10 Stylish Outdoor Speakers That Will Set the Tone at Your Next Backyard Celebration
From retro portable styles to planter-inspired options, we rounded up our favorite speakers for any outdoor entertaining space.
Whether you want to amp up the ambience at your next backyard barbecue or create a calming atmosphere for an al fresco dinner party, a good outdoor speaker is essential. "A quality outdoor speaker can set the tone and the vibe for any outdoor event, offering background music to fill any awkward silences and immerse the space with sound," explains Greg McAllister, sound experience manager at Sonos. "It can even spark a group singalong session or dance party!"
And whether you prefer a portable style or opt to install a more permanent sound system, McAllister says it's crucial to find an outdoor speaker that can stand up to nature's elements throughout the year. "Look for something that is water- and dust-resistant and has been designed to be exposed to the sun, heat, and cold for extended periods of time," he says. "Features like weatherproofing, drop resistance, and a replaceable battery can make a big difference when it comes to durability." Of course, it's also essential to choose an option that can fill your backyard with high quality sound. "An outdoor speaker with an even frequency response is vital to a great sound experience," McAllister says. "Outdoor acoustics make this particularly challenging, because, unlike indoor spaces, there are no surrounding walls to help reinforce the sound; so speakers outside have to be more powerful than their indoor counterparts to provide even sound."
And obviously, it doesn't hurt if the speaker is user-friendly, either. "I am a bit of a luddite, myself, so I always like to make sure that an outdoor speaker is easy to operate," explains interior designer Christopher Kennedy. "No one wants to be reading instructions when you are getting ready to celebrate!" In the market for a reliable, stylish outdoor speaker to help set the tone for your next backyard celebration? From retro portable styles to planter-inspired ones, here are 10 of our favorites.
The only thing better than an adorable, portable outdoor speaker is one with a built-in FM Radio, which means you always have options. This mini metal Bluetooth speaker and FM Radio provides up to ten hours of playtime and comes in a rainbow of charismatic colorways, including mint green, lavender, sky blue, and pink.
Shop Now: Muzen Bluetooth + FM Radio, $136, amazon.com.
Both waterproof and drop-resistant, the Sonos Move connects with multiple voice assistants, as well as WiFi and Bluetooth, so you can stream music no matter where you are. "Move is completely weatherproof and IP56 rated, meaning it can handle drops, hail and snow storms, hot sandy beaches, or being sprayed with a hose, and features up to 11 hours of battery life," McAllister says.
Shop Now: Sonos Move, $399, sonos.com.
Full Stereo Sound
For outdoor-friendly speakers that supply full stereo sound over a wide listening area, look no further than these speakers from Bose. Tested to withstand snow, rain, salt, and extreme temperatures, these outdoor speakers are designed with full-range drivers arranged to deliver a more impactful sound.
Shop Now: Bose 151 SE Environmental Speaker System, $278.95 for pair, bose.com.
Don't let the size of this small silicone speaker fool you. Despite standing only 7-inches tall and weighing just three pounds, this portable Bluetooth option provides 20 hours of continuous playtime from any enabled device up to 30 feet away.
Shop Now: Marshall Stockwell II Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $250, target.com.
A beautiful outdoor speaker with a built-in light can be a game-changer at your next backyard event. Not only does this wireless speaker allow you to stream music straight from your smartphone, it moonlights as a portable lantern, illuminating your LED light color of choice.
Shop Now: Mooni Andale Speaker, $99.99, mooni.com.
Engineered with an auxiliary bass radiator to create superior sound despite its weather-resistant enclosure, the AM-1 is safe to use by the pool or in a downpour. And thanks to an easy-install bracket, this rotating speaker can be mounted vertically or horizontally anywhere in your backyard for foolproof streaming.
Shop Now: Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 Weatherproof Speaker, $699.99 for pair, bowerswilkins.com.
Why invest in a traditional outdoor speaker when you can have one that doubles as a light source and an alarm clock? Along with streaming music wirelessly, this chic waterproof Bluetooth speaker boasts a built-in alarm clock, dimmable LED light, and a leather handle for portability to boot.
Shop Now: Kreafunk aGLOW Speaker, in White, $161.48, kreafunk.com.
If you think speakers are an eyesore and have extra money to spend, you might want to consider a planter-inspired speaker. Nestled inside a stylish, teak slatted enclosure, this state-of-the-art speaker supplies superior wireless sound and features a deep planter space with a built-in drainage tube, so you can actually grow plants on top it.
Shop Now: PlanterSpeakers The Piermont 21s Outdoor Planter Speakers, $5,995 for pair, intelligentaudioproducts.com.