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SCOSCHE BoomBottle MM Review: A Powerful Waterproof Travel Speaker

These days, it’s not hard to find a small waterproof speaker that’ll fit nicely in your limited bag space for a camping or beach getaway. But it is hard to find a portable one that also has high enough sound quality that you’ll actually want to use it over and over again.

Small speakers can sound tinny and completely lacking in bass. So when I heard about a waterproof speaker the size of a water bottle that has a built-in subwoofer, I had to try it out to see if it actually included the thrumming bass I was looking for. Here’s what I found.

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Scosche BoomBottle MM Review

Price and Where to Buy: SCOSCHE’s BoomBottle MM is available from $80 on Amazon and $130 on SCOSCHE’s website.

How the SCOSCHE BoomBottle MM Bluetooth Speaker Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10. SCOSCHE’s BoomBottle speaker has high sound quality with a deep bass that means you can easily use it at home on a daily basis and will want to take it with you on the road. It truly is as small as a plastic water bottle. But, being a high-tech speaker with two subwoofers inside, it’s heavier than it looks (1.25 pounds). That’s a fair trade-off for better sound, but also means you might not be packing it when you’re limited to a carry-on (as basic economy so often demands). It’s doable for a weekend trip if you’re not an over-packer, though, and for a trip sans flying it’s super packable.
  • Value: 8/10. The BoomBottle was initially available for $76 on Amazon—but might be a popular item, as its price has risen to $130 for the full range of colors. The plain black, however, is $80 on Amazon—which I think is a steal for such a small, powerful speaker.
  • Durability: 10/10. The waterproof and dustproof rating of the BoomBottle means it can be submerged up to three feet underwater, and you don’t need to worry about sand or dirt on your average beach day. Its battery life is 12 hours, and this speaker comes with a type-C charging cable for faster charging. SCOSCHE also offers tech support and three-year warranty.
  • Style: 10/10. Not only is the BoomBottle the size of a water bottle, it also has a reinforced bottle opener attached—the perfect touch for camping and cookouts. MM stands for Magic Mount, which means this speaker also has a phone-safe magnetic top and bottom, so you can mount it to anything metal (like your car) and physically attach your phone to it for easy deejaying. It also comes in several colors and patterns.

Final Verdict: If you’ve ever wasted money on a small speaker that sounds sub-par or didn’t last, a high-value BoomBottle will actually meet your expectations.

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By Shannon McMahon

Editor Shannon McMahon is always planning her next trip and often writing in her travel journal. Follow her on Twitter @shanmcmahon_ and on Instagram @shanmcmahon.

Shannon joined SmarterTravel in 2015. A former news reporter, she's lived in the south of Spain, spotted elephants in Sri Lanka, gone spelunking in the Caribbean, hiked Jordan's Petra Basin, interviewed Sao Paulo's Michelin-Star chefs, and explored China via bullet train. Travel trends, news oddities, and her visits to up-and-coming destinations are some of her favorite things to write about.

Her stories have also appeared online on USA Today, The Sun, Huffington Post, Business Insider, blog.TripAdvisor.com, Boston.com, and more. Her educational background is in journalism, art history, gender studies, Spanish, and film. She's been quoted as an expert travel source by CNBC, People.com, MarketWatch, The Washington Post, USA Today, and more.

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