Deals We Love: Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers

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Get some high fidelity on the go with these two smart and resilient outdoor speakers.

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Any musical experience is heightened by being outdoors. Summer concerts, songs around the campfire, or early morning runs with your favorite tunes are often the most inspiring and memorable. These days most of us carry the tunes we love in our phones, so I set out to find the best Bluetooth speakers to go outside with you. I found two that are highly regarded for their smart tech, superior sound and weatherproof design, ensuring a quality soundtrack for your every outside endeavor.

Sonos Move

Sonos is one of the premier wireless sound systems for interior installations. Now they’ve taken their high-quality design and combined it with Amazon’s Alexa to make one of the best-sounding voice assistants for the outdoors. The Sonos Move enables all of Alexa’s features on a WiFi connection. You can tell it to play music, check the news, set alarms and answer all sorts of crazy questions. If you prefer to source music from your phone’s library, simply connect via Bluetooth, Airplay or the Sonos app. These options will serve you well when there’s no WiFi available. Other features of the Move include:

  • True-play sound tuning technology;
  • Ten hours of continuous playtime on a three-hour charge;
  • Easy recharging with the included base or a compatible USB-C charger;
  • Weather-resistant. It stands up to humidity, rain, snow, dust, salt spray, UV rays and extreme heat and cold;
  • Ultra-durable. A shock-resistant case handles the hard knocks or drops. 

The fidelity of this portable speaker is something to experience. The True-play technology uses four internal microphones to tune the speaker for its surroundings. The acoustics of outdoor spaces always vary. True-play compensates by adjusting the sound to best fit the space you place it in. From low-level background music to loud thumping dance tracks, the sound of this speaker is always balanced and full. Combine this audio experience with the convenient and entertaining features of Alexa and you’ve got the perfect modern outdoor jukebox. So save your spare quarters and put them toward purchasing this formidable smart speaker. It will be the best move you’ve ever made.

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Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST

If you’re skeptical about the ruggedness and portability of high fidelity, the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST will ease your mind. The MEGABLAST is not just another Bluetooth boombox. The stunning 360 sound of this tallboy-can speaker will surprise even the most demanding audiophiles. Its features:

  • Built-in Amazon Alexa;
  • Hands-free control through far-field voice recognition;
  • Up to 330 feet of range on WiFi and 150 feet on Bluetooth;
  • Twelve-hour run time;
  • Charges with a mini-USB cable (included), or wireless dock;
  • Can be immersed in water up to three feet for 30 minutes.
  • Will connect to other MEGABLAST and BLAST speakers.

The combination of superior sound and Alexa capabilities is the biggest draw here. But I love that this thing can take all sorts of abuse. It will survive a plunge into the pool and the inevitable drops and keep on sounding great. If you want high fidelity that can be unabashedly taken outdoors, the MEGABLAST is the bottomless value you want.

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Bill Bergmann
“Bungalow” Bill Bergmann is an associate editor at Family Handyman. He’s been a licensed contractor/builder for more than 20 years. For him, there’s nothing better than taking out a few walls to make people happier in their homes.