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Should You Buy an LG Soundbar?

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Updated 22 February 2020
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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 3,000 user and expert reviews and 250+ 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 $39 for the SJ4 which is a 2.1 soundbar and go up to $700 for the SK10Y which is a 5.1.2 soundbar. The average price of a new LG soundbar is $221.

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%
262 reviews
#2
Bose
88%
88%
94 reviews
#3
86%
86%
21 reviews
#4
Sonos
85%
85%
413 reviews
#5
Japan
82%
82%
374 reviews
#6
Polk Audio
81%
81%
23 reviews
#7
Canton
79%
79%
50 reviews
#8
JBL
76%
76%
53 reviews
#9
Denon
75%
75%
89 reviews
#10
Razer
75%
75%
313 reviews
#11
Klipsch
75%
75%
7 reviews
#12
Harman Kardon
74%
74%
8 reviews
#13
Bluesound
73%
73%
60 reviews
#14
Audioengine
72%
72%
10 reviews
#15
South Korea
69%
69%
0 reviews
#16
Monitor Audio
68%
68%
2 reviews
#17
Wharfedale
68%
68%
1 review
#18
AVerMedia
68%
68%
14 reviews
#19
VIZIO
United States
67%
67%
0 reviews
#20
Supersonic
United States
66%
66%
0 reviews
#21
Anker
65%
65%
6 reviews
#22
QFX
62%
62%
0 reviews
#23
Trust
62%
62%
2 reviews
#24
DELL
United States
59%
59%
1 review
#25
Avtex
United Kingdom
59%
59%
1 review
#26
Lenovo
China
59%
59%
0 reviews
#27
Logik
United Kingdom
57%
57%
0 reviews
#28
Promethean
54%
54%
0 reviews
#29
Goodmans
53%
53%
0 reviews
#30
Creative Labs
53%
53%
0 reviews
#31
Creative
52%
52%
0 reviews
#32
Magnat
52%
52%
0 reviews
#33
Dali
52%
52%
1 review

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 have a number of great features including 4k passthrough, Multiroom and smart soundbar which sets them apart from the competition.

LG soundbars tend to be cheaper than most other soundbar brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$240
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $3,049
Price Distribution of All Soundbars
No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$221
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $1,299
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 brands.

Over 88% of expert reviews and 78% of user reviews for LG soundbars are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 88% 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 Sony Razer Denon
Lydogbilde.no logo
85%
9 reviews
76%
14 reviews
50%
3 reviews
75%
6 reviews
CNET.com logo
75%
12 reviews
70%
10 reviews
73%
5 reviews
83%
5 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
87%
3 reviews
70%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
3 reviews
Techradar logo
87%
4 reviews
83%
3 reviews
70%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
100%
1 review
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
2 reviews
82%
6 reviews
90%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
homecinemamagazine.nl logo
82%
3 reviews
80%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
73%
3 reviews
73%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
avforums.com logo
80%
2 reviews
78%
6 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
whathifi.com logo
90%
2 reviews
65%
4 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
hifitest.de logo
100%
1 review
90%
4 reviews
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
PC Mag logo
77%
3 reviews
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
tomsguide.com logo
83%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
100%
1 review
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
90%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
85%
3 reviews
50%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
audiovision.de logo
68%
2 reviews
76%
2 reviews
74%
1 review
80%
1 review
homecinemachoice.com logo
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
01net.com logo
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
goodhousekeeping.co.uk logo
85%
2 reviews
85%
3 reviews
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
90%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
79%
135 reviews
80%
25 reviews
71%
49 reviews
60%
55 reviews
71%
16 reviews
Average
83%
197 reviews
77%
98 reviews
75%
75 reviews
74%
62 reviews
74%
49 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 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 18 awards for its soundbars.

Compare all award winning soundbars

Number of Awards Sonos LG Sony Razer Denon
Lydogbilde.no logo
5
2
3
3
avforums.com logo
2
5
1
1
Techradar logo
1
2
1
2
Trusted Reviews logo
2
1
1
1
Expert Reviews logo
2
1
1
1
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
1
1
soundandvision.com logo
3
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
3
1
EISA.eu logo
1
1
1
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
1
1
01net.com logo
1
1
1
Which? logo
2
gamerspotion.de logo
1
1
areadvd.de logo
1
1
tomsguide.com logo
1
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
2
hardware.info logo
1
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
1
99mac.se logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
15
2
5
37
3
Total
45
18
22
43
13

How Reliable Are LG Soundbars?

We checked over 3,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of LG soundbars. 20 of these reviews 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

which has the subwoofer channel built in
goodhousekeeping.co.uk
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
Blu-ray player built in
whathifi.com
built in wifi
Amazon
Excellent 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 SK9Y ($180), the LG SK8Y ($272) and the LG SL8YG ($399).

LG Multiroom

LG soundbars that support Multiroom include the LG SL5Y ($125), the LG SJ8 ($170) and the LG SL8YG ($399).

LG Smart Soundbar

LG soundbars that are smart soundbar include the LG SL5Y ($125), the LG SL8YG ($399) and the LG SL10YG ($619).

LG Sound Sync

LG soundbars that feature LG Sound Sync include the LG SL6Y ($249) and the LG SH2 ($87).

What is the Best Mid-Range LG Soundbar?

LG SL6Y

$248.97
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LG SL6Y
420W
3.5kg
WEIGHT

A great mid range choice, priced at $248.97 is the LG SL6Y, which has a Kagoo Score of 85.

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

A positively reviewed 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
84
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
81
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report that LG SL6Y has marvellous 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 $248.97 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End LG Soundbar?

LG SL8YG

$399.00
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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 79, but is a bit more expensive at $399.

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

A highly rated and fully featured 3.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with the latest technology. It has a subwoofer included and a handheld remote control, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC). Purchasers report that it's quiet.

88
Reviews
4 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
69
Value for Money
Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that LG SL8YG has superb 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 $399.00 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice LG Soundbar?

LG SJ2

$81.58
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LG SJ2
Buy Now
LG SJ2
160W
1.7kg
WEIGHT

At only $81.58 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 fair price.

96
Reviews
3 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that LG SJ2 has great expert reviews and outstanding user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this soundbar to others.

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Compare All LG Soundbars
Find the best LG soundbar for you by checking our complete list of over 117 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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