Sonos’ Roam SL is the brand’s most affordable portable Bluetooth speaker yet

At £159, this ‘speechless’ option is an enticing alternative to the popular Roam speaker.

Sonos Roam SL in Lunar White

A picture of the Sonos Roam SL in Lunar White.

Sonos has introduced the Roam SL, touted as a cheaper, more straight-forward option for those looking to pick up one of the brand’s Bluetooth speakers.

The speaker is the latest to be given the company’s ‘SL’ (speechless) treatment, meaning it’s more or less a mic-less version of the Sonos Roam.

Unlike the original Roam, the Roam SL does away with voice controls for virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Those who don’t need these functions may find this appealing, and the lack of a mic in the SL will save you £20 on a Roam speaker.

With most of the features of the original left intact, the Roam SL is a compact product that boasts a 10-hour battery life and IP67 dust and waterproof rating, meaning you can worry less about taking it out with you.

Additionally, the speaker is able to connect to Wi-Fi networks for network streaming. You could also pair the SL with a second Roam, should you be looking for a two-speaker setup to play music in a larger venue, for example.

Last December, Sonos announced it would be taking big steps towards becoming a greener company through its Climate Action Plan. The company aims to be carbon neutral by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2040. Reducing idle power consumption is a key focus for the brand. Idle and sleep states will be implemented across Sonos’ portable device range first and by 2023.

The Roam SL will be available on 15 March for £159. As the standard Roam is priced at £179, the SL could be a great option for those looking for a simple Bluetooth speaker.

Check out the Sonos Roam SL at Sonos.com.