Buyers have always been attracted by the small, lightweight and elegant suitcase design, but the ability to run on batteries takes portability to a new level.
The Cruiser plays vinyl records at speeds of 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM. It also plays MP3 files via the 3.5 mm auxiliary input slot (smartphones, tablets, etc).
It has a built-in stereo speaker system that provides full-range sounds. The speakers are good considering the size of the unit, but they lag behind competing record players and they come nowhere near a set of high-quality speakers.
Just like its predecessor, the Cruiser II comes in a variety of colors and a few unique designs.
- 14 by 10.5 by 4.75 inches: very small and ultra-portable design
- 5.5 pounds: one of the lightest on the market
- Wooded suitcase design bound in leatherette material: gorgeous and portable
- Runs on AC or 6 AA batteries: play records anywhere
- 3.5mm auxiliary input slot: allows smartphone or tablet connectivity
- Can play records at speeds of 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM: will play any record
- Dynamic full-range stereo speakers: good sound quality for the size and price
- RCA and headphone jacks: connect more powerful speakers or a pair of headphones
- Extremely portable and lightweight
- Can run on 6 AA batteries, so you can enjoy your records anywhere
- Made of high-grade and durable components
- Available in 10 colors
- Can play vinyl at 3 different speeds
- Has built-in speakers
- Can play music from iPhones, iPads and tablets via auxiliary input
- Can connect to more powerful external speakers
- Budget-friendly price
- No AM/FM radio
- No Bluetooth connectivity
- Speakers are decent for the size, but lower quality than the competition
- No USB port
Summary of Crosley Cruiser II Review
The Crosley Cruiser portable turntable is the most popular suitcase style player and the Cruiser II ads the ability to play from battery power, making this the most portable record player on the market. It is small, extremely lightweight and now you don’t even need an outlet to operate it. It also looks cool and with ten colors to choose from, you’re sure to find one you love.
It plays all three speeds of vinyl, as well as digital files from your tablet or smartphone via auxiliary input. It comes equipped with stereo speakers, but to be honest, they are not that great. They’re good considering the size, but you’ll probably find yourself hooking the Cruiser up to external speakers via the RCA jack when you’re at home.
The Cruiser II is a great player is you’re looking for maximum portability. Otherwise, you’re probably better off with another suitcase style player (see next section) or even the original Cruiser (it’s cheaper and has Bluetooth). That’s the main reason for the low Top Record Players rating of 3.5 out of 5.
All three of these record players are suitcase style and they are similarly priced. Amazon sometimes has sales on these units, so any one of them could be the cheapest at any given time. All three also play vinyl records at different speeds and they have built-in speakers.
The Cruiser II is the most portable by far, mainly due to its ability to run off AA batteries. The 1byone is about the same size and only slightly heavier. The Archer is much larger and weighs almost three times as much as the other two. It is still quite portable, due to the suitcase design, but you’ll definitely notice the difference in weight.
One reason for the added size and weight is improved speakers. While the Archer can’t match high-end speakers, its built-in stereo speakers sound much better than those in the Crosley and 1byone models, with the Cruiser speakers being the worst of the three. All three have RCA jacks, though, so you can easily connect external speakers.
The Archer also has a diamond-tipped stylus, while the other two have a much cheaper stylus. The one on the Cruiser II has been improved from the original Cruiser, but it still lags behind the Archer.
The 1byone and the Archer both come in two different colors, while the Crosley gives you ten colors to choose from and even a few unique designs. Note that the price varies slightly between colors.
Finally, I should mention the original Crosley Cruiser as a good alternative. It does not have the ability to run off of batteries, but the deluxe version does offer Bluetooth connectivity, which is something none of the other players have.
Overall, the Crosley Cruiser II is the best option, if you are looking for maximum portability. It is the smallest and lightest player and the only one that runs off batteries.
But you do sacrifice sound quality for that portability. If quality is more important to you, then the Electrohome Archer is easily the best choice. It is still portable enough, despite the size and weight, and is built with better quality components all around.
If you want a small player, but do not need the ability to run from battery power, the 1byone turntable is a better choice than the Cruiser. Despite being about the same size and weight, it is much higher quality. They used the extra space for the battery compartment to give you better speakers instead.
Finally, the deluxe version of the original Cruiser is the best choice if you need Bluetooth connectivity. If you don’t, it makes no sense to get this player.
To sum up this Crosley Cruiser II portable turntable review in one sentence: only get this player if you know you are going to need the ability to run off batteries. Otherwise, one of the other players is a better choice.