We dropped them, sprayed them with a hose, and kicked sand on the toughest water-resistant outdoor speakers to find out which ones are really worth taking on your next adventure. To simulate the abuse these speakers might face at a campsite, beach, or pool, we subjected them to dirt, sand, water, and drops of up to 5 feet. Audio quality was checked before and after, and the ratings reflect both sound and ruggedness.
We feared the worst for the Voombox, the cheapest speaker in our lineup. In our torture tests, rocks and concrete did scar the non-rubberized surfaces surrounding the front and rear grilles. But all of that damage was cosmetic: The Voombox continued to play tunes and sounded particularly good at high volumes without breaking up at all. [$100; divoom.com]