Home & Office
Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.


Everything you need for a summer get-together

Hosting a summer party this season? We've rounded up the gear you might need--from grills to coolers to outdoor TVs.
Written by Allison Murray, Staff Writer
Reviewed by Christina Darby
Char-Broil Performance 5-burner | A gas grill
A stainless steel gas grill
Char-Broil Performance 5-burner
A gas grill
View now View at Amazon
Samsung Terrace Smart TV | An outdoor TV with anti-glare
Samsung The Terrace Smart TV
Samsung Terrace Smart TV
An outdoor TV with anti-glare
View now View at Samsung
Sonos Roam | A portable speaker
Sonos Roam
Sonos Roam
A portable speaker
View now View at Walmart
BenQ GS50 1080p outdoor projector | An outdoor projector with vivid picture
A white and green BenQ projector
BenQ GS50 1080p outdoor projector
An outdoor projector with vivid picture
View now View at Amazon
Yeti Tundra Hard Haul Cooler | A durable cooler
A yellow Yeti hard-shell cooler
Yeti Tundra Hard Haul Cooler
A durable cooler
View now View at Amazon

Summer is arguably the best season of the year, full of swimming, nice weather, vacations, sunbathing, grilling, and of course, a few parties and get-togethers with family and friends. 

If you're hosting a party during summer, there are several gadgets and products that make for a successful, fun, and stress-free gathering. Plus, with some summer deals and sales going on, you may even be able to snag them for a discounted price.

Also: Everything you need for safe and efficient traveling this summer

We thought about some of the most common party planning needs, cross-referencing them with the top tech on the market -- from electric grills we've tested to ZDNET's top picks for outdoor TVs -- to compile a list of everything you'll need for your 4th of July soiree.

A grill 

A grill is a great way to simultaneously socialize and feed all your guests. Plus, a hot dog or burger on the grill is a summer staple.  If this is one of the first times you've grilled this year and are realizing that it's time for an upgrade, or want to invest in one in general, now is the time. From electric grills to gas grills, these are the grills that'll get the job done.  

This gas grill from Char-Broil is great for multi-taskers with has an electronic ignition button to ensure quick and easy grill lighting and a built-in thermometer makes it easy to check cooking temperatures as you grill. Plus, a 10,000 BTU side burner lets you cook sauces and sides or keep appetizers warm while grilling your main course.

View at AmazonView at Home Depot

An outdoor TV 

Your outdoor area is for entertaining, and what better way to entertain than by watching a game, a movie, or stream the latest binge-worthy TV show outside? The best outdoor TVs have bright displays and durable builds so you can watch anything no matter the weather this summer. 

The 55-inch 4K QLED display on the Samsung Terrace is made for the outdoors. More specifically, its anti-glare screen prevents the hot sun from interrupting a movie. Plus, IP55 waterproofing protects the TV from a rainy day. You can even connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to use the browser function and surf the web to watch YouTube videos outside.

View at WalmartView at Amazon

A speaker 

Music is essential to a party. Therefore, so is a capable speaker. Whether it's a complete sound system or a portable speaker to bring with you on the go we've rounded up a few picks sure to get (and keep) the party going. 

If your summer get-together is taking you to the lake or a campsite, a portable speaker like the Sonos Roam is a great given its full sound and IP67 waterproof status. Sonos Roam uses dual Class-H digital amplifiers with a tweeter and mid-woofer, which promises a dynamic sound, regardless of range.

View at AmazonView at Amazon

A projector 

If an outdoor TV isn't feasible for your outdoor space, a projector is a great way to bring entertainment outside or on the go. You can sit back and watch your favorite movie on a bigger screen with crisp displays using simple Bluetooth connections to stream. Here are our top picks for the best outdoor projectors

This projector has both HDMI and USB-C connectivity so that you can enjoy 1080p viewing with extra bass from two midrange tweeters and a 10-watt woofer feeding sound from the 2.1-channel Bluetooth speaker. It also comes with Android TV so you can connect from your mobile device via AirPlay and Chromecast. At 5.06 pounds and 20 x10 inches, it's also fairly portable. 

View at AmazonView at Best Buy

A cooler 

A summertime party isn't complete without some beverages. Whether its water, soda, or adult beverages, you need a reliable cooler to keep the drinks cold. Here are some of our favorite coolers

Yeti's insulation design, called Permafrost, uses pressure-insulated polyurethane foam walls, ensuring items stay cold for days at a time. It can hold up to 26 cans with ice, and coming in 12 fun colors, it'll be easy to tell which one belongs to your party. 

View at AmazonView at Walmart

You might also need...

Look below for more summer essentials that can help Wi-FI to your guests and TVs, fire pits for a s'mores session, and more.  

Editorial standards