The Amazon Echo Dot is a great way to bring the voice-controllable assistant Alexa into your home. But because of its small size, the smart speaker isn’t exactly known for delivering a high-quality sound experience.
Thankfully, there are a number of speakers that you can pair with the Echo Dot to upgrade your listening experience. In this article, we recommend the best Echo Dot speakers available to buy today.
1. Sonos Play:1
Sonos has always been one of the top names in multiroom home audio, and the Sonos Play:1 is an affordable way to experience great sound in a small package. Sporting two amps, one tweeter, and one mid-woofer, the speaker connects via your home Wi-Fi network.
Using the companion Amazon Alexa smartphone app, you’ll connect the Echo Dot to the Play:1. While you can control music with a voice command to the Echo Dot, you’ll also have to specify the room as well. Another downside is that only music control is available on the Play:1. Any other Alexa commands will only playback through the Echo Dot.
Buyers can select from a black or white version of the speaker.
If you’d like a more full-featured experience, the Sonos One (read our Sonos One review) features built-in Alexa support without the limitations of the Play:1 and Echo Dot.
Made specifically for the Echo Dot, the iHome iAV5 is more than just a regular Bluetooth speaker. A special dock holds the Echo Dot and also charges the smart speaker with a built-in micro-USB cable. So as long as you’re in range of a Wi-Fi signal, the iAV5 can act as a portable Echo Dot speaker. The system can operate for up to eight hours on a single charge.
And the fun doesn’t stop there. The LED lights in the speaker can provide five different color-changing modes including the ability to pulse to music and to display your favorite color.
While the speaker is small, a passive radiator helps turn up the bass, while special Reson8 speaker enclosures are designed to provide clarity, depth, and power to music.
Another big player in the audio arena, Bose, packs its famous technology into the rugged and water-resistant SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II. Weighing just over a pound, a soft-touch silicone covers the exterior of the speaker, allowing it to fend off a splash of water near the pool or lake.
Along with dual opposing passive radiators, special technology helps to keep the vibration at a minimum when you crank up the volume.
After connecting it to the Echo Dot, the speaker’s built-in battery can provide up to eight hours of music playback on a single charge. You can also connect two of the speakers together to create a stereo pair.
When using another device, like a smartphone, voice prompts will talk you through the pairing process. The speaker, which has around a 30-foot range from any Bluetooth device, is available in four different colors: black, teal, red, and white.
4. UE Megaboom
The UE Megaboom checks off all the boxes for a great, all-round speaker to pair with the Echo Dot or any other device you can think of. Thanks to an IPX7 rating, the speaker can withstand immersion in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The rechargeable battery can last for up to 20 hours of music playback on a single charge. It also boasts an impressive Bluetooth range of up to 100 feet.
Featuring two 2-inch drivers and two passive radiators, the speaker’s design helps to pump out the music at anything up to a room-filling 90 decibels of volume.
Even with the Echo Dot connected wirelessly, you can pair and add an additional seven other Bluetooth devices simultaneously. With the companion UE smartphone app, you can adjust the speaker’s equalizer and more.
If you’re looking for a smaller version of the speaker with many similar features, take a look at the UE Wonderboom. We dive more into what makes that speaker tick in our UE Wonderboom review.
5. JBL Xtreme
Living up to its name, the JBL Xtreme features dual external passive radiators to show off its power. The battery can provide up to 15 hours of music playtime on a single charge. And thanks to two USB ports, you can also charge other devices like a smartphone while out on the go.
Like many other wireless outdoor speakers, the JBL Xtreme is splashproof to repel rain or spills. You can even clean it with running tap water. An Echo Dot and two other Bluetooth devices can connect to the speaker at the same time. It’s available in black, blue, or red.
Anyone with even a passing knowledge of music history probably knows the Marshall name. The company’s famous amps have been used by rock royalty for decades. And the classic styling and sound have made their way to a number of Bluetooth speakers.
The Marshall Kilburn mimics the look of the classic amp with a vinyl case and gold piping. There’s even a detachable strap to help you carry the speaker while on the go. The Marshall Kilburn comes in black or cream.
Another retro feature, the brass plate on top of the speaker features knobs to control and customize the bass, treble, and volume.
You’ll be able to play music for up to 20 hours on a single charge of the speaker’s battery. Boasting a 15-watt woofer and two 5-watt tweeters, the Kilburn offers well-balanced audio.
Instead of using a battery to make your Echo Dot portable, the Vaux Cordless Home Speaker can help make your music sound even better as well. Just plug an Echo Dot into the top of the speaker, and you’re ready to go anywhere within Wi-Fi range. The built-in rechargeable battery can provide up to six hours of use away from a charger.
The speaker itself offers 52mm drivers along with a passive radiator for even better bass and sound. As a nice touch, the 3.5mm AUX IN connection also allows you to plug in other music players that can use a big boost of sound.
Turn the Music Up on Your Echo Dot!
There’s no need to be stuck with the Amazon Echo Dot’s poor sound quality. Just pair the Alexa-powered device to one of these great speakers, and you’ll be rocking out in style.
And if you’re new to the Echo Dot and Alexa, you should take a look at the different ways you can play music using an Echo. Don’t forget about the other great Echo Dot accessories, too.