Picnics, tailgate parties, BBQ, pool parties and camping are all fun summer activities that are just around the corner. There’s a high chance you’ll be partaking in one of these events a little early come Memorial Day at the end of May. Beyond the food, drinks and company, music is always important at these types of gatherings. There is quite the selection of wireless speakers that have long battery life, incredible sound, and other features that are perfect for the outdoors. It can be an endeavor trying to sort through all of the speakers on the market. If you search “wireless speakers” at Amazon, you will have over 480,000 results to sort through.
To help you out, we’ve selected our best 10 wireless outdoor speakers that you’ll love to have at your side. Let’s check them out below.
Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom
Ultimate Ears is one of the best makers of audio products, and its Megaboom wireless Bluetooth is a perfect example of its expertise. The Megaboom has full 360 degree sound, is IPX7 waterproof, 20 hour battery life, and it has the ability to pair to 50 other UE speakers at the same time. It’s not cheap priced at $280 on Amazon, but it’s a speaker that continues to grow with frequent software/firmware updates from Ultimate Ears. If you want something smaller, you can always go with the UE Boom 2.
Sony Xb20 Portable Wireless Speaker
If you grew up in the 1980 and 1990s, you know Sony for its dominance in portable audio products. You’re also old like me too! In all seriousness, Sony has always made great sounding wireless products, and you can’t go wrong with its recently released XB series speakers. We happen to like the XB20 since it’s on sale for $68 at Amazon ($70 at Best Buy). It has a balanced sound signature and is portable enough to throw into a water bottle pocket in a backpack. It’s also cheap enough to where you can buy a second and turn the music twice as loud. The XB20 has 12 hour battery life, is water-resistant and even has an extra woofer for extra bass. There’s even an LED light around the perimeter of the speaker that turns a get together into a party.
If you want to impress your friends with massive sound, then go with the Braven BRV-XXL. It’s huge. So huge that it comes with a shoulder strap for carrying it. Sure you might be compensating for something with the BRV-XXL, or you simply just love music and you love it loud. It has four drivers and one subwoofer that can play for 14 hours straight on its huge 15,600 mAh internal battery. It’s also waterproof with a IPX5 rating and it is a heavyweight at 18 pounds. It’s priced at $300 which is reasonable considering this speaker can support a party for a crowd of friends and family.
Fugoo Sport XL
Fugoo makes wireless speakers. That’s it, and it does it very well. The Fugoo Sport XL has been out for over a year, but it’s still one of the best wireless outdoor speakers you can get your hands on. It has eight drivers that create true 360 degree sound, and it’s completely shockproof and water-resistant too. It has interchangeable sleeves so you can go with the more rugged Tough exoskeleton, or you can go with the Style frame for using indoors. I prefer the Sport model the best as it fits the best of both worlds.
High design, excellent sound quality, portability and splash resistance is what you get with the Libratone TOO. It’s the smallest speaker from Libratone, but it’s our favorite since it’s perfect for the outdoors. It has 12 hour battery life and can even be paired with another to double the fun. It’s the size of a water bottle making it perfect to throw into a backpack side pocket.
Bose Soundlink Revolve Bluetooth speaker
Bose recently release two new wireless speakers, the Revolve and Revolve+. We reviewed the Revolve and loved it for its Bose sound signature that is designed to please audiophiles. It’s also water-resistant (IPX4), has 12 hour battery life, and comes in a gorgeous metal unibody that is as tough as they come. You will never get a Bose speaker that does not sound fantastic. The Revolve is the smaller of the two and is a solid buy at $200.
JBL Charge 3
The all new JBL Charge 3 looks pretty sweet in Camouflage. It also performs as good as it looks too. The Charge 3 isn’t just splash-proof, it’s so good at repelling water that it can even be submerged without worry. It has a large 6,000 mAh internal battery that can play for a whopping 20 hours. Show up to camp on a Friday and you won’t have to recharge it until you leave on Sunday. The JBL Charge 3 retails for $150.
Altec Lansing Mini H2O Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker
The Altec Lansing Mini H2O Bluetooth wireless speaker is not the best sounding of the bunch. However it is the smallest, cheapest and most portable. It certainly doesn’t provide enough sound to keep a tailgate party happy, but it does have enough sound to strap on a backpack and play music while hiking. The Mini H2O is small enough to hold in a hand or carry in a front pocket and costs just $20.
Lifeproof AQUAPHONICS Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The company that brought you the ultimate smartphone case, Lifeproof, has now branched out into wireless audio. The AQUAPHONICS portable Bluetooth speaker retails for $200 and is built to withstand life. It’s water-resistant, shock-proof, and has 13 hour battery life. If you want a real party, you can connect up to eight of these bad boys.
For those of you who want a rugged and highly portable speaker, Sony made the XB10 just for you. It’s small, can be paired to another XB10 for extra sound, and it’s reasonably priced at $50. It has all day and night 16 hour battery life, is water-resistant and is perfect for indoors or out.