Alexa is great, she can control all manner of smart home products, answer questions you may have and play music you request. The Amazon Echo devices aren8217;t the only speakers that offer the capable Alexa assistant though 8211; there are numerous third party options that have embraced Alexa too.
From portable speakers to Alexa-compatible soundbars, we8217;ve gathered together the very best Amazon Echo alternatives. If you8217;re after Google Assistant speakers, we have a feature for those too.
Sonos entered the Alexa-enabled speaker market with the Sonos One. Later in 2019 it will offer Google Assistant too, making it one of the most capable smart speakers around. As you8217;d expect, it sounds fantastic and looks just as good too, though not all of Alexa8217;s skills are available as yet.
The Libratone Zipp 2 is a fantastic sounding portable speaker with interchangeable jackets. Sound is fired out in 360-degrees and the overall profile can be adjusted using the companion app.
In its second generation, the Zipp 2 is like an Amazon Echo Plus on steroids. It sticks to its successful roots, marrying great design with good sound, voice control and a decent app. The fact it8217;s portable also means you can take Alexa with you wherever you go.
The Bose Home Speaker 500 features a recognisable Bose design but it adds a display on the front, which is quite unique for smart speakers. The Home Speaker 500 has eight mic arrays to make sure it hears your Alexa commands, and there is a chance other voice assistants could be added in the future too.
The Bose Home Speaker 500 supports Amazon8217;s multiroom platform, allowing you to group this speaker with other Alexa speakers and it also sounds excellent.
Ultimate Ears offers the Megablast (and smaller Blast), both offering always-on Alexa voice-control, that8217;s always listening out for your voice. The only caveat is that you need a Wi-Fi connection, so it can only be used at home.
Being a dedicated speaker first and foremost, the UE Megablast sounds fantastic and it8217;s portable and waterproof so while Alexa won8217;t work outside your Wi-Fi connection, the Megablast stills offer great portable speaker functionality around the house.
The KitSound Voice One is essentially an Amazon Echo, but with some serious audio grunt. It was made in collaboration with Amazon, so you get the full Alexa experience, meaning it can answer questions, play music from various sources and control smart home devices.
The Onkyo P3 features dual full-range drivers, dual passive bass radiators, DSP switching amplification and full Alexa support, making a fine Amazon Echo alternative.
Sonos followed up the Sonos One with the Sonos Beam soundbar offering Amazon Alexa capacities built in. The Beam is a speaker and soundbar in one, offering the same multi-room capabilities as all Sonos speakers.
Like the Sonos One, the Beam will also introduce Google Assistant later in 2019 too so if you8217;re after a speaker that can offer TV and Alexa, the Sonos Beam is an excellent choice.
Polk Audio Command Bar
Polk Audio8217;s Command Bar marries an Echo Dot with a fully-fledged soundbar, meaning anything the Echo Dot can do, the Command Bar can do, including controlling smart home products as well as source input, volume and bass levels. It also supports Alexa multi-room compatibility 8211; something the Sonos Beam doesn8217;t.
The Command Bar is set up for movies and TV shows first, with music second, but it8217;s a very viable Echo alternative, offering a huge sound that will easily fill most rooms, while Polk8217;s Voice Adjust technology ensures voices come through loud and clear.