The market for multi-room speakers has grown significantly in recent years, with new entrants all the time. That said, there are some brands that have been doing the work for many years, much like Sonos. It has been around for over a decade and offers one of the best app platforms out there, with support for many of the big streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.

There are several speakers within the Sonos multi-room line up, and there are two soundbars and a wireless subwoofer too. 

Let us help you work out which Sonos speaker, or speakers, are the best for you – with some decent deals right now thanks to spring savings.

Best Sonos Speakers

The Sonos One is just about the smallest Sonos speaker, but it still packs enough oomph to fill most rooms, and its hands-free Alexa and Google Assistant integration makes it a lot more versatile (and have made it my go-to speaker). Alexa and Google voice commands work like normal (though you must choose between them). It can play music, tell you the weather, find a recipe, and answer simple questions, like any other smart speaker. It also works with Siri via AirPlay 2.

We recommend other Sonos speakers in this guide, but you also can’t go wrong by just getting more Sonos Ones to fill up your house. You get a small discount on orders of two or more. They’re much more affordable than other Sonos speakers, and their small size means you can hide them in almost any room.

PROS:

  • Stylish and unobtrusive
  • Solid, sophisticated sound
  • Alexa and Google Assistant
  • AirPlay 2 support

CONS:

  • No hi-res audio

Stand-out features include

  • The powerful smart speaker with voice control built inch
  • Get rich, room-filling sound with Sonos One, and control it with your voice, the Sonos app, Apple AirPlay2, and more.
  • Amazon Alexa is built right in so you can play music, check news, set alarms, get your questions answered, and more, completely hands free.
  •  Pair two Sonos Ones together in the same room for stereo separation and more detailed sound

If you want a speaker that can follow you out to the backyard, or even on a trip to the beach, try the Sonos Move. It’s more powerful than a standard Sonos One and uses its onboard microphone array to adapt its sound to any environment you put it in.

It stands out among Sonos speakers because it’s water resistant, has 11 hours of battery life, and can connect to your phone via Bluetooth if you take it outside of a Wi-Fi network. These features have helped it become one of our favorite Bluetooth speakers, though there are certainly cheaper options.

PROS:

  • Reliable connection
  • Solid Sonos app
  • IP56 weatherproof build
  • Supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Microphones work well, can be toggled off
  • Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compatibility

CONS:

  • Price
  • AAC only, no aptX
  • Speaker is too heavy and awkward to be truly portable

Stand-out features include

  • The durable, battery-powered smart speaker for outdoor and indoor listening.
  • Setup takes minutes, and control is simple with the Sonos app, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, and your voice.
  • Stream over Wi-Fi and connect Move to the rest of your Sonos system at home. Switch to Bluetooth when you’re away and offline.
  • Amazon Alexa is built right in
  • Experience surprisingly deep bass, a wide soundscape, and automatic True-play tuning

The Sonos Beam is one of two soundbars that Sonos offers. It doesn’t have the expansive feel of the larger Arc soundbar with its built-in Dolby Atmos, but the Beam sounds fantastic and offers most of the smart features for half the price. The Beam has hands-free Alexa and Google Assistant. Airplay 2 also works. You can pair it with a Sonos Sub (sadly, it’s an expensive subwoofer) and two other Sonos speakers for surround.

PROS:

  • Impressively enveloping sound
  • Deep, weighty bass
  • Superb streaming capabilities

CONS:

  • Can be pushed to harshness
  • More HDMI inputs would be nice

Stand-out features include

  • The smart, compact soundbar for TV, music, and more.
  • Experience rich, detailed sound for your TV that fills the entire room.
  • Play music, TV, movies, podcasts, radio, audiobooks and video games.
  • Control Beam with your voice, remote, the Sonos app, and more.
  • Amazon Alexa is built right in
  • Add Sonos One SLs for surround sound or Sonos Sub for added bass

A soundbar can make all the difference in a home theater, and they cost a lot less than a full surround sound setup. The Sonos Beam is great for apartments, but if you really want a powerful soundbar, the Sonos Arc is the one to get. It comes with full Dolby Atmos support, and in many rooms it can bounce sound off your walls and ceiling well enough that it sounds like you have a surround setup.

With three tweeters and eight mid-woofers, it delivers deep bass and has more balance and depth than the Beam. It’s also a lot longer, stretching 45 inches, or about the width of a 55-inch TV, end to end. Its design is elegant and understated in the usual Sonos way—you won’t always notice the bar, but when you do, it’s not an eyesore at all.

If you plan to spend the extra money to buy the Arc, we highly recommend you get the Sonos Sub. It’s the second-best investment you can make to improve your home theater experience.

PROS:

  • Convincing Dolby Atmos
  • Dynamic, detailed and weighty
  • All of the usual Sonos smarts

CONS:

  • Music could be better projected
  • Heavily reliant on your TV’s specs

Stand-out features include

  • Featuring Dolby Atmos
  • Enjoy control with your TV remote, voice, the Sonos app, Apple AirPlay 2, and more
  • 3D sound with Dolby Atmos
  • Enhanced Trueplay tuning technology
  • A truly powerful soundbar

The flagship bookshelf speaker, one of the latest Sonos speakers, is actually a highly-evolved version of Sonos’ first ever speaker. It boasts six Class-D digital amplifiers, six dedicated speaker drivers, three tweeters and three mid-woofers.

The Sonos Five replaces the second-gen Play:5 and, like its predecessor, has a line-in on the back for CD players, turntables and the like, and also offers up a pair of Ethernet ports so it can act as a handy switch or extender for your wired devices. It can sit in either portrait or landscape too, and comes in a choice of all black or all white.

Compared to the One and One SL, the Five offers a much fuller sound, with an improved mid-range especially – something that feels rather hollowed out on the other two.

PROS:

  • Excellent sound quality
  • Great volume
  • Easy multi-speaker management
  • AirPlay compatable

CONS:

  • Expensive
  • No Bluetooth

Stand-out features include

  • Experience vividly clear, room-filling sound for music and more with Five
  • Five’s unrivalled acoustic design features three high-excursion woofers within a sealed architecture that eliminates reverb and echo.
  • Two precisely-angled side tweeters create spatial extension and rich stereo sound, while a center tweeter optimizes vocal playback.
  • Smart stereo sound – Place a single speaker horizontally for stereo sound.

What is Sonos?

Sonos is one of the oldest multiroom audio systems on the market and also one of the most successful. Since the way we consume digital music has changed from playing ripped CDs to streaming services and beyond, the audio system has also adapted and grown.

Sonos began as a way to play MP3s on your existing speakers and it’s grown to support streaming music services on a range of tabletop speakers, amplifiers, sound bars and subwoofers. Controlling the system began with a desktop app and the CR100 handheld controller, then it grew to mobile apps and now to voice assistants. Sonos now offers three speakers which include either Google Assistant or Alexa onboard (One, Beam, and Arc).

The Sonos app

Until voice control completely replaces it, the Sonos app is still where you control most of the setup and playback of your audio. The app’s focus has changed over the years, led by streaming and now voice. But it’s now moved away from the services to concentrate on the speakers themselves. The app still has one of the best universal searches, and it’s easy to set up your speakers too. 

The app is available for the following devices:

  • Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Android phones and tablets
  • Apple laptops and desktops
  • Windows laptops and desktops
  • Amazon Fire tablets

As well as the Sonos app, you’ll also be able to serve to the audio speakers directly from your favorite apps using Play To Sonos. These include: Google Play Music (on devices with Sonos app installed), Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Music and Tidal’s streaming music service. The system also supports streaming from iOS and compatible software using Apple AirPlay 2.