Best Sonos Speakers 2022: Which to Buy

Sonos has never had more speaker options than now. Once known primarily for its multiroom sound system, Sonos has branched out into soundbars and laptops so you can spread sound throughout your house and beyond.

But more choices mean harder decisions to make when it comes to which Sonos speaker to buy. Which one should you start with if you are new to Sonos? What should be the next addition to your existing system? We’ll share it all for you.

The best all-around Sonos speaker

The One is the best combination of sound quality, features and price in the Sonos series. With the support of multiple voice assistants, it can also be a hub for your smart home.

The best portable Sonos speaker

Roam produces great sound from a small package and is easy to carry outside of your Sonos system thanks to its 10-hour battery and Bluetooth connectivity.

The best Sonos soundbar

Arc produces a wide sound, clear voices and booming bass without a subwoofer. And it supports Dolby Atmos, which helps it deliver comprehensive surround sound.

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The Sonos One for $ 219 is well-suited for first-time buyers of Sonos or as an addition to an existing Sonos system because it can do so much. A single One delivers a wide sound with good bass and clear vocals, which is impressive for a device that is just over 6 inches high.

But pair two Ones together and you will be amazed at the breadth of the stereo sound they produce. You can even use the Ones with a Sonos Arc or Beam soundbar to create true surround sound while watching your TV.

In addition to the sound quality, the One comes packed with features. It comes with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant inside (though you can only activate one at a time), so you can use your voice to play music as well as control your smart devices. If you do not want voice control, you can save a few dollars by getting the $ 199 Sonos One SL. The speaker also includes room correction software, called TruePlay, that gets the most out of the speaker by adjusting its output so that it sounds best in the room you are using it.

Sonos Roam

Sonos Roam for $ 179, which is our upgrade option for the best Bluetooth speaker, delivers the sound quality you expect from Sonos with the benefits of an on-the-go package. It is waterproof and can withstand shocks without breaking. Its 10-hour battery life is not as good as some Bluetooth speakers, such as the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 (15 hours), but that should be enough to get you through the party.

Roam’s flexibility is what sets it apart. You can connect via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, so when you’re at home it can be part of your larger Sonos system, but you’re not limited when you want to venture out. Its robustness makes it suitable as a bathroom or kitchen speaker – which you can take with you when you go on the road.

Like the one, it works with Alexa or Google Assistant (Sonos recently released a version without voice control, $ 159 Roam SL). And it automatically has TruePlay, so it adjusts the sound to the surroundings without you having to do anything.

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The $ 899 Sonos Arc has been one of the best soundbars since its release, and is our best recommendation for people who are willing to pay. It delivers a great, wide sound that fills the room when watching movies or series, and it produces an impressive low-end, even if it does not come with a subwoofer (if you fancy more rumbling, you can add a wireless sub for $ 749). With Dolby Atmos support, the Arc delivers precise surround sound even without separate rear speakers. Or you can add two Ones and Sub for true 5.1 sound.

Arc sounds just as good when playing music as it does when watching TV, and adds another option when playing tunes throughout the house.

But to achieve its big sound and house its 11 drivers, the Arc comes with a large footprint. At 45 x 4.5 x 3.4 inches, not everyone will have room for it. This is where the smaller Beam fits into the Sonos series (see other Sonos speakers to consider below).

Sonos speakers deliver excellent sound quality across the board, and are easier to set up and use than most multi-room systems. But they are not cheap – $ 159 Roam SL is the cheapest Sonos model (Ikea, however, makes $ 119 Symphonic in collaboration with Sonos).

You need the free Sonos app to set up and manage your devices. The app allows you to create groups of speakers, play the same music in different rooms, or you can play different songs on each device. The app also lets you adjust the sound to best suit what you like to hear. If you prefer, you can use Apple’s AirPlay 2 or Spotify Connect to play songs on the speakers instead of going through the Sonos app.

All of the speakers we recommend here use the Sonos S2 app. If you have older Sonos devices, they may only support the Sonos S1, its original app. You can not mix S1 and S2 speakers in a group – a source of controversy among longtime Sonos fans.

In addition to speakers, Sonos also offers the $ 449 port that can be connected to a receiver to make it part of your Sonos system, and the $ 699 Amp that you can use with powerless speakers.

One gap in Sonos’ lineup is the lack of an outdoor speaker, although they have partnered with Sonance to fill that gap.

If the Arc is too big or expensive, the Sonos Beam soundbar delivers very good sound in a slimmer package. At 25.6 x 3.9 x 2.7 inches, it fits almost any size TV or room. The sound is not as great as the one you get from the Arc, but you may be surprised at what the small device can expose. The latest version adds Atmos support to enhance an already impressive soundbar.

Sonos’ first portable speaker focused on sound quality more than portability. The Sonos Move for $ 399 is like a super size that you can take with you. At 9.4 x 6.3 x 5 inches and 6.6 pounds, you will not want the Move on a hike, but it does provide the flexibility to take with you. It has an 11 hour battery and is waterproof. Like Roam, it has Bluetooth and auto TruePlay, but thanks to its size, the Move produces a more robust sound than its smaller siblings.

If you want a center speaker but don’t want a soundbar, the $ 549 Sonos Five is the best option. It produces rich bass and wide sound with crisp treble and rich vocals. It also has a 3.5mm input so you can connect a turntable or other wired source. However, it does not offer voice control.

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