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Sonos One SL Review

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86
86
7

Experts

92
11.8k

Consumers

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Expert reviewers praised the Sonos One SL’s design and sturdy build quality. They liked that its companion app was easy to use, but they complained that the speaker could not play stereo content and that it didn’t have support for voice assistants.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Sonos One SL is a premier WiFi (or wireless) speaker that was first announced in late 2019. The speaker offers WiFi connectivity, and since it is wired, it is designed for indoor use. The speaker’s WiFi connection provides a low latency of only 43ms, making it an excellent pick for owners who want to connect it to their Apple devices to stream video or music content through Apple AirPlay. While it might not rank among the best speakers in the market today, the Sonos One SL still delivers clear sound, and unlike most highly rated Bluetooth speakers, it can only be linked (through WiFi) to another Sonos speaker for a stereo sound output. Still, its only issue might be the lack of Bluetooth connectivity. Buyers who would prefer a speaker that has both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity would be better off checking out our Sonos Roam review.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Sonos One SL was praised by expert testers for its unique TruePlay tuning feature and build quality. Reviewers from Rtings liked the speaker’s vocal reproduction and that they could adjust its bass and treble levels through the Sonos S2 app. The Yamaha Music Cast 50 allows for more sound adjustability through the MusicCast app, so if that sounds more appealing, check out Yamaha MusicCast 50 review. They were also pleased with how easy it was to use, while testers from Tech Radar were also able to use its Trueplay tuning feature to improve their listening experience during their sound tests.

The Sonos One SL failed to impress with its inability to play stereo content. In contrast, the Sony SRS RA3000 is capable of stereo output, so if you’re interested, go ahead and check it out in our Sony SRS RA3000 review. They also didn’t like that the speaker didn’t work with voice assistants and that its sound was distorted at higher volumes. They also didn’t like its missing Bluetooth support.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Great build quality
  • Easy to use Sonos S2 app
  • Great vocal reproduction
  • Bass and Treble adjustable
  • Low AirPlay latency over WiFi

Reason to Avoid

  • Stereo playback requires another speaker
  • No Bluetooth connectivity
  • No support for voice assistants

Sonos One SL Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life17 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In Microphonen/a
Charge TimeCharge Time2 hrs
SizeSize9.7" (h) x 6.9" (w) x 6.9" (d)
Smart AppSmart AppYes
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage125W
Wireless RangeWireless Range100 m

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Market Context

The Sonos One SL is a premier WiFi (or wireless) speaker that was first announced in late 2019. The speaker offers WiFi connectivity, and since…

The Sonos One SL is a premier WiFi (or wireless) speaker that was first announced in late 2019. The speaker offers WiFi connectivity, and since it is wired, it is designed for indoor use. The speaker’s WiFi connection provides a low latency of only 43ms, making it an excellent pick for owners who want to connect it to their Apple devices to stream video or music content through Apple AirPlay. While it might not rank among the best speakers in the market today, the Sonos One SL still delivers clear sound, and unlike most highly rated Bluetooth speakers, it can only be linked (through WiFi) to another Sonos speaker for a stereo sound output. Still, its only issue might be the lack of Bluetooth connectivity. Buyers who would prefer a speaker that has both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity would be better off checking out our Sonos Roam review.

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Battery Life

17 hrs

11 hrs

Built In Microphone

n/a

Yes

Charge Time

2 hrs

2 hrs

Size

9.7" (h) x 6.9" (w) x 6.9" (d)

Smart App

Yes

Sonos app

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

Water Resistant

Yes

Yes

Wattage

125W

25W

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Score Card

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Expert Score

86

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Customer Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    71
    The Sonos One SL is fair for music. Like most premium models, it uses a… read more

    By:

    Kob Monney
  • Techgear Lab
    44.89

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    For those looking for a great sounding home speaker on a budget, the Sonos SL… read more

    By:

    What Hi-Fi?
  • Trusted Reviews
    48.27

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    If voice assistance doesn’t interest then the One SL offers (most of) the same great… read more

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    Hate voice control? Or simply don’t need it on everything? This microphone-less version of the… read more

    By:

    Max Mutter
  • Consumer Reports
    46.86

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    The Sonos One SL is part of the Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers test program at… read more

    By:

    Britta O’Boyle
  • Pocket Lint
    51.48

    Category Trust Rating

    51
    The Sonos One SL might seem like an odd addition to the Sonos portfolio at… read more

    By:

    Jamie Carter

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