Sonos has long been a player in the wireless-speaker market, but the latest version of the Sonos One brings the game to a new level. The Sonos One is a wireless, Wi-Fi enabled speaker that now has Amazon Alexa built into it. All Sonos speakers integrate with each other so you can create multiroom groups of speakers that work together and bring Alexa to your existing Sonos Speakers.
Amazon Echo vs. Sonos One
The main difference between the Amazon Echo with Alexa and a Sonos One with Alexa is that the Sonos One is first and foremost a music speaker. Sonos has better sound quality and is compatible with over 80 music streaming services, including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music, Audible, and internet radio services.
Sonos One can do much more than give you access to Alexa and play music, however. There is a growing number of what the company refers to as “Works with Sonos” products that provide home automation, entertainment, and even security integration. We’ve rounded up the top brands and their products to give you an idea of what’s possible with a Sonos One in your home.
Wink is a home automation company with a lot to offer, including integrations with tons of other products. Because Sonos One integrates with Wink, you can use Alexa from the Sonos One to control other Wink-enabled products. Wink is not one of our top home automation systems, but if you have a Sonos One, Wink is a good, nearly universal, smart home hub to get started with.
Wink Lookout Starter Kit
Once you have the Wink hub set up, you can add other smart home devices like locks, thermostats, lights, plugs, and more.
Wink Bright Starter Kit
As a more fun aspect, it also lets you integrate music and lights, so you can change your lighting to match the mood of the music playing from your Sonos One. Beyond that, of course, you can add other products to the Wink hub.
Lutron is a home automation company with a focus on lighting products and associated devices. It has whole-home systems as well as single-room controls, plus stand-alone products like dimmers, switches, fan controls, timers, occupancy sensors, and window shades.
If you already have a Lutron system in place, the Sonos One would be an excellent speaker to integrate with what you already have. If you’re looking for some smart lighting equipment beyond lightbulbs to enhance the efficiency and security of your home, Lutron has that too.
Caséta by Lutron Wireless Smart Bridge
Caséta by Lutron Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit
Caséta by Lutron Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch for Wall and Ceiling Lights
Caséta by Lutron Smart Lighting Lamp Dimmer
Lutron Maestro Occupancy/Vacancy Sensor
If you’re already familiar with the Logitech brand, chances are good you’ve seen the name on a computer keyboard or mouse. Logitech makes a wide range of products, mostly tech or entertainment related, but it also offers some home automation and security devices. If you are putting together a smart home entertainment system that includes Sonos One speakers, Logitech can easily integrate all the pieces.
Logitech Harmony Hub
With the Harmony Hub, your smartphone essentially becomes the remote that programs and controls all your devices and services. This means you can change channels, adjust the volume, turn lights on and off, set the temperature, and build multidevice events from anywhere.
Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control
Logitech Circle 2 Home Security Camera
Logitech Circle Home Wireless Security Camera
If you already have smart devices in your home that don’t integrate with Sonos itself, Yonomi is a potential solution. Yonomi is an app that turns your smartphone into a home automation hub and allows you to create routines and events between all your smart devices. It works with Sonos speakers, Google Home, Amazon Echo, Logitech, August, Schlage, Nest, ecobee, Honeywell, Philips Hue, LIFX, and many more brands.
Sonos integration for music lovers
Beyond that, most wireless record players use Bluetooth to connect to speakers, and Sonos One uses only Wi-Fi. There is an easy work-around, though: you can manually connect your record player to a Sonos Connect or Connect:Amp and then group it with the Sonos One from there.
One exception to the Bluetooth rule seems to be the Trntbl record player—it connects via Wi-Fi and advertises its compatibility with Sonos speakers. However, it’s fairly new on the market and we’d like to see how it performs before recommending it.
Another “Works with Sonos” gadget for music lovers is the iPort xPRESS Audio Keypad. The xPRESS is like a small music remote from which you can control the music playing from your Sonos One. You can play or pause, skip tracks, and even mark a song as a favorite. If you don’t want to use your phone to control the music but still want to navigate songs remotely, this is a great tool.
Things to look forward to: Google Assistant, Siri, and Alarm.com
Adding Amazon Alexa to the Sonos One was an impressive first step, but Sonos has announced plans for more voice control integration in the future. Google Assistant should be coming to Sonos One sometime in 2018, though the date hasn’t been announced at the time of this writing.
There are also plans to add support for Apple’s Siri, but you’d need an iOS device for that. While we’ll have to wait and see how the multiplatform support works in practice, it makes the Sonos One the only smart home speaker we know of to work across all three major voice assistant platforms.
Sonos also has Alarm.com listed as a future “Works with Sonos” brand, which would be exciting to see in use. Alarm.com equipment powers many of the top security companies, and the connection would potentially make the Sonos One part of your home security system as well as your home automation and entertainment systems.
Other voice assistant options
If you don’t already have a Sonos One or other Sonos speakers and you’re not sold on it yet, you can look into other home voice assistants like Google Home or the Amazon Echo, Dot, or Tap. Keep an eye on the Sonos One, though. As more features and integrations are added, it might be the next big thing to own.
If you have a Sonos One, tell us about your experience below! Do you use it with other home automation products?