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If you like to listen to music via a Bluetooth speaker in the shower, you’ll know that once you’ve chosen your music, you can’t change it without getting your phone wet.
Using Alexa, you can choose which music to listen to, take a note when you suddenly have a great idea, ask questions and control other smart home devices, all using the power of voice and without leaving your shower.
In this guide, I’ll break down the best Alexa-enabled shower speakers that are currently on sale in the UK.
Best Alexa Shower Speaker
Here are my top recommended Alexa shower speakers:
- Best Overall: BoomPods Shower Speaker
- Runner Up: iFox Bluetooth Shower Speaker
- Small and Compact: JBL Clip 3
- Premium Pick: UE Megablast
- Permanent Shower Speaker: Lithe Audio Bluetooth Speaker
- Wi-Fi Shower Speaker: Aqua Dew
- Showerhead Speaker: Moxie Showerhead
Below are my full reviews of each speaker along with the pros and cons.
Best Overall: BoomPods
Boompods have Alexa baked right into the speaker, this is the best way to using Alexa in the shower as it gives you full access to all of Alexa’s functions without any compromise.
This allows you to change your music, control smart home devices or access her library of skills, all whilst in the bath or shower.
It’s a good build and very durable with an IPX7 rating, meaning it could be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes, so more than adequate for the shower.
At 8W, it’s not the most powerful speaker, but the ease of use and durability makes it my top buy.
Runner Up: iFOX Bluetooth Speaker
The iFOX shower speaker has a built-in microphone that has the ability to connect to your phone in order to access Alexa.
It has a helpful suction cup on the back for use in the shower. However, it also has a 10-hour battery life which means it could double up as a portable Bluetooth speaker to take out on the go.
As it uses Alexa via your phone rather than having Alexa built-in, you will need to set Amazon’s voice assistant as the default on your phone rather than Siri or Google Assistant.
Small and Compact: JBL Clip 3
Excellent sound quality for a portable speaker and capable of accessing Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri via your phone
This smart speaker allows you to have the best of both worlds by having a high-quality shower speaker and still being able to access your favourite voice assistant.
In order to do this, you must set Alexa as your default voice assistant on your phone (see instructions for Android or iPhone), once this is set up your good to go.
The JBL speaker has a small, sleek look, but still carries a powerful sound. The speaker has a 10 hour battery life making it suitable for a wide variety of occasions, not just the shower. The speaker can be used for hiking, cycling, camping and all manner of activities.
Premium Pick: Ultimate Ears Megablast
The Ultimate Ears (UE) Megablast is far more expensive than the previous two options, but that’s because it packs in a lot more sound power.
With an IP67 rating, it’s highly dust and waterproof which means it’s suitable for any occasion, from lounging by a pool to camping in the rain.
I have personally used this as a festival speaker and now it takes pride of place in my bathroom for shower raving.
The latest update has Alexa technology built directly in to the speaker, so you can connect it to your Wi-Fi without using a phone as a go-between.
Permanent Shower Speaker: Lithe Audio Bluetooth Speaker
For those looking for a permanent option, installing one of these Lithe Audio speakers above your shower will bring you a true sound experience.
For a more permanent solution, these Lithe Audio speakers have an IP44 rating and can be installed in your bathroom ceiling.
Again, this speaker doesn’t have Alexa built in directly, but works can be connected to Alexa via an Echo dot. You’ll need to ensure the Echo Dot is in range of the bathroom for voice control which could cause problems.
This is for those looking for a really high sound quality in their bathroom and are willing to spend the money to get that as it’s not cheap.
Wi-Fi Shower Speaker: Aqua Dew
The Aqua Dew is a shower speaker that connects directly to your WiFi with Spotify and Apple Music built right in.
The Aqua Dew started out as a Kickstarter project and debuted in 2019. It’s the only shower speaker that connects directly to WiFi, negating the need for any phone connection which is a really great idea.
The WiFi connection has allowed the designers to integrate Spotify, Apple Music, TuneIn radio and more services directly into the device, in addition to having full Alexa functionality. The speaker looks sleek and the sound quality is decent considering its size.
Unfortunately, with all of these features, the device has a much higher price tag than rivals and with it being a brand-new product, availability in the UK is scarce at the time of writing.
We did find one downside to this shower speaker, and that’s the waterproof rating which is only IPX5, this will withstand splashes and a low power water spray, but it has the lowest level of waterproofing out of all the Alexa shower speakers we reviewed.
Shower Head Speaker: Kohler Moxie Showerhead
The Kohler Moxie showerhead speaker with built in Alexa is a great speaker to keep an eye on.
Kohler is a brand focused on making your bathroom smarter, and more luxurious in the process. The Moxie showerhead will be a battery powered device that connects via a magnet to be easily adjusted and removed for recharging.
The speaker has sound quality and spray quality at the top of its agenda for an excellent showering experience. It’s acoustically tuned for a shower environment and has a luxurious full spray coverage shower head that’s great for low pressure. You can view the product on Kohler’s US store with their UK store announcing that it’s coming soon (as of 2022).
Using Alexa in the Shower
There are three ways you can use Alexa in the shower:
- Get an Alexa shower speaker: Increasingly, manufacturers are baking Alexa right into the software of a device. This is the best method as it allows you to connect your speaker to the internet (either directly through Wi-Fi or via Bluetooth connection) and use Alexa without a phone.
- Connect a shower speaker to an Amazon Echo Dot via Bluetooth: You can connect any Bluetooth speaker to an Echo dot and use it for audio. However, your Echo dot will still need to be in hearing distance of the shower if you wish to use voice commands as it continues to use the Echo dot’s microphone.
- Use Alexa via your phone: This requires you to set Alexa as your default voice assistant on your phone, once you have done this you could technically use Alexa on any Bluetooth speaker that has a microphone.