The 7 Best Home Speakers - Summer 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 come with 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, though we don't currently test for this.

We've tested over 65 speakers, and below you'll find out recommendations for the best home speakers. See also our recommendations for the best outdoor speakers, the best cheap 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 Sonos Move is the best home speaker that we've tested. This well-built Bluetooth model has a fairly sleek design that can blend in with most decor, and it has a built-in battery that can last over 10 hours on a single charge. Both Alexa and Google Assistant are built-in, which can understand you easily, even if you're far away.

    It has a very balanced sound profile that makes it suitable for listening to many types of audio content. Although it has to downmix stereo content into mono, it has good directivity, so its soundstage is perceived as open and spacious. You can also tweak its sound using the bass and treble adjusts in its companion app, Sonos S2. The app also lets you pair multiple speakers to amplify the sound of your audio or play music across rooms in your home.

    Unfortunately, it lacks low-bass, which may disappoint fans of bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. Also, though it can get quite loud, there's a lot of compression present at max volume. That said, if you're looking for a versatile option well-suited for home use, this speaker offers great overall performance.

    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
    6.2
    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 Sonos Five is the best home speaker for music that we've tested. While it has a somewhat bright sound profile overall with its Trueplay room correction feature enabled, it also does a good job of producing a thumpy and punchy bass, which can please fans of bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. Its companion app also features bass and treble adjustments you can use to tweak its sound to your liking.

    This speaker can get pretty loud and has a good soundstage overall. You can place it horizontally when you want to listen to stereo content and vertically when you want it to play mono. Also, You can connect this speaker to a voice-enabled device, and control it using either Alexa or Google Assistant. Additionally, you can use its Sonos S2 companion app to pair it to another compatible speaker to create a stereo pair, as well as to multiple speakers when you want your audio to fill a large room without increasing its volume.

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of compression artifacts at max volume that can affect the clarity of your audio during louder listening sessions. Also, this wired speaker isn't very portable, and you can't easily take it outdoors with you since it needs to remain plugged into a power source for it to work. That said, it's still a solid choice if you're looking for a good home speaker for music.

    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 customize your 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 speaker can also get louder than the Sonos, with fewer compression artifacts at max volume so your audio sounds clean at louder volumes. It's very portable and is rated IPX4 for water resistance though we don't test for this, which makes it easy to take it outdoors with you. It also has an outstanding battery life of 24 hours which makes it great for long listening sessions, and its low latency with Android and iOS devices makes it suitable for watching videos and movies.

    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 Home Speaker For iOS: Apple HomePod

    7.0
    Music
    6.1
    Videos/Movies
    6.9
    Podcasts
    8.5
    Voice Assistant
    4.5
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    No
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    No

    The Apple HomePod is the best home speaker for iOS users that we've tested. It has Siri built-in and has no trouble understanding you when you're far away from the speaker or in noisier environments.

    It has a pretty neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its well-balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. It also has incredible directivity thanks to its 360-degree-design resulting in a wide and spacious sounding soundstage. Additionally, you can use its Apple Home app to pair this speaker with other Apple HomePod speakers, which can come in handy when you want to listen to your audio in different rooms of your house.

    Unfortunately, it has to downmix stereo content to mono which doesn't sound as immersive. It also struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass that fans of bass-heavy music tend to enjoy, and there isn't an EQ or presets to tweak its sound to your liking. That said, if you're looking to add a speaker to your Apple ecosystem, it's still a good choice.

    See our review

  6. 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 Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is the best budget home speaker that we've tested. This colorful speaker has a very portable design, so you can take it with you from one room to another. It also has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for this, and it can float in water, which is nice if you're having a pool party.

    It has a 360-degree design and can play stereo content, so you get an immersive audio experience from its spacious and natural-sounding soundstage. It also has a neutral mid and treble range, ensuring that vocals and lead instruments sound accurate, detailed, and clear. Thanks to its almost 13 hours of continuous playback time, you can listen to your audio for long periods. It can be paired with up to two devices at once, making it easy to switch audio sources between your PC and smartphone.

    Unfortunately, unlike many other speakers on this list, it doesn't have voice assistant support at all. If you like thump and rumble in your audio, it also struggles to reproduce low-bass, which can be a little disappointing. That said, while it doesn't have an EQ, it has an 'Outdoor Mode' feature, which is advertised to help its bass reproduction, but we don't currently test this.

    See our review

  7. 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 best cheap home speaker that we've tested is the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4. This small, wired speaker has Amazon Alexa built-in. This voice assistant delivers a fantastic overall performance and can even hear you if you're in a noisy room or far away from the speaker.

    While it has a dark and dull sound profile overall, thanks to its balanced mid-range, it can reproduce clear and accurate vocals and lead instruments. It's also compatible with the Amazon Alexa app, which has bass and treble adjustments so you can tweak it to your liking. If you have a couple of these speakers, you can link them together if you want a stereo pair or connect them to play audio in different parts of your home.

    Unfortunately, like many small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so your mixes lack thump and rumble. It also downmixes stereo audio into mono, which results in a less-than-immersive experience. It doesn't get very loud, and there are some compression artifacts at max volume. Still, if you're looking to save some money, this speaker's Alexa support and customizable sound make it a suitable 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. However, 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 isn't as versatile as the Apple HomePod. It's also a bit more expensive than the Echo Dot Gen 4, but it does have a better-balanced sound profile and can get louder. 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

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

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

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

  4. Mar 17, 2021: Replaced the Google Home Max with the Bose Home Speaker 500 as 'Stereo Alternative'. Added the Google Home Max, the Bose Home Speaker 300, the Bose Portable Smart Speaker, and the Anker Soundcore Motion+ to Notable Mentions.

  5. Feb 24, 2021: Replaced the Sony SRS-XB43 with the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM as the 'More Customizable Alternative' in the 'Best Home Speakers for Music' category. Confirmed the rest of the picks are available and still the best recommendations for our users.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best speakers for home 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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