Outdoor speakers: a buyer’s guide
Our shopping edit of lightweight, wireless and compact outdoor portable speakers will be music to your ears
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UK lockdown restrictions are due to ease next week and we can’t wait! One noticeable change to the guidance means that we are finally allowed to spend time with loved ones in our private gardens.
And with Easter on the cards and even more focus on entertaining outdoors, it may be the perfect time to upgrade your sound system.
Consider investing in a set of stylish outdoor portable speakers that suits your style and budget. We’ve made an edit consisting of seven of the best – no fiddly installation required!
Emberton outdoor portable speaker, £129, Marshall
Weighing in at under 700g, this compact and lightweight speaker boasts over 20 hours of portable playtime, a water resistant design, and multidirectional knob to control the volume.
So set yourself up with a playlist of signature sounds and bathe in an audio abyss next to your paddling pool.
Bluetooth speaker lantern, £50, Koble Mantle
With the combination of adjustable LED glow mood lighting, Bluetooth functionality and power bank for charging your phone, this grey splashproof speaker makes a great companion for late nights of outdoor entertaining.
So whether you’ve plumped up cushions and a blanket on your green space, or placed some garden chairs on the patio, it is perfect for providing extra outdoor illumination and atmosphere when the sun sets.
Halo One bluetooth speaker – walnut, £119, Gingko
Enjoy your favourite tunes in ultimate style with this uniquely shaped Halo Bluetooth speaker from Gingko.
Inspired by the nature with its walnut wood exterior, this modern speaker delivers smooth and phenomenal audio quality, whilst also looking incredibly chic and being eco friendly.
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Want something sturdy for your park picnic that delivers on the decibels? The T3+ from Audio Pro sets a new standard for portable audio.
With a genuine leather handle and solid aluminium details, this offers a simple yet solid design. It lasts up to 30 hours at half volume and 12 hours at maximum volume.
Twin Mino+ Bluetooth Speaker Set – Metallic Gold, Lexon £60
Why have one speaker, when you can have two? This dazzling set of outdoor portable speakers is bound to make a statement when you invite guests over.
Available in metallic chrome for disco ball chic or matt white for the ultimate minimalist and Mykonian holiday vibes. These also feature a remote button that syncs to your phone to take selfies or answer calls. Who says functional can’t be fashionable?
Crosley UO exclusive cruiser pastel pink Bluetooth vinyl record player, £89.99, Urban Outfitters
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Strictly speaking, this isn’t a speaker, but we couldn’t resist its retro vibes and pastel pink tones of this record player. So dig our your best vinyl discs or LPs and create a boogie wonderland in your front or back garden.
Buy the Crosley UO Exclusive Cruiser Pastel Pink Bluetooth Vinyl Record Player from Urban Outfitters
MEGABOOM 3 Bluetooth waterproof portable speaker, £149, Ultimate Ears
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In short, we love this multicoloured speaker for its tie dye pattern which is reminiscent of something from the sixties.
Bright and bold, its audio credentials also speak for themselves. Not only is the device waterproof, dust-proof and drop-proof, it features a ‘Magic button’ to play, pause and skip songs as well as its own app to guide you through and unlock special features.
Plus John Lewis are currently offering all customers a free speaker and charging dock set at no extra cost by using the code 82392109 at the checkout.