The best Wi-Fi speakers for 2021: Apple, Sonos, Polk and Ikea


Wireless audio for the home is nothing new, but the past few years have brought a proliferation of speakers that use Wi-Fi streaming as an alternative to Bluetooth. The ability to control music in a multiroom environment is one of Wi-Fi’s biggest selling features, but almost all Wi-Fi speakers also offer voice control via  a voice assistant including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri. 

It’s a challenge to find a budget speaker that doesn’t have microphones onboard, but they all come with mic switches or you can opt for a “dumb” speaker like the Sonos One SL, if you have privacy concerns. Keep reading for our breakdown of the best Wi-Fi speakers for your needs — there’s a short buying guide at the bottom of the page if you have additional questions, and don’t miss CNET’s guide to the best smart speakers.

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For $100 there’s a couple of smart speakers to choose from, such as the Amazon Echo and the Google Home, but if you want an affordable, musical…

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