Skip to main content

Bike friendly BoomBottle+ brings wireless music along for the ride

It’s not enough anymore for portable speakers to only have great sound; listeners want travel-friendly, rugged speakers that are durable enough for the outdoors and all-weather activities as well. Luckily, Scosche has three Bluetooth speakers in their BoomBottle line that fit the bill. The largest and most powerful of the three is the BoomBottle+, with the BoomBottle and BoomBottle H2O rounding out the trio to offer a mid-size and small version of the speaker.

What these speakers have in common is their shape: cylindrical towers designed to mimic the width and shape of a standard water bottle. This clever design lets the speaker fit in various slots and pockets where you’d normally put bottles like cup holders, backpack pouches, and bottle cages on bikes. It’s great for active folks who don’t want to stick environment blocking earbuds in their ears, but also means you’ll have to find somewhere else to put your actual water bottle for hydration. If you don’t have a bottle-shaped compartment handy, use the included lanyard and carabiner clip to hang the unit or base mount it to a camera tripod via the 1/4” threaded mounting hole on the bottom.

While the design of the speaker is unremarkably utilitarian, it does have some fancier flourishes like the bright matte metallic finish of the speaker grills and contrast trim around the controls. The outside of the shockproof TPU body is wrapped in a matte silicone which gives it a soft-touch feel and non-slip grip. This speaker can be bumped, dropped, shaken, and even fully submerged thanks to its IP67 rating, and it will still keep pumping out music all the while. Did we mention that it floats? This makes for easy retrieval if your speakers end up in the lake after falling off your jet ski.

There are three control buttons on the front, volume up and volume down and a multi-function button (MFB). The MFB does everything from powering the speakers on, to putting it into pairing mode, starting and pausing playback, and answering calls when paired with a mobile phone. Skipping tracks forward and back also requires double and triple clicking the MFB. In addition to Bluetooth streaming, you have a wired input Aux port tucked behind a watertight door on the back of the speaker. Here, you’ll also find the charging port, output mode switch, EQ toggle, and 2.1A USB port for charging your mobile devices. The 6000mAh battery will keep the speaker powered for about 15 hours of playback, or you can use the battery to keep your phone charged while streaming music.

Powering the speakers are two 50mm drivers and passive radiator which Scosche calls a “passive subwoofer.” Despite this, the actual bass performance is not that strong. The overall audio quality is decent and clean sounding with a heavy focus on the mid-ranges and mid-bass when set to the ‘Indoor’ EQ mode. On some tracks, however, we noticed this imbalance causes vocals to sound somewhat thin and muddy. The speaker performs best at moderate volumes and at max volumes have trouble keeping distortion out of bass heavy tracks. In wide open spaces switch the EQ mode to ‘Outdoor’ to extend the trebles and bring them out. When you’re out on a bike ride or on the beach, these auditory concessions won’t impact your listening experience as much since your acoustic surroundings generally aren’t static.

The BoomBottle+ will ensure that you have a consistent listening experience, however, since its omnidirectional diffuser pumps projects music in 360 degrees. You can hear the music no matter where you’re standing in relation to the speaker and what direction it’s facing. With two BoomBottle+ units connected to each other and playing in true stereo using the Left and Right output modes, the music was perfectly synced. Controlling volume on one speaker automatically adjusted the volume on the second speaker. The result was a fuller sound at moderate volumes which definitely helped improve the audio quality. Overall, the BoomBottle+ sounds decent but the quality is fairly average; the bulk of its value will be in the convenient form factor, durable build, and other features. It’s available from Scosche’s website for $180 and comes in a few color options: Black/Gold, Black/Space Gray, and Sport Blue.

Buy on Amazon

Editors' Recommendations

Philip Chung
Philip is an industrial engineer who truly enjoys writing and exploring new tech products. He started writing reviews in 2010…
Best AirPods Max deals: New and refurbished for $420
A woman wearing the Apple AirPods Max.

The AirPods Max are Apple’s high end headphone offering, and while they come in at a premium price point, they sometimes make some of the best Apple deals and best AirPods deals you can shop. They offer high quality sound that can compete and even best almost anything you’ll find hanging out among the best headphone deals, and they fit right into the Apple software ecosystem if you utilize several Apple devices. While there aren’t often a lot of AirPods Max deals to shop, there are some out there right now. We’ve rounded them up below, and if you’re looking for a premium in-ear headphone solution by Apple you can also check out the best AirPods Pro deals currently going on.
Apple AirPods Max -- $450, was $549

The AirPods Max are Apple's first attempt at a set of over-the-ear headphones. They got a lot of things right. We love these headphones, even when compared against some audiophile options that prioritize sound quality. The AirPods Max have awesome noise cancelling. Everything Apple learned with the earbud-style AirPods works even better with the cup style of the AirPods Max. Along with great ANC comes a great transparency mode. With a twist of the Max's massive knob, you'll go from complete silence to feeling like you're not wearing headphones at all. The audio on phone calls is great as well, and they pair better with the iPhone than any non-Apple headphones could ever hope to.

Read more
Sonos Roam 2 gets a surprise release alongside an app update
The Sonos Roam 2.

Alongside today's launch of its first headphones, the Sonos Ace, Sonos has also quietly unveiled the second generation of its popular portable wireless speaker, the Sonos 2.

The Sonos Roam 1 launched in 2021 and has been a mainstay on out best best Bluetooth speakers list ever since for its portability, excellent sound, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows it to connect to your Sonos network system. The second generation of the Sonos Roam remains largely the same (which isn't a bad thing), except for a couple of key features.

Read more
Best AirPods Pro deals: Get Apple’s flagship earbuds for $120
The Apple Airpods Pro in their charging case.

If you’re in the market for some of the best wireless headphones, Apple’s AirPods lineup is a great one to turn to. It’s worth shopping AirPods deals no matter which model you may be looking for, but if a premium in-ear set of headphones sounds right for you, the Apple AirPods Pro are worth checking out. They ordinarily make for some of the best Apple deals to shop, and while the only AirPods Pro deals available right now are on refurbished models, they offer some impressive savings and are backed by quality retailers. Read onward for the details on how to save on AirPods Pro right now, or save on similar headphones by shopping the best headphone deals, which include Sony headphone deals and Bose headphone deals. Apple also offers an over-ear premium headphone option you can find discounted in the best AirPods Max deals.
Apple AirPods Pro (refurbished) — $120, was $220

While there’s a newer model of AirPods Pro available, the first generation Apple AirPods Pro can still hold their own against some of the best wireless earbuds. Made for a slightly more premium user than something like the Apple AirPods 3, the AirPods Pro have higher end features, including active noise cancellation and a transparency mode, which allows you to hear and interact with the world around you while you have the headphones on. Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking is another impressive feature. This makes watching movies and other content a truly immersive experience. This refurbished model of the Apple AirPods Pro comes with free 30-day returns and a 1-year warranty.

Read more