Shower speakers are one way of bringing your tunes into the shower, but if you live with other people, you may not want to bother others with you blasting music through the bathroom door. Or maybe you are just embarrassed about listening to those classic boy bands? 🙂 One other issue with shower speakers is that unless they are relatively powerful speakers, the sound can be drowned out by the noisy shower. So instead of shower speakers maybe you should be thinking of shower headphones?
The good news is that these days there are tons of waterproof headphones on the market that you can use in the shower. Most are designed for outdoor use (to combat rain) but there are also headphones specifically designed to work for swimming. But all can be used for the shower as well, so these headphones can potentially serve different purposes for you.
How waterproof is waterproof?
So “waterproof-ness” is measured using the IP (Ingress Protocol) rating. This rating describes the level of protection of the product against liquids. For shower use we recommend a minimum of Level 5 IP or higher. These are the descriptions of level 5 and above:
- 5 – protected against low pressure jets of water from all directions
- 6 – protected against high pressure jets of water (use on ship deck)
- 7 – protected against the effects of immersion between 15cm and 1m
So an IPX5 resistant headphone (the first digit/letter indicates level of protection against foreign bodies like dust) means the headphone is protected against low pressure jets of water from all directions, which is good enough for a shower. All the headphones we review here are at least IPX5.
Some devices require you to transfer the music to small playing device connected to the earphones. This is how it typically works for swimming earbuds. But headphones with Bluetooth connectivity are probably preferable so that you can just stream the music from your phone. Typically bluetooth connections allow you to be up to 33 feet away from your phone before you start losing connection.
Think about controls – if you have controls on the headphones it will help you remotely skip, pause, and play your music from the headphones themselves.
Over-ear or-in ear
While you do get over-ear or on-ear headphones that are water resistant and can be used for outdoor use against the elements, we weren’t able to find any that were IPX5 or above. For that reason, if you want headphones that you can use in the shower, they will probably have to to be in-ear headphones.
Of course, you can’t talk about headphones or speakers of any kind for that matter, without talking about sound quality. However, this is a hard thing to describe, and headphone descriptions are often full of technical jargon. We try to simplify some of these descriptions in this article.
You want to be able to use your headphones without having to charge them all the time. Most headphones are usually good for about 8 hours play time.
Noise cancellation headphones reduce the lower frequency portions of noise which are responsible for the ambient noise in your environment. This basically means they reduce the unwanted, ambient sounds and you can listen to the audio content without raising the volume excessively. This is useful to have in headphones, but while this works for things like using headphones in an airplane, the noise from a shower might be a bit harder to ‘cancel’ out!
Some headphones have microphones enabled but these are probably more relevant when using them outdoors and now while showering, I presume.
Here’s our 5 Best Shower Headphones
Elegiant Mini Bluetooth Earbuds
These headphones are bluetooth enabled and IPX5 water-resistant. It comes with a neckband so it can also be used for outdoor use, running, etc. It has impressive HD Stereo Sound & EDR Technology. It also has CVC6.0 noise cancelling technology ensure as clear sound as possible (excluding the noise of the shower!). One nice little novely they have is a magnetic connection for the headphones so you can stick them together – helps with all the untangling business.
- Noise cancelling technology for clearer sound
- magnetic headphone connection to stop from them getting tangled when not using them
- Comes with different size earbuds and ear hooks
What do Amazon reviews say: The reviews found on Amazon are pretty positive toward this product. It does the job, accommodates different sizes and is great for outdoor use too.
Swimbuds Flex Waterproof Headphones
These headphones are specifically designed for – that’s right, you guessed it – swimming, making them the go to headphones when you are looking for a set that is specifically waterproof. These are made by the market leading manufacturer of swimming earbuds Underwater Audio. They are a bit expensive at around $80 – but it is well worth what you are paying for. They have four separate earbud styles to choose from, to fit and suit all. Keep changing and to see which of these is the best fit for you. Obviously, you should only consider these headphones if you want your headphones to double as a swimming companion as well as a shower headphones.
- Different earbud sizes to choose from
- Uses third generation Hydrobeat™ sound. Refined and perfected for underwater use.
- IPX8 waterproof, submergible over 1 m (but maximum 3.05 m as indicated by the manufacturer)
- 1 year warranty
- Not Bluetooth enabled. Needs to connect to a waterproof device to work, commonly an ipod.
What do Amazon reviews say: The Amazon reviews for this item are very positive, focusing very much on sound quality and being snug and fit while swimming.
Mindkoo Wireless In-Ear Headphones
The Mindkoo waterproof headphones are know for their good sound quality. Thanks to the CVC 6.0 noise cancelling technology isolates the sound and the HiFi stereo sound is streamed to the headphones from your device with ease. These are very lightweight and hidden, using Bluetooth to connect to your music device. The package includes three sets of earplugs to help you find the one that fits you best.
- Built-in magnet to keep the wires tidy when out of use
- Great sound
- Designed for a snug fit within your ear with three ear tips (S, M, L) to suit all ear types
What do Amazon reviews say: Reviews of these headphones have been very positive to regards to the comfort of the ear pieces and the minimal controls that keep everything in check. Distance is a bit of an issue, but if your device is merely in the next room it shouldn’t be a problem.
Plantronics Backbeat Fit Wireless Headphones
These headphones, made by well-known manufacturer Plantronics, are designed with running in mind and are great at doubling as exercise headphones as well as shower headphones. They are constructed with a flexible design so the earbuds remain stable in your ear while you exercise. They have a good battery time at 8 hours and decent sound quality with a frequency response from 50-20,000 Hz. The on-ear controls let you control the music while you shower or exercise. These headphones are IP57, meaning that they can be submerged up to 1m of water, and also are protected from dust particles (ok good for outdoor but not so relevant for shower use!). Overall, great headphones for outdoor activities and for showering.
- IP57 rating, can be submerged up to 1m of water
- Flexible design for comfortable fit
- On ear controls allowing you to control music during use
- 8 hours of playback time
Read more about Plantronics Backbeat Fit Headphones on Amazon.
Senso Bluetooth IPX7 Sports Headphones
These headphones are designed for sports and outdoor use and with an IPX7 rating they are completely waterproof. It uses 4.1 CSR technology and acoustic components that produce good sound quality with deep bass and crystal clear treble. It has flexible ear hooks with gel flex silicone earbuds to ensure your headphones stay comfortably in place and reduce any tangling issues. It uses CVC6.0 passive noise reduction technology to reduce ambient background noise.
- High IPX7 rating making it very waterproof
- Comfortable fit with flexible ear hooks
- Passive noise reduction technology
- ‘Extras’ box including Carrying Case, short Charging Cable, 3 Sets of Ear Tips and Cable Management Clip
What do Amazon reviews say: Reviews of these headphones are quite positive. There are lots of comments about the sound quality and comfortable fit.
Read more about the Senso Bluetooth Headphones on Amazon.
Pairing your shower headphones with your phone
Pairing your bluetooth shower headphones is the same as with any bluetooth device really. In this case the headphones will have a button of some sort to initiate the pairing (this will depend on the headphones you purchase – just check the instructions). When that’s been turned on go to your phone, switch on bluetooth connectivity and wait for it to find your new headphones. Then choose your headphones and the phone should start pairing the two. You may potentially be asked for a passkey, depending on the phone and headphones you are using.
As you can see there are several different options for using headphones in the shower. Generally there are two types of headphones that can help – underwater earphones for swimming or outdoor headphones typically used for physical activity where it can get wet – outdoors, in the rain and with sweat. And remember, headphones aren’t your only option – there are other ways to enjoy music in the shower, including using dedicated shower speakers. We hope you find what you are looking for!