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 55 speakers, and below you'll find out recommendations for the best home speakers. See also our recommendations for the best outdoor speakers, best cheap speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers.
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.
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.
The best home speaker for music that we’ve tested is the Sonos Five. Though it can sound a bit bright out-of-the-box, this rectangular speaker has a neutral sound profile which makes it suitable for listening to a wide variety of music genres, and you can use its bass and treble sliders on its Sonos S2 companion app in order to tweak its sound to your liking. It can be placed horizontally when you want to listen to stereo audio and vertically when you want to listen to your audio in mono.
Though it doesn't have any built-in support for voice assistants, the manufacturer claims you can control this speaker with Alexa or Google Assistant when it's connected to a separate voice-enabled device, but we don't test for this. That said, you can use its companion app to pair it to another Sonos speaker in order to create a stereo pair, or connect it to multiple other speakers which can come in handy when you want your audio to play in various rooms throughout your house. You can also use its Sonos' Trueplay feature on its app to automatically tune the speaker to your room.
Unfortunately, its wired design doesn't make it very portable, and taking it outdoors with you can be difficult since it needs to be plugged into an outlet. Though it can get pretty loud, it also has a lot of compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio may not sound very clean and clear when listening to music at louder volumes. That said, if you're looking for a home speaker that's good for music, it's still a good choice.
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 pretty loud without a lot of 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 with a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, 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.
The best home speaker for iOS users that we've tested is the Apple HomePod. This wired smart speaker is a solid addition to your Apple ecosystem, and it even comes with built-in Siri voice assistant, which you can activate using your voice. Siri can hear you clearly even if you aren't very close or if you're in a noisy setting.
Out-of-the-box, it has a pretty neutral, balanced sound profile that's well-suited for listening to lots of different types of audio content. It has a wide, open-sounding soundstage thanks to its 360-degree design, so your audio sounds clear from all angles. If you have an iOS device, you can also access the Apple Home app, which lets you manage multiple HomePod speakers at the same time to create a stereo pair or play audio across multiple rooms in your house.
Unfortunately, this small speaker doesn't get very loud, and it lacks some low-bass, so you don't really feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. It's not Bluetooth-compatible, and its companion app isn't available on Android devices, which can be limited for some listeners. However, if you already have an Apple ecosystem in your home, you can easily integrate this speaker to enhance your listening experience.
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.
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.
Apr 28, 2021: Confirmed the picks are in stock and are still the best recommendations for our users. Text was updated for consistency.
Apr 07, 2021: Verified text accuracy and product availability. There has been no change in our recommendations.
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.
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.
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.