Sonos One SL Review Rundown

SonosPublished on 30 Apr 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*


Photo of Sonos One SL Wireless Speaker
Neoscore* 76%
  • Great sound quality
  • Works with compatible Sonos soundbars
  • Great stereo pairing
  • Doesn't support voice assistants


The Sonos One SL is the cheapest Sonos speaker you can buy. It can also be used as rear surround speakers with Sonos speakers to create a home cinema system. It has a bigger, louder sound than its size suggests.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 47%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The Sonos One SL doesn't have a microphone, and it doesn't support any voice assistants. It has a Trueplay tuning feature, which automatically adjusts the speaker to the acoustics of your room by measuring how sound reflects off of your walls and other surfaces around it. The speaker has decent directivity, so your podcasts should sound clear from most angles. It's advertised to withstand high-humidity environments like a bathroom with a running shower.
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  • Good audio reproduction
  • Supports Trueplay tuning
  • Works with compatible Sonos soundbars
  • Can't downmix stereo content
  • Doesn't support voice assistants


Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The One SL is the cheapest Sonos speaker you can buy at £179/$179. It's essentially identical to the excellent One, but doesn't have microphones for voice-control. This can also be thought of as a replacement to the Play:1 speaker. Top-notch sound quality is backed up by Sonos' excellent range of features.
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  • Top-notch sound quality
  • Good range of features
  • Nothing in particular


Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sonos One SL is the first Sonos speaker without an always-on microphone. There are no microphones or a dedicated microphone ‘button', just the play/pause, volume up and volume down ‘buttons', which also work as skip track controls if you swipe across the entire area. As with a lot of wireless speakers, the One SL can be daisy-chained to the One, with each acting as either left or right channel in a stereo soundstage. Able to receive music from an iPhone that is being controlled via Siri.
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  • Sleek, modern design
  • Works with Apple Airplay 2
  • Easy to use
  • Doesn't support Bluetooth


Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sonos One SL is the Sonos speaker to get if voice assistant smarts aren't of interest, with the same audio quality as the One for a few pounds less. It's the same aesthetically but does not have built-in microphones, removing the option to use voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Alexa. Once Trueplay tuning is done, the One SL proves to be a formidable and talented compact speaker. It puts a premium on clarity and detail with a midrange that's spacious and uncluttered. For a compact speaker it unsurprisingly lacks a bit of weight and heft.
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  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Works with Sonos wireless mesh system
  • Nothing in particular


Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
Sonos One SL looks almost identical to the Sonos One, with a touch-sensitive top plate and pairing button at the back. You can now pair a One and One SL in stereo, a set-up that looks and sounds good for the money. Trueplay analyses the One SL's surroundings and adjusts its sonic balance accordingly. Despite the obvious draw for Star Wars fans, the Trueplay feature is worth doing.
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  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and crisp highs
  • Built-in voice assistant
  • Nothing in particular


  1. 1. ^ Sonos One SL Speaker Review. Rtings. 2021-03-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Sonos One SL review. Techadvisor. 2019-11-01. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Sonos One SL review. Techradar. 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ Sonos One SL Review. Trustedreviews. 2020-07-17. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ Sonos One SL review. Whathifi. 2020-12-10. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  7. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  8. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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