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The 4 Best Alexa Speakers - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best Alexa Speakers

If you like using Alexa, you'll want a speaker with great voice assistant support, and ideally, Alexa built into the speaker itself. Nowadays, quite a few speakers come with Alexa built-in, and many can easily understand your voice commands, even when you're far away or in a noisy environment. While these speakers tend to be home speakers with a wired design, there are some wireless options available that you can take with you on the go. Many Alexa speakers have balanced sound profiles, making them suitable for playing music and watching movies, on top of being a voice assistant for your home.

We've tested over 85 speakers, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best Alexa-enabled speakers. If you want to see more options, check out our picks for the best home speakers, the best smart speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers.


  1. Best Alexa Speaker

    The best Bluetooth speaker with Alexa we’ve tested is the Sonos Move. This portable Bluetooth speaker comes with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, which you can use while connected to a Wi-Fi network. It has no trouble understanding your commands from far away and in noisier rooms, and you can mute its mic when you no longer want the speaker to listen to you. It’s battery-powered and well-built, so you can easily move it from room to room or take it outside with you. Its battery life can also last over 10 hours from a single charge, making it great for long listening sessions, though this can vary depending on your usage habits and chosen volume levels.

    Its sound profile is balanced, and its mid-range ensures voices and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced in the mix. It has to downmix stereo content to mono, resulting in a soundstage that isn't as immersive. If you prefer having an Alexa speaker with a wider and more immersive-sounding soundstage, consider the Bose Home Speaker 500. However, it isn’t as portable or as well-built as the Move.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget Alexa Speaker

    The Amazon Echo Gen 4 is the best budget Alexa speaker we've tested. It has Alexa built-in and has no trouble understanding your commands from far away and in noisy rooms. You can also mute the mic when you no longer want your assistant to hear you. It's advertised to have a built-in Zigbee hub, so you can use Alexa to control smart home devices like lightbulbs and thermostats. However, since it's designed for use at home, it needs to remain plugged into a power outlet for it to work. Its default sound profile is slightly boomy, with a balanced mid-range that reproduces vocals and lead instruments clearly and with detail. Higher-pitched voices and instruments sound a bit dull and dark at times. Fortunately, you can tweak its sound using the bass and treble adjustments featured in its Amazon Alexa app.

    If you're looking for an even more affordable option, check out the smaller Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4. However, it doesn't produce an as extended low-bass and downmixes stereo content to mono, resulting in a soundstage that isn't as immersive.

    See our review

  3. Best Alexa Speaker For Bass

    The best Alexa-enabled Bluetooth speaker for bass that we've tested is the Denon Home 350. This loud wired speaker has a slightly boomy sound profile suitable for listening to a wide variety of music genres and can produce the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM and hip-hop, making it a great choice for music lovers. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly and accurately in the mix. If you like having control over your speaker's sound, you can customize its sound to your liking, thanks to the bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app. It has middling directivity resulting in a narrow and directional-sounding soundstage. It also has high Bluetooth latency with iOS and Android devices, which isn't ideal for watching movies and videos.

    Alexa is built into this smart speaker, and you can activate the assistant with your voice. It does an excellent job of understanding you from far away and in noisy rooms. You can also mute its mic when you no longer want it listening to you and can even connect it to compatible Denon soundbars to create a home setup. If you don't care for Bluetooth latency or a wide-sounding soundstage, this loud speaker's slightly boomy and customizable sound profile makes it the best Alexa speaker for music and bass that we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Best Portable Speaker For Alexa

    If you're on the hunt for a small speaker that's easy to bring on the go, check out the Bose Portable Smart Speaker. This battery-powered smart speaker comes with a built-in carrying handle to help easily bring it along with you on the go and is even rated IPX4 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to withstand small splashes of water. This means you can bring it outside with you without worrying about it getting a bit wet. Alexa and Google Assistant are built-in and can easily register your command when you're far from the speaker and when you're in noisy environments. You can also use Alexa to make commands to Bose smart products, Amazon Echo products, or anyone in your contacts list.

    Its sound profile is slightly boomy out-of-the-box, with a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments to reproduce accurately and with detail in the mix. It also has fantastic directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, resulting in a wide and spacious-sounding soundstage. If you're looking for an even smaller portable speaker for Alexa, consider the Sonos Roam. While its soundstage isn't as spacious-sounding as the Bose, it's smaller, lighter, and better-built.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Amazon Echo Studio: The Amazon Echo Studio is a wired smart speaker that has Alexa built-in. It has a worse voice assistant performance than the Amazon Echo Gen 4 since it struggles to understand you in a noisy room. It has a Zigbee hub built-in, which lets you connect to other smart home devices and control them using Alexa. See our review
  • Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4: The Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 is a small wired smart speaker that's smaller than the Amazon Echo Gen 4. It offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa built-in. However, it doesn't get as loud and doesn't produce an as extended low-bass. It also has to downmix stereo content to mono, which isn't as immersive. See our review
  • Bose Home Speaker 500: The Bose Home Speaker 500 is a wired stereo speaker with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. It has no trouble understanding you, even if you're far away or in a noisy environment. However, it isn't as portable as the Sonos Move since it needs to remain wired to a power source for it to work. Its sound profile also isn't as balanced. See our review
  • Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2: The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 is an incredibly portable Bluetooth speaker with outstanding voice assistant support. However, it uses Alexa through your smartphone, and unlike the Bose Portable Smart Speaker, it doesn't have bass and treble sliders you can use to customize its sound to your liking. See our review
  • Sonos Roam: The Sonos Roam is a portable smart speaker with Alexa built-in. While it has an exceptional voice assistant performance, it doesn't produce a low-bass as extended as the Bose Portable Smart Speaker. Its soundstage also doesn't sound as wide and open. See our review
  • Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST : The Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST is a portable Bluetooth speaker with Alexa built-in. It offers fantastic voice assistant support and does an excellent job of understanding you from far away, though it doesn't understand you as easily in noisier settings. However, this speaker may currently be difficult to find in stock. We'll update the article if it gets discontinued. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 26, 2022: Restructured the article to better align with user needs and expectations. Recategorized the Denon Home 350 as 'Best Alexa Speaker For Bass'. Moved the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 and the Bose Home Speaker 500 to the Notable Mentions. Updated the text for consistency.

  2. Mar 25, 2022: Added the Denon Home 350 as the 'Best Alexa Speaker For Music'. Updated the text for consistency.

  3. Jan 25, 2022: Made the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 the 'Best Cheap Alexa Speaker'. Text was updated for consistency.

  4. Nov 26, 2021: Moved the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST to the Notable Mentions since it's currently difficult to find in stock. Added the Bose Portable Smart Speaker as the 'Best Portable Speaker For Alexa'.

  5. Sep 28, 2021: Verified picks for accuracy, and updated text for clarity.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Alexa-enabled speakers for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price (cheaper speakers win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no speakers that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for speakers with Alexa built-in, filtered by their overall voice assistant performance. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect speakers. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

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