Our Favorite Outdoor Speakers Reviewed & Compared
For our list we looked at both portable speakers and ones for permanent installation. The portable ones can go from a treadmill cup holder to the tennis court to your favorite swimming hole without missing a beat. The ones for permanent installation at home install easily and discretely for your musical enjoyment whether you're grilling with friends or working out in your backyard.
This is the best product on our list that is currently in stock:
Comes with hardware
Good sound quality
Our Favorite Out Door Speakers
1. AOMAIS Sport II
Quick and easy to pair via Bluetooth
Durable, weather resistant construction
Great sound quality
Ability to make and receive phone calls with built-in microphone
Power switch has an awkward location
Not weatherproof, should be placed in a covered location for enhanced lifespan
The AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Speakers won first place on our list thanks to an affordable price tag, superior portability, and super resistant construction. Available in two colors, the speaker connects via Bluetooth and won’t die if left outside in a storm.Read more
If you’re looking for an outdoor speaker that can stand up to almost anything, the AOMAIS model is a great choice. It’s entirely waterproof (IPX7). It’s also shockproof, dustproof, and nearly everything else proof. The exterior of the speaker is made of rubber, so it’s not easily scratched or damaged. Reviewers agreed that the AOMAIS speaker is extremely tough and is an excellent choice for campers, hikers, or even those who want to listen to music while participating in water-based activities.
Ease of Use
It’s easy to charge the unit’s rechargeable battery via a USB port. You can even use the speaker to answer calls. The speaker controls are easy to use with minimal buttons, so it’s super simple to start listening to music outside. Pairing via Bluetooth is quick and pain-free, and the sound is clear without having to fiddle with settings. Some did mention that the controls can be hard to press and aren’t always responsive, though.
The 20 watt speaker is capable of producing high-quality sound even with a lot of ambient noise. To get a surround sound experience, you can purchase two speakers and set them up for left and right channels. Reviewers liked the loud, crisp sound of the speaker and found that it was easy to hear it from far away.
The battery of this unit is long-lasting. It’s also super portable thanks to its small size so you can easily pack it for travel or bring it anywhere around and outside the house where you want to listen to music. Although this feature was already mentioned, it should be noted that reviewers raved about the device’s waterproofing. There’s also a spot where the speaker can be mounted on a tripod.
2. Dual Electronics LU43PB
Comes with hardware
Good sound quality
Certain areas of the speakers are prone to rusting
Our second pick is the Dual Electronics LU43PB Outdoor Speakers. If you’re looking for something a little less portable but with plenty of sound, the Dual Electronics brand speakers are a great option. The speakers come in either black or white and are available in either a 100W or 125W configuration. They also happen to be priced just right. It’s a steal for a pair of really great, durable outdoor speakers.Read more
The exterior of the speakers will hold up if placed outdoors since they're made of a weather resistant substance. The coating ensures the speakers are protected from UV rays, and even if exposed to the elements, the speakers will continue to produce good-quality sound. The company backs their durability claims with a 1-Year Warranty. Reviewers were impressed with the quality construction of the speakers and found that they held up well even when mounted outdoors in unprotected areas.
Ease of Use
The speakers can be installed in multiple places, depending on your setup. You can choose to mount them on the wall or ceiling, and they can be placed horizontally or vertically. Reviewers found the speakers simple to install
These speakers are sure to provide you (and perhaps your party guests) with good quality sound. The sound from these 100W (or 125W) speakers projects well and sounds clear. Many reviewers commented on the great sound quality stating the speakers performed better than expected and is more than good enough for outdoor use.
The speakers come packaged with mounting materials. When mounted with the supplied hardware, the speakers can be tilted.
3. Bose Free Space 51
Easy to install
Durable, weather resistant construction
Great sound quality
can go underground
No wireless features
Multi-weather engineering is just one feature that makes the Bose Free Space 51 stand out. Although they aren't speakers you can carry to the beach, they are speakers that carry sound with the ability to connect to most any preexisting home stereo setup. As well as, giving a 360 sound experience with Bose quality anywhere you place them.Read more
Bose Free Space 51 is built above Marine industry standards, giving these speakers unmatched durability in extreme climates and temperatures. They are crafted with a tri-center mounting base-flange design that locks into hard surfaces and they have a burry depth that allows for easy ground installation as well.
Being a ground wire system, you will need to have a way to connect the speakers directly to an amplifier or system. An installation like this will need to be set up properly to also last in the weather conditions that you install it. Keeping that in mind, this doesn't defer away from the durability of the speaker so much as it does the installer. Do it right and they will do you right, keeping the ambiance and good sound in your life for years.
EASE OF USE
These are an install design and where you put them is where they will usually stay unless you have some sort of rig that gives them easier mobility. Bose Free Space 51 weight approx. 21 lbs. and can take 350 lbs of pressure. However, they are easy to use, just connect to your home theater system and you’re jammin’.
The Bose name is a leader in great sounding equipment and the 360 design of the Free Space 51 gives out an even more advanced listening experience. Enhancing the depth of the music while allowing the highs to keep you in the whole sound of what you are listening too.
Free Space 51 is designed to share music from all directions. You won’t have to worry about them near the pool either. Due to all the weatherproofing we mentioned, you can keep your sounds solid splashing around without worry.
It is hard not to mention advanced features when discussing our other criteria. Everything about Bose Free Space 51 speakers is advanced. They can literally take on a low-level tropical storm. They are running 66% longer than standard on the Marine Industry Standard test we mentioned earlier.
Furthermore, Bose is altogether more advanced in sound than most brands. The way they design each speaker to fit the environment gives them the edge on versatility within the line. Bose wanted you to be able to sit out in a hurricane and listen to great music without sound interference, or at least that is what they were probably thinking when they built these.
The speaker is protected by a casing that can take hundreds of pounds of pressure and it looks nice in your garden. Although we won't be sitting in the garden listening to music in a storm probably, we like that we have the option with these.
These are not the kind of speakers you impulse buy. However, they are the kind you buy when you are trying to enhance your outdoor home entertainment; you can put them anywhere. They cost more than some and you get what you are paying for as well.
Bose Free Spirit 51 speakers are next level in adding to your BBQs and pool time. They give you some of the best sounds anywhere you decide at a quality that is unwavering. These are an investment for your need to be entertained properly.
4. Polk Audio Atrium 5
Easy to mount
Great sounding highs and mids
Very durable and long-lasting
Some durability issues in sound.
Big speakers in a small package is the way we would describe the Pold Audio Atrium 5. Updating from the popular 4, they made the 5 better for lower level and higher level listening depending on the atmosphere. Better weatherproofing also makes Polk Audio Atrium 5 a best-option for those that practically live outdoors.Read more
Polk Audio Atrium 5 has a list of all weather certified testing that it completed and passed, making it a top contender in our durability search. Making these with rubber and aluminum casing and speaker protection makes these light as well as sealed and rust resistant.
A speed-locking design allows for solid placement adjustment. You put the bracket where you want it and rotate the speaker to it’s desired position for the best clarity, then locking it into place. It allows for a 180degree adjustment radius so mount accordingly.
EASE OF USE
Connect them, mount them, and enjoy. As far as their ease of use, it’s that simple. Getting them set up takes a bit of time and layout but that is just depending on the sound system set up. They are wired and need a direct source.
Polk Mounting design makes it easy to put where you want them. You just click them into place and tighten once the actual bracket is secured. This also offers up a verticle or horizontal adjusting space. They make personal preference and better sound direction a snap.
Consumers are in love with the base. Each 5” driver speaker is lined with rubber pumps that push out bass smoothly while the tweeters aluminum housing handle evening out the highs for a very smooth and equalized sound share. Polk Audio Atrium 5 also vents for a better handle of vibration from the epic bass.
Polk made the Atrium 5 with more balance and realistic sound. You’re able to put these virtually anywhere in and outside of the house. Their 10-100w per channel makes high and low ends work together without struggling to hear the full spectrum of your music.
The inch that is added gives that more space for the music to resonate from. Offering a noticeably wider sound range. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about the weather. That weatherproofing is no joke and will keep up through the storm so after it passes you can re-escape into your backyard BBQs
Moreover, for those more aesthetic driven consumers, they look great. You get something that offers quality sound that doesn't interrupt the space with awkward bulkiness some mounted speakers have.
Polk Audio Atrium 5 speakers are a bargain at the cost. For under a couple hundred bucks you can get an upgraded outdoor sound system, taking the music with you to the BBQ or pool. They are graded for all weather and come with a warranty. We think that’s a pretty sweet deal.
5. Sound Appeal Rock
Easy to connect via Bluetooth
Cool rock-like design
Good Bluetooth range
Bluetooth wasn't quite as good as advertised
Tend to stop working in very cold weather
These are the second Sound Appeal brand speakers to appear on our list. We chose these particular speakers because of their consistently high user reviews but also due to their unique and inconspicuous rock-like design. They’re perfect for those who want to hide speakers in the background of their backyard oasis but still want good sound for outdoor events and gatherings.Read more
They don’t just look like rocks; they’re built like them, too! These speakers shouldn’t unexpectedly stop working even if left out in very hot or cold weather. The speaker components are placed in a weatherproof casing, so they are supposed to survive and function even if exposed to extreme conditions and temperatures. Speakers are backed by a 1-year warranty. Most reviewers initially liked that the speakers were very sturdy and durable but noticed that the speakers were unreliable in colder temperatures.
Ease of Use
Bluetooth technology makes it easy to pair and stream music from your Smart device. You can stream up to 100 feet away from the rock speakers, so don’t worry too much about placing them as part of your landscaping. Reviewers said that connecting via Bluetooth was simple and that using the speakers required zero learning curve.
The sound is loud and provides good bass. Sound emanating from these rock speakers is clear and undistorted. They produce enough sound for larger patios or backyard areas. Most reviewers were happy with the quality of sound they got with these speakers.
A unique feature that these speakers have is their construction. They’re made to look like rocks and blend into your landscaping. They really do look convincing! They’re also supposed to work even when the temperature outside gets very cold, but some reviewers noted that this claim seems exaggerated.
6. OSD Audio RX550 Rock
Many options for colors, styles, and sizes
Decent sound quality
Easy to install and connect
Connectors not completely weatherproof
We have another set of rock speakers for you! These are available in several sizes so you can pick which works best for your outdoor area (available in 5.25-inch, 6.5-inch, and 8-inch designs). You can also choose from a number of different colors and styles so you can find the right faux-rock look that works for your outdoor decor.Read more
These rock speakers are meant to be placed in your backyard, so naturally they’re built to be weatherproof. The speakers are even resistant to chemicals that might be found in pool water. Reviewers did point out that the connectors are not weatherproof like the rest of the speakers, which seems like a critical oversight.
Ease of Use
Bluetooth connectivity means you can connect and stream music from your favorite smart device. Most found the speaker easy to install right out of the box with little need to check the instructions.
The speakers have decent sound quality, but the sound isn’t suitable for covering and carrying over large areas. These are best used for providing music to a small area. These rock speakers are built to provide sound specifically in outdoor areas, so loud ambient noises won’t detract from your listening experience. Reviewers found the sound good for the price but noted that over time the sound quality seemed to dip a bit.
You can choose from a variety of sizes, styles, and colors to find the right fake-rock speaker for your yard.
7. JBL Flip 4
Connects to Multiple devices
Set up sound system options
JBL Flip 4 is one of the, if not thee, best option for those looking for a speaker they can take anywhere, even diving if you really wanted to. Ok, snorkeling, but you get the point. It is versatile, submerge proof, sounds great and can connect to more than one device while offering the ability to connect to over 100 other speakers at the same time for a mobile JBL surround sound experience. JBL made the 4 to be heard and we agree, it should be.Read more
As we said, you can take the JBL Flip 4 to the beach or pool. It makes a worry-free musical companion no matter the environment. The same material used to make it waterproof also assists in making it shockproof.
Carrying it around from point A to point B, it doesn't need to be put in a bubble wrap case. IT was made sturdy to handle your life outside of the box. Mobile entertainment you can take pretty much anywhere without worrying about it breaking.
EASE OF USE
With up to 12 hours of play time, the JBL Flip 4 is able to stream from any solid Bluetooth connection. You just follow the instructions and with the press of a button you're connected. You are even able to get 2 sources so you can play different playlists for an even better party mix.
If you want to youse it for a call or like talking to SIRI, just another press of the buttons and its echo canceling technology kicks in and cancels noise for clearer communication. It also offers this with Google Now, depending on which OS you use to connect.
JBL Flip 4 has the speaker quality of a high-end stereo and you can add it to other Connect+ speakers as well. This just adds a more surround feel. It has also been said that the Bluetooth connection is solid, making for a more pleasant listening experience. We agree bad connection can make the whole “great speaker sound” thing useless if it won’t stay connected.
The JBL Flip 4 is advanced in its lane of outdoor speakers. It offers waterproofing that you can submerge. You get 12 solid hours of playtime and they material keeps it from breaking in the event of a fall.
It’s speakerphone features are designed to allow for clear and background noise-free conversations and clear voice assistance features like the SIRI and Google now we mentioned. It is also equipped with JBLs Bass radiation technology. For a small speaker, you get a deeper sound than you would expect without distortion or rattling.
One of the leading factors putting the JBL Flip 4 on the list was the price. With all the great features and simplicity and ease of use, we couldn't help but offer it on out 10 Best Outdoor speakers line up.
You can get this for under a hundred bucks and you are getting a warranty as well. Its priced well and works better than most in its design. You really can’t go wrong if portable is what you are after.
8. OSD Audio AP520
Surprisingly good sound quality
Easy to install
Can positioned horizontally or vertically
Heavy and cumbersome
The OSD Audio brand speakers are available in a variety of size options (4-inch, 5.25-inch, 6.5-inch, and 8-inch) so you can pick a size that works for your space. There are various models to, and the speakers come in either black or white.Read more
The speakers are made with a rust-resistant covering and can handle a wide range of temperatures up to a high of 200-degrees Fahrenheit and below 20-degrees Fahrenheit. One user did find that when left outdoors, the speaker doesn’t hold up as advertised. It’s probably best to ensure these are kept in a covered area. Thankfully, they’re super affordable.
Ease of Use
Reviewers appreciated how simple it was to install the speakers with the included hardware. It’s also very easy to adjust the speaker position while mounting them.
Most reviewers found the sound to be better than they had expected for such an affordable set of outdoor speakers. They’re not going to give you the best sound quality, but you get a good combo of sound and value with these speakers.
The speakers are packaged with mounting hardware and can be placed upright or on their “sides.” Other than that, these are basic outdoor speakers with decent sound quality. No Bluetooth with these so you’ll need to find an outlet for them.
9. Kicker KB6000
Not good for year-round use
A solid pair of outdoor speakers with a streamlined design. Users raved about the Kicker speakers and enjoyed their performance in outdoor conditions, so we chose them for our top ten list. If you want a quality set of outdoor speakers that produce good sound, these are an excellent choice.Read more
They’re not going to survive direct exposure to the elements and you shouldn’t leave them outside over the winter months but reviewers who placed them in covered outdoor areas found they performed well and stood the test of time.
Ease of Use
The wired speakers are a cinch to mount and install and can be swiveled to the position that you prefer. Once installed there’s really nothing to using these and they work like a charm.
The majority of reviewers were incredibly impressed with the sound quality that came from these speakers. A few reviewers had issues with the sound, but they were in the minority.
These speakers are pretty basic; it’s just a matter of putting them up where you want and sitting back to enjoy the music.
10. Bose 251
Fantastic crisp, clear sound
Extremely durable and weatherproof
A few users reported Bluetooth connectivity issues
This option comes from one of the most respected names in audio. While they're the most expensive product on our list, they back it up with great sound, excellent durability in both heat, cold, and humidity, and Bluetooth connectivity. They also have a sleek design and are backed up with a 5-year warranty. The installation is a bit more difficult than other options, so if you aren't handy you may want to hire a professional or at least the neighborhood tech genius/audiophile.Read more
These are probably the toughest and longest-lasting option on our list. One review from an Alaskan boat captain stands out, who remarked that even though these were installed on a commercial fishing boat and as such were regularly exposed to freezing temperatures and ocean spray they still held up well over time and sounded great.
Ease of Use
These do take a bit longer to install than other options and are a bit more technical. Once they are installed however they have a Bluetooth connection that does make the pair simple to operate.
As expected from Bose, these deliver fantastic sound quality with clear highs and mids and good bass response.
These have a Bluetooth connection and a composite case that makes them extremely weather resistant.
These are about mid-sized and weigh a hefty 8 pounds each due to the high-quality construction. The sleek design makes them attractive no matter the size.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Most of the speakers on this list are extremely weather resistant. A few of the outdoor speakers can be left outside all year round without you needing to worry about bringing them in. Whether rain or shine, snow or sleet, they can handle it. Not all of the speakers are 4-season ready but at the very least they are water resistant. Some of the speakers require you to place them in a covered area like a gazebo or awning. Most feature sturdy casing and rustproof components so exposure to water won’t negatively affect the lifespan and sound of the speakers. If you reside in an area with extreme weather conditions, opt for models that feature sealed casings, rustproof grills, and are immune to very high and low temperatures.
Ease of Use
When choosing anything related to technology, ease-of-use is extremely important. The same goes for the outdoor speakers that you choose. We looked at user reviews and tested a few of the products ourselves to see whether or not they stood up to the hype. No one wants to buy a product that ends up being too complicated to install and use on a daily basis. Most of us have had that bad experience with Bluetooth where something we desperately need to connect to another device just won’t work for us. This can be a difficult problem to figure out, and one not can be off-putting for those of us who aren’t particularly tech-savvy. Every model on this list was chosen because the speaker or speakers were super simple to install and had the fewest complaints associated with quality and connection.
An outdoor speaker is a different animal than a speaker that spends its life indoors. Outdoor speakers need to contend with a lot of ambient noise and are designed differently than speakers for indoors. Good quality outdoor speakers will produce a sound that’s not affected by outdoor noises, while still sounding clear and crisp. Sound won’t be distorted by exposure to inclement weather either.
We also looked at extra features that any outdoor speakers had that proved useful to users. Things like carrying handles or unique designs for use in backyard landscaping. You’ll find a few speakers on this list that have interesting components you won’t find on any other models. Some products on our list can make and receive phone calls or connect to the internet. Some are very basic and need to be hardwired to a stereo. Please take into account your personal needs and space and you'll find something great for you.
Size shouldn’t matter too much but it’s a good thing to keep in mind. If you want your speakers to be hidden from view, opt for ones that are smaller, or maybe one of the speakers disguised as a rock. Size is particularly vital when it comes to speakers that are meant to be portable. If you’re going to be traveling with the speaker, make sure it’s comfortable to lug around and will fit easily in your bag.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Remember, weather resistant is not weather proof. Do not located or leave your speakers in an area where they could get exposed to extreme conditions such as heavy rain or snow. Also keep in mind how sunlight deteriorates plastic over time and ruins the appearance of things.
Do your research and read labels if you plan on a Bluetooth speaker set up to be sure whether or not you can sync more than one speaker to your device. This information can easily be found on the manufacturer's website and usually in the online ordering information.
Other Factors to Consider
Sometimes price doesn’t necessarily dictate quality. It’s important to look for the features that you need in an outdoor speaker and not to be swayed by a lot of extras. Don’t pay more for something that you’re not going to use. Durability, waterproofing, sound quality, and connectivity should be the primary criteria when making your decision. All the models that we presented here offer a mix of features that should appeal to just about anyone.
Going with a wireless model is a good idea if you value portability and plan on using your speaker for a variety of different activities. You may want to take it with you to family get-togethers, office celebrations, or just to your day at the beach. With smart phones nowadays, almost everyone has an extensive library of music and access to things like Spotify. To take advantage you’ll need a Bluetooth enabled speaker, or one that can easily connect to Wi-Fi. If this is the case, you need to make sure that it’s compatible with whatever device you plan on using it with, and that connectivity won’t be an issue. You also need to plan for distance and battery life. Wireless speakers are almost always rechargeable and may only work for a few hours when used consistently on full blast. It’s always a good idea to see if the model comes with spare battery packs that can be switched out easily. This lets you keep the party going without worrying about a power source. If you plan on using your phone to connect with the speakers, check and see how far away you can get before the sound quality starts to go down. You don’t want to be tied to the speakers all night because your phone is the only source of music.
This is particularly important for smaller Bluetooth type models. If it’s marketed as portable, make sure that’s the case. Is there an easy to grip handle? Is it lightweight? Can it fit in a bag or backpack? If you’re planning on bringing your speaker along for outdoor activities or to the beach, you’ll also want to make sure the device will stand up to such conditions.
The look of your speakers is likely not a top priority but a stylish design can make all the difference when attempting to create a relaxing and attractive outdoor area. Bulky speakers may cheapen the look of your outside oasis so there’s no reason not to opt for a modern looking set of outdoor speakers.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: I’m so excited to install super loud outdoor speakers! What should I consider when mounting them?
Consider your neighbors and your neighborhood regulations concerning noise. Pointing your speakers away from your home is sure to irritate those living close to you. A high volume is nice when it’s time to party, but don’t forget those living around you. To avoid trouble, check your city’s guidelines to see if there are any rules about outdoor speaker placement and avoid playing music at night or early in the morning.
It’s also a good idea to make sure that you’re not obstructing the speakers too much either. If you trying to hide them with foliage or to place them discreetly, it can ultimately interfere with the sound quality. It can help to place the speaker temporarily, turn it on, and then see how it sounds prior to making that placement permanent.
q: Can’t I just use the regular extra speakers I have in my garage?
No. Outdoor speakers are built to handle life outside. A regular pair of speakers is bound to rust and get easily damaged by any kind of exposure to water.
q: Will outdoor speakers sound different from my indoor ones?
Yes. Most outdoor speakers are unable to produce the kind of bass sound that indoor speakers can.
q: I’m not technically proficient. Can I install the wired outdoor speakers myself?
Probably not. If you have no one to help you with installation for wired outdoor speakers, you may want to opt for a wireless speaker or speaker set.
q: I have a small budget. Can I still enjoy music on my patio?
Sure, there are plenty of affordable speaker models available that are meant for outdoor use. Cheaper ones will likely be less durable but if you’re worried about whether they can survive the elements, just place them in a covered area or opt for a portable speaker than you can bring indoors when the weather gets bad.
q: How long will a portable Bluetooth outdoor speaker last on a single charge?
Manufacturers may inundate you with claims of super impressive battery life but remember that those estimates aren’t usually for real-world use. At high volume, expect your device to last a maximum of 4 hours.
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