Top 10 Latest Wireless Waterproof Speaker
The last 10 years have seen a big improvement in portable wireless speakers. Formally wireless speakers provided sound but the sound quality was something to be desired. Battery charge time was only a few hours and many speakers charging time was slow. If you dropped or exposed a speaker to the elements like sand and rain they could easily be ruin.
Fortunately today we have a number of great speakers to choose from starting as low as $60 and going up to $700. All the speakers on this list are wireless and some are completely waterproof with a full 1PX& rating so it no problem if they get wet. See my helpful post What really is: Water Resistant, Waterproof and IPX Ratings? to help you understand IPX rating.
The speakers on this list do all vary in sound quality and your ultimate decision will come down to your budget, music you listen too, how loud you like your music and personal taste.
Top 10 latest wireless waterproof speakers
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2. UE Roll
3. UE Boom 2
6. Sonos Play 1
7. Beats Pill +
10. JBL Boombox
When choosing or upgrading your wireless speaker, you need to consider a few crucial factors such as sound quality, battery life, connectivity support, charging speeds, design, and price. Wireless speakers come in all sizes and shapes, from the portable models for the beach to mains-powered models for the home as well as multi-room solutions for piping entertainment throughout the house.
The first thing to consider when buying your Bluetooth speaker is sound quality. We take you through the weakness and strengths of each speaker in our reviews to help you make the best choice. Don’t focus so much on the total power output; rather, you should consider how the speaker sounds with different types of music. Generally, smaller speakers will always struggle to catch up with big speakers for volume and bass.
After taking sound quality into consideration, the next things you want to look out for are features and connectivity. If you are planning a party, consider speakers that allow you to connect to multiple devices.
Additionally, consider buying speakers that are flexible as possible in how you can connect to them. Naturally, most wireless speakers have Bluetooth support, but Spotify Connect and Apple AirPlay support can come in handy when streaming music from online sources.
Having said that, there are hundreds of Bluetooth speakers floating around on the market, and sorting them out can be a time-consuming process. But thankfully, as usual, I’ve got you covered. The list below represents the top 10 latest wireless speaker for 2017 picks. The best, bluetooth speakers around. Some are stylish, some waterproof, some rugged, others not fit for outdoors, but all them worth your attention. Let’s have a quick look.
1. Philips BT3500B
The Philips BT3500B measures 201x35x101mm (WxDxH) and is designed to sit flat, but it also comes with a kick stand that you can flip out and raise its height. The slider switch on the top edge flicks between the 3.5mm auxiliary input and Bluetooth mode. The next button activates pairing and ends any phone call taken through the inbuilt mic. There is an NFC logo to let you know that you have an alternative mode of connecting to Smartphones.
The battery is charged using a micro-USB cable which comes with the speaker. Expect a battery life of up to five hours, which is not as impressive, but will get the job done.
Pairing your device to the speaker is quite easy, either through Bluetooth, which has an effective range of 10 meters or via the NFC chip. And if you would rather go the analog way, you have an option to use the auxiliary port with the audio cable supplied.
As you would expect with wireless speakers this size, there isn’t much bass to talk about. However, the overall clarity is pretty great, and you won’t experience any distortion or harshness. The BT3500B makes an excellent choice for casual listening to jazz and soft tracks on Saturday afternoons. While it performs impressively across a wide range of music genre, careful listening will hint that the BT3500B performs better with moderate volume levels on songs that are not overly complicated.
2. UE Roll 2
The disc shaped colorful UE Roll 2 wireless speakers have been a hit since they were released to the market. They sound great, look fun and are an excellent value for money. On the outside, the UE Roll 2 is a tiny flying saucer of a speaker, with two large volume icons, and funky, ultra-portable design.
The new Roll 2 speaker is about 15 per cent louder, and a broader Bluetooth range of around 100ft and is cheaper compared to the original. This means you will be getting more value for your money.
Perhaps a unique feature on Roll 2 is that it’s waterproof. A while ago, waterproof speakers seemed like a passing fad, but now they're a staple of the market. But even in an increasingly crowded market, the UE Roll 2 manages to stick out. It comes with an atmosphere color scheme that balances a blend of blue and red up front and maroon on the backside. Other color options include Habanero (sky blue and orange), Volcano (black and red), Reef (cerulean, lime green and orange stitching) and Sugarplum (purple and yellow).
The speaker controls are creatively simple with massive "minus" and "plus" buttons used to adjust volume. The power and Bluetooth pairing buttons sit on the back next to the micro USB and 3.5mm auxiliary ports. The colorful fabric mesh covers the tweeters and also doubles up as a protective grille. Flipping the cover reveals a smooth transition from fabric to matte rubber.
This extremely portable speaker also comes with an elastic strap which allows you strap it onto the included floatation device or hang it from your shower. The UE Roll 2's battery will last about nine hours of playback. If you are ready to hit the pool, you will find the UE Floatation device a handy and fun addition to keeping your speaker afloat on water.
3. UE Boom 2
The new UE Boom 2 brings a tweaked exterior, new internals and a range of new colors. The speaker is also 25 percent louder than the original boom with an improved wireless range of up to 30 meters. It, however, maintains the Bluetooth with NFC compatibility for wireless connectivity, and the 3.5mm input plus micro USB charging port for alternative hard wiring of your tablet or Smartphone. It still has the 15-hour battery life, 360-degree sound, and a waterproof, rugged exterior and a built-in mic.
Most users appreciate the fact that the Boom 2 is designed to get wet, muddy and beat up and it also drops proof from up to five feet. The Boom 2 also comes in new flashier colors which include Yeti (white), Cherrybomb (red), Phantom (gray and black), Tropical (purple and orange), GreenMachine (green and blue) and BrainFreeze (blue). In the box, you find the speaker, a micro USB cable, a bright neon yellow wall charger, the instructions manual and warranty information.
The rubberized plastic exterior covering gives a great grip while the fabric, which is IPX7 certified makes this piece of innovation waterproof. So if you are looking for a speaker to bring to a beach or pool party, this should be a natural choice. Up top, there is a power button and Bluetooth pairing button next to it. The bottom has two flaps that open to reveal a 3.5mm input and micro USB input ports for charging. The bottom also has a small metal hook so you can attach the speaker to a string or a carabiner clip.
4. B & O Beoplay P2
The B & O Beoplay P2 is about simplicity, all you need is to charge it for about 2 hours, and you are good to go. Although the manufacturer recommends that you download the Beoplay app for better performance.
B&O’s idea of balancing sound quality and convenience is to strip out all the stuff that can be stripped out. In that spirit, the speaker comes with only one button, and the case tightly hugs around the components inside. The body is made from warm, soft polymer and the top is a smart and simple aluminum grill.
The small compact design is so that you don’t have to leave it home when going somewhere. It measures 14 x 8 x 2.8cm, weighs only 275g and available in blue, black and gray. The USB port is on one end of the rounded panel, a tiny microphone slot on the bottom and a LED indicator are located inside the speaker grill.
The B & O Beoplay P2 offers more functionality than meets the eye. Tapping the speaker grill plays or pauses music, double tapping pauses playback and shaking it skips to the next track. You can assign different functions to each of these controls within the B&O Play app. The app also works with P2's specific features intuitively, allowing you to customize the operation of your speaker to a degree. You can adjust EQ using presets or by dragging a dot around a circular graph in various directions to switch to a warmer or brighter sound
B & O Beoplay P2’s battery will last for about 10 hours, but this may vary depending on volume levels and features used. The P2 will shut down automatically after a period of inactivity to preserve battery life. The only things missing on the P2 are volume controls on the speaker itself. You will be required to adjust this on your Bluetooth source device. Other than that, I didn’t see anything else to complain about.
So, how does this little guy sound? There is a single tweeter under the hood that will result in mono audio. With a speaker this small, you can’t expect powerful and deep bass, but you will still be pleasantly surprised by the bass that this tiny speaker offers; it’s relatively robust and thick.
5. Bose Soundlink Mini II
The Bose SoundLink Mini II is a relatively small wireless speaker, but not small enough that you can slip it in your pocket. However, it's about as small as a speaker can get without compromising sound quality. If you are after a powerful bass in a tiny box, then you will love the Bose SoundLink Mini II.
The Bose SoundLink Mini II looks nearly identical to the SoundLink Mini; it’s a slightly curved brick of aluminum, small enough to grasp comfortably in one hand.
Although it seems a perfect size for around the house" portability, you can easily slip it in your laptop bag with your other gadgets for outdoor use. Rather than using a cylindrical charge plug, the Mini II the standard micro-USB port. This means that android owners can use their phone chargers to power the battery. You can also use an external battery to power the speaker and even add a microphone to it to be used as a loudspeaker for phone calls.
Bose SoundLink Mini II doesn’t come with NFC, but its Bluetooth connectivity is rather strong. There is a robotic-sounding woman that chimes in to announce the battery levels when you turn the speaker on and when you connect to a new device. You can also pair more than two devices at a time. The speaker controls are on top of the speaker which includes volume, power and pairing, and multi-function button. You can use the multi-function button to activate voice assistants and change tracks. And there is also a mic for when you need to make really loud phone calls.
The micro USB charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack are conveniently located on the left side of the speaker. If you need to use the provided dock for charging in one motion, simply plug it in the pins at the bottom. Overall, the Mini II is a handsome looking wireless speaker with a design and features that lend it sufficient confidence to land on our top 10 wireless speakers list.
This wireless speaker may not have fancy features, but you will be amazed by the sound quality offered here. Most compact, small wireless speakers struggle to output bass, but the Mini II offers a really powerful punch. Even at high volumes, you can expect great quality and impact as the speaker plays bass-heavy songs with authority and without distortion. The JBL Charge 3 may have a more powerful bass, but it’s less controlled and can be at times overwhelming at high frequency.
6. Sonos Play 1
Price has always been an issue with Sono’s products, and the Sonos Play 1 is here to solve that. It’s currently the most affordable and smallest of the Sonos family, but do not be fooled that it might be making compromises in order to slide below the premium bar.
The Play 1 comes in black and white variations and the premium design blends nicely with its surroundings. There is a play/pause button on the top of the speaker which also helps skip to the next track when you double tape.
There is also the status light and volume rocker. Although relatively small, the Play 1 is designed to stay more-or-less put in your house. It doesn’t come with a carry handle or battery and needs to stay within range of your Wi-Fi network to operate.
If you're not familiar with the Sonos system, here's how it works: any music sent to the Sonos Play:1 is not streamed using AirPlay or Bluetooth, but Sonos's software system. You access this through an iOS/Android app, or with your computer. The Sonos system incorporates loads of streaming services including Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Cloud Player. You don't need any separate apps, just Sonos's one.
The sides of the Play 1 are covered by a single-piece grill that curves smoothly around its edges. The bottom and top are plastic, in part to give the Wi-Fi antennas somewhere to live. The Ethernet socket is at the back next to the power jack and wall-mounting socket.
Sonos Play 1
7. Beats Pill +
The Beats Pill+ is a small wireless speaker that sounds bigger than it is. The Pill + is slightly larger and use bigger bass drivers compared to its predecessor, but it’s still quite portable measuring 6.36 x 21 x 6.92 cm (H x L x D) and weighing just over 0.75 kg. The casing of the speaker is built like a tank with a rubber and metal chassis. It’s not as waterproof as the JBL Charge 3 and the UE Boom 2, but it can survive some water splash. However, you should probably not bring it to the poolside party with you.
The speaker controls including the pairing, powering and volume buttons are located on top of the speaker. The rubber coating on the buttons will withstand abuse while giving a good tactile feel. With the Beats Pill Plus you also get a carrying bag that gives your speaker extra protection while you are on the go. There are two woofers and two tweeters inside the chassis which are responsible for the quality, well-balanced sound.
A neat little rubbery flap on the back flaps up to reveal the Lightning charge port, 3.5mm aux input, and the full-size USB. The company promises a battery life of 12 hours of music off charge, but this might vary depending on your average volume. There are a few small dot lights near the power button that shows battery level, so you’re not caught out abruptly mid-song. Just like with the previous version, you can double the dosage of this pill by pairing two together, either for a stereo performance or simple multi-room experience.
8. Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless
The Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless is an elongated football-shaped speaker with a small centered base. At first glance, you might be easy to underestimate the work that has gone into this pretty little wireless speaker based on its appearance. However, a lot of reworking has been done to place a notch higher than the company’s flagship versions.
The Zeppelin now comes with five drivers, two 25mm metal dome tweeters, and feature anti-resonance dust caps for a cleaner, smoother response. A single 15cm woofer, the same size as the one found on the flagship A7 takes center stage.
Each driver is now powered by a Class-D amplifier, and the company notes that digital signal processing is now twice as powerful for more accuracy. The connections for an Ethernet port, power cord, and a single 3.5mm auxiliary input are around the back. On top are three large but nearly unnoticed buttons for play/pause, rewind, and forward.
Connectivity to your Smartphone is facilitated by AirPlay, Bluetooth, apt-X and Spotify Connect. But if you need to go old school, direct connection to the 3.5mm input will do just fine. To initiate Bluetooth pairing, just touch the right-hand side for two seconds, while a tap on the other side will switch to the 3.5mm input. It’s that simple. To set up the Zeppelin, you will need the help of an updated Bowers & Wilkins Control app, which will get you up and running in no time.
The Zeppelin has wireless Bluetooth connectivity but you still need to plug it in for power. If you would like a full wireless product from Bowers & Wilkins their T7 Wireless Speaker will better suit your needs.
9. JBL Charge 3
The JBL Charge 3 is a perfect balance between sound, features, and price. The JBL Charge 3 offers an impressive set of features and an excellent sound quality. The new Charge 3 is an upgrade of the previous Charge 2 with an even more enhanced waterproof capability of IPX7. This means it can not only survive water splash, but you can completely submerge it in water, and it will still hit like never before.
The cylindrical shape of the JBL Charge 3 speaker is similar to most of the speaker models that JBL churns out. Up top, you’ll find the familiar set of buttons that JBL puts on all their speakers. They’re made of a soft plastic and are slightly raised above the speaker. The only buttons that aren’t raised are the power and JBL Connect buttons which are flush with the speaker.
The fabric that covers the speaker is not only waterproof but also gives it a good grip. The JBL logo sits nicely on the front face while the bottom features a small stand built into the design of the speaker with five tiny indicator lights on it that shows you how much battery charge you have left. On the back, you find a rubber flap that hides the USB output, the 3.5mm input, and micro USB input.
The wireless connectivity on the Charge 3 is fantastic. Without walls, you can expect a strong connection of up to 50 or 60 feet. Once you through a wall or two in between, the range drops down to 30 feet, but still very strong. You can play/pause music, skip to next song and control volume by simply double-tapping the play button. Expect a fully charged battery to last more or less 20 hours.
10. JBL Boombox
The JBL Boombox is JBL's latest addition to their waterproof Bluetooth speaker line. Rated for 24 hours of play time played at full volume you can expect about 12 hours. The Boombox has a full IPX7 rating that means that this speaker can get wet with no worries. In Fact, if you throw it in the water and it will float.
The finish like all JBL's waterproof speakers has the standard rugged mesh material covering most of the exterior. This thing is built tough. Weighing in at 11 lbs it is no lightweight and to carry it for a long period of time can get tiring.
The ends have two of their signature bass woofers that really move the bass and project the sound. They have two color to choose from is black or olive green. Most likely more colors coming in the coming years.
The JBL Boombox has water sealed port at the rear that house all its ports which include two USB ports so you can charge two devices at the same time. Keep in mind the more you charge the less music play time you will have.
You can connect up to 100 other JBL speakers that have the newer JBL+ Connect. This is a great feature when a few JBL speakers show up at a party and you can connect the speakers for a full party system.
The sound of the JBL Boombox is very impressive plenty of volume and bass. It has an indoor and an outdoor mode. The outdoor mode makes the sound more expansive and the indoor mode brings down the high end a little. I listen with the indoor mode most often. The sound JBL sound signature and is very crisp and live sounding. The sound profile works great with the latest recordings. If you listen to older recording you may find the sound too crisp with too much high end.
Conclusion Top 10 latest wireless speakers
Wireless speakers have exploded in popularity, and nearly every major consumer electronics vendor has a series of different models. For the high end user who wants plenty of style and great sound quality the Zeppelin Wireless Speaker is a great choice, If you are on the go and need volume the JBL Boombox will get the job done.
As you can see, wireless speakers can vary wildly in size, shape, and even the type of wireless connection they use, but I hope that the above list had at least one speaker that's right for you. I will be updating this page as I review more speakers, so stay tuned. Let me know if you have suggestions for us to check out in.
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