It’s hard to believe, but Alexa has been around for nearly four years now. Amazon first debuted it in 2014 on the original Echo, which was initially available as invite-only for Prime customers, and then expanded in 2015. In 2017, the company allowed for third-party Alexa speakers, and then Alexa compatibility really exploded. There are a ton of different options for Alexa speakers right now, but the main question that everyone has is, which is the best Alexa speaker to get? Well we have rounded up ten of the best Alexa speakers available right now, including some from Amazon, Sonos, Ultimate Ears and many more.
The Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST is a good option for those that want to take Alexa on the go with them, or not worry about charging it. It’s a portable speaker, that can last around 15 hours on a single charge. But it is not always listening, like the Amazon Tap, you’ll need to tap the speaker to start talking to Alexa. That’s unfortunate, but it’s one of the corners companies need to cut when it comes to making a portable speaker that can last a reasonable amount of time on a battery. There’s also the Ultimate Ears BLAST, which is slightly smaller but still offers some great audio.
One of our favorite options for an Alexa-powered Speaker is the Sonos One. It’s a great sounding speaker that has Alexa, but the main reason why it’s one of our favorites is because Sonos isn’t sticking with just Alexa. It’ll be adding Google Assistant at some point in 2018 (and for Apple users, AirPlay 2 is coming as well). Of course, with it being a Sonos speaker, you get some incredible sounding audio, with music streaming over WiFi instead of Bluetooth. These are just a couple of the many Alexa speakers that are listed below. You really can’t go wrong with any of the options below. But if you are looking to pick up and Alexa speaker to use Alexa for controlling your smart home, the Echo Plus is going to be the best option, since it has a hub built-in, making it much easier to connect products.