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The 6 Best Home Speakers - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Home Speakers

If you love listening to audio at home, you'll want a speaker to 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 105 speakers, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best wireless speakers for home use. See our recommendations for the best smart speakers, the best cheap speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers.

  1. Best Home Speaker

    The best home speaker we've tested is the Denon Home 350. It's a rectangular speaker with a sleek design that blends easily into your home decor, and you can control its features from your couch thanks to built-in Alexa. Whether you're listening to music, podcasts, or audiobooks, the speaker offers good sound quality, making it the best home speaker for music we've tested. Voices and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced, and there's a touch of extra punch in the bass to bring genres like EDM and hip-hop to life. If you prefer a different sound, you can customize it thanks to the bass and treble sliders in the HEOS app.

    If you're looking to take the party to other rooms in your house, this speaker offers many features to get the job done. In the app, you can pair multiple compatible speakers together, so you can enjoy an even sound across the same room or play audio in multiple rooms in your house. Also, if you own certain Denon soundbars, you can connect the speaker for a more immersive 5.1 theater setup. Of course, since it's meant for use in your home, it has a wired design, and you can't bring it outdoors. If you're looking for a speaker that can bring a pleasing sound to your home, it's a great choice.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Home Speaker

    The best wireless speaker for home use in the mid-range is the Sonos Move. It's a well-built speaker with hands-free support thanks to its built-in Google Assistant and Alexa. Whether you're close to the speaker or further away, it doesn't have any trouble hearing your commands—and you can always mute the microphone when you don't want it to listen to you. Since it's battery-powered, it's a little more versatile than the Denon Home 350, as you can bring it on the go. The IP56 rating for dust and water resistance offers some protection when you're outdoors, too.

    This speaker is a great choice for lots of different uses. Dialogue in podcasts and audiobooks is reproduced with clarity, and voices and lead instruments in your favorite tunes are pleasant and detailed in the mix. It doesn't produce quite as much low-bass as the Denon, but if you mostly listen to content without a lot of bass mixed in, it's not a big deal. Plus, you can always adjust its output with its bass and treble adjustments, which are available in the Sonos S2 app. You can pair it with other compatible speakers to spread audio across multiple rooms of your house, which is a nice touch, and streaming audio from your phone is a breeze, making it one of the best home Bluetooth speakers we've tested.

    See our review

  3. Best Lower Mid-Range Home Speaker

    The Amazon Echo Studio is a great all-around smart home speaker that's a bit more affordable than our top picks. It's one of the best home Bluetooth speakers we've tested, with a sleek design that blends in easily with your home decor. There are many smart features on hand, including built-in Alexa and a Zigbee hub that gives you hands-free control over other compatible smart devices like light bulbs and thermostats. When you use the voice assistant, the light ring on top of the speaker comes to life, so you know it's registered your command. When you're done, you can easily mute the microphone using the button on top of the device.

    With its solid sound quality, this speaker is a suitable choice for listening to lots of different types of content. You don't have any trouble following the action in dialogue-heavy podcasts and audiobooks, and instruments in music are detailed and lively in the mix. Since it's a wired speaker, it's not as portable as the Sonos Move, and it doesn't have a room correction feature, so it sounds a little different depending on the room you're in. However, you can use the bass and treble adjustments to make up for this in the Amazon Alexa app. You'll also find multi-room and stereo pairing support in the app to connect it with other compatible speakers.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Home Speaker

    The best budget home speaker we've tested is the Amazon Echo Gen 4. This smart device has a unique spherical design that makes for a stylish addition to your home decor, and you can find it in several different colors to match your aesthetic. Thanks to built-in Alexa support, you can control the device hands-free with only the sound of your voice, making it easy to add ingredients to your shopping list, check the weather, and more. There's even a built-in Zigbee hub that gives you control over other smart home devices, like lightbulbs and thermostats. For more private moments, you can mute Alexa's microphone, too.

    This speaker's sound quality is solid, too, making it a great choice for listening to music, podcasts, and more in the comfort of your home. Dialogue is easy-to-follow, and the clear reproduction of voices and other instruments brings a pleasant and accurate sound to the mix. Adjust its bass and treble levels in the Amazon Alexa app if you want a different sound. While this smaller device doesn't get quite as loud as the larger Amazon Echo Studio, as long as you're listening in an average-sized room, it won't be much of an issue.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Home Speaker

    If you're new to the home speaker space, the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 is a great place to start. This wallet-friendly device offers a solid voice assistant performance, even in comparison with the pricier models on our list. Built-in Alexa gives you hands-free control over your device, and it has no trouble hearing your commands, even when you're far away or in a noisier environment. Its sleek design mimics its larger cousin, the Amazon Echo Gen 4, with a spherical design available in multiple colors to match your home decor. Compared to the Echo, however, there's no built-in Zigbee hub, but if you don't own any other smart home devices, you may find it a better value overall.

    Listening to music and podcasts is a breeze with this speaker, as it reproduces voices and other instruments clearly and with detail. Given its small size, though, it can't bring as much rumble in the bass as larger models on our list, like the original Echo. It still brings plenty of customization tools to help you switch up its sound, including bass and treble adjustments. If you prefer Google Assistant, you can also check out the Google Nest Mini, which is available at a similar price point. Its voice assistant doesn't do as well as the Amazon speaker in noisy environments, but it's still a stand-out option for the price.

    See our review

  6. Best Home Decor Speaker

    If you aren't interested in voice assistant support, there are some home speakers available on the market that prioritize style to ensure that your speaker blends in expertly with your existing interior design. The IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf is the best we've tested, and as its name suggests, you can mount it to your wall to use it as a bookshelf. With its stylish and practical design, your guests may not even notice that you have a speaker mounted to the wall. It's available in both Black and White, so you can choose the color that best meets your needs.

    This speaker is a collaboration between IKEA and Sonos, so it has many of the same features available on Sonos' more premium models. For example, its Trueplay room correction feature automatically optimizes the speaker's frequency response to meet the unique acoustics of your space. With it on, you get a clear reproduction of voices and other instruments, with a touch of extra brightness in the treble to bring higher-pitched sounds to life. Bass and treble adjustments in the app let you adjust its output to match your preferences, too. Overall, it's a unique speaker that's worth checking out if you aren't interested in voice control.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose Portable Smart Speaker: The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is a versatile speaker with built-in support for Alexa and Google Assistant. It's smaller and more portable than the Sonos Move, so you can bring it to listen to audio outdoors more easily. However, its battery life of just over five hours isn't ideal for long listening sessions and represents just half of the Sonos' 10 hours of playtime. See our review
  • Bose SoundLink Revolve II: The Bose SoundLink Revolve II is a stylish Bluetooth speaker that's a solid option for listeners looking for a smaller, more portable speaker than the Amazon Echo Studio. That said, unlike the Amazon speaker, it doesn't have any smart home features like a built-in voice assistant or Zigbee hub. It instead uses the voice assistants from your paired smartphone but doesn't produce as deep a bass. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Flare 2: The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is a small, budget-friendly Bluetooth speaker that's more portable than the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 since it's battery-powered. There's a graphic EQ and presets in its companion app to tweak its sound to your liking. That said, while it doesn't have any built-in voice assistants, it uses the assistants on your paired smartphone instead. See our review
  • Yamaha MusicCast 50: The Yamaha MusicCast 50 is a wired home speaker that's more affordable than the Denon Home 350. It has a balanced though slightly boomy sound profile with its 'Bass Booster' feature enabled. It can get quite loud too, and you can add it as a rear unit to a MusicCast-compatible soundbar. Unfortunately, it doesn't produce as deep a bass as the Denon and isn't as portable as the Sonos Move. It also doesn't come with any built-in voice assistants. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 16, 2023: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  2. Nov 17, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  3. Sep 19, 2022: Restructured article and recategorized picks to better align with user needs. Also added the Amazon Echo Studio as the 'Best Lower Mid-Range Home Speaker' and the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 as the 'Best Cheap Home Speaker'.

  4. Jun 17, 2022: Restructured article to better align with user expectations. Recategorized the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM as the 'Best Home Speaker For Music' and the Denon Home 350 as the 'Best Home Speaker For Bass'. Added the IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf as the 'Best Home Decor Speaker'.

  5. 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.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best home speakers for music and other uses 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.