The 6 Best Alexa Speakers - Summer 2021 Reviews

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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 70 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.


  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 Alexa speaker 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, so you can customize its sound to your liking. This very well-built speaker is rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, though we don't test for this. Also, its battery life can last over ten hours from a single charge, though this can depend on your usage, and your experience may vary.

    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. Alternative With Lower Latency: Bose Portable Smart Speaker

    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    If you're looking for a speaker with better latency performance, check out the Bose Portable Smart Speaker. While its battery life isn't as long as that of the Sonos Move, it has lower latency with iOS and Android devices, so it's good for watching movies and videos. Even so, it's important to note that apps compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may differ. That said, this speaker has a slightly boomy default sound profile, which you can customize to your liking thanks to the bass and treble sliders available in its companion app. It also offers fantastic voice assistant support, with Google Assistant and Alexa built-in. The assistants do a great job of understanding when you're far from the speaker and when you're in noisier settings. However, it can't get very loud and has a lot of compression artifacts at max volume, which can affect the clarity of your audio during louder listening sessions.

    If you're looking for a speaker that can get louder with longer battery life, check out the Sonos. However, if having a speaker with better Bluetooth latency performance is important to you, get the Bose.

    See our review

  3. 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 best home speaker for Alexa that we've tested is the Bose Home Speaker 500. It offers fantastic voice assistant support and has Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. You can also use Alexa to directly command your other Bose smart and Amazon Echo products, though we don't test for this. The assistants have no trouble understanding your commands from far away and in noisier environments, and there's even a mic mute button that can come in handy when you don't want the assistant to keep listening to you. 

    Out-of-the-box, this speaker has a fairly neutral sound profile, making it suitable for listening to a variety of audio content. It struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble often present in bass-heavy music like hip-hop or EDM. Fortunately, its companion app features bass and treble adjustments you can use to customize its sound to your liking. Additionally, it has great directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, resulting in a natural and open-sounding soundstage, and it can also get decently loud.

    Unfortunately, there's some compression at max volume, so your audio doesn't sound as clean at louder volume settings. It also isn't very portable due to its wired design and needs to be plugged into a power source for it to work. However, if you're looking for an Alexa-enabled speaker you can use at home and want the best Alexa speaker for music, this is a solid choice.

    See our review

  4. Best Portable Speaker For Alexa: Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST

    7.2
    Music
    6.4
    Videos/Movies
    7.9
    Podcasts
    8.7
    Voice Assistant
    7.6
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    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.

    See our review

  5. 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 best budget Alexa speaker that we've tested is the Amazon Echo Gen 4. This small, spherical speaker has Alexa built-in. You can activate the assistant with your voice, and it has no trouble understanding you when you're far away or in noisier environments. You can also mute its mic when you no longer want it to hear you.

    It has a boomy sound profile that can also sound a bit dark. It has a balanced mid-range, making it suitable for listening to dialogue-centric content like audiobooks and podcasts. That said, it struggles to reproduce the thump and rumble in low-bass that fans of bass-heavy music tend to enjoy and can make higher-pitched vocals sound a bit veiled. Fortunately, its Amazon Alexa app features bass and treble sliders you can use to adjust its sound to your liking. You can also use its app to pair the speaker to multiple other Amazon Echo speakers, which can come in handy when you want to play your audio content across a large area or in different rooms of your house.

    Unfortunately, its wired design doesn't make it very portable since it needs to remain plugged into an outlet to work. It also doesn't get very loud and has some compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio may not sound as clean at louder volumes. However, it's still a great choice if you're looking for a speaker that offers fantastic Alexa support and are on a budget.

    See our review

  6. Cheaper Alternative: Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4

    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    No

    For an even more affordable speaker with similar features, check out the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4. Although its default sound profile isn't as balanced as that of the Amazon Echo Gen 4, it offers fantastic voice assistant support at a lower price point, with Alexa built into the speaker. The voice assistant has no trouble hearing you when you're far from it, as well as when you're in noisier environments. Unfortunately, this wired home speaker struggles to reproduce low-bass so it's difficult to feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. Its underemphasized treble range can also cause higher-pitched vocals and instruments to sound dull and veiled. However, it has a balanced mid-range that ensures voices and lead instruments sound clear. You can also customize the speaker's sound to better suit your preferences, thanks to the bass and treble sliders featured on its companion app.

    Get the Echo Gen 4 if you're looking for a speaker with a better-balanced default sound profile. However, if you're looking for a cheaper speaker that has incredible voice assistant capabilities, check out the Echo Dot Gen 4 instead.

    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 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 that comes 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 get as loud as the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST and has some compression artifacts at max volume. It also has a shorter battery life and can't play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. See our review

Recent Updates

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

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

  3. May 10, 2021: Added the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 to the Notable Mentions. No changes were made to product picks.

  4. Apr 19, 2021: Verified product availability and updated text for consistency and accuracy.

  5. Mar 29, 2021: Confirmed all the picks are in stock and 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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