Which waterproof and shockproof speaker to take to the pool and on holiday?

Here is our selection of the best waterproof bluetooth speakers for the pool, beach holidays, and the best shockproof speakers for the mountains, hiking or just partying with friends.

Article updated : 08/08/2022 with a complete restructuring of the guide's information and new suggestions for waterproof and shockproof products - 

To enjoy your music on holiday, Bluetooth speakers come in handy. But you won't have the same needs if you're going to the beach or the mountains, for example. In addition, bluetooth speakers have different characteristics that make them more or less good travel companions depending on the situation. To help you choose the most suitable model for your activities and your destination this summer, we have put together a small selection of products tested and approved by the editors of Techuelx.com.

Which waterproof and shockproof speaker to take to the pool and on holiday

You'll notice that two brands stand out: Ultimate Ears (UE) and JBL. Indeed, if Bose dominates our ranking of the best Bluetooth speakers in terms of sound quality and other brands also have good arguments, UE and JBL offer products more adapted to difficult environments. Some of their speakers also offer some pretty interesting features if you're planning to party with friends this summer.

Waterproof and Shockproof speaker to take to the pool and on holiday

The best waterproof speakers for the pool and beach

If you've chosen to go on a beach holiday this summer, your speaker's worst enemy will be sand, followed by water, and it's much the same if you want a speaker for the poolside. So you'll need to opt for a "waterproof" model, or at least a waterproof one. In this area, we recommend the Soundcore Motion+ from Anker, which has a robust finish and is completely waterproof. 

This speaker can be immersed for 30 minutes at a maximum depth of one metre (IPX7). It also offers 12 hours of autonomy. The UE Wonderboom 2 is also worth considering. This one offers the same level of waterproofing (IPX7) and a shockproof coating. It differs from its competitor by its lower price. It offers inferior sound, however, but makes up for it with a slightly longer battery life of 13 hours.

Anker SoundCore Motion+

It's hard to beat the Anker Soundcore Motion+ at this budget level. This speaker has it all, a robust and totally waterproof design, up-to-date connectivity with USB-C and even a jack port, which is quite rare these days, great sound for the price, Bluetooth 5.0 AptX compatibility, and all this for less than 100€.

Ultimate Ears (UE) Wonderboom 2

Ultimate Ears is back with a new tubular Bluetooth speaker that's shorter but more fleshy than the Boom 3. This allows the Wonderboom 2 to produce powerful bass for a convincing sound quality. The icing on the cake is that it is reasonably priced, making it one of the best value for money. As for the other characteristics, the construction is fully waterproof (IPX7) and shockproof, and the battery life is a satisfactory 13 hours. The only complaints we have are the lack of a hands-free mode, USB-C and its rather simplistic features.

The best shock-mounted speakers for hiking

If you're planning a hike in the mountains, or a walk in the woods or countryside, it's best to choose a compact speaker that can be clipped to your clothes or a bag. Autonomy can also be important if you are a serious backpacker. We recommend the JBL Clip 4. As well as being very compact, affordable, waterproof (IP67 - water and dust), and shockproof, it has a handy carabiner that allows it to be easily attached to a bag or belt. However, the sound is not as good as on larger speakers and the battery life is less: 9 to 10 hours

Alternatively, you can opt for the Tribit Stormbox Micro, which is also very cheap, very compact and waterproof (IP67). It also has a handle to hang it up, but with a shorter battery life of up to 8 hours.

JBL Clip 4

After 3 generations of Clip resembling pebbles, JBL has changed to a more oval design with the Clip 4. The Clip 4 still has a rugged look and an integrated carabiner to easily attach the speaker to any backpack. The power and audio quality are surprisingly good for its size. It's also shock resistant, has a 10 hour battery life and is dust and short immersion proof (IP 67). It's a product that does the job overall, but its launch price might make some hesitate. Watch out for it during promotional periods.

Tribit StormBox Micro

This Tribit Stormbox Micro speaker is very good value for money. It offers deeper bass than most of its similarly sized competitors such as the popular JBL CLIP 3 and can form a stereo pair which will further enhance the audio experience. Of course, it's a pocket-sized model so you shouldn't expect great sound, but for less than £50, the StormBox Micro is a great choice that will make a difference on your travels or hikes. 

The best "Boombox" speakers for parties with friends

Yes, some speakers are also better than others for parties. In this area, power and autonomy are two important criteria. Also, some models have very interesting features for parties. In this category, the "Boombox" is the most suitable. We suggest the UE Hyperboom in particular. Like the other models of the brand, this one is water resistant but not waterproof (IPX4 - splashes only). It is also very powerful and has a battery life of up to 24 hours. It's even possible to combine two speakers to form an even more powerful stereo pair

The only downside is its high price. There is also the Motion Boom from Anker, which is much more accessible and completely waterproof (IPX7) but less powerful. Note that it offers an identical autonomy of 24 hours.

Ultimate Ears (UE) Hyperboom

With a range of coherent and quality portable speakers for many years now, the reputation of Ultimate Ears, a subsidiary of Logitech, is well established. And the manufacturer's new XXL speaker, the Hyperboom, lives up to its name by delivering a very good sound, with good bass and close to a real bookshelf speaker, an efficient Bluetooth 5 connection, 24 hours of maximum autonomy (at a very reasonable volume), a splash-proof design and a complete connectivity composed not only of wireless but also of a jack and an optical port. Our regrets are the lack of Wi-Fi and voice assistant, high-quality Bluetooth codecs such as AptX, the non-removable battery and the high price. Still, in the category of large portable speakers, the UE Hyperboom is without a doubt one of the best.

Anker SoundCore Motion Boom

The Motion Boom is an alternative to the more expensive JBL Xtreme 2 speaker. With a handle and relatively heavy, the Motion Boom nevertheless floats and is fully waterproof with an IPX7 rating. Anker says the Motion Boom offers "powerful stereo sound" and yes, it plays loud and delivers a decent amount of bass with reasonable clarity for the size of the product. While this speaker can't compete with larger, more expensive speakers like JBL's Boombox 2 and Ultimate Ears' Hyperboom, it does offer a lot more volume and punch than more compact Bluetooth speakers like the JBL Flip 5 while costing about the same. A good value for money then.

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