I went to Radio Shack a few months ago in search of a new pair of speakers, and the cashier tried to sell me on a pair of water speakers. I was intrigued but ultimately went with a standard pair of speakers.
Still, I was intrigued, so I had to learn more. Apparently, these lamps have a bade of water and jets that shoot them up while the music is playing. They are often outfitted with LED lights that dance around the water while your music is playing. The effect creates the illusion that the water is dancing.
Regarding speaker quality, water speakers are not as good as standard speakers. This is because their hardware is smaller, and so the sound chambers don’t have as much room to echo. If you’re a serious audiophile, it’s unlikely you’ll be satisfied with the audio quality of water speakers.
When it comes to atmosphere, however, water speakers are amazing. They’re especially well suited for parties, especially if you turn down the lights and let the water speak for itself. If you’re looking to set an exciting mood, dancing water is sure to get people excited.
Water speakers are also great for children and adolescents. Much like lava lamps in the 90s, water speakers give a kid something to look at. This helps make listening to music a more active experience.
Whatever your reasons for buying a water speaker, you want to make sure that what you’re buying is worth your hard-earned money. That’s where we come in. We’ve reviewed the best water speakers on the market and compiled the list here for you.
Things to Consider
Like any speaker system, good sound quality is of the utmost importance. But there are several distinct differences between standard speakers and dancing water speakers. It always helps to have reasonable expectations, so here are some things you need to be aware of and consider before making your purchase.
1. Sound Quality
No matter what you do, you should never choose to sacrifice audio quality simply for a light show. Don’t settle for subpar sound if you don’t have to. Everyone has different standards when it comes to speaker quality, so there aren’t any right or wrong answers here. But if you don’t like the way your music sounds, a cool light show isn’t going to make it better.
Not all dancing water speakers use the same kinds of dyes. Try to find a colour or mix of colours that seems especially exciting to you. Some water speakers are far more vivid than others. Some models look better in the dark, while others look perfectly fine during the day.
While speaker quality may play a part in the size of a water speaker, the difference in size may simply be because of a larger chassis for the water show. And that’s not a bad thing. After all, the larger the water container, the better you’ll be able to watch the action.
Part of the fun of buying water speakers is the exciting visual aesthetics, which usually bears little resemblance to standard audio speakers. So go ahead and buy that funky shape. It’ll make a great conversation piece.
Generally speaking, water speakers aren’t all that expensive, but they can vary in price by $20-$40 dollars. Is this something you or your child will use on a regular basis? Are you buying it for a party, or is this something you’re going to get bored of quickly? Try to answer these questions before you drop $50 on a water speaker you don’t like.
The Best Water Speakers
- Fountain is filled with dyed, non-toxic, non-flammable vegetable oil
- Each speaker powered by 3W drivers
- PRICE RANGE: Under $25
- Fountain is filled with dyed, non-toxic, non-flammable vegetable oil
- Each speaker powered by 3W drivers
- PRICE RANGE: Under $25
Beauty is in the eye of the beholders, but awesome speakers will always be awesome. If you’re looking for a great set of dancing water speakers, the SoundSOUL Dancing Water Speakers both looks great and sounds great. It’s everything you want in water speakers.
Best Water Speakers Under $25
Black Dancing Water Fountain Light Show Sound Speaker
These Black Dancing Water Fountain Light Show are neither the best-sounding nor the most colourful water speakers. Sometimes less is more, however, and what these lack in showmanship, they make up for in prettiness.
That’s right. These speakers are pretty. They’re relaxing. There are four coloured lights – pink, violet, green and yellow – and they are set against a clear water background. The effect of the lights with the jets, however, is very charming, and what the show speakers lack in showmanship, they make up for in simplicity.
The sound quality is pretty good too. It would be more accurate to say that the volume is good. The sound quality is comparable to a laptop speaker, but the volume is much better. The real problem with these speakers is that there isn’t very much water in it. As a result, the dancing jet effects are a lot more subdued than they should be.
Aolyty Colorful LED Dancing Water Fountain Light Show Sound Speaker
This set of dancing water speakers is a lot like the previous one. With the light off, the Aolyty LED Dancing Water Fountain Speakers to seem to have the same four colours as the Black Dancing water speakers, but in normal light, it’s very difficult to pick out the individual colours.
Overall, this seems to be a very similarly made set of speakers. The speakers are pretty loud, although the sound quality is still subpar. The biggest difference is in the lights. While they look very pretty and exciting with the lights out, they’re just not bright enough to make an impression under normal conditions.
They also suffer from the same problem as the last set: not enough water. With just a little bit more water, the jets and LED lights would put on a much better show.
e-Joy Water Dancing Speakers
The e-Joy Water Dancing Speakers are available in seven different colours, but as near as I can tell, the only difference there is a different coloured base. The water jet area is the same in all of them, and they all have the same four colours of LED lights.
Like the other water speakers above, this speaker set uses four different jets of water, and the visual effects start as the LED lights play off the water as it shoots and jets inside the container. The speakers themselves are 5W speakers, and they are compatible with both iPod and PC.
There isn’t a huge difference between these speakers and the two that came before. They all produce a similar light show, and they all suffer from the somewhat poor quality sound.
ECVISION Plug and Play Multi-Colored Illuminated Fountain Water Speakers
The fourth dancing water lamp is the first on this list to one that is significantly different from the others. Ironically, the thing that separates the ECVISION Illuminated Fountain Water Speakers from the previous speakers is the fact that it doesn’t use water at all.
These speakers use vegetable oil in place of water, and there’s a good reason for it. Water is a semi-conductor, and if it leaks can react poorly to electricity. Plant oils are an insulator and are thus less likely to react negatively to the electronics.
In other respects, this “water” lamp is just like the others. The use of oil does change the way the jets shoot, which affects the light show, but the colour of the LED lights are the same, as is the quality of the speakers. The speakers are powered by USB and connect to your iPhone or computer through an audio jack.
DIY YOUR WORLD Water Speakers White USB Powered Dancing Music Box Speaker
Although the picture on Amazon only shows a single speaker, this purchase does come with a set of two speakers. These DIY, Your World water speakers, don’t bring anything new to the table. They don’t even look appreciably different from the last four sets of speakers I reviewed.
These speakers stand nine inches tall, are filled with water and have four LED lights that dance among the water as it jets. The speaker sound is perfectly fine for the price, and the 3.5 mm jack connects to your PC, mp3 player or other electronic device.
Sadly, I don’t have much else to say about it. Nor can I really, honestly recommend any one of these speakers over another. They all look similar, are a similar size and provide similar sound quality. Without knowing which speaker I was testing, I’m not even sure I could tell which was which. So if you’re looking for a cheap, inexpensive pair of water speakers, these are as good as anything else.
Bass Jaxx Dancing Water Speaker
If you’re looking for something completely different, this is it. Most water speakers feature an array of jets lit up by LED lights. These water speakers by Bass Jaxx feature floating jellyfish.
Yes, you read that right! Inside an acrylic container filled with water are several gooey plastic jellyfish. The speakers do light up, but instead of an array of lights, it’s a single light that changes colour every couple of seconds. Unlike other water speakers, you have to add the water to these speakers yourself, which isn’t a problem.
My main complaint with these speakers is that these speakers do not come as a pair. With the right connections, you might be able to set this up to work in conjunction with another speaker. But as it is, channelling stereo sound into a single speaker doesn’t provide the best sound. Still, these are very cool, fun speakers your kids are sure to love.
SoundSOUL Dancing Water Speakers LED Speakers
Finally, we have something different. There’s a little bit of a price jump from the last sets of a speaker to this one, and even visually it pays off. These dancing water speakers from SoundSOUL are sleeker and sexier than their less expensive cousins.
Like the water speakers from ECVISION, these speakers use vegetable oil in place of water because there is less risk of a fire hazard. These water speakers six coloured LED lights instead of four, and the design of the speakers themselves is more round and fluid. This creates a more visually appealing display.
Ultimately, the biggest problem with these speakers is still the sound. Each of these speakers is three watts, which isn’t enough to produce full, rich tones. So when the speakers get loud, the sound quality goes down. Overall, this is an improvement over less expensive speakers, but I still wish the sound quality was better.
SoundSOUL Bluetooth Dancing Water Speakers LED Speakers
Although these particular SoundSOUL water speakers look just like the cheaper models, these are a more modern, streamlined approach. The buttons are placed on the front of the speakers instead of the sides, making it easier to control the volume.
The other big difference between these speakers and their less expensive cousins is their Bluetooth connectivity. Instead of having to plug in these speakers to your computer or mp3 player, you can play your tunes through your wireless connection. This means you can place your speakers somewhere for maximum effect, making these a perfect set of speakers to use for entertaining house guests.
While the speakers are a step up from cheaper SoundSoul models, they still haven’t improved on the overall quality of the sounds. The speakers are still just three watts each. It would be nice if the speakers were a little better, considering the price.
Best Water Speakers Under $50
NAXA Electronics NHS-2009 Dancing Water Light Tower Speaker System
The NAXA Electronics NHS-2009 water tower speaker is somehow both a step in the right direction and the wrong one. It’s larger and has a better sound than cheaper speakers, but there’s only one, so there’s no stereo sound.
The other baffling thing about these speakers is the marketing. They are described as a floor-standing speaker, but it’s less than two feet tall, which isn’t large enough to stand on the floor. It is perfect for a computer desk, but even so, it looks somehow out of place without a companion.
What’s good about these speakers is its Bluetooth connection. While the speakers come with a 3.5mm audio jack, you can also connect to the speaker straight from your phone. If you could combine this speaker with another one and control them via Bluetooth simultaneously, that would make up for some of its shortcomings, but I’m not sure if that’s possible.
Sylvania SP349 Light & Water Display Bluetooth Tower Speaker
The Sylvania SP349 is closer to what I was expecting when I tried the NAXA NHS-2009. Unlike that speaker, this one stands about 3 ½ feet tall and can properly be called a floor speaker.
Like the last two speakers on this list, this speaker also connects directly to Bluetooth for easy listening. Because of its larger than other water speakers, it also produces better sound, making it better suited for parties and get-togethers. There are six colour-changing LED lights that dance to the beat of the music.
Again, the biggest problem with these speakers is that there’s only one of them, so you’re forced to listen to everything in mono sound. If they charged more and sold these speakers as a pair, this would be a much better purchase.
Not everyone is a fan of water speakers, but if you or your kids are, they make an excellent gift. If you’ve been trying to find the right water speaker for you or your loved ones, you’ve come to the right place. Thanks for reading, and have fun!
*All prices mentioned above are at the time of publishing.