This Bluetooth-enabled device boasts surprisingly great sound quality and easy installation. Perhaps the smartest of all is that it automatically recharges the water from the shower (seriously). However, it is not ideal for tall people.
While researching and writing our guide to home Bluetooth speakers, lead author Brent Butterworth named the Shower Power a great choice for anyone who just wants a speaker for the shower or bathroom. Fair warning: It extends nearly four inches onto your shower arm, which could make the shower head position too low for taller people. (Ampere claims the Shower Power “installs on almost any showerhead—rain, fixed, or handheld.”) But once it’s easily attached with an adjustable wrench, you don’t have to fiddle with it again; it’s powered by water from your shower without the need to change the battery, maintains a charge so you can use it for up to 16 hours without running the shower, and is designed to automatically pair with your streaming source of choice.
Brent (who has been in the audio business for over 30 years) described the sound quality as “surprisingly good”. In fact, he rated the Shower Power’s sound better than its upgraded variant, the Shower Power Pro, which comes with additional features such as app-controlled lighting and water usage and temperature monitoring.
Speaking of water usage, one downside is that the speaker turbine reduces shower water flow, so it may not be the best choice if you or your recipient struggles with shower pressure. Ampere claims a drop in water flow of between 8 and 24 percent, but as Brent wrote in his review, “we didn’t notice a difference even when using a 1.5-gallon-per-minute shower head.” (Federally mandated maximum flow for showerheads head is 2.5 gallons per minute.)
While we think the Shower Power would make a great gift for anyone who likes to sing in the bathroom – or who wants to but is embarrassed about strapping on without a backing track – it also works well as a catch-all gift for those who have a problem. buy types. Pair it with a bathtub, bubble bath or our recommended shower wine glass holder and you’ve got a gift your lucky recipient can sing about in more ways than one.
This article was edited by Catherine Kast and Christine Cyr Clisset.