We've currently tested four 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 a variety of 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 that we've tested is the Sonos Move. This medium-sized Bluetooth speaker is well-built and impressively portable, with a built-in handle that lets you carry it with one hand. It also has an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. It has a balanced sound profile, making it suitable for listening to a variety of audio content. It can produce quite a deep bass, which is nice if you're a fan of bass-heavy genres like EDM or hip-hop. The companion app also has bass and treble adjustments so you can tweak the sound. It can get quite loud on its own, although there's some compression present at max volume. Thankfully, you can use the app to pair multiple speakers to amplify your audio. The app also has a Trueplay room correction feature, which automatically adjusts the sound profile to the acoustics of the room. Alexa and Google Assistant come built-in, and the speaker has no trouble understanding you if you're far away, though it may struggle a bit if you're in a noisy room.
Unfortunately, its Bluetooth latency is high with both iOS and Android devices, so it may not be well-suited for watching videos. However, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your results may vary. It also has to downmix stereo content into mono. That said, it's versatile and has a solid performance across the board, making it the best Sonos speaker that we've tested.
The Sonos Five is the best Sonos speaker for music that we've tested. This medium-sized model is designed for home use since it has a wired design. It can be placed horizontally or vertically, and it can play stereo content when placed horizontally. Its directivity is fairly good, despite not being a 360-degree speaker. It has a fairly bright sound profile overall, but it can produce a punchy low-bass that may please fans of bass-heavy music. Its mid-range is well-balanced as well, so it reproduces vocals and lead instruments accurately. You can also tweak its sound using the bass and treble sliders in its companion app. The app has a Trueplay room correction feature, which adjusts the sound profile to the acoustics of the room it's in. You can also pair multiple speakers to amplify your audio content or play audio across multiple rooms. Although it has a lot of bass compression at max volume, it can get quite loud, so it can be used for playing music in large or crowded rooms.
However, unlike the Sonos Move, it doesn't have voice assistant support, so it may not be suitable as a home speaker if you like to use Alexa or Google Assistant. It also doesn't have Bluetooth capabilities, so you have to connect to it over Wi-Fi to play audio content. That said, if you want something with a punchy low-bass for playing your favorite music, it's worth considering.
The Sonos One Gen 2 is the best Sonos speaker for voice assistants that we've tested. It comes with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, which require a Wi-Fi connection to be used. It has no trouble understanding you if you're far away, though it might struggle more in a noisy room. There's also a mic mute button if you want it to stop listening to you. It's designed for home use since it needs to be plugged in to be used. Its sound profile is fairly bright overall, so sibilants like cymbals may sound piercing. However, it can produce a fairly punchy bass, which can please fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM or hip-hop. You can also tweak its sound profile using the bass and treble sliders in its companion app, Sonos S2. The app also has a Trueplay feature, which adjusts the sound to the room it's in. You can link it with a Sonos soundbar, like the Sonos Beam, to create a surround sound system. If you don't use voice assistants, consider the Sonos One SL, which is almost identical to the One Gen 2, except it doesn't have a microphone or built-in voice assistants.
Unfortunately, you can't connect a device to this speaker over Bluetooth to stream audio. It also lacks an AUX port, though it's compatible with Apple AirPlay. It also doesn't get as loud as the Sonos Five, and there's quite a bit of compression at max volume. However, if you're looking for a home speaker with built-in voice assistants, this is a suitable option.
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 are typically compatible with the Sonos S2 app, which has sound customization features like Trueplay room correction and bass and treble sliders. However, some Sonos speakers don't support Bluetooth, so you may have to stream audio over Apple AirPlay or using an AUX port.
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 come with 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.