Best Sonos speakers 2022: Which one to buy

Sonos has never had so many speaker options as it does today. Once known primarily for its multiroom audio system, Sonos has branched out into soundbars and laptops so you can stream sound throughout your home and beyond.

But more choice means tougher decisions about which Sonos speaker to buy. Where should you start if you’re new to Sonos? What should be the next addition to your existing system? We’ll break it all down for you.

The best all-around Sonos speaker

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

The best portable Sonos speaker

Sonos Roaming

The Roam produces big sound from a small package and is easy to pop out of your Sonos system thanks to its 10-hour battery and Bluetooth connectivity.

The best Sonos soundbar

The Arc produces wide sound, clear vocals and powerful bass without a subwoofer. And it supports Dolby Atmos, allowing it to deliver enveloping surround sound.

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The $219 Sonos One is perfect for first-time Sonos buyers or as an add-on to an existing Sonos system because it can do a lot. A single One delivers wide sound with good bass and clear vocals, which is impressive for a device just over 6 inches tall.

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

Beyond sound quality, the One is packed with features. It comes with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant inside (although you can only activate one at a time), so you can use your voice to play music and control your smart devices. If you don’t want voice control, you can save a few bucks by getting the Sonos One SL for $199. The speaker also includes room correction software, called TruePlay, which gets the most out of the speaker by adjusting its output to get the best sound in the space you’re using.

Sonos Roaming

The $179 Sonos Roam, which is our upgrade pick for best Bluetooth speaker, delivers the sound quality you’ve come to expect from Sonos with the benefits of a cellular plan. It is waterproof and can withstand shocks without breaking. Its 10-hour battery life isn’t quite as good as some Bluetooth speakers, like the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 (15 hours), but that should be enough to get you through the party.

The 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 a good choice as a bathroom or kitchen speaker – which you can then take with you when you hit the road.

Like the One, it works with Alexa or Google Assistant (Sonos recently released a version without voice control, the $159 Roam SL). And it has automatic TruePlay, so it adjusts the sound to its 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 top recommendation for people ready to splurge. It delivers big, wide room-filling sound when watching movies or shows, and it pumps out impressive bass even though it doesn’t come with a subwoofer (if you crave more rumble, you can add a wireless sub for $749). With support for Dolby Atmos, the Arc delivers crisp surround sound even without separate rear speakers. Or you can add two Ones and the Sub for true 5.1 sound.

The Arc sounds just as good while playing music as it does while watching TV, adding another option when listening to music throughout the house.

But to get its big sound and house its 11 speakers, 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 lineup (see other Sonos speakers to consider below).

Sonos speakers deliver excellent sound quality across the board, and they’re easier to set up and use than most multiroom systems. But they don’t come cheap — the $159 Roam SL is the cheapest Sonos model (Ikea makes the $119 Symfonisk in conjunction with Sonos, though).

You’ll need the free Sonos app to set up and control the devices. The app lets you create groups of speakers, play the same music in different rooms, or you can play different songs on each unit. The app also lets you adjust the sound to best match what you like to hear. If you prefer, you can use Apple’s AirPlay 2 or Spotify Connect to play music 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 can only support Sonos S1, its original app. You can’t mix the S1 and S2 speakers in a band – a source of contention among longtime Sonos fans.

In addition to the speakers, Sonos also offers the $449 Port, which can connect to a receiver to integrate with your Sonos system, and the $699 Amp, which you can use with non-powered speakers. fed.

One hole in the Sonos range is the lack of an exterior speaker, although they’ve teamed up with Sonance to fill that gap.

If the Arc is too big or too expensive, the Sonos Beam soundbar offers great sound in a slimmer package. At 25.6 x 3.9 x 2.7 inches, it will fit almost any size TV or room. The sound isn’t as big as you get from the Arc, but you might be surprised at what the little unit can put out. The latest version adds Atmos support to enhance an already impressive soundbar.

Sonos’ first portable speaker focused on sound quality more than portability. The $399 Sonos Move is like an oversized One you can take with you. At 9.4 x 6.3 x 5 inches and 6.6 pounds, you won’t want to carry the Move on a hike, but it offers the flexibility to go with you. It has an 11 hour battery and is water resistant. Like the Roam, it has Bluetooth and automatic TruePlay, but thanks to its size, the Move produces more robust sound than its smaller sibling.

If you want a center speaker but don’t want a soundbar, the $549 Sonos Five is the better option. It produces rich bass and a wide sound, with crisp highs 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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