We've currently tested six Sonos speakers. Sonos is an American brand that manufactures home audio products, primarily soundbars and speakers. Some of their speakers are compatible with their soundbars to make a surround sound setup. Sonos speakers tend to have many different features, so you can find one that best suits your needs. Many Sonos speakers have a wired design, making them most suitable for home use.
The best Sonos speaker we've tested is the Sonos Move. This Bluetooth speaker is battery-powered and comes with a built-in handle on its rear so you can easily move your favorite music with you from room to room without looking for a power outlet. It's well-built, with an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, certifying it for protection against direct contact with water for up to three minutes and dust for around two to eight hours. It means you can take it outdoors with you without worrying about it getting wet or dirty. It also offers outstanding voice assistant support with Google Assistant and Alexa built-in when connected to a Wi-Fi network and can easily understand your commands from far away and in noisier rooms.
With its 'Trueplay' room correction feature enabled, it has a well-balanced sound profile suitable for many different types of audio content. There are also bass and treble adjustments that give you some control over its sound profile which you can use to tweak it to your liking. The room correction feature is currently only available with iOS devices. It also requires a second unit to play stereo content and downmixes stereo audio to mono when using it on its own, resulting in a soundstage that isn't as immersive. However, if you're looking for a good Sonos speaker, its versatility and solid performance across the board make it a great choice.
Looking for something to keep at home? The Sonos One Gen 2 is a wired smart speaker that offers excellent voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. You can activate your preferred assistant with your voice, and the speaker does an excellent job registering your commands when you're far from it. However, it isn't as great at hearing you in noisier rooms. With Trueplay enabled, it has a balanced sound profile overall with a touch of extra boom in the bass range that adds some warmth to the mix. You can tweak its sound to your liking using the bass and treble adjustments in the Sonos S2 app. It doesn't get quite as loud as the more portable Sonos Move. Also, since the speaker is designed for use at home, it relies solely on your Wi-Fi connection and doesn't support Bluetooth like the Move. On the other hand, unlike the Move, you can use it as satellite speakers in some Sonos soundbar setups, like the Sonos Arc.
Like what you hear but aren't interested in voice assistants? The Sonos One SL is a nearly identical speaker that you can connect to your Sonos soundbar setup. It doesn't come with a microphone and doesn't support voice assistants. It's a touch cheaper, though not by much. That said, since it doesn't have a microphone, it doesn't support Sonos' Trueplay room correction feature.
The Sonos Roam is Sonos' budget-friendly option. Unlike the Sonos One Gen 2, this smart speaker is battery-powered, lightweight, small enough to fit in one hand, and easy to bring along with you on the go. It's very well-built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be fully dust-tight and submersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you can take it outdoors with you without needing to worry about it getting wet. With the Trueplay room correction feature enabled, it has a neutral sound profile overall, suitable for listening to different types of audio content. You can tweak its sound to your liking using the bass and treble adjustments in the Sonos S2 app. It doesn't produce as deep a bass as the Sonos One Gen 2 due to its smaller size.
Alexa and Google Assistant are built into this speaker and can understand you from far away or in noisy environments with ease. However, they only work while connected to Wi-Fi, making it difficult to use the assistants on the go. If you aren't interested in voice assistants and room correction, the Sonos Roam SL doesn't have a built-in microphone or voice assistants and is offered at a slightly more affordable price point than the Sonos Roam.
If you're a music lover and don't care for voice assistants, the best speaker by Sonos we’ve tested for music is the Sonos Five. Unlike other Sonos speakers we've tested, like the Sonos Move, this speaker doesn't come with any built-in voice assistants. It can get loud enough to fill a large room with sound. With its room correction feature enabled, it has a bright sound profile with a neutral mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. It also produces a much deeper low bass than the Sonos Move, so you can feel the thump and punch in bass-heavy music like EDM and hip-hop.
There are bass and treble adjustments featured in its Sonos S2 app to tweak its sound to your liking. You can even place the speaker horizontally when you want to listen to stereo audio and vertically for mono. However, like the Sonos One Gen 2, it isn’t Bluetooth-compatible, so you have to connect to it via a Wi-Fi connection. There’s also a lot more compression than the Move and One Gen 2 at max volume, which degrades the quality of your favorite songs when you blast the speaker. Still, if you’re looking for listening to music, it offers the deepest bass we've tested in a Sonos speaker.
Overall, Sonos makes speakers with well-balanced sound profiles suitable for home use. Some are even compatible with certain Sonos soundbars, letting you create a surround sound system. Many of their speakers have built-in voice assistants, like Alexa and Google Assistant. They're typically compatible with the Sonos S2 app, which has customization features like a room correction Sonos calls 'Trueplay' and bass and treble sliders. However, Trueplay is currently only available with iOS devices, which may disappoint some users. Some Sonos speakers don't support Bluetooth, so you may have to stream audio over Apple AirPlay or an AUX port.
Sep 22, 2022: Added the Sonos One Gen 2 as the 'Best Mid-Range Sonos Speaker' and recategorized picks to better meet user needs.
May 27, 2022: The text was updated for consistency and accuracy. No changes were made in product picks.
Jan 27, 2022: Verified picks for availability, and updated text for clarity.
Oct 29, 2021: Confirmed the picks are still available and are still the best recommendations for our users.
Jul 02, 2021: Replaced the Sonos One Gen 2 as the 'Best Sonos Speaker For Voice Assistant' with the Sonos Roam as the 'Best Portable Sonos Speaker' since it's a better speaker overall. The text was updated for consistency.
Sonos offers a variety of speakers that are suitable for different uses. Generally, they have well-balanced sound profiles, and some can even produce a thumpy low-bass. Some Sonos speakers have built-in voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant, making them suitable for home use. However, many have a wired-only design, so they're hard to use outside.