Personally, I don’t find I need to crank up the volume any further, but if your kitchen is football-field-sized or the ambient noise is high, these speakers could do the trick. They’re also equipped with a stand and a splash screen just in case you get too enthusiastic about whisking that batter or sauce.
Drum-shaped and just 2 inches tall and 4-3/4 inches in diameter, the brushed metal Williams-Sonoma Smart Tools Bluetooth Speaker comes with two USB ports so it can charge your phone or iPod at the same time it’s blasting out advice from baker Dorie Greenspan or KCRW "Good Food" host and pie queen Evan Kleiman. There’s also an integrated microphone “for speakerphone capability.” The built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery lasts seven hours, which should get you through the most complicated recipe. At least I hope so.
Williams-Sonoma Smart Tools Bluetooth Speaker, $149.95. Williams-Sonoma Smart Tools for iPad® Set includes a kitchen stand that supports a tablet device in four positions, plus a removable iPad screen shield, normally $214.85, now $199.95. The Kitchen Stand for Tablets is also sold separately, $49.95. The Screen Shield, too, $14.95.