It’s tough to find a smart home product that doesn’t connect to, or run, Google Assistant these days. No matter what size your room is, how much counter space you have in the kitchen, or what you need to control, Google Assistant is there. It’s also an amazing platform for media, whether you want music, streaming video or an integrated TV experience. However, if you want the best of the best, these are some of our favorite picks.
Assistant with a screen
Google Nest Hub
The Nest Hub is a perfect upgrade for anyone who’s fallen in love with their Google Home or Home Mini but wants the added benefit of a screen. Not only can it give you visual responses and watch YouTube videos, but the Nest Hub is also one of the best digital picture frames you can buy.
$129 at B&H
Bigger screen, plus video calls
Lenovo Smart Display (8-inch)
Lenovo’s Smart Display matches the Home Hub for capabilities but has a few added benefits. It has a larger 8-inch display, can be used either landscape or portrait, and has a camera for two-way video calling. You’ll have to think about whether you have the extra table space, but this could be a better buy if you do.
$200 at B&H
Still a great speaker
This is the smart speaker that started it all — and if you don’t need a screen, it’s a perfect home companion. Whether you buy just one to keep in the kitchen or get a few to link up multi-room audio for your music, the Google Home is a great all-around smart speaker that can often be found at a great discount.
$99 at B&H
Put these all over the house
Google Home Mini
Not every room deserves a full-fledged Home Hub or Google Home speaker, but the Home Mini is perfect for these secondary rooms to get the basics done. This little speaker handles all of the same functions as a full Google Home, with a passable speaker that’s good enough for smaller spaces — it also has flexible mounting options.
$49 at B&H
Keep an eye on things
Nest Cam Indoor security camera
Keep an eye on specific rooms or point it out the window to see what’s happening outside from a distance. Nest Cam Indoor will alert you to movement, or you can just check in at any time from your smartphone.
$199 at B&H
Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones
Bose sets the standard for over-ear noise-canceling headphones that work really well with any phone or computer. But the latest version is also ready to work with Google Assistant for hands-free queries via your phone without taking it out of your pocket.
$299 at Amazon
All-in on Google
Assistant fans that are all-in on the Google ecosystem may already be considering a Chromebook … and the Pixelbook is the pinnacle of what’s on offer. The base model has good enough specs for most people, but you can always bump up the specs for more power and storage if you have deeper pockets.
From $999 at B&H
Affordable 4K streaming
Google Chromecast Ultra
The Chromecast Ultra is a perfect partner for a Google Home. They link up on the same network so you can ask your Home to play video on your TV, or fire up your home theater system for better-sounding music. It also does 4K HDR streaming directly with all of your favorite video services and will support Stadia when it launches.
$69 at Amazon
Ultimate home entertainment
NVIDIA Shield TV
If you want to go a step above the Chromecast Ultra, the NVIDIA Shield TV is the way to go. It’s powered by Android TV, meaning you get a user interface on your television in addition to the Shield TV also acting as a Chromecast target. It supports 4K HDR streaming, DTS-X audio, and the remote has a dedicated Google Assistant button.
$166 at Amazon
The Google television
Sony 65-inch 4K HDR LED X900F TV
This isn’t really a purchase you make on a whim, but Sony makes some of the best 4K HDR TVs out there. Sony’s also one of the few manufacturers that ships Android TV (with Google Assistant and Cast built in!) on its sets, which is miles ahead of most other “smart” TV operating systems.
$1598 at Amazon
Light it up
Philips Hue Premium Starter Kit
There are plenty of smart bulbs out there that work with the Google Assistant, but if you ask us, some of the best out there are from the Philips Hue brand. Yes, they’re expensive, but they’re also built well and last forever. This starter kit includes the hub and four A19 lights that can each emit over 16 million colors.
$149 at Amazon
Smart plugs are essential accessories for any smart home, and with the Wemo Mini, you get an affordable, compact one that works flawlessly with the Google Assistant. Once set up, you can have the Mini turn on/off by using the Wemo app or talking to the Assistant. It can also be put on a schedule to automatically work on its own.
$22 at Amazon
Does it all
Google Nest Hub Max
If you want one of the most powerful smart displays on the market, the Nest Hub Max is for you. It’s essentially a larger version of the regular Nest Hub, featuring a 10-inch display, two powerful speakers with a subwoofer, and even a built-in security camera! Google hasn’t released the Nest Hub Max quite yet, but we’ll update this once it’s available!
$229 at Google Store
If we’re making some suggestions
As you can see, the Google Assistant is everywhere. If you’re buying a smart device of any kind these days, chances are it works with the Assistant one way or another.
Out of everything being offered, though, our top recommendation goes to the Google Nest Hub. It brings the Google Assistant into your home for all of the questions/commands you may have, and on the hardware side of things, it has a gorgeous display, design, and is the perfect digital photo album for showing off your Google Photos library.
You get a lot for your money with the Nest Hub, but if that’s more than you’d like to spend, you can’t go wrong with the Google Home Mini. While it does lack the Nest Hub’s display, the Home Mini can perform all of the same Assistant commands, has a speaker that works perfectly fine for casual music listening, and looks oh so adorable.