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The 7 Best Home Speakers - Spring 2022 Reviews

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Best Home Speakers

If you love listening to audio at home, you'll want a speaker that can fill up your space with your favorite music or podcasts. Nowadays, many speakers offer a sleek, stylish design that can blend in easily with your existing home decor without taking up a lot of space or requiring a lot of unsightly wires and cords. Many speakers have built-in voice assistant capabilities that can help you with your day-to-day tasks, and some even support multi-room features that make it easy to bring your audio with you from one room to the next. If you plan on using your speaker around water, like in your kitchen or your bathroom, some speakers also come with waterproof designs.

We've tested over 85 speakers, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best speakers to use at home. See our recommendations for the best smart speakers, the best cheap speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers.


  1. Best Home Speaker

    The Sonos Move is the best speaker that we've tested to use at home overall. It offers excellent voice assistant support, with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, and can understand your commands from far away and in noisier settings. Its sleek design helps this speaker easily blend in with most home decor. It's also battery-powered and comes with a built-in carrying handle, making it easy to move the speaker between rooms.

    With its room correction feature enabled, it has a well-balanced sound profile, making it 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. There are bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app, which you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. It's also well-built with an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be protected against direct contact with water for up to three minutes and dust for around two to eight hours.

    Unfortunately, while it can get pretty loud, there are a lot of compression artifacts present at max volume, so your audio doesn't sound as clean at louder volumes. Its room correction feature, called 'Trueplay', is currently only available with iOS devices. It also downmixes stereo content to mono when using it on its own and requires two units to play stereo audio. However, if you're looking for a good speaker to use at home, this versatile speaker would make a great choice.

    See our review

  2. Stereo Alternative

    If you're looking for a home speaker that can play stereo content, consider the Bose Home Speaker 500 instead. While it isn't as portable as the Sonos Move, and its default sound profile isn't as well-balanced, it doesn't have to downmix stereo content into mono to play it, resulting in a more immersive sound. This wired model has Google Assistant and Alexa built-in, and it offers an incredible voice assistant performance. Out-of-the-box, it has a fairly neutral though slightly dark sound profile, but you can also adjust it to your liking using the bass and treble adjustment features in the Bose Music app. Thanks to its display screen, you can easily keep track of the time or see more information about the audio you're listening to. It even supports multi-room pairing, so you can connect it to another Home Speaker to play audio across multiple rooms in your house.

    If you want a portable option with a more neutral sound out-of-the-box, check out the Sonos, but if you want a stereo speaker, consider the Bose instead.

    See our review

  3. Best Home Speaker For Music

    The Denon Home 350 is the best home speaker for music that we've tested. While it isn't as portable and versatile as the Sonos Move, this speaker can play stereo without downmixing it to mono, resulting in a more immersive soundstage. It can also produce a more extended low-bass, so you can feel the thump and punch in bass-heavy music like hip-hop or EDM. 

    It offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa built-in and has no trouble registering your voice from far and in noisy rooms. You can activate the assistant with your voice and can mute the speaker's mic when you no longer want it listening to you. You can even connect it to compatible Denon soundbars to create a home setup. This smart speaker has a boomy sound profile overall with a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix.

    Unfortunately, it has middling directivity, so your audio doesn't sound as clear from all angles. There's some compression present at max volume that degrades the quality of your audio at louder volume levels. It also needs to remain wired to a power source for it to work, so you can't easily move it from room to room with you. That said, if you just want to enjoy your favorite music at home, and don't care much about moving the speaker around, it's still a solid choice.

    See our review

  4. Best Customizable Home Speaker For Music

    The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is the best customizable home speaker for music that we've tested. This large stereo speaker gives you even more control over its sound, thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its companion app. It also comes with a room correction feature to adjust its sound according to the room it's placed in, called 'Adaptive EQ', which is available with iOS and Android devices.

    With the room correction feature enabled, it has a balanced sound profile suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. It can also get incredibly loud with little compression present at max volume, so audio quality doesn't degrade much as you bump up the volume. The speaker is battery-powered and comes with a built-in carrying strap so you can easily transport it from room to room. It's also rated IPX4 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to withstand small splashes of water, so you can take it outside on your patio without worrying about it getting a bit wet.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants and doesn't produce a low-bass as deep as that of the Denon Home 350, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. That said, if you can do without the thumpy and rumbling low-bass and prefer having a portable speaker that gives you more control over its sound profile, it's a solid choice.

    See our review

  5. Best Small Home Speaker For Music

    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is the best small home speaker for music we've tested. This battery-powered speaker is significantly smaller than the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM and the Sonos Move, and is incredibly portable, making it easy to take with you from one room to another. You can also pair it to up to two devices at once, which can come in handy when you frequently need to switch between audio sources.

    It has a well-balanced sound profile, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Thanks to its 360-degree design, this speaker has outstanding directivity, resulting in a soundstage perceived as wide and open-sounding. It's well-built, with an IP67 for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be dust-tight and immersible in a meter of water for 30 minutes. The manufacturer even advertises that it can float in water, so you can bring your favorite tunes along with you to the shower or to your poolside without needing to worry about it getting splashed.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants. Also, like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM. However, although there isn't a graphic EQ to tweak its sound to your liking, there's an 'Outdoor Mode' feature that's advertised to help boost the bass in your audio.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Home Speaker

    The best budget home speaker we've tested is the Amazon Echo Gen 4. This small spherical speaker comes with Alexa built-in. It easily registers your commands from far away and in noisy settings, and you can mute the mic when you no longer want it listening to you. It's even advertised to have a Zigbee hub built-in, which you can use to control compatible smart home devices like thermostats and lightbulbs across your home.

    Its default sound profile is slightly boomy with a balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. However, higher-pitched voices and instruments sound a little veiled and dull at times. Fortunately, there are bass and treble adjustments in its companion app which you can use to customize its sound to your liking. You can also use the app to connect multiple compatible speakers together when you want to amplify your audio across a large space or to listen to different audio content in rooms of your home at once.

    Unfortunately, like most speakers its size, it doesn't get very loud and struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass. Also, like many home speakers, it needs to remain plugged into a power outlet for it to work, so it isn't very portable. That said, it's still a great choice if you're looking for a speaker to incorporate into your home that won't break the bank.

    See our review

  7. Best Cheap Home Speaker

    The Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 is the best cheap home speaker we've tested. It has a similar design to the Amazon Echo Gen 4, though it's smaller in size. It offers outstanding voice assistant support with Amazon Alexa built-in and does a fantastic job of understanding you when you're far away or in noisier environments.

    This spherical speaker has a dull and dark sound profile, though its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced in the mix. Thanks to the bass and treble adjustments featured on its companion app, you can also customize its sound to your liking. You can pair this speaker to another compatible speaker to create a stereo pair or multiple other speakers if you want to play different audio in different rooms across your home.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression present at max volume, so your audio doesn't sound as clean during louder listening sessions. Like most speakers its size, it also struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. Also, unlike the Amazon Echo Gen 4, it doesn't come with a Zigbee hub built-in. That said, if you're looking for a more affordable home speaker, it's still a solid choice.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose Home Speaker 300: The Bose Home Speaker 300 is a very versatile wired speaker that offers built-in support for Alexa and Google Assistant via Wi-Fi. However, it isn't as well-built as the Bose Home Speaker 500, it downmixes stereo content into mono, and it doesn't have a display screen. See our review
  • Bose Portable Smart Speaker: The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is a versatile speaker that has built-in support for Alexa and Google Assistant, and its portable Bluetooth design means you can bring it with you to listen to audio outdoors. With a battery life of just over five hours, it isn't ideal for long listening sessions. See our review
  • Bose SoundLink Revolve: The Bose SoundLink Revolve is a stylish, portable Bluetooth speaker that's a solid option for listeners looking for a small speaker. However, like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass and doesn't get very loud. See our review
  • Apple HomePod mini: The Apple HomePod mini is a small spherical smart speaker with Apple's Siri built-in. That said, you can't play your audio via Bluetooth, and there isn't a mic mute button you can press when you no longer want your assistant to hear you. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Motion+: The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a budget-friendly portable Bluetooth speaker that offers more customization features than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, thanks to its graphic EQ. However, its soundstage performance isn't as impressive. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Flare 2: The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is a small, portable Bluetooth speaker in the budget range that comes with a graphic EQ for sound customization. It isn't as well-built as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, and it doesn't get as loud. See our review
  • IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf: The IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf is a home speaker designed to blend in with your home decor, and you can mount it to your wall to use as a bookshelf. However, it doesn't support Bluetooth, so you can only play your audio over an internet connection. It also doesn't have any built-in voice assistants. See our review
  • IKEA SYMFONISK Speaker lamp: The IKEA SYMFONISK Speaker lamp is a Wi-Fi speaker with a dual function as a speaker and a lamp to help it blend in with your home decor. However, like the IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf speaker, it doesn't support Bluetooth and doesn't have any built-in voice assistants. See our review
  • Yamaha MusicCast 50: The Yamaha MusicCast 50 is a wired home speaker with a balanced though slightly boomy sound profile with its 'Bass Booster' feature enabled. It can get quite loud, and you can add it as a rear unit to a MusicCast-compatible soundbar. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any voice assistants built-in. See our review
  • Sonos Five: The Sonos Five is a mid-size home speaker with a bright sound profile that can produce quite an extended low-bass, so you can feel the deep thump and punch in bass-heavy music. That said, it doesn't come with any voice assistants built-in. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 19, 2022: Added the Denon Home 350 as the 'Best Home Speaker For Music', the Amazon Echo Gen 4 as the 'Best Budget Home Speaker', and made the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 the 'Best Small Home Speaker For Music'. Added the Sonos Five and the IKEA SYMFONISK speaker lamp to the Notable Mentions.

  2. Feb 18, 2022: Verified picks for availability, and updated text for clarity.

  3. Dec 21, 2021: Made The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM the 'Best Customizable Home Speaker For Music' and added the Apple HomePod mini to the Notable Mentions.

  4. Oct 22, 2021: Added the Yamaha MusicCast 50 to the Notable Mentions. Minor changes were made to the text for consistency and accuracy.

  5. Aug 24, 2021: Removed the Apple HomePod from the recommendation since it's been discontinued, and updated the text for consistency.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best home 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. 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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