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The best rugged Bluetooth speakers for outdoor summer sounds

Get your groove on whilst you are out and about with these superb rugged Bluetooth waterproof portable speakers.

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Topic: Hardware
The best rugged Bluetooth speakers for outdoor summer sounds zdnet
1 of 7 Tribit

Tribit XBoom for $69.99

See it now: Tribit XBoom at Amazon

The Tribit XBoom packs a heck of a loud sound into a relatively small speaker space.

  • Play time: Up to 20-hour playtime, which varies by volume level and audio content.
  • Waterproof?: IPX7 Waterproof. Waterproof for 30 minutes immersion at 1m depth.
  • Rugged: Sturdy rubber and nylon make this durable for moderate wear and tear.
  • How Loud?: 2 x 12W 45mm drivers driver deliver 360-degree sound and really good bass
  • Charging time: 4 hours.
  • Built in microphone?: Yes. Hands-free calling or access Siri and Google Now.
  • Weight: 1.1 pounds.
  • Extras? Pair two speakers together for good stereo sound. Alexa and Echo Dot compatible. This speaker will also float on water.
The best rugged Bluetooth speakers for outdoor summer sounds zdnet
2 of 7 JBL

JBL Charge 4 for $119.00

See it now: JBL Charge 4 at Amazon

The JBL Charge 4 is a heavy speaker, but it only delivers mono sound.

  • Play time: 20 hours of playtime from its 7,500mAh battery.
  • Waterproof?: IPX7 Waterproof for 30 minutes immersion at 1m depth.
  • Rugged: Fairly durable with a solid outer shell.
  • How Loud?: The Charge 4 only has one speaker at the front of the device.
  • Charging time: About 5 hours
  • Built in microphone?: No -- but if hands-free is a must, there is a built in microphone in the JBL Charge 3.
  • Weight: 3.0 pounds.
  • Extras?: Connect multiple JBL Connect enabled speakers together to deliver amplified sound with the JBL app. The speaker will charge your smartphone too.
The best rugged Bluetooth speakers for outdoor summer sounds zdnet
3 of 7 Bugani

Bugani 40W Bluetooth speaker for $79.77

See it now: Bugani speaker at Amazon

The Bugani speaker is a nice, loud, and sturdy speaker with excellent playback time.

  • Play time: Up to 40 hours with an 8,000mAh battery.
  • Waterproof: Rated IPX5.
  • Rugged: Strong shock-absorbing shell. Frame and handle.
  • How Loud?: 40W sound with two woofers and two tweeters.
  • Charging time: 4 hours
  • Built in microphone?: Yes, for hands free calls.
  • Weight: 4.43 pounds.
  • Extras?: The speaker will also charge your mobile phone. You can use an external memory card. It also has TWS to pair speakers together.
The best rugged Bluetooth speakers for outdoor summer sounds zdnet
4 of 7 Comiso

Comiso waterproof Bluetooth speaker for $29.99

See it now: Comiso at Amazon

The Comiso is a nice light but loud portable speaker designed for outdoors. 

  • Play time: Up to 36 hours of playtime at 2/3 volume on a full charge of its 4,400Ah battery.
  • Waterproof: IPX4-rated water resistant. It can resist gentle water spray and splashes but it cannot be partially or fully submerged.
  • Rugged: Yes.
  • How Loud?: Two acoustic drivers deliver 2 x 6W stereo sound.
  • Charging time: Over 4 hours.
  • Built in microphone?: Yes, for making and receiving calls.
  • Weight: 1.2 pounds.
  • Extras?: Wireless Bluetooth playing for left and right channels through TWS (True Wireless Stereo).
The best rugged Bluetooth speakers for outdoor summer sounds zdnet
5 of 7 Fugoo

Fugoo for $79.99

See it now: Fugoo at Amazon

The Fugoo speaker  is a nice, compact, and rugged speaker, with six-speaker functionality.

  • Play time: Up to 40 hours.
  • Waterproof: Rated IP67 waterproof, mud-proof, snow-proof, and shockproof. However, it does not float.
  • Rugged: Yes.
  • How Loud?: Six drivers on four sides (two tweeters, two woofers, and two passive radiators with four active drivers). Delivers 360-degree sound and 95dB SPL-A volume.
  • Charging time: 5 hours
  • Built in microphone?: Full-duplex speakerphone for hands free calling. Siri, and Google Now capability.
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds.
  • Extras: Speakers are tilted upwards at an eight-degree angle for minimal sound loss. Strap mount included.
The best rugged Bluetooth speakers for outdoor summer sounds zdnet
6 of 7 Tribit

Tribit XSound Go for $32.99

See it now: Tribit XSound Go at Amazon

The Tribit XSound Go has a nice, balanced sound across the ranges without sounding tinny, and it has a nice look and feel.

  • Play time: 24 hours with 4,400mAh battery.
  • Waterproof: IPX7 waterproof. Waterproof for 30 minutes immersion at 1m depth.
  • Rugged: Fairly durable with a hard exterior coating to protect from scratches.
  • How Loud?: 12W -- bass radiators and dual 6W drivers
  • Charging time: 5 hours.
  • Built in microphone?: Yes. Press play/pause button to answer or end a call.
  • Weight: 13.04 ounces.
  • Extras: Voice input for Siri and Google Now assistants.
The best rugged Bluetooth speakers for outdoor summer sounds zdnet
7 of 7 Aomais

Aomais Go for $69.99

See it now: Aomais Go at Amazon

The Aomais Go has a great range of sounds and will give playback for a heck of a long time.

  • Play time: Up to 30 hours at 50%volume from its 8,800mAh battery.
  • Waterproof: IPX7 Waterproof -- able to withstand full immersion of up to 33ft for 30 minutes.
  • Rugged: Yes
  • How Loud?: 2 x 15W drivers and 2 passive radiators.
  • Charging time: Around 3 hours
  • Built in microphone?: Yes, for hands free calling,
  • Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Extras: Pair two speakers to create 60W left and right channels and true stereo. Will charge tablets and smartphones.

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