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The 5 Best Alexa Speakers - Winter 2022 Reviews

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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 80 speakers, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best Alexa speakers. If you want to see more options, check out our picks for the best home speakers, the best Bluetooth speakers, and the best cheap speakers.


  1. Best Alexa Speaker: Sonos Move

    7.0
    Music
    6.5
    Videos/Movies
    8.2
    Podcasts
    8.6
    Voice Assistant
    7.7
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The best speaker for Alexa that 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. They can understand your commands when you're far from the speaker and when you're in noisier environments. There's even a mic mute button you can use when you no longer want the speaker to listen to you.

    This speaker has a balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its well-balanced mid-range ensures voices and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced in the mix. There are also bass and treble adjustments featured on its companion app to customize its sound to your liking. This very well-built speaker is rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, making it suitable for use outdoors. Also, its battery life can last over 10 hours from a single charge, though this can depend on your usage.

    Unfortunately, it has high latency with iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth, so it isn't very suitable for watching movies and videos. However, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may differ. If you're looking for a good speaker that supports Alexa, this versatile speaker is a solid choice.

    See our review

  2. Best Home Speaker For Alexa: Bose Home Speaker 500

    7.3
    Music
    7.1
    Videos/Movies
    6.6
    Podcasts
    9.1
    Voice Assistant
    5.6
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    No

    The Bose Home Speaker 500 is the best home speaker for Alexa that we've tested. It comes with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and is excellent at understanding you when you're far away and in noisier settings. You can use its mic mute button when you no longer want your assistant to listen to you. You can even use Alexa to command any Bose smart products or Amazon Echo products you own.

    Out-of-the-box, it has a fairly neutral sound profile suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though higher-pitched voices and instruments can sound dark at times. That said, it lacks some low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble typically present in bass-heavy music. Fortunately, you can tweak its sound thanks to the bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app. You can even pair it to compatible Bose speakers to play different audio in different rooms across your home at once.

    Unfortunately, while it can get pretty loud, there are some compression artifacts present at max volume that can affect the clarity of your audio during louder listening sessions. Due to its wired design, it isn't very portable since it needs to remain connected to a power outlet to work. That said, if you're looking for an Alexa-enabled speaker to add to your home, it's the best Alexa speaker for music that we've tested.

    See our review

  3. Best Portable Speaker For Alexa: Bose Portable Smart Speaker

    6.9
    Music
    6.8
    Videos/Movies
    8.0
    Podcasts
    9.0
    Voice Assistant
    6.8
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is the best portable speaker for Alexa that we've tested. This battery-powered smart speaker comes with a built-in carrying handle to help transport it, so you can easily carry it with you when you're on the move. It's even rated IPX4 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be able to withstand small splashes of water.

    It comes with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and has little trouble understanding your commands from far away and in noisier settings. You can use Alexa to make commands to Bose smart products, Amazon Echo products, or anyone in your contacts list. There's even a mic mute button you can use when you no longer want your assistant to hear you. Out-of-the-box, it has a slightly boomy sound profile with a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has incredible directivity, so its soundstage is perceived as wide and open, and your audio sounds clear from all angles.

    Unfortunately, it has to downmix stereo content to mono to play it. Its battery life only lasts a little over five hours, so it isn't suitable for long listening sessions. That said, battery performance can vary depending on your usage, and your real-world experience may differ. If you're looking for a portable speaker that offers outstanding Alexa support, it's a solid choice.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Alexa Speaker: Amazon Echo Gen 4

    6.8
    Music
    6.1
    Videos/Movies
    6.3
    Podcasts
    8.8
    Voice Assistant
    5.2
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    No

    The Amazon Echo Gen 4 is the best Alexa speaker for music that we've tested in the budget category. It has Alexa built-in and has no trouble understanding your commands from far away and in noisy environments. You can also mute the mic when you no longer want your assistant to hear you.

    It has a slightly boomy sound profile, with a balanced mid-range reproduces vocals and lead instruments clearly and with detail. That said, higher-pitched voices and instruments may 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. You can also pair it to other compatible speakers when you want to amplify your favorite tunes across a large space.

    Unfortunately, it isn't very portable due to its wired design and needs to remain wired to a power outlet to work. Also, it doesn't get very loud, and it lacks thump and rumble in the low-bass range, which may disappoint some fans of bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. That said, it's still a great choice if you're looking for an Alexa-enabled speaker at a more affordable price.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Alexa Speaker: Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4

    5.7
    Music
    5.2
    Videos/Movies
    6.3
    Podcasts
    8.8
    Voice Assistant
    4.9
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    No

    The best cheap Alexa speaker we've tested is the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4. This small wired speaker has a design similar to the Amazon Echo Gen 4, though it's a bit smaller in size. Alexa is built into this speaker, and it's excellent at registering your commands from far and in noisy rooms. You can activate Alexa using your voice, and there's a mic mute button you can use when you no longer want it to listen to you.

    It has a balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though they may also sound dark and veiled at times. Fortunately, there are bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound profile to your liking. Thanks to its spherical design, it has amazing directivity, resulting in a wide and spacious-sounding soundstage. You can also connect this speaker to other Echo speakers when you want to play different audio in different rooms across your home.

    Unfortunately, like most speakers its size, it lacks low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. It also doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression present at max volume that can affect the quality of your audio at louder volumes. That said, if you're looking for a speaker that offers outstanding Alexa support without breaking the bank, it's still a solid choice.

    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
  • Bose Home Speaker 300: The Bose Home Speaker 300 is a wired 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 doesn't get as loud as the Bose Home Speaker 500, and it can't play stereo content. 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 that's 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. Jan 25, 2022: Made the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 the 'Best Cheap Alexa Speaker'. Text was updated for consistency.

  2. 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'.

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

  4. Jul 30, 2021: Minor changes to text for consistency. No changes were made to product picks.

  5. May 31, 2021: Added the Sonos Roam to the Notable Mentions, and ensured the picks are still the best recommendations for our users.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Alexa 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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