The speaker itself is about 3.5 inches in diameter and has a little suction cup on the back of it so it sticks to the wall of your shower and allows for easy access. Since you can place it at the perfect height, you don’t have to reach down to fiddle with it and risk accidentally slipping (I’m extremely clumsy, so I have to take these things into consideration). It also has a few control buttons — they’re about the size of a dime, so they’re easy to use even with slippery soapy fingers — including one to start and pause the sound as well as ones to fast forward and rewind. You can even answer calls on it, as it has a built-in microphone. I barely ever use this function, but I will admit it came in handy once in an emergency. Recently, my boyfriend’s mom came to stay with us and couldn’t believe how much it elevated our dingy little shower; I could hear her blasting classical music from the hallway.
The quality of the sound isn’t Sonos level or anything, but the SoundBot works in the ways you need it to. You can hear music or podcasts clearly, and it actually gets pretty loud (the next-song and previous-song buttons also work to control volume if you press them quickly, once). Sometimes I listen to my Spotify playlist if I’m getting ready to go out for the night — Madonna’s “Borderline” came on as I was shaving my legs the other day and felt like I was in an ’80s coming-of-age rom-com montage — and in the mornings I’ll listen to news like NPR’s “Up First” or BBC’s “Global News.” It also has a good battery life; I only need to charge it every few weeks, even with consistent daily use.