With our guide on how to find the best tower speakers, you can seriously add some impressive sound to your home.
We’re going to have a look at things you should look out for when buying tower speakers and we’ll also show you some of the best speakers on the market.
First, let’s have a look into what tower speakers actually are and why they might be the right type of speakers for your home.
- 1 What are tower speakers?
- 2 What to look for when buying tower speakers?
- 3 7 Best Tower Speakers in 2021
- 4 Focal Chora 826 Floor Standing Speakers
- 5 Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker
- 6 ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 Floorstanding Speaker
- 7 Jamo Studio Series S 807-WH White Floorstanding Speakers
- 8 Aperion Audio Novus 5.25″ 2-Way Tower Floorstanding Speaker
- 9 Polk Signature Series S50 Floor Standing Speaker
- 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Tower Speakers
- 11 Which are the best Tower Speakers?
What are tower speakers?
Tower speakers – also known as floor-standing speakers – are big enough to sit on the floor on their own. They are different to bookshelf speakers for example which need to be placed on a shelf or a desk.
As they are generally larger, they produce a much better sound. This includes a deeper bass, a higher level of volume and they are ideal for bigger rooms. That isn’t to say that tower speakers aren’t suited to smaller spaces either but they are normally found in rooms that are medium or large-sized.
You often don’t need to include a subwoofer either with tower speakers although some people do like to add one to improve bass.
What to look for when buying tower speakers?
When you are thinking of purchasing a set of tower speakers, you need to take some things into consideration.
Size of the room
Tower speakers can be pretty big. So, you will need space to house them.
It isn’t just the physical size of the speakers you need to think about in relation to your room size, but also the sound levels. If you have a particularly small space then other types of speakers for small rooms might be more suitable. Sometimes tower speakers can be a bit overkill.
That being said, they do produce a really great sound. When looking at buying tower speakers, you need to think if the sound produced is actually ideal for your home.
Two-Way vs. Three-Way Tower Speakers
These are two terms you’ll come across quite a lot when looking at buying tower speakers – two-way and three-way.
It might sound a bit complicated but the reality is that they are actually quite simple to define.
Two-way speakers separate the frequencies out into highs and lows and they have two different drivers in order to achieve this.
Three-way speakers separate frequencies out into highs, mids and lows and use three different drivers for this.
There isn’t really a definite answer to if one is better than the other. Really it comes down to what you are using the speakers for. Are they just for playing music? As part of a home theatre setup connected to a TV?
Some high-end two-way speakers produce a better sound than low-end three-way speakers. So, look into each speaker system on its own merit.
The sensitivity of any speakers defines how loud they will be and the same goes for tower speakers.
While there isn’t a standard, across-the-board sensitivity rating, it is usually a good gauge of how much noise speakers will generate. A speaker set with a sensitivity rating of 86db for example is going to produce a lower overall sound than one with a sensitivity of 98db.
Looking at the sensitive rating between different sets of speakers can be a good way to judge what ones you need for the space you have. Some tower speakers with a very high sensitivity rating might be too loud for your home whereas speakers with lower sensitivity might not fill your room up enough.
Like all speaker types, you can find fairly inexpensive and costly tower speakers.
Your budget is something else to factor in before you go out and make a purchase.
Go in with a good idea of what you can afford to spend. If you do find a really good set of tower speakers that are slightly above your budget, think about if you can really afford the extra dollars.
Sometimes spending slightly more can get you a much better product however cost isn’t the only factor. Some fairly inexpensive sets of floorstanding or tower speakers can often be as good as speakers that cost more money.
7 Best Tower Speakers in 2021
There are a lot of different tower speakers out there and it can be very confusing when you first have a look at what is available.
We’ve whittled the list down to the 7 best tower speakers you can buy.
Focal Chora 826 Floor Standing Speakers
The Focal Chora 826 Floor Standing Speakers are probably the best high-end speakers on our list and their price certainly reflects that. We’ll be showing you both pricey and budget speakers but these are definitely found on the higher end of the pricing scale.
They look great and they are made from Slatefiber which ensures both a sturdy design coupled with lightweight construction. These speakers are a three-way model and have a sensitivity of 91dB so they do get pretty loud. The sound quality is great and what you would expect from speakers that cost this much.
One thing that is a bit annoying with these speakers is that it will take you some time to find the best position for them. It can be a bit tricky to get the positioning right for optimal sound but once it’s down, the quality is very impressive. They also come with a tilted stand.
Overall these speakers are a great all-around performing with their big downfall being the price.
- Great sound quality with high volume
- Construction is great with a lightweight design
- Three-way speakers
- Come with a tilted stand
- Pretty expensive so might be out of your budget
- Can take a while to get the positioning right
- Recommended Amp Power: 40-250W/8Ω
- Sensitivity: 91db
- Dimensions: 105.3 x 30.3 x 38.8cm
- Drivers: 3 x 6.5″, 1 x 1″
Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker
If you are looking for more of a budget option, the Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker is a good choice.
This 3-way speaker comes at a very attractive price (although it is for one speaker so you need to buy two) and offers a decent sound. In fact, the sound quality on the Sony SSCS3 is one par with some higher-end models.
It isn’t the newest tower speaker on the market – it has been around for nearly 7 years now – however that is one reason it has come down in price. These speakers offer a solid build that is ideal for living rooms and similarly sized spaces. They are really easy and straightforward to set up as well.
These speakers do a good job with music however they can feel a bit rough when it comes to movie audio for example. Still very usable but not as good as some other models.
- Provide a clean and good quality sound
- Nicely built with a modern design
- Very affordable and good for those on a budget
- Sound quality could be better for movies and TV
- Price is just for one speaker
- Recommended Amp power: 20-145W/8Ω
- Sensitivity: 88dB
- Dimensions: 24 x 92 x 26 cm
- Drivers: 2 x 5″, 1 x 1″
ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 Floorstanding Speaker
The ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 Floorstanding Speaker also comes in at the more budget-friendly end of the pricing scale although they are slightly more expensive than the Sony SSCS3 speakers.
They do a really good job with playing music and for the price, it is hard to find a significantly better sound. Ideal for any kind of room size but particularly small and medium-sized spaces. They’ll work in larger rooms too but you might want to look at tower speakers that are designed for particularly big spaces.
These speakers also have a nice aesthetic and will fit in well with a modern design.
Overall they do a good job. They probably won’t make you say ‘wow’ with the sound that they output but you aren’t going to be rushing to return them because they are inferior either. A nice option for those of you who are on a bit of a budget.
- Good build with a modern design
- Decent sound quality for the price
- Ideal for the budget-conscious
- Bass could be better
- Not fantastic at higher volumes
- Recommended Amp Power: 140W/6Ω
- Sensitivity: 87dB
- Dimensions: 19.5 x 109 x 26 cm
Jamo Studio Series S 807-WH White Floorstanding Speakers
The Jamo Studio Series S 807-WH White Floorstanding Speakers are great right away because, for the price, they come as a pair.
These are in the budget category again and while not the cheapest on our list, they are less expensive than many other tower speakers.
In terms of sound quality, they perform well and fit nicely at home in a home theater setup. With upper trebles and low bass, you can notice the cheaper quality. You will also need a pretty good amp as well to get the most out of them.
That being said, they are pretty good overall and also come with a great-looking design.
- Well design set of tower speakers
- Two speakers for the cost
- Offer decent sound
- Affordable for many people
- Will need a good amp to get the most out of them
- Sound isn’t amazing with high trebles and low bass
- Recommended Amp Power: 100-200W/8Ω
- Sensitivity: 90dB
- Dimensions: 91.5 x 19 x 25.2 cm
- Drivers: 2 x 5″, 1 x 1″
Aperion Audio Novus 5.25″ 2-Way Tower Floorstanding Speaker
Moving onto tower speakers that are a bit more costly, the Aperion Audio Novus 5.25″ 2-Way Tower Floorstanding Speaker does offer quite a bit for the money.
Like some of the other tower speakers on our list, they are sold separately and not as a pair.
These speakers are actually quite small and compact so they are perfect for smaller spaces. The sound quality is great and it surprised us a bit at how good it actually is. These are very well suited for a home theater and music plays beautifully.
The bass could be a bit better but that is really nitpicking. We also love the design although we can see why it might not be to everyone’s taste. They have a kind of industrial style to them.
If you can spend a bit more on a tower speaker, these are a very good option to consider.
- Ideal for a home theater set up
- Offer good quality sound
- Nice modern design
- Price is just for one tower speaker
- Design might not be to your tastes
- Recommended Amp power: 20-150W/4Ω
- Sensitivity: 88dB
- Dimensions: 21.7 x 94.5 x 27 cm
- Drivers: 2 x 5.25″, 1 x 1″
Polk Signature Series S50 Floor Standing Speaker
The Polk Signature Series S50 comes in at a nice price and for the money you do get a very decent sound quality. It is perhaps a bit low which may not appeal to a lot of people however this tower speaker will work well in small rooms.
This speaker is also pretty flexible in terms of positioning. You won’t need to play around too much to get the right sound. This is great if you want something that is high quality but don’t fancy spending many hours trying to hit the sweet spot with positioning.
It does kind of lack authority even with a 89dB sensitivity so if you are after tower speakers with thundering audio you will want to look elsewhere.
For the price you do get a well functioning tower speaker that isn’t going to break the bank but does offer decent quality audio.
- Good audio quality
- Very reasonable price
- Easy to set up and get the sweet spot with positioning
- Sound can be quite low
- Recommended Amp Power: 20-150W/6Ω
- Sensitivity: 89dB
- Dimensions: 94 x 19 x 27 cm
- Drivers: 1 x 5.25″, 1 x 1″
Klipsch R-26FA Dolby Atmos Floorstanding Speaker
The last set of tower speakers on our list is the Klipsch R-26FA Dolby Atmos Floorstanding Speaker.
While they aren’t strictly in the really expensive range, they aren’t necessarily a budget speaker either. They’re much cheaper than the Focal Chora 826 but sit somewhere in the middle on our list.
These speakers look great so if you are after a nice design these are certainly something to take into consideration. You can’t really argue much with the overall sound quality as it is what we would expect for speakers like this. Decent range and great for a home theater.
The bass output is good and even at high volumes, these speakers perform very well. The mid-range sound could be better we feel and it does lack a mid-range driver.
If you have a bit of money to spend and don’t want to go really high market, the Klipsch R-26FA speakers are a sensible but effective choice.
- Good sound quality especially at high volumes
- Look really good with a modern design
- Pretty affordable
- Lack of a mid-range driver
- Recommended Amp Power: 38-100W/8Ω
- Sensitivity: 97dB
- Dimensions: 101 x 27.5 x 41 cm
Read our full guide on how to find the best Ceiling Speakers for Atmos.
Frequently Asked Questions about Tower Speakers
Question: Do I need a lot of space for tower speakers?
Answer: Not necessarily. Even though they generally sit on the floor and often do take up more space than other types of speakers, some models can be quite compact.
Question: Are two-way speakers better than three-way speakers?
Answer: Not always. It comes down what you are using the speakers for, the brand and the quality of the speakers themselves.
Question: Can I use tower speakers in a small room?
Answer: Yes. Even though tower speakers will produce a higher sound than other speakers designed for smaller rooms – such as bookshelf speakers – you can use tower speakers anywhere.
Question: Do I need a subwoofer with tower speakers?
Answer: In most cases, no. While smaller speaker sets like bookshelf speakers and speakers designed to enhance computer audio may need a subwoofer, tower speakers usually don’t require one. The sound quality and bass on tower speakers is generally quite high so a subwoofer isn’t normally needed.
Question: Are tower speakers expensive?
Answer: While they can cost more than some other speaker models, you can find a range of tower speakers that will suit your budget.
Which are the best Tower Speakers?
Tower speakers have the functionality to really improve the quality of your home audio. While they are generally more expensive than other types of speakers, the difference in quality is usually worth the money if you have a home theater set up.
We’ve listed 7 of the best tower speakers on the market but what one should you choose?
If you are on a bit of a tight budget but still want high quality speakers, go with the Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker. They come in at a very attractive price and overall they offer a great sound. OK, it could be a bit better when watching movies and TV and the price is just for one speaker, but for what you pay it is hard to go wrong.
If you have a bit more money to spend on high quality tower speakers, we’d recommend going for the Focal Chora 826 Floor Standing Speakers. Some people might gape at the price – and they are pretty pricey – but you do get what you pay for. There aren’t many downsides to them at all other than taking a bit of time to get the position right and if your budget can stretch, they are well worth the money.