Who doesn’t like to sing (and even dance, admit it – we’re not judging, we all do it) in the shower? There’s something about standing under a hot stream of water that turns even the biggest introvert into a wannabe Adele or Freddie Mercury. Even if you would rather listen to the radio, a podcast or audiobook you have been enjoying, all of these activities are difficult thanks to the problems associated with water and electricity.
This means in the past you would generally have to either use the sound system in another room close to the bathroom to blare out whatever you wanted to hear or to put your tablet or smartphone in the bathroom at a safe distance and blast it through those small onboard speakers.
None of those ways will provide you with the optimum listening experience. Even if you accept there’s going to be something of a trade-off in quality, they are still not very practical. If you share a house with your partner, spouse or the rest of your family or roommate, for instance, it will be very irritating for everyone else to have to listen to what you want to hear.
The perfect solution to this scenario and the issues involved, therefore, is a Bluetooth shower speaker. Don’t be put off by the term Bluetooth shower speaker, as the technology and the available devices out there these days are much better than earlier models you may be familiar with.
In the following guide, we have put together a brief overview of the 10 best Bluetooth speakers designed with the shower in mind.
Top 10 Bluetooth Shower Speaker UK
First up, we have this rather awesome-looking circular Bluetooth wireless speaker. It offers a 33-feet Bluetooth connection and even if your device is placed at the maximum end of the range, you’ll still get the benefit of its crystal clear and very loud high-definition sound quality.
Unlike some, this speaker is not only water-resistant but fully waterproof so can be immersed fully in as much as 3-feet of water for up to 30 minutes. So if a bath is more your thing and this ends up in it accidentally, it won’t break.
The manufacturers have had the end-user firmly in mind when making it because it features large and very easy to see white-coloured buttons that allow you to take calls, control the volume and the tracks you’re listening to. Setting up and hanging or sticking somewhere in your shower enclosure or close to your bath is easy enough too, thanks to the choice between the suction cup or carabiner hook.
As well as listening to music and other audio, there’s a built-in microphone that allows it to double as a speakerphone, so you can take any important calls while relaxing in the tub or shower.
It has a long-life battery that provides a total of 10-hours of playback time that can be achieved with less than 3 hours of charging.
Incredibly versatile, it has been designed to work with all Bluetooth devices, so whether you want to connect your Amazon Echo, PC, tablet, android handset or iPhone, you can with this speaker.
For the next shower speaker, we turn to a company called Taotronics and this affordably-priced circular option. It should be pointed out straight away this is not fully waterproof, but rather it’s IPX4 rated, meaning it’s water-resistant and just splash-proof. Don’t submerge this or it will be useless. That aside, if you’re simply using it in the shower, it should be fine.
With just 2 hours of charging it offers a maximum of 6 hours’ worth of playback time, which equates to about 1 weeks’ worth of showers. Although not as clear as the above model’s controls, the buttons are still easy enough to see even with a shower running hot and you have a great degree of control over what you’re listening to with play and pause, volume and previous, volume and next, hands-free, on/off and the microphone buttons.
Setting it up is quick and simple and the effective suction cap is made from a durable silicone gel that will stand the test of time as well as keeping it secure at all times. With crisp stereo sound, this speaker like the others in this list can sync up with most iOS and Android phones, Bluetooth transmitters, PCS, tablets and iPads.
For those times when you need to take a call, the hands-free button and microphone turn it into a handy speakerphone.
From the fun-named company, JoyGeek comes the next Bluetooth shower speaker in our list. This benefits from the latest in Bluetooth 5.0 technology, which means it not only connects much quicker to your devices but provides a more stable and consistent connection.
In terms of sound quality, it offers 3-watts output power and has dual acoustic drivers, which translates into a smooth treble, crystal clear mid, and deep bass range. As well as connecting to your preferred devices and listening to music and other audio through them it also has a built-in FM radio receiver which means you can listen to your favourite station if you prefer. Easy to use buttons and a smart LCD screen makes it easy to operate while allowing you to keep track of the time, volume level and battery power.
On the subject of the battery power, it can be used for 10 hours on a single charge, which makes it a great mid-range option. Designed to support all devices such as tablets, iPads, iPhones, computers and android smartphones, it can be attached to any surface with its strong suction cup. As is very much a standard of these devices nowadays, there’s a microphone and handsfree calling and it even offers space to load a MicroSD card.
With a design that’s not a million miles away from the classy Amazon Echo Dot, this Bluetooth shower speaker has smart touchscreen technology that makes it even easier to operate while you’re getting washed or just relaxing in the tub or under the shower. If you’re looking for a model with a crisp and loud sound, this with its 40mm 5-watt driver, digital audio processor and subwoofer resonator, maybe what you’re after.
If that wasn’t enough it’s also equipped with the latest in Bluetooth tech (5.0) for faster connection times and stronger connections. It takes just 2 to 3 hours to fully charge it and depending on your usage, it can offer anything from 12 to 15 hours if you listen to audio at 50% volume, whereas if you play around 1 to 2 hours of music and audio through it at a mid-volume setting it can last for 2 to 3 weeks on a single charge.
Like the others, you can use it as a speakerphone for those all-important handsfree phone calls and it comes with 3-years warranty.
From a company called Jam, this hang-up Bluetooth speaker is the device we want to discuss next. First, we want to make note this is not only waterproof but dustproof with a rating of IPX67. Therefore, it’s completely safe to use in the bath or shower. Like others, it features speakerphone controls and functionality that allow you to take calls (if you want to) or ignore them (we’d recommend that).
While we would suggest it’s rare there are people out there who don’t have access to Bluetooth-equipped devices, they do exist. For those of you who don’t or who want to use another option, you can hook the speaker up using a 3.5mm AUX cable. The stick pad built onto the speaker makes it easy to stick it anywhere you like without worrying about it falling and breaking.
What more could you want from a simple and effective shower speaker?
We love just how colourful this is, after looking at many models with the same kind of hues. From BassPal, this waterproof speaker is fully IPX7 waterproof rated which means it can withstand being submerged into 3-feet of water for as long as 30-minutes. Therefore, ideal for in the shower or bath.
It does feature a durable and effective suction cup to attach it to the wall or another surface, but considering how bright and colourful it’s with changing LED mood lighting, we like the idea of making use of the fact it can float along in the bath as you lie back and relax.
In terms of sound quality, it features a high-performance 5-watts driver to provide deep and strong bass with a room-filling loudness. With Bluetooth connectivity from as much as 33-feet away to virtually any device and the option to listen to the FM radio, this is more than just a pretty novelty item.
Keeping with the blue theme of the product above, the next Bluetooth shower speaker we want to highlight is this model from Neuftech. Okay so it may only be waterproof to a rating of IPX4, but this is still worth your consideration, particularly if you have a tight budget to play with.
It’s easy to set up just about anywhere, thanks to the tough suction cup on its base and with easy to press and use buttons, it’s hassle-free to use even when the water is pouring down. While it’s only equipped with Bluetooth 3.0, this is still enough for it to have universal connectivity with just about any type of device you’re using. And again, a good option if you have a small amount of money to spend on a Bluetooth speaker for the shower or bath.
Charging takes just 2hours and you get a respectable 6 hours’ worth of playback. If it were this simplistic and had boring and dull colouring, we don’t think it would be nearly as attractive, but we wouldn’t have mentioned it if we didn’t think it was worth its price tag.
another extremely low-priced option next is from the LENRUE brand. It doesn’t matter that you may not have heard of it before, because, for far less than some in our list, you get the benefit of a device that’s waterproof and shockproof to the IP45 rating.
It boasts Bluetooth 4.2 technology, which means while it’s not quite the best for connectivity, it’s by no means the worst either. You can connect easily with just about any device up to 33-feet away, including the Amazon Echo, Google Nest, laptop, tablet and smartphone (whether it’s Windows, Android or iOS)
With a strong suction cup, as is standard with shower speakers, it can be placed just about anywhere and in addition to the Bluetooth connectivity, it also supports TF/SD cards and 3.5mm AUX lines.
On a single charge, you get 8 hours’ worth of playback and it can be used as a speakerphone.
As the penultimate item on our list, we have another from Taotronics. This is waterproofed to IPX7 rating and benefits from a 5-watt driver for excellent sound. In addition to the other features, the previous model boasts, this also has LED lights that change through 7 different colours, which is great for adding a touch of atmosphere when you’re relaxing and listening to music.
With a strong suction cup to hold it in place and 6-hours of playback, this is one of our favourites. It just looks so elegant.
Last on our list is the shower speaker with IPX7 waterproof rating from Onforu. This has Bluetooth 5.0 technology which means it can connect easily quickly and maintain a stable connection from 10 to 15-metres away and supports wired and wireless connections thanks to the inclusion of a 3.5mm audio cable port.
Smart and portable, with a charge time of 2 to 3 hours that provides a playback time of 10 hours, this is one easy to love speaker.
Bluetooth Shower Speaker UK – Buying Guide
As well as our thoroughly researched list of the top 10 Bluetooth shower speakers available, we thought it may be helpful to provide you with a buying guide if you want a speaker to enjoy in the bath or shower, but aren’t sure where to start.
In this guide, we will look at the main features you need to look for and other important considerations you need to make, so you invest your hard-earned money in a speaker that’s right for you.
You probably think because a Bluetooth speaker has been marketed as being suitable for use in the bath or shower it’s waterproof enough. However, you’d be wrong. There’s a full range of waterproof ratings and with some of the lower ratings, what is sold as waterproof may be only splash-proof.
It would not be great to find out this once you’ve accidentally dropped your radio into the bath or too much water has poured over it from the shower. Ideally, you should look for a shower speaker that has a waterproof rating of IPX 7 at the very least, as this indicates it can be fully submerged in water without sustaining serious damage or breaking.
Unless you have a luxuriously-sized bathroom, we’re going to guess you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker for the shower that’s small and compact. So portability is very important because you don’t want something that’s going to take up too much space but also needs it to be built to take a lot of use and abuse, so durability and robustness are just as important.
Okay, so we know unless you’re using your shower speaker for a long soak with bubbles in the tub, you don’t necessarily need a lot of battery power. However, Bluetooth shower speakers with better battery capacities and longer runtimes are more convenient and require less charge time. Most models on average offer about 6 hours, while some of the best on the market have playtimes of 24 hours from a single charge.
You know what you need more than anyone else. Choose the model with the battery capacity that best suits your lifestyle and needs. It’s also worth noting some with longer playtime will be a bit more expensive than those with shorter runtimes. So, your budget will need to be factored into your choice too.
If you’re looking to buy a Bluetooth speaker that’s suitable for use in the bathroom whether you’re showering or bathing, you probably realise it’s not going to have quite the same sound quality as that expensive sound system in your living room or wherever you listen to music etc. However, that doesn’t mean you need to compromise too much on quality, because thanks to technological advancements and improvements, the sound quality offered by many Bluetooth speakers is very good.
It’s possible to find a Bluetooth speaker that’s portable and waterproof that produces a clear and crisp sound that can be blasted at a loud level to compete with the sound of the running water without any signs of distortion.
How Easy is it to Setup and Use?
Another worthwhile consideration to make when choosing the best Bluetooth shower speaker is to look at how easy the models you’re interested in are to set up and use. When you’re in the shower or bath and water is pouring and your hands and fingers are wet, and your vision is impaired somewhat, it will be trickier to tune and operate a speaker. You want one that only has a few onboard buttons that can be used to navigate through the various settings and features so the whole experience is uncomplicated.
As bath and shower time is part of your day when you’ll either be just waking up and trying to prepare yourself for the day ahead or relaxing after a long hard day of work, an easy to use speaker makes more sense.
Last, but not least, you should consider the Bluetooth range offered by the speakers you’re interested in. Not all wireless Bluetooth speakers are made equally, and you’ll find while some offer excellent coverage from 100 feet away from the source, whether it’s your laptop, tablet or smartphone, others only offer coverage of up to 10 feet. Again, think about your home and your setup. How big is your bathroom? Do you want to have the device you’re connecting to the speaker in there or in another room?
Asking those questions and looking at the Bluetooth connection coverage will help you to choose the best shower speaker.
So, now you hopefully have a better idea of what to look for and maybe even a model in mind if you’re looking to enjoy your favourite music, podcasts, audiobooks or whatever in the shower or bath. We’ve looked at some of the important features and highlighted what we consider are the best products available. The final decision is up to you and you alone.
We know you’ll make a wise one, though.