Sonos One SL

Sonos One SL

Sonos $179

Review date: 11/02/2020

Sonos took their Sonos One smart speaker and made it dumb. Seems there is a market for privacy-minded people who just want a speaker for playing music, not with a built-in microphone that could be spying on you. This Sonos One SL is just like the Sonos One minus the microphone listening for Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant commands. Control it with the Sonos app over WiFi, not Bluetooth, or use Apple Airplay to stream your music. To think, a speaker simply built to play music and not listen to you all day long. Crazy!

What could happen if something goes wrong

This is a very good privacy-minded device. It has no built-in microphone to listen, record, or send data back to Amazon or Google, so not a whole lot can go wrong. Sonos does a pretty good job with privacy and security as a whole.Sonos did have a small privacy goof early in 2020 when they sent an email to 450 customers and revealed all of their email addresses to each other. To be fair, we've all probably made a mistake like that so we'll cut them a little slack.


Can it snoop on me?


Device: No

App: No


Device: No

App: No

Tracks Location

Device: No

App: No

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How does it use this data?

Sonos does not use information that personally identifies you to display interest-based ads.

How can you control your data?

You can request that data be deleted. You can opt out of Additional Usage Data collection in the Sonos App.

What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?


An email sent by Sonos to 450 customers revealed all of their email addresses to each other in January 2020.

Can this product be used offline?


User friendly privacy information?


Links to privacy information


Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?




Encrypts the device itself and communications with cloud services.

Strong password


Security updates


Automatic updates are enabled by default.

Manages vulnerabilities


Sonos does not have an official bug bounty program, but invites responsible disclosure of security bugs.

Privacy policy


Sonos does provide an intro to the privacy policy that contains its guiding principles.

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?


Company contact info

Phone Number

(800) 680-2345

Live Chat





Misconfigured Networks Vulnerable to PewDiePie Prank
We've been investigating a small number of households with improperly configured networks, such that Sonos players and other devices become accessible from the Internet, and someone instigated a prank to play a message in support of YouTube star PewDiePie on those systems.


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