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Sonos Roam vs. Sonos Roam SL vs. Sonos Move: Which Portable Speaker Should You Pick?

How are Sonos's three portable speakers, the Roam SL, the Roam and the Move, similar and different? We compare.

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Sonos now has three different portable speakers. There's the Move ($399), which was released in late 2019. There's the Roam ($179), which was released last spring (in April 2021). And, most recently, there's the Roam SL ($159). If you're looking at each speaker and wondering what the similarities and differences actually are, here's what you need to know.

All three speakers have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and can work on their own, or in a bigger Sonos system. They all support AirPlay 2 and are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant when connected to Wi-Fi. And both the Move and the Roam (not the Roam SL) have Automatic Trueplay, meaning they will automatically tune themselves so that they sound best.

Ultimately, the Move is pricier but can't be beat on sound and the Roam is more affordable and portable beyond compare. The Roam SL is the cheapest option, but it's probably worth spending the extra $20 for the improved sound and voice assistant. Here's the nitty gritty:

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Sonos Roam SL (2022)
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  • It's very rugged and water-resistant (IP67).
  • The most affordable portable speaker Sonos makes.
  • Super portable, less than 1 pound.

  • No Trueplay means it can't quite match the Roam's sound quality.
  • No support for Alexa or Google Assistant voice assistant.
  • The wireless charger is sold separately.

The Roam SL is a mic-less version of the Roam. It's $20 cheaper, but it can't listen to your voice commands and doesn't support Trueplay.

Sonos Roam (2021)
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  • It's very rugged and water-resistant (IP67).
  • Much more affordable than the Move.
  • Super portable, less than 1 pound.

  • The wireless charger is sold separately.
  • Smaller size means it can't match the Move in sound quality.

The Roam is Sonos's newest and smallest portable speaker designed to go anywhere you want to go.

Sonos Move (2019)
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  • Better sound. Arguably the best portable speaker you can buy.
  • Charging cradle is included.

  • It's big and heavy, weighing over 6 pounds, so it's only portable to a point.
  • It's expensive.
  • It's water-resistant (IP56) but not waterproof.
  • Requires manually switching between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The Move is Sonos's larger portable speaker that's designed to sound great in any room of your house, but not to leave it.

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