We love a good gadget but sometimes they end up looking a little too, well, functional. Which brings us to one of the many reasons we’re digging this SunnyLife speaker: its retro-chic style. From the bright hue to its old-school-cool design, this mini sound system has us counting down the days until Memorial Day Weekend — aka the unofficial kickoff to picnics, beach trips and every other activity where we’ll be rocking out to our favorite songs.
Besides its mod looks, the speaker has four other features that make it a summer must-have:
1. It’s adorably small, battery-powered and has a nifty handle, so you’ll want to take it everywhere with you — and trust us, you will!
2. Just plug in and go: It’s compatible with smartphones and most MP3 players, thanks to a universal audio jack (no fidgeting with a wireless connection), so you can enjoy all your tunes on that old iPod you just can’t part with.
3. Worried about water or sand ruining your gadgets? The speaker is splash-resistant and sand-proof, and literally cradles your phone with cushy foam padding — post-pool party trips to the genius bar are a thing of the past.
4. There’s a built-in radio complete with FM/AM tuner for endless music options (perfect for when you’ve exhausted all your playlists).
We won’t blame you if you’re already planning your summer soundtrack now.
Buy It! SunnyLife Beach Sounds speaker, $49; shop.people.com