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Best outdoor speakers 2022: The best all-weather speakers

The best outdoor speaker allow users to take their music with them without compromising on sound or worrying about the weather.

An outdoor speaker is designed to survive whatever Mother Nature can throw at it. The speakers on this list can resist dust or water, survive any accidental knocks or drops and deliver an audio performance as good as speakers that are intended for home use.

We’ve tested these portable speakers in our homes and outdoors to see how they perform, as well as going through the feature list to make sure they work as intended.

If an outdoor speaker isn’t what you’re after, then our best list of Bluetooth speakers may be to your liking. Or you could also have a look at our best smart speaker page and best multi-room speaker options.

How we test

How we test wireless speakers

We play a lot of music, and we play it loud. We play it everywhere – in the house, in the garden, and even in the bath if a speaker is waterproof.

We don’t just listen to the speakers; if there are special features then we make sure we fiddle with them until we’re satisfied. Some Bluetooth speakers have smart functionality, and as a result we’ve started speaking to our speakers as well. With portable speakers we take them outside and listen to them to get a feel for how they sound in the great outdoors.

Of course, it always comes back to the music. Speakers are tested by reviewers who have a love of music, a knowledge of sound quality, as well as a context of the market. We’ll listen to Bluetooth speakers alongside similarly priced rivals, so when we recommend a particular model, it’s among the best you can buy for the money.

Bang and Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen

Hi-fi sound for the outdoors
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Pros

  • Excellent sound
  • Portable
  • Alexa support
  • Great style
  • Waterproof design

Cons

  • Still pricey

The A1 2nd gen is the world’s first Bluetooth-only speaker to support Alexa. But more than that, it’s a portable speaker with excellent audio.

Alexa works by communicating via the Bluetooth signal from your phone, providing answers to your queries without much in the way of hiccups. The speaker is fully water- and dustproof, but at £200 it’s not a speaker to be careless with anyway.

It is the audio that makes the biggest impression: detailed, clear and boasting plenty of bass from a small form factor. It’s a wonderfully expressive effort.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full review: Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen

Sonos Roam

The true portable Sonos speaker
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Pros

  • Excellent, neutral-sounding performance
  • Well built
  • New features are useful
  • Easy to use Auto Trueplay

Cons

  • Sonos S2 can be a little flaky with new features
  • Lacks visual pizzazz
  • Wireless charging plate optional

The Sonos Roam is what we envisaged the Sonos Move would be. Both operate as a Sonos-like speaker in the home, but out of the two, the Roam is easily the more portable.

Few wireless speakers combine Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as function as a smart speaker, for the Roam’s asking price. It’s easy to use, the build quality is tough enough to survive scrapes and the 10-hour battery is around what we’d expect.

It sounds terrific: natural, detailed and clear and certainly within the same sounding realm as Sonos’ more expensive speakers. It’s a bit light on bass, but that’s not surprising given its small size.  For existing Sonos owners it makes plenty of sense as it extends the Sonos sound into the outdoors. For everyone else it’s the cheapest way into the world of Sonos.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full review: Sonos Roam

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

A small wonder of a portable speaker
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Pros

  • Big sound
  • Easy to use
  • 13-hour battery life
  • Outdoor Boost mode

Cons

  • Not much of note

Almost identical to the original Wonderboom, the Wonderboom 2 brings with it a few important tweaks.

New features arrive in Outdoor Boost and Double Up modes; the former boosting the mid-range when the speaker is outside and the latter introduces stereo pairing. And for such a small unit, the Wonderboom 2 is surprisingly loud and energetic.

Its IP67 rating ensures it can survive wet conditions, and with 13 hours of battery life, you’ve got plenty of time to enjoy its fun sound.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full review: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

Sonos Move

An outdoor speaker that adapts to its surroundings
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Pros

  • Big, powerful sound
  • Confident bass performance
  • Works like any other Sonos speaker
  • Voice assistant and multi-room capability

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not exactly portable

The Move is Sonos’ first Bluetooth speaker, and can be used in the home or outdoors. It marks the first instance of Sonos’ Auto Trueplay feature, which adapts the sound to fit its environment. It’s tough enough to survive some falls and inclement weather, plus its IP56 rating guards it against dust, water, mud and the like.

It’s a big, powerful speaker with an assured bass performance – and while it isn’t exactly portable at 3kg, it’s one of the most versatile speakers on this list.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full review: Sonos Move

JBL Flip 5

Affordable speaker for the outdoors
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Pros

  • Rugged and waterproof design
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Warm and energetic sound

Cons

  • No microphone for calls/voice assistant
  • No 3.5mm jack for a wired connection

The JBL Flip 5 is a great option for anyone looking for an inexpensive speaker that can withstand a good amount of wear and tear. With an impressive battery life that, if listened to at lower volumes, can double its 12-hour claim, you won’t need to stop and recharge the Flip 5 too often.

Described as an all-weather companion, much of the Flip 5’s body is wrapped in a mesh fabric material, while the ends are made of durable rubber. Waterproof up to IPX7, it can handle being submerged in one metre of water for up to 30 minutes. With PartyBoost, if you have another Flip 5 (or another JBL PartyBoost speaker), it’s possible to link two speakers for stereo sound or to connect multiple speakers.

The speaker demonstrates excellent tonal balance across a variety of tracks and genres, with a clear stereo image for a speaker of its size and plenty of bass to handle tracks you throw at it. Vocals are delivered crisply, and it sports a good sense of dynamism along with plenty of detail.

The biggest drawback is the loss of the microphone from the Flip 4, so you won’t be able to use the speaker to make calls or control it hands-free with your chosen voice assistant.

Reviewer: Hannah Davies
Full review: JBL Flip 5

LG XBOOM PL7

A fun party speaker
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Pros

  • Clear, detailed sound
  • Long-battery life (with a few caveats)
  • Big bass
  • Design an improvement over the PK7

Cons

  • Treble could be better
  • On the heavy side
  • No aptX/aptX-HD

The XBOOM PL7 is big and tips the scales at 1.4kg, but is less bulky than its PK7 predecessor and looks less like a toy, too. Battery life is 24 hours at 50% volume, which should be enough time to gallivant around a garden or park. The IPX5 water resistance is enough to shield it from some mild inclement weather, but we’d avoid using it around a pool in case it falls in.

The loss of aptX-HD from the PK7 is noted, but the sound quality still impresses. The delivery belies its XBOOM name with a controlled but weighty sound. It’s not a particularly wide soundstage but the bass is tightly delivered and dynamically it entertains.

Some may find the light show that accompanies the performance gimmicky, but we like it as it gives the XBOOM some personality. It’s an unabashed party speaker with a sound that’s more mature than you’d expect.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full review: LG XBOOM Go PL7

KitSound Diggit 55

An outdoor speaker you can stick in the ground
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Pros

  • Clear, detailed performance
  • Can be used indoors and out
  • Easy to use
  • Good looks

Cons

  • Bass lacks excitement
  • Not fully waterproofed

KitSound’s Diggit 55 impresses both as indoor and outdoor speaker. While indoors it can be used as a conventional Bluetooth speaker, outdoors there’s the option of planting it into the ground with a stake. The benefit is that it allows sound to travel further instead of being absorbed by the earth, and in our testing we found it live up to the marketing hype.

The Diggit 55 can be stereo paired with another, with left and right channels filling a decently-sized garden. It’s not fully waterproof, so we wouldn’t leave it close to a pool or outside in the rain. Battery is improved over the original and we like the Outdoor EQ mode too, which offers more scale and volume.

The mid-range of the KitSound is its best characteristic, sounding natural, detailed and clear. Treble frequencies are handled well enough, though bass is tepid with its flat and uniform description. While it’s not geared to more critical listening, we’d heartily recommend the Diggit 55.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full review: KitSound Diggit 55

Marshall Stockwell II

Your outdoor sound bag
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Pros

  • Strong build quality
  • Weighty bass, detailed treble performance
  • Great looks
  • Good usability

Cons

  • Lacking features
  • Mid-range expression could be better

Marshall already has one option on this list but out of the two, the Stockwell is the better performer.

The model tested is decked in the black and brass colourway, and when meshed with the gold styling this is a portable speaker you’d want to own just to show it off. The golden dials for the EQ adjustment and volume offer a lovely means of interaction that’s uniquely Marshall.

The carry handle gifts it the look of a handbag and you’ll need it too considering its 1.4kg weight is heavier than the Roam and twice as heavy as Marshall’s own Emberton.

There’s not much for features, a slight disappointment for the asking price, though the counter argument is it keeps things simple, putting the emphasis on sound and usability. While it suffers from a slightly recessed mid-range, it displays confidence with bass and treble and its delivery is a weighty and hefty one. There are more refined sounding speakers but there aren’t many that look as good or sound as fun.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full review: Marshall Stockwell II

Marshall Emberton

Marshall’s Stylish and rugged outdoor contender
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Pros

  • Rugged design
  • Entertaining sound
  • Nice control interface
  • Stylish looks

Cons

  • Other speakers deliver more precision and clarity
  • Slightly soft bass

Marshall’s smallest speaker combines a stylish and rugged build with enjoyable audio.

The Emberton doesn’t feature a carry strap, which may slightly hamper its portable credentials. But its design means it can survive whatever nature throws at it, and with battery life at 20+ hours, it has has enough energy to last almost a day.

The audio quality is entertaining, packing that signature Marshall energy but not going overboard with it. Vocals come across clearly, there’s detail to be found and the Stereophonic feature means wherever you’re sitting you’re getting a similar-sounding performance.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full review: Marshall Emberton

Tribit Stormbox Micro

A cheap and versatile portable speaker
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Pros

  • Clear and detailed performance
  • Dust and waterproof
  • Good, smart design
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Not the most directional-sounding speaker

The Stormbox Micro is a small speaker that packs a big surprise. It’s the first effort we’ve heard from Tribit and we can’t wait to hear what else they have in store.

The Micro’s tear-resistant strap allows it to be placed on a handlebar of a bicycle or attached to a backpack. The 8-hour battery life is slightly less than what we’ve come to expect, while its IP67 ratings protect it from dust and water.

The sound is much better than we’d imagined, with bass bigger than expected and audio cleanly delivered and detailed. Considering its size it doesn’t pitch the broadest of sounds, nor is it the most directional sounding of speakers. Nevertheless, the Tribit is great value for £40.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full review: Tribit Micro Stormbox

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

Nigh-on unbreakable
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Pros

  • Pretty much unbreakable
  • Solid battery life
  • Ridiculously loud

Cons

  • Doesn’t handle mid-range well

If you’re after a Bluetooth speaker for your travels but don’t want to spend a small fortune, the original Wonderboom is still available.

Small and rugged, it can survive submersion into water at 1m for 30 minutes, meaning it’s great for pool parties. 10 hours of battery before it conks out is still a respectable figure – and, as is usual from Ultimate Ears, the Wonderoom delivers a big sound with plenty of bass.

Reviewer: Alastair Stevenson
Full review: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

JBL Xtreme 3

A portable speaker that’s all about that bass
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Pros

  • Great sound quality
  • Deeper bass than the Xtreme 2
  • Highly portable despite substantial size

Cons

  • Almost no smart features Sound isn’t quite as measured as the Xtreme 2’s

The JBL Xtreme 3 is a wireless speaker tailor made for the outdoors. For those not interested in multi-room or digital assistants, this is a good alternative to the Sonos Roam.

It is quite heavy at nearly 2kg, but its size gets you up to 15-hours of battery life – more than enough for a day’s frolicking outside. The IP67 rating provides waterproofing and protection from dust, so it’s very rugged and durable. The shoulder strap adds another element of portability, too. It’s not particularly stylish, but that’s not really the point.

Compared to the Xtreme 2, the 3rd gen version digs deeper into the low frequency range, serving a bit more impact and punch. It perhaps doesn’t quite offer the same mid-range performance as its predecessor, but we’d say they’re roughly equal when all is said and done.

Reviewer: Andrew Williams
Full review: JBL Xtreme 3

For the outdoorsy type
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Pros

  • Sonic scale and confidence to spare
  • Impressively hardy build and finish
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Loses some composure at volume
  • ‘Only’ Bluetooth 4.2
  • No EQ adjustment

Bose have long held a distinguished position in the audio market, but considering the wealth of competition in the portable speaker area, what can the US company offer that you can’t get elsewhere?

While the SoundLink Flex’s offering isn’t quite enough to beat out some rivals on this list, whilst it’s not the complete package that doesn’t mean some won’t find something of value. It’s small, not too heavy and with its IP67 rating it’s up there with the toughest speakers in repelling dust and water.

The Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity is rather old school but the 12 hours of battery measures well against some other entries on this list. Google Assistant and Siri provide smarts while the Bose Connect app offers the possibility of stereo pairing with another Flex. As usual with Bose, there’s no chance of altering the EQ.

Nevertheless, the audio performance is accomplished, sounding far bigger and burlier than its dimensions would suggest. There’s an expressive sense of dynamism that gives music plenty of impact, a midrange that’s open and detailed and a treble performance full of bite and shine. If that sounds like your type of speaker, this Bose is for you.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full review: Bose SoundLink Flex

Harman Kardon Citation 200

An outdoor speaker with Scandi chic
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Pros

  • Powerful sound
  • Appealing design
  • Surprisingly hardy
  • Easy setup

Cons

  • Unpredictable bass performance
  • Quite pricey

Harman Kardon’s Citation 200 is an alternative to the Sonos Move, and at £100 cheaper it certainly warrants consideration if you’re looking for big sounding speaker to power your garden parties.

It looks fabulously chic but there’s more to its appearance that meets the eye, the wool fabric claimed to repel dirt and guard it against fire. Its IPX4 rating is by no means the most resilient but protects it against splashes of water or an unexpected shower of rain.

Like the Move it features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you’re covered for connections in the home and out with AirPlay and Chromecast streaming possible over Wi-Fi. Google support extends to Google Assistant if you want to fetch your favourite songs without having to reach for your mobile device. Battery life is 8 hours, less than the Move but respectable enough, though less convenient is the fact that the speaker doesn’t have an auto turn-off and therefore needs to be manually shut down.

With a sound that’s big and bold, the Citation 200 can make noise without having to push the volume up too high. It summons plenty of bass, which is great for outside use but not so much indoors where it can become overpowering. There is an EQ setting for adjusting treble and bass but considering the very strong nature of the bass is not a constant, the Citation could benefit from a Sonos Trueplay style system. Not better than the Move but considerably cheaper.

Reviewer: Tom Wiggins
Full review: Harman Kardon Citation 200

Bang and Olufsen Beolit 20

Big and loud
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Pros

  • Big, powerful sound
  • Weighty bass performance
  • Qi wireless charging

Cons

  • Not the most balanced presentation
  • Big and heavy for a portable speaker
  • Premium price tag

With its stylish looks and energetic sound, the Beolit 20 provides the Sonos Roam with some competition at the higher end of the portable speaker market.

B&O has said it’s made several subtle adjustments over the Beolit 17, but unless you have a very keen eye, you’ll only spot a few clear ones. The result is pretty much the same – a wireless speaker crossed with a picnic hamper. One new feature on the top surface is the addition of Qi wireless charging, so you can power your phone while listening to music.

Two Beolit 20s can be stereo paired, and pairing works across generations if you have a Beolit 17. In terms of connectivity, it’s Bluetooth 4.2 (aptX, AAC and SBC) but there’s no Wi-Fi unlike the Move and Citation 200 that feature on this list.

Where audio is concerned, the B&O is big and powerful with a smooth and musical take on vocals and plenty of low-end power. If you enjoy listening to music with energy and momentum, then the Beolit 20 is a kinetic listen. If you favour more balance, it’s a speaker that can struggle, especially in terms of volume control where a nudge too high and it loses focus. We’d recommend the less expensive Beosound A1, but there’s no doubting that the Beolit 20 packs a sonic punch, and it’s less expensive that it was at launch.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full review: Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20

Ultimate Ears Boom 3

Another UE speaker that’s ready for adventure
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Pros

  • Great rugged features
  • Loud, clean “360-degree” sound
  • Smart-looking design

Cons

  • No aux input
  • Some rivals offer deeper bass and a better soundstage

The Boom 3 is the Goldilocks of UE’s portable range of wireless speakers. It’s neither too big, or too small, and plays music very loud. With a clean and stylish look, the Boom 3 isn’t only waterproof, it floats too. Other speakers pip it for sound quality, but the Boom 3 is a fun speaker nevertheless.

Reviewer: Andrew Williams
Full review: Ultimate Ears Boom 3

FAQs

What does the IP waterproof rating mean?

IP stands for Ingress Protection, and it refers to a products ability to withstand ingress of dust and water. The higher the rating a product has, the better the protection.

Which is the most powerful outdoor speaker?

If power is what you want, then you’d be looking at a bigger speaker, such as the B&O Beolit 20, Marshall Tufton and Sonos Move.

Which outdoor Bluetooth speaker has the best sound?

B&O’s Beosound A1 2nd Gen is one of the best-sounding portable speakers we’ve tested, with excellent clarity and good bass for its size.

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