It’s a no-brainer that any good party requires great music. Which is all well and good unless you live in the UK, where any picnic, garden party or BBQ is liable to be turned into a damp squib by a sudden downpour. In fact, if you’ve offered up your portable speaker for the afternoon, it’s enough to put you in panic mode. Losing your favourite high-tech toy to a sudden shower or accidental splash in the pool can be truly heartbreaking. But waterproof Bluetooth speakers are built to withstand the elements and are more durable and portable than ever before. Whether you’re a karaoke superstar in the shower, a camping aficionado, or just like a sing-along in the garden, isn’t it time you invested in one?
What to look for in a waterproof speaker
At the most basic, you’re looking for designs that can handle moisture and submersion. This can be discerned accurately by paying attention to the waterproof rating. The commonly used rating system for electronics is the IP standard. The letters stand for Ingress Protection and are followed by two numbers, the first indicating how well the speaker is protected against solid elements, like dust, up to a high of six. The second, with a maximum of eight, signifies water resistance. Ratings of four and above are ideal, with five or six meaning your speaker will survive accidental splashes, and anything above seven making the speaker primed for submersion. An overall rating of IP67 or above indicates a rugged speaker that will withstand any environment you put it in.
Scouring through the myriad of specs to find the best speaker for you can be daunting – so we’ve sorted through the chaos for you. Whether you’re looking to blast some Dua Lipa by the pool or wallow in the bath to some Lana Del Rey, shop our edit of the best waterproof speakers to buy now.
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