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Should You Buy an LG Soundbar?

Matthew
Updated 24 February 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 5,900 user and expert reviews and 220+ 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 $49 for the SJ4 which is a 2.1 soundbar and go up to $1,277 for the SN5Y which is a 2.1 soundbar. The average price of a new LG soundbar is $370.

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%
1,973 reviews
#2
South Korea
92%
92%
177 reviews
#3
Sonos
90%
90%
1,227 reviews
#4
87%
87%
398 reviews
#5
Bose
84%
84%
77 reviews
#6
Polk Audio
82%
82%
35 reviews
#7
Denon
78%
78%
184 reviews
#8
Klipsch
77%
77%
20 reviews
#9
Razer
75%
75%
313 reviews
#10
JBL
75%
75%
53 reviews
#11
Bluesound
75%
75%
61 reviews
#12
Canton
74%
74%
59 reviews
#13
Anker
74%
74%
7 reviews
#14
Harman Kardon
73%
73%
8 reviews
#15
Audioengine
72%
72%
10 reviews
#16
Trust
70%
70%
3 reviews
#17
VIZIO
United States
68%
68%
0 reviews
#18
Supersonic
United States
65%
65%
0 reviews
#19
Q Acoustics
65%
65%
32 reviews
#20
AVerMedia
65%
65%
14 reviews
#21
DELL
United States
64%
64%
2 reviews
#22
Japan
63%
63%
0 reviews
#23
Netherlands
63%
63%
43 reviews
#24
QFX
62%
62%
0 reviews
#25
TCL
62%
62%
4 reviews
#26
Monitor Audio
61%
61%
2 reviews
#27
Logik
United Kingdom
61%
61%
0 reviews
#28
Lenovo
China
59%
59%
0 reviews
#29
Creative
55%
55%
0 reviews
#30
Naim
54%
54%
0 reviews
#31
Dali
54%
54%
1 review
#32
Goodmans
53%
53%
0 reviews
#33
Peerless
53%
53%
0 reviews
#34
Creative Labs
52%
52%
0 reviews
#35
Bang & Olufsen
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 83%.

The average review score for a LG soundbar is 83%.

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

However LG soundbars tend to be more expensive than most other soundbar brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$336
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $1,949
Price Distribution of All Soundbars
No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$370
$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
35
4 stars
60
3 stars
13
2 stars
0
1 star
0
LG logo

User Reviews

5 stars
1,176
4 stars
360
3 stars
106
2 stars
55
1 star
81
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 86% of user reviews for LG soundbars are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 90% and 88% 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 Razer Denon Bose
CNET.com logo
78%
10 reviews
75%
13 reviews
83%
5 reviews
73%
3 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
83%
8 reviews
76%
14 reviews
75%
6 reviews
50%
3 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
80%
2 reviews
70%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
3 reviews
70%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
80%
2 reviews
82%
6 reviews
80%
2 reviews
100%
1 review
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
1 review
78%
8 reviews
75%
2 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
70%
2 reviews
73%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
60%
2 reviews
whathifi.com logo
90%
2 reviews
65%
4 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
homecinemamagazine.nl logo
83%
2 reviews
80%
5 reviews
83%
2 reviews
avforums.com logo
80%
1 review
78%
6 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
PC Mag logo
80%
2 reviews
73%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
goodhousekeeping.co.uk logo
85%
2 reviews
85%
3 reviews
83%
2 reviews
Digitaltrends.com logo
85%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
audiovision.de logo
68%
2 reviews
76%
2 reviews
76%
2 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
100%
1 review
80%
3 reviews
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
77%
3 reviews
60%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
dday.it logo
84%
2 reviews
76%
1 review
78%
1 review
79%
1 review
hifitest.de logo
90%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
altomdata.dk logo
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
90%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
tomsguide.com logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
77%
89 reviews
76%
25 reviews
60%
53 reviews
70%
19 reviews
55%
6 reviews
Average
81%
139 reviews
77%
108 reviews
74%
62 reviews
75%
50 reviews
70%
27 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have LG Soundbars Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 21 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 21 awards for its soundbars.

Compare all award winning soundbars

Number of Awards Sonos LG Razer Denon Bose
avforums.com logo
1
5
1
1
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
3
Techradar logo
1
3
2
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
1
99mac.se logo
2
1
Expert Reviews logo
1
1
1
Trusted Reviews logo
1
1
1
hardware.info logo
1
1
soundandvision.com logo
2
EISA.eu logo
1
1
tomsguide.com logo
1
1
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
gamerspotion.de logo
1
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
1
areadvd.de logo
1
1
whatnext.pl logo
1
1
Which? logo
2
ockd.es logo
1
nexthardware.com logo
1
Other Expert Sites
13
2
34
4
Total
33
21
43
13
3

How Reliable Are LG Soundbars?

We checked over 5,900 reviews to find comments about the reliability of LG soundbars. over 40 of these reviews mention reliability of which 80% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of LG soundbar owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

80% 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
weaker volume than the built in speakers on the TV itself
Bestbuy.com
the built in speakers project dialogues clearly
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
a pair of heavy duty rear speakers
Techradar
sleek with a surprisingly minimal base (but sturdy - my cats have tested it rigorously
Amazon
Poor Build Quality
johnlewis.com
I am concerned that It's broken
Bestbuy.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 SL7Y ($250), the LG SJ5R ($270) and the LG SN9YG ($526).

LG Dolby Atmos

LG soundbars that support Dolby Atmos include the LG SN9YG ($526), the LG GX ($549) and the LG SN11RG ($899).

LG Multiroom

LG soundbars that support Multiroom include the LG SN9YG ($526), the LG SN11RG ($899) and the LG SL9YG ($550).

LG Smart Soundbar

LG soundbars that are smart soundbar include the LG SN9YG ($526), the LG SN11RG ($899) and the LG SL5Y ($195).

What is the Best High End LG Soundbar?

LG SN9YG

$525.99
eBay
LG SN9YG
Buy Now
LG SN9YG
520W
DOLBY
ATMOS
6kg
WEIGHT

If you're looking for a high end LG soundbar then the LG SN9YG takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 81, but is a bit more expensive at $525.99.

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

An excellently reviewed and fully featured 5.1.2 channels Bluetooth soundbar. It has a subwoofer included and a handheld remote control, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC). Multiple reviews mentioned that this soundbar is quiet, good-looking and very easy to setup.

92
Reviews
261 Reviews
82
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Popularity
Quite Popular
69
Value for Money
Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report that LG SN9YG has good expert reviews and great user reviews with 80% of buyers recommending this soundbar to others.

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
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

The cheapest price that we could find for the SN9YG in the US is $525.99 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice LG Soundbar?

LG SN4

$237.38
eBay
LG SN4
Buy Now
LG SN4
300W
HDMI
X 1
2.1kg
WEIGHT

At only $237.38 and with a Kagoo Score of 76 the LG SN4 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Subwoofer included
Supports Bluetooth
Handheld remote control
Wall mountable
Features Audio Return Channel (ARC)

A good value for money and good spec 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar. It has a subwoofer included and a handheld remote control, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC).

79
Features
Good Features
71
Value for Money
Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Review Soundbar LG SN4
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LG SOUNDBAR SN4 (FULL REVIEW)
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Unboxing/teste soundbar Lg SN4
Unboxing/teste soundbar Lg SN4

The cheapest price that we could find for the SN4 in the US is $237.38 but in total we found only 1 price 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 Dolby Atmos
LG Multiroom
LG Smart Soundbar
What is the Best High End LG Soundbar?
What is the Best Budget Choice LG Soundbar?

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