It might sound like hyperbole, but I don't believe it's an exaggeration to say that the Sonos One speaker has improved my quality of life. Prior to my experience with the Sonos One, I primarily listened to music on small smart devices like Echo Dot, my phone, or at best through my car speakers. The touch controls on top of the One can turn the mic on/off, play/pause music, and adjust the volume. It wasn't until my work at Reviewed allowed me to try out a pair of second-gen Sonos One speakers that I realized the extent to which I had been depriving myself of a quality music experience, and how the right music can change the way life feels. In the hellscape that has been the year 2020, it's been more important than ever to find ways to decompress and allow my mind to escape to a happier place.
The Amazon Echo kicked off the smart speaker trend a few years ago, but it's no longer alone. There are dozens of smart speakers already on the market in 2018 and a ton more are coming. You need to decide which voice assistant you prefer (there are now four--Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana) and what features are most important to you. Does it need to play Spotify? Does it need to connect to your other speakers and smarthome gadgets?
Your message has been sent. There was an error emailing this page. You don't need to live in a smart home to benefit from a Wi-Fi-connected smart speaker. Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and other digital assistants can help you in dozens of ways, and you don't have to lift a finger to summon them--just speak their names. If you already know you want a smart speaker, scroll down for our top recommendations.
The Bose Home Speaker 300 is one of the most capable speakers you'll find, and it manages to stay around the $200 price point that's reasonable to expect of a midsize smart speaker. Its understated aesthetic will be at home in almost any room, and its 360-degree sound field means you can place it on any counter or table and still get good sound throughout the space. This is a very loud speaker for its size, and clarity does begin to suffer as the volume nears its max, but for most uses, it's not going to be a dealbreaker. Here are the Home Speaker 300's specs: The Bose Home Speaker 300 offers several ways to connect to music sources--even an old-school auxiliary input. Bose's smart speakers really excel when it comes to connectivity.
Sonos has finally made a portable wifi and Bluetooth speaker that sounds great – but it's not quite what most will have imagined. For years Sonos has made some of the very best wifi speakers, recently adding optional voice assistants from Google and Amazon. But they have never been truly wireless, needing to be plugged in and on your home wifi network. The Move changes that, essentially taking the excellent Sonos One and adding a battery to the bottom. But it comes at a hefty £399 price tag, although some retailers already have it at £329.