The Best Outdoor Speakers 2021
Last updated on January 21, 2022
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.
Here are our picks for the 2021 best outdoor speakers and subwoofers:
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1. The Best Portable Outdoor Speaker:
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 video review of the Sonos Move, right here.
2. The Best Outdoor All-Weather Speakers:
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.
- 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
3. The Best Wireless Rock Speakers Under $100:
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Way back in the era of “his master’s voice”— remember the dog listening to the old gramophone? — no one ever imagined that Victrola would be associated with rock. But this affordable rock-shaped waterproof five-watt wireless speaker is just the thing to prick up everyone’s ears at your patio party. And with up to 26 hours of playback on a single charge, it’ll keep the jams going long after the lightweights have left — and you won’t even have to bring it in when it rains. Victrola is making some seriously innovative turntables and record players these days, and this rock that blends in with your garden by day and lights up your party at night fits right in!
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.