Sonos’ debut smart speaker is a cleanly designed, feature-rich and great-sounding device that brings together the best of both ecosystems. You’ve got ever-improving voice assistants, including Alexa and Google Assistant, on the one hand, and on the other you’ve got Sonos with its own multi-room smarts. If you’re prepared to pay the price premium over Amazon’s or Google’s first-party speakers, the One is the best smart speaker bar none.
The Sonos One started a revolution. It was one of the first smart speakers that didn’t force users to choose between smarts and excellent sound quality (it features both), as well as the first that didn’t make users choose between Alexa and Google Assistant.
Even without that, however, the Sonos One is a spectacular speaker, and the best smart speaker on the market in 2021. In our time spent with it in our home, we were consistently impressed with the sound quality in both standalone and stereo speaker modes and how voice assistant integration has continued to grow.