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Bathroom radio and speakers buying guide

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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If you want to listen to music in the bathroom, you have a range of different speaker and radio options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or even an SD card. These waterproof devices may be battery-operated or feature a USB connection. Read on to find the right radio or speakers for your bathroom!

Important features

  • Water resistance
  • Power rating
  • Ergonomics
  • Style

Choosing a bathroom radio

In order to maximise the efficiency and durability of your bathroom radio, there are a few factors to take into consideration.

Dimensions

Choose a small radio that will easily fit into the bathroom without obstructing any other items or accessories.


Water resistance

Since bathrooms are wet environments, it's important to ensure that the device is water resistant and able to cope with any potential water splashing. It's best to choose a bathroom radio with an IP65 safety rating (a protection index indicating level of protection against dust and water).

Ergonomics

Choosing a radio with an ergonomic shape guarantees a good grip and easy handling.


Display

Some retro radios will still be equipped with an analogue display. These devices are operated with a central wheel, thats allows you to manually search for stations. Other radios may feature a digital display that usually offers pre-tuned stations.


Online radio and additional features

In addition to capturing conventional FM radio stations, some bathroom radios can also receive radio stations that stream online, including certain stations abroad. These devices are often equipped with an USB port to connect another device (aux in and out).

Choosing bathroom speakers

Bluetooth speakers are ideal for enjoying the music stored on your smartphone while in the bathroom. A few swipes and you can listen to your favourite songs as you shower! Speakers, just like radios, have different characteristics that should be taken into consideration.

Water resistance

Just like bathroom radios, your bluetooth speaker must be completely waterproof. Your best best is a speaker with a waterproof outer casing or to look for speakers with an IP65 safety rating. It's also a good idea to go for a shock-resistant device.


Power

To get the best sound quality, even at a distance, choose a speaker with a high power rating (indicated in watts (W) or RMS watts).

Battery life

To avoid having to recharge the speaker after each use, a battery with a long-operating life is essential. Manufacturers generally provide the battery life in hours and minutes. As an alternative, some radios run on ordinary AA batteries which may be rechargeable.

Style

Bathroom Bluetooth speakers are available in a range of different shapes and colours.
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