There are some speakers that won’t work with the Echo Dot.

To save you from accidentally purchasing something that you would have to send back, I’ve compiled this list of great speakers that work seamlessly with Amazon’s amazing personal assistant.

From budget to ultra high end and everything in between here are the seven best speakers for the Echo Dot.


1. Editors Choice - UE Wonderboom


EU Wonderboom

About: The UE Wonderboom is our choice for the best speaker for the Echo Dot.

The main reason we chose it as our number one is its versatility. You can put this thing anywhere you please. In a living room, in a shower, in the pool… anywhere!

It’s IPX7 waterproof rated which means you can submerge it in up to 3.3 feet of water for a half an hour, pull it out, and it will still work like a champ. That means that showers are no problem.

If you have multiple Echo Dots setup like me, you can easily play music in the bathroom while getting ready or cleaning up.

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  • Not A Ton Of Bass
  • Long Charging Time If Not Plugged In

VERDICT: These are one of the best speakers you can get in the $50-$100 range. It's loud enough and won’t get distorted at high volumes.

Overall, good speaker, sounds good, looks good, and feels solid...It’s versatile so you can put it anywhere in the house that you want, and when you’re not using it with your Amazon Echo Dot you can take it with you because of it’s rugged design.


2. Best For 360 Degree Sound - Bose SoundLink Revolve


Bose SoundLink Revolve

About: If you’re looking for 360 degree sound along with deep rich, impressive sounding bass, then the Bose Revolve is absolutely the way to go.

This speaker sounds fantastic…

Just fantastic!

That’s because it comes equipt with a passive radiator (the same technology used in loudspeakers but with a lot more bass in this case) and excellent omnidirectional sound.

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    Sound.. My Goodness, The Sound!
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  • Short Bluetooth Range
  • Splash Proof, Not Full Waterproof

VERDICT: Overall, this is one of the best sounding Bluetooth speakers on the market period. If you are looking to up the sound quality of your Dot, you can’t go wrong here.

To sum up… This speaker is FANTASTIC!! Until you listen to it, you wouldn’t think such an excellent sound could come out of such a small speaker. Bright, crisp, sharp tones. Well worth the price.


3. Best Budget Dot Speaker - Anker Soundcore


Anker Soundcore

About: The SoundCore by Anker gets our vote for the best budget speaker for the Echo Dot.

While it is the budget option, it does have a couple of unique advantages that I’ll discuss in a bit.

But first, let’s talk about sound.

In general, the sound is decent. At 6 watts of power, it can’t compete with the other speakers on this list.

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    Great 24hr Battery Life
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  • Budget Speaker = Bass Lacking
  • Must Use Direct To Aux Connection For Echo  Dot Use

VERDICT: All in all the sound quality is crisp at low and higher volumes. You will be able to fill smaller rooms with sound, no problem. You can plug it directly into the Dot for continuous use or use it wirelessly on a special occasion.


4. Best At Loud Volumes - UE MegaBoom


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About: he UE MegaBoom by Logitech is the UE Wonderbooms beefier, older brother.

With 36 watts of power, it easily outperforms the Roll, but you do pay for the sound upgrade. It’s about three times the price.

The mids and highs are great, and the upper end of the bass spectrum sounds fantastic.

The bass doesn’t sound as deep as some of the other speakers in this guide, but unless you are a bass head, you won’t notice much of a difference.

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    Can Pair Two Speakers To Echo Dot At The Same Time

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  • Pricier
  • Low Bass Frequencies A Little Lacking

VERDICT: This is for someone looking for a (much) better sound. The low-end bass is a little lacking but not noticeable unless you’re an audiophile.


5. Best Portable Echo Dot Speaker - GGMM D6 Portable


GMM D6 Portable

About: We tested a handful of portable Echo dot speakers, and even though we had never heard of GGMM, it’s the one that sounded the best.

The echo dot connects and fastens to the top of the speaker enclosure and runs for around 8 hours before needing a charge.

Keep in mind that you will still need a wifi connection for your Echo Dot to work but the portability factor here is really useful.

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  • Budget Speaker = Bass Lacking
  • Must Use Direct To Aux Connection For Echo  Dot Use

VERDICT: Great overall speaker for the Echo Dot.


6. Best Power Speaker For The Dot - Harman Kardon Aura


Harman Kardon Aura

About: This speaker is very cool looking, and the sound output is just awesome.

If you are looking for a more powerful speaker to hook up to your Echo Dot, then this is the one to get.

Before I go on, I want to quickly address why there are so many negative reviews on Amazon for this product.

It’s pretty much because Harman Kardon created two different versions of this speaker.

One with WiFi connectivity and one without.

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  • Volume Can Be Too Loud For Echo Dot Commands

VERDICT: All in all the sound will fill the room. It has fantastic highs and room-thumping bass. Does not disappoint. Be aware that you might need to turn this speaker down at times for your Echo Dot to respond to you.


7. Best Ultra High End Speakers for the Echo Dot - Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin 


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About: We didn’t want to leave this list without discussing an ultra high-end speaker option for the Echo Dot.

And to that end… The Bower Wilkins Zeppelin wireless speaker is expensive… and amazing.

It comes packed with a six-inch subwoofer, two 3 ½ inch mid-range drivers and two one inch double dome tweeters.

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The stereo separation is best in class and soundstage is phenomenal. Left, right, front and back all sound clear and fantastic.

You have many connection options, but for our use, It’s best to plug the Dot directly into the back aux port.

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    High, Mids & Lows Perfect

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  • Expensive

VERDICT: If you are looking for a high-end Echo Dot speaker, then this is hands down the very best one to get.


8. Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II


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Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II




About: The Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II is a revamped version of the original SoundLink Mini- a model that really hit a home run in terms of build quality and sound performance between 2013 and mid-2015.

The new model was released in June 2015 and sought to address a few drawbacks that SoundLink Mini’s fans highlighted including the lack of a built-in microphone and a relatively lower battery rating. This speaker not only fixed these issues gracefully, but it went ahead to bring a few additional features that have really moved the needle in its overall performance.

Is it the best Bluetooth speaker in town? Well, if you are in the market for a Bluetooth speaker with terrific bass and one that works with Echo Dot, the SoundLink Mini II is all yours. In our opinion though, this model is a little bit ancient now compared to the latest releases and lacks several features that we’d really want to see in a modern-day speaker. We’ll talk more about these in a few minutes.

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    Can be used as a speakerphone and has clear voice sounds
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    Pairs with 2 devices concurrently and can remember 8 previous devices  Does not have NFC

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  •  Does not have multipoint Bluetooth for pairing 
  • The 10-hour battery rating is a far cry from the 20-hour rating that most of the newest radios such as the JBL offers

VERDICT: The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mini II is considerably pricier compared to what most of its competitors go for. In addition, with over a decade since it debuted, Bluetooth speaker technology has greatly changed and there are a lot of great features that the modern-day music lovers might appreciate on these gadgets, for instance, NFC pairing, multi-device pairing, multi-speaker pairing, a longer-lasting battery (20 hours at least), and waterproofing.

Make no mistake though: despite its shortcomings, the fact remains that the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mini II is still the best speaker for anyone who really wants great audio. This speaker triumphs over all its cheap competitors to give you richer and deeper bass with sparkling highs and an impressive midrange which is quite hard to find in most speakers of its class and size. 


9. Amazon Echo Sub


Amazon Echo Sub

About: The Echo Sub is yet another smart device from Amazon to link up with the Alexa AI. This product is meant to go with either the Echo or the Echo plus product line from Amazon, connecting to them through the Alexa app and allows you to experience full stereo sound with satisfying lows in a connected system. The subwoofer comes with a £120 price tag, which is a titillating price for all the features included in it and is considerably lower than comparable products on the market. It doesn’t trail much behind the Sonos Sub, and that would put you back a whopping £600 The sub itself is a bit on the heavy side; however it is helpful when it comes to sound reproduction. The looks of the product match the set it was designed to go with - the Echo Plus and together create a sleek look for your home system.

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VERDICT: The Echo Sub is an excellent value for its price, getting close to leading the game concerning quality to cost of the product. The woofer is capable of fresh, satisfying lows and when paired with the Echo or Echo Plus can create a mighty, easy-to-service setup. It’s clear that Amazon has listened to customer feedback and the Echo Sub is a welcome fix to the meek bass sounds of the previous sound systems. Together with the Echo Plus, they sound fantastically clear and stimulating. The Echo Sub is definitely an excellent subwoofer to consider if you’re looking to build a home sound system that is easy to use, modern, sleek and reasonably priced.


10. OontZ Angle 3 Plus


OontZ Angle 3 Plus

About: The OontZ Angle 3 Plus is a sibling to 2 other Bluetooth speakers designed and engineered by Cambridge SoundWorks; the OontZ Angle and the OontZ Angle 3XL. These speakers are currently very popular (judging from the reviews counts around the internet) and each has several varying features that make them somewhat unique from the others. But they are all compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled phone and also work flawlessly with Echo Dot and Kindle.

Other than its amazingly lower price tag, the other thing that continues to attract most buyers to the Angle 3 Plus speaker is its promise of a 30-hour playtime without compromising on the sound quality. 

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    Great sounds and a good bass

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  •  Most of the buttons are located at the side thereby making it impossible to use them single-handedly. This won’t be an issue if you use the speaker standing upright 
  • Takes so long to charge fully
  • Does not support dual pairing

VERDICT: The OontZ Angle 3 Plus is a must-have especially if you are looking for an affordable speaker that offers a good balance of quality construction, ease of use, and sound integrity.

Right off the bat, we can’t compare its bass to what other speakers that are several folds pricier offer, for instance, the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II. However, if you are not a real ‘bass head’, we are pretty sure that you’ll find its bass range and general sound quality fabulous.

We really like that this speaker has been crafted purposely for the road. Its all-weatherproof design and IPX5 water resistance rating are a guarantee that you can take it to the beach and swimming pool parties without fear. 


11. Sonos Play 5: Ultimate Echo Dot Speaker


Sonos Play: 5

About: The Sonos Play:5 Ultimate Wireless Smart Speaker has fantastic sound, with six dedicated speakers drivers to make sure that you hear every found in whatever you’re playing. You can operate this through your phone, through any Alexa enabled device or on the speaker itself, making it easy to use. Unlike most other speakers of this size, it has three woofers to give you the good bass kick that you want.you can also connect this with any of the other Sonos devices to create your own custom home sound system.

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VERDICT: Considering the price and the quality of the speakers that were put into this device, I would expect it to last longer for most of its customers. The Wi-Fi card issues are a serious problem for a speaker that advertises itself on its connectivity. If you don’t have Wi-Fi connected to your speaker, your app is not going to work, making this speaker a 15 pound brick. I think that Sonos needs to put the effort into making the rest of their parts as high-quality as their speakers are before I would recommend buying this for your home or office. The next generation might be significantly better.

How To Choose The Best Echo Dot Speaker For Your Needs


Speakers 101 

Before we get into Echo dot specifics, let’s first consider what makes up a good (or great) speaker.

Watts - Generally speaking, the more watts, the better. A 150-watt speaker like the Bowers Wilkins Zeppelin will sound FAR better than the 6 watts Anker Soundcore.

Really no contest.

In general terms, the watt of a speaker measures its loudness. However, a lower quality speaker may start to distort and crack above 80% volume, so it doesn’t matter how many watts it has. It’s still going to sound bad.

Some companies, like Bose, don't release the wattage output of their speakers.

I don’t really think they’re hiding anything. They probably believe that the total number of watts doesn’t tell the whole story. They don’t want to sway a buying decision on a great sounding, lower wattage speaker.

Tweeter/Woofer Size - It is a myth to believe that larger speakers will sound better than smaller ones.

In truth, they might actually give a better sound but what you really want to look for is the decibel measurement and cabinet design.

There is an excellent discussion on this forum on the topic if you want to go in depth but for our purposes...

Decibels (Db) is the measurement of human hearing. It goes from 0-140 where 0 is no sound and 140 will cause permanent hearing loss.

To give you an example, the Bang & Olifson S3 maxes out at 95 dB, and the UE Roll pushes 86 dB.

Just like the wattage of a speaker, don’t just rely on the dB rating to make your decision. Some speakers will start to distort at higher volumes.

360 Sound - 360-degree sound is a newer design that creates a rich, full sound no matter where you place the speaker in the room.

Also known as omnidirectional, 360 degree sound systems disperse sound evenly in every direction.

They work by installing several speaker drivers in a circle or pointing the speaker driver down.

In the past, for the best sound, you would have to find the “sweet spot” in the room where you would then place the speaker. If you physically moved to certain places in the room, it wouldn’t sound as good.

Many speakers like the MegaBoom and also the Amazon Echo are equipped with 360 degree sound.

Auto On-Off - Ok so let’s talk about the Echo Dot now.

When choosing a speaker for the Dot, there is one super important detail that we must address.

You need a speaker that DOES NOT go into auto-off mode. If it goes into auto-off mode then you will have to pair it every time you want to use your echo. This gets tiresome very quickly.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you plug the Dot using the aux port, you will not be able to use the Bluetooth functionality.

How To Pair - Pairing your Echo Dot is REALLY simple.

All you have to do is say “Alexa (or whatever your wake word is) connect my speaker.” It takes a couple of seconds and then it magically connects.

If it doesn’t “magically” connect, or you want to use a different speaker, you will have to go into the app and set it up manually.

Still a pretty straightforward process. Just go into the settings and choose the speaker you want from the list.

Wifi vs. Bluetooth - WiFi speakers are becoming more popular because they offer great sound and can be run through your wireless network.

Unfortunately, at the moment, you can’t connect your Dot directly to a WiFi speaker. There is a workaround if you have a Sonos.

You can purchase a Sonos connect and plug it into the Dot. This will allow for wireless streaming through WiFi.

How To Connect To ANY Speaker - If you don’t have a Bluetooth speaker or you just want to use a home theater system or another random speaker there are a couple of ways.

First, the easiest way is to get a 3.5mm double ended jack and plug the Dot directly into the receiver or speaker if it has an aux-in port.

Second, you can purchase a Bluetooth transmitter like the one pictured below.

You just plug it into the aux port of your stereo system or speaker, and you’re good to go. I should note that you will need to pair it every time you want to use it by pressing the button on the receiver.

Not the cleanest solution but it will work.

Third, you can purchase a Sonos Connect. This will allow you to plug the Echo Dot into the back of the Sonos unit and connect not just to Sonos devices but also to any speakers that you plug into the back of the device.

I'll go into more detail about the Sonos Connect in a minute.

One Speaker or Two - Some Echo Dot compatible speakers like the UE Wonderboom allow you to pair an extra speaker.

This means that you can, for example, have one UE Wonderboom in the master bedroom and one in the master bathroom and they will both play at the same time.

Super convenient!

It does this by pairing the first speaker to the Dot, and then you pair the second speaker to the first speaker creating a chain.

A Few Words About Sonos - Sonos is the darling of the home automation community and for a good reason.

The sound is fantastic, and the ability to control multiple speakers spread all throughout your house is pretty cool.

At the time of this writing, connecting an Echo Dot to a Sonos system is a bit wonky and really freakin' expensive.

That’s because unless you have a Sonos 5 which has an aux input if you want to connect the Dot to any of the other speakers in the Sonos line you have to purchase a Sonos Connect.

That will set you back around $300 bucks just for the ability to connect your Dot to a Sonos speaker.

In the near future, there will be better Echo integration which I believe will remove the need for the separate Connect unit.

If you can’t wait then go ahead and purchase the Connect and in the future, you can use it to hook in your old record turntable or some legacy speakers you have laying around the house.

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A couple more options here. You can now purchase a Sonos One which has Alexa built right in, but it does not have all of the features or a Dot or Echo.

Also, after you purchase a single Sonos speaker like the One or The Play 5, you can use that speaker to connect to any other Sonos speaker for Alexa control in a multi-speaker group.

Optional Accessories - Here are a few accessories that you might want or need to go along with your external echo dot speaker.

3.5mm Jack - You can use a standard headphone jack to connect the dot to any speaker or sound system with an aux-in port.

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Bluetooth Receiver - You can turn any stereo system or speaker with an auxiliary port into an Echo Dot-enabled device. Just plug the Bluetooth Receiver into the aux port, pair it and you’re good to go.

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Echo Dot Battery - If you want to take your Dot on the go then you can purchase an optional battery that will connect to the bottom.

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Final Words - Wrapping It Up

All of the units on this list are a definite upgrade to the wimpy speaker that comes stock with the Echo Dot.

The UE Wonderboom gets our vote not because it has the best sound quality (the $700 B&W Zeppelin owns that title), it’s because… The price is right, and You can connect two speakers wirelessly to the Dot, it’s waterproof so you can use one in the shower and it’s also ultra-portable.

Product Comparison Table


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360

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UE Wonderboom Speakers
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Bose Soundlink Speaker
Bose SoundLink Revolve

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Anker Speaker
Anker SoundCore

5 hrs

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UE MegaBoom

2.5 hrs

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GGMM D6 Portable Speaker
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3.5 hrs

20

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless HiFi Speaker
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

150

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II
Bose SoundLink Mini II

3 hrs

10hrs

30ft

Echo Sub
Echo Sub

100

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OontZ Angle 3 PLUS Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Oontz Angle 3 Plus

8 hrs

10

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