The best wireless speaker for 2024: our top picks from Sonos, Apple and more

The best wireless speakers don't rely on a physical connection to deliver incredible sound. Instead they stream music using your home's broadband or Bluetooth. This means you can put a Bluetooth speaker anywhere you want, and you'll get top-quality sound without the fuss of cables. 

All of the top wireless speakers in our guide are also packed with features, including voice control (that means Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri) and support for the best music streaming services. These Bluetooth speakers also have a range of app settings, allowing you to fine-tune your experience.

We’ve spent time testing hundreds of speakers to find the very best wireless speakers for all kinds of music and preferences. We've tested all of the best wireless speakers, including simple but punchy Bluetooth portable speakers through to high-end options that have multi-room audio support and built-in Wi-Fi.

If you want the a portable speaker for music on the move, take a look at our guide to the best Bluetooth speakers. If it's a soundbar you're looking for instead, you'll find our top picks in our best soundbars guide. Otherwise, whether you’re looking for a simple party speaker or want to put build an impressive multi-room setup, we’ve got a wireless speaker for you.

Written by
Becky Scarrott
Written by
Becky Scarrott

Becky is a senior TechRadar writer (which she has been assured refers to expertise rather than age) focusing on all things audio. Before joining the team in early 2022, she spent three years at What Hi-Fi? reviewing everything from wallet-friendly wireless earbuds to huge high-end sound systems. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, Becky freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 22-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance starts with a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo and The Stage.

The quick list

If you want to find out which best wireless speaker is for you in a hurry, you’ll find a roundup of our choices below. You can them jump to a more detailed review of every pick, along with our price comparison tool to help you find the best deals.

The best wireless speakers of 2024

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The best wireless speaker for most people

The Sonos Era 100 wireless speaker, pictured on a balcony above green foliage.

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The best wireless speaker overall

Specifications

Weight: 4.08lbs
Dimensions: 4.72 x 7.18 x 5.14 in (120 x 183 x 131 mm)
Drivers: 2 x tweeters, 1 x woofer
Supported Connectivity: Alexa, Sonos Voice Control, Apple AirPlay 2
Aux-in: Yes
USB: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Excellent detail and clarity
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Much improved bass over Sonos One
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3.5mm line-in option and Bluetooth

Reasons to avoid

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Bass can be heavy-handed at times
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Less audio improvement over Sonos One than expected
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Higher price

The Era 100 is the latest offering from the wireless multi-room speaker company and replaces the Sonos One, which we rated as the best wireless speaker option for most people since it came out in 2016. 

It also comes with a higher price tag than its predecessor because of the extra premium upgrades that have been made to it. As a result, the Era 100 no longer sits at the mid-tier wireless speaker level but instead has been moved to the more premium end of the spectrum. 

And for good reason too. In terms of new features, the Era 100 boasts Bluetooth 5.0, a USB-C port, Ethernet connectivity, two tweeters angled away from each other to create a larger soundstage and a 25% larger woofer that gives it additional bass extension.       

It's basically better than the Sonos One in every way so anyone looking for big, high-quality sound from a small speaker can expect it to remain at the top of this list for some time.

Read the full Sonos Era 100 review

The best budget wireless speaker

Apple HomePod Mini in blue on a table

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The best affordable wireless speaker if you're on a budget

Specifications

Weight: 0.76lbs
Dimensions: 3.3 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch / 8.43 x 9.79 x 9.79 cm
Drivers: Full-range driver and dual passive radiators for deep bass and crisp high frequencies
Supported connectivity : Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, AirPlay
Aux-in: No
USB: No

Reasons to buy

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Incredible sound
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Sleek design
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Only smart speaker with Siri built-in

Reasons to avoid

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Needs Apple Music for full function
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Small number of compatible smart home devices

For anyone looking to enter the Apple smart ecosystem, or who has an Apple Music subscription, this is the wireless speaker to go for. It's far cheaper than some might expect, packing mighty sounds and an elegant design for under $100 / £100 / AU$150.

However, if you don’t have an Apple Music subscription, you’re rather limited when it comes to music streaming. You can't ask the HomePod mini to play anything through Spotify – that can only be enabled through AirPlay, and requires using your phone rather than the simpler method of asking Siri to play tunes with your voice. If there’s a single reason to buy the HomePod mini, it’s the sound quality, which delivered clear treble and smooth mids during our tests.

If you're wondering about the original Apple HomePod, you can still buy it and Apple still supports it, but it has been discontinued. A new model is rumoured for a 2023 launch.

Read the full Apple HomePod mini review

The best wireless speaker for sound

the bowers & wilkins zeppelin wireless speaker

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The best wireless speaker for a detailed sound

Specifications

Weight: 14.3lbs
Dimensions: 210 x 650 x 194mm (H x W x D)
Drivers: 2 x 1-inch tweeters, 2 x 3.5-inch midrange, 1 x 6-inch subwoofer
Supported Connectivity: AirPlay, Bluetooth 5, Spotify Connect, Bowers & Wilkins Music App (with Deezer, Qobuz and TIDAL support)
Aux-in: No
USB: No

Reasons to buy

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Balanced, detailed, full-range sound
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Very acceptable control app

Reasons to avoid

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Not quite the stereo separation we were led to expect
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Could use an HDMI input

The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin has had a few iterations, but this model that was released in 2021 is the best yet. The wireless speaker comes with aptX Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect built in – plus you  get access to pretty much all the rest of the planet’s stock of music via its clean, tidy and responsive Music control app. There’s support for the Amazon Alexa voice-assistant, too. And the unit is just as good-looking, just as well-made, and just as big as it ever was.

Best of all, it sounds better than ever. On test, there's no denying its sound separation and soundstage definition. While it isn’t a substitute for an actual pair of stereo speakers, the Zeppelin serves up a wide, well-defined and endlessly engaging sound, no matter the genre of music. 

Read the full Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin (2021) review

The best wireless speaker for connectivity

Sonos Five in a kitchen, next to a toaster

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Big wireless speaker with expansive, room-filling sound

Specifications

Weight: 14lbs
Dimensions: 203 x 364 x 154 mm (H x W x D)
Drivers: 6x Class-D digital amplifiers, 3x midwoofers, 3x tweeters
Supported Connectivity: AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Wi-Fi 2.4/5 GHz, Sonos multi-room
Aux-in: Yes
USB: No, (Ethernet)

Reasons to buy

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Expansive, room-filling sound
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AirPlay 2 and Sonos multi-room connectivity
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Dual placement option and stereo-pairing

Reasons to avoid

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No Bluetooth connectivity
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No mics for standalone voice control
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No hi-res support just yet

The Sonos Five will look very familiar to anyone who knows their way around Sonos' 2015 Play:5 Gen. 2, which you can find lower down in this buying guide (or even the 2009 inaugural Sonos Play:5, originally called the S5). Considering the brilliance of Sonos' innovative, long-standing and highly popular multi-room speaker lineup, that's no bad thing. 

The newer Five is the biggest and most powerful wireless home speaker in Sonos' range, and it sounds every inch as detailed and musically pleasing as we've come to expect from Sonos. This flagship iteration (released in June 2020) adds more memory, snappier processing and a new wireless radio feature. If that doesn't sound like a huge upgrade, know that the last Play:5 was mightily good to start with – and the new all-white or all-black styling does look slightly sleeker. 

The new processor puts to rest any doubts you might have about future compatibility and firmware updates (even though the older Play:5 was already compatible with the company's S2 platform).

Ultimately, the Five's powerful and regimented bass clout, undeniably classy audio performance and the Sonos multi-room platform will be all the reason many people need to click 'buy' – and we certainly won't be stopping you. 

Read the full Sonos Five review

The best wireless speaker for portability

Someone holding the Sonos Roam up to the camera in a garden

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The best portable Bluetooth speaker with Wi-Fi

Specifications

Weight: 0.95lbs
Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inch / 168 x 60 x 62 mm
Drivers: One tweeter, one mid-woofer
Supported connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5
Aux-in: No
USB : Yes (USB-C)

Reasons to buy

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Powerful audio performance
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Easily portable design
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Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Reasons to avoid

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Bass can be overwhelming

The Sonos Roam is our favorite pick if you're looking for a portable Bluetooth wireless speaker. It boasts a powerful sound, rugged design, excellent connectivity features, and smart home control. A bass-heavy audio performance makes it ideal for use outdoors, while a clever Automatic Switching feature means it's easily used indoors, too – though audiophiles may dislike the overwhelming low frequencies and rhythmic handling.

Following in the footsteps of the Sonos Move, the Sonos Roam comes with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, which means it can work 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. Its slick design means the Sonos Roam won’t look out of place in your home, while a rugged, waterproof and dustproof build and a decent battery life make it ideal for listening to music outdoors.

Since the launch of the Sonos Roam, the brand has launched the Sonos Roam SL. It lacks a microphone, but otherwise it's identical to the original Roam in terms of specs and a little cheaper.

Read the full Sonos Roam review

The best premium wireless speaker

kef ls50 wireless ii

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The best premium stereo or bookshelf wireless speakers

Specifications

Weight: 44.31lbs
Dimensions: 12 x 7.9 x 12.2 inch / 305 x 200 x 311 mm
Drivers: Uni-Q Driver Array, low frequency aluminium cone, high frequency vented aluminium dome with Metamaterial Absorption Technology
Supported connectivity : Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast, ROON Ready, UPnP Compatible. Bluetooth 4.2
Aux-in : Yes
USB: Yes