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Sonos Move Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated Nov 24, 2022 at 01:08 pm
Sonos Move Picture
7.0
Music
6.5
Videos/Movies
8.1
Podcasts
8.6
Voice Assistant
7.7
Outdoors
Battery Powered
Yes
Speakerphone
No
Voice Assistant
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes

The Sonos Move is a portable Bluetooth speaker with built-in voice assistant support. It's designed to bring your favorite tunes on the go, with a built-in handle for easy transport and an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance. Wherever you go, its Trueplay room correction feature automatically adjusts its output to make the most of your space's acoustics. When you're done for the day, its wireless charging base makes it easy to reset for your next listening session. Plus, you can connect it with other speakers in your Sonos ecosystem, like the Sonos Five or the Sonos Roam, to spread sound throughout your home.

Our Verdict

7.0 Music

The Sonos Move is decent for music. It comes with a room correction feature called Trueplay, which automatically optimizes its audio reproduction based on your room's unique acoustics. With it on, its sound is even and balanced, so voices and lead instruments are clearly reproduced, and there's plenty of punch in the bass range. Plus, you can adjust its bass and its treble in its companion app and pair the speaker with other Sonos devices to spread your favorite tunes throughout your home.

Pros
  • One-hand carry.
  • Good directivity.
Cons
  • Bass compression at max volume.
  • No real EQ, only bass and treble adjustment sliders.
6.5 Videos/Movies

The Sonos Move is fair for videos and movies. It reproduces dialogue with clarity, and you get an adequate rumble during more action-packed scenes. However, the speaker has fairly high latency over Bluetooth, so you'll want to watch over an Apple AirPlay connection to ensure that there aren't any lip-synching issues.

Pros
  • Good directivity.
  • Low Apple AirPlay latency.
Cons
  • Bass compression at max volume.
  • High Bluetooth latency.
8.1 Podcasts

The Sonos Move is a great choice for podcasts. Right out of the box, it reproduces voices and dialogue with accuracy, so you can easily follow along with the narration in podcasts and audiobooks. At home, you can stream wirelessly from your phone over Wi-Fi, and when you're on the go, you can stream over Bluetooth with ease. Plus, if you own other Sonos devices, you can pair them up with the speaker through the S2 app to spread audio throughout different rooms in your home.

Pros
  • Great wireless connectivity options.
  • One-hand carry.
  • Good directivity.
Cons
  • Bass compression at max volume.
  • No real EQ, only bass and treble adjustment sliders.
8.6 Voice Assistant

With built-in support for Alexa and Google Assistant, this speaker is an excellent choice for voice assistant support. It hears your commands clearly, even if you're further away from the speaker. You can even mute the microphone when not in use.

Pros
  • Great wireless connectivity options.
  • Great voice assistant distance performance.
  • Good directivity.
Cons
  • Bass compression at max volume.
  • No real EQ, only bass and treble adjustment sliders.
7.7 Outdoors

The Sonos Move is good for outdoor use. It's a really portable speaker with a built-in handle to transport it wherever you go. With an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, it's certified for protection against direct contact with water for up to three minutes and dust for around two to eight hours, meaning you can bring it to the pool or the lake with ease. It lasts for a little over ten hours off of a single charge, too, which will be more than enough to last through your next adventure.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
  • Great wireless connectivity options.
  • One-hand carry.
  • Good directivity.
Cons
  • Bass compression at max volume.
  • No real EQ, only bass and treble adjustment sliders.
  • 7.0 Music
  • 6.5 Videos/Movies
  • 8.1 Podcasts
  • 8.6 Voice Assistant
  • 7.7 Outdoors
  1. Updated Nov 24, 2022: Updated the review text for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Updated Oct 12, 2022: Changed 'Bluetooth Version' test result from 'Unspecified' to '4.1' in the 'Bluetooth' box.
  3. Updated Nov 30, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  4. Updated Dec 15, 2020: Review published.
  5. Updated Dec 15, 2020: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We reviewed the black variant of the Sonos Move, but it's also available in white. We expect our test results to be valid for both color variants.

If you find another variant of the Sonos Move, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The Sonos Move is a fairly versatile and sleek-looking portable speaker. With its Trueplay room correction feature enabled, it has a very well-balanced sound profile and is suitable for a wide variety of music genres. It feels very well-built and premium, which is nice if you want to bring it outdoors. Also, while it might not be able to deliver a stereo output, its directivity is still quite impressive compared to other mono speakers.

See also our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best smart speakers, and the best home speakers.

Sonos Roam

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the Sonos Roam. The Move can get louder, and it has a more extended low-bass. It also has a longer battery life, though this can vary slightly depending on usage. However, the Roam has a smaller and more portable design, which some users may prefer.

Sonos One Gen 2

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the Sonos One Gen 2 overall. The Move is battery-powered and has a handle built into it making it more portable. It's rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, so you can take it outdoors without needing to worry about it getting a bit wet. It can produce a more extended low-bass than the One Gen 2 and can get louder. It's also Bluetooth-enabled and can be paired to up to two devices at once, which can come in handy if you need to quickly switch between audio sources.

Sonos Five

The Sonos Move and the Sonos Five have different strengths. The Move is better suited for outdoor use as it's battery-powered and has an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance. It also has outstanding voice assistant capabilities, and you can wirelessly stream audio to the device using Bluetooth. However, the Five is better suited for music as it can produce more low-bass, and it can be used in stereo or mono mode, depending on how it's placed.

Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM overall. The Sonos is more portable and better built. It can produce deeper bass than the Ultimate Ears and has both Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. That said, the Ultimate Ears can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. It can also get louder than the Sonos, with fewer compression artifacts at max volume.

JBL Xtreme 3

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the JBL Xtreme 3. The Sonos has a better-balanced sound profile, has built-in voice assistant support for Alexa and Google Assistant, and you can tweak its sound using the bass/treble adjustment sliders on its companion app. It also supports Wi-Fi, and you can pair it with up to two devices at a time. However, the JBL has lower Bluetooth latency on iOS and Android.

Bose Portable Smart Speaker

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the Bose Portable Smart Speaker overall. The Sonos has a better-balanced sound profile than that of the Bose. It's also better built with an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance. It also has a longer-lasting battery life, though battery performance can vary depending on usage, and your experience may vary. That said, the Bose is smaller and more portable than the Sonos. It also has much better directivity, resulting in a wider and more open sounding soundstage.

Sonos One SL

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the Sonos One SL. The Move is battery-powered and has a built-in carrying handle, making it more portable. It can get louder and has better directivity so its soundstage may be perceived as more open and spacious. It also offers fantastic voice assistant support with Google Assistant and Alexa built-in, and can understand your commands from far away and in noisy environments.

JBL Charge 5

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5 overall. The Sonos has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass than the JBL. Its sound profile is more customizable, thanks to the bass and treble adjustments featured on its companion app. It even offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. That said, the JBL is smaller than the Sonos, making it easier to transport with you when you're on the go.

Bose Home Speaker 500

The Sonos Move is a slightly better speaker than the Bose Home Speaker 500 overall. The Sonos has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass than that of the Bose. It's also battery-powered, making it easier to take outdoors with you. Additionally, it's better built with an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance. That said, the Bose offers a wider-sounding soundstage thanks to its 360-degree design and can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono which is more immersive. 

Amazon Echo Studio

The Sonos Move is a slightly better speaker than the Amazon Echo Studio overall. The Sonos has a sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass than that of the Amazon. It's also battery-powered, is better built, and has a built-in carrying handle making it more portable and better suited to use outdoors. That said the Amazon has less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes. It also has a Zigbee hub built-in, which allows you to connect it to compatible smart home devices like light bulbs or thermostats, and control them using Alexa.

Apple HomePod

The Sonos Move is a better speaker for most uses than the Apple HomePod. The Sonos is better built, and its portable design makes it suitable for outdoor use. Its sound profile is more neutral, and it has bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound. However, the Apple speaker has a better soundstage, and its voice assistant understands your voice better in noisier environments. It has been discontinued and may be harder to find in new condition.

JBL Boombox 2

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the JBL Boombox 2. The Sonos offers a somewhat wider-sounding soundstage, as well as incredible voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. Its sound is also more customizable thanks to the bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app. That said, the JBL can get a bit louder with less compression at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes. It can also last up to almost 24 hours from a single charge, though this can depend on your usage and your experience may differ.

JBL Flip 5

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5 overall. The Sonos offers a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass than the JBL. It also comes with bass and treble adjustments to tweak its sound to your liking. It offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and is Wi-Fi compatible. That said, the JBL is smaller, making it more portable and easier to bring along with you when you're out and about.

Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 overall. The Sonos can get louder and has a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box that can produce a deeper low-bass than the Ultimate Ears. It also offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and can understand your commands from far and in noisy environments. The Ultimate Ears can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono which is more immersive. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it also has a more natural-sounding soundstage.

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20

The Sonos Move is a more versatile speaker than the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20. The Sonos offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. It's better built with an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance. It also has a longer-lasting battery life, making it better suited for longer listening sessions. The Bang & Olufsen can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, resulting in a more immersive-sounding soundstage. It can also produce a slightly more extended low-bass.

Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II. The Sonos can produce a deeper bass than the Bose and is more customizable thanks to the bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app. It also offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, and can understand you from far and in noisier settings. However, the Bose has better directivity, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage. It also has lower latency with iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth, making it suitable for watching videos and movies over this connection. 

Sonos Roam SL

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the Sonos Roam SL. With its room correction feature turned on, it can get louder and offers a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass than the Roam SL. It also offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and has a longer-lasting battery life making it better suited for long listening sessions. The Roam SL is smaller and easier to bring along with you on the go. It also has lower Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay latency and has less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes.

IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf. The Sonos has a better-balanced sound profile and a wider-sounding soundstage. You can also use it to stream your audio over a Bluetooth connection, and it offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. It's also outstandingly portable. That said, the IKEA has fewer compression artifacts present at max volume, and it has lower latency over Apple AirPlay than the Sonos. 

IKEA SYMFONISK Speaker lamp

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the IKEA SYMFONISK Speaker lamp. The Move is a portable speaker that's both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-compatible. It has a better-balanced sound profile and can get louder with a bit less compression at max volume, so audio quality doesn't degrade as much as you increase its volume. It's battery-powered and better built, so you can take it outdoors with you. It also offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. That said, the SYMFONISK is a collaboration between IKEA and Sonos that has a dual function as a Wi-Fi speaker and a lamp.

Google Nest Audio

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the Google Nest Audio. The Sonos is better built, and its portable design makes it suitable to use outdoors. Also, its default sound profile is more neutral and balanced, though both speakers come with bass and treble adjustments.

Amazon Echo Gen 4

The Sonos Move is a better speaker overall than the Amazon Echo Gen 4. The Sonos is better built, and because it can be battery-operated, it's suitable to use outdoors. Also, its default sound profile is better-balanced, and it can get louder. However, the Amazon is a bit better for voice assistants, as it can understand your voice commands better in noisy environments.

Sony SRS-RA3000

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the Sony SRS-RA3000. The Move is better built, with an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance. It's battery-powered, so you can take it outdoors with you without needing to plug it into an outlet. It also offers outstanding voice assistant support. That said, the SRS-RA3000's sound is more customizable. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, resulting in a more immersive soundstage.

Sony SRS-RA5000

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the Sony SRS-RA5000 overall. The Sonos has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce deeper bass than that of the Sony. It's also smaller and battery-powered, making it more portable than the Sony. Additionally, it offers outstanding voice assistant support, with Google Assistant and Alexa built-in. The Sony supports '360 Reality Audio' content and has an 'Immersive Audio enhancement' feature to enhance the speaker's soundstage, though we didn't test these. It's also more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ and presets available on its companion app.

Yamaha MusicCast 50

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the Yamaha MusicCast 50 overall. The Sonos has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce deeper bass than that of the Yamaha. It's also battery-powered and is rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, making it more portable than the Yamaha. Also, it offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. That said, the Yamaha can get louder with less compression at max volume, resulting in cleaner-sounding audio at louder volume levels. It's also more customizable, thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured on its companion app.

Sony SRS-XB33

The Sonos Move is a better overall speaker than the Sony SRS-XB33. The Sonos has a more balanced sound profile, supports built-in voice assistants, and has a better companion app. You can also wirelessly stream audio to it via Wi-Fi. However, the Sony feels a bit better built, its companion app offers a basic graphic EQ, and it has lower Bluetooth latency on iOS and Android.

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sonos Move or the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. The Sonos can produce a more extended low-bass and can get louder. It also offers incredible voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. That said, the Ultimate Ears is smaller, and better built, making it more portable and better suited for outdoor use. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it to mono and has a more natural-sounding soundstage thanks to its 360-degree design.

Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4

The Sonos Move is a more versatile speaker than the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4. The Sonos can be battery-operated, so it's portable enough to use outside. It has an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, so you don't need to worry about it getting a bit dirty or wet when taking it outdoors with you. It also has a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and it can get louder. However, the Amazon is a bit better for voice assistants thanks to its ambient noise performance, which helps the voice assistant understand your commands more clearly in noisy environments.

JBL PartyBox 100

The Sonos Move is a better speaker for most uses than the JBL PartyBox 100. The Sonos is better built and has a more portable, lightweight design. Also, it's compatible with voice assistants, and it has bass and treble adjustments so you can customize its sound. That said, the JBL is better for music, thanks to its better soundstage and the fact that it gets louder.

Theater Solutions B83GR

The Sonos Move is a significantly better speaker than the Theater Solutions B83GR. It's rated IP56 for dust and water resistance. It's more portable, better built, has a built-in voice assistant, and can support Wi-Fi. It also has a longer battery life, a room customization feature, and a significantly more balanced sound profile with treble and bass adjustment features. That said, the B83GR may be a better option for those looking for a louder speaker that blends better with various outdoor landscapes.

OontZ Angle 3

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the OontZ Angle 3. The Sonos is better built, with a more even sound profile that can produce thumpier low-bass. It also supports Wi-Fi as well as voice assistants and has an app with bass and treble adjustments so you can tweak its sound to better suit your needs. However, the OontZ has a longer-lasting battery life and while it doesn't get as loud as the Sonos, it has fewer compression artifacts at max volume.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The speaker has a very sleek and simplistic design to blend in with your home decor. It rests on its wireless charging base, but it's battery-powered, meaning you can move it around easily. If you're looking for a Sonos speaker that can blend in even better with most home decor, check out the IKEA SYMFONISK Speaker lamp.

9.1
Design
Portability
Volume
295 inยณ (4,838 cmยณ)
Weight
6.6 lbs (3.0 kg)
Power Source
AC & Battery
One-Hand Carry
Yes

The Sonos Move, as its name indicates, is extremely portable. It isn't very big and can be used wirelessly with its built-in battery. There's a hollow part at the back of the speaker that acts as a handle for one-hand carrying. If you're looking for a smaller Sonos speaker that's even easier to bring along with you when you're out and about, check out the Sonos Roam and the Sonos Roam SL.

8.2
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Good
Water Resistance
Waterproof (IPx6)
Dust Resistance
Dust-Protected (IP5x)
Impact Resistance
Yes (IK rating unspecified)
Floats In Water
Unspecified

Its build quality is great. It feels pretty solid, though the plastic on its top may feel a bit cheaper than the rest of its build. Its drivers are protected by a metal grille, and it's rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified for protection against direct contact with water for up to three minutes and dust for around two to eight hours.

8.0
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Great
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Tactile)
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Tactile)
Track Next/Previous
Yes (Tactile)
Microphone On/Off
Yes (Tactile)
Additional Controls
Yes

The control scheme is very straightforward. The four-dotted touch-sensitive buttons can be tapped for volume control or swiped to skip tracks. You can also mute the microphone, and it has a dedicated play/pause button. Also, it features physical buttons to switch between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections and power the speaker on and off.

Design
In The Box

  • Sonos Move speaker
  • Charging base station
  • Cloth pouch
  • User manual

Sound
7.5
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
-0.17
Std. Err.
2.11 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
49.0 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
18.5 kHz

This speaker comes with a built-in room correction feature that automatically optimizes its audio reproduction based on the acoustics of the room you're in. Sonos calls it automatic Auto Trueplay. Unlike most other Sonos models, when you move the speaker, it recalibrates itself.

Overall, its frequency response is good. The speaker's balanced and even sound profile makes it suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. Voices and lead instruments are reproduced with accuracy, and you get plenty of punch in the bass to bring genres like EDM and hip-hop to life. Plus, you can customize its output by adjusting its bass and treble in the app.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
6.2
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
3.36 dB
Stereo
No (mono)

Its soundstage is mediocre, which is normal since it's a mono speaker. On the upside, the directivity is quite impressive for a speaker that isn't 360 degrees. For a speaker with a fantastic soundstage that can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, check out the Sony SRS-RA3000.

6.3
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
92.1 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
4.27 dB

This speaker can get loud enough to fill larger and more open spaces with sound. However, as you crank up the volume, you notice more pumping and compression artifacts, especially in the bass range.

Active Features
8.6
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
10.1 hrs
Charge Time
1.5 hrs
Power Saving
Yes
Charging Port
USB-C
Battery Powered
Yes

This speaker lasts for around 10 hours off a single charge. You can either use the charging dock or a typical USB-C connector for recharging, although there's no cable included. It goes into sleep mode after being idle for a while, or you can force the sleep mode with a single press of the power button. The manufacturer also sells replacement battery kits for this speaker if its original battery wears out.

9.1
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
Built-in (Wi-Fi Only)
Google Assistant
Built-in (Wi-Fi Only)
Speakerphone
No
Siri
No
Voice Assistant
Yes
Voice Activation
Yes
Microphone Mute
Yes
Far-Field Performance
Excellent
Ambient Noise Performance
Decent

The speaker's voice assistant functionalities are amazing. It has both Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and has no trouble understanding you at a great distance. You'll need to be connected via Wi-Fi, as the voice assistants don't work via Bluetooth. On the upside, if you don't like knowing that the speaker's always listening, you can easily turn off the microphone with the press of a single button. However, its ambient noise performance isn't as impressive as the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 or the Amazon Echo Gen 4, so it may have some trouble understanding your commands if you're in a noisy setting.

9.3
Active Features
App
App Name
Sonos S2
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
Bass/Treble
Stereo Pair Mode
Yes
Party Mode
Yes
Multi-Room
Yes

The Sonos S2 app is fantastic. There are bass and treble sliders you can use to tweak the speaker's sound to your liking. You can use the app to pair this speaker with another compatible speaker to create a stereo pair. There's also a multi-room feature you can use to listen to different audio in different rooms of your home at the same time. Unfortunately, it lacks more robust sound customization features like a graphic EQ, but you can still use the app to toggle the automatic room correction feature called Auto Trueplay on and off.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
No
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
Yes

There's a USB-C port for charging the speaker, but there aren't any AUX or USB Audio ports you can use to wire older devices to the speaker.

7.4
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
4.1
Bluetooth iOS Latency
272 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
260 ms
Bluetooth Range
334.6 ft (102.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices

This Bluetooth-enabled speaker has excellent range, but it won't be suitable for playing videos as its latency is too high. Some apps compensate for this, so your experience may vary. On the upside, it features multi-device pairing, which is great if you often find yourself wanting to play audio from different sources.

8.1
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
Wi-Fi 4
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
2.4GHz & 5GHz
Wi-Fi
Yes
Apple AirPlay
Yes
AirPlay Latency
43 ms
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

The Sonos Move is Wi-Fi compatible and allows for an easy multi-room setup. Just like the Sonos One SL, it features very low latency via AirPlay, but unfortunately, it doesn't have Chromecast built-in.

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