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The Sonos Play:1 is hands down the best speaker you can add to an Echo Dot to create a compelling audio experience. Not only are Sonos speakers generally unmatched in audio quality, but the size of the Play:1 makes it easy to tuck away just like the diminutive Amazon Echo. If your goal is high audio quality without taking up a lot of space, this is the speaker for you.
Powerful, room-filling audio in a tiny box.
Sonos speakers have well earned reputation for delivering high quality sound, but the quality packed into its smallest speaker is something truly special. Available in white or black, these little speakers will repeatedly surprise you with how great they sound.
Who should buy this
Your Amazon Echo Dot can connect to anything with a 3.5mm jack in it, so you might as well make sure you have something great at the end of that cable. Sonos Play:1 speakers are for people who enjoy quality audio but haven't shelled out for that crazy expensive whole-home stereo system just yet. If you're looking for a great speaker to connect to your Echo Dot so you can stream your favorites as loud as possible, this is your speaker.
Is it a good time to buy this phone?
Sonos constantly updates its lineup with fun new things, but it doesn't retire the good stuff. The Sonos Play:1 is not only a great speaker, it's a popular speaker due to its price compared to the other speakers Sonos makes. This speaker is going to be around for a long time, making right now the perfect time to own one.
Reasons to buy
- Great audio quality
- Fits almost anywhere
- Has 3.5mm jack AND Bluetooth
- Available in multiple colors
Reasons not to buy
- No battery for portable audio
You Amazon Echo Dot deserves a quality speaker
While it's inexpensive and designed so you can buy multiple to be tucked away in every room of the house, the Amazon Echo Dot is an incredibly capable gadget. But if you want to have one streaming audio in a noisy kitchen or a bathroom while you're in the shower, the little speaker in the Echo Dot isn't going to cut it. What you need instead is a quality speaker you can connect to your Echo Dot with a 3.5mm cable, and if you want the best you need to look at the Sonos Play:1.
Sonos speakers are awesome, and they have been for a long time. These are the original high quality wireless streaming speakers, which now have tons of competition everywhere. When you get a Sonos speaker you not only get a ton of features, you get amazingly good sound. For those of us who have never built a full stereo system from scratch before, these are some of the best speakers you can buy. The Sonos Play:1 speakers take this idea and shrink it down to something both affordable and small enough to tuck away somewhere, just like the Amazon Echo Dot.
This combination is unmatched, especially in rooms where you need something nice and loud.
This speaker pairs so well with the Amazon Echo Dot, Sonos started working on a way to integrate the Alexa service directly into its speakers in a different product line. And while those speakers are great too, the only way to get the full Amazon Echo experience with the best audio is to connect a Dot to a Play:1. This combination is unmatched, especially in rooms where you need something nice and loud. Best of all, you can get these speakers in white or black to match the decor in your room or to make it easier to hide the speaker when not in use.
Alternatives to the Sonos Play:1
If your goal with an Echo Dot speaker isn't superior audio quality, you've got a few other options worth considering. VAUX makes a great battery-powered speaker that actually holds the Echo Dot inside it, while Bose makes a great portable speaker you can enjoy for pretty much any occasion.
VAUX Cordless Home Speaker
If portability is key for your Echo Dot speaker, VAUX makes something truly special.
You can drop your Echo Dot right in the top of this speaker and walk around with it, thanks to the included battery. It's also plenty loud enough for most places you'd carry your Echo Dot to.
This design is just plain clever, making your Echo Dot behave more like a full-sized Echo but also making it portable.
This little speaker will surprise you with how loud it can get.
Anker has a reputation for making inexpensive accessories that exceed your expectations, and its Soundcore speaker is high on the list of reasons why.
Available in red, blue, or black, this little speaker has a battery with upwards of 24 hours of playtime so you can take your Echo just about anywhere.
You really can't do better than the Sonos Play:1 for quality audio for an Echo Dot right now. It's a great speaker with tons of extra features, and when you add the full Alexa experience to the mix you get something well worth using to wake up the neighbors at 2am.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Russell Holly is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He lives for the shiniest new thing, and loves explaining its potential to improve your life. Whatever you do, don't tell his spouse about the drawer full of tech under the bed.
Update, September 2018: The Sonos Play:1 remains our pick for the best speaker for your Echo Dot, and we've replaced the Bose SoundLink II with the cheaper, more portable Anker Soundcore. Happy listening!