Play:1 or Play:3: Which Sonos should I get?

Regardless of whether you listen to your favorite music from an online streaming service or rack up a playlist of hundreds of songs from your computer, phone, or tablet, you know that you can fill any room in your house with awesome high fidelity sound with a [Sonos](/./sonos] player.

You've narrowed your choices down to two players: the Play 1 and the Play:3 and you're wondering which one will work the best for you. Let's compare them and see.

Sonos Play:1


The Play:1 is the smallest and cheapest player Sonos makes. One Play:1 can produce quality high fidelity sound on its own, but not in stereo. To get stereo sound with Play:1, you need two of them set up as a stereo pair of dedicated left and right audio channels. You can do this easily from the Sonos app.

Another nice thing about the Play:1 is that it is humidity resistant. No, that doesn't mean it's waterproof or even water resistant, but you can put it in the bathroom and take a shower without worrying that you're going to damage it.

  • Size: Small
  • Number of amplifiers: Two.
  • Number of drivers: Two. ( One tweeter and one mid-range woofer. )
  • Bass radiator: None.
  • Wall mountable: Yes.
  • Single player stereo sound: No.
  • Stereo pair: Yes.
  • Humidity resistant: Yes.
  • Change orientation: No.
  • Direct access to music and volume control: Yes

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Sonos Play:3


The Play:3 is Sonos' mid-range player in terms of size and price. Like the Play:1, it will produce beautiful high fidelity audio. Unlike the Play:1, one Play:3 is all you need to listen to your music in stereo. However, if you want a wider separation in vocals and instruments, you can buy two and create a stereo pair.

Another feature the Play:3 has over the Play:1 is the ability to shift its orientation from horizontal to vertical depending on your preference or space restrictions.. However, don't put a Play:3 in the bathroom: it is not humidity resistant. It does have rubber feet, through, so you don't have to worry about marks or scratches on your furniture.

  • Size: Medium
  • Number of amplifiers: Three.
  • Number of drivers: Three. (One tweeter and two mid-range woofers.)
  • Bass radiator: One.
  • Wall mountable:Yes
  • Single player stereo sound: Yes.
  • Stereo pair: Yes.
  • Humidity resistant: No.
  • Change orientation: Yes.
  • Direct access to music and volume control: Yes.

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Which one is right for me?

There are two factors to consider when trying to choose between the Play:1 and Play:3 — size and space.

  • If all you want is a small speaker to fill a small space, then you can save some money and go for the Play:1.

  • If you have a bigger room to fill and a bigger budget to fill it with, go for the Play:3.