In the WIRED offices, Sonos is quite popular. We’ve tried every single one of their speakers and we’ve recommended most of them. We love their clear, expansive sound projection, their sleek appearance and ease of use, and their creative design experiments.
Sonos speakers are still the standard for multiroom audio, and unlike many internet-enabled things, they’re designed to last for many years—possibly a decade or more—without losing connection. Sonos prides itself on the fact that some of its earliest mid-2000s speakers are still operating. The problem is, it’s not cheap to start building your own shrine to sound. Sonos speakers usually cost hundreds of dollars. During Cyber Monday (today!) they are at least a little bit cheaper.
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Which Speaker Is Right for You (If Any)?
Many of Sonos’ speakers are on sale today. The best one for you will depend on what stage of Sonos immersion you’ve entered. The Sonos One is the smallest Sonos speaker, and probably the best “first Sonos” for a newbie. If you’re just starting your system, the Sonos One SL is also on sale today ($129, $50 off). It lacks the One’s microphone, but is equally compact and has the same rich sound and hands-free Alexa and Google Assistant integration.
The Sonos Beam (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is also on sale. It’s one of three soundbars that Sonos offers, and the best one to buy right now. It is significantly cheaper and smaller than the Sonos Playbar ($529, $170 off today). The Beam is lightweight, fills the room with sound, and has mics so you can talk to Alexa or Google Assistant. Most importantly, it works with the rest of your Sonos setup.
Unfortunately, if you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the new Sonos Move (8/10, WIRED Recommends) portable speaker to become significantly cheaper, you’ll be disappointed. However, Sonos is offering a slight discount in the form of the Indoor Outdoor Kit ($548 ($50 off)). You can check out the full breadth of Sonos’s sale offerings here. Don’t forget to refer to our Sonos buying guide if you’re confused about which speaker you should get next. We’ll update it with more info on the Move in the next couple weeks, but other than that, the guide’s recommendations are up to date.