The Best Shower Speakers in 2020, Ranked
If you’re a regular performer when it comes to singing in the shower, a Bluetooth shower speaker is a must-have product for you. With the sound of the water running, listening to music on your phone just isn’t an option. You need a higher volume and better quality. Plus, we all know someone whose new iPhone died a death through steam exposure.
There are a lot of options out there when it comes to shower speakers. Many are designed to go anywhere with you, and because they’re waterproof, you can bring them into the shower, take them to the beach, to the pool, anywhere!
There are a few things you should look for in a quality Bluetooth shower speaker. First and foremost is obvious: superlative sound quality. You should also consider battery life, design, and Bluetooth range. If you’re planning to just use the speaker in the shower, you can compromise on some of these aspects. But, if you’re looking for something that can go everywhere and do everything with you, qualities like long battery life or durability may be more important.
Whether you’re just singing in the shower or looking for a full day of poolside toons, there’s a Bluetooth speaker out there for you. If you’re not sure where to start shopping, well, we’ve got it sorted for you; here’s a list of the best shower speakers in 2020, ranked. Find out a little bit about the qualities of each and decide which one would be best for you.
Zamkol Bluetooth 24W Speaker
Our choice for the best shower speaker is this waterproof unit from Zamkol. It has a great sound quality and a sleek design that can go anywhere, including the shower. It has a few large, easy-to-use buttons on the side so you can control the music volume and pause/play it from the speaker. It can also be paired with a second speaker for a more immersive sound.
DuoTen Bluetooth Speaker
This Bluetooth shower speaker is another great option at a more affordable price. It suctions directly to the shower wall and offers you more control. The buttons on this device allow you to pause, play, stop, answer calls, disconnect calls, turn the volume up and down, skip forward and backward, or switch between radio and Bluetooth connection. It also has a built-in digital display to show you the time and remaining battery life.
Zamkol Bluetooth 30W Speaker
This is similar to the device at the top of our list but is slightly more powerful at 30 watts. The design is a little less attractive, but the quality is still top-notch. Easy volume-control buttons are located on the side so you can blast your music from inside the shower, or kill it when the neighbor bangs on the wall. A full-power charge will also give 10-15 hours of playtime.
SCIJOY Portable Wireless Speaker
This shower speaker from SCIJOY offers a full 12 hours of playtime with a full charge. It is built with two 10-watt speakers to provide a crisp and rich sound quality. There are buttons on the side to adjust the volume and turn the speakers on or off, and this device stays connected for up to 33 feet.
Mix Hero Bluetooth Speaker
Mix Hero’s shower speaker features a spherical design unique to this list so far. It stays connected for up to 66 feet and can play for 6 to 8 hours on a single charge. Buttons on the device allow you to turn it on or off and adjust the volume. You can also pair two of these devices together to create a dual-channel stereo system.
Zosam Portable Bluetooth Speaker
This Bluetooth shower speaker from Zosam has a sturdier, more industrial design. It has buttons on the top to turn it on or off, answer or reject calls, and to adjust the volume. The charging port is protected with a rubber cap to prevent damage from water or dust, and one side of the speaker is also equipped with a hook for hanging.
BassPal Bluetooth Speakers
This is another suction-cup-mounted shower speaker, perfect if you want something easy to reach and adjust. It has many control buttons on it to give you more power over your music, radio, or phone calls. The LED display gives you the time and display the remaining battery life. This speaker also features an LED halo that can be set to a specific color or cycle through all seven options. Super cool tech for a new bathroom vibe!
Janboo Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Janboo’s shower speaker is a safe, middle-of-the-road option. The design comprises a very basic, black square box with buttons on the top to control volume, start or stop music, and to change modes. On a 2-3-hour charge, you can listen for 10 hours.
TOPROAD Portable Shower Speaker
This shower speaker can be mounted with a removable suction cup or with its carabiner. This makes it a great option for those who want to bring the speaker into the shower but also use it for outdoor adventures. However, it’s not the best in terms of battery life. A full charge only gives about 6 hours of playtime.
SKYWING SoundAce S5 Bluetooth Portable Speaker
If battery life is a priority for you, this speaker for SKYWING charges completely in only an hour or two and can play for up to 15 hours at 50% volume. It’s small and spherical with an opening near the top for two LED lights that you can set to different colors. The buttons on the top allow you to pause, play, skip forward/backward, answer calls, switch modes, and turn on/off. Pair multiple devices together for a stereo experience.
AUDIIOO Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
This shower speaker is known for its strong and sturdy design. If you’re worried about dropping the speaker or you’re buying for kids, this is a great option for you. It can also be fully immersed in water for 30 minutes without damage, so it’s practically accident-proof. The only buttons on the device are two volume control buttons and one other that turns the device on and off plays or pauses music, answers or ends calls, and switches between modes.
ZHYD TECH Portable Bluetooth Speaker
ZHYD TECH’s shower speaker is another great option for a sturdy design. It’s mostly black with an add-on blue trim to give it an extra pop, but if you want to save a couple of dollars, you can also get it without the blue add-on. It also comes with a small strap for easy hanging. On a single charge, you will get 12 fantastic hours of playtime.
SH1DU Bluetooth Speaker
This is a very compact option for a shower speaker. A simple, small square with silicone corners and a clip for hanging, it only lasts about 6 hours on a full charge, but that will still deliver a lot of bathroom singing sessions if you’re only using it for showers. Buttons on the top of the speaker allow you to play/pause, skip forward/backward, switch modes, and turn on/off.
AUDIIOO Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
This shower gadget is a 10-watt speaker built to take a beating. Similar to the earlier product from AUDIIOO, this speaker is waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof. It can survive submerged in water for 30 minutes and is covered in silicone to withstand drops. You can connect this speaker to your phone/streaming device or listen to FM radio, all with the push of a button.
Xeneo X21 Portable Outdoor Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
This Bluetooth speaker has a stylish, pillar design. It has a 15-watt speaker and a basic button design with controls to adjust the volume, start/stop music, and to connect devices. This device stays connected as far as 100 feet. Though this speaker is waterproof, it is only splashproof and cannot withstand full immersion like some of the other products on this list.
NUBWO Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
This is a very basic, affordable Bluetooth shower speaker option. Only a 5-watt speaker, it nevertheless plays between 5 and 8 hours on a full charge. There are basic buttons on the bottom to control volume, pause/play music, answer/end phone calls, and turn the speaker on and off. It also stays connected up to 33 feet, making it perfect for use in the bathroom.
Johns Avenue Bluetooth Shower Speaker
This shower speaker from Johns Avenue mounts to the shower wall with a suction cup so that control of your music is always within reach. This speaker even floats, so you could leave it in the water while you take a bath if you want to. It’s again only a 5-watt speaker, but at that proximity, that’s all you’d need. On a single charge, this speaker can play music for 8 hours.
HiFi Soundnova N1
This small speaker from Soundnova has all the features you could possibly need. It’s a 6-watt speaker with a battery life of 12-15 hours on a single charge. Connect two speakers together for a fuller stereo sound. It has many buttons for different purposes so you have full control over your music.
Back Bay Audio Wireless Bluetooth Shower Speaker
This speaker is only water-resistant, so it can’t be submerged in water, but it can withstand splashes. In a single charge, this speaker can play for a full 24 hours at half volume. You can also connect more than one speaker to create left and right channels, while basic buttons allow you to play, pause, adjust the volume, and skip songs.
Peyou Bluetooth Shower Speaker
Peyou’s Bluetooth shower speaker can be mounted with a single suction cup or a carabiner. It fully charges in two hours and can play for 4-8 hours. It is equipped with buttons to play/pause, adjust the volume, turn on/off, and answer/end phone calls–and it offers hands-free calling. It’s an affordable option that will do the job well.
XLEADER SoundAngel Touch Bluetooth Speaker
This Bluetooth speaker is different from the others on this list because of the button design. Instead of silicone push buttons, this speaker features touch buttons to adjust the volume, skip forward/backward, play, pause and stop. It comes in trendy metallic colors so you can pick one that suits your style. It charges in only an hour or two and can play for 12 to 15 hours.
Arbalest Portable Bluetooth Speaker
This is a 10-watt speaker that charges in 3-4 hours and can play up to 12 hours on that charge. The design is very basic and has no control buttons. All music control must be carried out on the device it’s connected to. It can withstand splashes and rain, but it will be damaged if it is submerged.
How to Choose the Best Shower Speaker
There are a few features that you should consider when shopping for a Bluetooth shower speaker. Of course, the first thing to think of is sound quality. If you buy a speaker that’s perfect in every way, but your music sounds like a crackling garbled mess, there’s really no point to it, is there? After you’ve found a speaker with decent sound quality, consider wattage, the length of battery life to charge time, the button design on the speaker, and the durability of the speaker.
Let’s look at each feature more closely.
Sound quality is the most important feature of any Bluetooth speaker. If you’re shopping online, really the only way to discern whether a speaker has good sound quality is through customer reviews. Make sure to read up on both good and bad reviews and use your best judgment. Remember that there are businesses out there that will pay for good reviews and there are also bad reviews that come as a result of a one-time bad experience.
Sift through the reviews to look for things that people consistently compliment or criticize. If you see a bunch of 1- and 2-star reviews but there are a couple of 5-star reviews claiming that this is the best speaker ever, maybe don’t trust those good reviews. Overall, check the average star rating given by real customers. It is also a good tip to only check the ‘Verified Reviews’ since these are from customers who used their own money to purchase–as opposed to (for example) being sent free samples for a review. If most Verified Reviews are good, you’re onto a winner.
Wattage, in case you don’t know, refers to the level of power of a speaker. Speakers with higher wattages better retain sound quality at higher volumes. Depending on what you use the speaker for or where you place the speaker in your bathroom, you may need a higher wattage.
If you’re planning to use the speaker in the shower stall, only a few feet from you at all times, you can settle for a lower wattage. Some examples on this list have two speakers that each output 10 watts. This would be plenty for listening in the shower. If the speaker you’re looking at is a low wattage, make sure it can actually be taken in the shower with you. Try to find one that mounts with a secure suction cup (check reviews to be sure it stays affixed) or with a clip that can hang from a hook.
If you pick a speaker that sits on a ledge, or maybe you want to leave it on your bathroom counter at all times, seek out a slightly higher wattage. A 20-watt speaker should be more than enough, even if the room is large.
Bear in mind, too, that items that sit freely on ledges inside the shower are prone to falling; how robust is the one you’re considering, and could it injure you if it fell?
If you want a shower speaker that you can also carry around outside, to the beach, or to the pool, consider a higher wattage like a 30-watt speaker. This gives you some flexibility to play music in both large and small areas.
Among the shower speakers on our list, the common battery life of a Bluetooth speaker is between 10 and 15 hours on a single charge. Typically, charge time takes 4-5 hours.
If you’re solely using the speaker in the shower, you’ll only be listening for a short time every day. Even if you leave it on the entire time you’re in the bathroom getting ready, that may still only be about an hour.
In these situations, you may feel a long battery life is not a priority to you. This can be an area where you compromise to find a more affordable product. Some speakers on this list only last about 6 hours, but may fully recharge in an hour or two.
Ask yourself, is a long recharging time a dealbreaker? If so, opt for a battery that charges fully more quickly. Do you mind having to remove the speaker once a week or so to recharge it? If that sounds like a hassle, opt for a longer battery life. It’s really up to you.
There are some speakers on this list with only a few buttons to turn the device on/off and adjust the volume. There are others with enough buttons to practically sew you a new shirt.
If you just want to connect to your phone to use your music-streaming service, you can get away with just a few buttons. Connect your phone, shuffle your favorite playlist, and leave it be.
But, if you want the capability to answer phone calls, switch to FM radio, or skip through songs, there are devices that can do that too. What you choose in terms of controls on the speaker all comes down to how you plan to use it. Personally, I’m not answering too many phone calls while I’m in the shower! But if that sounds like something you’d do–no judgment!–there are options out there for you.
While every Bluetooth shower speaker is waterproof, some can be held underwater for up to a half-hour and withstand droplets better than others.
For those of us who are a bit clumsy, a durable product is important. For durability, look for products with silicone casings or corners, and silicone or rubber caps to go over openings for cables and headphone jacks. These features will ensure that your speaker can better withstand drops and stay protected from water even in total immersion.
You should also opt for a more durable speaker if you plan to use it outside of the shower as well. Many people like to bring them camping, hiking, or biking. On these trips, even the most careful people are accident-prone. Look for speakers with the features mentioned above and also opt for one that can be hung with a sturdy carabiner-type clip.
When it comes to choosing the right shower speaker, it really depends on you. Where do you plan to use it? How often do you want to charge it? Who else might use it? What do you want to use it for? How will you need to attach it? How important is the sound quality versus other factors? Answer these questions for yourself and then scan through our list of best shower speakers to find one that fits your needs optimally.