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Bluetooth shower speakers are one of the top audio equipment investments out there. They will keep you entertained in the shower, while also acting as a normal portable speaker when outside.
The only issue with Bluetooth shower speakers is finding the right one. There are so many to choose from, and there are so many individual attributes to consider. Evaluating each option thoroughly will waste a lot of time and effort. Luckily, you can speed up this process considerably. All you have to do is focus on the following factors to determine the top choice for you.
Let’s get started.
Audio quality is the most important thing about a speaker, so it’s only natural to take it into account when making a purchase. The big issue here is that there is no way to actually experience the audio quality of a speaker through its online product description.
This is where you have to rely on popularity and customer reviews. Read through the positive customer reviews about the audio quality. Look for people who go into a bit more depth than “it sounds good” and trust their evaluation. If a speaker is actually good, you should start seeing more specific comments regarding the quality of the bass, for example.
You should also take the brand name into account. For example, portable speakers from JBL or Skullcandy will sound better than most no-name, cheap knock-offs.
Lastly, if you see negative reviews about issues like clacking, or glitches in the audio output, move on to the next viable option.
How does the speaker get access to the audio files? Most shower speakers are Bluetooth, so you can play music via your phone and just take the speaker into the bathroom. If this is the case, settle for nothing less than a Bluetooth 5.0 connection. It is much more stable than the previous standards and has a much wider range.
The other wireless option is W-iFi, which is often found on speakers with an accompanying smartphone app. That said, these are not the ideal option for shower speakers, as the audio quality will suffer if your bathroom doesn’t have good a Wi-Fi signal, which most bathrooms don’t have
The last option is a TF or micro SD card slot so you can load songs directly onto the speaker itself and play music without a phone or the internet. These slots are getting more and more uncommon as most folk stream music on their phone, but it is nice to have one nonetheless. These come in especially handy for those who’d like to enjoy music on a camping trip.
The battery life of a Bluetooth shower speaker matters more than you might initially think. After all, the last thing you want is your music player dying in the middle of a soothing bath. You normally shower for an hour max, so a battery life of one hour should be fine. Right? Well, not exactly.
The minimum playback time for wireless Bluetooth shower speakers is around 6 hours. Anything below that is not worth your consideration. This is because having to charge your speaker every day is super annoying. What if you forget to charge it one day, and the subsequent shower is without music or podcasts?
The ideal battery life of your Bluetooth shower speaker is between 10 and 15 hours, so you can easily go weeks without having to think about charging it. This extended battery life is also very helpful on camping trips and other outdoor activities.
There are two main mounting options when it comes to Bluetooth shower speakers.
First is the tried and tested suction cup method. It works like a charm in any modern shower, and you have tons of options for exact speaker placement.
The other method is the string/clip that hangs from a hook. These can also attach to things like backpacks, which makes them more portable.
The C12 Shower Bluetooth Speaker from Insmy is one of the most portable speakers on the market, and this is not just because of its size. It’s quite compact and lightweight, sure, but you can find smaller speakers. The thing that makes this portable is its ideal balance of sound quality, water resistance, battery life, and overall durability. Among these, the fantastic audio quality and long battery life are the highlights. This portable speaker will play balanced audio for 12 hours straight, making it perfect for any outdoor trip.
The portability of this Bluetooth speaker is proven further by details like the built-in ultra-durable strap. It even supports a TF card, so you don’t even need a phone to enjoy music in the shower or on the go.
This Bluetooth Shower Speaker from Donerton offers one of the greatest audio experiences for portable wireless speakers. There is a lot that goes into making a speaker sound great, but the obvious secret here is its 360-degree sound projection. Attach it to your shower wall (using the suction cup on the back), and the entire bathroom will be filled with the music of your choice. Using it in the shower is also quite convenient, thanks to its super tactile buttons and grippy texture.
Even if you have zero interest in using it in the shower, this Bluetooth shower speaker is still worth your consideration as a compact wireless desktop speaker for your PC or laptop. You can also use it as a regular portable speaker when going out, thanks to its 7-hour playback time.
Many think that quality waterproof speakers are quite expensive, which is not true at all. The SB510 Bluetooth Shower Speaker from Soundbot is a great example of that with its exceptional value proposition. For starters, the price tag on this speaker is noticeably lower than most of its direct competitors. Then, there is the matter of sound and build quality, and this Bluetooth shower speaker excels at both of them as well. Its audio quality is on par with many more expensive speakers, while also being adequately water resistant.
The thing that sets this speaker apart from other value options is its no-compromise approach to everything. The navigation buttons on the front, for example, are super tactile and premium, while the suction cup on the back is as sticky as it gets at this size.
JBL is one of the most admired brands when it comes to consumer audio, and their Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker demonstrates the reason behind this popularity. The audio quality on this is unlike anything you’ve heard from a speaker this size. Every frequency level is clear and distinct, while also keeping the vocals sharp and audible. It matches the range and stage of larger speakers while also being IPX7 waterproof.
The overall build quality and design of this Bluetooth shower speaker are nothing to scoff at either. The full mesh front looks exceptional alongside its minimalistic three-physical button setup. Then there is the clever metal mounting clip that will keep the speaker secure no matter what.