Whether you're looking for a portable speaker or a soundbar to improve your TV sound, these are the best Sonos speakers.
Updated June 24, 2023 5:00 a.m. PT
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Sonos is one of the biggest names in music-streaming hardware, with its range of speakers pairing excellent sound quality with refined aesthetics. There's support for almost every popular music streaming service, including Spotify and Apple Music. Many of the Sonos speakers on the market also offer built-in voice assistance via Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or Sonos Voice Control, though some don't. We're going to take a look at some of the best Sonos speakers out there to help you choose the best one.
Yet as the number of Sonos products keeps growing, it's also become trickier to decide which speaker system device or devices in the Sonos ecosystem to buy. With that in mind, we've put together a quick guide to Sonos and which products offer the best performance for your money. We'll keep this list updated as the company releases new products.
The Ikea Symfonisk Bookshelf is a versatile Wi-Fi speaker with perfectly acceptable sound for the price. A pair of them makes the ideal rear speakers for Sonos Beam, Playbar or Playbase sound bars. It's compatible with Sonos multiroom speakers, Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and third-party music apps as well as Sonos' music app.
The sound isn't as good as the Sonos One, even when combined as a stereo pair. The bracket that makes it a shelf isn't included.
The Ikea Symfonisk line is a result of a collaboration between the Scandinavian furniture giant and Sonos. It's fully compatible with other Sonos products, and the Bookshelf, Table Lamp and Picture Frame can also be used for stereo sound, or as a relatively inexpensive pair of rear surrounds ($280 for two Bookshelves versus $378 for two One SLs). If you want a Sonos speaker for the price of a Bluetooth speaker, this is the model to get.
Sure, the Sonos Roam is one of the pricier portable speakers you can buy, but it's also one of the best. It's weatherproof and solidly built, but Its secret weapon is its ability to switch between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you're in range.
The Sonos One integrates both Alexa and Google Assistant voice control, with better sound quality than any smart speaker at its price. It offers smart home controls from both systems and its far-field microphone performs well. The Sonos One works seamlessly with Sonos multiroom system and can pair with a second One for stereo sound. It also supports Apple AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect.
The One costs twice as much as an Amazon Echo. You can't switch between the Assistant and Alexa on the fly, and need to run setup again. It doesn't work well if you have an Echo within earshot. There's no Bluetooth.
The Sonos One (Gen 2) has excellent sonics and includes both Alexa and Google Assistant in one speaker (though you can only choose one at a time). It's now been replaced by the Era 100, but if you want Google Assistant this is still the One to get.
With its latest smart speaker, Sonos wins some (Bluetooth, stereo sound) and loses some (Google Assistant). The Era 100 replaces the existing One, and while the lack of Google is a real drag, the new speaker is also better in terms of sound quality. And with the addition of a $19 adaptor, you can now add external sources for cheap.
While it doesn't support Dolby Atmos surround sound or have an HDMI port to connect to your TV (you connect it to your TV with an included optical cable), the sound quality for music and movies is impressive. You can pair it with a couple of other Sonos speakers, like the Sonos One, to create a surround sound system.
With the addition of Dolby Atmos, the Sonos Beam Gen 2 is the smart sound bar to get. You may be missing out on deep bass without a sub, but the speaker makes your movies sound huge with its virtual surround capabilities.
The Sonos Era 300 is a refined desktop speaker with a bunch of hidden extras up its sleeve. Firstly, this is a Dolby Atmos speaker which can make the most of spatial music, and plan old stereo too! Secondly, with the addition of an inexpensive adapter, it's also able to distribute analog sources around your house.
The Sonos Arc is the best soundbar the company has ever released. It has some great features, including an onboard voice assistant, HDMI eARC and Dolby Atmos playback. Unlike the Beam, the system doesn't need a subwoofer, and unless Sonos comes up with a cheaper Sub, this is the best money you can spend under a grand.
At the upper limit of what most people should pay for a Sonos soundbar surround sound system, this system will offer plenty of surround sound and musical thrills. You can buy the Sonos Beam Gen 2 ($449), Sonos Sub ($799) and a pair of Era 100s as part of a set, or you can combine the subwoofer and soundbar with a pair of the Ikea Symfonisk bookshelves ($260) separately. Though the Sub on its own is pretty expensive, it makes a great partner for the smaller Beam, while adding surrounds completes the effect. The system doesn't have true Atmos, and if you want that, you can upgrade to the Arc, add a Sonos Era 300 in the rear or mount the bookshelf speakers high on the walls behind you.
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What is Sonos?
Sonos is one of the oldest multiroom audio systems on the market and also one of the most successful. Since the way we consume digital music has changed from playing MP3s to streaming services and beyond, the audio system has also adapted and grown.
Sonos began as a way to play iTunes playlists on your existing speakers, and it's grown to support streaming music services on a range of tabletop speakers, amplifiers, soundbars and subwoofers. Controlling the system began with a desktop app and the CR100 handheld controller, then it grew to mobile apps and voice assistants. Sonos now offers a range of speakers, which include a choice of either Google Assistant, Alexa or Sonos Voice onboard (One, Beam and Arc).
Here are some things about the product line that you need to know:
Works without a hub over a standard Wi-Fi network (no Bluetooth except for the Roam and the Era series).
With the arrival of its S2 operating system, the company has replaced many of its legacy products while also introducing new ones. In 2022 alone, the company has announced the Sonos Ray soundbar and the Sonos Sub Mini. If you own older components, especially ones with "Zone" in the title, they aren't interoperable with the new system.
The currently available Sonos lineup is as follows:
Sonos Roam: $179 -- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi outdoor speaker.
Sonos One SL: $199 -- small tabletop audio speaker without microphones (discontinued).
Sonos One (Gen 2): $219 -- smart table audio speaker with onboard voice assistant (discontinued).
Sonos Era 100: $249 -- smart speaker with Bluetooth and stereo sound.
Sonos Ray: $279 -- soundbar with optical connection.
Sonos Beam Gen 2: $450 -- soundbar with voice assistant and HDMI.
Sonos Move $399: -- portable smart speaker with water resistance.
Sonos Sub Mini: $429 -- compact wireless subwoofer.
Sonos Port: $449 -- streaming add-on box for existing systems, analog input/output.
Sonos Era 300: $449 -- tabletop speaker with Dolby Atmos spatial audio and Bluetooth.
Until voice control completely replaces it, the Sonos app is where you control most of your audio's setup and playback. The app's focus has changed over the years as it's moved away from services to concentrate on the speakers themselves. The app still has one of the best universal searches, and it's easy to set up your speakers.
The app is available for the following devices:
Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch.
Android phones and tablets.
Apple laptops and desktops.
Windows laptops and desktops.
Amazon Fire tablets.
As well as the Sonos app, you'll also be able to stream to the audio speakers directly from your favorite apps using Play To Sonos. These include: Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Music and Tidal's streaming music service. The system also supports streaming from iOS and compatible software using Apple AirPlay 2.