Best Shower Radios
Are you guilty of singing in the shower? For whatever reason, this is something that many people love to do. But, what if you do not want to hear your own voice and instead want to hear actual music? Well, this modern world has you covered with this little device known as a shower radio. While all sorts of devices are capable of playing music for you while you are cleansing yourself, not all of them will be protected against water. That is one of the key advantages of this technology because the internal components are protected with waterproof or water-resistant housing. But, as with anything else, you have your amazing models and also your duds. The guide below will help you narrow down your options to some of the best speakers available on the market today.
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It meets waterproof standards of marine radios
Sports five digital presets
Designed with a large LCD display
Top 10 Picks
1. Sangean H201
It meets waterproof standards of marine radios
Sports five digital presets
Designed with a large LCD display
It is quite large and bulky
Some of the units on this list feature advanced technology and features and to be honest, the H201 does not. Yet, it remains the best shower radio in the world due to its build and reception.Read more
Due to the fact that this complies with the JIS7 standards for waterproofness, it is safe to claim that the H201 is fully waterproof and not just water-resistant.
When you compare the H201 to other units on the market, it is clear it sports one of the most impressive sounds around. Also, it can get pretty loud on its maximum setting.
This is where the H201 really shines. Firstly, it has a built-in antenna for both AM and FM reception. Secondly, it sports PLL digital tuning for precision and lastly, you can preset five stations.
While Sangean does sell a version of this model with Bluetooth, this specific model does not support the wireless protocol. But, it does have a timer that can be set from one to 120 minutes.
Due to the fact that this is run via two D batteries, you can stockpile as many as you want. Of course, one pair is going to last you quite a long time.
Across the globe, this has received acclaim from nearly everyone who has used it. Now that you have seen the full details, it is not too much of a surprise to see why, is it?
2. Sbode Bluetooth
Has a built-in mic for calling
Designed with an automatic power-off function
Sports impressive 360-degree stereo sound
The maximum volume is not that loud
From the last model that did not sport much extra technology comes this Bluetooth speaker that has all the bells and whistles. If it could crank up the volume a little more, it may have even secured the top spot.Read more
The combination of the rugged rubber housing and the durable fabric material ensure that this is rainproof and splashproof. However, it is advised to not submerge this model.
Despite the maximum volume not being that loud, the audio itself is crisp and clear. This is thanks to the 360-degree HD stereo sound that this bad boy boasts.
Sbode designed their Bluetooth speaker with built-in FM reception. Integrated into this system is both automatic and manual search as well as the ability to store certain stations.
Not only does this sport the Bluetooth wireless protocol but it also has what is known as the TWS function. With this, you can pair two of these speakers to completely immerse yourself in the music.
It is rated that on a full charge, this will last up to eight hours. This time will vary depending on how frequently you use the Bluetooth technology.
The sheer brilliance of this design can’t be overstated enough. For some of you, though, and this is a fair criticism, it will simply not be loud enough to suffice for your needs.
3. Sony ICF-S80
Comes with a detachable rubber strap
The quality of construction is superb
You can program five preset channels
Overall, the sound quality is not overly impressive
Sony is one of those brands that you really can’t go wrong with. While their ICF-S80 model may not have the most impressive sound quality out there, it has fantastic radio reception.Read more
Sony rates their ICF-S80 as being splashproof. Now, what this means is it will be ideal for showers but not for full submersion in water.
It is Sony, so you know the sound quality is at least competent. However, as some buyers have noted, it does not sport the best sound quality on the market.
The ICF-S80 is a radio through and through. It has both FM and AM reception along with five preset channels and excellent overall reception.
No, this does not have Bluetooth technology. In fact, it does not have an alarm clock either. Yet, what it does possess is a timer feature.
It is rated that this can last up to 100 hours on a full battery. In addition to this, to save battery in the long run, it is designed with an auto power-off function.
Some consumers out there may have expected slightly improved sound quality from Sony but all things considered, it is tough to complain about the results of their ICF-S80.
It is waterproof and shockproof
Features a built-in microphone for calls
There are 10 LED mood lights
Overall, the system is not very user-friendly
There is so much to love about this waterproof speaker. First off, it has an IPX7 waterproof rating but it also sports Bluetooth technology and LED lighting to enhance the mood.Read more
As mentioned, this does sport an IPX7 waterproof rating and this makes it submergible in water. In fact, you could submerge this in one meter of water for 30 minutes and it would be fine.
The general consensus is that this has incredible sound quality. Various users have lauded the quality and have claimed it can even pack a punch at the beach.
Yes, this does have FM radio reception built-in. However, as some buyers have reported, it can be very hard to operate and the instructions do not even cover it.
With a range of 24 feet, this can connect to other Bluetooth devices. Of course, if you want to use your other device in the shower as well, ensure it is water-resistant.
It is rated that you can get up to six hours of playback on a full battery. When fully depleted, it is then claimed to take around three hours to fully charge when fast charging.
Hydro-Beat deserves a lot of accreditation and praise for their design. Though they could have designed it to be more intuitive, that is looking at the glass half-empty and not half-full.
Sports an IPX7 waterproof rating
Comes with a suction cup
Has amazing backlighting
The lights can’t be disabled
The speaker is a little large for the suction cup
If you enjoyed the visuals of the last option, you have not seen anything yet. But, it is worth noting that you can’t disable the lighting on this model and some users will not want to deal with them.Read more
This is rated to be waterproof per IPX7 standards. So, if it can handle splashes of water as well as submersion in water.
In addition to the clear audio that is outputted by this system, it is also designed with bass home audio technology and this enhances the bass and the overall kick.
More than 30 stations can be saved automatically, which is quite amazing. As for the radio itself, this has FM reception.
Thanks to the equipped Bluetooth 4.0 technology, you can connect your smart devices to this speaker. This is compatible with nearly all modern smartphones and tablets.
A built-in rechargeable 2600 mAh battery delivers the juice here. On a full charge, depending on how frequently you use the Bluetooth technology, it can last six to eight hours.
This is a great example of a device some users will love and others will loathe. Primarily, it is due to the visual effects of the lighting and the fact that they can’t be disabled. But, the performance is terrific regardless.
6. Abco Tech
Comes with a suction cup
Sports Bluetooth functionality
Backed by a 100 percent lifetime warranty
It could use a visual display
The stations are a bit limited
This is yet another model that sports Bluetooth technology but if Abco Tech had to do it again, they may have designed their model with an LCD display.Read more
Provided that this is rated with an IPX4 waterproof rating, it should probably not be submerged in water. Keep this one in the shower and you will be fine, though.
Thanks to the three-watt speakers, the sound delivered is crystal-clear. Plus, it can easily be adjusted via the interface on the top.
This can pick up any station from 8.0 to 108.0 MHZ. However, as one buyer mentioned who lives in a major city, the system can struggle to pick up stations at times.
For such a small device, it is astounding that it is able to pack in as many features as it does. Two others include Bluetooth technology and a built-in speakerphone for answering phone calls.
Due to the new and improved battery, you can expect up to 15 hours of battery life on a full charge.
Sure, this little device is far from flawless. But, whenever a product’s positives vastly outweigh its issues, you know you have a strong product.
Equipped with a robust ABS housing
Offers crystal clear sound quality
Designed with Bluetooth 4.1 technology
It does require a smartphone or other smart device
What is important to note, right from the get-go, with this model is it does require a smartphone. With a smartphone, it can act as a shower radio, however.Read more
Thanks to the silicone casing and the sealing of this design, it sports an IPX7 waterproof rating and this makes it suitable for splashes and submersion in water.
The crystal clear sound and the strong bass that are outputted from this system make it ideal for more than just morning showers.
Yes, you will need to use a smartphone with this model. With one connected, you can then access any radio app that your little heart desires.
In order to sync this with your smartphone, it would need Bluetooth and that is exactly what it has. But, it also sports a 3.5-millimeter audio cable port for non-Bluetooth devices.
Even if you were to set the playback volume at 80 percent for the duration of the battery, it could still last up to 12 hours. Also, a micro USB cable is included for charging (which takes two to three hours).
If you do not want to rely on your smartphone, then this is probably not the model for you. It is a terrific Bluetooth speaker but a smart device is needed for it to function as a radio.
8. iFox iF012
Has CE, FCC and ROHS certifications
Can connect to Bluetooth devices
Includes a suction cup for mounting
It is a little bulky and heavy
The iF012 is a lot like the last option in that you will need to access an app such as iHeartRadio for it to function as a radio. In the modern world, though, this should not be too big of a deal.Read more
IFox claims that their iF012 model can be fully submerged in water. In fact, it is rated to withstand water depths down to three feet.
For being such a small speaker, it is quite amazing how deep the bass is on this device. Then again, at times, the sound becomes distorted which is a bit of an annoyance.
Indeed, this is not a standalone shower radio. In order to use it in this sense, you will need to connect your smartphone to an appropriate app.
Though this does sport the Bluetooth wireless protocol, the overall range has been questioned by some buyers. While still adequate, it does not have the best Bluetooth range.
In just under three hours, you can have the integrated battery recharged. Once fully charged, the battery can last up to 10 hours before needing to be recharged again.
Really, this is eerily similar to the last device that was documented on this list. If you can live with needing your smartphone to play all kinds of music, you will love this.
9. Pyle PSR14 Splash
Sports an LCD display
Designed with a convenient foldable handle
Packs a powerful punch
The integrated dial does not offer precise control
Not the best reception
There are some instances where technology devices pack too many features into their design and it makes them unnecessarily complex. The PSR14, on the contrary, is an example of simplicity done right.Read more
The water-resistant housing of the PSR14, with the whole device being rated to comply with IPX4 standards of waterproofness, makes it suitable for splashes but not submersion.
Overall, it seems that the vast consumer base has enjoyed the sound quality of the PSR14. It is able to deliver loud volume without sounding too distorted.
One nice aspect of this model is it sports an AM and an FM tuner. However, the integrated dial does not give you the most precise control when you are turning through the channels.
Even though this does not have Bluetooth technology, it does have a programmable alarm clock and also a built-in auxiliary input for MP3 players and other devices.
Some of the other devices on this list integrate rechargeable batteries but with this, you supply the batteries. The clock runs off of AAA batteries and the actual radio runs off of AA batteries.
This will appeal to the old-school crowd and not those seeking the most advanced technology device on the market. For what it does, it is designed very well but could use some improvements.
It is very easy to travel with
It is battery operated
You can hang it in the shower with the integrated strap
Utilizes analog tuning and not digital tuning
The sound quality is not the best
Back-to-back options from Pyle close this list out. This is actually their PSR71 model and it is as basic as basic can get. For some of you, that will be exactly what you are looking for.Read more
Due to the marine-grade IP44 water-resistant design of the PSR71, you can use it in showers or even while you are doing the dishes with no worries of internal damage.
For its price, the PSR71 does not have bad sound quality at all. However, to call it great or superb would be an exaggeration.
As with their last model on this list, Pyle decided to go with an old-school analog dial for tuning. While you can access both AM and FM frequencies, it can be hard to pinpoint certain stations.
For sure, this is as basic as a device gets. It does not have built-in Bluetooth technology or really any other functionality other than a radio.
One benefit to the lack of technology and features is that the battery life, which is provided by two AA batteries, will be outstanding for this model.
The PSR71 is not a technology device that is going to wow your friends or anything like that. But, with AM and FM frequencies and a water-resistant core, it does its job.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
For the most part, there will be one of two types of models that you can invest, in regard to the power source. Firstly, there are units that are run off of their own integrated battery. With this type, you are required to recharge it when the battery is depleted. Typically, and this will vary based on the size of the battery and its type, you may get anywhere from six to 12 hours of battery life. However, you can play a role in enhancing the battery life. For example, if the unit has Bluetooth, this draws juice when it is enabled. While it may not be that noticeable, if you use Bluetooth constantly, the battery will drain quicker. The same goes for playing the speaker at its highest volume.
The other type is one that is run off of external batteries. These units will typically not have Bluetooth but when the juice runs out, you will simply need to replace the battery. Depending on the brand of batteries you get and your usage, they may last several months.
Alright, now it is time to talk about the actual radio feature of these devices. There is a lot to cover here, so strap in. Okay, first off, let’s discuss the two types of frequencies. As many of you are aware of, this is AM and FM. But, do you actually know the difference? Not all devices will have both frequencies so you may want to understand the difference. With AM, the bandwidth is a bit narrower and the coverage is wider than FM. The advantage lies in its reception as it is able to pick up signals even if they are not that strong. However, without question, FM has better sound quality than AM. Yet, FM frequency is much more local and it can’t be transmitted over longer distances.
Speaking of reception, while various factors can affect it, you may want to look for models that can account for an external antenna. With an antenna, the reception can be improved to better pick up stations. Also, and this is the last point, radios will either have a digital tuner or an analog tuner. With the former, stations are picked up automatically and there is less chance of interference (which can be a big issue with analog tuners).
Clearly, this is one of the most important design features for you to look for. Given that these radios are meant to be used in the shower, they need to have suitable water protection. However, you need to understand that there is an astronomical difference between a device being water-resistant and one being waterproof. The main distinction is that a waterproof device can be submerged in water while a water-resistant device can only handle splashes and rainfall. So, how do you, as the consumer, determine the difference?
You need to keep an eye out for the IP rating of any device, and, in this case, this would be the shower radio. The IP code is used to clarify any device’s resistance to both solid objects and water and consists of two numbers. The second number refers to the water protection and that is the one you want to focus on here. Also, if you see an X (for example IPX7) that means it is not rated to handle that particular protection. As for the number, the higher it is the more resistant it is to water. For example, IPX7 would be suitable for immersion up to one meter while IPX4 is only suitable for splashing water. You can view the full chart online if you need to.
Whenever you are in the market for any type of device that emits sound, you need to pay attention to the quality. Have you ever listened to a speaker or a pair of headphones that distorts audio? If you have not, you are not missing anything as the experience is not pleasant. For sure, you want to look for a model that offers crystal clear sound. However, it does not end there. What also needs to be assessed is the tuning. While the specific materials that are used to design a speaker certainly pay dividends to its outputted sound quality, so is the manner in which the audio components are tuned.
For example, if you are a consumer who really enjoys deep bass, look for a system that implements this technology. On the contrary, if you prefer a more subtle sound and do not want to feel the bass, look accordingly. This is also really important with radios that do not have Bluetooth technology because you can’t adjust the audio settings on another device.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
One of the most common wireless technologies is Bluetooth and you better believe that it plays a role in these devices. However, it only does so if you are interested in also having the ability to connect your smartphone and other smart devices to your shower radio. But, what you need to remember is when doing this, you might not be able to do so in the shower unless your smart device has a waterproof case or is naturally water-resistant. Of course, as Bluetooth devices typically sport a wireless range of around 33 feet, you could leave your phone on the bathroom vanity and allow it to play from there.
But, these devices can also have a few other features. For example, an auxiliary port. With this, you can plug in your MP3 players and other compatible devices. Yet, remember, with an auxiliary cable connected, it will no longer be suitable for water activities. Additionally, some will also work as alarm clocks and this can actually be nice if you want to limit your shower time in the morning.
Other Factors to Consider
n the “additional technology” section there was one design feature that was left out for a reason. Throughout this guide, you have probably noticed that there have been a few models that can be used as speakerphones. The question persists, though, can all of them do it and if not, what is needed for them to do so? First off, no, not all models will be able to answer and take calls. Firstly, it needs to have Bluetooth to actually sync with your smartphone.
Yet, even some of these models will not work as speakerphones. You see, they also need to have a built-in microphone. With this integration and the aforementioned Bluetooth, you can then answer and take phone calls with your shower radio.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What do you do if a Water-Resistant Model is Submerged?
It has almost been mentioned religiously at this point that water-resistance and waterproofness are not the same things. So, to stick with that theme, what exactly should you do if your water-resistant model gets dropped into water? As soon as this happens, you need to get it out of the water as quickly as possible because the longer it sits, the more internal damage can result. From there, shake it off, blow on it, or even take a vacuum to it to attempt to get as much water out as you can. Also, you can hang it upside down to allow water to drip out of it. As far as drying agents such as rice or silica gel, use them as a last resort to rid the last bit of moisture out of the unit.
q: Are you able to get FM Frequency on a Smartphone?
As you have seen with a few devices on this list, some will require your smartphone in order for them to be used as a radio. However, is this even possible even if your smartphone? Well, it can be but your smartphone or other smart device needs to have the right chips built-in. For example, if your phone has FM tuners built-in then it can access the signals of the FM frequency. If it does not, though, perhaps you can still access certain apps if your phone has compatible firmware. If your phone is running AOSP firmware then you may be able to use existing receiver chips on your device to access FM signals.
q: Can they be brought to the Beach?
There really is no reason why you could not bring your brand-new shower radio to the beach. Due to the fact that, at a minimum, they will be at least water-resistant, it will be okay if they get splashed on. Yet, unless the unit is fully waterproof, it should not be submerged in water. Speaking of which, even if the unit is waterproof, there is still a limit to it. Even an IPX7 rating does not warrant deep submersion.
q: Why is the Speaker Volume so Low?
Let’s just get the obvious answer out of the way right away, shall we? If the speaker volume is too low then ensure that the volume is turned all the way up on the base unit. Okay, chances are, you already had it at the maximum volume. But, is the speaker receiving the audio from an external source such as your smartphone? If the volume is turned down on your smartphone, this could be the cause of the volume issues.
Now, if it is coming from the speaker itself and you know the volume should be louder, try charging it fully. If this still does not work, there may be internal damage or issues.
q: Are they a Risk in the Bathroom?
During your youth, if you paid any attention in science class then you should know that electricity and water do not mix. This is pretty much a universally known fact and is not new information to you. Yet, this warrants the question of whether or not these types of devices are a risk in the bathroom. The short answer is no because as long as they have a water-resistant or waterproof housing, the internal electrical components will not be exposed to the water.
Yet, if you decide to manually plug your MP3 player into the device while showering that could be considered a safety hazard. Of course, most designers will limit the amount of voltage their device is powered by to limit any potential danger.
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