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Should You Buy an LG Soundbar?

Matthew
Updated 21 August 2021
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should you buy an LG Soundbar?

LG is one of the most popular soundbar brands as well as being well known for its TVs, PC monitors and washing machines.

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 500+ soundbars by objectively and impartially analysing over 10,000 user and expert reviews and 390+ 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 $70 for the SH4 which is a 2.1 soundbar and go up to $1,000 for the SN11 which is a 7.1.4 soundbar. The average price of a new LG soundbar is $337.

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%
2,279 reviews
#2
Sonos
89%
89%
1,319 reviews
#3
89%
89%
435 reviews
#4
South Korea
88%
88%
348 reviews
#5
Bose
86%
86%
1,117 reviews
#6
Polk Audio
84%
84%
979 reviews
#7
Japan
83%
83%
594 reviews
#8
JBL
79%
79%
61 reviews
#9
Netherlands
78%
78%
80 reviews
#10
Klipsch
78%
78%
9 reviews
#11
TCL
76%
76%
6 reviews
#12
Razer
76%
76%
316 reviews
#13
Denon
75%
75%
131 reviews
#14
DELL
United States
75%
75%
101 reviews
#15
Anker
74%
74%
19 reviews
#16
Bluesound
73%
73%
68 reviews
#17
Audioengine
70%
70%
11 reviews
#18
Trust
70%
70%
4 reviews
#19
Dali
68%
68%
21 reviews
#20
VIZIO
United States
67%
67%
0 reviews
#21
Bang & Olufsen
66%
66%
25 reviews
#22
Q Acoustics
66%
66%
33 reviews
#23
Supersonic
United States
64%
64%
0 reviews
#24
Harman Kardon
63%
63%
50 reviews
#25
Monitor Audio
62%
62%
2 reviews
#26
Logik
United Kingdom
62%
62%
0 reviews
#27
QFX
61%
61%
0 reviews
#28
Lenovo
China
57%
57%
0 reviews
#29
Naim
56%
56%
0 reviews
#30
Promethean
54%
54%
0 reviews
#31
Majority
54%
54%
0 reviews
#32
Goodmans
54%
54%
0 reviews
#33
Toshiba
Japan
54%
54%
0 reviews
#34
Thomson
France
54%
54%
0 reviews
#35
Trevi
53%
53%
0 reviews
#36
Hisense
China
53%
53%
0 reviews
#37
Creative
53%
53%
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 79%.

The average review score for a LG soundbar is 79%.

However LG soundbars tend to be more expensive than most other soundbar brands making them a less popular choice with consumers. Whilst LG have a number of interesting features including 4k passthrough, Dolby Atmos and Multiroom, overall they tend to be less feature rich than their competitors.

No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$336
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $1,699
Price Distribution of All Soundbars
No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$337
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $1,599
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
51
4 stars
78
3 stars
19
2 stars
2
1 star
0
LG logo

User Reviews

5 stars
1,168
4 stars
481
3 stars
164
2 stars
100
1 star
129
LG has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its soundbars than most other brands.

Over 86% of expert reviews and 81% of user reviews for LG soundbars are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 90% and 85% respectively across all Soundbar brands.

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 Yamaha Razer Denon
Lydogbilde.no logo
85%
11 reviews
72%
17 reviews
83%
6 reviews
75%
6 reviews
CNET.com logo
74%
11 reviews
75%
13 reviews
78%
9 reviews
83%
5 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
3 reviews
79%
10 reviews
77%
3 reviews
75%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
88%
4 reviews
81%
8 reviews
80%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
100%
1 review
avforums.com logo
80%
1 review
80%
9 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
85%
4 reviews
73%
6 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
3 reviews
PC Mag logo
78%
4 reviews
76%
5 reviews
65%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
homecinemamagazine.nl logo
85%
3 reviews
84%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
whathifi.com logo
93%
3 reviews
60%
6 reviews
100%
1 review
60%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
95%
2 reviews
82%
5 reviews
80%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
70%
2 reviews
73%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
Digitaltrends.com logo
84%
4 reviews
75%
2 reviews
85%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
hifitest.de logo
100%
1 review
90%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
computertotaal.nl logo
82%
3 reviews
90%
1 review
85%
2 reviews
85%
2 reviews
audiovision.de logo
68%
2 reviews
78%
3 reviews
74%
1 review
76%
2 reviews
tomsguide.com logo
83%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
75%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
60%
2 reviews
homecinemachoice.com logo
80%
1 review
77%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
01net.com logo
83%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
pc-magazin.de logo
78%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
71%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
80%
147 reviews
77%
44 reviews
78%
28 reviews
61%
56 reviews
74%
21 reviews
Average
83%
217 reviews
77%
149 reviews
79%
69 reviews
72%
62 reviews
75%
59 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have LG Soundbars Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 34 industry awards for LG soundbars. The table below compares the number of awards received by LG to other popular soundbar brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

LG has won 34 awards for its soundbars.

Compare all award winning soundbars

Number of Awards Sonos LG Yamaha Razer Denon
avforums.com logo
1
7
3
2
Lydogbilde.no logo
6
3
3
Expert Reviews logo
3
3
1
1
Trusted Reviews logo
3
3
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
4
2
1
Techradar logo
1
3
2
altomdata.dk logo
3
1
1
areadvd.de logo
2
1
1
soundandvision.com logo
3
1
lite-magazin.de logo
2
1
in.pcmag.com logo
2
1
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
1
techgearlab.com logo
2
1
tomsguide.com logo
1
1
1
EISA.eu logo
1
2
01net.com logo
1
1
1
CNET.com logo
3
whathifi.com logo
2
1
whatnext.pl logo
1
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
17
9
5
36
4
Total
53
34
23
42
16

How Reliable Are LG Soundbars?

We checked over 10,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of LG soundbars. over 50 of these reviews mention reliability of which 76% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of LG soundbar owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

76% 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

LG's LAP540 4.1 Ch 320W SoundPlate ($599.99 retail) is solidly built
gadgetreview.com
meaning there's no outboard subwoofer as the low-end drivers are built in to the speaker
avforums.com
which has the subwoofer channel built in
goodhousekeeping.co.uk
Excellent build quality
Trusted Reviews
the build quality is excellent
Bestbuy.com
Excellent Build Quality
johnlewis.com
built in wifi
Amazon

NOT RELIABLE

The LG LAB540 SoundPlate is designed for those people dissatisfied with the speakers built into their TV
avforums.com
a pair of heavy duty rear speakers
Techradar
The mount doesn't seem that sturdy at first
Bestbuy.com
sleek with a surprisingly minimal base (but sturdy - my cats have tested it rigorously
Amazon
Our speaker in our TV was broken so we were excited to get this sound bar
Walmart.com
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, Dolby Atmos and Multiroom.

LG 4k Passthrough

LG soundbars that have a 4k passthrough include the LG GX ($599), the LG SN9YG ($515) and the LG SN11 ($999).

LG Dolby Atmos

LG soundbars that support Dolby Atmos include the LG GX ($599), the LG SN9YG ($515) and the LG SN11 ($999).

LG Multiroom

LG soundbars that support Multiroom include the LG SN9YG ($515), the LG SN11 ($999) and the LG SL9YG ($450).

LG Smart Soundbar

LG soundbars that are smart soundbar include the LG SN9YG ($515), the LG SN11 ($999) and the LG SL8YG ($475).

What is the Best High End LG Soundbar?

LG SN9YG

$515.00
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LG SN9YG
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LG SN9YG
520W
DOLBY
ATMOS
6.3kg
WEIGHT

If you're looking for a high end LG soundbar then the LG SN9YG takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 82, but is a bit more expensive at $515.

Features We Love:
Multiroom
Dolby Atmos
Is 5.1.2 channels
Subwoofer included
Big power (520W)

Multiple reviews mentioned that this soundbar has a brilliant sound quality, it's quiet and good-looking. It's a very highly rated and fully featured 5.1.2 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a fair price. It has a subwoofer included and a handheld remote control, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC).

93
Reviews
369 Reviews
82
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Popularity
Quite Popular
70
Value for Money
Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Owners report that LG SN9YG has very good user reviews with an average user rating of 84%, based on 369 reviews.

LG SN9YG Review (2020) 5.1.2 Wireless Soundbar Dolby Atmos / Vision & Google Assistant
LG SN9YG Review (2020) 5.1.2 Wireless Soundbar Dolby Atmos / Vision & Google Assistant
Unboxing LG SN9Y Soundbar
Unboxing LG SN9Y Soundbar
LG SN9YG UNBOXING SOUND BAR (ESPAÑOL) Parte 1
LG SN9YG UNBOXING SOUND BAR (ESPAÑOL) Parte 1
LG SN9YG REVIEW SOUND BAR (ESPAÑOL) Parte 2
LG SN9YG REVIEW SOUND BAR (ESPAÑOL) Parte 2
Unboxing of LG SN9YG Soundbar and rear speaker kit #theinsiders
Unboxing of LG SN9YG Soundbar and rear speaker kit #theinsiders
Review: LG SN9YG 5.1.2 ch 520W High Res Audio Sound Bar
Review: LG SN9YG 5.1.2 ch 520W High Res Audio Sound Bar
LG SN9YG sound bar Dolby atmos 7.1.2 setup
LG SN9YG sound bar Dolby atmos 7.1.2 setup

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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 Dolby Atmos
LG Multiroom
LG Smart Soundbar
What is the Best High End LG Soundbar?

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