If you like using Alexa, you'll want a speaker that has 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 50 speakers, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best Alexa speakers. If you want to see more options, check out our recommendations for the best home speakers, the best Bluetooth speakers, and the best cheap speakers.
The best speaker for Alexa that we've tested is the Sonos Move. This versatile Bluetooth model has Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, which require a Wi-Fi connection to be used. It has no trouble understanding you when you're far away, and it still understands you decently well if you're in a noisy environment.
Out-of-the-box, it has a balanced sound profile, especially in the mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments are reproduced accurately. Its companion app also has a room correction feature and bass and treble sliders, letting you tweak the sound profile to your liking. This speaker is very well-built and even comes with an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. Its battery lasts over ten hours on a single charge, which should be enough for most long listening sessions.
However, its Bluetooth latency is high with iOS and Android devices, so it may not be suitable for watching videos. That said, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary. Overall, its balanced sound profile and built-in Alexa support make it a solid choice.
If you like using your speaker to play videos, consider the Bose Portable Smart Speaker. Although it has shorter battery life than the Sonos Move, its Bluetooth latency with iOS and Android devices is low, making it suitable for watching videos. Some apps compensate for latency differently, so user experience may vary. It has Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, and it has no trouble understanding you, even if you're far away or in a noisy environment. Out-of-the-box, its sound profile is slightly boomy, but it has a balanced mid-range that can accurately reproduce vocals and lead instruments. You can also use the bass and treble adjustments in its companion app to tweak the sound profile to your liking. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and there's quite a bit of compression present at max volume, so it's not ideal for playing music at parties.
If you want a speaker that has longer battery life and a higher max volume, go for the Sonos. If you want to watch videos without worrying about Bluetooth latency, consider the Bose.
The best home speaker for Alexa that we've tested is the Bose Home Speaker 500. This wired option has Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, and it has no trouble understanding you even if you're far away or in a noisy room. It also has a mic mute button, as well as a display screen that shows the time and information about the music you're listening to.
It has a fairly balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, with a balanced mid-range that makes vocals and lead instruments sound clear in the mix. However, its treble range is underemphasized, so the higher frequencies of these same instruments may sound a bit dull or veiled. Thankfully, its companion app has bass and treble adjustments that let you tweak the sound profile to your liking. It can also get quite loud, though there's some compression present at max volume.
Unfortunately, it's not well-suited for outdoor use, since it needs to be plugged into a power source for it to be used. Also, it struggles to produce a thumpy, rumbling low-bass, which may disappoint fans of bass-heavy music genres. That said, it's a suitable choice if you want a home speaker with outstanding Alexa support.
The best portable speaker for Alexa that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST. This small and lightweight model has Alexa built-in, and it can hear you clearly even if you're far away, though it doesn't understand you quite as easily in a noisy environment. There's also a mic mute feature if you want it to stop listening to you.
It has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. Out-of-the-box, it has a fairly neutral sound profile, making it suitable for listening to a variety of audio content. Like many small speakers, it struggles to produce a thumpy low-bass, but its companion app has a graphic EQ as well as preset EQ settings, which lets you customize the sound profile to your liking. Thanks to its 360-degree design, its soundstage is perceived as open and spacious, and it can even play stereo content without downmixing it into mono.
However, its battery only lasts around eight hours, which may not be enough for long listening sessions. Also, while its companion app has a Party Mode feature that lets you link multiple speakers to amplify your audio, there's no Multi-Room feature for linking multiple speakers across separate rooms. That said, if you're looking for a portable speaker with Alexa built-in, it's a solid choice.
The Amazon Echo Gen 4 is the best budget speaker for Alexa that we've tested. It's a wired model that has Alexa built-in, which you can use over Wi-Fi and activate with your voice. It understands you easily, even if you're far away or in a noisy environment, and there's even a mic mute button if you want it to stop listening.
Its sound profile is somewhat boomy out-of-the-box, and also a bit dark. However, it has a well-balanced mid-range that makes vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. Using the Amazon Alexa app, you can adjust the bass and treble to your liking and pair multiple speakers to amplify your audio at a party or play music across multiple rooms. Its Bluetooth latency with iOS and Android devices is low enough to make it suitable for watching videos, although some apps compensate for latency differently.
Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and there's quite a bit of compression present when you use it at max volume, so it may not be suitable for playing music in large or crowded rooms. Also, like many small speakers, it struggles to produce low-bass. However, if you're looking for a home speaker with Alexa built-in, it offers a solid performance at a more affordable price point.
If you're looking for an even cheaper speaker with some of the same features, consider the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4. While it has a less balanced sound profile than the Amazon Echo Gen 4 out-of-the-box, it comes at a more budget-friendly price, and still has an excellent voice assistant performance. It has a wired design and Alexa built-in, and it can easily understand you when you're far away or in a loud setting. While its balanced mid-range can reproduce vocals and lead instruments clearly, they may sound dark due to the underemphasized treble. Like many small speakers, it really struggles to produce low-bass, which may disappoint fans of bass-heavy genres. Unlike the Echo, it has to downmix stereo content into mono. Fortunately, you can use its companion app to tweak the bass and treble to your liking or link two speakers to form a stereo pair.
If you want something that can play stereo content and has a more balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, go with the Echo Gen 4. If you want a simpler option at a more affordable price that still offers amazing voice assistant support, consider the Echo Dot Gen 4 instead.
Mar 29, 2021: Confirmed all the picks are in stock and still the best recommendations for our users.
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.