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Sonos has never had more speaker options than it does now. Once known mainly for its multiroom audio system, Sonos has branched out into soundbars and portables so you can spread sound throughout your house and beyond.

But more choices means harder decisions to make when it comes to what Sonos speaker to buy. Which one should you start with if you’re new to Sonos? Which should be the next addition to your existing system? We’ll break it all down for you.

The best all-around Sonos speaker

The Sonos Era 100 improves on our longtime favorite in the Sonos One with bigger sound and Bluetooth support while preserving all of the same great smarts of its predecessor.

The best portable Sonos speaker
The Roam produces a big sound from a small package, and it's easy to take outside your Sonos system, thanks to its 10-hour battery and Bluetooth connectivity.
The best Sonos soundbar
The Arc produces a wide sound, clear voices and booming bass without a subwoofer. And it supports Dolby Atmos, helping it deliver encompassing surround sound.

Best home speaker: Sonos Era 100

$249 at Sonos

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If you want a great-sounding speaker that can be the centerpiece of your living room — or any room in your home — the Sonos Era 100 is the way to go. The successor to one of our longtime best smart speaker picks, the Sonos One, the Era 100 is the new entry point for those looking to get into the Sonos ecosystem.

It sounds better than the One (and the latest Apple HomePod, based on our testing), able to fill a room with rich audio for just about any genre. It’s easy to control with your voice (via Alexa or Sonos’ own Voice Control assistant), and it has handy onboard controls if you want to quickly adjust volume or skip songs with a tap. It still connects to your Wi-Fi like most Sonos home speakers — allowing you to sync them all together for rich multi-room audio — but it also introduces Bluetooth support so you can easily beam anything you want to listen to from your phone. You can also pick up adapters for Ethernet or a 3.5mm aux connection, the latter of which is ideal for connecting a turntable or CD player.

Whether you’re looking to build a multi-room sound system, want to create a mini home theater alongside a Sonos soundbar or just want a single great-sounding smart speaker, the Era 100 is your best bet.

Best portable speaker: Sonos Roam

$179 at Sonos

Sonos Roam

The $179 Sonos Roam, which is our upgrade pick for best Bluetooth speaker, delivers the sound quality you expect from Sonos with the benefits of an on-the-go package. It’s waterproof and can handle bumps without breaking. Its 10-hour battery life isn’t as good as some Bluetooth speakers, such as the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 (15 hours), but it should be enough to get you through the party.

The Roam’s flexibility is what sets it apart. You can connect via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, so when you’re home it can be part of your larger Sonos system, but you’re not limited when you want to venture out. Its ruggedness makes it a good fit as a bathroom or kitchen speaker, which you can then take with you when you hit the road.

Like the One, it works with Alexa or Google Assistant (Sonos recently released a version without voice control, the $159 Roam SL). And it has automatic TruePlay, so it adjusts the sound to its surroundings without you having to do anything.

Best soundbar: Sonos Arc

$899 at Sonos

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The $899 Sonos Arc has been one of the best soundbars since it was released, and it’s our top recommendation for folks willing to splurge. It delivers a big, wide sound that fills the room when you watch movies or shows, and it produces impressive low-end even though it doesn’t come with a subwoofer (if you crave more rumble, you can add a wireless sub for $749). With support for Dolby Atmos, the Arc provides precise surround sound even without separate rear speakers. Or you can add two Ones and the Sub for true 5.1 sound.

The Arc sounds as good playing music as it does when you’re watching TV, adding another option when you’re playing tunes throughout the house.

But to achieve its big sound and house its 11 drivers, the Arc comes with a big footprint. At 45 inches by 4.5 inches by 3.4 inches, not everyone will have space for it. That’s where the smaller Beam fits into the Sonos lineup (see other Sonos speakers to consider below).

What you need to know about Sonos speakers

Sonos speakers deliver excellent sound quality throughout the line, and they’re easier to set up and use than most multiroom systems. But they aren’t cheap — the $159 Roam SL is the least expensive Sonos model (Ikea makes the $119 Symfonisk in collaboration with Sonos, though).

You’ll need the free Sonos app to set up and control the devices. The app allows you to create groups of speakers, playing the same music in different rooms, or you can play different songs on each unit. The app also lets you adjust the sound to best match what you like to hear. If you prefer, you can use Apple’s AirPlay 2 or Spotify Connect to play tunes on the speakers instead of going through the Sonos app.

All the speakers we recommend here use Sonos S2 app. If you have older Sonos devices, they may only support Sonos S1, its original app. You can’t mix S1 and S2 speakers in a group — a source of contention among longtime Sonos fans.

In addition to speakers, Sonos also offers the $449 Port, which can connect to a receiver to make it part of your Sonos system, and the $699 Amp, which you can use with unpowered speakers.

One hole in the Sonos lineup is the lack of an outdoor speaker, though it has partnered with Sonance to fill that gap.

Other Sonos speakers to consider

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

$449 at Sonos

If the Arc is too large or pricey, the Sonos Beam soundbar delivers very good audio in a slimmer package. At 25.6 inches by 3.9 inches by 2.7 inches, it will fit with almost any size TV or room. The sound isn’t as big as what you get from the Arc, but you may be surprised at what the small unit can put out. The latest version adds Atmos support to improve on an already impressive soundbar.

Sonos Move

$399 at Sonos

This is Sonos’ first portable speaker focused on sound quality more than portability. The $399 Sonos Move is like a supersized One that you can take with you. At 9.4 inches by 6.3 inches by 5 inches, and 6.6 pounds, you won’t want to tote the Move on a hike, but it offers the flexibility to go with you. It has an 11-hour battery and is water-resistant. Like the Roam, it has Bluetooth and auto TruePlay, but thanks to its size, the Move produces a more robust sound than its smaller sibling.

Sonos Five

$549 at Sonos

If you want a centerpiece speaker but don’t want a soundbar, the $549 Sonos Five is the best option. It produces rich bass and wide sound, with crisp treble and rich vocals. It also has a 3.5mm input so you can connect a turntable or other wired source. However, it doesn’t offer voice control.

Sonos One

$219 at Sonos

The Sonos One was our longtime pick for best-sounding smart speaker until it was replaced by the Sonos Era 100 in 2023. There’s very little reason to pick up the older model over the new one, unless you’re looking to save $30 or like using Google Assistant, which is unsupported on the Era 100.