Simply put, the Sonos Play 3 is a worthwhile investment and a great addition to your Sonos ecosystem. 

Sound Quality

The speaker produces a better sound than the Sonos Play 1 and Sonos 1 SL. The highs and mids are audible and clearly distinguished from the rich room-filling bass. Unfortunately, it lacks the built-in Alexa and Google Home featured on current Sonos speakers.

How much should you pay for the Sonos Play 3 in 2021?

I recommend purchasing a pair and keeping the buying price between £150 and £200.

Sonos has discontinued the Play 3, so you are limited to buying them online, think eBay or Nextdoor. I prefer the latter because sellers are likely to offer a more reasonable price on Nextdoor. Pay using PayPal to ensure that your purchase is protected.

Modernising the speaker

To modernise the Play 3, buy a Google Home or Nest and connect the Sonos as your “main music speaker.” eBay is flooded with brand-new or second-hand Google Assistant devices at a discount. Once synced, Google will play music on the Sonos whenever prompted.

Speaker Placement

For music streaming, the Play 3 is comparative to the Sonos Beam, and one could argue that a pair of Play 3s would rival a single Play 5, but it is not the hill on which I would be willing to die. I made that comparison to reassure buyers that one Play 3 is adequate for small to medium-sized bedrooms or kitchens.

Users will rarely play music at maximum volume on these speakers. I started with a stereo pair, but I was not able to fully utilise the speakers. Splitting the stereo pair between the bedroom and kitchen is ideal.

Conclusion

The Play 3 is a brilliant starter or additional speaker for Sonos enthusiasts. The rich and room-filling sound that it produces means that it outperformers some current Sonos speakers. Using the Sonos Trueplay settings, you can create a suitable sound for small to medium-sized rooms. Save yourself some money and enjoy the premium sound of the Play 3. Click here for more reviews.