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The 7 Best Alexa Speakers - Winter 2024 Reviews

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, some wireless options are 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. Some even come with built-in smart home hubs, which are handy if you want to "smartify" your home!

We've tested over 130 speakers, and below, you'll find our recommendations for the best Alexa-enabled speakers, including the best Alexa speaker for music. 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 JBL Authentics 500 is the best Alexa speaker we've tested. This premium device packs lots of high-end features into a retro design, making it a great addition to your home decor. Alexa capabilities are built right into the speaker, and you can even speak to Google Assistant simultaneously to make the most of each assistant's unique features. The speaker can hear your commands clearly, even when you're far away or in a noisier room. You can even mute its microphone for more private moments.

    Like most premium speakers, this device has a room correction tool designed to optimize its sound based on your room's unique acoustics. It's called Self-Tuning, and with it on, you get a clear and detailed sound suitable for all sorts of different audio content, making it the best Alexa speaker for music we've tested. Bass and treble knobs on the speaker as well as a graphic EQ in the companion app give you a lot of control over its sound. It gets impressively loud, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity make it easy to stream audio right from your devices to the speaker. It may be a little much if you want a simpler speaker, but for those who want the best of the best, this one's worth a look.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Alexa Speaker

    The Sonos Era 300 is another premium Alexa speaker available for a little less than our top pick. This smart home speaker is another one of the best models on the market, and its built-in Alexa capabilities make it easy to control the device using only your voice. It boasts a sleek design available in either black or white, so you can choose the color scheme that best suits your style. With great sound quality and many premium enhancement features, this speaker is a stand-out choice for listening to everything from music to videos to audiobooks.

    Plus, this speaker's designed to communicate with other smart devices in your Sonos home ecosystem, which is cool. Spread audio throughout your house or a larger room for an improved sound. You can pair it with a compatible Sonos soundbar for enhanced surround sound. It doesn't get quite as loud as the JBL Authentics 500, but it's still more than enough to fill an average living room with sound. For fans of Sonos especially, this unique speaker is worth checking out.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Alexa Speaker

    As its name implies, the Sonos Era 100 is a smaller and more affordable cousin to the Sonos Era 300, making it a great alternative for more wallet-conscious shoppers. This smart speaker has built-in Alexa support, so you can control it with your voice. Its sleek and simple design is easy to integrate into any living room, and you can even pair it up with other devices in your existing Sonos ecosystem to bring the party to other rooms of your home.

    This speaker boasts great sound quality, too. It's suitable for listening to lots of different music genres thanks to its clean and clear sound right out of the box. Its room correction tool is designed to optimize the sound based on your room's unique acoustics. You can even manually adjust its sound with its bass and treble adjustments. It doesn't support Dolby Atmos like the Era 300, but you may find it's a better value overall if you don't need this feature. With a great overall performance, this speaker's sure to please any Alexa fan.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Alexa Speaker

    If you're on a tighter budget, consider the Amazon Echo Studio. This stylish home speaker has built-in Alexa support, too, and it offers even more smart home features than some of our top picks. Since it's a Zigbee hub, it connects to other smart home devices like light bulbs and thermostats, and it integrates them into Alexa so you can control them with your voice. You don't have to leave the comfort of your couch to turn on the lights, adjust the temperature, and more. It's a really handy feature.

    If you're more interested in the speaker's sound, you're in luck. It reproduces voices and other instruments clearly right out of the box. The Amazon Alexa app also lets you adjust its bass and treble. Plus, you can pair it with other Amazon Echo Studios to spread audio throughout different rooms of your home, which is a cool touch. One key difference is that it doesn't have a low-frequency extension as impressive as top picks like the Sonos Era 100. That means that you notice a touch less rumble in the low bass. If you don't listen to much bass-heavy music like EDM and hip-hop, it's not a huge deal, and the other smart features may make it a better value for you.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Alexa Speaker

    The Amazon Echo Gen 4 is our best budget Alexa pick. This unique device boasts a spherical design that stands out among your home decor. It comes in several colors, each with built-in RGB lights to show when you're in touch with the integrated voice assistant features. As with the top picks on our list, its voice assistant capabilities through Alexa are impressive, and it picks up on your commands even when you're far away. Its sound quality is good for the price, though its small size keeps it from reaching the same volume levels as larger models like the Amazon Echo Studio.

    Still, this speaker gets loud enough to fill an average living room with sound, and its additional smart features allow you to amplify your audio if needed. Like the Echo Studio, you can pair this speaker with other compatible devices to bring audio to different rooms in your home or amplify it in one larger space like a basement. It even boasts the same Zigbee hub capabilities, so you can ask Alexa to control other smart devices in your home. Overall, you get a really impressive performance for the wallet-friendly price.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap Alexa Speaker

    The Amazon Echo Pop is a great, affordable choice for those entering the smart speaker space. It's a smaller and cheaper alternative to the Amazon Echo Gen 4 with an Alexa performance that rivals the top picks on our list. Despite its pricing, this speaker easily understands your commands, even if you're far away or in a noisier environment like a party. The microphone mute button lets you enjoy more private moments without Alexa's interference.

    Of course, given its smaller size, there's some trade-off regarding the sound. This speaker can't reproduce as much low bass as larger models like the Echo Gen 4, so you don't get much thump and rumble in bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. It doesn't get very loud, so it's not ideal for filling larger rooms with sound. Still, if you're looking for a simple Alexa speaker, it's a great option that won't stress your wallet.

    See our review

  7. Best Portable Alexa Speaker

    Want to take your speaker with you on the go? Take a look at the Sonos Move 2. This next-generation model offers an improved sound over the original Sonos Move since it can play stereo sound without downmixing to mono. It also comes with many premium features, including built-in Alexa support and Trueplay room correction. Since it's battery-powered, you can take it outside or move it more easily from room to room. It's even rated IP56 for dust and water resistance.

    This speaker is still on the larger side, though. If you want something even smaller, check out the Sonos Roam. It's another portable Alexa speaker that offers a stand-out voice assistant performance. Since it's smaller than the Move 2, it doesn't get as loud or reproduce as much low bass. However, you may find it's worth the trade-off to get a speaker that's easier to bring with you on the go.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • 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 2 since it must remain wired to a power source. 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 Alexa support. That said, it isn't Wi-Fi compatible like the Sonos Move 2, so while it comes with Alexa built-in, it depends on your paired smartphone to work. Its battery life is also shorter. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Feb 16, 2024: We've confirmed that our picks are the best for each category. No changes aside from some minor text edits for clarity.

  2. Dec 20, 2023: The JBL Authentics 500 is our new 'Best Alexa Speaker', and we've kept the Sonos Era 300 on the list as an upper mid-range pick. The Sonos Move 2 is our new 'Best Portable' pick.

  3. Oct 25, 2023: Confirmed accuracy of product picks and made some text edits for clarity.

  4. Aug 28, 2023: Added the Amazon Echo Pop as 'Best Cheap'.

  5. Jul 04, 2023: The Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 is no longer widely available, so we've removed it as our 'Best Cheap' pick. Added the Sonos Era 100 as the 'Best Mid-Range' and the Sonos Roam as the 'Best Portable'.

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.