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
Works with everything
The Sonos One might not look like much at first glance, but you’d be wrong to underestimate its discreet looks. For one thing, it’s an incredibly powerful speaker with impressive room-filling sound. It supports both Google Assistant and Alexa, can be used with AirPlay 2, and can be paired with other Sonos speakers in the blink of an eye.
$199 at Amazon
Has an Assistant button
Every Android phone these days can access the Google Assistant, but there are some that take its integration to the next level, like the Nokia 4.2. It has a dedicated button that’s used to access the Assistant at any time, even if the screen is turned off. Outside of that, it’s a really great phone at a fantastic price.
$189 at Amazon
No hub required
C by GE (C-Sleep)
A lot of smart light bulbs require a hub to be used, but that’s not the case with the C-Sleep bulb by GE. Just plug it into whatever light/lamp you want, pair it with the C by GE mobile app, and you’re good to go. The C-Sleep model automatically adjusts its light temperature throughout the day to put minimal strain on your eyes.
$19 at Amazon
Funcl AI Earphones
Truly wireless earbuds are all the rage right now, and if you want an affordable pair that works with the Google Assistant, your best option are the Funcl AI Earphones. They’re compact, have 3D stereo sound with AptX, Bluetooth 5.0, and last for up to six hours of listening time on one charge. With the charging case, you get three extra charges.
$80 at Amazon
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
Maket the robot vacuum
iRobot Roomba 690
No one really likes vacuuming, so why do it yourself? With the Roomba 690, you can keep your hardwood and carpeted floors clean without having to lift a finger. Just say “Hey Google, start vacuuming” and the Roomba 690 will be on its way to get your home clean. It has a three-stage cleaning process and will dock itself on the charger when it needs more juice.
$279 at Amazon
Control all the things
Essentially a universal remote for the modern age, the Logitech Harmony is the ultimate accessory for controlling all of your connected devices right from the couch. With Assistant integration, you can use the Harmony to start and stop custom activities or routines and control your TV all with just your voice.
$105 at Amazon
Hey Google, open Netflix
TCL 50S425 50-Inch 4K TV
The TCL 50S425 has all the makings of a great budget TV. It has a large 50-inch screen, supports 4K HDR content, and comes equipped with three HDMI 2.0 ports. It’s powered by Roku, giving you access to a heap of streaming apps, movies, and TV shows. The best part? You can open apps, control playback, and more via the Google Assistant.
$280 at Amazon
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.
$165 at Amazon
Modern power strip
Teckin Smart Power Strip
Every home should be outfitted with a few power strips to ensure your gadgets stay safe in the event of a storm or power outage. With the Teckin Smart Power Strip, you get peace of mind knowing your devices are safe from harm while also gaining the ability to control the strip with your voice using the Google Assistant. It has four AC outlets and four USB-A ports.
$28 at Amazon
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
These brand new headphones from Bose look great, sound even better, and are incredibly comfortable to wear. They also have a dedicated voice assistant button, which by default calls up Google Assistant when connected to a compatible phone. The Google Assistant feature is bonus — these are among the top noise-cancelling headphones you can buy today.
$399 at Amazon
Google’s take on the laptop
Lenovo Chromebook C330
Chromebooks are essentially Google’s take on a Windows or Mac laptop, and if you want one of the best value ones right now, the Lenovo Chromebook C330 is the way to go. It’s built like a tank, has powerful specs to speed up your workflow, and Chrome OS has the Assistant built-in so you can interact with it at any given moment.
$250 at Amazon
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.
And if it’s headphones you’re after, consider spending a bit more money than perhaps you’re used to to get the best of the best, Bose’s new Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.