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The best Sonos speaker and soundbar deals

The Sonos Roam launched last year is now available at its lowest price ever at Best Buy. | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Most would agree that Sonos offers some of the best speakers and soundbars currently on the market. That’s because Sonos makes speakers that — more often than not — boast great sound quality, support for all the major streaming platforms, and simple multi-room functionality. Unfortunately, however, all of those perks often come at a high price. Sonos products aren’t cheap, and, outside of the occasional rogue discount, they rarely go on sale. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to save at least a few dollars on Sonos gear.

If you’re comfortable buying refurbished, for example, you could save a decent amount. We also occasionally see sales on Sonos’ collaborative series with Ikea and discounted bundles that include Sonos products, which makes it easier to set up an entire home audio system while saving money. And, if you’re a student, Sonos offers a program you can join to get a 15 percent discount when you spend up to $2,500 on full-priced speakers and accessories.

Regardless of their existence, these discounts can be hard to find. That’s why we’ve curated this list of the best Sonos deals you can currently take advantage of. Here, we’ll guide you through the best sales available right now to help you get the best bang for your buck.

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The portable Roam offers the best water resistance of any speaker in the Sonos lineup.

Sonos Roam deals

The Sonos Roam is one of the clearest, most pleasant portable speakers we’ve ever used, and we’d recommend it as a personal speaker for small gatherings. It offers a rugged design, a relatively durable build, wireless charging, and support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It’s also compatible with Apple’s AirPlay 2, which lets you stream music from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac over your home network. Plus, it’s the first Sonos speaker with an IP67 dust and water resistance rating, which means you could use it in the bathroom or near pools.

Note, however, Sonos won’t let you pair two in stereo when listening over Bluetooth, unlike other similar speakers, though you can play Bluetooth audio over your entire Sonos system. It also only offers around 10 hours of battery life, which isn’t that great, and it can be challenging to use the speaker’s Wi-Fi features outside of your home.

Nevertheless, it’s a good portable speaker you can currently buy in either black or white from Sonos and Best Buy for $143.20 ($37 off), its lowest price to date. You can also buy the black or white model in refurbished condition right now at Best Buy for $128.99 ($51 off), however, given the new model is on sale for just $14 more, we suggest opting for a new model. Read our Sonos Roam review.

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The Sonos Ray looks similar to the Beam and Arc, but lacks Dolby Atmos support as well as HDMI connectivity.

Lastly, Sonos is selling a few bundle deals containing the Sonos Roam if you’re interested in purchasing multiple devices. Right now, for instance, you can buy two Sonos Roams for $286.40 ($71.60 off) or a Sonos Roam bundled with a wireless charger for $192.20 ($35.80 off). You can also buy the Sonos Roam alongside the Sonos Ray, Sonos’ newest entry-level soundbar, for $422.20 ($35.80 off). Just note that while the Sonos Ray offers impressive sound, it does lack Dolby Atmos support and HDMI connectivity, so you’ll need to use an optical audio cable to connect it to your TV. Read our Sonos Ray review.

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The small Sonos One supports a range of music services and comes with a good microphone.

Sonos One (second-gen) and Sonos One SL deals

The Sonos One is a small smart speaker with a good microphone for voice control. It emits balanced, full-bodied sound that’s impressive for its size while integrating well with existing Sonos products. The 2017 speaker also works with a range of music services and supports both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, however, the process for setting up voice assistants can be complicated. The One offers touch controls, too, as well as support for AirPlay 2 thanks to a post-launch software update.

The Sonos One typically retails for $219 when sold new, however, you can currently buy it in refurbished condition for $179 from Sonos. You can also buy a two-room set for around $419 instead of $438 from Adorama, Best Buy, and B&H Photo.

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The Sonos One SL is similar to the second-gen Sonos One, but without the always-listening microphones and voice controls.

However, if you prefer something a little cheaper, you can also buy the Sonos One SL. It’s basically the same as the Sonos One, with identical sound quality as well, but without an always-on microphone and voice assistant support. The Sonos One SL sells for $179 new, but you can currently buy it refurbished from Sonos for $159. You can also buy a pair in new condition for $378 ($20 off) from Sonos.

A detail shot of the front of the Sonos Arc, showing the Sonos logo and many perforated holes in the outer casing. Photo by Nilay Patel / The Verge
The Sonos Arc works well as both a home theater soundbar and music speaker.

Sonos Arc deals

The Sonos Arc is an all-in-one home theater soundbar that pairs quite nicely with large TVs, but works well as a music speaker. The 45-inch soundbar boasts powerful, immersive sound and is compatible with Dolby Atmos and a range of other audio formats, including TrueHD (for external Blu-ray players), Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Digital.

Like the Sonos Roam, it also offers built-in support for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s AirPlay 2. One drawback, however, is that you may need a recent 4K TV — likely something released after 2017 — that supports Atmos over HDMI ARC to hear it at its best. We also noticed surround sound doesn’t always work well in large rooms, which means it’s not particularly apartment-friendly, especially when coupled with its size.

Normally $899.99, you can currently buy the Arc in refurbished condition from Sonos for $719. If you’d prefer a bundle, Best Buy is also selling the Arc with two Sonos One SL speakers and the third-gen Sonos Sub, a subwoofer that takes care of the low-end while you watch TV shows and movies, for $1,946 ($103.96 off). You also can buy the Arc with two One SLs without the Sonos Sub at Best Buy for $1,237 ($62.97 off), or the Arc with just the Sonos Sub for $1,568 ($80 off) from Sonos.

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The newer Sonos Five sounds exactly like its fantastic predecessor, the Play:5.

Sonos Five (2020) deals

The Sonos Five replaced the Play:5 music speaker in 2020 but is actually nearly identical to its excellent-sounding predecessor. It shares the same six custom-designed drivers inside, so it should offer the same high-quality listening experience as the Play:5, which was ideal for large rooms or parties. Other than that, however, there aren’t many noticeable differences. Compared to the Play:5, Sonos says its successor offers increased memory and processing power, as well as a new wireless radio. There are also all-black or all-white options. Note, however, that the Sonos Five lacks a built-in microphone and support for Alexa and Google Assistant — something every other speaker in the current Sonos lineup offers.

The Sonos Five starts at $549, although you can buy a new set of two for $1,048 instead of $1,098 from Sonos, B&H Photo, and Best Buy. Sonos is additionally selling a Turntable set, which includes the Sonos Five and a Pro-Ject T1 Phono SB Turntable, for $948 – a $50 discount.

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The last-gen Sonos Beam offers great TV sound quality but, unlike the second-gen model, lacks support for Dolby Atmos.

Sonos Beam (first-gen and second-gen) deals

Sonos’ previous entry-level soundbar, the first-gen Sonos Beam, functions as both a smart speaker and a soundbar for smart TVs equipped with HDMI ARC. We praised how well it improves TV sound quality in our 2018 review, as well as how simple and easy it is to set up and use. It’s not as great as other standalone speakers in the Sonos lineup for just playing music, but as a general-purpose speaker, it’s a good buy overall, especially if you’re adding it to an existing Sonos setup. The Sonos Beam also offers touch controls and support for Apple’s AirPlay 2, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant, allowing for hands-free commands.

Although the first-gen model lacks the second-gen Beam’s support for Dolby Atmos and an eARC HDMI port, it remains a competent soundbar that’s currently available in refurbished condition from Sonos for $319 instead of $399, which is the price it retails new.

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The Sonos Immersive Set comes with the second-gen Sonos Beam, which supports Dolby Atmos and HDMI eARC.

While there are no deals available right now on the second-gen Sonos Beam — which offers better performance than its first-gen predecessor, supports Dolby Atmos, and comes with HDMI eARC — Best Buy and Sonos are discounting a few bundles. The Sonos Immersive Set, for example, contains the second-gen Beam, two Sonos One SL speakers, and a Sonos Sub. Normally $1,596, Best Buy is selling the four-piece set for $1,499.96 ($100 off) while Sonos is selling it for $1,506 ($90 off). Sonos is also selling the second-gen Beam with a One SL for $807 ($40 off), as well as a second-gen Beam with a third-gen Sub for $1,138 ($60 off).

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The Sonos Move is powerful but tall and relatively heavy for a portable speaker.

Sonos Move deals

The Sonos Move offers a loud, powerful sound similar to the Sonos One, but with slightly more volume. Unlike the One, however, you don’t need to find the right spot in your home for it to hear it well, given it’s better at distributing sound throughout a room. We also found that it sounds terrific no matter whether you’re in the living room or outside at the park.

However, while the Move was Sonos’ can certainly function as a portable speaker, it's better suited for moving about your home. That’s especially true when compared to the newer Sonos Roam, namely because the 10-inch speaker weighs 6.6 pounds and is a bit more challenging to lug around while traveling. Additionally, the fact that its battery can only last 10 hours on a single charge — which is noticeably less than many other Bluetooth speakers on the market — means this doesn’t make for the best portable speaker.

That said, it is a great buy if you want an excellent-sounding Sonos speaker you can pick up and take into your garage, living room, patio, or any other room in your home. It also comes with features like IP56 weatherproofing and support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s AirPlay 2, not to mention seamless integration with other Sonos devices.

If the Move seems like a better fit for you than the Roam, you can currently buy it in either black or white for $319 instead of $399 — a rare $81 discount — from Best Buy and Sonos. You can also save $115.60 right now and buy both the Roam and a Move for $462.40 at Sonos. Alternatively, Sonos is also selling the Move with a Sonos One for $538.20 instead of $61, as well as the Move and the Arc for $1,218.20 instead of $1,298.



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