Waterproofing technology has given pool fans so many more options when it comes to outdoor speakers. Waterproof Bluetooth speakers are now common pieces of entertainment gear, each model touting its ability to deliver clear, crisp sound as it floats around in your pool or jacuzzi for hours. Here’s a list of some of our favorite picks among these wireless floating speakers, and the reasons they are worthy of adding to your outdoor experience.
With 100 watts of max sound and as waterproof as a scuba diving suit, the EcoTrek is that Bluetooth speaker you always wished they would invent. Leave it in the rain, drop it in the pool, plant it in a snowbank while shoveling yourself out. It’s been tested to survive full water immersion for up to 30 minutes. Each unit contains two main speaker drivers, two tweeters, and two passive subwoofers (electronics lingo that equals a balanced stereo effect and crisp, clear sound.) And it can be paired with another one if you feel the need to cover the entire neighborhood – or a big party – with even bigger sound. This unit has six preset EQ mode settings, backlit buttons, and a large LED display. It even comes with two cup holders. (They know us so well.)
This speaker not only floats in your pool, it looks darn good doing so. The LED Bluetooth speaker provides seven color themes and can change the pace from slow to fast and back. But Blufree’s model is not just another pretty face. It’s also rugged, with surround sound that works on both land and sea. Its sound range extends up to 50 feet, and its battery life in use lasts up to eight hours. It also includes a built-in microphone, so you can take a call while swimming, lounging, or even taking a shower. Come on, you know you want to tell someone you’re talking on the phone while floating in the pool.
This model has all the bells and whistles, and adds a few of its own. Its battery life can extend a full day at half volume, and it has a connection range to your source of up to 100 feet. These speakers employ the newest Bluetooth technology (Bluetooth 5.0), which provides a faster and more consistent signal transmission than the Bluetooth 4.2 version can. It is designed with highly efficient drivers and dual passive bass radiators to bring a deep, rich, high-def sound – with less than 1 percent harmonic distortion! (This simply means it will sound great.) It can also be paired with another similar speaker for bigger beach and pool parties.
Waterproof speakers tend to be treated like pool toys, so the tough, rubber-like casing that surrounds the COWIN IPX7 is a nice way to start. Not as powerful as some speakers in this category, but it makes up for it and then some in sound quality. The wireless range can go over 30 feet, and the five different color patterns of LED lighting at the top adds a little pizazz to pool parties and backyard barbecues.
Don’t tell anyone that these party lights are reminiscent of the dazzling displays from the days of discotheques. There are some great features with the Kingsom IPX7, including its multi-functional built-in LED lights. Or you can sync it to the music of the night, slow or fast, as it reacts automatically to the beat. The speaker shows little distortion in the water, and has a range of nearly 50 feet. Like some competitors – but not all – it can handle immersion of 3 feet for 30 seconds before being compromised. Holds its charge for up to 10 hours of music, so your festivities can go on for that long, too. Charging it back up can take as little as 2 hours.