The 6 Best Home Speakers - Fall 2021 Reviews

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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 75 speakers, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best home speakers. See our recommendations for the best outdoor speakers, the best cheap speakers, the best Sonos speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers.


  1. Best Home 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 home speaker that we've tested is the Sonos Move. 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 carry around with you when you're on the move.

    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. 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 solid choice.

    See our review

  2. Stereo Alternative: Bose Home Speaker 500

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

    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: Sonos Five

    7.5
    Music
    6.3
    Videos/Movies
    6.3
    Podcasts
    2.9
    Voice Assistant
    4.7
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    No
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    No

    The best home speaker for music that we've tested is the Sonos Five. With its Trueplay room correction feature turned on, this wired speaker has a bright sound profile overall, with a thumpy and punchy bass. There are also bass and treble adjustments featured on the Sonos S2 companion app, so you can customize its sound to better suit your preferences.

    This speaker offers a good soundstage performance, and you can place it horizontally to play stereo content and vertically for mono. It can also get quite loud, so its sound can easily fill a large room. While it doesn't have any built-in voice assistants, the manufacturer says you can control the speaker with Alexa or Google Assistant when it's connected to a voice-enabled device. Also, you can connect it to another compatible speaker to create a stereo pair or to multiple other compatible speakers when you want to listen to different audio in different rooms of your home simultaneously.

    Unfortunately, it isn't very portable, and it lacks a more comprehensive graphic EQ feature to fully customize its sound. There's also a lot of compression present at max volume, so your audio doesn't sound as clean at louder volume levels. However, if you're looking for a good speaker for music, it's still a great choice.

    See our review

  4. More Customizable Alternative: Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM

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

    If you're looking for a speaker with more sound customization options, consider the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. Though it struggles to reproduce bass as low and thumpy as the Sonos Five, the Ultimate Ears' companion app features a full graphic EQ you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. Like the Sonos, the speaker can adapt to your room's acoustics thanks to its Adaptive EQ feature available on its companion app. With this feature turned on, it has a somewhat balanced sound profile that ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear. This well-built portable speaker can also get louder than the Sonos, with fewer compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio sounds clean at louder volumes. Also, it has an outstanding battery life of 24 hours, making it great for long listening sessions, though this can vary depending on your usage.

    If you're looking for a speaker that can produce deeper bass, consider the Sonos. However, if you like listening to your audio at louder volumes and having more sound customization options is important to you, check out the Ultimate Ears.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Home Speaker: Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

    6.8
    Music
    6.1
    Videos/Movies
    8.0
    Podcasts
    3.2
    Voice Assistant
    7.8
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The best budget home speaker that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This small, battery-powered speaker is incredibly portable, making it easy to take with you from one room to another. It can also be paired 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. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced in the mix. Thanks to its 360-degree design, this speaker also has outstanding directivity, resulting in a soundstage that's perceived as wide and open-sounding. It's well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be dust-tight and submersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. Also, its battery can last up to almost 13 hours from a single charge, making it suitable for long listening sessions, though this can vary depending on your usage habits.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants. Also, like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the deep 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 Cheap Home 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 Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 is the best cheap home speaker we've tested. 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 Amazon Alexa 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 to 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. 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
  • Amazon Echo Gen 4: The Amazon Echo Gen 4 is a small speaker with built-in Alexa capabilities that offers amazing performance for voice assistants. However, it doesn't get very loud, and there's compression present at max volume, so your audio may not sound as clean at louder volumes. It's also a bit more expensive than the Echo Dot Gen 4, but it does have a better-balanced sound profile. 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
  • Sony SRS-XB43: The Sony SRS-XB43 is a small, portable speaker with customizable lighting. Its sound profile isn't very well-balanced, but it has a basic graphic EQ in its companion app. While it has a 15-hour battery life, it doesn't have a built-in voice assistant, so it uses the voice assistant from your paired smartphone. 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
  • Denon Home 350: The Denon Home 350 is a premium home speaker. It can get louder with fewer compression artifacts, and it supports Bluetooth. However, its soundstage isn't as immersive as the Sonos Five. 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
  • 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 can be added as a rear unit to a MusicCast-compatible soundbar. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any voice assistants built-in. See our review

Recent Updates

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

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

  3. Jun 25, 2021: Removed the Google Home Max from Notable Mentions, as the product has been discontinued by the manufacturer. Added the IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf to Notable Mentions. Minor changes were made to the text for consistency and accuracy.

  4. Apr 28, 2021: Confirmed the picks are in stock and are still the best recommendations for our users. Text was updated for consistency.

  5. Apr 07, 2021: Verified text accuracy and product availability. There has been no change in our recommendations.

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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