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Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 Review

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The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is excellent for the outdoors, podcasts, and music, thanks to its accurate frequency response range, excellent battery life, and waterproof, dustproof design. That said, this speaker doesn’t have a graphic EQ or presets.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is a mid-range Bluetooth speaker released in 2022, promising big bass and powerful sounds for indoor and outdoor use. If you are looking for the best speakers, the WONDERBOOM may be a good option for you. This speaker connects via Bluetooth and supports multi-device pairing.

It doesn’t have a 3.5 mm port and doesn’t support Wi-Fi, though. Users will be pleased with its easy-to-use controls, although it doesn’t work as a speakerphone and doesn’t support voice assistants. It has an IP67-rated waterproof, dustproof design, and this 0.9-pound compact speaker with a carrying strap also floats on water. How does the WONDERBOOM 3 compare to the best-ranked Bluetooth speakers today? Read on.

Best For

  • Car

  • Golf Cart

  • Mini

  • Outdoor

  • Portable Speakers For Iphone

  • Small

  • Under $100

Consensus

our Verdict

Equipped with a relatively accurate sound profile, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is an excellent outdoor Bluetooth speaker. This stereo model has a 360-degree design that offers a wide and open soundstage with a 1.9 dB directivity index that will appeal to music and movie enthusiasts. Its 22.3-hour tested battery life ranks in the top quarter of our list of certified tested speakers.

However, this speaker doesn’t support voice assistants and lacks a mobile app. Its controls are user-friendly, though. It works with Bluetooth, featuring a stellar range of 334.6 feet, and it supports dual-device Bluetooth pairing. Its Bluetooth latency of 117 ms on iOS and 155 ms on Android results in no noticeable playback delays. However, it has no auxiliary port or Wi-Fi. Reaching an output of 86.9 dB, it can fill a large room. This IP67-certified unit is waterproof and dustproof but lacks a graphic equalizer and presets.

Reason to Buy

  • Decent sound quality
    • With a relatively accurate sound profile, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is great for music. This speaker has a decent 88.5 to 16,000 Hz frequency response range, although it cannot accurately reproduce rumbling bass.

    • With a 360-degree design, its soundstage is wide and open, and it has a good 1.90 dB directivity index.

    • It reaches a decent 86.9 dB at the highest volume.

  • Great battery life
    • The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 has a battery life of 22.3 hours, ranking in the top half among the speakers we’ve reviewed.

  • Top-grade build quality
    • This speaker is IP67-rated for waterproof and dustproof design, and it floats on water.

  • Portable design
    • The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 weighs just 0.9 pounds and has a carrying strap.

Reason to Avoid

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 Specs

Battery Charge TimeBattery Charge Time2.6 hrs
Battery LifeBattery Life14 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneNo
DepthDepth4"
HeightHeight3.75"
IPX RatingIPX RatingIPX7
SizeSize4"(w) x 3.75"(h) x 4"(d)
Smart AppSmart AppUltimate Ears
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage70W
WidthWidth4"
Wireless RangeWireless Range131.2 ft

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)22.3
Volume Output (dB)86.9
Low End Roll Off (Hz)179.594
High End Roll Off (Hz)13,472.794

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Market Context

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is a mid-range Bluetooth speaker released in 2022, promising big bass and powerful sounds for indoor and outdoor use. If…

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is a mid-range Bluetooth speaker released in 2022, promising big bass and powerful sounds for indoor and outdoor use. If you are looking for the best speakers, the WONDERBOOM may be a good option for you. This speaker connects via Bluetooth and supports multi-device pairing.

It doesn’t have a 3.5 mm port and doesn’t support Wi-Fi, though. Users will be pleased with its easy-to-use controls, although it doesn’t work as a speakerphone and doesn’t support voice assistants. It has an IP67-rated waterproof, dustproof design, and this 0.9-pound compact speaker with a carrying strap also floats on water. How does the WONDERBOOM 3 compare to the best-ranked Bluetooth speakers today? Read on.

With a smaller design, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is much more portable and affordable than its cousin, the Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM. However, the EPICBOOM…

With a smaller design, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is much more portable and affordable than its cousin, the Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM. However, the EPICBOOM gets louder, has a more neutral sound profile, and offers a graphic EQ and presets for customizing sound settings, unlike the WONDERBOOM.

The Ultimate Ears is smaller and more portable than the W-King X10. It also has an IP67 waterproof construction, which is better than the IPX6…

The Ultimate Ears is smaller and more portable than the W-King X10. It also has an IP67 waterproof construction, which is better than the IPX6 waterproof design of the X10. On the other hand, the X10 has a slightly better battery life and gets louder than the Ultimate Ears speaker.

Featuring a 360-degree stereo design, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 provides a wider soundstage with more immersive audio than the JBL Flip 6. It also…

Featuring a 360-degree stereo design, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 provides a wider soundstage with more immersive audio than the JBL Flip 6. It also produces clearer audio at its highest volume than the JBL, although it gets equally loud. Its battery life is also better than the Flip 6. However, the JBL speaker is more affordable and offers a graphic EQ for customizing the sound profile, which is not present on the Ultimate Ears speaker.

Battery Charge Time

2.6 hrs

2.6 hrs

8.5-9 hrs

Battery Life

14 hrs

17 hrs

24 hrs

12 hrs

Built In Microphone

No

No

Yes

n/a

Depth

4"

6.38"

5.3"

Height

3.75"

9.49"

5.5"

IPX Rating

IPX7

IP67

IPX6

Size

4"(w) x 3.75"(h) x 4"(d)

4.69"(w) x 9.49"(h) x 6.38"(d)

7" (w) x 2.7" (h) x 2.9" (d)

Smart App

Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears

W-KING

JBL Portable

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Score Card

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Expert Score

82

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Customer Score

93

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True Score

84

Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Score

    79
    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is the next generation of the brand’s budget speaker, the… read more

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Score

    64
    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is the next generation of the brand’s budget speaker, the… read more

    By:

    Theresa Ketterling
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Score

    60
    The outdoor-friendly Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 speaker has a cool design and produces stereo sound,… read more

    By:

    Tim Gideon
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Score

    60
    The outdoor-friendly Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 speaker has a cool design and produces stereo sound,… read more

    By:

    Tim Gideon
  • Tom’s Guide
    68.04

    Category Trust Score

    90
    The UE Wonderboom 3 is an ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker with impressive sound quality for the… read more

    By:

    Kate Kozuch
  • Tom’s Guide
    68.04

    Category Trust Score

    90
    The UE Wonderboom 3 is an ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker with impressive sound quality for the… read more

    By:

    Kate Kozuch

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