There are so many speakers for outdoor speakers to choose from where do you start?
Check out our top 3 picks of portable speakers that can all be used outdoors for parties.
We have chosen 3 different kinds of Bluetooth speakers that will suit different sized gatherings.
They are also picked for different budgets.
When you decide to have an outdoor party, having good sound is essential. However, the sound is not the only worry when partying outdoors. You might also be in a location that doesn't have electricity or local power freely available. You see, there are a few things to consider when planning a party outdoors.
Thankfully these days, access to power is not a huge problem any more as there are rechargeable party speakers that have quite powerful long-lasting batteries. The best speakers would be those that would last for several hours.
There are plenty of portable Bluetooth party speakers that run at least a minimum of 8 hours as well as other speakers that run as long as 20 or more hours.
Weather and waterproof capabilities are the next important factor that should be given thought to when buying a speaker for an outdoor party. You never know when the weather's going to turn nasty on you.
Or if you take a party speaker to the beach or on a boat, what happens if it gets wet? Even at a pool party, where splashing is going to be pretty obvious if there are a lot of people.
Depending on how often you plan on having outdoor parties at different locations, you would most likely like to purchase speakers that are easy to transport, light-weight, and comfortable to use.
With everyone having mobile devices that are equipped with the latest Bluetooth technology, compatibility between your speakers and the driving device containing your music isn’t a concern any longer. Most speakers are generally easy to connect with. Many have remote controls as well as apps available for adjusting all kinds of settings.
Depending on the setup of your party and if you already have party lights installed at the party location, you might want to own wireless speakers that have flash disco lights built-in. Make sure though, when you purchase party speakers, that the lights can be turned off for occasions when you don’t need them.
We would like to mention that the brand can be a plus but it’s not always the case today.
There are a lot of new brands that are very good and offer fantastic Bluetooth speakers for outdoor or indoor parties. And they will not charge extra for their name. As long as you find a brand that works and you can depend on, that's all you need.
There's an old saying that wattage makes all the difference for how a party speaker sounds. We have to disagree with that since there are plenty of low-wattage speakers that produce great sound.
Wattage is based on the power that the speaker can handle. It doesn't always mean that you'll have louder speakers, it just means that's how much power your speakers can handle.
For example, speakers that are designed well can have plenty of loud music even if their wattage rating is as low as 30-40 watts. Anything that's a few hundred watts is going to be more than enough for a backyard party. However good quality 30-40 watt Bluetooth speakers will be fine for any kind of smaller gathering.
Not all outdoor speakers are waterproof, but it’s a good idea to check that the ones you choose to purchase are, if you want to use them outside. Parties mean lots of drinks and people dancing and moving around.
Parties that have a backyard pool or hot tub are the ones you have to be especially careful about if your speakers aren’t waterproof. It’s all too easy to knock over a speaker into the water by accident. This would also apply if you’re outside, for example working in the garden enjoying your music and it happens to rain all of a sudden.
Having a speaker that has a good waterproof rating would ensure that your portable party speaker will not get ruined when you use it outside. This, of course, includes taking your speaker to the beach or out on a boat.
We have to say that you should always be prepared for the worst when taking anything electronic outside.
This includes wireless party speakers of all sizes and shapes. We have all, most likely, seen plenty of indoor house parties end with somebody spilling a drink on something. It’s just kind of funny how everyone freaks out and grabs their smartphone first whenever something happens. Even indoors you can benefit from having a waterproof Bluetooth speaker!
So, yes, outdoor party speakers should be waterproof as the benefits far outway the negatives. This makes perfect sense, even if your Bluetooth speaker isn't going to be used primarily near water. That way if you do change your mind and do want to take it outside, you don't have to purchase another one. So, think two steps ahead and protect the value of your speaker by buying a waterproof model.
Having big Bluetooth speakers is especially important for parties with many people or parties at the beach, for example, where the sound of waves can be loud at times. These big Bluetooth speakers at your beach party will really make a difference.
And what is not to love about having a Bluetooth connection? The good thing about Bluetooth enabled speakers is their pairing and sync functions, which allow them to be connected to one or more other speakers.
Then you wouldn’t have to wire up indoor speakers all over the backyard since portable Bluetooth speakers are battery-powered. There are some pretty cool apps that allow you to have several speakers playing the same music to fill large outdoor areas. The bigger the speaker, the louder the party.
This PA loudspeaker system has some cool features for those who like all-in-one outdoor party speakers. If you’re looking for a microphone for karaoke or DJ party lights, this gets your party started.
But wait, there’s more! Along with 700 watts and a 12-inch subwoofer, this portable PA system has a variety of other features:
Wireless music streaming - You can easily connect via Bluetooth on any smartphone or wireless device to live-stream all your favorite music.
Other audio inputs include DVD, VCD, AUX, USB, and SD memory cards.
These can be controlled via any wireless device or from the control panel on the top of the speaker.
Audio controls - Instantly adjust the volume on the backside of the speaker, along with the treble and bass. The microphone also has volume control and there's even an echo effect, which you can adjust to your liking.
Rechargeable or plug-in - While it might be easy to just plug-in this speaker into any electrical socket, it’s rated for both 110V and 220V. It also comes with a rechargeable 11.1V lithium-ion battery that packs 18000mAh – 19.98Wh and can be charged while it’s still plugged in.
Audio recorder - Never miss another moment of having nailed that karaoke tune with this great audio bonus. Just insert an SD card and you can record directly through this portable speaker and relive those special moments later.
FM radio built-in - Well, who doesn't like listening to the radio anymore? If you don't seem to have the right music, this option is just one more extra that's thrown-in, too.
Wireless microphone - Have the freedom to wander around the room while you’re singing a catchy tune. This wireless microphone may not be the greatest you can use, but it does operate on a standard VHF band. There is also a plug-in jack if you prefer your own microphone or want to have a duet.
Multi-colored LED lights - This PA system is equipped with multi-colored LED DJ party lights that can also flash and be turned on or off.
Adjustable speaker stands and more - This entire speaker mounts onto a handy expanding stand that adjusts in height. There are also roller wheels at the bottom of this unit, so you can roll it around like a luggage case. A collapsible handle slides out to make it easier to transport the sound system.
Let's just say that you can never have enough sound at your next party. If you want to entertain your friends in a whole new way, JBL has produced this handy little device especially for you.
360-degree party light and sound - This highly-portable Bluetooth speaker emits amazing 360 degrees of sound and has built-in LED lights that are also multi-colored and sound-responsive.
You can control the LED light settings via the JBL Connect app to get just the right mood.
Rechargeable & long-lasting battery - The speaker is rechargeable via a USB-C cable included in the package.
Its battery can last up to 12 hours with continuous music and sound from a single charge.
Pair or link - You can pair two or sync multiple JBL PartyBoost compatible wireless speakers using the JBL Connect app.
IPX7 waterproof rating up to 3ft - Because these speakers are rated at IPX7, they are waterproof, which makes them perfect for pool parties and unpredictable outdoor weather. Though, we wouldn't recommend using these as pool toys. They will survive if they get accidentally dropped in water.
No bigger than a Starbucks Grande, these handheld portable speakers make excellent party decorations, too. If you’ve ever wanted a great waterproof speaker with excellent bass for your shower or bath, the JBL Pulse 4 is a real deal!
It's remarkable how Boomboxes have changed over the years, and who better than JBL to lead the way. This is their newest version of the JBL Boombox that has an additional bass boost dubbed 'PartyBoost'.
Channels can even be modified so that stereo sound is achieved from multiple speakers on either side of the room. Imagine the sound if you pair-up 4 of these in a room or backyard. This functionality only works with this new model, so the original JBL Boombox will not sync-up the same way.
IPX7 waterproof rating - This model is also waterproof and has an IPX7 rating, so being splashed with water won't hurt the speaker one bit. It can also survive, if it does fall into the water, however, the plug-in port panel must be completely sealed.
Built-in power bank - The speaker runs off lithium-ion batteries for up to 24 hours and can have a power cord plugged into the back of it. It is loud using only the battery, but it can be even louder with a power cord attached. You can also use the power bank to charge your other devices, which is especially handy when power is not available.
Having any kind of party speaker should be on your wish list this year.
We think there will be a growing trend that outdoor parties will be in-fashion more than ever before.
If you like our top 3 picks of party speaker selections, they'll certainly make your next party pop louder!