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Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker (Under 100)
If we only had $100, these are the 2 outdoor speakers that we'd go with
The Flip 4 is the perfect blend between size, audio quality, durability, and design. Sure, we’ve tested Bluetooth speakers that sound better and get louder, but if you’re budget is $100, the Flip 4 pretty much can’t be beat.
The Flip 4 sounds surprisingly good for the size and even has the ability to pair with up to 100 other Flip 4 speakers. For the record, that’s a Guinness World Record. Obviously, you’re not buying 100 Flip 4 speakers, but the point is that you can put these speakers everywhere and link them together.
Even more, it has battery life of 12 hours (if not more) on a single charge. It’s IPX7 certified, which means you can submerge it down to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Matt, on our team, has been using the Flip 4 for the past year or so as his personal speaker. He’s taken it on several river floats with zero issues related to waterproofing.
As for Bluetooth connection, we were able to travel around 50 meters with a clear line of sight before encountering any signal interruptions.
Clear and simple button layout on Flip 4.
The original MSRP for the Flip 4 was $100, however, you can find it almost always on Amazon for under that. At the time that we’re posting this, the Flip 4 was $84.
If you’re not into the Flip 4, the WONDERBOOM is a close second with several highly compelling features. First, you might prefer the size and shape of the WONDERBOOM in that it’s about the shape of a larger apple and has spits out 360º of audio.
To be clear, the Flip 4 only has front-facing speakers. If you plan to put the speaker in the center of your room, garage, backyard, etc., the WONDERBOOM might make more sense since it dispersing audio more evenly. If you’re fine with putting the speaker in the corner or along a wall, the Flip 4 is the way to go.
While the Flip 4 is waterproof, the WONDERBOOM actually floats. So, not only will you be fine if you drop it in the pool from a waterproofing standpoint, but also it will just float to the top and the music will continue to play. I think you’d agree that this is a much better concept than the floaty that comes with the UE ROLL 2.
If we had to choose purely based on durability, we’d also probably choose the WONDERBOOM over the Flip 4. That’s a guess, but it is completely sealed and is a little tank.
Ultimately though, the reason we’re giving the Flip 4 the edge is audio quality. The WONDERBOOM sounds just ok. It’s a little shallow and raspy, where as the Flip 4 has surprisingly good audio quality, including better depth and clarity than the WONDERBOOM.
Additionally, the WONDERBOOM does not have a speakerphone function or an AUX-in port, which means you have to play music via Bluetooth. That’s probably not an issue for you since you’re specifically looking for a Bluetooth speaker, but still worth mentioning.
As for price, the WONDERBOOM originally retailed for $100, but it now tends to hover at around $60-70 on Amazon. In fact, as of the date that we’re posting this, the WONDERBOOM was $64 if you got the black colorway.