The DemerBox is a go-anywhere, do-anything Bluetooth speaker that is nearly indestructible and packs an acoustic punch. We've spent four weeks listening to the DemerBox in the Garage Gym (as well as the sauna), tested how it performs underwater, and dropped it, both on purpose and on accident, multiple times. Despite this, the DemerBox still plays like new. If you're looking for a Bluetooth speaker big on both sound and durability for your Garage Gym or general use, then we highly recommend the DemerBox.
Garage gyms are known for heavy weights, varying weather, chalk, and loud music. Unfortunately, unless you have a wired in speaker setup, the Bluetooth speaker options that are available don't always feature the toughest builds. This is where we see the DemerBox shining.
It's not the sleekest build and it doesn't have the world's best audio (although we quite liked it,) but the DemerBox isn't made for audiophiles. It's made for people that get things done. For its size it's both incredibly tough and loud. Use it in the garage gym, throw it on your sled, take it on your next trip, and just use it until you can't anymore because it's likely going to outlive you.
Table of Contents
- What is a DemerBox?
- What we like about the DemerBox Bluetooth Speaker
- Who is the DemerBox made for?
- How does the DemerBox compare to other garage gym speaker systems?
- Full Rating
- Where to Purchase
What is a DemerBox?
The DemerBox is a Bluetooth Speaker built inside of a Weatherproof Pelican Case. When I first saw the DemerBox on Instagram, it immediately struck a nerve. Here is a compact Pelican Case that is made to take just about anything you can throw at it (seriously, I have videography and photography friends who share insane stories of what their pelican camera cases have been through) and this company cut some holes, added speakers and electronics to make a seemingly indestructible Bluetooth Speaker. Count me in.
The DemerBox is simplicity personified. There is one button on the entire speaker that serves one purpose, powering the speaker on and off. There are no volume buttons, no pairing buttons, no EQ adjustment sliders, nothing. Just a single power button…and that's all you need. The speaker is going to be connected to a phone which can handle all of the volume controls and other needed adjustments, so external controls aren't needed and would likely add potential problem areas anyway.
The Demerbox is designed for adventure as evidenced by their many photos and videos of people traveling all over the world carrying their lunch pale-sized speaker, but the fact that it's designed for adventure (essentially it's made to take anything you can throw at it) makes it perfect for the often brutal garage gym. Although I wouldn't suggest dropping a barbell on it, if it happened accidentally I wouldn't be worried about it.
What we like about the Demerbox Bluetooth Speaker
Put simply: This thing is extremely cool. First, the Demerbox is about as simple as a speaker can be made. It features the aforementioned Weatherproof Pelican Case with some speaker ports cut out, grills screwed on (with stainless hardware,) electronics secured, and then all housed in a plastic covering on the inside. I can't foresee a Bluetooth Speaker with this kind of sound and toughness being built any more simple than this.
The simplicity is for good reason as well: the simpler something is, the less things there are to go wrong.
The DemerBox we received to review is the Haast Orange version and man, it is orange. If you don't like orange then you would absolutely hate this version, if you, like me, find orange to be the greatest color God allowed us to see, then you'll want to take it everywhere (and I have, just ask my Wife.) Although I can't see why you would want any color other than orange, DemerBox does have a variety of colors available including some special editions done in collaboration with other brands (they even collaborated with Sorinex Exercise Company, which is how I heard about them.)
The top of the DemerBox features a handle to allow for easy portability and latches to keep whatever you have inside sealed from the elements. A feature often touted by DemerBox is the ability for it to be used in the water using the include port plug. Although I don't plan on taking the DemerBox in the pool with me, I did have to test this feature out by sweating and pouring water over the DemerBox in the sauna and it came out unscathed.
Pretty much every feature of the DemerBox works as, or better than described. The battery life is said to be 50 hours, I've only had to charge it once in the four weeks I've had it and I've used it a TON. The Bluetooth range is said to be 100 feet, I had a connection when I was even farther away. The box is said to be nearly indestructible and I would have no issue running over it with my truck.
In addition to the build quality, the DemerBox is LOUD. So loud in fact, that I wish they allowed it to be slightly quieter at times. But, for the garage gym, when fans are running, your breathing heavy and sweating, loud is what you want. Although the DemerBox is loud, it also sounds great. I wouldn't categorize myself as an audiophile, but I do own some decently expensive audio equipment like speakers and headphones, and for a Bluetooth speaker that's made to be used in all conditions, it sounds great.
The DemerBox, although excels with a Bluetooth connection, it can also be used with a 3.5mm headphone jack or USB and even doubles as a battery charger should you run out of juice in your phone. Due to its ability to keep the inside dry, we found it quite nice to throw the phone in the box during use to add juice to the battery and for protection.
All in all, we're big fans of the DemerBox whether you decide to use it in your garage gym or just as a daily driver for whatever grooves you feel like pumping into your ear canals.
The biggest issue we found with the DemerBox is that due to the speakers and electronics being inside the lid, it's quite top heavy. This causes it to be easily tippable (at least easier than it should be.) We'd love to see a way to spread the weight out through the speaker if possible.
The other minor issue we found is that the DemerBox can't play very softly. Meaning, if you plan to use the speaker indoors as well as out, there isn't a ton of control on the lower volume levels. I don't plan on using the DemerBox inside much and I doubt others do either, but just something to be aware of.
Lastly, and I think this is important to point out, the DemerBox is pretty expensive for a Bluetooth speaker. Standing around $400 at the time of this writing is a big chunk of change for a Bluetooth speaker especially when you consider how many other options are available.
Who is the Demerbox made for?
The DemerBox is undoubtedly made for the adventurer, although we'd like to rephrase that to the go-getter. The person who is looking to accomplish things and wants a speaker that can handle the ups and downs of hard work.
In a garage gym, not every day is pretty. Sometimes you nail every lift, other times you're missing cleans and the bar is flying all over the gym. The DemerBox is able to take the abuse, the cold, the heat, the humidity, the temper tantrums, and anything else you plan to throw its way as it attempts to motivate you through its speakers.
How does the Demerbox compare to other garage gym speaker systems?
There are admittedly a lot of speaker options available. In my garage gym, I have four reference speakers mounted in the four corners of my garage that are all wired to an audio controller.
I've had Bluetooth speakers, computer speakers, and just the speaker on my phone playing in various garage gym setups I've owned. For most people, a Bluetooth speaker is the best option because it's portable, quick to set up and use, and are often cheaper.
We often suggest the Sonos One Speaker as a good starting point for a garage gym speaker, however, Sonos Speakers must be plugged into the wall to operate and have a wireless connection (to be used optimally.)
Other Bluetooth Speakers we've used that hold up well to the abuse of the garage gym are UE Boom Speakers. They have various sizes and although much smaller than the DemerBox, they pack a punch. The DemerBox has a much louder sound, is more durable, and in my opinion is just all around cooler, but if you're looking for a more affordable option, the UE Boom Speakers are a great option.