Music is arguably the most important part of any social function, and while choosing the right music is something we can’t help you with, we can help you make sure whatever you pick sounds good. Finding ways to play music indoors isn’t that difficult — TVs often have passable speakers, and it’s easy to fill a small space with music. If you have a backyard, though, chances are people are going to want to move the party outside. That’s where the challenge comes in. How do you find speakers that will fill an outdoor area and hold out against the weather?
Fortunately, we’ve found some of the best outdoor speakers that can produce big audio and withstand whatever crazy weather might come your way. Most of the options on this list are wired speakers that connect to a stereo system. They’re medium-sized speakers that are designed to be mounted to a stationary post, providing immersive sound. If you don’t have a stereo system (or a backyard) we’ve also included a portable Bluetooth option that is built for the outdoors. If you’re ready to turn your small backyard BBQ into a full-blown block party, these are the best outdoor speakers to get.
1. Polk Audio Atrium 4 Outdoor Speakers
These Atrium 4 speakers from Polk come with a rotating bracket for easy mounting, and the baffle shape is designed to produce a broad range of sound. As for the technical specs, these speakers have four 1/2-inch Dynamic Balance polymer cones and a 3/4-inch anodized aluminum dome tweeters. These weather resistant speakers are available in black or white.
Pros: Easy to install, and can stand up to weather.
Cons: Some may want deeper bass.
2. Dual Electronics High Performance Outdoor Indoor Speakers
Included in this listing are Bluetooth speakers, but for overall value, we like the set of two wired speakers. They’re weather-resistant, affordable and they have a rotating bracket that makes finding the optimal orientation relatively simple.
Pros: Good sound quality for the price, solid bass out of a compact speaker.
Cons: Clasps to hold the wires in place could be more sturdy.
3. Yamaha 2-Way Indoor/Outdoor Speakers
Yamaha has been in the music business for a long time, and they produce dependable and affordable outdoor speakers. These speakers come with bases and brackets for mounting, as well as wires. You’ll have everything you need to install them and get the party going.
Pros: High-quality sound for outdoor speakers, capable of withstanding the elements.
Cons: These do not have as many possible mounting angles as the other options.
4. JBL FLIP 4
JBL is legendary among audiophiles, and they also make quality gear for the average listener. The Flip 4 is a great, compact Bluetooth speaker that you can take anywhere. It’s an especially great option for taking outdoors. The powerful battery can be used for up to 12 hours, and the IPX7-waterproof rating means you can even submerge it without worrying about damage. It also comes in a range of colors.
Pros: Good compact Bluetooth option. IPX7-rating means you won’t have to worry about rain or splashes. Comes in several colors.
Cons: Loud for its size, but some may prefer a louder speaker.
5. Theater Solutions 2R8G Outdoor Granite Rock Speaker
If looks are more important than sound quality (up to a point), these are the speakers for you. Designed to look like regular rocks, this set of speakers will pump tunes into your outdoor space without taking away from your backyard’s natural look. What’s more, these speakers are hard-wired and weatherproof, so you can count on a consistent connection no matter the weather.
Pros: Inconspicuous, comes in a set of two.
Cons: Cannot be hung or mounted to a wall.
6. Definitive Technology AW6500 Outdoor Speaker
If you have a unique outdoor space, you may want to opt for these mounted speakers. How come? Well, the 360-degree rotational flexibility allows you to position them in almost any conceivable way, allowing you the ability to match the speaker to your situation. What’s more, these weather-resistant speakers boast an impressive internal setup with a 6.5-inch woofer, a one-inch tweeter and a five by 10-inch oval pressure-driven low bass radiator, which will give you crisp and clean sound even when blasting music.
Pros: Weather-resistant casing, easy to mount and manipulate speaker into a good position.
Cons: Only one speaker is included.
7. Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker
With 24 hours of battery life on a single charge, Anker wants to keep your party going for as long as possible. Though it doesn’t boast quite the impressive sound as some of our wired options, if you’re looking for an easy-to-use speaker that you don’t need to charge constantly, the Soundcore is a safe bet. Sure, this Anker isn’t the option for permanently playing music in your backyard, but for spur of the moment dance parties on the beach or a soundtracking a hike, you can’t go wrong with Anker.
Pros: Small, lightweight, incredibly long battery life.
Cons: Speakers could be more powerful.
8. Bose SoundLink Revolve
Like our other Bluetooth options, Bose’s Soundlike Revolve does a great job bringing tunes just about anywhere you are. But what makes this speaker shine above the rest is its ability to connect to another Soundlink Revolve for even more speaker power. Not that the speaker isn’t worthy on its own, it boasts 360-degree sound and a water-resistance rating of IPX4, allowing it to easily accompany you at the beach or pool. But connect it with another SoundLink, and you can truly create a surround sound experience for the entire group.
Pros: Able to connect with other SoundLink Revolve speakers for stereo-like functionality. IPX4 rating.
Cons: Expensive for a portable speaker.
9. Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
If you miss the days of the boombox, then this portable Bluetooth speaker is sure to delight your ears. The sleek design is also great for use as a home stereo system. The speaker has five drivers, including a 6.5-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer, meaning it’ll be loud enough for your next outdoor event. The nine-hour battery life means you can hang out all day at the beach or backyard BBQ. And if you’re serious about audio quality, you can fine-tune the EQ to your preferred setting.
Pros: Big sound that you can take on the go. Five drivers, including a 6.5-inch subwoofer. Can be used as a home audio system, too.
Cons: Not waterproof.
10. Kicker Indoor Outdoor Speakers (Pair)
This set of two speakers can be mounted indoors or out, making this a great option for a patio. Each speaker has a robust 6.5-inch woofer and two five-inch tweeters. The speakers come in gray or black, and the mesh on the front of the speaker has a unique dimpled texture, giving these budget speakers a luxurious look. Mounting hardware is included, and the speakers can be rotated on the bracket for the ideal listening angle.
Pros: Stylish design. Comes with mounting hardware and a rotating bracket. Includes two speakers. Good for indoor or outdoor use, thanks to the waterproof, UV-treated surface.
Cons: Bass could be better.