Homeowners who are making their homes smarter rely on digital helpers, like Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana and Alexa. These assistants are found in many of our devices. They pop up at certain spoken commands.
Amazon Echo started the smart speaker trend a few years. However, it is no longer alone in this niche.
Currently, there are various smart home speakers you can buy. As a result, it makes it difficult to determine which one is the best.
Once you have decided your digital assistant, you can list down the features that are vital for you.
Listed below are some of the best smart speakers you can choose and buy in 2019.
1. Sonos One
As for the sound quality, Sonos One offers an excellent sounding smart speaker. Among the many smart home speakers, it is not the loudest.
However, it is the most versatile. It is compatible with Google Home and Apple Airplay 2, even though it is Alexa-enabled.
You can pair it with other speakers on a home theater system. Thus, it is one of the best options for a smart home speaker.
2. Amazon Echo
This original Amazon Echo has a scary appearance. It has a black plastic cylinder. But the Amazon changed it to make it more attractive.
As a result, the new Echo can easily fit your home decor. To top it all, it is available at a much affordable price than the original Echo.
Last year, Amazon expanded its Alexa speakers. You can have the Echo Dot at $49.99.
If you wish to have a smart home speaker with a home-automation hub, the Echo Plus is a great choice. The Echo is great as an every-room speaker. It is a better-looking speaker with more volume.
3. JBL Link 20
It can connect to Google Home. It is not only waterproof but it also floats. Its indicator lights will tell you how much battery is left. They also show the strength of your Wi-Fi signal. You can also pair it with Bluetooth.
It depends on Google Assistant. You can easily set it up. When you ask it, its answers are more reliable than Alexa’s. It can work with Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and other Google apps.
4. Google Home Mini
If you can’t afford Amazon Echo Dot, you can choose Google Home Mini. It is more affordable. Since its voice assistant is Google Assistant, it is smarter than Amazon’s Echo speaker. You can ask several questions on a similar topic and receive accurate answers.
It can give step by step instructions when you ask for some recipes. You can also use it with Google Maps and Google Calendar. When it comes to intelligence, Google has an edge. That’s why the Home Mini is a great option if you wish to get a smarter speaker.
5. Sonos Beam
Its features are similar to Sonos One. However, it is designed to connect to your TV. It supports Alexa and Airplay. Soon, it will be compatible with Google Assistant.
One of its important benefits is that it can join other Sonos speakers in the system. To make a surround sound, two other Sonos speakers can be attached to the Beam.
You can set it up in your living room. Its small size makes it easy to connect to many size TVs. Once Google’s digital assistant is added, it can have better features and abilities. For now, you can play TV shows through voice requests.
6. Apple HomePod
It is a high-quality smart home speaker and it offers great sound. It is compatible with Apple Music and iTunes library. Although it has excellent hardware, its voice assistant, Siri, lacks the broad ecosystem that Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa have.
In that case, HomePod can be seen as lonely. It is not like Alexa or Google Assistant, which is a system. These two digital assistants are more powerful when they are used throughout the house.
For example, you can put Home Max in your living room while the Home Mini is in the kitchen. The HomePod, on the other hand, is only for Apple devices and place it in a living room.
If you are planning to purchase a smart home speaker, then now is the best time to do it. You will not find any new releases until early or mid-2019. These speakers can last for many years.