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Do you love to paddleboard with music playing, but haven’t found a durable speaker that can handle the water? Is the Bluetooth speaker on your boat not giving you the sound you desire? Or maybe you’re looking for something to listen to podcasts on in your backyard.
Just imagine kicking back with a drink on your lawn chair and listening to a true crime podcast, turning up the volume at your next outdoor party and blowing everyone away, or floating down the river while playing your favorite tunes.
Well, imagine no longer. We’ve compiled a list of the best rugged Bluetooth speakers for your next outdoor adventure.
These durable outdoor speakers will give you flawless sound, impressive power, and perfect durability, and won’t need to be charged every couple of hours. There’s a speaker out there that is going to elevate your time outdoors – read on to discover it.
Our Top Picks
1. FUGOO ELEMENT Rugged Bluetooth Speaker
Battery Life: Up to 40 hours | Water-resistance: IP67 | Speakerphone: Yes
- 100% Shock, Mud, Dust, & Waterproof
- Buoyant – floats in water
- Built-in speakerphone
- Sound is not omnidirectional
Read our hands-on review: Fugoo Speakers Review: The Tough & Element
The Fugoo Element is waterproof, which is handy at the best of times, but especially when a speaker is designed to be buoyant, as this one is. Whether you’re at the pool, enjoying the lake, or taking a dip in the ocean, you can have your speaker floating next to you, playing your favorite music or audiobook.
With an IP67 waterproof rating, this speaker can be submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter. It is also dust-, snow-, shock-, and mud-proof, just in case you want to put it through the ringer.
The sound quality is pretty great, too. The speaker is omnidirectional, and integrated with Siri or Google for hands-free operation. That means there is a built-in microphone, and Fugoo has designed this one to cancel out background noise and reduce echo. So you don’t even need to stay in your home office when you are working online – you can relax at the beach and still take your conference calls.
In conclusion, Fugoo has designed a well-thought-out, rugged speaker that gives you up to 40 hours of music on a single charge, and can even go in the water with you.
2. ECOXGEAR EcoTrek Rugged Bluetooth Speaker
Battery Life: Up to 50 hours | Water-resistance: IP67 | Speakerphone: Yes
- IP67 Waterproof and dustproof
- Includes PA system
- Floats in water
- Large and heavy to carry
The ECOXGEAR EcoTrek puts out an impressive 100W at full power, with two 2.5” tweeters, two 5.25” full-range speakers, and two 5.25” subwoofers. The result is professional sound with lots of balance – the bass is low and booming, and the highs are crisp and light.
You can look forward to warm and clear vocals when listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts, and you can destress by taking the speaker out with you and enjoying the beautiful sounds while surrounded by nature.
For a more immersive experience, you can connect two speakers, simultaneously, to the same source. As long as the speakers are within 30 feet of each other, you will experience TrueWireless sounds; an additional feature that many wireless speakers do not have.
You can expect 10 hours of music while blasting your tunes, and up to 50 hours when the sound is turned down low. When the battery dies, you can fully charge it in 7 hours.
The EcoTrek is rugged, but with smooth, clear sound. Enjoy the large, backlit buttons when playing calming sounds at night on your next camping trip.
3. Turtlebox Gen 2 Rugged Bluetooth Speaker
Battery Life: Up to 25 hours | Water-resistance: IP67 | Speakerphone: Yes
- Comes in selection of colors
- IP67 dust and waterproof
- Stainless steel tie downs
- Some users wish for more bass
We don’t recommend turning your music up as far as it will go when you are out in nature, but there are times when volume is key. That’s what you get with the Turtlebox Gen 2; one of the loudest speakers on the market. And when you pair it with another Gen 2, you get unmatched volume.
Enjoy 120 dB of distortion-free sound that carries further than you could have imagined, because TurtleBox has designed this speaker with a sound curve that cuts through any additional outdoor noise (such as wind), for a listening experience that will elevate any garden party.
Grab life by the… well, handle – the speaker handle. Grab it for your next outdoor adventure, and have music, no matter what life throws at you. This speaker is tough, shock- and impact-resistant, dust- and waterproof (IP67), and built to last.
Carry it with you or toss it in your truck. Wherever you are going, the Gen 2 is going with you.
4. Altec Lansing Mini LifeJacket Jolt Heavy-Duty Bluetooth Speaker
Battery Life: Up to 40 hours | Water-resistance: IP67 | Speakerphone: Yes
- 100 foot Bluetooth range
- Waterproof, shockproof, dustproof
- Small and light – easily portable
- Doesn’t work while charging
The Altec Lifejacket Bluetooth speaker gives you an amazing 100 ft of range – an immediate advantage over almost every other Bluetooth speaker out there. If you like to go out on the lake on your boat, or paddleboard the shoreline without taking your music player with you, you can play to your heart’s content while your soundtrack plays along with you.
We could list the devices this Bluetooth speaker is compatible with, but it would be easier to say that you can connect it to almost any smart device. You get up to 40 hours of battery life with this speaker, so once you are connected, you can spend a whole day enjoying your music, and still have charge left over.
This rugged speaker is, of course, waterproof, shockproof, snow-proof, rainproof, and impervious to almost everything else out there.
The integrated voice assistant gives you complete control over your device, allowing you to take calls, control your music, and do just about anything else you can do with your smart device.
This is the perfect choice if you want to set up a home base for your device and then forget about it while you wander the wilderness.
5. ROKFORM G-ROK Rugged Bluetooth Speaker
Battery Life: Up to 24 hours | Water-resistance: IPX7 | Speakerphone: Yes
- Rugged and durable
- Built-in magnetic mounting system
- Built-in carabiner clip
- Not as loud as some buyers hoped
You’ll love the look of the ROKFORM G-ROK portable speaker. The cuboid design not only looks rugged and durable, but is rugged and durable. It can be placed on any surface and won’t roll or slide off, but if it does, you don’t have to worry about impacts. The speaker can handle drops and shocks.
Take advantage of the built-in magnetic hunting surface if your life takes you down the path less traveled – the rugged road. Place it on metal, and it sticks firm. No matter what bumps come along, the speaker will not shift. If off-roading isn’t your thing, don’t worry, there’s also an integrated carabiner clip.
Of course, we wouldn’t have this speaker on our list if it did not perform musically, and it does, all while repelling water and dust. The G-ROK is a speaker that has been designed to stay put while giving excellent performance in treacherous environments. Take it with you wherever you go, and forget that it is even there as you listen to your favorite music, audiobooks, or podcasts.
6. W-KING D8 Bluetooth Speaker
Battery Life: Up to 40 hours | Water-resistance: IPX6 | Speakerphone: Yes
- Can be used as a powerbank
- True HD sound & powerful bass
- High quality protective casing
- Bass is not adjustable
The W-KING D8 speaker has a long body with bolted-on, x-shaped ends and a wide handle that create a feel about this speaker; a feel of durability. It looks like a speaker that can be tossed around without taking damage. And it is!
This speaker is a beast, both literally and figuratively. It has a 50W standard output of HD sound, with a peak of 70W. But pair 2 of them together and you get an impressive 100W of booming sound that will fill any outdoor space.
The protective covers keep the internal speaker safe on impact, and help to better distribute the sound for more balance and vivid tones.
You get 40 hours of playtime on a single battery charge, but that can also be put to other uses. The speaker doubles as a power bank, so you can use it at the beach for your next party, or sit with your laptop plugged in to the speaker and watch a movie.
7. Monster Rockin’ Roller Rugged Bluetooth Speaker
Battery Life: Up to 100 hours | Water-resistance: IPX4 | Speakerphone: Yes
- Huge sound – 200W power
- Up to 100 hours battery life
- Fast charging
- Water resistant, not waterproof
- Heavy to move around
Sometimes, you need to go big or go home. Portability comes in many forms, and what the Monster Rockin’ Roller lacks in minimalist portability, it more than makes up for in sound and battery life.
As you would expect from a speaker as big as this, you get a ton of power. The Monster’s 200W has every other speaker on our list beat, so if you want to take your parties to the next level, this is the speaker you want.
A durable and rugged exterior houses a large battery that gives you up to 100 hours of music, and the Qi fast charger has you back to full capacity in no time. If you really want to up the volume, you can pair two of these speakers to a single device.
This is not the right speaker for everyone; everything you gain is at the expense of size. This is still a portable unit, but you will roll it behind you instead of carrying it. It won’t be much use on your paddleboard, and might be overkill for camping, but if you want power, and a lot of it, you can’t go wrong with this Monster.
What To Know Before Buying a Rugged Bluetooth Speaker
Check Out the IP Rating
There’s no point in buying a durable speaker if it is not actually durable. The IP rating is a standardized scale of how dustproof and waterproof a specific product is.
The first number is for dust. The higher the number, the more protected the product is. We recommend choosing a speaker with the highest dust rating: 6.
The second number is for water. A rating of 4 gives you splash resistance, and a rating of 7 is submersible to 1 meter for 30 minutes. The highest water rating is a 9. Your needs will dictate the rating you should choose, but in general, you can’t go wrong with a 7.
Portability is a rather relative term – it can range from something you can carry in your pocket to a speaker so large that it needs wheels.
If you can’t take the speaker where you need it to go, then there is no point in having it, so be sure to choose a speaker that is as portable as you need it to be.
In our opinion, a large part of a speaker’s portability is its range. 30 to 50 feet is the standard Bluetooth range on most durable speakers, but you can find devices that can move over 100 feet from the source.
Ask yourself why you need the speaker. If you are going to be barbequing in your backyard or chilling on the beach, you don’t need much range. But a bigger range will give you more freedom if you want to take your speaker with you where your phone/music source can’t go.
It is standard for portable speakers to have enough battery life to last an entire day. You might not need that much charge, but it is better to have more and not need it than to run out in the middle of a party. This is especially true if your speaker doubles as a power bank.
When you are making your choice based on battery life, don’t forget to check the charge time, too. A longer battery life is appealing, but not if it takes forever to recharge the speaker.
Try to balance the usable time you get from your rugged outdoor speaker with the downtime that comes in between. A speaker that lasts all day and then can be charged overnight is ideal. But if you forget to charge the speaker, you don’t want to waste the whole day charging it before you can get back to your music.
Rugged outdoor speakers are certainly about durability and portability, but not at the expense of sound quality. The speakers on our list all offer a combination of the two.
Look for speakers with a lot of power if you want to play your tunes loud, but don’t think that is the be-all and end-all. Power may increase the volume, but it could be at the expense of sound quality. There should be a good balance between the highs and the lows, and if the speaker gives you control over the EQ levels, so you can tune it to your preferred sound, then all the better.
You might expect to hear us say that more is better when it comes to a rugged speaker, but we prefer products on the minimalist side. Many companies add bells and whistles to their devices in an attempt to better sell the product, and that often comes at the expense of other features.
Ask yourself what you need, and go out and find it. If you find an outdoor speaker that has a lot of functionality, ask yourself if you need all of it.
Do you really need a subwoofer and multiple tweeters for your audiobooks? How important is it for you to change the EQ levels for your podcasts?
More is definitely not always better, and there is no point in paying for extras you will not use.