wired devices.
The Vtin shower radio delivers 5w of sound in its small package, almost as powerful as the Photive Hydra. Lows are clear and loud, while highs come through clean and crisp.See Price