If you’re looking for floating speakers you’re probably looking for a way to bring your music with you out on the water, whether via kayaking (our favorite) or perhaps at the pool. The biggest thing to think about when purchasing a floating speaker is to understand the waterproof rating system. Some Bluetooth speakers say “waterproof” or “water-resistant” but I can tell you first hand that “water-resistant” does not mean you can dive into the pool with your device… even if that device is a from a popular manufacturer.
Waterproof Speaker Rating System
If you’re shopping on Amazon you’ll soon become a bit bewildered by the different waterproof rating system displays. IP6X, IP65, IP7 and more, what does that even mean?
IP stands for Ingress Protection. In regular language that simply measures how much protection a device has against the ingress of water. Each number indicates a level of testing from a light sprinkle to a huge blast from a fire hose to finally submerging the device in the water. When you see the numbers know that the first number indicates a device’s protection against solids, aka dust. The second number indicates it’s protection against liquids. So an IP 61 can withstand a light splash you might get from washing your hands but nothing more while a IP68 could be left in your pocket while you swimming for up to 30 minutes. In addition, some vendors go as far to say X as the first number because it seems redundant to say your device is somewhat waterproof but not dust proof. For example:
IP65 (aka X5)
- Enclosures Able to protect against water jets Water projected by a nozzle (6.3 mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects. Test duration: at least 15 minutes
- Water volume: 12.5 liters per minute
- Pressure: 30 kPa at a distance of 3 m
IP66 (aka X6)
- Enclosures Able to protect against powerful water jets Water projected in powerful jets (12.5 mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects. Test duration: at least 3 minutes
- Water volume: 100 litres per minute
- Pressure: 100 kPa at distance of 3 m
IP67 (aka IPX7)
- Enclosures Able to protect against Immersion up to 1 m Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion). Test duration: 30 minutes
Most of the floating speaker devices will need a minimum IP of X7, however, if you find anything higher than that, it means it’s most likely been hermetically sealed and might even be appropriate for diving. For now, let’s look at the best floating Bluetooth speakers.
Altec Lansing Mini H2O
- Bluetooth speaker with an impressive wireless range plays music from up to 30 feet away for indoor and outdoor entertainment
- Floating IP67 waterproof Certified speaker is the perfect Accessory for the beach, poolside, or an addition to your car, boat, Hiking, golf cart, ATV, UTV, and bike activities.
- Ultra portable Design with integrated carabineer is comfortable to carry, lightweight, and fits easily into a backpack.
- Hands-free device lets you remain active outdoors while freeing up your hands to connect with family and friends.
- Features a 6-hour battery life to keep your jams playing all night
The Altec Lansing Mini H20 floating Bluetooth speaker comes as Amazon’s top recommendation. This small speaker performs exactly as advertised. It’ll float and play music directly from your phone. It does feel a bit cheap and frequent use or hard use will likely cause the device to fall apart, but if you need a floating waterproof Bluetooth speaker for under $20 (on most days) then this might be the one to use.
Pool Bluetooth Speakers with LED Lights
- 【Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker】① IPX7 highest rating wireless bluetooth speakers can immersion up to 3 feet for 30 minutes underwater. Good as splashproof, rainproof shower speaker, a waterproof tub speakers, beach speaker etc. ②This portable bluetooth speaker adopts special design that can floate on water, it can be applied to all water environments. ③ Rugged and durable design Perfect for for indoor and outdoor, pool, party, travel, sport, boating, camping and more.
- 【Clear Stereo Sound】The pool bluetooth speaker has excellent high-fidelity stereo sound with wide-ranging adjustable volume levels. Blufree portable wireless bluetooth speaker produces outstanding audio and blasts out rich, clear sound. It delivers excellent surround sound in both indoor and outdoor environments.
- 【Bluetooth Speakers with Lights】① Our floating bluetooth speaker has long battery playtime up to 8 hours after a full charge. This waterproof pool bluetooth speaker is rechargeable and requires no additional batteries. ②The led bluetooth speaker can provide 7 different color changing themes and slow flashing, fast flashing light modes. The pool lights and speakers lights up and makes your night more colorful and happy.
- 【Hands Free Call】①With built in microphone, you will not miss any important calls when taking shower or swimming (this is a pool floating speaker, it can floating on water); thus you no need to take your phone all the time. ②Adopt bluetooth 4.2 technology, this mini bluetooth speaker can easy and fast connect to your iPhone/iPad/Phones/Tablet/computer and all other bluetooth devices. The wireless connectivity up to 15 meters, you can enjoy favorite music with ease in any where.
- 【What You Get】Blufree compact waterproof speaker bluetooth, USB charging cable and user guide. We guarantee our wireless speaker 30 days 100% money back or free exchange and 12 month warranty. Please feel free to contact us if you have any trouble. We will offer you a satisfactory solution within 24 hours.
This Chinese import brings the sound and the fun. Right now there are a few resellers on Amazon but the one we selected had the best ratings and lowest price. While the Altec is a small speaker that you could conveniently place in your beach bag, this is the one to bring on your pontoon boat to join you at the sand bar! The lights add a special dynamic that makes this speaker a ton of fun. Even though it’s clearly a Chinese import it’s well built and this one version of the product listing has over 4,000 reviews!
EBODA Shower Bluetooth Speaker
- ♬【IP67 WATERPROOF SHOWER SPEAKER & FLOATING】 Waterproof shower speaker is thoroughly resistant to water, dust and sand. You can get it wet, muddy, covered in snow, and then hand wash it when you go in. The water vapor in bathroom will never interfere with the sound quality of the waterproof speaker. its IP67 protection even withstands complete submersion in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes, and even float after taking a plunge.
- ♬【5 LED LIGHT PATTERNS】Waterproof shower Bluetooth speakers can light up your life. You can enjoy the LED light show when you using the portable wireless bluetooth speaker listen music. Night Light Changing Wireless Speaker with 5 patterns of LED light let your life become more interesting. Our Cool LED Bluetooth Speaker can be as a gift for your friends, girlfriends, boyfriends or kids.
- ♬【TWS FUNCTION & ULTRA- PORTABLE】Double the sound and color by pairing two speaker via a single Bluetooth device to play simultaneously, form a wireless left and right channel system to deliver you true stereo sound. The waterproof portable speaker with rugged rubber housing, with a carabiner so you can hang the portable speaker on backpack, bicycles, carts and anywhere you like, so it’s perfect for travel, hiking, camping, and more outdoor/ indoors activities.
- ♬【CRYSTAL CLEAR SOUND & POWERFUL BATTERY 】 Compact palm sized body, built high capacity 2000 mAh battery in shower waterproof speaker, support for music playback long (determined by volume ,led patterns and audio content of speaker played). The shower bluetooth speaker sound was nice and crisp, distortion-free at maximum volume 5W driver output for delivering full range and powerful sound and support A2DP.
- ♬【STABLE BLUETOOTH 5.0 CONNECTION 】 Bluetooth 5.0 technology has a better and stable signal and high transmission rate ensure the reliability. EBODA Shower Bluetooth speaker supported to connect with all iOS Android devices, phone, computers and even echo Series, outstanding connection range of up to 33 feet and built-in microphone for hands free calling mean more flexibility for you.
The Eboda shower Bluetooth speaker is small and portable and has lights. To be honest the lights feel like an afterthought but the speaker performs as well as the other devices. This one comes with a clip and seems to be a better mountain bike speaker or shower speaker than a straight floating pool speaker. This speaker makes the list because even though it’s another Chinese import like the one above it’s got a few more outdoor uses and is much easier to pack.
World of Watersports Wow-Sound Speaker
- WOW-SOUND IS THE PERFECT SPEAKER FOR EVERY ADVENTURE: powered to go all day, rugged for any environment and functional enough to compliment any day or night activities
- UNIQUE PORTABLE DESIGN: Its unique design makes it easy to hold, take anywhere and even fits in your cupholder
- DESIGNED RUGGED FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: IP67 rating, Waterproof & Floatable
- PERFECT FOR ALL WEEKEND: 50+ hours of battery life, 360-degree LED Lighting
- PREMIUM SOUND QUALITY: Omnidirectional Hi-Fi sound with a 4 inch passive bass
The WOW Sound Speaker is the highest priced floating Bluetooth speaker that we reviewed. This thing feels pretty robust and it’s a bit big. It kind of feels like you’re bringing your big boombox to the party while all the kids have iPhones. Other than using the floatation device I can’t figure out why it has that shape. Overall, it’s waterproof and it floats, it’s well built and I think it’d make multiple trips to the beach, lake and pool. However, the sound is a bit hit or miss for a speaker that cost this much. You could buy and replace 7 altecs for the price of one of these. I’d only buy this if you were a bit harder on your things and sound quality wasn’t a priority.
ECOXGEAR EcoTrek GDI-EXTRK210 Rugged Waterproof Floating Portable Bluetooth Wireless 100 Watt Stereo Smart Speaker and PA System
- 100% Waterproof and dustproof - meets IP67 international standards, no worries with rain, dirt or snow; Drop it in your pool, lake or ocean - no worries, it floats; Audio sources include Bluetooth, AM or FM or wired AUX-IN connection; Bluetooth 4.2 streaming range up to 100 feet away
- 100 watts at max output power drives a pair of 2.5-inch tweeters, 2 full range 5.25-inch speakers and dual 5.25-inch passive subwoofers for a balanced, stereo sound with crisp highs, clear vocals, warm midrange, and deep bass; ECOCONNECT compatible - pair two units together within 30-feet of each other for TrueWireless Sound (TWS)
- Connect to Siri or Ok Google to control you music with a simple touch of the ECOTALK button; Play continuously on standard AC plug-in power, or built-in battery for 10+ hours at full volume; Up to 50+ hours on low volume; Battery fully re-charges in 7-8 hours
- Tune the audio output to match your listening preference with 6 preset EQ mode settings; Back-lit buttons and large LED display for night viewing; A fast 5V, 2.1A USB output port to charge all your USB compatible devices
- 1 year parts and labor warranty: Take it with you camping, hiking, rafting or poolside - no worries, just play; External microphone jack for PA or Karaoke function (mic sold separately)
Do you need a new camping speaker that can pretty go everywhere you go? Are you looking to annoy everyone on the beach or pool? This behemoth of a speaker is rugged and even features supposed military reviews right on the amazon page. It’s got huge buttons and although the speakers are actually only 2.5′ there’s a cooler sized box they’re in. For $200 you’re not getting just a floating Bluetooth speaker you’re getting a gigantic speaker that floats.
INSMY Portable Bluetooth Speakers
- [20W Driver, Louder Deeper Rich Bass] INSMY portable Bluetooth speaker designed with highly efficient drivers and dual passive bass radiators bring full, high-def sound.Less than 1% harmonic distortion ensures enhanced clarity and fidelity.Ensure music full of your home.
- [IPX7 100% Waterproof Floating on Water] INSMY waterproof Bluetooth speaker can be fully submerged up to 1 m for 30 minutes underwater.Washed under running tap without worrying. Pool parties? Definitely. Singing in the shower? You bet! Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Camping, no matter rain day? Cool! This waterproof speaker is perfect for all sorts of outdoor and indoor activities.
- [True Wireless Stereo Technology, Put It in Stereo] INSMY portable speaker was built with TWS mode means you can connect two C30 speakers within seconds together for dedicated with 360-degree stereo HD sound and even more dynamic sound experience.
- [Powerful Battery Life up to 24 Hours & Bluetooth 5.0 100ft] Built-in 4400mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 24 hours of playtime play at 50% volume under a full charge. Recharge in 4-5 hours with the included USB type C cable. Newest Bluetooth 5.0 version brings you faster and stabler signal transmission in 2X speed than 4.2 version. Connection range about 100ft.
- [Ultra-Portable & Rugged] Take this outdoor wireless speaker to every challenge you took, no fear of all kinds of environment. Easy to store in your backpack hand back and attach on the bike or motorcycle with lanyard. Built-in Mic hands-free function answers an incoming call without touching your phone.
In our more sensible and convenient speaker options, this INSMY floating Bluetooth speaker is a direct competitor to the Altec in that it’ll fit in you bag and float along side you in the pool. Of the products we reviewed, this one had the best sound for the money as well as convenience. It is bigger than the Altec but feels a bit better made and overall is our pick for the best floating speakers.