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Top 5 In-Ceiling Speakers for your Bathroom
Discover which ceiling speakers are great for bathrooms
Our top ceiling speakers for your bathroom
If you've landed on this blog, you probably enjoy showering to your favourite songs as part of your morning routine. Same as us! Maybe you're looking to start from scratch or improve your existing system and wondering how to get music in the bathroom, particularly in the form of ceiling speakers.
Some brands have created cheap, waterproof shower speakers that sit on your wall using a suction cup, but in our opinion, we really don’t think these offer the listener a great experience - mainly because the batteries need to be replaced regularly, the sound quality is poor and if the wall gets too wet, they can fall off regularly.
We believe your money is better invested with something like an in-ceiling speaker. Ceiling speakers are becoming an increasingly popular bathroom speaker solution, due to the fact it’s harder to find a power source in a bathroom and there’s limited space on shelves, walls and the floor.
Something important to think about when considering a bathroom ceiling speaker is what your preferred method of control is. Is it Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect or some other way?
This will be a big factor in the type of ceiling speaker you go for.
Single stereo or dedicated Stereo pair?
Before we get into recommending specific ceiling speakers, it's also important to understand the difference between a single stereo and dedicated left and right stereo pair.
Most ceiling speakers have 1 tweeter each meaning they are mono speakers needing to be installed as a left and right pair. This means you'll need to have space in your ceiling for two ceiling speakers.
However, as bathrooms tend to be the smallest rooms of the home, ceiling space can be limited, especially with lights and extractor fans. That's why we normally recommend single stereo ceiling speakers for a bathroom, as you get a dedicated tweeter for the left and right channels, meaning you can still benefit from a true stereo sound from a single speaker.
Voice control your ceiling speakers with alexa or google assistant
Our top tip would be to look for a speaker that has the ability to be linked with a voice assistant such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Being able to control your tracks hands-free with your voice adds a whole new level of convenience.
Take a look at our most popular picks below.
Best Single Stereo Ceiling Speaker Options
Lithe Audio Bluetooth IP44 Bathroom Ceiling Speaker V2 - £229 each
This is by far our most popular Bluetooth ceiling speaker system for the bathroom. The great thing about Lithe Audio is that they are active speakers that just need plugging into mains power from a socket, or via your lighting circuit.
From this point, you can use Bluetooth from your phone for the most straightforward method of control.
Being Alexa-enabled and Google Assistant-enabled, you can add any Amazon Echo or Google Home device within 8 metres of the ceiling speaker and your music-related voice commands will be sent over Bluetooth to the speaker.
You can install just one speaker in your bathroom, or you can install a pair for true stereo sound (speaker cabling required between each ceiling speaker if installing a pair).
Being IP44-rated, it’s resistant to steam, moisture and humidity. While it’s not waterproof, being in the ceiling, it’s less likely to get splashed. However, we recommend positioning it away from shower enclosures and bathtubs, just in case. The sound is loud enough to be heard from anywhere in the bathroom anyway.
What’s more, it also comes with an RCA input so maybe if you have a built-in waterproof TV in your bathroom, you can connect them up together, for a complete audiovisual experience in the bathroom.
- Easy to install - no speaker cable and no amplifier required
- Bluetooth 5.0 - the simplest method of control now updated to Bluetooth 5.0 for better range & audio quality
- IP44 rated against steam, moisture and humidity
- Use as a single speaker or as a pair
- Great value product and highly recommended
Sonance C6R SST Bathroom Ceiling Speaker - £127 each plus Amplifier
If you are looking to install ceiling speakers in multiple rooms of your home, then you may wish to consider a more robust ecosystem using passive, ceiling speakers in your bathroom such as the Sonance C6R SST.
You can choose what kind of amplifier you want to power it with, however, we recommend powering it with the WiFi-enabled Sonos Amp. If you are a Sonos user already, you'll know this unlocks the ability to stream from over 60 music streaming services, from Spotify to TuneIn Radio and group the music with the rest of your system, or have the bathroom playing something different.
Being steam and moisture resistant, it can cope in a bathroom environment, no problem at all, as long as you do not position in a shower enclosure or get it wet.
Out of all the passive ceiling speakers, the Sonance range, in our opinion, provides some of the best value for money for the sound you can achieve.
- Passive speakers - power with your chosen amplifier via speaker cable e.g. Sonos Amp
- Steam and moisture resistant - position away from shower enclosures
- Great for ambient background listening
Bathroom In-Ceiling stereo pair options
If you are lucky enough to have enough space to fit two ceiling speakers in your bathroom, we would highly recommend a stereo pair of ceiling speakers for a true stereo sound.
Monitor Audio AWC265 Waterproof Ceiling Speaker - £225 each plus amplifier
This passive, waterproof ceiling speaker sounds phenomenal when used as a pair and the quality of engineering really comes across. Again, you can power this with the Sonos Amp and benefit from the highly-regarded Sonos ecosystem.
The great thing about this model is that because it is IP55 rated, it is waterproof and can be fitted inside a shower enclosure, above a bathtub or wherever you would like in your bathroom. It’s completely at home in these sorts of environments.
Being a Monitor Audio speaker, they are extremely well-built which makes for a crystal-clear sound. The 6-inch woofer drives great bass too over background noise. And you get the benefit of Monitor Audio’s lifetime warranty.
- Passive speakers. Power with an amplifier via speaker cable e.g. Sonos Amp
- IP55 rated. Fully waterproof. Position anywhere in your bathroom!
- Designed for use as a dedicated stereo pair
- Listen comfortably at loud volumes
Sonos in-ceiling speakers (£599 a pair + amplifier)
If you are passionate about powerful sound in your bathroom and have space to install a pair of ceiling speakers, these Sonos in-ceiling speakers are really anyone could ever need in a bathroom.
These have been designed by Sonos and engineered by the US' largest speaker manufacturer Sonance. Sonos and Sonance worked from the ground up to produce these speakers and the end result is an exceptionally well-round ceiling speaker.
Sold as a pair, these ceiling speakers are steam and humidity resistant so while they cannot go in a shower enclosure, they can be positioned at the edges of your bathroom ceiling for an immersive stereo experience when you’re bathing or showering.
Power them with the Sonos Amp and unlock the ability to tune the ceiling speakers to your own bathroom, so they are perfectly optimised to your room’s architecture.
What's more, the driver is fully pivotable so the sound can be directed to a certain position in the room.
Why not check out our video review of the Sonos in-ceiling speakers?
- A premium solution for music-lovers
- Perfectly partnered with the Sonos Amp
- Passive speakers
- Listen comfortably at high volumes
Non-in-ceiling bathroom speaker options
If you’re a Sonos user on a budget, however, the Sonos One (Gen 2) is steam and moisture resistant, meaning you can position this on a shelf or the wall of your bathroom using the dedicated Flexson Sonos one wall mount.
It also has Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant built right into the speaker, so it’s like having an Echo Dot or Google Home, but on steroids with Sonos’ famous sound quality.
All you’ll need to do is run mains power to it. Many customers run this from a spur in the wall leading back to a socket from an adjoining room.
Or why not consider the new Sonos Move which does not require mains power at all? It's fully portable, weatherproof and you can choose to use WiFi or Bluetooth with it. It's a great solution if you want the ability to take advantage of the Sonos eco-system but not have a speaker that permanently requires mains power.
You can pay any price for a bathroom speaker but it’s important to match your budget with how good you want your bathroom speakers to sound.
Are you looking simply for background quality music in the bathroom? In which case, definitely consider the best-seller option, Lithe Audio all-in-one Bluetooth ceiling speaker. No speaker cable and no amplifier required.
Or do you take your music more seriously than the average listener? You may want to consider going for a passive ceiling speaker such as the Sonance C6R SST or Sonos’ own ceiling speakers powered by a separate Amp for a much more superior listening experience.