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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.
Well, that’s all changing because now you can take a shower with Alexa.
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, we’ll break down the best Alexa shower speakers that are currently on sale in the UK. Choice is currently quite limited, but we’ll keep the list up to date as more products are released.
Using Alexa in the Shower
There are three ways you can use Alexa in the shower:
Get a shower speaker with Alexa built in
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 WiFi or via Bluetooth connection) and use Alexa without a phone.
Connect a shower speaker to an 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.
Best Shower Speakers with Alexa
Here are our favourite Alexa-enabled shower speakers:
BoomPods – Best Overall Shower Speaker
The best shower speaker in the UK and actually has Alexa built into the speaker itself.
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.
JBL Clip 3 – Best sound quality
Excellent sound quality for a portable speaker and capable of accessing Alexa via your phone
As mentioned in the intro, you don’t actually need Alexa to be built into the speaker in order to access her functionality in the shower. This means you can have the best of both worlds by having a high-quality shower speaker such as this JBL clip, and still use 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.
Lithe Audio Bluetooth Speaker – For a built-in 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.
Aqua Dew – WiFi shower speaker
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.
Kohler Moxie Showerhead – Watch this space
(Not yet available) This concept from Kohler combines a high-quality shower head with an Alexa enabled speaker.
One device to keep an eye on is this Kohler Konnect smart showerhead with built in Alexa. The device still isn’t available just yet but looks really promising.
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. It’s acoustically tuned for a shower environment and has a luxurious full spray coverage shower head. This is definitely one to watch and we look forward to seeing it in the UK.
Overall, the Boompods are your best option if you’re looking for an Alexa enabled shower speaker for it’s ease of use and durability. If sound quality is important to you, the JBL Clip 3 is a great option although it doesn’t have Alexa built in so relies on Alexa via your phone.