If you’re searching for a new speaker, the market is flooded with options. Whether you’re looking to spend your time listening to music outside, in search of the perfect indoor music solution, or both, there are hundreds of speakers for you to choose from.
But what about smart speakers? You know, the kind that come with built-in voice assistants and can be found in almost any home at this point? If you have a bunch of “smart” devices lying around your home — perhaps a robot vacuum, or even a smart toaster (yes, that’s a real thing) — a smart speaker is pretty much essential in keeping all of them connected. In short, a smart speaker is what makes your home truly smart. Read more…
BEST HIGH-END SMART HOME OPTION
You control everything using the Sonos app, which consolidates all of your music libraries and playlists.
BEST BUDGET ECHO
Echo Dot 4th Gen
New look, better sound, and all the Echo Dot features you’ve come to know and love at an affordable price.
BEST FOR AUDIOPHILES
Google Home Max
If you care about audio quality just as much as you do smart features, the Google Home Max has the best of both worlds.
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BEST FOR APPLE DIE-HARDS
Apple’s HomePod scores high marks when it comes to sound quality, and features many of the same benefits of the Google Home Max, save for a few.
BEST PORTABLE OPTION FOR BASS
Sony XB10 portable wireless speaker
There is a single driver that faces up for 360-degree sound, or you can turn the speaker toward you for more direct listening.
BEST PORTABLE MID-RANGE OPTION
Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker
This little speaker offers solid sound for its size, and its durability makes it perfect for trips to the park or the beach.
MOST POPULAR BUDGET OPTION
Oontz Angle 3
Thanks to 10 watts of peak output power, you can fill an average size room with high-quality sound.