Your daily rinse doesn't have to feel like a chore. With a few small touches, like hanging a bunch of eucalyptus from the shower head and turning on some tunes, this part of your self-care routine can actually be quite therapeutic and relaxing. Below are our top picks for the best shower speakers in 2020, based on our expertise in this category, reviewing new and innovative products, and looking at the most popular models.
Best Overall Shower Speaker
At approximately four inches around, this is an extremely portable device, complete with a hanging loop. It also floats — a wonderful bonus for baths or poolside fun. Most importantly, sound quality is superior and, in tests, it paired easily and readily.
A more affordable version of the JBL Charge 4, with similar functionality. Waterproofing and sound quality is comparable, but manufacturer indicated battery life is a bit shorter. Still, it's worth noting that its purported 12-hour playtime is still more impressive than some other models.
Best Value Shower Speaker
Though it has a hanging strap for the shower, this affordable speaker also comes with a strong suction pad better suited for the bath. And an integrated mic lets you make and accept calls, so you don't have to put the rest of your life on pause while you bathe.
Best Shower Speaker for Travel
A durable and rugged option with impressive battery life per the manufacturer, a four-hour charge yields 20 hours of listening time. Sound quality is better than other portable devices, because it's a big larger. If there's any downside, it's that the device does require a ledge to perch.
Best Shower Speaker With Microphone
An incredibly compact speaker with swappable attachments, including a flexible tail to wrap around the shower rod and a suction cup to adhere to nearly all surfaces. It also boasts a built-in microphone, so you can accept calls anytime, anywhere.
Most Portable Shower Speaker
A super compact and rugged design, complete with a tear-resistant strap, makes this speaker appropriate for a wide range of uses from the shower to outdoor cycling. It's also a particularly good choice for anyone looking to extend a house already equipped with Bose speakers, as it can be paired with other SoundLink speakers for full-home sound.
Longest Battery Life
This rugged speaker has crisp, premium sound, thanks to drivers that face in all directions. For such a compact unit, sound quality is impressive. And it has a stellar battery life with 40 hours claimed by the manufacturer.
Best Rugged Shower Speaker
Despite a heavy-duty, washable rubberized skin and superior speakers, this device weighs just one pound and easily floats. It also boasts tons of added features including speakerphone with caller ID, voice confirmation pairing, and smart assistant functionality.
A sleek and attractive speaker with intense bass that sounds impressive even at high volumes, especially when paired with a second speaker for surround sound. Though water protection is a bit less than other models (IPX5, compared to IPX7), playtime is unrivaled — the brand claims a single charge provides 24 hours of listening.
A small and portable speaker with a 30-foot connection range, six hours of claimed battery life, and voice assistant compatibility. It also pairs with a second speaker for amplified sound.
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Rachel is the chief technologist and director of engineering at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she oversees testing methodology, implementation and reporting for all labs. She also manages GH’s growing research division and the analysis of applicants for the Good Housekeeping Seal, the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, the GH Humanitarian Seal and the GH Innovation emblem. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. During her 10 years at Good Housekeeping, the self-described Gadget Girl has had the opportunity to evaluate thousands of products, including toys and cars for GH’s annual Awards programs, and countless innovative breakthroughs in consumer tech and home improvement. Rachel is regularly called upon as guest expert for leading media outlets, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox Business and MSNBC, and frequently presents to large groups on technology and trends at conferences like CES, the Women in Innovation Forum and the World Science Festival. As a female engineer and the proud mother of two young daughters, it is Rachel’s goal to create an encouraging, inspiring ecosystem for women of all ages to excel in STEM.
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