The 8 Best Floor Speakers to Buy in 2018

Turn your home into a movie theater or concert hall with these floor speakers

If you’re looking to add audio to your bedroom or living room, you'll notice that floorstanding speakers are some of the most popular speaker types. Their general design offers the unique opportunity to fit more speakers into a smaller space without sacrificing the audio experience. Shop carefully with our list as your guide and you can bring the best parts of a theater-going experience right into your home. Floorstanding speakers are the heart-pumping anchor of any good sound system and with the right purchase, you’ll have a great experience that will make your friends and neighbors jealous.

The ELAC Debut F5 stands above the rest with a price tag that isn’t out of this world and performance that will have you wanting to stay in and watch movies every weekend. Standing around 36 inches tall, the F5 offers a one-inch silk dome tweeter and three 5.25-inch drivers, the top of which is housed in a separate chamber offering up its own bass port. The fiberboard design offers a black vinyl finish, which doesn’t stand out as being particularly attractive but feels solid and well-built. One notable add-on is the addition of a black metal clip in the rear that is designed to secure the speaker to a wall to prevent it from tipping over on children, falling in an earthquake, etc.

When it comes to sound, the F5 offers up an experience that hits well above its mid-range price tag. Mid-range and low-frequency dynamics perform admirably while bass lines are more than adequate to fill up a small room. The F5 almost creates a feeling of being in a concert hall for a live orchestra performance, which is impressive for its price point. Still, if you’re looking at trying to fill a larger room, you’re likely going to want to pair the F5 with a dedicated subwoofer for increased bass. We’d like to see a little more open on the upper harmonics, but for the cost, the F5 may be near faultless.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Klipsch RF-82 II

If superior sound quality is at the top of your list, the Klipsch RF-82 II floorstanding speakers are well worth a look. Featuring a one-inch titanium horn-loaded tweeter and dual eight-inch high-output woofers, the RF-82 focuses on a unique combination of sound precision, clarity and effortless power. The vinyl woodgrain exterior build won’t stand out in a room, but the sound sure will with Klipsch’s proprietary Tractix sound technology. The end result is loud sound that doesn’t consume a lot of power combined with fantastic dynamic peaks and crisp listening. And one of the best highlights is just how well the RF-82 performs at very high volumes. The claw-style feet stand nice and easy on the floor at 43.6 inches tall, 9.5 inches wide and 16.25 inches deep. Overall, they’re not terribly slim or short, so you’ll want a good-sized room for placement.

Best Budget: Polk Audio T50

The Pole Audio T50 is the perfect floor-oriented speaker for anyone looking to save a few bucks but still wants to build a quality home theater system. Each speaker in Polk’s T series features a background of well-researched acoustics and the sound-quality-minded construction that goes with that. The speaker arrangement offers four separate cones: a one-inch silk tweeter for sparkling highs, a 6.5-inch “extended throw” composite driver as the main horn, as well as two additional 6.5-inch composite sub-bass speakers to support the low end.

The cabinet comes in a sleek black oak finish and is built with acoustically inert, furniture-grade MDF to make sure that all it does is hone and project the sound forward. The look is further accentuated when you remove the front grill off to reveal the cool speaker configuration. Each unit is 7.75 x 8.75 x 36.25 inches and weighs 20.35 pounds. This thing is about as affordable as you can ask from a 6-ohm, roaring 100-watt tower speaker.

Runner-Up, Best Budget: Onkyo SKF-4800

The Onkyo SKF-4800 two-way bass reflect floor-standing speakers feature fantastic sound at a wallet-friendly price. Sold as a pair, the 40-inch tall, 11.1-inch wide and 12-inch deep speakers can be used to complement an existing stereo system or as the basis for an entire surround sound system. Featuring twin 6.3-inch cone woofers and a one-inch soft-dome tweeter, the maximum input power of 130W is more than enough to offer a great audio experience. Each Onkyo speaker weighs 28.7 pounds. They feature a rear panel that houses a bass port, and even have connector ports for banana plugs, pins or stripped bare wires (like the 11.5-feet long speaker cables that are included right out of the box). As for the sound quality, it's both clean and detailed, without feeling warm or overcompensated.

Best Sound: Polk Audio TSi500

It’s interesting to think that a brand like Polk Audio made the “best-sounding” spot on the list, in part because the brand is normally known for making affordable, albeit good quality consumer audio. The TSi500 brings Polk into the high-end pack, though, with a set of specs meant to "wow" any ears. There’s a one-inch silk dome tweeter that’s pretty standard on most speakers of this size and variety. It’s the four (yes four), bi-laminate woofers within the tower, made of a warm, organic material that gives this thing truly impressive playback. They’re all powered by a trademarked Dynamic Balance sound tech that lets you hear full, loud sound without that unfriendly crunch of distortion.

Built and braced with a solid, furniture-like MDF (available in either high-gloss black piano finish or a rich cherry wood), and supported further with quarter-inch baffles, the enclosure on the TSi500 complements the speakers and dampens out almost any artificial acoustic resonance. At the factory, they’ve optimized the frequency response range with a Klippel motor and it's laser tested to ensure accurate performance up and down the spectrum. And it's all held up with fat, rubberized feet to make sure virtually no unwanted frequencies are transferred through to your floorboards.

Best Connectivity: Sharper Image Premium Bluetooth Tall Tower

What this Sharper Image tower lacks in studio quality audio and big name sound, it more than makes up for in connectivity and convenience. That’s because to play music through it, you won’t need an external receiver or amp, you can just plug and play (give or take, on that “plug” part). This speaker has both an aux input and standard Bluetooth connectivity that they claim works up to 30 feet away. That makes it perfect for parties. There’s a slot on the top meant to be used as a device stand, so you can prop your phone or tablet to use as a screen (can anyone say karaoke?), and they’ve even thrown in some fancy LED lights to support the sound with a pretty simple light show. There’s onboard FM radio and a USB input for charging devices. It's all housed in a 7.5 x 9 x 40.5-inch package that weighs only 12 pounds. So, while it isn’t the most premium speaker on the list, it’ll be plenty portable for those pop-up parties.

Best Splurge: Fluance Signature Series Three-Way Speakers

This pair of Fluance floor speakers costs a lot of cash, there’s no doubt about that. But for the average buyer, if it’s $1,000 for a pair, then it still falls squarely in the “reasonable” category, especially when you factor in the quality of the sound and the construction. There’s a one-inch, neodymium, balanced silk tweeter that is cooled by what the company is calling ferrofluid. The midrange is covered by a five-inch woven glass fiber cone that sits in its own dedicated chamber within the cabinet. Finally, the pair of eight-inch subwoofers carry a clear, commanding, decidedly undistorted kick all the way from 35Hz, which will go perfectly with the rumble of an action movie.

Now, let’s talk power; these speakers operate under a sensitivity of 89 dB and have a power handling of 200 watts (though it’ll be more like 90 watts on a continuous basis). They’re compatible at the 8-ohm level, which is standard for a home stereo, and Fluance has even engineered a rear bass port that is slightly dampened around the edges to carry the right bass resonance on the back end without too much of a ring. Each tower is 47.24 x 10.9 x 15.4 inches.

Best for Small Rooms: Yamaha’s NS-F210

Finding lean and compact floorstanding speakers that are perfect for smaller rooms is quite a challenge. In this particular category, larger is often better, as it means more room for more powerful equipment. However, Yamaha’s NS-F210 super-slim design manages to fit a great sounding budget-priced floorstanding speaker package together that’s perfect for smaller rooms. To maximize space, Yamaha squeezed in undersized drivers in order to offer something lean and small-room friendly. The modern design may or may not be for you, but it certainly feels right when placed next to a flatscreen TV.

Yamaha’s slim 41" tower offers dual 3-1/8th” woofers and a 7/8” balance dome tweeter which, unfortunately, doesn’t produce huge bass notes thanks to the aforementioned undersized drivers. However, given that you’ll be in a small room and not looking for earth-shattering sound at this price range, the sound is more than good enough.

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