The best cheap Sonos speaker and soundbar deals for January 2023
Most would agree that Sonos offers some of the best speakers and soundbars currently available. 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, 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 necessarily mean there aren’t ways to save at least a few dollars on Sonos gear.
You can often, for example, score discounts on even more Sonos devices if you’re comfortable buying refurbished ones. 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, helping you to get the best bang for your buck.
A note about refurbished Sonos products
Both Sonos and Best Buy test and clean all of their certified refurbished products before reselling them. Sonos also includes the original accessories and cables, along with a one-year warranty and a 45-day money-back guarantee. Best Buy’s Geek Squad-certified refurbished products, meanwhile, come with a 90-day warranty unless otherwise noted. You also have 15 days to return or exchange them, though, Best Buy Elite and Totaltech members are eligible for an extended return window.
Sonos Roam and Sonos Roam SL 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 similar speakers, though you can play Bluetooth audio over your entire Sonos system. The Roam 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.
While it’s not on sale by itself at the moment, Sonos is discounting a few bundles containing the Roam if you’re interested in purchasing multiple devices. One contains two Roams for $338 ($20 off), while another pairs a Roam with a Sonos Ray for $433 ($25 off). Alternatively, you can save a bit of money by picking up the Roam SL, which lacks a mic but is otherwise identical to the Roam, for around $159 from Sonos and Best Buy.
Sonos One and Sonos One SL deals
The second-gen 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 sells for $219 new, but unfortunately, there are no deals available if you want to buy one by itself. However, you can purchase a two-room set in black and white for $419 instead of $438 at B&H Photo.
You can also save a lot more if you buy the Sonos One SL. It’s basically the same as the Sonos One and features identical sound quality, however, it lacks an always-on microphone and voice assistant support. You can buy it for $199.99 in new condition from Sonos and Best Buy.
If you’re interested in a bundle, you can also buy two Sonos One speakers for $378 ($20 off) from Sonos. Alternatively, you can pick up two One SL speakers with a Sonos Ray for around $642 ($35 off) from Sonos or Best Buy. You can also buy two One SL speakers with the second-gen Sonos Beam for $807 ($43 off) or the Sonos Arc for $1,237 ($67 off) at Best Buy. Finally, you can pick up a pair of One SL smart speakers with a Ray and the new Sub Mini subwoofer for $1,051 ($55 off) from Sonos.
Verge Deals on Twitter /
Join more than 49,000 followers and keep up with the best daily tech deals with @vergedeals
Sonos Arc deals and Sonos Arc SL 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.
The Sonos Arc normally retails for $899.99 and is currently not available at a discount. However, if you’re into bundles, Best Buy and Sonos are 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 and Sonos for around $1,232 ($65 off) or the Arc with just the Sonos Sub for $1,568 ($80 off) from Sonos.
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 most other speakers in the Sonos lineup offer.
The Sonos Five starts at $549 and is currently not on sale. However, you can buy a set of two for around $1,048 instead of $1,098 from Sonos 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 ($50 off).
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.
However, it’s important to note that as an older model, the first-gen Beam lacks features found on the newer Beam, including support for Dolby Atmos and an eARC HDMI port. Nevertheless, it remains a competent soundbar that’s currently available in refurbished condition from Sonos for $319 instead of $399, which is the price it sold for when it was new and more readily available.
While the second-gen Beam isn’t on sale, you can buy it as a part of a discounted bundle. 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 and Adorama are selling the four-piece set for $1,506. Sonos is also selling the second-gen Beam with two One SL speakers for $807 ($40 off) as well as a second-gen Beam with a third-gen Sub for $1,138 ($60 off). Lastly, you can buy the second-gen Beam alongside the Sub Mini for $833 ($45 off) from Sonos.
The compact Sonos Ray is the newest entry-level soundbar from Sonos. At $279, it’s supposed to be a more budget-friendly option than both the Beam and Arc. It outshines many soundbars in the same price range in sound quality, delivering a balanced, crisp sound and voice clarity that’s also impressive given it’s small enough to fit on a desk. It also comes with other nice features, like support for Apple AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect.
Given it’s cheaper, though, the soundbar obviously lacks a lot of features and qualities the Beam and Arc offer. While its sound quality is good for its size, it lacks the immersive feel they have due to the lack of support for Dolby Atmos surround sound. In addition, it lacks HDMI connectivity, so you’ll have to connect it to your TV with an optical audio cable, and works with only infrared (IR) remotes.
Still, it’s a good budget-friendly soundbar you can currently buy for $279 (its full retail price). While there are no deals available at the moment, you can save money when you purchase it as a part of a bundle. As we mentioned earlier, Sonos and Best Buy are selling it with two One SL smart speakers for around $642 ($38 off). You can also buy the Sonos Ray with a pair of One SL smart speakers and the Sub Mini for $1,051 ($55 off) from Sonos. Alternatively, you can pair a Sonos Roam with the Ray for $433 ($25 off) or the Ray with the Sub Mini for $673 ($35 off) from Sonos.
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 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.
Unfortunately, the Move is not on sale right now by itself. You can, however, buy a Sonos Roam and a Move for $548 ($30 off) from Sonos. Alternatively, Sonos is selling the Move with a Sonos One for $588 instead of $618, as well as a Move and an Arc for $1,238 ($60 off).
The Symfonisk bookshelf speaker is the result of a partnership between Ikea and Sonos. It’s unique in that you can either mount it to a wall and use it as a small shelf or place it on a bookshelf. Yet, while its design stands out from other Sonos speakers, it still integrates with the rest of the Sonos ecosystem. Its sound quality is similar to that of the Sonos One, too, and it supports Apple’s AirPlay 2. As for the second-gen model, it offers a faster processor and more memory than the previous Symfonisk as well as a more intuitive button design.
Regularly $119.99, you can buy it in either black or white for $99.99 at Ikea through January 22nd. You can also buy the bookshelf speaker alongside a floor stand for $129.98 ($20 off) or with an actual shelf for $144.98 ($20 off) until January 11th. Alternatively, it’s available with an LED light for $139.98 ($20 off) or with an LED spot for $134.98 ($20 off).
In 2021, Sonos and Ikea introduced the second-gen Symfonisk lamp — a unique tabletop speaker that doubles as a light source. Like other Sonos speakers, the mic-less offering supports Apple’s AirPlay 2 and integrates with the rest of Sonos’ speaker network. You can also pair it with another speaker lamp and use them in stereo, though be aware that while the sound quality is good, it can be muddy at times.
As a lamp, the Symfonisk speaker works well enough with the included LED bulb; it also supports more common bulbs than its predecessor. Normally $229.99, it’s currently on sale at Ikea for $192.99, one of its lowest prices to date.