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The best outdoor tech

"Sibyl Gadson" (2020-08-10)


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We've spent the last two months testing grills, coolers, and also keeping tabs on various outdoor lighting and -- in other words, all the stuff you might need to put on a generally enjoyable outdoor social function. 


You can (and should!) go down the rabbit hole on other outdoor tech like , , and . For this list, I tried to stick to a core scenario: you want to cook or entertain outside more days this year, you have the space to do it and the disposable income to throw at a few things to hopefully make the experience more pleasant for everyone. As follows:
























We reviewed six popular gas grills this year, and the Dyna-Glo 4-Burner offered the best combination of price and performance. Whether at high temperature grilling, low-and-slow cooking, or somewhere in between, this one scored highest on our taste tests. It has an MSRP of $450, but you can find it for under $400 if you shop around. Extra points for the convenient slide-out tray for the big propane tank, which makes swapping fuel easy.


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For the last two years we've rounded up coolers across the price spectrum, from $10 disposable models to $300 coolers made of rotomolded plastic. The Igloo MaxCold isn't the most amazing performer, but it's in the top five, above coolers that cost more than $200. If you want to splurge, Cabela's, Orca, and Yeti all have that will keep their contents colder longer, but the small gap between those models and this $60-ish Igloo MaxCold make it hard to justify spending more. 


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This bass-heavy wireless Bluetooth speaker can survive for up to 30 minutes in three feet of water. Knock it into the pool, and the device -- and the sound -- will live on to keep your patio party going, with up to 20 hours of battery.If you want to spend a bit more and you're looking for a wireless speaker with a built-in voice assistant,  will bring Alexa to the party for $180. 


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I'm not saying a middle-aged white dude should be embarrassed for liking Lizzo. I am that guy, and she's great. What I am saying is, it's nice to be able to hear whatever music you like without earphones and without anyone -- family, friends, neighbors -- judging you or asking you to change it, especially when you've taken on the semi-isolating responsibility of working the grill at an outdoor social event. That's what these Bose Frames, essentially sunglasses with a decent microspeaker built into the arms, will let you do, and without totally cutting you off from human interaction like headphones or ear buds will. In case you loved this informative article and you would want to receive much more information relating to or maybe you need a gathering space for family & friends? Either way () generously visit our webpage. Battery life isn't great, but they charge fully in less than 2 hours.


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