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The 6 Best Home Speakers - Summer 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 95 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 best home speaker we've tested is the Denon Home 350. This wired home speaker has a slightly boomy default sound profile that can produce a deep, thumpy, and rumbling low-bass that'll please fans of bass-heavy music. Its mid-range is balanced, so vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly and with detail in the mix. You can also tweak its sound profile to your liking, thanks to the bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app. It offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa built-in and can easily hear you when you're far from the speaker or are in a noisy room. You can activate Alexa with your voice and mute its mic when you don't want it to hear you. You can even connect the speaker to compatible Denon soundbars to create a home theater setup.

    Like many home speakers we've tested, it needs to remain wired to a power source to work. If you want to enjoy your favorite music at home and don't care much about moving the speaker around, the Denon is among the best home speakers for music we've tested. If you don't care for voice assistants as much but still love a rumbling bass, check out the Sonos Five, which offers a brighter overall sound profile that adds sparkle and details to vocals. It also gets loud enough to fill larger spaces and rooms. Unfortunately, it produces a lot more compression at max volume than the Denon, so your audio doesn't sound as clean or clear when you max out its volume. It's also only Wi-Fi-compatible and doesn't support Bluetooth.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Home Speaker

    Don't want to splurge on the Denon Home 350? The Sonos Move offers more versatility at a more affordable price. While it's smaller and doesn't produce as deep a bass, it's much more portable. Its sleek design helps it easily blend in with most home decor, and it's battery-powered with a built-in carrying handle. It's also rated IP56 for dust and water resistance. It offers excellent voice assistant support, with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, and can understand your commands from far away or in noisy rooms. There's a room correction feature Sonos calls 'Trueplay', that adjusts the speaker's sound according to the unique acoustics of the room it's in. With it enabled, it has a well-balanced sound profile, suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content, and there are bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app to tweak its sound to your liking.

    Unfortunately, 'Trueplay' is currently only available on iOS devices. If you don't care for voice assistants and are just looking for the best home speaker for music, check out the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. While it also doesn't produce as rumbly a bass as the Denon, it gets a touch louder than both speakers with significantly less compression at max volume, so your favorite songs sound cleaner and clearer when you blast the speaker at max volume. It also offers a longer-lasting battery life of almost 24 hours. If you're looking for something you can connect to a home theater setup, consider the Sonos One Gen 2. However, while it also comes with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, it isn't as portable as the Move or the HYPERBOOM due to its wired design.

    See our review

  3. Best Lower Mid-Range Home Speaker

    The Amazon Echo Studio is a great all-around smart home speaker. While it isn't as portable and as well-built as the Sonos Move, and while it doesn't support Google Assistant, it offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa built-in, and there's a built-in Zigbee hub you can use to control smart home devices like lightbulbs and thermostats. Movie-lovers will also appreciate that it supports Dolby Atmos too, and it even supports Sony's 360 Reality Audio content too.

    It has a balanced sound profile overall, making it great for listening to a wide variety of audio content, from your favorite songs to audiobooks and podcasts, with vocals and lead instruments that sound clear and present in the mix. You can also tweak its sound to your liking thanks to the bass and treble adjustments in its Amazon Alexa companion app. This stereo speaker also easily fills larger living rooms and spaces with sound and has very little compression at max volume, meaning your audio doesn't noticeably degrade when you blast your favorite songs. It stays clean and clear when the volume is maxed out.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Home Speaker

    If you're in the market for a budget-friendly home speaker, the smaller Amazon Echo Gen 4 is more affordable than the Amazon Echo Studio. This stereo smart speaker comes with Alexa built-in and easily registers your voice from far and in noisy rooms. You can also mute the mic when you no longer want it listening to you. Like the Echo Studio, it's also advertised to have a Zigbee hub built-in, to control compatible smart home devices like thermostats and lightbulbs across your home. Like most speakers its size, it doesn't get quite as loud as the Echo Studio, and there's a lot more compression at max volume that degrades the quality of your favorite music when you blast the speaker. Its default sound profile is slightly boomier and can produce as deep a bass as the Echo Studio. You have access to bass and treble adjustments in its Amazon Alexa app, which you can use to customize its sound to your liking.

    Prefer a Google Assistant? The Google Nest Audio is a similar speaker that offers fantastic voice assistant support with Google Assistant built-in instead. It also supports Google Chromecast. That said, unlike the Echo Gen 4, it downmixes stereo content to mono, resulting in a less immersive-sounding soundstage. There's the Apple HomePod mini, which is a good option for iOS users who prefer Siri. The HomePod mini is Apple's only speaker currently on the market and comes with Siri built-in. That said, it doesn't produce as deep a bass as the Google or Amazon speakers, and it doesn't come with any sound customization features like bass and treble adjustments to tweak its sound to your liking.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Home Speaker

    Like the Amazon Echo Gen 4, but looking for something even more wallet-friendly? The smaller Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 is an Alexa-enabled speaker that sports a similar design to the Echo Gen 4, though its smaller size means you sacrifice some bass and volume. It also doesn't feature a built-in Zigbee hub to connect the speaker to smart home devices. That said, the speaker still offers fantastic Alexa support and has little trouble registering your commands from far and in noisier rooms. While it doesn't get loud enough to fill larger more crowded rooms, it still fills up smaller rooms like your bedroom or living room nicely. It also produces less compression at max volume than the Echo Gen 4, so your audio sounds cleaner and clearer when you max out its volume.

    If you're more into Google Assistant, the Google Nest Mini is a smaller and more affordable version of the Google Nest Audio with Google Assistant built-in. Like the Echo Dot Gen 4, it isn't as good as its larger sibling for music but is still a great cheap way to "smartify" your home.

    See our review

  6. Best Home Decor Speaker

    If you aren't interested in voice assistants and prefer something more designed to blend in with your home decor than the Amazon Echo Gen 4, check out the IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf speaker. While it doesn't support voice assistants like the Echo Gen 4, this speaker, along with the IKEA SYMFONISK Speaker lamp, is a collaboration between IKEA and Sonos designed to seamlessly blend in with your home furniture and decor. You can place it horizontally, vertically, or mount it to your wall to use as a bookshelf. You can still use Alexa and Google Assistant to control the speaker when connected to a compatible voice-enabled Amazon or Google Home device.

    Like the Sonos Move, it comes with a room correction feature called 'Trueplay' that's currently only available with iOS devices. The feature optimizes the speaker's sound according to the acoustics of the room it's placed in. That said, it isn't as portable due to its wired design. With Trueplay enabled, the speaker has a bright sound profile with a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though higher-pitched vocals and instruments sound harsh at times. You can use the bass and treble sliders in the Sonos S2 app to adjust its sound to your liking. However, like the Amazon Echo Gen 4, it doesn't get loud enough to fill a large crowded space and struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble typically present in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop.

    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 with you 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. It also 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. 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'.

  2. 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'.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best speakers to use at 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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