Can The Sonos Move Get Wet?

The Sonos Move’s excellent sound and convenient portability make it a tempting device to carry around with you wherever you go.

All of that quality doesn’t come cheap, and the last thing you want is to end up with a speaker that hasn’t worked properly.

In case you’re wondering if your Sonos Move will be able to handle the elements rain or shine, keep reading to find out if it’s completely waterproof, water-resistant, or just plain fragile near water.

Is It Possible for the Sonos Move to Get Wet?

The Sonos Move is not waterproof, but it can withstand a few drops of water. In some cases, accidental spills or leaving the speaker outside in the rain may not spell the end of your speaker’s life. The Move, on the other hand, was not intended to be subjected to prolonged exposure to moisture.

If you’re asking because you want to go whitewater rafting with your Move white, the answer is a resounding no.

The Sonos Move is a tough device, but not in the way you might think. If at all possible, keep the speaker on solid ground.

The Sonos Move is designed for portable use indoors and outdoors, but not for use in water or other hazardous environments.

Don’t get too worked up if you accidentally spilled your camping beer on your clothes.

Try to dry it out as much as you can.

Although it is likely that there was no internal damage, you do not want the smell of dried alcohol to emanate from your Sonos Move when you are at home.

Some Sonos Move owners have stated in their customer reviews that they have experienced the same situation, sometimes while drinking wine.

They all claim that the Sonos Move was unaffected by their intoxicating incident.

What is the water resistance of my Sonos Move?

The IP56 rating of the Sonos Move indicates that it is resistant to water and dust. This means that the speaker can withstand rough environments, but it will not be able to withstand complete immersion in water.

Here are a few examples of water exposure that will not result in the failure of your Sonos system:

  • Experiencing a lot of rain
  • Liquid spills that occur by chance
  • Splashes of water
  • Climates that are too wet

Fortunately, this means that the Sonos Move is shielded from the majority of the most common sources of moisture exposure.

Just remember that even though the Move can withstand a night in the rain, it will not be able to do so indefinitely.

When it comes to keeping your Move out of deep water, it is best to be as cautious as possible.

For the most part, this should be a relatively straightforward undertaking.

It is recommended that you mount or secure your Move speaker in a shielded location if you intend to take it on a cruise.

When going on an outing that involves being near bodies of water, it is best to purchase a speaker with a higher waterproof rating.

What Should I Do If My Sonos Move Is Left Out in the Rain During a Heavy Downpour?

First and foremost, determine the health of the speaker.

It’s possible that it’s in good working order and has suffered no damage.

If you notice any distortion in the audio quality, remove your Move from the charging base and give it some time to dry out before continuing.

One severe storm is not enough to put the Move out of commission for the time being.

Some customers have put the Move’s waterproof rating to the test by spraying the speaker directly from a garden hose. The speaker has survived the experience. They stated that there was no damage.

While I would not recommend intentionally stress testing your speaker, doing so should provide Move owners with greater confidence in the speaker’s long-term durability and performance.

In the unlikely event that your Move has become completely submerged in water, this may not be the case at all.

After you’ve removed the speaker from the water, you’ll want to dry the outside of the speaker with a towel to prevent any additional water from getting inside the casing of the speaker.

Try to position the speaker in such a way that any water that has managed to find its way inside can drip out.

Once you get home, you’ll want to secure the speaker until you can unplug it.

Hopefully, the time it took you to transport the speaker back to your house was sufficient to dry it out. Restart the computer and see if it works this time. If it works, the issue is resolved. If not, you’ll have to resort to opening the casing and blotting the excess moisture out with paper towels if it’s not dry enough. 

Once you’ve dried the speaker as much as you possibly can, allow it to rest submerged in rice for up to three days before using it. The rice will draw out any water or moisture that has accumulated inside the speaker.

It may take some time to ensure that no rice is left inside the speaker casing after the cleaning process. After it has been cleaned, reconnect the speaker to the amplifier.

It will be necessary to recharge the battery.

It’s best to leave it on the charging base for fifteen minutes before trying to turn it on.

For those who have an accidental damage warranty from the retailer where they purchased their Sonos Move, they may only need to speak with a customer service representative in order to obtain a replacement.

Now that you are prepared for the worst, you should be aware that it is extremely unlikely that it will actually happen.

Owners of Sonos Move speakers have reported that their speakers have lived up to their rugged reputation and have survived events that an IP56 rating should not have been able to withstand.

That does not imply that you should play games with fate.

The Sonos Move has a water-resistant rating of IPX7.

Ratings for water resistance are a difficult subject to understand. According to different systems, the difference between what is considered waterproof and what is not depends on how a device is exposed to water.

According to the IP67 rating, a device can withstand submersion up to one metre deep for half an hour and can also withstand heavy rain without being damaged.

Some of you may be familiar with this rating because many smartphones and mobile devices have advertised their IP67 waterproof capabilities as a selling point.

When tested for IP67 protection, a device that passes the test for that rating may not be adequately protected for IP66 protection, which is protection from water pushed out of a 12.5mm nozzle by powerful jets.

The pressure of water coming from a kitchen sink faucet would be too much for a device that can withstand being submerged in three feet of water for half an hour, according to this theory.

In short, IP rating profiles are extremely specific to water exposure scenarios. This is the point. It is extremely difficult for manufacturers of devices that sell off their aesthetics as much as their functionality to provide comprehensive protection against a wide range of exposure situations at the same time.

The IP56 rating of the Sonos Move indicates that it is waterproof.

Thus, the Move is certified to be protected against “limited dust ingress” and “high-pressure water jets from any direction,” according to the manufacturer.

In real-world situations, this means that your Sonos Move is designed to withstand the following:

  • Rain
  • Rainstorms 
  • Spills 
  • Sprays
  • Dust storms are a common occurrence.
  • There is a puddle of dirt.
  • Weather that is windy and dusty
  • Temperatures outside that are normal

This means it’s an excellent outdoor speaker for activities such as going to the park, hiking, camping, riding ATV trails, and other imaginative outdoor activities.

It is not ideal for marine applications.

It’s important to remember that IP56 indicates that it is resistant to dirt and powerful directed water streams.

Anything other than this could be hazardous to the device and result in permanent damage to the device.

If you have any doubts about how well the speaker would perform in a particular situation, simply compare your intended use with the speaker’s protection ratings.

If your design dictates that streams or drops of water will only hit the sides of the speaker, the Sonos Move is capable of handling this scenario.

In the event that your concept calls for the speaker to be partially or completely submerged in water, it is highly likely that the speaker will be damaged.


No matter where you go, the Sonos Move is a durable and rugged speaker that will blast music for your all-day adventures wherever you go.

As long as the destination you choose isn’t Atlantis, that is.

With the Sonos Move, there isn’t much to be concerned about when it comes to water contamination.

It has the ability to withstand a blow and keep the audio playing.

Just remember that it is not intended to be submerged in water at any point.

This is hardly a trade-off for the high-quality audio produced by a rugged Bluetooth speaker.

Given the three hundred dollar price tag on the Sonos Move, it should go without saying that it should be properly maintained.

When it comes to using devices in the water, there are a plethora of options. Allow your Sonos Move to serve as a speaker for nature enthusiasts.

Frequently Asked Questions are listed below.

Is it possible for the Sonos Move to float, like other rugged speakers?

No, the Sonos Move is not intended to be submerged in water and does not have the ability to float.

Keep the Sonos Move away from bodies of water of considerable size.

Its IP56 rating indicates that it is resistant to accidental splashes as well as torrential rainfall.

Ruggedness is required for the Sonos Move, which means extensive outdoor use of the land.

It is resistant to rain, dew in the morning, and potential spills.

Can I use my Sonos Move as a boat speaker instead of a regular speaker?

Even though the Sonos Move can be used to play music on your boat, doing so is not recommended.

The speaker’s risk of becoming completely submerged in water is far too high a risk.

There will be no damage to the speaker caused by the splashes from the water wake.

It is possible, however, that the Sonos Move will sustain damage and become inoperable if it is not properly secured and falls overboard.

Even if you are successful in retrieving it, the speaker was not designed to withstand a complete submersion.

Will my Sonos Move work as a front porch speaker without any issues?

The Sonos Move is an excellent outdoor speaker that can be used in a variety of settings.

If your porch is covered, the situation is even more dire.

Although the speaker is designed to withstand heavy rainstorms, you may want to bring it inside if it is raining in any case.

If your porch is in plain sight of a busy street, I would not recommend leaving your speaker unattended for long periods of time.


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