Voice assistants are here to stay whether you like it or not. Really there isn’t a reason not to love them, except for some security concerns.
With more and more speakers adding voice assistants, it is becoming increasingly difficult to decide which one is the best for you. Whether you want to add another speaker to your voice-controlled home, or are buying your very first virtual assistant speaker, we are here to help you make the right decision.
So, let’s go through the best Alexa speakers your money can buy right now and find the perfect option for you…
Top 8 Best Alexa Speakers To Buy 2021 Reviews
1 Echo Plus (2nd Gen)
The Echo Plus is at the moment the be-all, end-all. It’s the smartest speaker on the market, and the 2nd generation improves the sound quality to make it not only a smart assistant but a worthy wireless speaker.
The speaker isn’t large, and the three distinct color pallets are sophisticated and will match any modern living space in your home.
The Echo Plus 2nd Gen does not only read the weather but also provide sporting event outcomes or social media messages. It can now control any Alexa compatible devices with its new Zigbee smart home hub control.
Sound quality was where the first Echo Plus lacked some refinement. But it’s safe to say that the Echo Plus 2nd Gen has managed to not only sound better, but actually surprised us quite a bit.
The 360-degree sound stage sounds great in any room. The 8cm neodymium woofer and a 2cm tweeter provide a great range of frequencies. The bass isn’t as pronounced as most Bose or JBL products, but the mid and high frequencies are clear and bright.
The speaker size is a little small, so it won’t be able to fill a busy room, but any small gathering is well suited and might even have your friends surprised at the great sound quality. Not to mention the ability to control compatible lights with voice commands. Now that’s a great party trick!
Blackouts also won’t be an issue with five hours of battery life when it’s not plugged in. That’s also enough for a nice picnic out or an overnight camping trip.
- Balanced sound.
- Great looking design.
- Most features are compatible with Amazon products only.
2 Echo Studio
The Echo Studio is another one of Amazon’s smart speakers. And it’s the largest and loudest offering in their line-up. It also provides a new 360 degrees immersive sound made possible by facing one of the drivers directly at the ceiling with dual 2-inch midrange speakers, one left, one right. Last but not least, the forward-facing tweeter rounds off the speaker.
All of this is covered in a high-quality mesh. The build quality feels very premium, and the speaker is larger than most speakers in the same range or style.
The wireless speaker is the first of its kind to offer Dolby Atmos, but the extent of its usability depends on the room you are using it in.
The size is also an indication of the sound performance. The Echo Studio also lacks a lot of bass punch, but it is mainly due to the extremely large area it can cover. The Echo Studio makes everything sound larger than life, apart from the bass.
Great for watching movies or a house party where you want to fill every nook and cranny with sound. It can go loud without distorting any of the music and makes for a rich and detailed listening experience.
The six microphones easily distinguish your voice through the wall of music it produces. There are still some hit and misses when it comes to getting the right command, but nothing earth-shattering.
It’s also able to control any Zigbee compatible devices in your home, like the Echo Plus and many other Echo devices.
- Large, expansive sound.
- Dolby Atmos sounds great in the right environment.
- Microphone picks up your voice well.
- Zigbee compatible devices are limited.
- Bass is lacking.
- The 360-degree sound is highly dependable on the room it is in.
3 Bose Home Speaker 300
The Bose is a compact speaker that packs a massive punch.
At first glance, you might mistake the Bose Home Speaker 300 as a portable, wireless speaker, but you’d be wrong. The speaker does not have an internal battery. It can be used as a portable device if you buy a lithium-ion battery, but for the most part, it is designed to be stationary, plugged into an electrical outlet.
The design itself is quite simple. The buttons are housed on top of the device, and the black finish feels premium and will fit into any living space in your house. And the speaker has endless connectivity options including, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a standard 3.5 mm jack.
It uses a six-microphone array to easily identify your voice across the room and supports Google Assistant and Alexa.
Bose offers some great low, thumping bass that makes every song sound fuller. The highs are accentuated really well. It’s clear and bright without struggling to stick out from the loud bass. Mid-range frequencies are well presented, and the vocals are always clear and understandable.
If you use it as a portable device, there is some power lost, which means it won’t go as loud as when it is plugged in. This is a compromise, but the speaker is not really meant to be used that way.
The Bose Home Speaker 300 offers great sound, a minimalistic approach to design and Google Assistant, and Alexa integration at a great price.
- Loud and clear sound.
- Alexa and Google Assistant integration.
- Easy to setup.
- No internal battery.
4 Marshall Stanmore II
Marshall prides itself on being a premium audio brand with reliable durability and good sound. And the Stanmore 2 is the follow up to a great looking and sounding portable speaker.
The design choices here are all callbacks to the classic Marshall amps. It is instantly recognizable and looks great from the front. But, as with most amplifiers, looking at it from the back isn’t as pleasant.
The black leather coating and golden mesh look great, but the backside is riddled with warning labels that come off as tacky, especially at this price. The Stanmore two is almost double the price of the previously reviewed speakers.
The control panel sits on top of the square speaker and looks great. It is also very easy to understand and use. There is a 3.5 mm input and RCA input, but the cables are not included. At this price point, it would have been nice to receive both in the box.
The Stanmore II has a 50-watt woofer and two 15-watt tweeters. The sound is clear and can easily fill a small to medium room. The bass itself is good, but not as powerful as most Bose speakers and Google’s very own HomeMax. However, there is a bit of distortion at very high volumes when you listen to bass-heavy tracks.
The Stanmore 2 is a good speaker, but it is difficult to recommend at the price it is retailing at. Sure, they look great in a vintage café or musicians living room, but the sound and features leave you wanting more for the price.
- Easy to use control panel.
- Google Assistant and Alexa integration.
- Clear sound.
- Distortion at high volumes.
5 Sonos Beam
The Sonos Beam is a soundbar that has Google Assistant, Alexa, and limited Siri support.
Soundbars can sound horrible if you buy the wrong one, usually due to the design or quality of the speakers used.
The Sonos Beam is one of the best sounding soundbars on the market right now. It costs the same as the Marshall Stanmore 2 but blows it out of the water when it comes to sound quality and features. These soundbars are pretty much made for watching TV, which is a plus over some of the best Alexa speakers in this review.
The Sonos Beam isn’t just a great soundbar for your TV, but it acts as a superb overall speaker that can play music from any of the music streaming apps with a simple voice command. And if you own any other Sonos products, the Beam can communicate with those products as well.
Connectivity is all done from the back. There is an HDMI port, Ethernet Port, and a Bluetooth button. And if your TV has an ARC enabled HMDI port, you should be able to use the Beam to control some of your TV’s functions like on/off or volume with voice commands as well.
For a pretty small soundbar compared to some of the other Sonos soundbars, it sounds pretty great. The sound stage is very good, all things considered. At higher volumes, there is some distortion, but considering how loud it can get, it isn’t a deal-breaker.
- Ease of use.
- ARC enabled HDMI.
- All voice assistants are supported.
- Some distortion at higher volumes.
- Only one HDMI port.
6 Ultimate Ears Megablast
UE’s Megablast is pretty much a Megaboom with Alexa built-in. If you’ve ever heard the Megaboom, you know that this is a seriously good speaker. There are some subtle design changes, including the name branding displayed largely on the speaker and the slightly slimmer design.
The build quality is some of the best when it comes to speakers with fall-proof ruggedness and an IP-67 waterproof rating.
On a full charge, you can expect up to 16 hours of playback. That said, the Megablast is being marketed as a stay at home speaker. We like what UE is offering here. A home-speaker with Alexa voice assistant integrated, but with the ruggedness and battery life of a portable speaker. So, if you only have cash for one speaker, this should be at the top of your list.
There is an easy to use app that is quite intuitive. It can be used to set up your speaker for voice control over a wi-fi network.
Spotify, Deezer and Google Music is supported over a wi-fi network and work great.
The Megablast is what you would call a confident-sounding speaker. It’s loud… Very loud. It achieves this loudness without losing a drop of clarity, which is mind-boggling. It has a rumbling bass that shakes your innards. Couple that with highs that soar bright and a mid-range that cuts through the mix like a hot knife through butter.
UE’s Megablast is best for someone who wants a great speaker first, and Alexa support second.
- Massive Sound.
- Easy to use.
- IP-67 waterproof.
- Lacks a lot of features.
7 Bose Soundbar 500
The Bose Soundbar 500 is the most expensive speaker in our review. Although it’s not really a speaker, it’s a soundbar. It is quite slim, and the design will fit easily into any living room, it also means it will fit underneath your TV easily.
The Bose Soundbar 500 has Google Assistant and Alexa support. However, the Soundbar has almost no buttons on it except for the mute and voice assistant buttons. Instead, a remote is included to control the speaker.
The sound on offer is a very traditional Bose sound. It has a lot of great low-end with decent highs. With the Soundbar, vocals sound clear and resonate well throughout the room. Watching movies, you do notice the lack of an external subwoofer during the action scenes, but not when listening to music.
Music sounds full-bodied and as good as ever. Bass drums thump loudly while the bass rumbles along to the beat. Vocals cut through the mix well, and the hi-hats sizzle in your eardrums.
The biggest factor here would be the price. It’s over $100 more than the Sonos Beam but doesn’t offer much more in terms of features and sound.
It’s great if you are a Bose fan looking for another Bose products to add to your collection. If not, the Sonos offers the same and some, for a better price.
- Great sound.
- HDMI ARC support.
- Lacks Dolby Atmos support.
8 Echo Dot 3rd Generation
The newest Echo Dot strives to fend off competition from Google. It’s the cheapest speaker in the Echo range and offers native Alexa support. And you can easily stream your favorite music from Spotify, SiriusXM, Deezer, Amazon Music, and Google Play.
The fabric design feels nice, and the speaker is quite compact and light. The design is colorful, and with a wide range of colors, there should be one to match your style and your decor.
The speaker is quite affordable and is great as an entry-level speaker for anybody curious about what Alexa is capable of.
The Echo Dot 3 is also 70% louder than the Echo Dot 2. Music sounds fine, but nothing mind-blowing. It’s a small, inexpensive speaker and sounds as good as it can. If you are a student and just want a small speaker to carry around or place it on your desk, this is perfect for you. It is capable of filling a small room with enough sound, but nothing beyond that.
It is also a great addition for anybody looking to add another smaller Amazon speaker in their home as an add-on to a bigger speaker like the Echo Studio.
If it’s listening to music you are after, the Echo Dot can provide decent sounding music in a small room. But don’t expect anything above average considering the size and price of the Echo Dot 3.
- Full Alexa capabilities.
- Easy to use.
- Considering the price, there are no cons.
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So, What Are The Best Alexa Speakers?
If it’s your first time venturing into the realm of a voice-controlled assistant, picking the best option is crucial for a good experience. And if you are curious about what Alexa is capable of, but don’t want to pay a lot to find out, the… Echo Dot 3
…will give you a good idea.
If you want a soundbar for your TV and a speaker that is capable of filling a medium room full of music for parties, the… Sonos Beam
….is the best option. It surpasses most of the best Alexa speakers on the list and is cheaper than the Bose Soundbar 500.
If you want a loud and great sounding speaker and won’t be using the Alexa voice assistant as much, the… UE Megablast
….is the best sounding and loudest speaker on the list. It does lack some features, but it sounds great and is portable with a massive battery.