The Best Outdoor Speakers For Pools, Patios, and Parties 2023

The Best Outdoor Speakers For Pools, Patios, and Parties 2023

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From porch to patio to pool: today’s newest outdoor gear is flat-out awesome.

Whether a gorgeous 4K TV by the pool, beautiful music everywhere, or Wi-Fi in every corner of the yard, outdoor entertainment has come of age.

The industry’s biggest players are now duking it out, and the latest outdoor gear beats anything we had in our stores even just 5 years ago. Translated: this is a big win-win for music-lovers. 

Below, World Wide Stereo technicians note the best of the best outdoor speakers by category. Each World Wide Stereo contributor not only comes to the party with serious audio credentials, but some are also serious backyard barbecuers and block partiers as well (and one has been our company badminton champ for 3 years running).

Bottom line: you wait all year for summer, so don’t blow it. Add a little sizzle to your summertime fun with the best outdoor gear for the money -  engineered and tested to withstand snow, rain, salt, and temperature extremes, while not disturbing the aesthetics of your outdoor environment.

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1. The Best Portable Outdoor Speaker: 

Sonos Move Durable, Battery-Powered Smart Speaker

$399.00

Finally: there’s a Sonos portable Bluetooth speaker on the market, the Sonos Move – and it’s everything you’d expect from the world’s #1 wireless audio company according to CEPro magazine. With both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth onboard, the Sonos Move is extremely versatile and can be used as a stand-alone speaker you can take anywhere, inside or out, or add it to an existing networked speaker system. Either way, the Move gets it right.

Like everything Sonos, the Move is “Apple-esque.” It’s attractive, solid (even heavy for its size), smart, and intuitive. The Move sits neatly in its charging base or can be charged via USB. Music lovers will love that you can create true stereo with a pair of Moves and/or add the Move to your existing Sonos network. With AirPlay, you can stream pretty much everything, whether via Youtube, Netflix, HBO GO, or any playlist from any smartphone or tablet. What’s more, the Move is bi-lingual, so simple voice commands get everything done with Amazon’s Alexa.

Who knows why it took Sonos so long to enter the Bluetooth speaker market, but the Move’s sound quality is pure Sonos – rich, vibrant, remarkable clarity – and sure to be yet another Sonos best-seller in spite of its higher price tag.

What else? Check out our Sonos Move Review.

Move Durable, Battery-Powered Smart Speaker

  • Dimensions: 6.29 x 9.44 x 4.96 in (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 6.61 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 Hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IP56
  • Stereo Pairing: Yes
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2. The Best Outdoor All-Weather Speakers: 

Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 2-Way Weatherproof Outdoor Speaker

$799.00

Bowers & Wilkins of Worthing, South England – trusted and embraced by legendary studios like Abbey Road and considered by many the world’s finest loudspeaker maker for over 50 years, is our unanimous choice for “best all-weather outdoor speaker.” The press calls Bowers & Wilkins' AM-1 “the most durable loudspeaker B&W has ever made, achieved without compromising power or sound quality the way so many lessor outdoor speakers do.”

Inside the AM-1: a 2-way design with an inverted drive unit and a 25 mm aluminum-dome tweeter mounted below (rather than above) its 5-inch glass-fiber bass/midrange driver. This configuration ensures the AM-1 provides optimal dispersion of sound when mounted high on a wall or ceiling, where best-case scenario, it belongs. On the rear of the AM-1, an auxiliary bass radiator (ABR) adds exceptional bass for a speaker this size. The combination – B&W’s unique architecture and high-end drive units add up to seriously great sound, particularly when it comes to more intricate or nuanced music. (Mozart. The Roots. Beck. Miles. Etc.)

The AM-1’s weatherproof housing is sealed from the elements, mounting is easy, and recommended amplifier power = 20 W to 100 W into 8 ohms. Our opinion: Bowers & Wilkins' AM-1’s also qualify as awesome indoor speakers too, whether for stereo or home theater.

AM-1 2-Way Weatherproof Indoor/Outdoor Speaker - Pair

  • Colors: Available in black or white
  • Drivers: One (1) 1” aluminum dome high-frequency and  One (1) 5” glassfibre cone bass/midrange
  • Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 86 dB (2.83v/1m)
  • Power Handling: Recommended amplifier power: 20W - 100W int 8ohms on unclipped program power
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3. The Best Outdoor Rock Speakers Under $400: 

Klipsch AWR-650-SM All-Weather 2-Way Speakers

$247.00 $329.00

$489.00 – $549.00

Save Up To: $302.00

Klipsch is the Harley Davidson of the speaker world: an American company with a great backstory and a legendary product line. Klipsch is about muscle and finesse… and whether a rip-tearing Joe Bonamassa guitar hook or a Benny Goodman clarinet lead, Klipsch serves it up like it’s happening live, right in front of you. No one does “thank you sir, may I have another?” quite like Klipsch. How fitting then, that Klipsch’s outdoor entree, the AWR-650-SM, comes in the form of a big rock, available in dirt brown or mountain black.

At 50 Watts of power each, a pair of AWR-650-SMs can handle the biggest big block party without breaking a sweat. Turned down, they’re perfect for musical chairs at a kid’s birthday party. In between, you can hear the game like you’re sitting in the press box.

Naturally, Klipsch built the AWR-650-SM to withstand extreme weather conditions (hello Florida, Texas, the Carolinas, Louisiana, and the entire left coast). Each weighs 13 pounds and features a dual voice coil polymer woofer for a powerful, precise low-end, along with dual polymer dome tweeters – so any one speaker can process both left and right stereo channels. (Most customers buy two, one left and one right for a traditional stereo setup.) Obviously, they blend in well wherever you put them, because they’re, well… rocks. That ROCK.

AWR-650-SM All-Weather 2-Way Speaker - Each

  • Drivers: Two-way system using two 0.75" polymer dome tweeters and one 6.5" polymer cone dual voice coil woofer
  • Impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • Sensitivity: 94dB @ 2.83V / 1m
  • Power Handling: 50W continuous / 200W peak
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4. Best 4.5" Outdoor 2-Way Speakers: 

Rockustics Periscape 4 Outdoor 4.5" 2-way Speaker

$253.00

Rockustics' Periscape speakers have a unique design that makes them blend in not with the rocks or plants on your patio but with your patio lighting fixtures. It's not just so they can hide in plain sight; the periscope form factor lets you angle and aim the speaker exactly how you want it. The 4.5" driver is made of polypropylene and the 3/4" titanium tweeter delivers exceptional sound quality, yet they can withstand any weather conditions. They're designed to create the ultimate outdoor speaker system when combined with the Rockustics SubScape subwoofer in an installation. The Periscape speakers have multiple tap settings and can operate with 70V power, making them ideal for large outdoor sound system installations.

Periscape 4 Outdoor 4.5" 2-way Speaker

  • Dimensions: 17.75"H
  • Weight: 5.95 lbs.
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Battery Life: N/A
  • Waterproof Rating: Fully Weatherproof
  • Stereo Pairing: N/A

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5. Best 6.5" Outdoor Rock 2-Way Speakers: 

Rockustics EconoRock 6.5" 2-way Outdoor Rock Speaker

$401.00

The Rockustics EconoRock is the ideal outdoor speaker for larger home gardens and patio installations. Its 3/4"" tweeter and 6-1/2"" driver can put out up to 140W, filling your outdoor space with clear, sparkling sound. Its sturdy case blends in with any yard or garden design and because it's made of proprietary resin and marble chips, it's rock-solid and can handle any weather. The speakers and all components are also completely weatherproof and corrosion-resistant, so you can install them in any climate, even near bodies of saltwater. Just imagine how good "Rock Lobster" is going to sound!

EconoRock Powered 6.5" 2-way Outdoor Rock Speaker - Each

  • Dimensions: 12.5" x 10.5” (W x H)
  • Weight: 17.15 lbs.
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Battery Life: N/A
  • Waterproof Rating: Fully Weatherproof
  • Stereo Pairing: N/A

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$341.00

For outdoor speaker systems that need to cover a lot of territory with beautiful music or clearly intelligible narration, the Rockustic Periscape 6 outdoor speakers are perfect. Designed to be combined with the Rockustics SubScape subwoofer for a complete outdoor sound system, the Periscape 6 speakers' spike stands let you install them in a jiff and angle the speaker for optimal sound quality. The 1" titanium dome tweeter and 6.5" polypropylene driver can handle up to 100W of power, delivering transparent sound with remarkable clarity and transparency over a wide area. Completely weatherproof, the Periscapes can operate in nearly any weather condition, making them ideal for public spaces in all climates.

Periscape 6 Outdoor 6.25" 2-way Speaker

  • Dimensions: 20.5"H
  • Weight: 10 lbs.
  • Stereo Pairing: N/A
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Battery Life: N/A
  • Waterproof Rating: Fully Weatherproof

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7. Best High-End Outdoor Speaker: 

Focal 100 OD8 Outdoor Loudspeaker

$299.00

When audiophile sound quality is more important than how your outdoor sound system fits in with your patio décor, take a look at the Focal 11 OD8 speakers. These remarkable speakers are designed to be mounted outdoors in all conditions. Their UV-treated high-density vibration-damping polypropylene cabinet, 8" woofer with waterproof polypropylene cone and Polyglass treatment, and aluminum dome tweeter will keep them performing flawlessly no matter what weather they're subjected to. Even their terminals have a silicone seal to keep out water and dust. The included mounting bracket lets you angle the speakers anywhere in a 180° arc, so you've got a lot of flexibility for mounting and optimizing the sweet spot. Plus, their sound quality may be high-end, but their price is not.

100 OD8 Outdoor Loudspeaker - Each

  • Dimensions: 10-1/4" x 15-7/16" x 11" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 12.6 lbs.
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Battery Life: N/A
  • Waterproof Rating: IP66
  • Stereo Pairing: N/A

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$917.00

Rockustics is one of the leading companies providing outdoor speaker systems. With this 300W in-ground subwoofer, it's easy to see why. You're gonna feel the music before you ever see where the sound is coming from. The SubScape 12's clever vent system makes this powerful speaker look no more obtrusive than the outdoor lighting you already have along your garden path. Since it's fully weatherproof, you don't have to worry about this speaker being damaged by water, even from routine yard watering.

Designed for easy installation into a wired, in-ground sound system in your patio — especially with the Rockustics Periscape speakers — the SubScape 12 also can operate in larger environmental installations where lower voltages of 70V allow for the use of lighter-gauge wiring. The SubScape 12s also feature multiple tapping settings, which lets you quickly set the volume for a specific area by setting the power each unit or group of speakers takes. The clever vented cap design will blend into any outdoor yard or patio design. Put some boom into your outdoor room!

Subscape 12 Outdoor 12" In-Ground Band-Pass Subwoofer

  • Dimensions: 23.5" x 15" x 26" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 33.55 lbs.
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Battery Life: N/A
  • Waterproof Rating: Fully Waterproof and Weatherproof
  • Stereo Pairing: N/A
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$873.00

When it comes to digging up your yard to install an in-ground outdoor speaker system, a couple fewer holes to dig would be very welcome. This innovative 3-way in-ground speaker is here to help you achieve precisely that and deliver even better sound to boot. The Rockustics Cherry Bomb features a 5" subwoofer, 4" long-throw midrange driver, and 3/4" titanium dome tweeter, all in a single unit that not only simplifies installation but delivers phase-accurate beautiful sound. In contrast, subs and drivers in different locations can be a challenge to calibrate. Capable of delivering up to 100W, the Cherry Bomb will help kick start your patio parties in the summer, and with its full weatherproof design will easily handle whatever weather winter has in store for it.

Cherry Bomb 5" 3-way Outdoor In-Ground Speaker with Built-In Subwoofer

  • Dimensions: 26.5" H x 10.63" Diameter
  • Weight: 20.5 lbs.
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Battery Life: N/A
  • Waterproof Rating: Fully Weatherproof
  • Stereo Pairing: N/A

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10. Best Patio Speakers Under $150: 

Kicker KB6 Indoor/Outdoor Speakers - Pair

$149.99

Regular Price: $169.99

Save: $20.00 (12%)

Kicker, a major player in the custom automotive sound system world, knows how to get big sounds from small products at great prices. With a 6.5" woofer and two 5" horn tweeters, the KB6 speakers are a fine example, producing remarkably clear and transparent mids, highs, and seismic bass. Ideal for patios and poolside installation, the KB6 enclosure and components are weather-resistant and can easily handle rain, mist, and proximity to freshwater environments. The included brackets make installation flexible and straightforward, and the easy pinch terminals make wiring a breeze. All this at a price per pair lower than the cost of many individual speakers.

KB6 Indoor/Outdoor Speakers - Pair

  • Dimensions: 11" x 8-1/8" x 8-1/8" (W x H x D)
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Battery Life: N/A
  • Waterproof Rating: Weather Resistant
  • Stereo Pairing: N/A

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$179.00

The Sonos Roam is our favorite portable outdoor speaker for lots of reasons. First and foremost, it's a true outdoor speaker. It's wonderfully waterproof and dust-proof, so when you get tired of listening to music on your patio, you can roam with the Roam anywhere. Its outstanding sound and powerful bass won't get drowned out by wind or traffic noise, and the Trueplay function automatically adjusts the sound to your environment, so you don't miss out on the lyrics. With Bluetooth and WiFi, the Roam will pair with your devices and your home WiFi setup, so your connections will always be ready to go when you're ready for some tunes. Voice control implementation lets you use Apple AirPlay 2, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant to access your favorite content and control your other devices. Plus, it's small, lightweight, and practically begs to go outside with you.

Also check out our Sonos Roam review.

Roam Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker with WiFi and Voice Control

  • Dimensions: 6.61" x 2.44" x 2.36" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.95 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IP67
  • Stereo Pairing: Yes, via WiFi

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12. The Best Outdoor Speaker Under $400: 

Bose Portable Home Speaker

$399.00

One sure way to separate the men from the boys when it comes to portable wireless speakers: Cue up the A Capella bass harmony at the beginning of Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk” and turn it up – WAY up. We did just that with the Bose Portable Home speaker, a smart speaker Bose claims is “best at bass,” and yeah – we’re believers. At this price point, Bose crushes the competition when it comes to powerful bass in a portable package.

The Bose Portable Home speaker is an Amazon Alexa / Googe Assistant smart speaker from a company that continues to out-innovate everyone save for maybe Sonos. (Depends on who you ask.)  It streams whatever you like via at-home Wi-Fi or when you leave home, it acts like any other portable Bluetooth speaker controlled via your phone or tablet. It proved excellent at hearing and executing voice commands, too – though voice commands only work when connected by Wi-Fi, not Bluetooth. As for sound quality, it’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from Bose: powerful, and remarkably crisp and clear.

With the nifty little handle on top, the Bose Portable doesn’t exactly hide its rugged portable-ness. All the controls are on top, and it comes with a USB-C cord for charging the battery, though Bose also offers a charging cradle in the $30 range. Add the cradle, and the Bose Portable begins to approach the Sonos Move with respect to price. Tough choice, for sure.

Portable Home Speaker

  • Colors: Available in black or silver
  • Weight: 2.34 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Battery Life: Up to 12 Hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX4
  • Powerbank Capability: No
  • Stereo Pairing: Yes
  • USB-C: Charging Only 
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
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Still not sure? We got this.

If you're still not sure which outdoor speaker or system is the best for you,  give us a call or send us an email. Tell us about your ideal outdoor system, and we’d be more than happy to help you pick the ideal outdoor gear for you.  

One more thing:

Once you pick out your outdoor speakers and/or sound system, a last word of advice: buy it from a trusted dealer, and the more experience / the longer the track record, the better. A good dealer will take care of you in the event anything happens. Until then, check out our recent “Take It Outside Event” recap at our “Fun Reads” blog, and discover how easy (and affordable) it can be to bring your movies, music, and Wi-Fi outside this summer.

Speaking of trusted dealers...

World Wide Stereo is home to some 90+ industry-leading audio/video professionals who love what they do, and talking about it, too. We opened our doors in 1979, gained a small yet diehard following, won a slew of national awards for everything from killer car audio installations to customer service, grew the business online… and today we enjoy a faithful following of like-minded TV-watching, music-listening, gear-loving defenders of fun for the whole family. Our only rule: no one leaves unhappy. We’re brutally honest when it come to this stuff. Want to know if something is as good as advertised? Even if you're shopping somewhere else? Call us or stop by one of our showrooms — we’ll give it to you straight. We love what we do, and we love sharing that love. 

With us, you get our guarantee, which includes perks like free shipping, 60-day returns, and support even years after the sale — always. Hence our rule: "no one leaves unhappy." Ever. 

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