Wonderboom: Waterproof and Wonderful - Product Review


I’m always on the lookout for products that match my active (and often wet) Southern California lifestyle, so I was thrilled to have a chance to take a look at Ultimate Ears’ cool portable Bluetooth® speaker Wonderboom*.

"Tech talk: Wonderboom" by Lisa Hendey (CatholicMom.com)

Wonderboom” portable speaker from Ultimate Ears. Image copyright Lisa M. Hendey.

If you’re like me, always on the hunt for the best possible sound solutions, there is a lot to love about Wonderboom. Tops on my list is the fact that this wireless solution is “Drop and waterproof with an IPX7 rating”. I’m not an expert on those ratings, but I did put the Wonderboom through its paces in a few of my favorite “wet” settings:

  • I took it on my tiny kayak and serenaded the surrounding yachts in Marina del Rey.
  • I used it as a coaster for my chardonnay.
  • I listened to 80’s tunes on it while sitting in our hot tub.
  • I caught up on episodes of The Daily in the shower and could actually hear them because the speaker was in the shower with me.
  • I entertained myself while doing dishes and didn’t freak out when the Wonderboom accidentally fell in the sink.
"Tech talk: Wonderboom" by Lisa Hendey (CatholicMom.com)

No speakers were destroyed in the making of this photo! Drop and waterproof with an IPX7 rating*. Image copyright Lisa M. Hendey.

I stopped short of dropping the Wonderboom off our roof to test its shockproofness (is that a word?), but after having lived with this tiny treble master for a few weeks, I have fallen in love. In case you mainly care about the sound quality of a speaker, you’ll be pleased to know that Wonderboom offers huge sound in a petite package. You can pair two speakers for a surround sound stereo effect, but honestly, we found that even at half-volume the speaker was loud enough to fill our space. Since the speaker’s range is 100 feet, you can leave your phone far away from all of the watery action in safety.

While I’m partial to the lilac, raspberry, avocado, and unicorn (!) hues, the Wonderboom comes in ten colors, including basic black.

I’d like to see a longer battery life on the speaker — the Wonderboom will play up to ten hours on a single charge. I’ve tested another similar speaker that will go twenty, but admittedly it lacks the depth and clarity of this Ultimate Ears model, currently priced $69.99 at Verizon.

Find the Wonderboom at Amazon here.

* I received a test model of this product on loan in exchange for my honest review.

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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