Because we tried them for you in July!
The BuzzFeed staff is always trying new products, apps, hacks, and DIY projects, and we decided it was time to start sharing the best of them with you. Each month, we post our recommendations for what's actually worth it. For the sake of transparency, items under “Things We Bought” and “Tricks We Learned” were purchased with our own money and/or were not the result of a PR pitch. Those under “Things We Tried” are items that were provided to us at no cost for the sake of review. (But! We're under no obligation to write a review of those things, let alone a positive review.)
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Turtle Shell Water-Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Speaker — $79.95
Here’s a chill sitch for you: a hammock, a glass of rosé, a summer anthem, and a magazine. This, dear internet strangers, is my self-care routine and I highly recommend you give it a shot. (This is the hammock and this is the rosé, and both are 10,000% worth it, but we’re here to talk about one thing and one thing only: the OT Turtle Shell.)
This rugged little Bowser-ass-looking device known as an OT Turtle Shell is ready to accompany you into the shower, onto the beach, and basically anywhere you want. It comes in a plethora of colors. It can also be dropped down the stairs without missing a moment of whatever you’re listening to while waiting for the new Frank Ocean album.
Here is a list of non-chill sitches that my pink little OT Turtle Shell has survived (though YMMV): falling down a flight of stairs, sliding into a soapy shower, being the center of a physical scuffle about Whitney vs. Mariah, sharing a backpack with a leaky water bottle, and plunging into a bucket of ice.
If the OT Turtle Shell were an actual shell, it would probably be a fossilized shell from the Paleolithic era because it’s clearly a survivor capable of putting up with all manner of wild shit the world decides to put on it. If the OT Turtle Shell were a famous historical turtle, it would be a Ninja Turtle (probably Leonardo) because it’s powerful, but not afraid of a fight. This speaker isn’t going to melt your face off with its bass, but it has an attachment that allows you to hook it to your bike or tie it to a beach umbrella. And it has a microphone function that allows you to use it to call a human being on the telephone, if you’re into that kind of nostalgia. It's a portable, durable marvel that I can’t get enough of. —Julia Furlan