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Clear blue summer skies, a picnic hamper packed fit to bust and copious sunscreen. The only thing missing for the perfect day out in the sun is a portable Bluetooth speaker.
Well fear not, Aldi has a couple of great deals on wireless speakers that will put a bounce into your BBQ.
Best Bluetooth speaker for patio parties: Lexibook Flash Boom
Cool, compact and currently priced at a paltry £22.99 down from £29.99, the Lexibook Flash Boom is a wireless speaker with an unapologetic sense of fun.
Use Bluetooth to stream your festival favourites, and sing along using the speaker’s karaoke function. A kid-friendly microphone is included in the box.
Not that you need a mobile to play music. The Flash Boom also has a built-in FM radio, plus USB and SD cards slots. Just load up a memory stick with your tunes and you’re good to go.
Buy it: Lexibook Flash Boom Speaker | £22.99 (was £29.99) from Aldi
Fully charged, battery life is rated at three hours. My advice is make sure you’ve some juice left come sunset, as this speaker also offers LED lighting effects.
The Flash Boom is a pool party speaker for those of us who don’t have pools. Buy two (speakers, not pools), and you can pair them for stereo.
What the reviews say
Customers have tried and tested every feature with great results.
"Sound is really good much better than expected lights are brilliant have had no issues at all with it."
"Easy to connect, light effect is great and providing the mic is far from the speaker, it works perfectly."
"Just fantastic, such great speaker and easy to connect phone or ipod to listen to music and great for kids to enjoy a sing along with the microphone."
"For those thinking of buying one (stop thinking about it, just get it!) it is about the size of a large soup thermos flask and weighs about the same. Seriously... this is just an amazing device."
Of course, while this Lexibook is fine for the backyard or beach, you might feel less predisposed to take it to the park - lest people think you’re suffering from a mid-life crisis. So also consider...
Bluetooth wireless Star Buy: Veho MX-1 Rugged Portable Speaker
When venturing away from power points, long battery life and rugged design become paramount. You’ll want to be able to throw your wireless companion into a bag, confident that it’ll run for hours. This Veho MX-1 portable speaker, currently £39.99 from Aldi, more than fits the bill.
The Veho MX-1 Bluetooth speaker weighs just 562g, and boasts up to 20 hours playing time.
It’s finished in a sensible gunmetal grey, with soft touch buttons, and has a convenient carrying hook which can attach to a backpack. It even has a screw mount, so you can plonk it to a standard tripod, for higher-fi (sorry).
Buy it: Veho MX-1 Rugged Portable Speaker | £39.99 from Aldi
The MX-1 will also keep on playing through the inevitable shower, as it has an IPX6 water resistant rating. It’ll apparently even survive a dunking into 1.5m of water.
Despite its small footprint, there’s a punchy 2x10W amplifier on board. Buy two, and they’ll pair to give stereo sound. Rather handily, you can even use it as a power bank to charge your mobile phone (a USB input is hidden under a rubber cover).
What the reviews say
Aldi buyers of this well equipped wireless Veho MX-1 Rugged Portable Speaker are impressed, rating it an average of 4.6 out of 5.
“Bought two to create stereo sound for an outdoor event. Pack quite a punch for their size.”
“Excellent speaker. I bought two, and being Bluetooth and rechargeable, they’re excellent in my camper. Full rich sound.”
“I just had to order another one. I now take them to the gym to use in the cardio studio when I give lessons.”
“Sound quality is really good. I like the fact it’s rugged and rainproof.”
"Ordered speaker online and was very pleased with the sound quality for the price. Once I realised the speakers could be paired together i bought a second one."
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