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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom vs. Boom 3: Which should you buy?

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The Wonderboom and Boom 3 are really just different classes of a speaker from Ultimate Ears. The Wonderboom is better suited to being taken on the road, on hikes, or anywhere where a smaller speaker is best (like the shower). The Boom 3 is for all-the-time listening anywhere, with better sound and more volume to enjoy in larger spaces.

Breakdown

There isn't much, aside from driver size and physical size, that separates these two Ultimate Ears speakers.

WonderboomBoom 3
Bluetooth range30 meters45 meters
Battery life10 hours15 hours
Speaker pairingConnect 2 WonderboomsConnect over 150 Booms and Megabooms
Frequency80Hz - 20kHz90Hz - 20kHz
# of color options114
IP ratingIPX7IP67

Between the Wonderboom and Boom 3, the choice really comes down to whether you want an extremely portable speaker and don't mind sacrificing a little sound for price and convenience (Wonderboom), or you want an amazing-sounding Bluetooth speaker that's still portable and water-resistant, with a customizable EQ, and you don't mind spending $150 to get it.

The Boom 3's excellent sound is worth the price alone.

I'm incredibly frugal, but I also believe in "you pay for what you get." The Boom 3 is definitely worth $150. I personally wouldn't pay $100 just to get a specific Wonderboom color — I'd go for whichever color is the least expensive.

In terms of water resistance, both speakers are roughly on par with one another. The Wonderboom's IPX7 rating means its dust ingress protection (X) is unrated, while its water ingress protection (7) is rated for 1 meter (3 feet) of submersion for up to 30 minutes. The Boom 3 has an IP67 rating, which means it's fully protected against dust and can survive submersion in water up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.

While the Boom 3 has considerably more features than the Wonderboom — the ability to connect over 150 Boom and Megaboom speakers together, customizable EQ in the Boom app, power and playback control in the Boom app, and the Magic Button — the improved sound is worth the price alone. Go with the Boom 3.

Mick is a staff writer who's as frugal as they come, so he always does extensive research (much to the exhaustion of his wife) before making a purchase. If it's not worth the price, Mick ain't buying.