The market for multi-room speakers has grown significantly in recent years, with new entrants all the time. There are some brands that have been doing the work for many years though, like Sonos. The company has been around for well over a decade and offers one of the best app platforms out there, with support for many of the big streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. There are several speakers within the Sonos multi-room lineup, and there are two soundbars and a wireless subwoofer too. Let us help you work out which best Sonos speakers are the best for you.
Best Sonos Speakers
The Sonos Roam is the firm’s cheapest and smartest speaker. Portable, with Bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity, the Toblerone-shaped Roam is a great alternative to the company’s first Bluetooth speaker, the 2019-released Sonos Move (below).
Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, the (appropriately-named) Roam is rated IP67 waterproof and boasts a 10 hour battery life – despite being a sixth of the size of the Move.
It comes with an excellent bag of tricks, too. Sonos Swap (exclusive to the Roam) lets you ‘hand off’ whatever music the Roam is playing to another Sonos speaker nearby, while improved Auto TruePlay uses the speaker’s microphones to optimise the sound according to the speaker’s surroundings.
The Roam (£159, $169, AU$279) is available to pre-order in the UK and the USA now, with shipping beginning on 20th April. We’ll be posting a full review imminently.
Launched in 2019, the Move was Sonos’ first-ever portable Bluetooth speaker, giving users the option to take their audio into the garden, or even into to the bathroom to keep them company.
As you’d expect, the Sonos Move is as much a Sonos wi-fi speaker as those before it – you get network music streaming, multi-room and voice assistant – but it’s big, heavy and expensive compared to the new Sonos Roam (above).
That said, the Move’s 3kg heft enables it to deliver weighty sound that is spacious, loud and entertaining. All in all, it does a fine job of delivering the Sonos experience in a portable-ish package.
The Sonos One (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is just about the smallest Sonos speaker, but it still packs enough oomph to fill most rooms, and its hands-free Alexa and Google Assistant integration makes it a lot more versatile (and have made it my go-to speaker). Alexa and Google voice commands work like normal (though you must choose between them). It can play music, tell you the weather, find a recipe, and answer simple questions, like any other smart speaker. It also works with Siri via AirPlay 2.
Sonos and Ikea Symfonisk bookshelf speaker
f you want to network a few speakers together for a larger room, or connected rooms, this is the cheapest way to do it. Sonos collaborated with Ikea on this bookshelf speaker, which is why it’s more affordable and slightly less pristine than the others in this guide. It’s been awhile since a Sonos speaker had physical buttons, for one. Looks aside, it sounds almost as good as a Sonos One. You can mount it right to your wall or stand it upright on a bookshelf or table.
It doesn’t directly take audio commands, because it has no mic, so you’ll need a Sonos One, Google speaker, or Alexa speaker that you can yell at if you want to control it with your voice. Other than that, it does everything you’d want a Sonos to do.
Sonos One SL
The Sonos One SL is one of the best Sonos products which is virtually identical in design to the Sonos One, except the SL doesn’t offer voice control and therefore ditches the microphone array on the top compared to the Sonos One.
Aside from no integrated Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, the Sonos One SL offers the same features as the One though, including Apple AirPlay 2 support, compatibility with over 100 music services, multi-room audio and Trueplay tuning.
The Sonos One SL replaced the older Play:1, and is one of the smallest and cheapest Sonos speakers for those that don’t want a smart speaker or those that might want to use the Sonos One SL as surrounds with the Sonos Beam taking over voice, for example.
You’ll still be able to control the Sonos One SL through a third-party Amazon Alexa or Google Home device, and it can also be stereo paired with another Sonos One SL or a Sonos One.