Best Outdoor Speakers For 2024

Best Outdoor Speakers For 2023

Craig Walker |

In This Article: We'll cover the best outdoor speakers for various scenarios including...

... I'll also provide an overview and some key features of each speaker and link out to the relevant products.

Choosing your outdoor speakers may seem like a bit of a minefield as there are a lot of different brands and options available. 

We’ve written an outdoor speakers buying guide and how to wire outdoor speakers but this article will go into some of our “customer favourites” to help you narrow down your outdoor speaker choices.

Q Acoustics QI45EW Outdoor Speakers Mounted On Wall Either Side Of Kitchen Doors

Best All Purpose Outdoor Speaker - Q Acoustics QI45EW

The Q Acoustics QI45EW are the staple of outdoor speakers.

They are well designed, they sound great and they fit 99% of applications.

You can easily mount them in horizontal or vertical layout with the quick-fit brackets. 

Designed for year-round outdoor use, you really can’t go too far wrong.

If you want a bit more power and more bass then luckily they have the bigger brother - Q Acoustics QI65EW which offers more power handling and a deeper, richer sound from it’s larger enclosure.

Key Details

  • Compact & Stylish Design
  • Weather & UV Resistant ABS Enclosure
  • Aluminium Speaker Grille To Prevent Rust
  • Versatile Mounting Options - Horizontal & Vertical
  • High-Quality Sound

Key Specs

  • 4.5” Driver
  • 0.5” Tweeter
  • 8 Ohms
  • 10-50W Amplifier Recommended
  • 135mm x 245mm x 170mm (W x H x D)

Polk Audio SAT 300 Outdoor Satellite Speaker In Flower Bed With Red Flowers

Best Landscape Outdoor Speaker - Polk Atrium SAT300

I’ve long been a fan of the Polk Audio Atrium SAT300 speakers.

They are probably one of the most versatile outdoor speakers on the market and also sound amazing.

You can mount them in garden beds and borders with the spike mount.

You can mount them on walls with the back plate.

Or you can hang them from garden structures like a pergola with the hook mount.

Key Details

  • Flexible Mounting Options
  • Acoustically Matched With SUB100 Subwoofer
  • Aluminium Grille & Stainless Steel Hardware
  • Shock Absorbing Gasket Withstands Blows From Mowers / Strimmers
  • Dynamic Balance Driver Technology
  • Flying Bridge Mounted Tweeter
  • IP66 Outdoor Use
  • Paintable

Key Specs

  • 3.5” Driver
  • 0.75” Tweeter
  • 8 Ohms
  • 10-100W Amplifier Recommended
  • 17.78 x 13.97 x 21.34 cm (H x W x D)

Lithe Audio Outdoor Rock Speaker In Flower Bed

Best Outdoor Rock Speaker - Lithe Audio

Rock speakers can work really well if the garden suits them.

For instance if you have rockeries or garden borders with slate fillings then they can look discreet and work really well.

Lithe Audio have two versions of their rock speakers; 

  1. Bluetooth: The Lithe Audio Bluetooth Rock Speaker is an all in one outdoor rock speaker with a built in amplifier and Bluetooth receiver. Available as a single or a pair depending on the size of your garden area. You simply plug the master into an outdoor socket and pair your phone.

  2. Passive: The Lithe Audio passive rock speaker is also available as a passive version for connecting to any other amplifier of your choice. It makes for a really good rock speaker at a very competitive price.

Key Details

  • Weatherproof Design - IP56
  • Discreet Rock Design
  • Pre-Terminated With Speaker Fly Lead & Through Connector

Key Specs

  • 6.5” Driver
  • 1.2” Titanium Tweeter
  • 60W RMS
  • 8 Ohms
  • 320 x 320 x 270mm

Monitor Audio Outdoor Speaker Mounted On A Wall

Best Stereo Input Outdoor Speaker - Monitor Audio CL60-T2

Most outdoor speakers are mono which means you need two speakers for your garden set up - one for left and one for right. 

But what if you only want one speaker in a smaller seating area? Or perhaps you need three speakers to cover an awkward shaped decking area.

That’s where stereo input outdoor speakers come into play.

One physical speaker unit but it has two drivers - one for left and one for right.

And they don’t get much better than the Monitor Audio CL60-T2 - a beautiful looking outdoor speaker with a 6 ½” C-CAM bass driver and 1” C-CAM gold tweeter.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget that stereo speakers need two cables from the amplifier for both channels. They feature two sets of cable inputs and play both the left and right channel from one speaker housing.

Stereo Outdoor Speaker Terminals

Key Details

  • Quick & Easy Installation
  • High Performance C-CAM Drivers
  • UV Rated
  • 175 Degree Rotational Bracket
  • Anchor Point For Security Attachment
  • Aluminium Grilles To Prevent Rust
  • Rotational “M” Logo For Portrait or Landscape Positions

Key Specs

  • 50W RMS
  • 8 Ohm
  • 15-100W Amplifier Recommended
  • 325 x 185 x 178.5mm
  • IP55
  • White or Black

Q Acoustics QI65CW Outdoor Weatherproof Ceiling Speakers

Best Outdoor Ceiling Speaker - Q Acoustics QI65CW

I’m not crazy, there are plenty of times where a ceiling speaker could be needed outdoors!

Let’s say for example you have built a kitchen extension with an overhanging roof by the patio and want to add some discreet in-ceiling speakers or perhaps you’ve built an under-cover outdoor kitchen area.

It’s important that in these circumstances the ceiling is completely water-tight, the amplifier installed indoors and you use IP rated ceiling speakers.

A great option for this is the Q Acoustics QI65CW weatherproof ceiling speakers.

They are great quality, sound amazing and are durable enough to last outdoors when installed correctly.

They are also acoustically matched to the QI65EW outdoor speakers so if you need a combination of in-ceiling and wall mounted then this is a great option.

Key Details

  • Weather Resistant
  • Discreet
  • High-Quality Sound
  • Adjustable HF (+ or - 3db)

Key Specs

  • 6.5” Driver
  • 15-60W Power Handling
  • 8 Ohms
  • 84mm Depth
  • 232mm Diameter

Polk Audio Atrium SUB 100 Outdoor Subwoofer

Best Outdoor Subwoofer - Polk Atrium Sub 100

Outdoor subwoofers may not be so common in the UK but if you have understanding neighbours then they are a worthwhile addition to your garden setup.

I’ve always been a big fan of the Polk Audio Atrium SUB 100 outdoor subwoofer.

It’s a compact surface-mount subwoofer that’s easy to install (just place it where you want it!) and it can then be wired into an adequate stereo power amplifier.

It’s available in either terracotta or a nice grey finish so whether your garden is traditional or modern it’s going to blend in quite nicely.

Key Details

  • IP66 Weatherproof Design
  • 10” Downward Firing Dual Voice Driver
  • Sealed Enclosure Withstands Elements
  • Paintable
  • Includes Waterproof Junction Box
  • Acoustically Matched To Atrium SAT300 Satellite Speakers

Key Specs

  • 10” Driver
  • 8 Ohm (x 2)
  • 10-200W Amplifier Recommended
  • Keyhole Slot & Security Eye Bolt For Locking Down