Bluetooth speakers are great for portable music playback, but for those times that you want to take them somewhere a little more off the beaten track, you need something a little more rugged. Here are our top picks for the best rugged Bluetooth speakers for your next outing.
What makes for a great ruggedized Bluetooth speaker? While sound quality is, naturally, very important there’s also a host of features specific to a speaker you want to use outdoors and in the elements like a protective outer shell to survive bumps, water resistance to survive splashes and dunks, and a big battery to keep the tunes pumping.
A word on water resistance: when it comes to gadgets there’s no such thing as completely waterproof there’s only degrees of water resistance that range from “not at all” to “take it snorkeling”—if you’re curious about water resistance and what all those IPX ratings you see on gadgets mean, check out this full guide over at our sister site How-To Geek.
What does this mean practically? It means you need to pay close attention to the rating based on how you plan on using it. Want a speaker that can survive some rain out on the golf course? Look for an IPX5 rating. Want to take it tubing with you down the lazy river? Look for an IPX7 rating.
That caveat aside, we’ve rounded up a bunch of great speakers with rugged shells, good battery life and strong-to-excellent water resistance.
BRAVEN BRV-X Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker ($94)
The BRAVEN BRV-X Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is perfect for hiking and extended outdoor use because of one very key reason—it has a built-in 5200mAh power bank charger that’s perfect for keeping your phone charged. Besides that, its shockproof rubber exterior keeps it secure during the majority of falls and it has an IPX7 water resistant casing too—that means it’s water resistant in water up to 1 meter deep for up to a half hour.
There’s 12 hours of music playtime available here, and a built-in noise cancelling microphone for speakerphone calls. Uniquely, the BRV-X also offers two different playback modes—one for indoors and one for outdoors. The latter is perfect for providing vibrant long-range audio while the indoor mode focuses on deep and full bass.
FUGOO Tough ($85)
As tough as its name sounds, the FUGOO Tough touts itself as the ‘world’s most rugged Bluetooth speaker’. They bill it as: 100% waterproof, mud-proof, snow-proof, and shockproof. We don’t know about 100% anything, but it is, in fact, a very rugged speaker with…
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