Jeffrey Van Camp
If you want to network a few speakers together for a larger room, or connected rooms, this is the cheapest way to do it. Sonos collaborated with Ikea on this bookshelf speaker, which is why it’s more affordable and slightly less pristine than the others in this guide. It’s been awhile since a Sonos speaker had physical buttons, for one. Looks aside, it sounds almost as good as a Sonos One. You can mount it right to your wall or stand it upright on a bookshelf or table.
It doesn’t directly take audio commands, because it has no mic, so you’ll need a Sonos One, Google speaker, or Alexa speaker that you can yell at if you want to control it with your voice. Other than that, it does everything you’d want a Sonos to do.
3. Best Portable Speaker (with Bluetooth)
If you want a speaker that can follow you out to the backyard, or even on a trip to the beach, try the Move ((8/10, WIRED Recommends). 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.
A Stationary Alternative: If you want something a little more powerful but not so portable, the Sonos Five is a better bet. It costs $ 499 at Amazon and Sonos.com, has six Class-D digital amplifiers, three tweeters, and three mid-woofers. I placed one in the largest room of my apartment and it was honestly more power than I needed.
4. Best Sonos Soundbar (for Most)