Best Sonos speakers: the top soundbars, subwoofers, streamers and more

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Sonos is one of the most popular wireless speaker brands in the world, and for good reason. The Sonos range of portable Bluetooth speakerssoundbars, and home audio systems are among the best you can buy today. 

These speakers all play nicely within the wider Sonos ecosystem, which makes them an easy choice for anyone looking for a no-fuss multi-room audio setup that minimizes annoying cables. 

The good thing about Sonos speakers is they're flexible and allow you to make your home hi-fi system as big or as small as you please. Sonos soundbars are more than capable of boosting your TV's audio on their own, and a Sonos Roam Bluetooth speaker can easily double up as your main home speaker. 

However, you'll get the most out of Sonos if you combine its products to create a bespoke wireless sound system that suits your home and your sonic tastes. This is something you can do gradually, adding and taking away Sonos devices as needed.

So, where do you begin? There's a lot of choice out there, which means finding the best Sonos speaker for your needs can be tricky.

We've tested many Sonos speakers over the years, and they regularly top our round ups of the best wireless speakers and best soundbars you can buy. Read on to discover our top picks for every budget and situation, as well as our advice for picking the best Sonos speaker or soundbar for you. 

Update: Sonos has just unveiled the brand new Sonos Roam SL. We haven't had the chance to test out this microphone-less version of Sonos' portable speaker but if you're concerned about privacy (or want to save $20 / £20 / AU$30) then you might find that this is the best Sonos speaker for you.

In other news, Sonos is apparently working on a new budget-friendly soundbar. Said to be launching in June, and it will reportedly cost $250 (about £190 / AU$340).

The best Sonos speakers

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The best Sonos soundbar you can buy today

Specifications

Dimensions: 1141.7 x 87 x 115.7mm
Connectivity: HDMI input (ARC), optical digital audio to HDMI converter, Bluetooth, Ethernet port, 802.11b,g Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay 2, IR receiver
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Dolby Atmos, TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus
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Discrete all-in-one soundbar
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Amazing surround sound and music playback

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn’t suit every room

The best Sonos soundbar you can buy is the Sonos Arc - and it's the best soundbar we've tested overall.

It comes with support for the Dolby True HD and Dolby Digital Plus sound codes to deliver the best quality lossless audio from your Blu-ray discs and streaming services. It then enhances the 3D soundscape using Dolby Atmos object tracks to bounce certain sounds off the walls around you so they feel like they’re coming at you from all angles.

While all this might sound complicated, the Sonos Arc setup couldn’t be simpler, involving just a couple of steps on the smartphone app. The minimalist cable connections and all-in-one system construction add to this no-fuss feeling and streamlined aesthetic, making the Arc the best soundbar you can buy in 2022.

It's also great for listening to music, so if you want an all-in-one home audio solution, the Sonos Arc is well worth considering.

Read more: Sonos Arc review

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The best wireless speaker from Sonos

Specifications

Dimensions: 160 x 120 x 120mm
Connectivity: AirPlay, Bluetooth 4.2, Google Cast, Spotify Connect, 3.5mm, RCA
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Full-bodied, rich sound
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Alexa and Google Assistant
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Combine two for stereo setup

Reasons to avoid

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Premium price

If you're in the market for a cleanly designed connected speaker with exceptional sound, you'll find none better than the Sonos One.

Offering the best of both Sonos' multi-room speaker platform and both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant's smart home prowess, the Sonos One is the pinnacle of connectivity. 

Want to hear your favorite song from Spotify? All you need to do is ask! Want every speaker in the upstairs to play the same song? Group them together via the Sonos app and you'll have a house party in minutes. 

While there are more powerful speakers on the market, the Sonos One is more than capable of filling your room with sound - and like all Sonos speakers, you can easily hook it up to a wider, multi-room audio system. 

Read more: Sonos One review

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The Sonos Roam Bluetooth speaker in black against a white background

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The best Sonos speaker if you're on a budget

Specifications

Dimensions: 168 x 62 x 60mm
Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5
Battery life: 10 hours

Reasons to buy

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Powerful audio performance
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Easily portable design

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey compared to the competition
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Bass can be overwhelming

The Sonos Roam is our pick for the best Bluetooth speaker on the planet, with a powerful sound, rugged design, excellent connectivity features, and smart home control. 

Not only that, but it's also priced quite competitively at $179 / £179 / AU$299. It's the cheapest way to buy into the Sonos ecosystem. Of course, that's not cheap for a regular Bluetooth speaker, but the Sonos Roam comes with a few extra tricks up its sleeves.

With both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, the Sonos Roam works as a portable speaker as well as part of your wider multi-room Sonos system – and with Google Assistant and Alexa onboard, it doubles up as a smart speaker too. 

In spite of its (relatively) low price you’re getting a lot for your money here - and it's a great way to delve into the Sonos ecosystem for first-timers.

Alternatively, you could save another $20 / £20 / AU$30 and opt for the new Sonos Roam SL. Much like the Sonos One its Sonos One SL counterpart, this new version of the Roam lacks a microphone but is otherwise identical in terms of specs.

Read more: Sonos Roam review

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The best Sonos soundbar for smaller spaces

Specifications

Dimensions: 69 x 651 x 100mm
Connectivity: HDMI input (ARC), optical digital audio to HDMI converter, Bluetooth, Ethernet port, 802.11b,g Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay 2, IR receiver
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Wide soundstage
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HDMI eARC support
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Hi-res audio compatibility

Reasons to avoid

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No upfiring tweeters

If you're tight on space, the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is the best soundbar you can buy from the audio company. 

Its compact size means it will easily slot beneath your TV, whether you pop it on a TV stand or mount it to your wall, and its sleek design means it won't look out of place with your decor. 

It improves on the company’s original Sonos Beam soundbar with virtual Dolby Atmos, HDMI eARC compatibility, and a refreshed design. 

While it doesn't have the upfiring tweeters necessary for 'true' Dolby Atmos (resulting in a sonic height less impressive than that of the Sonos Arc), the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) still boasts a wide soundstage and an immersive audio performance. 

HDMI eARC compatibility allows for hi-res audio streaming, making it ideal for listening to music, too. 

Read more: Sonos Beam (Gen 2) review

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The best-sounding wireless speaker from Sonos

Specifications

Dimensions: 204 x 364 x 154mm
Connectivity: AirPlay, Bluetooth 4.2, Google Cast, Spotify Connect, 3.5mm, RCA
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Easy setup
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Powerful sound

Reasons to avoid

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Simple design
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Too big for some spaces

If you're looking for pure audio fidelity and sound that fills the room, the Sonos Play:5 is the best Sonos speaker you can buy.

Like other Sonos speakers, the Play:5 is controlled directly via the S2 app, which has built-in integration for a number of streaming services, including Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Deezer, TuneIn, and a whole range of smaller services.

Since the Play:5 comes with multi-room support, you can also add additional speakers such as the Sonos Play:3 and the Sonos Play:1, helping you build a complete surround sound system; but if you want to keep it simple, you'll find that the Play:5 offers more than enough volume. 

Read more: Sonos Play:5 review


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The best Sonos speaker for moving around the home

Specifications

Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 126mm
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n, 2.4 GHz, and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.2
Battery life: 10 hours

Reasons to buy

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Integrates with a home Sonos speaker network
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Great for on-the-go tunes

Reasons to avoid

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Not as feature-rich when using Bluetooth
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Cant be used as rear cinema speakers

Where the Sonos Roam is optimized for using on the go, the Sonos Move is a great Bluetooth speaker to use around the home and in your garden. 

With two quality drivers, a solid app that unlocks playback from hundreds of wireless sources, multi-room capabilities and smart audio-tuning tech that tweaks the output based on the speaker's immediate surroundings, the Sonos Move is engineered better than your average Bluetooth speaker. It's a versatile speaker, one that stands solidly alongside the built-for-home Sonos speakers that the company made its name on.

It’s not perfect – it’s heavy as a byproduct of its incredible sound, it’s expensive due to its rich feature set, and it sadly can’t be used as rear channels for a home cinema set-up. But if you’ve got the money, it’s hard to fault the Sonos Move when it comes to hunting down the very best Bluetooth speaker in the world.

Read the full review: Sonos Move review

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Other Sonos speakers and devices to look out for

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Sonos isn't limited to connected speakers, and there are some other devices we'd recommend buying for your home hi-fi system.

If you want a pair of rear speakers to pair with a Sonos soundbar, you should consider the Sonos One SL - it has all the specs of the Sonos One sans the inbuilt voice assistant, so you don't have to worry about Alexa or Google Assistant listening in on your conversations. It's also a little cheaper than the Sonos One. 

Another great addition to a Sonos home cinema setup is the Sonos Sub, a wireless subwoofer that will boost the bass of the rest of your setup. Inside the glossy cabinet are two force-cancelling speakers positioned face to face to avoid cabinet buzz, dual acoustic ports and two Class-D digital amplifiers specially tuned for the hardware.

Want to create a proper surround sound system? Check out the Sonos Amp, the brand's wireless music streaming amplifier. This versatile device lets you wirelessly connect two Sonos speakers to your TV for stereo sound, or power two standard, passive speakers of your choosing. You can even add in a second Amp for a four-speaker setup.

The latter is actually the better choice, sonically speaking, as it enables you to create a system using four identical speakers, or at least four from the same range. That will make for a far more consistent surround sound presentation than mixing traditional hi-fi speakers and Sonos’s wireless speakers - plus, it means you can use your existing stereo speakers instead of shelling out for a new pair of Sonos One or One SL.

And yes, we really are talking four-speaker systems here: the Amp is designed to work without a dedicated center channel. Instead, it creates a so-called ‘phantom’ center through clever processing. 

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Best Sonos speakers: FAQ

How much do Sonos speakers cost?

Sonos speakers tend to be fairly priced. In fact, Sonos recently increased the price of some of its products:

  • Sonos Arc: was $799 / £799 / AU$1,399, now $899 / £899 / AU$1,499 ($899, AU$1499)
  • Sonos Sub: was $699 / £600 / AU$999, now $749 / £749 / AU$1099
  • Sonos Amp: was $599 / £599 / AU$999, now $699 / £699 / AU$1099)
  • Sonos One: was $199 / £179 / AU$299), now $219 / £199 / AU$319)
  • Sonos One SL: was $149 / £149 / AU$269), now $199 / £179 / AU$289
  • Sonos Five: was $499 / £499 / AU$749, now £499 / $549 / AU$799
  • Sonos Roam: was $169 / £159 / AU$279, now $179 / £179 / AU$299

How do Sonos speakers work?

Sonos speakers all work together within a wider ecosystem, and each device is controllable via the brand’s S2 app. The app lets you add and remove Sonos devices from your setup as you please, while making it easy to adjust your music playback and stream content from your phone.

This means you can make your wireless Sonos setup as big or as small as you want. Pretty much any configuration you can think of is possible, from multiroom audio systems with speakers built into your ceilings to modest home cinema solutions with soundbars and rear stereo speakers

Which Sonos speaker should I buy?

If you're looking for an easy way to play your music, the Sonos One wireless speaker will do the job, while those will audiophile tendencies may want to try the Sonos Amp with two stereo speakers (Sonos or otherwise). 

For music on the go, check out the brand's portable Bluetooth speakers, the Sonos Move and the Sonos Roam. Or, if you want to boost your home theater setup, both the Sonos Arc and the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) will sound far more powerful than your TV’s built-in speakers. From there, you could expand your system to include a couple of Sonos One SLs as rear speakers, and a Sonos Sub to emphasize the bass frequencies. 

Can I use Sonos speakers with an Android device?

You can, but you'll miss out on one of the Sonos ecosystem's best features: TruePlay. The room calibration feature tunes the sound of Sonos speakers to the dimensions of your room, and right now, it only works with iOS devices. You could always borrow a friend's iPhone to setup your new Sonos speaker, though.

How we test Sonos speakers

We've tested a range of Sonos speakers over the years, so you can be sure that the models in this guide have been thoroughly vetted by the TechRadar team. 

Testing how well a Sonos speaker works in the company's ecosystem is just as important as testing how it sounds, which is why we always test Sonos speakers within an existing setup. For instance, alongside a Sonos Arc and a Sonos Sub. 

We use a number of audio sources and music genres during the testing process to build a full picture of a speaker's sound profile, from hi-res audio files to streaming Spotify over Bluetooth. 

For portable speakers like the Sonos Roam, we also run down the battery to see if they match up to the manufacturer's claims, and use them in a range of environments to make sure they can withstand outdoor conditions. 

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Olivia was previously TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in London, she's a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She's previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine. Olivia now has a career in PR.