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90
Engadget
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Engadget Review

The Sonos One offers significantly better music quality than your average Bluetooth or smart speaker without breaking the bank and includes the full Alexa experience. That means it's the first Sonos you can control with your voice. It's also a great first step into a multi-speaker setup for your home. The voice controls may have a few bugs to work out, and Spotify isn't available with full voice control just yet, but the more services and features will be added over time -- there's no reason not to dive in now.

Pros
  • Excellent audio quality for the price
  • First Sonos to let you control your music with your voice
  • Attractive, inconspicuous design
  • Works with just about every music service you can use
  • Alexa integrations works almost exactly the same here as on the Echo
  • Connects to all other Sonos speakers for multi-room audio
  • Will get Google Assistant and AirPlay 2 updates next year
Cons
  • Voice commands only have full functionality with a few music services
  • Spotify voice commands not available at launch (but coming later this year)
  • Voice commands are sometimes a little buggy.
  • Setup process is a bit complicated
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score

Audio quality

91
 

Design and form factor

83
 

Durability

80
 

Portability

60
 
 
90
CNET
The Alexa-powered Sonos One is the first smart speaker that actually sounds good with music -- and even more new features will be coming to it in the months ahead.
 
90
CNBC
If you already have a Sonos Play:1, just pick up an Echo Dot. If you're new to the ecosystem, though, the Sonos One is a great speaker that I highly recommend -- just don't expect it to do every last thing an Amazon Echo can do.
 
80
VentureBeat
Sonos has proven that it’s here to play in a smart speaker world.
 
70
Gizmodo
For most people eager to try out a smart assistant and play music inside their homes, a Dot and a solid speaker (like the Play:1) is enough.
 
100
What Hi-Fi
Essentially, the One is a Play:1 with Alexa built in, and that’s a fine combination in our book.
 
80
9to5Google
Sonos One has the potential to be an excellent wireless smart speaker if you use the right services, but you may need to wait a bit before it works best with what you use.
 
80
Wired
An excellent-sounding Alexa speaker that's worth the $200, even if it has some growing up to do.
 
80
The Verge
For now, and probably over the next few months, the Sonos One will remain a very nice Sonos product with Alexa built in. Once the Spotify thing gets sorted out, that still makes for a fantastic gadget.
 
80
Ars Technica
Even if it has issues both new and familiar, the One’s central formula is just too hard for Sonos to mess up.
 
80
Stuff
If you care about music ... then the Sonos One could well be teetering close to the top of your Christmas list right now. Trouble is, it’s not quite the finished article and that could still be the case by the time Santa comes to town.