From left to right:
For fashion addicts
At a first glance, the Scandinavian-designed Vifa Helsinki (US$410, vifa.dk) looks more like a clutch bag than a wireless speaker, though detailed, heavyweight sound still makes it a handsome choice.
For water babies
The silicon rubber Lexon Tykho Booster ($85, amara.com) is a retro homage to the iconic
80s ghetto blaster and perfectly at home in the shower or at the pool. Available in a rainbow of shades, it’s a fun, wallet-friendly option.
The no-nonsense interface (just press the B for play and pause), swift Bluetooth pairing and cool design make the Beats by Dre Pill+ ($229.95, beatsbydre.com) a great choice. Surprise bonus: you can make and receive calls on it.
For all-action outdoor lovers
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom ($79.99, amazon.com) can take whatever you throw at it: it can withstand a drop of five metres, and even survives in water for up to 30 minutes. Best of all, it delivers a gutsy, full sound despite its diminutive design.
For sound obsessives
The sleek omni-directional Bose SoundLink Revolve ($199.95, bose.com) spreads sound in every direction with the depth you’d expect from a home system. What’s more, it’s proof against spills, rain and pool splashes.