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Should You Buy an LG Soundbar?

Updated 20 December 2019 by Matthew
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should you buy an LG Soundbar?

LG is well known for its TVs, PC monitors, washing machines and optical disc drives.

If you are wondering how LG soundbars compare to other brands, our guide below collates all the key info in a single place. We've compared 460+ soundbars by objectively and impartially analysing over 2,600 user and expert reviews and 200+ awards from hundreds of different review sites.

LG are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning soundbars. Their soundbars start at $31 for the LAC553B which is a 2.1 soundbar and go up to $600 for the SL8YG which is a 3.1 soundbar. The average price of a new LG soundbar is $253.

LG are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning soundbars.

Is LG the Best Soundbar Brand?

So are LG soundbars any good? We give every soundbar a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all soundbars we are able to impartially rank all the soundbar brands.

LG is ranked the No. 1 best soundbar brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that LG is the actually best soundbar brand out there.

#1
LG
South Korea
95%
95%
261 reviews
#2
Bose
88%
88%
94 reviews
#3
87%
87%
21 reviews
#4
Sonos
85%
85%
413 reviews
#5
Polk Audio
83%
83%
23 reviews
#6
Razer
78%
78%
313 reviews
#7
Harman Kardon
76%
76%
7 reviews
#8
Klipsch
75%
75%
7 reviews
#9
Denon
75%
75%
17 reviews
#10
AVerMedia
74%
74%
14 reviews
#11
Canton
73%
73%
43 reviews
#12
Monitor Audio
72%
72%
2 reviews
#13
Audioengine
71%
71%
10 reviews
#14
JBL
70%
70%
53 reviews
#15
South Korea
69%
69%
0 reviews
#16
VIZIO
United States
69%
69%
0 reviews
#17
DELL
United States
68%
68%
1 review
#18
Bluesound
67%
67%
59 reviews
#19
Anker
65%
65%
6 reviews
#20
Japan
64%
64%
0 reviews
#21
Supersonic
United States
64%
64%
0 reviews
#22
Trust
62%
62%
2 reviews
#23
Avtex
United Kingdom
60%
60%
1 review
#24
Lenovo
China
57%
57%
0 reviews
#25
QFX
56%
56%
0 reviews
#26
Promethean
55%
55%
0 reviews
#27
Dali
54%
54%
1 review
#28
Goodmans
54%
54%
0 reviews
#29
Logik
United Kingdom
53%
53%
0 reviews
#30
Creative
52%
52%
0 reviews
#31
Naim
52%
52%
0 reviews

Let's look at how LG soundbars compare to the other soundbar brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All soundbar Brands
LG Soundbars

There's a wide selection of LG soundbars available compared to other soundbar brands, with 20 LG soundbars currently on the market in the US. LG also have better reviews than the typical soundbar brand, with the average rating of a LG soundbar being 72%.

The average review score for a LG soundbar is 72%.

LG soundbars tend to be cheaper than most other soundbar brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers. Whilst LG have a number of interesting features including 4k passthrough, Multiroom and smart soundbar, overall they tend to be less feature rich than their competitors.

No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$257
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $2,199
Price Distribution of All Soundbars
No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$253
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $1,449
Price Distribution of LG Soundbars

What Do the LG Soundbar Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every LG soundbar to work out the average distribution of reviews for LG and then compared this to the other soundbar brands.

LG logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
32
4 stars
54
3 stars
12
2 stars
0
1 star
0
LG logo

User Reviews

5 stars
44
4 stars
29
3 stars
10
2 stars
4
1 star
6
LG has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its soundbars than most other soundbar brands.

Over 88% of expert reviews and 78% of user reviews for LG soundbars are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 90% and 85% respectively across all Soundbar brands.

Looking at just the expert reviews, in the table below we compare the average review score given to LG soundbars by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other soundbar brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Sonos LG Razer JBL Canton
CNET.com logo
75%
12 reviews
70%
10 reviews
72%
8 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
85%
9 reviews
76%
14 reviews
92%
6 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
2 reviews
82%
6 reviews
70%
1 review
78%
4 reviews
whathifi.com logo
90%
2 reviews
65%
4 reviews
80%
2 reviews
80%
3 reviews
Techradar logo
87%
4 reviews
83%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
homecinemamagazine.nl logo
82%
3 reviews
80%
5 reviews
65%
2 reviews
hifitest.de logo
100%
1 review
90%
4 reviews
88%
4 reviews
avforums.com logo
80%
2 reviews
78%
6 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
73%
3 reviews
73%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
87%
3 reviews
70%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
PC Mag logo
77%
3 reviews
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
audiovision.de logo
68%
2 reviews
76%
2 reviews
81%
2 reviews
tomsguide.com logo
83%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
lite-magazin.de logo
97%
2 reviews
98%
4 reviews
homecinemachoice.com logo
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
goodhousekeeping.co.uk logo
85%
2 reviews
85%
3 reviews
86%
1 review
altomdata.dk logo
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
pc-magazin.de logo
77%
2 reviews
79%
1 review
73%
1 review
gamereactor.dk logo
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
79%
138 reviews
80%
26 reviews
60%
53 reviews
60%
10 reviews
46%
4 reviews
Average
82%
197 reviews
77%
98 reviews
74%
62 reviews
69%
34 reviews
78%
31 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have LG Soundbars Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 18 industry awards for LG soundbars. The table below compares the number of awards given to LG to other popular soundbar brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

LG has won 18 awards for its soundbars.

Compare all award winning soundbars

Number of Awards Sonos LG Razer JBL Canton
Lydogbilde.no logo
5
2
6
avforums.com logo
2
5
Trusted Reviews logo
2
1
3
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
1
1
Techradar logo
1
2
2
Expert Reviews logo
2
1
1
homecinemachoice.com logo
1
2
soundandvision.com logo
3
Digitaltrends.com logo
3
lite-magazin.de logo
1
2
areadvd.de logo
1
2
audiovision.de logo
1
1
tomsguide.com logo
1
1
gamerspotion.de logo
1
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
2
Which? logo
2
99mac.se logo
1
1
EISA.eu logo
1
1
pcgameware.co.uk logo
1
Other Expert Sites
18
2
36
1
1
Total
45
18
43
7
17

How Reliable Are LG Soundbars?

We checked over 2,600 reviews to find comments about the reliability of LG soundbars. 20 of these reviews that mention reliability of which 83% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of LG soundbar owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

83% of reviewers think LG soundbars are reliable.

So, most people think that LG soundbars are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for LG soundbars that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

meaning there's no outboard subwoofer as the low-end drivers are built in to the speaker
avforums.com
LG's LAP540 4.1 Ch 320W SoundPlate ($599.99 retail) is solidly built
gadgetreview.com
which has the subwoofer channel built in
goodhousekeeping.co.uk
Blu-ray player built in
whathifi.com
the built in speakers project dialogues clearly
Amazon
Good Build Quality
johnlewis.com

NOT RELIABLE

The LG LAB540 SoundPlate is designed for those people dissatisfied with the speakers built into their TV
avforums.com
sleek with a surprisingly minimal base (but sturdy - my cats have tested it rigorously
Amazon
Poor Build Quality
johnlewis.com

Features to Look Out For On LG Soundbars

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of LG soundbars that set them apart from the competition. These include 4k passthrough, Multiroom and smart soundbar.

LG 4k Passthrough

LG soundbars that have a 4k passthrough include the LG SK8Y ($280), the LG SK10Y ($715) and the LG SK9Y ($549).

LG Multiroom

LG soundbars that support Multiroom include the LG SL5Y ($143), the LG SK10Y ($715) and the LG SK9Y ($549).

LG Smart Soundbar

LG soundbars that are smart soundbar include the LG SL5Y ($143), the LG SL10YG ($600) and the LG SL8YG ($575).

LG Sound Sync

LG soundbars that feature LG Sound Sync include the LG SL6Y ($397) and the LG SH2 ($97).

What is the Best Mid-Range LG Soundbar?

LG SL6Y

$396.99
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LG SL6Y
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LG SL6Y
420W
3.5kg
WEIGHT

A great mid range choice, priced at $396.99 is the LG SL6Y, which has a Kagoo Score of 83.

Features We Love:
LG Sound Sync
Big power (420W)
Is 3.1 channels
Subwoofer included
Supports Bluetooth

A sensationally highly rated and fully featured 3.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a reasonable price. It has a subwoofer included and a handheld remote control, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC).

96
Reviews
9 Reviews
82
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
76
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that LG SL6Y has brilliant user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this soundbar to others.

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The cheapest price that we could find for the SL6Y in the US is $396.99 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End LG Soundbar?

LG SL8YG

$574.99
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LG SL8YG
440W
4.4kg
WEIGHT

If you're looking for a high end LG soundbar then the LG SL8YG takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 77, but is a bit more expensive at $574.99.

Features We Love:
Multiroom
Big power (440W)
Subwoofer included
Is 3.1 channels
Supports Bluetooth

A positively reviewed and fully featured 3.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar. It has a subwoofer included and a handheld remote control, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC). Customers report that this soundbar isquiet.

87
Reviews
4 Reviews
80
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Popularity
Quite Popular
65
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that LG SL8YG has fantastic user reviews but below average expert reviews with an average overall rating of 71%.

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The cheapest price that we could find for the SL8YG in the US is $574.99 and in total we found 6 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice LG Soundbar?

LG SJ2

$94.95
eBay
LG SJ2
Buy Now
LG SJ2
160W
1.7kg
WEIGHT

At only $94.95 and with a Kagoo Score of 85 the LG SJ2 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Subwoofer included
Supports Bluetooth
Handheld remote control

A fully featured and critically acclaimed 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a reasonable price.

96
Reviews
3 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Popularity
Quite Popular
83
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that LG SJ2 has great expert reviews and superb user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this soundbar to others.

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The cheapest price that we could find for the SJ2 in the US is $94.95 and in total we found 5 prices for it.

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Find the best LG soundbar for you by checking our complete list of over 115 soundbars
In This Guide
Should You Buy an LG Soundbar?
Is LG the Best Soundbar Brand?
What Do the LG Soundbar Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have LG Soundbars Received?
How Reliable Are LG Soundbars?
Features to Look Out For On LG Soundbars
LG 4k Passthrough
LG Multiroom
LG Smart Soundbar
LG Sound Sync
What is the Best Mid-Range LG Soundbar?
What is the Best High End LG Soundbar?
What is the Best Budget Choice LG Soundbar?

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