Best outdoor speakers: 8 models in comparison

Whether in the garden, in the balcony, or in the terrace: music in outdoors is a must for many. But instead of cranking up the stereo indoors to hear anything outside, an outdoor speaker is the better choice. Here in this article we listed the 8 best outdoor speakers that you can buy in 2021.

Speakers are available in abundance. But although cordless indoor units could just as easily be used outdoors, dedicated outdoor models are better suited for outdoor use. And there’s a simple reason for that: they’re wind- and weatherproof. In other words, it will not damage both the sound and the technology if it starts raining, for example. What’s more, most outdoor speakers are splash-proof, so they can also be used safely on the water – for example, when stand-up paddling, kayaking, or inflatable boating. Depending on the manufacturer, there are both inexpensive and expensive models on the market. We present eight of them in this article.

1. Sony SRS-XB12 Bluetooth Speaker

Sony is also advertising a portable speaker that is supposed to be best suited for outdoor use: The Sony SRS-XB12 is dust and water resistant (IP67), weighs just 6.4 ounces, and has (according to the manufacturer) battery life of up to 16 hours. The model is available in various colors and comes with a detachable strap. You can get the speaker here.

2. Anker SoundCore 2 Bluetooth Speaker

This outdoor speaker is also dustproof and waterproof (IPX7). According to the manufacturer, the sound profile is supposed to be crystal clear and distortion-free – thanks to BassUp technology, even low tones are covered in detail and over a wide area. The device is battery-powered but is supposed to run for up to 24 hours. You can get the speaker here.

3. UE ultimate ears Wonderboom 2 speakers

Significantly more expensive than the first models, UE comes up with a powerful outdoor speaker that is supposed to be dust, shock, as well as water resistant (IP67) – and even floatable. The battery-powered device weighs 420 grams and runs for up to 13 hours. Also, the model can be connected to two other Wonder boom devices. Get the speaker here.

4. Bose SoundLink micro, outdoor speaker

Next up is a portable speaker from Bose: Also, battery-powered, the playback time is just up to six hours at a time. However, the device is completely waterproof (IPX7) and has – according to the manufacturer – a durable casing as well as an integrated hands-free function. The scope of delivery also includes a strap made of tear-proof silicone. You can get the speaker here.

5. DOCKIN D FINE Bluetooth Speaker

Significantly heavier (1930 grams) and larger is the outdoor speaker from Dockin. With a battery life of up to ten hours, the device was chosen as the test winner by Chip, as it could convince with a “strong bass, clear trebles as well as excellent and balanced stereo sound.” The model is dust- and waterproof (IP55). You can get the speaker here.

6. JBL Charge 4 Bluetooth Speaker

A popular classic among outdoor speakers is the JBL Charge 4. The battery-powered device is waterproof (IPX7), and as said, it can run for up to 20 hours. With a weight of 965 grams, the model is in the middle in terms of weight – but the design is supposed to be highly durable and robust. The device is available in ten different colors. You can get the speaker here.

7. Yamaha NS-AW592 2-way outdoor speakers

Bringing up the rear in this series is a pair of wall-mounted speakers that are ceiling-mounted outside. This makes it non-portable, but it can provide musical accompaniment to the odd outdoor barbecue. Even though the combo isn’t exactly cheap, it’s supposed to provide a rich sound. This is made possible by a waterproof housing and a wave guide horn for wide-ranging sound dispersion. You can get the speakers here.

8. Trust Rokko Bluetooth Speaker

By far, the most affordable model comes from Trust: The handy outdoor speaker offers – according to the manufacturer – a playtime of up to 20 hours (as long as the battery is fully charged). It is water-resistant (IPX5), weighs 464 grams, and has an integrated microphone that allows you to make calls outdoors at any time. You can get the speaker here.

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