Sonos Roam Review: The Best Portable Waterproof Speaker in 2021?

Hello and welcome to my Sonos Roam review! This portable smart speaker that delivers high-quality audio was aptly named “Roam” as it’s the flagship portable outdoor speaker of Sonos. You can take the portable Bluetooth speaker with you whenever you are traveling somewhere or just gardening in your backyard on a sunny day. This allows you to enjoy quality music from popular streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, etc. at your convenience.

The product has a lot of functionalities that would take a while to talk about. I carefully examined almost all of them and now let’s dive deeper into the review to discuss the features and find out if Sonos Roam is worth it.

Sonos Roam Quality Review

Sonos Roam Specifications

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 6.61 x 2.44 x 2.36 in
  • Weight: 0.95 lb
  • Colors: Black, White
  • Audio Amplifier: 2 Class-H, digital
  • IP rating: IP67 waterproof and dustproof, 3 feet under water
  • Battery: 18Wh, up to 10 hours
  • USB: USB-C 15W, 5V/3A
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz or 5 GHz
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • CPU: Quad Core 1.4 GHz A-53
  • Memory: 1GB SDRAM 4GB NV
Pros
  • Compelling sound for its size
  • Dust and waterproof
  • High portability
  • Hands-free voice command
  • Supports Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and AirPlay 2
  • Chargeable with most Qi wireless charging pad on the market
  • Roam can play audio on all your Sonos speakers via Bluetooth
Cons
  • Voice assistants only work on Wi-Fi
  • Multiple voice assistants are not simultaneously usable
  • The Sonos app is buggy when you use Wi-Fi that isn’t your own
  • Low battery life
  • Have to buy the wireless charger separately

In-Depth Sonos Roam Review

Build Quality

Sonos Roam Build Quality Review

Sonos Roam’s dimensions are 6.61 x 2.44 x 2.36 inches (16.8 × 6.2 × 6cm) and its weight is 0.95 lb (430g). Roam is very lightweight but rugged. One can easily hold it in hand while walking outside because of its low weight and durability. The wireless speaker is IP67 rated which means it is completely dust and water-resistant.

The Sonos logo is on the front of the smart speaker. The portable speaker is crammed with precise holes. Roam’s shape is triangular which helps it to stay stable when put on a surface. The sound doesn’t come from a 360° angle. Instead, the audio goes up and front when placed horizontally.

Both sides of the Roam have silicon rubberized end caps. The sides are also concave to stop accidental button presses. Controls for play/pause, volume, and microphone button is at one end of the device. The play/pause button can be double pressed to go to the next track or triple pressed to go back to the previous track. The microphone button both enables and mutes the mic. Use this button for voice assistant commands. The back of the waterproof speaker contains a USB-C port and the power button. The power button can be held to connect it to a Bluetooth device. All the buttons are ergonomic making for a smooth experience, and you are unlikely to push them mistakenly. It is quite accessible for people with visual impairments as they can feel the physical buttons.

There are three LED lights on the device. One shows connection status, another one shows microphone status, while the other one shows battery status.

You will get a USB-C cable and another USB-C to USB-A cable included with the portable speaker. The cables do not impede on anything and cause you trouble. There is no wireless charger provided with the wireless speaker. You can buy a wireless charger from Sonos which magnetically attaches to your Roam if you put them close.

Sonos Roam smart speaker comes in black and white colors with matte finishing.

Overall, it has to be said that Sonos Roam has a slick, easy on the eye design and comfortable control scheme. Roam was designed to increase productivity and complement other quality of life features Sonos is known for. Still, it would be considered stylishly minimalistic. I don’t see any reason to not find Roam’s build quality adequate.

Take a look at Sonos Roam in augmented reality!
Sonos Roam QR code

Scan this QR code to view Roam in your space. Supports iOS 12+ and Android 8.0+.

Features

Sonos Roam is a highly portable smart speaker. Roam provides mono audio for your hearing pleasure. Roam contains one mid-woofer. The woofer can play mid-range frequencies and low-end output. The mid-range frequency is ideal as most audio content lies in this range. And the low-end output signifies that Roam tries to provide a bit more “oomph” to bass at the expense of treble. I think this is an excellent decision, as Roam certainly needs help in the bass department for being such a small speaker.

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are the voice assistant available for hands-free use of the Bluetooth speaker. Roam even supports Apple Airplay 2.

Apple AirPlay 2 support enables the Roam user to get the best out of their Apple products at home. You can play audio or video from an apple device such as your iPhone or Mac to other devices connected to your home network with the help of Apple AirPlay 2.

Sonos Roam has Trueplay. Trueplay automatically adjusts the EQ based on the speaker’s surroundings with the help of the built-in mic, but you can also fine-tune the bass and treble. Trueplay is essentially an adaptive sound feature modified for Sonos products. People never know that they need this feature until they use it. You don’t want to carry around every speaker that is suited to a particular environment. Even though Roam suits some environments more than others, Trueplay lets Roam be a kind of all-in-one wireless speaker staying true to Roam’s goal—portability.

Sonos Roam can automatically switch between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You don’t have to manually switch them every time. You can use the Bluetooth function to play audio over your entire Sonos system. You can play your favorite music from practically every streaming service after connecting with your Wi-Fi.

There is another convenient feature called Sound Swap. This feature lets you play audio from the Roam to any other close Sonos speaker. Press and hold the play/pause button to link the Roam with other Sonos products. If you want to access Sound Swap, you have to press the button for a little longer. This is a handy feature if you have other speakers at home. Rather than move around your Roam, you can place it in a convenient place and just play your music from there.

The smart speaker is waterproof. You can even use it while you shower. Though it wouldn’t float on your bathtub.

You can charge your Roam with a cable charger as well as wirelessly. Normally you can charge your Roam to up to 10 hours of use with 2 hours of charge. But if you use a wireless charger, it can take double the time. And the wireless charger has to be bought separately. Still, if you really need a wireless charger, it is worth to considering. Roam is also chargeable with most Qi wireless charging pads if you are thinking about using a third-party wireless charger.

Sonos Roam is powered by a Quad-Core processor, 1GB SDRAM, and 4 GB non-volatile memory. The battery provides 10 hours of use on a single charge. Roam works swiftly thanks to the Quad-Core processor and the SDRAM. And the memory offered is enough to meet your musical needs.

Sonos Roam provides all these quality of life features without one interfering with the other. Sonos knows in the modern world you can’t just provide a solid but under featured product. Especially when we have the technology for it. Even if you don’t find the use of all the features mentioned here, it is still nice to have them for the future.

Sound Quality

Sonos Roam provides high-quality sound for a portable speaker of its size. There is a single tweeter and a mid-woofer powered by Class-H digital amplifiers. A tweeter is a special loudspeaker designed to produce high frequencies. Roam naturally has a low-end resonance, so the tweeter is a welcome addition. The Class-H digital amplifier is made to improve efficiency. This amplifier significantly reduces power consumption on the Roam.

Even though Roam is marketed highlighting its portability, it is probably better to move it around from room to room, to your garden, or to your pool. The reason for that is Roam sounds best when indoors. Especially when cranked up to full volume. It makes for a great indoor party speaker.

Sonos Roam excels in providing natural-sounding music. Vocals are precise and clear. Classical music sounds quite nice. Trained musicians can pick up on a lot of things.

The automatic room optimization feature measures how sound reflects off the environment and then tunes the wireless speaker to optimize your hearing experience.

Sonos Roam supports stereo pairing. This allows you to play audio with other Sonos products. Talking about other Sonos products, you can buy the Sonos Roam room set. The room set sells two Sonos Roam together. A room set will allow you to have louder bass and audio. A major benefit of the room set is the perfect sync between the two Roam if positioned properly.

Roam does what it set out to do in the audio department. It is a small speaker. So, Roam knows its limitations and works within them. Roam tries to give the user accurate and crisp sound at the expense of volume. The smart speaker works best indoors or in a partially closed space. But it still tries its best as a party speaker whenever you need to take your music outside.

Wi-Fi & App Performance

The Roam is compatible with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. To turn on Wi-Fi you can just hold the power button. Bluetooth can be turned on by opening the Bluetooth settings in your Roam and holding the power button. After that, the speaker will automatically connect to your Wi-Fi whenever the device is nearby. You can stay connected to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth simultaneously.

As you can see, Sonos Roam simplifies connectivity for you. A lot of the functions here are simply activated by the 2/3 button on the Roam. Sonos did this to match the minimalistic nature of Roam.

You can use AirPlay 2 to wirelessly stream from your Apple products. The AirPlay 2 support means if you are already an Apple user, Roam might just be the speaker for you. You can use this feature to play music or podcasts from your iPad, iPhone, Mac.

One disadvantage of Roam is that you can’t use multiple voice assistants simultaneously. You can choose one between Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Voice assistants require Wi-Fi, they can’t work with Bluetooth.

In Roam, you can stream Bluetooth audio throughout your whole Sonos system. Simply group your other speakers in the Sonos app.

Roam works with the Sonos app, but you need to download it. Once connected, you can turn on Trueplay and connect with a voice assistant. The Sonos app is very useful. Sonos simplified a pack ton of features into a few clicks with the help of this app. I don’t think Sonos Roam would reach its efficiency without the app.

The Sonos app is buggy when you use other people’s Wi-Fi. This is a major problem if you want to frequently use Roam with any other Wi-Fi. Such as your friend’s place or if you are planning to take Roam to a party you are invited to. I couldn’t find why this issue exists in Roam.

Sonos is all about connectivity. You can connect to your other Roam speakers or any other Sonos speakers. You connect with your phone using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. It’s very a convenient product for those who have all their devices synced.

Sonos Roam: My Personal Experience

I was excited about this particular smart speaker. I ordered on Amazon and waited 3 days to get the product. When the portable speaker arrived, I rushed to rid it of all packaging. And there it was. Out came a USB charger and the long-awaited Sonos Roam with which I could roam around all I want and still listen to my favorite playlist.

First thing first, I checked if everything was all right on the outside. This would be a disastrous Sonos Roam review if I got a faulty product on my first order. But everything was fine and as listed on the product description. Though I got a bit scared when the device was flashing orange light after starting it. Then I read in the manual that it’s just an indicator that the device is establishing a connection.

One of the best parts about holding the portable speaker was how intuitive it felt in my hand. It was like the product was made to bring comfort to my hand. After starting the speaker everything went smoothly and I connected to the Wi-Fi. Then I downloaded the Sonos app and went to town. I Synced my playlist and gave it a go. The audio was exceptional. The bass sounded excellent indoors.

Next test—playing via Bluetooth. Sonos Roam overwhelmingly succeeded in that. It immediately connected and started playing my favorite music.

After that, I started stereo pairing. It connected to other Sonos devices in my home with no issue.

Then I planned a practical test for Roam. I had an indoor party planned. I figured why not use the device as it was intended. I used the device all weekend and put it in rough places. I use it all hands-free with my Google Assistant. There was no problem. I think my friends even spilled something on it. The charger sustained the device for around 10 hours each time.

I have to say it was one of the best portable speakers to date for me. The sound was crisp and loud enough for everyone to enjoy. When I moved my Roam into a room that is next to my pool, the loudness of the waterproof speaker subsided. Though everyone felt the speaker adapted to that environment and the bass went up. Still, it was one of the most memorable speakers I ever had. I used it in pairing mode with one of my friend’s Sonos devices. No unpleasant mechanical sound. The Alexa voice command helped me not to go up to the product every time and skip tracks manually.

I also used the travel case to take it to my friends. We played it there. It was there that I discovered the hassle of pairing it with my friend’s Wi-Fi. My friend finally managed to do it, but it left us feeling frustrated. I finally used the Bluetooth function at my friend’s house. I stereo paired it there with my friend’s Sonos speaker. I also tested out the sound swap. It was freaky. We moved to different positions and the Roam somehow always found the closest Sonos device to play audio from.

I felt a little bit sad as I could not try out the room set. None of my friends had Roam. I will try out this feature to create more loud and exciting sounds in the future personally.

The product is for me. But is it for you?

The product has proper use for those who would like to hear music on a portable speaker while they are outside but cannot do so. I’m sure there are a lot of uses you guys can find for this waterproof speaker. I had a problem in my life in that I was not able to start my favorite playlist on my speaker and then do other things in my 3-room apartment. Having 3 different speakers for this would be expensive and I will face syncing issues. Also, having an earphone in your ear while doing something like cooking is less than comfortable. This multiroom speaker solves that problem. With the help of this device, I don’t have to carry around my Bluetooth speaker at hand whenever I move. The adequate frequency response makes for impressive sound no matter where you put the device in your home. All that said, if you want multiple devices around your home or want a wider soundstage, you can buy the Sonos Roam room set. You can easily pair your Roam devices together with the help of Wi-Fi and enjoy double the fun.

Overall, I liked this portable Bluetooth speaker. To be honest, I am not an audiophile. I don’t own many audio devices, and I have little experience with Sonos. But Sonos Roam is an excellent speaker for amateurs like me too. You can beautify your life with the power of music.

Sonos Roam gives out really powerful music, offers convenient features, and sets a standard for reliability. If I require another speaker again be it the same as Roam or other bigger party or outdoor speaker, I will definitely check out Sonos.

Price

Another important thing that needs a subheading is the price. Sonos Roam is sold at under $200. It is the least expensive Sonos speaker except for speakers made with IKEA. Though it’s not the lowest price compared to other premium speakers in the market.

FAQ

Here are some of the straightforward answers to frequently asked questions I hear about Sonos Roam:

  • What’s the battery life of the Sonos Roam?

Sonos Roam has average battery life. Once fully charged you can get around 10 hours of playback time. It takes around 2 hours to fully charge your Roam with the charger provided by Sonos. If you charge wirelessly, it will take almost double the time.

  • How to set up?

First, turn your Sonos Roam on by plugging the USB cable into a power source or by pressing the power button. You will see a blinking green light. After that, download the Sonos app from the Apple or Google store.

Open the Sonos app. Select “Set up a new system” and create your new Sonos account or sign in to an existing one. Then select “Add” on the pop-up that will appear showcasing your Sonos product. Finally, follow the instructions the app will provide and add your music services.

If you are already part of an existing Sonos system, just open the Sonos app. Then select “System” from the Settings tab. Finally, select Add Product and follow the steps provided in the app.

  • How to Reset?

To reset your Sonos Roam, press and hold the power button for 5 seconds. It will power off and you will hear a sound. The front LED light will also turn off. Then press and hold the Play/Pause button. Press and release the power button while holding the Play/Pause button. After that, the front light will flash orange and white. The light will flash green at some point, and you will know that your Sonos Roam has been reset.

  • How to play music on Sonos Roam?

— To play music go to your Sonos app. You can take the help of music streaming services here and start listening to your favorite playlist immediately. You can play stored music from your iTunes or an external USB drive. Music is also playable from your iPhone or iPad.

  • How to connect to Alexa?

To connect to Amazon Alexa, you have to open up the Sonos app first. Then tap the “Settings” which will be at the bottom corner of the app. After that tap on “Services & Voice.” There you will find Add a Voice Assistant option. Choose Amazon Alexa from there.

  • Can I use Sonos Roam as surround speakers?

— No, you can’t. You can buy the Sonos Roam room set to get access to two Roam speakers. They are perfectly in sync in the right positions.

  • How to connect Bluetooth?

— First, go to the Bluetooth settings on your mobile device. Then hold the power button for a while. A white light will flash. When the light becomes stable, press and hold the power button again. When you hear a sound, you have to let go of the power button. A blue light will flash on your Roam. Now go back to your phone and you will see “Sonos Roam” in the available devices section.

  • What are general issues with Sonos Roam?

— Some of the issues with Roam are the Stereo Pair feature being unavailable while on Bluetooth, the hassle of using Wi-Fi other than your own, sometimes the playback suddenly stopping which is very rare to be honest, and if you use Google Assistant, there is a battery drain bug that will drain your battery faster than normal. The battery drain bug is being worked on. Meanwhile, Amazon Alexa is the perfect voice assistant for Roam.

  • Can I use it in the shower?

— Yes, you can. In fact, I found it to be one of the most useful features of Roam. Roam makes for a great shower speaker when you are taking a relaxing bath and want to take your playlist with you.

  • Can you turn on Sonos remotely?

— You can’t do this with the Sonos app. But you can use some third-party apps such as Alexa for this function.

  • What to do if Roam is not charging?

— If your Sonos Roam is not charging via the USB cable, you might be using an underpowered adapter. Your power adapter needs to be at least 10 watts for USB-C charging.

  • Does it have a 3.5mm line?

— No, it doesn’t. If I had to guess, it’s probably because the 3.5mm line doesn’t work too well with waterproof devices.

  • Does Roam have a compatible mounting bracket?

— No, Roam doesn’t have a mounting bracket. If there is any plan for this in the future, it will probably be announced by Flexson. Flexson is an accessories store for Sonos.

Now let’s compare Sonos Roam to some other smart speakers and figure out which one you should buy.

Sonos Roam vs Sonos One Gen 2

Sonos Roam vs Sonos One Gen 2 Review

Sonos One Gen 2 is a smart speaker made by Sonos. This is an upgraded version of the previous Sonos One Gen 1.

Sonos One Gen 2 has an updated processor, increased memory, and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) feature from its previous iteration. The first-time setup process is made easy with Bluetooth Low Energy as you can use it to communicate with your mobile device. Sonos One starts using your Wi-Fi to stream music from more than 50 different streaming services including Spotify after the first setup is done. There is also a port for physical ethernet connection.

But Sonos One Gen 2 doesn’t have continuous Bluetooth support. The smart speaker uses the Sonos app to complete its various functions.

The speaker supports Apple AirPlay 2 and voice assistants. The voice assistants you can use are Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Though you can use only one voice assistant at a time. The speaker has a responsive audio chime to let you know if the voice assistant has heard you or not. The 6 microphone array makes for excellent voice capture and noise cancellation. There is an option to mute the microphone too should you wish for some privacy.

You can use two Sonos One speakers together for stereo separation. The stereo separation feature grabs two individual audio channels of a stereo file and renders them as individual files. The speaker has multiroom support. You can set it to play music from your closest Sonos speaker just like Roam. You can stereo pair the Sonos One Gen 1 with Gen 2.

The Sonos S2 app services you with the “room group” feature. This feature enables the speaker to remember the most frequently paired speakers.

Sonos One has one tweeter and one mid-woofer. The speaker uses two Class-D digital amplifiers. The Class-D amplifier is known to provide more than 90% efficiency.

Sonos One Gen 2 supports Trueplay just as Roam. It also supports 24bit audio streaming with the help of the Sonos S2 app.

The speaker is not quite portable; at least compared to Roam it isn’t. Sonos says, even though the speaker is water-resistant, it is not waterproof. And thus advises not to submerge it in water. The One Gen 2 uses capacitive touch controls as its control scheme.

How is it different from Sonos Roam?

Sonos One Gen 2 differs from Sonos Roam in the following ways:

  • Sonos One doesn’t have Bluetooth support.
  • The microphone is better, offers more privacy and convenience than Roam’s.
  • The speaker has an ethernet port for you to use if you have any issues with the Wi-Fi.
  • Has a special “room group” feature.
  • Uses Class-D digital amplifier as opposed to Roam’s Class-H digital amplifier.
  • Uses a different Sonos app.

Which one should you buy?

Both the speakers are excellent options for different circumstances. Both speakers are sold at a comparatively similar price. Buy the Roam if you need the Bluetooth support; buy the One Gen 2 if you have concerns about privacy.

Sonos Roam vs Sonos One SL

Sonos Roam vs Sonos One SL Review

Sonos One SL is a smart speaker produced by Sonos.

Sonos One SL doesn’t have any real Bluetooth support. Instead, the smart speaker uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to make the first-time setup process easier. You can’t stream any audio with BLE. It is strictly used to set up the device. The speaker uses Wi-Fi for most tasks. An ethernet port is also included.

The smart speaker has access to Apple AirPlay but no voice assistant. It doesn’t even have a microphone. Sonos’s goal was to make this product for those people who are hypersensitive about their privacy. Especially concerning electronic products.

But Sonos One SL does support stereo pairing. To pair with other speakers, use the pair button at the back of the speaker. You can even pair it with a Sonos One. Use the Sonos app to create the stereo pair. You can also use it as a home cinema rear speaker with the help of Sonos Playbar, Playbase, or Beam.

Sonos One SL supports the stereo separation feature too. You can use the sound swap feature with Roam. The sound swap feature lets you play audio from the closest Sonos speaker.

This speaker comprises two Class-D digital amplifiers, one tweeter, and one mid-woofer. The bass and treble settings are customizable. It has the famous TruePlay feature. Though the speaker currently has no hi-res audio support.

One SL is humidity resistant. It has low portability. The speaker has a fingerprint-proof matte finishing where it has the capacitive touch controls. This provides for a less messy to control your smart speaker. The touch controls can be disabled with the help of the app. The status light can also be turned off if you feel bothered by it.

A new update has redesigned the base of the speaker and made it eco-friendly.

How is it different from Sonos Roam?

  • Sonos one SL doesn’t have the ability to stream music through Bluetooth.
  • It has an ethernet port.
  • One of the biggest differences with the Roam is the lack of voice assistant support or a microphone.
  • Instead of physical buttons Sonos One SL incorporates capacitive touch controls.
  • Sonos One SL is more eco-friendly than Sonos Roam.

Which one should you buy?

This one is simple. If you have any privacy concerns go for the Sonos One SL, otherwise Sonos Roam is obviously the better choice. There is no need to think too much about the price as they are almost the same.

Sonos Roam vs Sonos Move

Sonos Roam vs Sonos Move Review

Sonos Move is the first smart speaker by Sonos that is marketed as portable.

Sonos Move can stream audio over both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. But it can’t do both simultaneously. It also doesn’t switch between them automatically. The speaker is compatible with almost every music streaming service.

The speaker supports voice assistants. The supported voice assistants are Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Although they are not available when using Bluetooth.

The speaker has stereo pair features like Roam, but this is not supported in Bluetooth. It does have Apple AirPlay 2 to take advantage of your expensive Apple products.

The microphone is superb with its smart voice capture and noise cancellation features. The 6 microphone array helps Sonos Move to implement these two features effectively. A responsive audio chime will let you know if the microphone picked up your command or not. The microphone is mutable for your convenience.

Two Sonos Move can be used as a stereo formation. You can integrate the Move to your multi-room system via Wi-Fi.

Sonos Move has a leg up on Roam in the sound quality department. The bigger and bulkier Move sounds great both in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

It contains two Class-D digital amplifiers, one mid-woofer, and one downward-firing tweeter. The tweeter helps distribute audio evenly for a much more pleasant music experience. The recent version of the Sonos Move has come with hi-res audio support.

Sonos Move has TruePlay available but you can only use it on Wi-Fi like a lot of other Move’s features.

Sonos Move’s portability is limited by its weight even though it has a handle to help carry it around. The Move comes with a shock-resistant case to protect its heavy body. It is rated IP56 which means the Move is water-resistant but not waterproof. Sonos also claims the device is resistant to extreme temperatures.

The smart speaker has comfortable and easy-to-use capacitive touch controls as opposed to physical buttons.

After a full charge, Move provides 11 hours of playback time. The battery takes roughly three hours to charge, and it is replaceable. To save energy, Move will also go into standby mode when necessary.

How is it different from Sonos Roam?

  • Sonos Move has a much better microphone to pick up your voice commands without any issue.
  • Sonos Move provides a better audio experience than Roam. It is especially noticeable when set to the highest volume. It has a much heavier bass too. The Move can be used as an outdoor picnic speaker while the Roam cannot be used for this purpose.
  • The amplifiers of Move are Class-D while Roam has Class-H amplifiers.
  • A lot of Move’s features are not available on Bluetooth.
  • Move has quite a low portability compared to Roam.
  • With IP56 rating Move is only water and dust resistant, unlike Roam which is fully waterproof.

Which one should you buy?

Buy the Sonos Roam if you want a truly portable speaker. Sonos Move is a better buy if you are more interested in the audio quality. Keep in mind the Move is priced over $350. It is almost double the price of its alternative Sonos Roam.

Sonos Roam vs Bose SoundLink Revolve

Sonos Roam vs Bose SoundLink Revolve Review

Bose SoundLink Revolve is a smart speaker produced by Bose.

SoundLink Revolve has multifunction buttons located at the top of the speaker. With these buttons, you would be controlling the power, playback, volume, Bluetooth, and voice assistants.

The fully voice controllable speaker supports Siri and Google Assistant. You can use the speakerphone for making calls.

The Bluetooth speaker uses the Bose connect app. You can use the app to stereo pair or enter party mode with another speaker. The speaker uses the SimpleSync feature to sync music with other Bose smart speakers.

The Bose SoundLink Revolve comes with a 3.5mm line for your convenience.

The speaker delivers a 360° sound. It has dual passive radiators on each side. The passive radiators help the speaker pump out heavy bass. A transducer for mids and trebles is also included. The full range driver inside fires downwards, this makes for an even distribution of audio.

SoundLink Revolve is rated IPX4. So, even though a brief splash of water here and there won’t hurt the product, be mindful that it is not fully waterproof.

The speaker will give you 12 hours of usage at a time and will require 4 hours of charge to get there.

How is it different from Sonos Roam?

  • The SoundLink Revolve gives you a full 360° experience as opposed to Roam.
  • The dual radiator makes the bass of the SoundLink Revolver stronger than the Roam.
  • Sonos Roam is fully waterproof, the SoundLink Revolver is merely water-resistant.
  • SoundLink Revolver comes with a 3.5mm line.

Which one should you buy?

If we compare the Sonos Roam and its alternative the Bose SoundLink Revolver, we can see they are fairly similar. My advice is to go with the Roam as it is rated fully waterproof and priced similarly.

Sonos Roam vs Bose Portable Smart Speaker

Sonos Roam vs Bose Portable Smart Speaker Review

Bose Portable Smart Speaker is a portable smart speaker manufactured by Bose.

Bose’s portable smart speaker has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It is voice controllable. The speaker can play music from multiple streaming services or directly from the cloud.

The speaker can be used with Apple AirPlay 2. The voice assistants that are supported: Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The voice assistants need Wi-Fi to work as they can’t run on Bluetooth. With Alexa, you can even make calls if needed. The microphone array is situated at the top control pad for better access.

Bose Portable Smart Speaker has multiroom functionality. Bose offers their SimpleSync technology with the speaker. You can use SimpleSync to group multiple Bose speakers together. The grouped speakers play in beautiful sync. The speaker delivers true 360°sound.

This speaker is rated IPX4, so it is quite resistant to water. The speaker comes with a handle for comfortable traveling.

This speaker will give you 12 hours of playback, and you need to charge the device for 4 hours to reach full charge. The speaker also comes with an optional charging cradle.

How is it different from Sonos Roam?

There are few differences between Sonos Roam and Bose Portable Smart Speaker if we compare them thoroughly. The Bose speaker gives true 360° audio while the Sonos Roam does not. On the other hand, Roam is fully waterproof while the Bose speaker isn’t.

Which one should you buy?

Considering the two speaker’s similarities, either alternative is a fine acquisition for any music lover. In my personal opinion, I would go with the Roam for its waterproof functionality. The price of Bose Portable Smart Speaker is also nothing to scoff at, coming in at under $350.

Sonos Roam vs JBL Xtreme 2

Sonos Roam vs JBL Xtreme 2 Review

JBL Xtreme 2 is a smart speaker generated by JBL.

This is a smart speaker with no Wi-Fi or multi-room support. But it does support Bluetooth and has voice assistant integration. You have to press a physical button to activate your Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for this speaker.

The smart Bluetooth speaker uses the JBL connect app. The app is now known as JBL portable. With this speaker, you can connect to up to 100 speakers that support JBL connect+.

The speaker comprises dual passive radiators on each of its side. The radiators amplify Xtreme 2’s bass. In total, the speaker has four drivers. The unpowered woofers on each side are actually passive radiators.

The built-in speakerphone can be used to take important meetings or calls with the touch of a button.

JBL Xtreme 2 is rated IPX7 waterproof. The device has a small stand built into it. It even has two metal hooks on it. The hooks are used to hang a strap and carry it around. You will have the strap alongside the speaker in the package. The strap’s metal end is made to act as a bottle opener.

The speaker can be used as a power bank for your mobile device. Normally, you will get 15 hours of playback out of Xtreme 2. The device has to be charged with an AC adapter as there is no USB-C option. The device can power off automatically when it needs to save some power.

How is it different from Sonos Roam?

  • JBL Xtreme 2 provides no Wi-Fi support.
  • To use voice assistant a physical button needs to be pressed.
  • Xtreme 2 can pair with over 100 speakers.
  • No multi-room support.
  • Passive radiators on the Xtreme 2 can amplify Bass.
  • You can install straps on the Xtreme 2 to carry it easier.
  • No USB-C but provides 3 hours more playback time over the Sonos Roam.

Which one should you buy?

I would suggest buying the Sonos Roam here as JBL Xtreme 2 having no Wi-Fi support is a killer for me, and I can’t support the higher price it has compared to Roam. But consider the Xtreme 2 if you’d rather have heavier bass and extra 3 hours of playback.

Sonos Roam vs JBL Flip 5

Sonos Roam vs JBL Flip 5 Review

JBL Flip 5 is a smart speaker created by JBL.

The Flip 5 by JBL is an extremely portable Bluetooth-supported speaker. Although it offers no microphone or voice assistants.

Flip 5 has a speakerphone that allows you to take or make calls.

The speaker uses the JBL connect app. It has the PartyBoost feature by JBL. PartyBoost allows you to pair two compatible speakers together for stereo sound. You can also pair more than two speakers with PartyBoost.

There are two passive bass radiators located at each end of the device. There is no option to adjust the treble or bass on the Flip 5.

This speaker is fully waterproof just like Roam and is rated IPX7 for this very reason.

After a full charge, the Flip 5 provides 12 hours of use, and the complete charge only takes around 2.5 hours. It has a USB-C port to give you this fast charging time. Like the other JBL speaker, this can also save power by automatically turning itself off.

How is it different from Sonos Roam?

  • JBL Flip 5 has no microphone or voice assistants.
  • Speakerphone can be used to make calls.
  • Has two passive radiators, unlike the Roam.
  • The treble and bass are not customizable.
  • Much faster charging time than Roam. Takes a whole 1.5 hours less than Roam for a full charge.

Which one should you buy?

I suggest buying the Roam to get usage out of the voice assistants. But I can’t deny the advantages of the faster charging that the Flip 5 provides.

Sonos Roam vs Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1

Sonos Roam vs Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Review

Beoplay A1 is a smart speaker manufactured by the Danish company Bang & Olufsen.

The Beoplay A1 boasts an integrated voice assistant and speakerphone. It has a 3 microphone array. The voice assistant that is supported is Amazon Alexa. You can use Alexa to make calls right from your speaker The speaker offers Bluetooth functionality at the expense of Wi-Fi.

The Bluetooth speaker supports stereo pairing. This is available if you have two Beoplay A1 2nd gen speakers. The speaker helps connect two devices with the multipoint feature.

With Beoplay A1 you can use the Bang & Olufsen app. This app can customize EQ. By customizing EQ, you can fit your speaker to its environment and get the most appropriate use out of your audio. This feature isn’t unlike the Roam’s Trueplay functionality.

Another convenient feature that might excite you is that you can reconnect to the last paired device and continue playing your favorite podcast right from where you left off. This is one of the most unique features among the smart speakers mentioned in this Sonos Roam review, and this feature alone can trump some of the other speakers for those who are strictly interested in the podcast phenomenon.

Beoplay A1 provides 360° sound and mono audio. It has one woofer, one tweeter, and 2 Class-D amplifiers. It doesn’t have any passive radiators instead it consists of dual amplified drivers.

Beoplay A1 is also fully dust and waterproof. The speaker provides up to 18 hours of playtime. Most out of any other speakers we discussed.

How is it different from Sonos Roam?

  • Beoplay A1 only supports Amazon Alexa and no Google Assistant.
  • Surprisingly, it has no Wi-Fi capabilities.
  • Beoplay A1 has a 3 microphone array.
  • While Roam doesn’t provide 360° audio, the Beoplay A1 excels in this regard.
  • Beoplay A1 has 2 Class-D amplifiers instead of Class-H amplifiers that the Sonos Roam has.
  • Almost 6 hours more playback time than the Roam.

Which one should you buy?

Buy the Sonos Roam if you’d like to have Wi-Fi functionality and access to Google Assistant. Consider the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 if your concern is about playback time as the Beoplay A1 will give you over 6 hours of additional playback time.

Sonos Roam vs Ultimate Ears BOOM 2

Sonos Roam vs Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Review

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 is a smart speaker produced by Ultimate Ears.

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 is an outstanding Bluetooth smart speaker. Pair up with 8 Bluetooth-enabled speakers with the UE BOOM 2. The speaker also lets you connect to over 150 BOOM, BOOM 2, BOOM 3, MEGABOOM, and MEGABOOM 3 speakers.

The smart speaker provides 360° audio. Two UE BOOM 2 can be used to pair them up in stereo mode. The UE BOOM 2 is also NFC enabled. NFC is near-field communications between two devices. Usually at 4m apart.

There is a feature called “Block Party” in UE BOOM 2. With this feature 2 nearby speakers to connect via Bluetooth and play any music track.

Use the app that comes with UE BOOM 2 to customize EQ. The app can also be used to power on/off the device remotely.

UE BOOM 2 is fully waterproof. Thus, it is rated IPX7. It has a tripod mount insert and metal hooks at the bottom. You can attach a strap to the hook to carry it around more easily.

The speaker charges via Micro USB. One full charge offers 15 hours of usage time.

The speaker also comes with a 3.5mm aux-in port.

How is it different from Sonos Roam?

  • The Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 can simultaneously pair up with much more devices than Roam.
  • UE BOOM 2 provides 360° audio which the Sonos Roam lacks.
  • Charges via Micro USB.
  • 15 hours of playback as opposed to Roam’s 12 hours.
  • UE BOOM 2 has 3.5mm aux-in port. And metal hooks to attach straps. Both of these features are missing in Roam.

Which one should you buy?

I would suggest going for the Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 here over Roam. It is because the BOOM 2 provides 360° audio, more playback time, and a 3.5mm port.

Summary

In this Sonos Roam review, we learned about the Roam’s various features, practical uses, and compared it with other similar products. Overall, the Sonos Roam is a standout in the smart speaker market. It is feature-packed with more than adequate audio quality. As a portable waterproof speaker, Roam has a modern and comfortable build. There are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functions like all smart speakers should have. Also, you can use futuristic features like Apple Airplay 2, Trueplay, Stereo Pairing, Sound Swap, etc.

I would say Sonos Roam is certainly worth it. This is also a great buy if you have other Sonos products at home. You can regularly get discount offers and coupon codes for the smart speaker. Just stay up-to-date with the review sites.