The best Alexa-enabled speakers you can buy that aren't made by Amazon
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- There are plenty of Alexa-based speakers out there, and that list is only growing, but they're not all created equal, so we did the research to find the best Alexa speakers on the market.
- We think the Sonos One offers the best cross-section of Alexa intelligence and excellent sound quality.
The Amazon Echo was a ground-breaking speaker. It was the first to introduce the world to the concept of a smart speaker, and although many were a little confused about the point of a smart speaker when the Echo first came out, the idea quickly caught on and created a whole new category.Although the Amazon Echo is a very smart speaker, the fact is that it's not always the best choice for those who want a smart speaker with excellent sound quality - even though it has improved markedly in the past few years.
Luckily, Amazon has partnered with dozens of companies over the past few years to put Alexa in third-party speakers. These days, there is a ton of choice when it comes to buying speakers with Amazon's digital assistant built right in.
There are, of course, a number of things to keep in mind when buying a new smart speaker. For starters, you'll want to consider the form-factor that you're looking for. There are plenty of standard-sized smart speakers designed for desktop use, but there are also other speaker form-factors with Alexa onboard, like sound bars, for example. You'll also want to think about whether or not you want a speaker that can be portable, and if you do, you'll need to look into battery life.
We've done the research for you to find the best Alexa speakers you can buy from a variety of top brands. We'll continue to add more as Alexa makes her way onto other excellent speakers.
Here are the best Alexa speakers you can buy:
- Best Alexa speaker overall: Sonos One
- Best portable Alexa speaker: UE Megablast
- Best stylish Alexa speaker: Cavalier Maverick
- Best Alexa sound bar: Sonos Beam
- Best cheap Alexa speaker: Eufy Genie
- Best Alexa speaker with an alarm clock: iHome iAVS16
Update on 02/13/2019 by Kylie Joyner: Added the Cavalier Maverick based on testing. Updated prices.
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