The 5 Best Outdoor Speakers 2022

Outdoor speakers can help bring your favorite music with you to the backyard. Whether you're looking to host a barbecue or listen to music in the yard, there are many speakers designed for outdoor use that can meet your needs. Many have outdoor-oriented designs that can help them blend in with your landscaping or your patio decor. Some speakers even come with an IP rating for water resistance to help them withstand the elements, which can also be handy if you want to listen to music by the pool.

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5. Pohopa EF-B210G

This set of unique speakers are designed to look like lanterns that can easily blend in with your outdoor decor. They come with LED lights underneath their tops that pulse to the beat of your music and add ambiance to your patio or backyard in the evening hours.

They're decently well-built with an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance, certifying them for protection from dust for two to eight hours and from small splashes of water. While they don't get very loud, there aren't many compression artifacts present at max volume, so your audio sounds clean and clear during louder listening sessions. They also have an incredibly long-lasting battery life of up to 60 hours, perfect for multiple long listening sessions spent outdoors, though this can vary depending on your usage.

Unfortunately, like other outdoor speakers we've tested, they have an uneven sound profile that isn't ideal for neutral listening. They lack low bass, and their boomy high-bass can muddy vocals and lead instruments. There isn't a graphic EQ or presets you can use to customize its sound. That said, if you're looking for pair of outdoor speakers to blend in with your outdoor decor, this pair of lantern speakers make a great addition to your patio or backyard.

4. Sonos Move

Google Assistant and Alexa are built into this speaker and can register your commands from far away and in noisier settings. You can activate your assistant with your voice, and you can mute its mic when you don't want it to listen to you. It's also rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, so it's certified for protection against direct contact with water for up to three minutes and dust for around two to eight hours.

This smart speaker is battery-powered, so you can take it outdoors with you without needing to worry about plugging it into an outlet, and there's a handle built into its rear to help you transport it. It can get loud and has a well-balanced sound profile for listening to lots of different types of audio content. You can adjust its sound to your liking thanks to the bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app.

Unfortunately, while you can pair it to another compatible speaker to create a stereo pair, it has to downmix stereo content to mono when using it on its own, which isn't as immersive. There are some compression artifacts present at max volume that can affect the clarity of your audio during louder listening sessions. However, this versatile speaker is still a great choice if you're looking for a smart speaker you can use outdoors on your patio or by the pool.

3. Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is the best floatable waterproof speaker. It has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance certifying it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, and the manufacturer says that the speaker can also float in water. Its small and lightweight design makes this speaker outstandingly portable, and there's a built-in carrying strap to help transport it, so you can attach it to your backpack when you're on the go.

Out-of-the-box, it has a balanced sound profile overall, and vocals and lead instruments are reproduced accurately and with detail in the mix. That said, like most small speakers, it lacks a thumpy low-bass. Fortunately, it comes with an 'Outdoor Mode' preset advertised to help bump up its bass. This stereo speaker also has excellent directivity, resulting in a wide and immersive-sounding soundstage. Its long-lasting 13-hour battery life is also great for long listening sessions spent outside, though this varies depending on your usage

Unfortunately, it isn't compatible with the Ultimate Ears app like other Ultimate Ears speakers we've tested and doesn't have a graphic EQ to tweak its sound to better suit your preferences. It also doesn't get loud enough to fill a large crowded outdoor area with sound. That said, if you're looking for a floatable waterproof speaker to listen to your favorite music during a relaxing pool day, it's still a great choice.

2. Alpine Corporation Solar Bluetooth Rock Speaker

The Alpine Corporation Solar Bluetooth Rock Speaker is the best discrete outdoor speaker we've tested. This speaker's rock-like design helps it easily blend in with your landscaping and would make a great addition to any backyard. Also, while it doesn't have an IP rating for dust and water resistance, the manufacturer advertises that it's water-resistant, and we expect it to be since it's designed for use outdoors.

Its battery life is outstandingly long, lasting over 22 hours when charged via USB in our tests, making it good for long listening sessions spent outdoors. However, this can vary depending on your usage, and your experience may differ. It even features a built-in solar panel, so it can charge itself under the sunlight while you're listening to your favorite tunes. This speaker can also pair with up to two devices at once, which is handy if you frequently need to switch between audio sources.

Unfortunately, its sound profile is pretty uneven, and there aren't any sound customization features like a graphic EQ or presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. Its directivity is also sub-par, resulting in a narrow and directional-sounding soundstage. That said, it's still a great speaker to consider if you're looking for something discrete to blend into your backyard.

1. Limitless Innovations TikiTunes

The best Bluetooth outdoor speaker we've tested in the cheap category is the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. It's a small speaker torch-like speaker with an amber light inside it that mimics a flickering flame. You can also mount it to a pole and place it anywhere on your patio or backyard, thanks to the threaded hole that's underneath it.

It has an IP65 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be dust-tight and protected from direct contact with water like rain for up to three minutes. Though it doesn't get very loud, it has few compression artifacts present at max volume, so your audio doesn't degrade as you bump up the speaker's volume. It also has excellent directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, so you'll perceive its soundstage as open and spacious-sounding.

Unfortunately, it has a fairly uneven sound profile that struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, and there isn't a graphic EQ or other sound customization features you can use to tweak its sound to better suit your preferences. However, if you're looking for a stylish speaker to add some ambiance to your outdoor space, it's a solid choice.

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best outdoor speakers for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price (cheaper speakers win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no speakers that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for speakers, sorted by their outdoor performance. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect speakers. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.