Best shower speakers: take the tunes to the bathroom

Enjoy your favorite tunes or podcasts while in the bathroom with the best shower speakers.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 shower speaker next to sink
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We all want our bathrooms to be a peaceful and luxurious spaces, whether we are getting ready for the day or indulging in a relaxing bath on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The best shower speakers can turn this vision into a reality, allowing you to enjoy music, podcasts, or any other audio without worrying about your electronic devices getting wet. 

Bluetooth speakers are an easy and convenient way to add audio to the bathroom, with a variety of sizes and designs to match individual preferences. Waterproof smart speakers with Alexa or Google Assistant can also be found, which is perfect for when you need to quickly access information but can't reach your phone. 

If you're looking for the best outdoor speakers, check out our list of ones that will look great in any setting. For now, take a look at our list of top-rated shower speakers, which includes smart home hubs and clip-on mini speakers that can be used anywhere.

Best shower speakers: quick list

The best shower speakers in 2023

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Sonos Roam shower speakerLivingetc badge – tried, loved

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Best shower speaker overall

Specifications

Speaker pairing?: Yes
Smart?: Yes (Alexa, Google Assistant)
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Waterproof?: Yes, up to 3.28ft
Battery life: 10 hours
Dimensions: H6.6 x W2.3 x D2.4in
Weight: 0.9lbs

Reasons to buy

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In-built Alexa and Google Assistant
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Lightweight
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Completely waterproof
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Speaker pairing available

Reasons to avoid

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No built-in hook
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Charging dock sold separately

The Sonos Roam is a portable Bluetooth speaker that's a fantastic option for taking into the bathroom with you. Small and really portable, it still delivers high-quality audio and is perfect for firing up your favorite podcasts, music, or whatever else you want to listen to while showering or relaxing in the tub.

The speaker's durability means it's both waterproof and dustproof, so a wet environment like the shower won't phase it. You also benefit from voice controls from built-in Google and Alexa smart assistants, which are ideal for when the speaker is out of reach, and you need to skip a track. 

Battery life will see you through approximately 10 hours, meaning you're likely to go weeks without needing to recharge if you're only using it in the shower. You can also connect more than one Sonos device for a more dynamic, spatial sound - helped by the brand's TruePlay tuning feature.

Livingetc rating: 5 out of 5 stars | read our full Sonos Roam review

Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 shower speaker

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Best Alexa shower speaker

Specifications

Speaker pairing?: Yes
Smart?: Yes (Alexa)
Waterproof?: Yes, up to 3.28ft for 30 minutes
Battery life: 18 hours
Dimensions: H1.8 x W5.2 x D5.2cm
Weight: 1.2lbs

Reasons to buy

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Completely waterproof
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Can be used with Alexa
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Excellent battery life
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Built-in hook

Reasons to avoid

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Alexa functionality slightly limited
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Expensive

A luxury shower speaker with a little added smarts, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) has a refined and slim design that looks great anywhere. The speaker has an impressive battery life of 18 hours (or 43 hours at lower volumes), and it's fully dust and waterproof, able to withstand being immersed in 1m of water for up to 30 minutes to keep it safe even in the shower with you.

The smarts come from integrated Alexa, though it is a reduced version of it. Far Field technology means you can wake up the speaker within 3 hours of it going into standby (saving precious battery life), and the triple microphone array ensures clarity when using the speaker to make calls. 

Beosonic Tuning is available via the Bang & Olufsen app, so your music will sound amazing based on the room you're in, and the beautiful design makes it one of our favorites.

Livingetc rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars | read our full Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) review

JBL CLIP 4 shower speaker

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Best clip-on shower speaker

Specifications

Speaker pairing?: No
Smart?: No
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Waterproof?: Yes, up to 3.3ft
Battery life: 10 hours
Dimensions: H5.3 x W3.4 x D`.8in
Weight: 0.5lbs

Reasons to buy

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Very lightweight
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Completely waterproof
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Built-in hook
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Good price

Reasons to avoid

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Speaker pairing not available
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No smart home compatibility

A speaker as good for taking with you on the go as it is for clipping onto your shower curtain rail or hose, the JBL Clip 4 is a fun and colorful option that brings with it convenience and solid JBL audio quality. The compact design and punchy bass make it ideal for shower singalongs, and a choice of colorful fabric covers means you can choose one that enhances your existing color palette.

As said, the built-in clip makes the speaker super-easy to attach to pretty much anything, and a solid 10 hours of battery life mean you can enjoy using it for a long time before needing to recharge. During testing the Clip 4, we were impressed with how well the speaker withstood direct water flow, and our only criticism was the comparative lack of connectivity options.

Livingetc rating: 4 out of 5 stars | read our full JBL Clip 4 review

Marshall Emberton shower speaker

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4. Marshall Emberton

Best shower speaker for battery life

Specifications

Speaker pairing: No
Smart?: No
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Waterproof?: Water resistant up to 3.3ft
Battery life: 20 hours
Dimensions: H7 x W6.3 x D2.7in
Weight: 3lbs

Reasons to buy

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Great, classic look
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Excellent battery life
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360-speaker design for balanced audio

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively heavy, with no hook
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Speaker pairing not available
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No smart home compatibility

Marshall's classic design and reputation among music lovers make it a popular choice for speakers. The Marshall Emberton, in particular, performs exceptionally well in steamy rooms or near water. During testing, we were impressed with its powerful audio output, especially given its compact size and how simple its physical controls made it to use.

The Emberton boasts an excellent battery life of up to 20 hours and a compact size that makes it easily portable without taking up too much space, and the visually stunning design with its metal grille and prominent logo is available in various finishes, including cream or black and gold (pictured).

Livingetc rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 shower speaker

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5. Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

Best mid-range Bluetooth shower speaker

Specifications

Speaker pairing?: Yes
Waterproof?: Yes, up to 3.3ft
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Smart?: No
Battery life: 13 hours
Dimensions: H4.1 x W3.8 x D3.8in
Weight: 0.9lbs

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
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Completely waterproof
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Speaker pairing available
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Built-in hook

Reasons to avoid

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No smart home compatibility

A mini floating speaker that you can keep in the bath with you (though it will probably sound better out of the water), the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 boasts 360-degree sound and a decent 13 hours of battery life. In addition, the IP67 rating protects it from water, dust, and anything else, and it's drop-proof.

The Wonderboom 2 isn't a smart speaker. Still, it does allow for multi-room listening, so you can listen to the same music across different rooms of your house if you have more than one Ultimate Ears device (check for compatibility). You can also use the controls on the front of the speaker if you don't want to use your phone with wet hands. You have your choice of finishes, too, so you can match the colors to the carefully chosen scheme of your bathroom.

Tribit XSound Go shower speaker

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6. Tribit XSound Go

Best budget shower speaker

Specifications

Speaker pairing?: Yes
Smart?: No
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Waterproof?: Yes, up to 3.3ft
Battery life: up to 24 hours
Dimensions: H2.2 x W6.7 x D2.3in
Weight: 0.86lbs

Reasons to buy

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Very affordable price point
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Carrying strap
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Completely waterproof
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Exceptional battery life promises
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Speaker pairing available

Reasons to avoid

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Audio quality could be limited
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Basic design
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No smart features

If you want a great shower speaker but don't have a huge budget, the Tribit XSound Go has solid features that earn it a place on this list without costing the earth. For under $50, the XSound Go offers decent audio, a rugged and waterproof design, and convenience thanks to its carry strap. 

Tribit promises a battery life of up to 24 hours, though there are no smart features to drain power, and even the longest shower karaoke sessions won't have you needing to recharge in a hurry. The look of the speaker is somewhat ordinary, but this is a solid budget pick nonetheless.

JBL Clip 4 hanging from shower curtain rail in writer's home

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About this guide

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Our product selection ranges from high-end luxury items to more affordable options that still add some decorative flair and fun to your home. We hold our editors, writers, and contributors to a high standard, ensuring that they pay attention to every detail of the product picks and provide valuable insights that go beyond the product description. 

Our experts curated the best shower speakers on this list based on their personal experience testing the products in their own homes, as well as feedback from consumers and online reviews. We regularly update the guide to include the latest releases and new recommendations, and we are always on the lookout for new products to discover the very best options.

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Caroline Preece

Caroline is the editor of smart home ecommerce at Livingetc. Her coverage spans from speakers to air purifiers and everything in between, and she's passionate about how technology and smart devices can enrich our daily lives while complementing our personal style and home decor. In her free time, Caroline enjoys tinkering with bulbs, soundbars, and video doorbells to automate her cozy abode. Prior to her role at Livingetc, she shared her tech expertise with publications such as Expert Reviews, IT Pro, Coach, and The Week.

How to choose the best shower speaker for your home

man pouring bottled water on the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 shower speaker in red

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What is a shower speaker?

If you're looking for a way to listen to your favorite music or podcasts while showering or getting ready for the day, then the best shower speakers are the perfect solution. These wireless gadgets are specially crafted to withstand damp and wet environments and are available in both waterproof and water-resistant models to prevent any damage. All you have to do is connect your smartphone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and you're good to start your shower soundtrack.

How to use a shower speaker

To easily control the audio in your bathroom, you can connect your laptop or mobile device to a Bluetooth-enabled speaker. With this setup, you can conveniently select and play your preferred music or audio content. For instance, Spotify has a feature that automatically detects compatible speakers on the same Wi-Fi network. Alternatively, you can manually choose the audio device from your phone's Bluetooth settings. The speaker should come with detailed instructions, but utilizing Bluetooth eliminates the risk of using unsafe wires in a damp environment.

Are shower speakers safe?

Bluetooth speakers use radio waves instead of wires to connect to other devices, making them safe for use in a wider range of areas. Top-quality bathroom speakers often come with an IP67 waterproof rating, ensuring that they can withstand exposure to water, dust, and other outdoor elements. This makes them an excellent choice for use in the bathroom, whether you want to take them into the shower or use them next to the sink without worrying about accidental spills.

Caroline Preece
Smart Homes Ecommerce Editor

Caroline is the smart home ecommerce editor for Livingetc, covering everything tech for the home, from smart speakers to air purifiers and everything in between. She is passionate about the role that technology and smart devices can play in daily life, enhancing the home without sacrificing personal style and carefully chosen interiors. In her spare time, she can be found tinkering with bulbs, soundbars, and video doorbells in an effort to automate every part of her small home. Previously, she lent her expertise to the likes of Expert Reviews, IT Pro, Coach, The Week, and more.