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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique soundbars rating which considers: 13,000 UK prices • 5,900 expert & user reviews • 520 product comparisons • 270 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

90

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LG SL6Y

595 Reviews
Is 3.1 channels Subwoofer included  Big power 
Is 3.1 channels
Subwoofer included
Big power

£249.00

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3.1 channels
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Apr 2019
#2

88

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Samsung HWQ60T

 
Dolby Atmos  Is 5.1 channels Subwoofer included 
Dolby Atmos
Is 5.1 channels
Subwoofer included

£299.00

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5.1 channels
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Jul 2020
#3

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Samsung HWQ70T

265 Reviews
Multiroom  Dolby Atmos  Is 3.1.2 channels
Multiroom
Dolby Atmos
Is 3.1.2 channels

£488.00

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3.1.2 channels
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Jun 2020
#4

86

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Samsung HWS40T

123 Reviews
Subwoofer included  Supports Bluetooth  Handheld remote control
Subwoofer included
Supports Bluetooth
Handheld remote control

£156.99

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2 channels
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Apr 2019
#5

85

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Samsung HWQ800T

 

£496.04

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3.1.2 channels
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May 2020
#6

85

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Samsung HWQ900TXU

 

£898.99

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7.1 channels
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Jul 2020
#7

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Samsung HWT450XU

 

£157.00

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2.1 channels
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Dec 2018
#8

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Samsung HWT400

 

£87.77

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2 channels
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Nov 2018
#9

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LG SL8YG

4 Reviews

£399.00

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3.1.2 channels
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Feb 2020
#10

84

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Samsung HWS60T

 

£268.99

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5.1 channels
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May 2020
#11

84

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Yamaha YAS109

363 Reviews

£199.00

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2.1 channels
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Feb 2018
#12

84

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LG SN9YG

2 Reviews

£699.00

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5.1.2 channels
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Mar 2020
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Samsung HWT550

 

£199.30

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2.1 channels
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May 2020
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LG SN4

 

£138.00

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2.1 channels
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May 2020
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Samsung HWQ950T

 

£1,299.00

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9.1 channels
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Apr 2019
#16

83

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Samsung HWT420

 

£117.44

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2.1 channels
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May 2020
#17

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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

29 Reviews

£449.00

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6.1 channels
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Mar 2019
#18

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LG GX

10 Reviews

£628.72

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3.1 channels
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Jan 2019
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Philips HTL150812

4 Reviews

£45.00

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2 channels
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Aug 2018

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What Are The Best Soundbar Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every soundbar and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated soundbar brand is Samsung with an average rating of 86%. Compare all award winning soundbars.

Rank Brand Number of Soundbars Price Range Average Rating
#1
Samsung Soundbars 79 £87 - £1,299
86%
438 reviews
#2
LG Soundbars 63 £66 - £950
81%
974 reviews
#3
Yamaha Soundbars 23 £199 - £1,075
71%
393 reviews
#4
Panasonic Soundbars 25 £75 - £529
65%
17 reviews
#5
Philips Soundbars 24 £45 - £382
63%
41 reviews
#6
Sony Soundbars 26 £86 - £1,199

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QHow do soundbars connect to my TV?
ASoundbars normally use a standard 3.5mm audio jack - almost all TVs should have support for this. Some soundbars may also have bluetooth support for streaming audio.
QIs a subwoofer necessary for soundbar use?
ANo - a soundbar will work perfectly fine without a separate subwoofer. They are designed to augment the bass tones of the soundbar, but aren't a necessity.

Soundbar Buying Guide

A soundbar is a type of speaker designed to plug into a television and serve as a sound system for the device. Most soundbars are more powerful and better configured than the speakers built into TV sets, so a soundbar is a good way of improving the audio quality of your TV setup.

Soundbars are usually designed as long rectangles that can be placed directly under your TV screen, though some designers have experimented with other designs - including larger box-shaped designed that can double as a stand for the whole TV. These alternate designs are few and far between however - most are a simple rectangle, making them unobtrusive and easy to fit alongside your current TV setup.

It’s worth noting that a soundbar may be a necessity for more modern televisions - ultra-thin OLED TVs are so thin that they cannot fit any speakers into the unit, so have to rely on an external soundbar for all audio.

Subwoofer

While most soundbars comprise of just the bar itself, others come packaged with a separate subwoofer unit. This is a loudspeaker designed specifically for bass frequencies, meaning it will augment the standard soundbar and provide substantially more powerful bass notes. This boosts the overall sound quality of the TV, and is especially good if you watch a lot of action-heavy blockbusters, since the explosions and gunshots will have a lot more presence.

Some soundbars have a separate remote control, but many simply use the volume control from your standard TV remote, and run any signal from your remote to the soundbar itself. This makes using the device extremely easy - all you have to do is plug it in and continue using your TV as normal!

Wireless Streaming

The majority of soundbars are designed to be plugged in directly to the TV, rather than using a wireless connection. This is minimise any delay in the audio - wireless connections can generate a very slight delay while the data is sent from the TV to the soundbar, meaning that the video and audio signals the TV could drop out of sync. Wired connections have no such delay, meaning the video and audio will always be perfectly in sync.

Many soundbars do have wireless capabilities, but they are instead used for streaming audio from your phone/tablet/etc. Because there is no video signal, the small delay doesn’t really matter. This means that as well as TV audio, soundbars can also be used for music on demand, making them great for parties or just relaxing with your favourite music!

Simulated Surround Sound

Traditionally surround sound works by having multiple speakers (usually 5-7) arranged in such a way as to give the audio a sense of depth and 3 dimensions in order to increase immersion when watching films or playing video games.

Since soundbars only have a single speaker, they are not capable of true surround sound - however some newer soundbars have a method of simulating surround sound. They do this using a trick called ‘binaural audio’, which carefully directs sound to the left or right channels in order to simulate a 3D effect without extra speakers. You can hear an example of binaural audio here - Virtual Barber Shop

Generally only the higher-end soundbars have the is capability, but if you can afford the expenditure, you will gain a far more immersive audio quality from your movies and video games.

Soundbar Retailers, Prices and Features

Soundbar Prices

We currently list 209 soundbars ranging from £17 to £1,299. A new soundbar costs on average £312 and 80% of soundbars are priced between £69 and £656. The Samsung HWQ950T is the most expensive soundbar that we found at £1,299, and the DELL AX510 is the cheapest at only £18.

Soundbar Brands - Price Range

Bang & Olufsen soundbars start at £1,250 and their most expensive soundbar costs £1,250. The highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Bang & Olufsen soundbars with an average price of £1,250.

The average price of M&K soundbars is £1,000 which is the second highest average price of all soundbar brands. M&K soundbars range in price from £1,000 to £1,000.

Naim soundbars start at £749 and their most expensive soundbar costs £749. The third highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Naim soundbars with an average price of £749.

Soundbar Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 1,332 expert reviews and 2,705 user reviews for soundbars and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of soundbar. The top three soundbar brands are Samsung, LG and Yamaha. Samsung has an average rating of 86%, LG has an average rating of 81% and Yamaha has an average rating of 71%.

Biggest Soundbar Retailers

The biggest soundbar retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 126 current soundbar offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 107 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to soundbars. Quzo is the third biggest retailer with 78 current offers.

When Are Most New Soundbars Released?

Most new soundbars tend to be released between March and May. For the latest soundbar technology you may be best waiting until March 2021. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current soundbars cheaper in March once the latest models have been released. Last year most new soundbars were released in May, with 10 new soundbars released that month. The biggest month in 2019 for new soundbar releases was March, with nine new soundbars released that month. In November 2018, 22 new soundbars were released making it the biggest month that year for new soundbar releases.

How Fast Do Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, soundbars drop in price by 15% on average.

That means that on a typical soundbar costing £312 you could save on average £47 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Audio Channels

'Audio Output' denotes the number of individual channels for the soundbar to use. Specific sounds and parts of the screen are assigned to individual channels, allowing the soundbar to simulate surround sound and create a deeper audio depth.

Amongst new soundbars, the most common audio channels is 2.1 channels. We found 206 soundbars that are 2.1 channels soundbars. We found 75 soundbars that are 2 channels soundbars, making this the second most common audio channels amongst new soundbars.

More channels mean that the sound will be more spread across the channels, leading to a richer surround sound 'effect'.

Bluetooth

Whether the sounder has support for wireless Bluetooth connections or not.

Of the 454 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are soundbars which support Bluetooth. 93% of soundbars are soundbars which support Bluetooth.

Bluetooth support allows you to stream music from your phone or laptop directly to the soundbar, without the need for wires.

Subwoofer Included

Whether the soundbar includes a subwoofer, which is a loudspeaker for low frequencies (bass sounds).

The vast majority of the 454 new soundbars currently listed on Kagoo are soundbars with a subwoofer included. 307 soundbars out of 454 are soundbars with a subwoofer included.

A subwoofer boosts the bass quality of the soundbar, allowing it to have far more powerful bass than would otherwise be possible.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Soundbars?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying soundbars. For each retailer it shows the total number of soundbars where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying soundbars. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 90 of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Soundbars for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for soundbars by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of soundbar prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's soundbar prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 71.4% of their soundbar prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.