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7 Best Alexa Outdoor Speakers [2023 Update]

In Amazon Alexa by Tim Brennan

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In this article, I compare the seven very best Alexa outdoor speakers that you can buy right now. I’ll include some great-sounding options for beach, yard, pool, deck, and patio. This way, Alexa can help you get your groove on while you are chilling outside.

If you simply want to know the best Alexa speakers for the outdoors, they are:

Click any link in the list above to jump down to my mini-review for that product. Or read on if you are interested in some interesting facts about portable alexa outdoor speakers.


What Outdoor Speakers Work with Alexa?

This past summer, I had been taking my plugged-in 2nd generation Echo out on my patio with me when I wanted to hear music outside. I know, pretty lame for a self-described smart home enthusiast.

alexa outdoor speakers

I’m a pretty hardcore Alexa guy, and I love music, so getting a portable Bluetooth speaker with Alexa built-in just made sense. So I bit the bullet and began my search for the best smart speaker that you can use outdoors with Alexa.

While there has been a ton of research debating the best Alexa speaker and the best Bluetooth speakers, I am focusing only on those smart devices with sweet sound for outdoor use.

While some of my picks aren’t cheap, you can often find the best deals on Amazon devices on Amazon Prime Day (or the new October Prime Day or Prime Early Access Sale), Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

When it comes to buying a portable wireless speaker, I am in good company. According to GrandViewResearch, the global portable Bluetooth speakers market was estimated at USD 1.21 billion in 2018 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 11.71% from 2019 to 2025.

In the rest of this article, I will go into more detail about the five best Alexa outdoor speakers listed above, list the pros and cons, and then provide a cost comparison. Four of my picks are from familiar brands like Bose, Sonos, and JBL, but I think the 5th one may surprise you.

Let me start with a features comparison so you can see the key features of my top picks side-by-side.

For a quick summary of this article, check out this video I uploaded to my YouTube channel:

But, let me start with a features comparison so you can see the key features of my favorites side-by-side.


Top 3 Best Alexa Outdoor Speakers: Key Features

The following comparison table highlights the key features of the best Alexa outdoor speakers.

Editor's Choice
Bose Portable Smart Speaker — Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Alexa Voice Control Built-In, Silver10
Sonos Move - Battery-Powered Smart Speaker, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with Alexa Built-in - Black​​​​​​​10
Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Portable and Long-Lasting Bluetooth 360 Speaker - Triple Black10
Bose Portable Smart
Sonos Move
Bose Soundlink Revolve+
Voice Control
Built-in Alexa or Google Assistant over Wi-Fi
Alexa or Google Assistant via Bluetooth Paring
Alexa or Google Assistant via Bluetooth Paring
Water Resistance
IPX4-rated
IP56 / IP67 Waterproof
IPX4-rated
Sound Quality
360-degree sound with powerful bass
Rich bass, wide soundstage, and Trueplay tuning adapts sound to environment
360-degree sound
Portability
Excellent
Good
Excellent
Bluetooth Streaming Range
30 feet
30 feet
30 feet
Durability
Less than others here
Prone to breaks if dropped
More durable
Controls
Bluetooth, Volume, Power, Microphone, Play/Pause, & Action (activates voice assistant)
Power, Volume, Play/Pause, Next/Previous, Bluetooth/Wifi toggle button
Power, Bluetooth, Volume, Multi-function, Input mode
Dimensions and Weight
7.54 x 4.69 x 4.09 inches, 2.34 lbs.
9.44 x 6.29 x 4.96 inches, 6.61 lbs.
3.50 x 8.50 x 3.40 inches, 2.13 lbs.
Battery Life
12 hours
11 hours
12 hours
Connectivity
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wired, and AirPlay 2
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Bluetooth, TF Card, USB, 3.5 mm Auxiliary jack
Editor's Choice
Bose Portable Smart Speaker — Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Alexa Voice Control Built-In, Silver10
Bose Portable Smart
Voice Control
Built-in Alexa or Google Assistant over Wi-Fi
Water Resistance
IPX4-rated
Sound Quality
360-degree sound with powerful bass
Portability
Excellent
Bluetooth Streaming Range
30 feet
Durability
Less than others here
Controls
Bluetooth, Volume, Power, Microphone, Play/Pause, & Action (activates voice assistant)
Dimensions and Weight
7.54 x 4.69 x 4.09 inches, 2.34 lbs.
Battery Life
12 hours
Connectivity
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wired, and AirPlay 2
Sonos Move - Battery-Powered Smart Speaker, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with Alexa Built-in - Black​​​​​​​10
Sonos Move
Voice Control
Alexa or Google Assistant via Bluetooth Paring
Water Resistance
IP56 / IP67 Waterproof
Sound Quality
Rich bass, wide soundstage, and Trueplay tuning adapts sound to environment
Portability
Good
Bluetooth Streaming Range
30 feet
Durability
Prone to breaks if dropped
Controls
Power, Volume, Play/Pause, Next/Previous, Bluetooth/Wifi toggle button
Dimensions and Weight
9.44 x 6.29 x 4.96 inches, 6.61 lbs.
Battery Life
11 hours
Connectivity
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Portable and Long-Lasting Bluetooth 360 Speaker - Triple Black10
Bose Soundlink Revolve+
Voice Control
Alexa or Google Assistant via Bluetooth Paring
Water Resistance
IPX4-rated
Sound Quality
360-degree sound
Portability
Excellent
Bluetooth Streaming Range
30 feet
Durability
More durable
Controls
Power, Bluetooth, Volume, Multi-function, Input mode
Dimensions and Weight
3.50 x 8.50 x 3.40 inches, 2.13 lbs.
Battery Life
12 hours
Connectivity
Bluetooth, TF Card, USB, 3.5 mm Auxiliary jack

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#1 – Best Sound: Bose Portable Smart

bose portable alexa outdoor speakers

First on my list of the best Alexa outdoor speakers is the Bose Portable Smart Speaker.

Indoors or out, this is one of the coolest-sounding speakers I have heard in a long time. It packs a lot of punch into a small roughly 7.5 x 4.5-inch thermos-like package. You are sure to impress your friends if you go with Bose.

The highs and lows are pretty close to perfection, and the mid-range is perfect.

While it isn’t cheap, I justified getting this because I also use it indoors as part of my Echo multi-room music configuration for some killer stereo sound. It doesn’t disappoint in my living room. This would be great for cranking up your favorite songs via voice control, even in large rooms actually. Bose must have worked out a sweet deal with Amazon because Alexa is directly integrated into this smart speaker.

And the Alexa integration just works flawlessly after the initial setup. The battery doesn’t last as long as other models here, but unless you throw a “rave,” do you need to play music for more than 12 hours without a charge?

Pros

  • Amazing 360° sound even at high volumes.
  • IP rating of IPX4.
  • Native Alexa and Google Assistant integration.
  • Easy setup via Bose Music app.
  • Connect to your favorite streaming services when on Wi-Fi or play anything over Bluetooth.
  • Supports Apple Airplay 2 to stream anything your iPhone can play.

Cons

  • A bit pricey.
  • Battery life could be better, some customers complain it won’t last 12 hours after awhile.
  • Voice control requires a Wi-Fi connection.

SEE IT AT AMAZON

Video

Thanks to NCT for the helpful unboxing video.


#2 – Solid Runner-Up: Sonos Move

outdoor speakers sonos move

Next on my list of best Alexa outdoor speakers is the Sonos Move. This is one of the best-sounding Sonos speakers I have tested, with the second-highest waterproof rating on my list. While it cannot be fully submerged in water, it can handle high-pressure water jets from any direction. Not sure why you would do that, but there it is.

According to Sonos, it can also stand up to humidity, rain, snow, dust, salt spray, U/V rays, and extreme heat and cold. Now that is really pretty cool – or hot – depending on your point of view.

This would have taken the top spot over the Bose speaker if it weren’t for two key things. First, it is significantly larger and heavier, making transport a bit more clunky if you are someone like me who is always on the go. That said, with its extreme weather resistance, it could make a great outdoor poolside speaker, for example.

The second place it falls short is its battery life. While Sonos claims it will play for 11 hours on a charge, customers have complained that after a few months, this drops down to 8-9 hours. Still, a corded option is provided.

Pros

  • Outstanding sound is a virutal tie with my top pick.
  • IP56 rating repels water, humidity, rain, snow, dust, salt spray, UV rays, and extreme heat and cold.
  • Alexa is built right in so in addition to playing music, you can also get weather, news, set timers, etc.
  • Flexible control using the Sonos app, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, or your voice.

Cons

  • It’s big and pricey.
  • Shorter battery life than other speakers here.
  • I read a few customer complaints that Sonos customer support can be “prickly.”
  • Can break if you drop it.

SEE IT AT AMAZON

Video

Thanks to Smart Home Sounds Ltd for teaching me everything I needed to know about Sonos Move in under five minutes.


best alexa outdoor speakers soundlink revolve+

Coming in at number 3 on my list of best Alexa outdoor speakers is another speaker made by Bose: Bose Soundlink Revolve.

While Alexa and Google aren’t built into this speaker, you can connect up with them via another Echo device using Bluetooth. This is true of the rest of the products reviewed here.

Like the Bose Portable Smart Speaker, it is also IPX4 rated, which means you can splish-splash around it all you like. (I actually put this to the test with the Portable speaker.

Mine got pretty damp one day after a steam shower and I had no issues whatsoever.

The sound on this speaker is similar to the Bose Portable Smart speaker, although not quite as good. While I didn’t buy this one for extensive testing. I did go into my local Bose store and tested them literally side by side.

There was a slight tinier sound at full volume and at full volume, it would not go as loud as the larger Bose Portable Smart speaker.

There are really two main differences between this and the Bose Portable Smart. One, there is no direct integration with Alexa and Google, so you will need to set this up via a hack. Two, the lack of Wi-Fi support means that you can’t stream directly to your favorite music services without help from your smartphone.

Still, this is a solid choice for a great-sounding portable speaker. But if you really want Alexa or Google, spend the extra money and go with the Portable Smart model.

Pros

  • Great-sounding premium portable speaker
  • More affordable
  • IP67 rating
  • Simple streamlined controls (see below)
  • Includes Bose signature 360-degree sound
  • A tad lighter than Portable Smart
  • Can pair two for stereo effect via the Bose app

Cons

  • No native integration with Alexa and Google Assistant – need to pair via Bluetooth
  • Not as loud as Bose Portable Smart
  • Some minor distortion at higher volumes

SEE IT AT AMAZON

Video

Erin Lawrence provides her usual stellar video review of two great Bose SoundLink Revolve speakers.


#4 – Great for Shower: OontZ

alexa outdoor speakers oontz

For a great outdoor speaker on a budget that you can also take with you in the shower, the OontZ Upgraded Angle 3 Shower Plus Edition from Cambridge Soundworks may be worth a look.

While you aren’t going to get the same level of sound that you get with Bose or JBL, the sound is decent from the little speaker. It has good Bluetooth / Wi-Fi range (perfect for my outdoor patio) but company primarily markets this a shower speaker.

With solid “all-day” battery life on a single charge, you can take your time to make sure you get all of those nooks and crannies squeaky clean. There are more Oontz Bluetooth speaker models in a variety of colors if you want a more general purpose speaker (click button below to see all of the options).

Pros

  • Great sound and surprisingly decent base on a small package
  • Small form factor makes take this on the go a no-brainer
  • IPX7 waterproof rating means it can be submerged in mater up to one meter depth for 30 mins
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Alexa app needs to be running on your smartphone for voice control
  • Need to push a button on the device to talk to Alexa (feels a bit weird with wet hands)

SEE IT AT AMAZON


#5 – Best for Poolside: JBL

best alexa outdoor speakers jbl charge 5

Last but not least on my list of best Alexa outdoor speakers is the JBL Charge 5. Like Bose Soundlink, the JBL Charge 5 does not have Alexa built-in.

However, you can connect an Echo Dot or other Alexa speaker to use it along with everyone’s favorite voice assistant. I don’t have Google Home so I was unable to confirm this will work with Google Home myself, but my research says that it will.

Some key benefits of the Charge 5 are that is both dust-proof and water-proof, it has an hour longer battery life than both Bose speakers featured here (20 hours), it includes a 3.5mm audio jack, and a sleep timer.

I found the sound to be closer to Bose Soundlink Resolve than Bose Portable Smart, but it still packs a pretty serious punch and sounds much bigger than you would think for such a small package. Oh, it comes in a variety of colors including the very cool-looking Green Camo one that I own.

best alexa outdoor speaker jbl

My camo JBL Charge 4 Speaker – Should I upgrade?

Pros

  • Designed for outdoor use
  • IPX7 Waterproof (can be submerged underwater for 30 mins)
  • Great sound in a small package
  • Crisp highs, surprisingly solid lows
  • Solid 20-hours of battery life
  • USB Type-C and includes 3.5mm audio jack
  • Includes portable hard case

Cons

  • Close but not quite as crisp and clear as the Bose speakers I tested
  • Bass sounds better on Bose speakers at higher volumes
  • Speaker is positioned on the left side of the device making the sound seem a bit “off-center” (i.e., no 360-degree sound)

SEE IT AT AMAZON

Video

Thanks to Jordan over at Product Lab for his nice YouTube review of JBL Charge 5.


#6 – Poolside Budget: Cleer

best alexa outdoor speakers - cleer

Want a decent-sounding speaker for the pool or the beach without the big brand price tag? Then, this neat little speaker from Cleer could be just what the pool man ordered.

While it won’t give you the range of sound as Bose, Sonos, or JBL, you can pair it with like minded speakers for better overall sound quality. Customers who buy this budget IPX7 waterproof-rated speaker are generally happy with it.

It comes in two colors: gray and a very deep red color that borderlines on being a bit disturbing. But hey, I scare easily so there is that!

Pros

  • Alexa is built in to the device so that once paired you can issue voice commands hands free
  • IPX-7 waterproof rating means, you guesseed it, you can take it for a plunge
  • Easy set up via teh propietary Clee app and Alexa
  • Two dual 48mm neodymium amplifiers rival the sound of some of my favorite Amazon Echo speakers

Cons

  • Some customers are confused about the company’s Alexa-ready claim due to the Cleer app requirement
  • Speaker can’t process Alexa commands when playing music, requiring a tap instead
  • Some customers experience a “noticable delay” in Alexa responsiveness.

SEE IT AT AMAZON


#7 – Hip on the Go: Beosound by Bang & Olufsen

beosound outdoor speakers

Larger than an Echo Dot but smaller than a whoopie pie (at least the ones I get), Bang & Olufsen’s 2nd-Gen wireless speaker with Alexa caught my interest pretty quickly.

While not as inexpensive as my last two picks, customers who own this little speaker say that the sound is “exemplary” and “shockingly good.”

The two 140 watt speakers in this large puck delivery some pretty serious sound, and the battery life is also remarkable at 18 hours on a charge. The wrist strap is also interesting and could become a fan favorite of the power walking set.

Well maybe it is more hamburger sized. OK, now I’m really getting hungry…

Pros

  • Alexa voice control built into the device.
  • Come in a variety of interesting colors with names like “Grey Mist,” “Noridic Ice,” and well, “Green.”
  • Customer say the sound is on par with Bose and Sonos.
  • Lots of enthusiastic customer reviews from an established company in the home audio space.
  • Easy pairing use the Alexa app.

Cons

  • Some customers complain that it can’t go loud enough.
  • Other customers complained about the lack of deep bass.
  • It doesn’t float, but hey you can’t have everything!

SEE IT AT AMAZON


How To Pair an Alexa Device to a Bluetooth Speaker

Since the two options in my list require you to pair an Echo device with your speaker, I thought I would include some instructions here.

The process is very straightforward. You use the Alexa app to pair your phone or Bluetooth speaker with your Echo Device.

  1. Put your Bluetooth device in pairing mode.
  2. Open the Alexa app and tap Devices.
  3. Select your device, and then select Bluetooth > Pair a New Device. When your Echo device discovers your speaker, the speaker appears in the list of available devices in the Alexa app.
  4. Select your Bluetooth speaker. Your Echo device connects to the speaker and Alexa then tells you if the connection is successful.
  5. In the Alexa app, select Continue. Your Bluetooth speaker is now paired with your Echo device.

Voice Commands for Pairing and Unpairing:

If you want to play audio from another device on your Bluetooth speaker, say “Alexa Disconnect.”

Next time you want to connect, enable Bluetooth on your phone or Bluetooth speaker and say, “Alexa, Pair Bluetooth.” Once the initial pairing is complete, certain Bluetooth devices may automatically reconnect to your Echo when in range. Now, you can use your standard commands for chatting it up with Alexa. And of course, you get Alexa support for a wide range of music playback options music lovers like play Amazon Music, Apple Music, and Pandora.


Best Alexa Outdoor Speakers: Sound Off

So what do you think of my picks for the best Alexa outdoor speakers?

Believe me when I tell you that ION 50 Amp sounds pretty sick. And so does the Bose Portable Smart speaker. I think all of my picks for each of these best portable Bluetooth speakers is cool in its own way.

Is waterproof rating the main consideration for you? How about portability? What’s your feeling about the price of these products?

I hope you will leave me a comment below and let me know.

Oh, and if you have other Alexa speakers you might enjoy this article I wrote about how to improve Alexa sound quality.

Until next time, keep on rockin’.


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