Everyone enjoys playing their music around the pool or beach, these days some speakers are not only waterproof - they also float make them great for pool parties.
Decalife ST-1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The Decalife is fairly cheap option for a compact waterproof speaker that can also float. It's constructed from aluminum and silicone rubber and includes buttons for play, pause, next song, up & down volume, skip etc. At 200 grams the speaker is highly portable for holidays and trips.
For it's compact size this little speaker produces adequate sound for most uses, but for a party you'll wish you had a bigger speaker. The playtime is upto 10 hours off a single charge.
The speaker is IPX7 waterproof and floats in a swimming pool. It uses bluetooth 4.2 and connects quickly to most devices. You can charge the speaker using a regular 5v USB power supply.
Aomais Go Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker
The Aomais bluetooth speaker is IPX7 waterproof and can be submerged for up to 30 minutes with out issues. It's well constructed and solid enough that a few knocks shouldn't cause any problem. The Aomais is a powerful 30 watt speaker and a stand out feature is that you may link two speakers to get a 60 watt stereo sound. Each speaker has two 15 watt full-range drivers and two passive radiators. A large 8800mAh rechargeable battery can keep the speaker powered for upto 30 hours, you can also use it to charge other gadgets like your mobile phone.
The Aomais is an attractive and high quality waterproof speaker that's worth the premium price over entry level speakers. We loved the sound quality and the option to pair 2 speakers as a stereo pair.
Nuwa Portable Swimming Pool Floating Bluetooth Speaker
The Nuwa speaker again has an IPX7 waterproof rating, meaning you can fully submerge it for upto 30 minutes. It's also a floating speaker ideal for swimming pools. Being quite large this speaker can go pretty loud for the price. The sound quality is ok - not the best from this group but not bad for the price.
We got 4-5 hours playing time from a single charge. While we recommend this speaker for pool use - we can't recommend it for general use because of it's shape and it's a little bulky to carry far.
Wow-Sound Bluetooth Waterproof Floating Speaker
At around 200 dollars the Wow sound speaker isn't cheap, it also has an unusual shape - perfect for cup holders but may be a little awkward in other situations. To float the speaker in a pool or river the speaker comes with an inflatable ring that the speaker is placed in. We loved the sound quality - clear with decent bass. At 200 dollars though you will need to be sure that it's form factor suits your situation.
This is a nice high quality speaker, worth the premium price for the 50 hour battery life, great sound quality and omnidirectional sound.
DemerBox: World's Toughest Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers
The DemerBox speaker is the most expensive speaker in our review by some margin, at around $349 it's over 10 times more expensive than the cheapest speaker. The form factor will be familiar - it's essentially a pelican box adapted to house the 2 speaker drivers and battery inside. While it's definitely tough - the form factor may or may not be for you. We liked the sound quality and 50 hour battery life.
These speakers have a great warm sound, though do seem slightly overpriced at $349. They do float and are fully water tight - but only if you use the supplied bung to block the bass port. While the bass port is nice - having to remember to block it in wet conditions seems a little awkward in practice. It would be better if the speaker was still water tight with the bass port open.
A bonus feature of the DemerBox is you can also put some other items securely in the box, for example your phone and car keys.
Fusion are a specialist marine speaker manufacturer from New Zealand - and were recently acquired by Garmin. These guys have a thorough design team producing high quality marine grade speakers, no wonder Garmin were interested in them. The StereoActive is their portable bluetooth speaker system suitable for Stand Up Paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and powerboat applications. It's a pretty large and solidly built speaker with awesome full sound. Fusion also made their own mounting system allowing it to be stuck to SUPs, kayaks and boats. Should the speaker ever fall into the water - it floats.
For those serious about getting great sound for their watersports we highly recommend the Fusion StereoActive.
UE WonderBoom Waterproof Speaker
The Ultimate Ears WonderBoom speaker is a nice compromise of sound quality and size - and brought to you by a respected portable speaker brand. The sound quality is solid and quite remarkable for the speaker size, we got upto 10 hours use from a single charge. The speaker is IPX7 waterproof and will float, be sure to use the charging port cover though.
For a compact, portable waterproof travel speaker with great sound - nothing really beats the WonderBoom. You can even pair two of them together for stereo sound, we highly recommend them.