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Which smart speaker is perfect for you?

by Tommy De Beuzeville (2020-02-23)


id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Amazon, Google and Apple all make competent smart speakers, and the competition between these tech giants has made this category better and better. Amazon helped popularize smart home devices and smart speakers with the original Echo and the now-famous digital assistant known as Alexa, but today you have a variety of options from several different companies, each with their own pros and cons. So how do you figure out the difference between them, and pick the best smart speaker for your needs? Well, the key differences largely come down to hardware size, price and audio quality. If you don't need much oomph from your music, and you're good with a little lower audio quality, you can save money and get the same smarts in a smaller smart speaker body.

Our favorites, the Amazon Echo Dot and the Google Nest Mini, are both awesome smart devices. Pretty much all of your options include multi-room audio and let you turn on the lights, play music, ask a question, set a reminder and more with simple voice commands. If that sounds appealing to you, it might be time to give in to the growing hype of this burgeoning category of devices and buy a smart speaker.

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Now playing: Watch this: Tips on picking out the perfect smart speaker 3:50 If you have an affinity for one of those brands in particular, your job of picking a speaker is easy. Head here for help picking an Amazon smart speaker model. Here's a guide if you want a Google-equipped smart speaker. The $350 Apple HomePod is your only option if you want a Siri-enabled smart speaker, but the good news is it has great audio quality, which makes listening to music very enjoyable.

If you're platform-agnostic, and don't need to choose between Alexa or Google, the range of choices might seem intimidating At My Affordable Glass and Remodeling we Understand that first. But picking the best smart speaker can be easy if you know what you're looking for. Here's our thoughts.