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Should You Buy an LG Soundbar?

Matthew
Updated 23 May 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 480+ soundbars by objectively and impartially analysing over 3,300 user and expert reviews and 270+ 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 $850 for the SK10Y which is a 5.1.2 soundbar. The average price of a new LG soundbar is $279.

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%
265 reviews
#2
South Korea
90%
90%
3 reviews
#3
Bose
87%
87%
94 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
370 reviews
#5
84%
84%
21 reviews
#6
Sonos
84%
84%
434 reviews
#7
Polk Audio
80%
80%
23 reviews
#8
Bluesound
77%
77%
60 reviews
#9
Razer
77%
77%
313 reviews
#10
JBL
76%
76%
53 reviews
#11
Denon
76%
76%
91 reviews
#12
Trust
75%
75%
2 reviews
#13
Klipsch
74%
74%
7 reviews
#14
Harman Kardon
74%
74%
8 reviews
#15
Canton
73%
73%
51 reviews
#16
Audioengine
69%
69%
10 reviews
#17
Wharfedale
67%
67%
1 review
#18
Anker
66%
66%
7 reviews
#19
AVerMedia
66%
66%
14 reviews
#20
VIZIO
United States
66%
66%
0 reviews
#21
Supersonic
United States
64%
64%
0 reviews
#22
QFX
62%
62%
0 reviews
#23
DELL
United States
58%
58%
1 review
#24
Lenovo
China
57%
57%
0 reviews
#25
Promethean
53%
53%
0 reviews
#26
Bang & Olufsen
53%
53%
1 review
#27
Naim
52%
52%
0 reviews
#28
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 71%.

The average review score for a LG soundbar is 71%.

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
$305
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $4,099
Price Distribution of All Soundbars
No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$279
$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
46
4 stars
29
3 stars
10
2 stars
5
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 89% and 84% 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%
11 reviews
76%
14 reviews
50%
3 reviews
75%
6 reviews
CNET.com logo
76%
13 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
avforums.com logo
80%
2 reviews
78%
6 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
73%
3 reviews
73%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
whathifi.com logo
93%
3 reviews
65%
4 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
PC Mag logo
77%
3 reviews
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
hifitest.de logo
100%
1 review
90%
4 reviews
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
100%
2 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
90%
1 review
audiovision.de logo
68%
2 reviews
76%
2 reviews
74%
1 review
76%
2 reviews
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
77%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
tomsguide.com logo
83%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
85%
3 reviews
50%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
90%
1 review
goodhousekeeping.co.uk logo
85%
2 reviews
85%
3 reviews
01net.com logo
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
homecinemachoice.com logo
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
79%
143 reviews
80%
25 reviews
72%
50 reviews
60%
55 reviews
71%
16 reviews
Average
83%
211 reviews
77%
98 reviews
75%
76 reviews
74%
62 reviews
74%
50 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
6
2
3
3
avforums.com logo
2
5
1
1
Techradar logo
1
2
1
2
Expert Reviews logo
2
1
1
1
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
1
1
Trusted Reviews logo
2
1
1
1
Pocket Lint logo
2
1
1
soundandvision.com logo
3
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
3
1
EISA.eu logo
1
1
1
tomsguide.com logo
1
1
1
01net.com logo
1
1
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
1
1
99mac.se logo
2
1
Which? logo
2
hardware.info logo
1
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
2
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
1
gamerspotion.de logo
1
1
areadvd.de logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
16
2
5
37
3
Total
49
18
23
43
13

How Reliable Are LG Soundbars?

We checked over 3,300 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
Poor Build Quality
johnlewis.com
sleek with a surprisingly minimal base (but sturdy - my cats have tested it rigorously
Amazon

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 SL9YG ($400), the LG SL8YG ($425) and the LG SK9Y ($600).

LG Multiroom

LG soundbars that support Multiroom include the LG SL9YG ($400), the LG SL8YG ($425) and the LG SJ8 ($160).

LG Smart Soundbar

LG soundbars that are smart soundbar include the LG SL8YG ($425), the LG SL5Y ($125) and the LG SL10YG ($675).

LG Sound Sync

LG soundbars that feature LG Sound Sync include the LG SH2 ($110) and the LG SL6Y ($297).

What is the Best Mid-Range LG Soundbar?

LG SL6Y

$297.42
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LG SL6Y
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LG SL6Y
420W
3.5kg
WEIGHT

A great mid range choice, priced at $297.42 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

An amazingly 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
83
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
78
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Owners 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 $297.42 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best High End LG Soundbar?

LG SL8YG

$424.99
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LG SL8YG
Buy Now
LG SL8YG
440W
ARC
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 78, but is a bit more expensive at $424.99.

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

Multiple reviews mentioned that this soundbar isquiet. It's a positively reviewed and fully featured 3.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a fair price and the latest technology. It has a subwoofer included and a handheld remote control, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC).

88
Reviews
4 Reviews
80
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Popularity
Quite Popular
70
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that LG SL8YG has marvellous 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 $424.99 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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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 Multiroom
LG Smart Soundbar
LG Sound Sync
What is the Best Mid-Range LG Soundbar?
What is the Best High End LG Soundbar?

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