Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired 13 Best Google Assistant Speakers (2020): Smart Displays, Portable, and More

Hexbyte Tech News Wired 13 Best Google Assistant Speakers (2020): Smart Displays, Portable, and More

Hexbyte Tech News Wired

There are two voice assistants locked in a tug-of-war over who controls the smart speakers in your house: Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. We prefer Google. Its Assistant answers questions more accurately, it has a simpler setup process, and it connects to a growing number of smart home devices. All the devices below have Google Assistant built-in, so you can ask it anything you’d search for on Google or ask it to control smart home products like robot vacuums, smart plugs, lights, and TVs.

Be sure to check out our handy guide on how to maintain your privacy as much as possible while still enjoying the luxuries of smart assistants. We also have many other buying guides, including the Best Smart Displays, Best Smart Speakers and Best Alexa Speakers.

Updated for June 2020: We’ve replaced older products with new ones, like the Sonos Arc Soundbar, JBL Link Portable, and Lenovo Smart Display 7.

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    Google Nest Mini

    The Nest Mini is the successor to the original Google Home Mini, though you’ll be hard-pressed to find any visual changes. You do get improved audio quality, specifically stronger bass and better voice recognition, and the device is wall-mountable so you can save some space on the credenza. The volume controls light up as you approach the Mini and, perhaps best of all, the speaker is made with sustainable materials: The fabric around the top is 100 percent recycled plastic bottles, and the external enclosure is made with around 35 percent post-consumer recycled plastic.

    If you’re looking for the most affordable way to smarten up your home, the Nest Mini is where you should start. It’s definitely worth the few bucks more than the original version, which is still sold at some retailers. But if you’re planning to stream music a lot, this isn’t the option we recommend, because the Nest Mini doesn’t get very loud. It’s a little bigger than a hockey puck.

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    Sonos One (Gen 2)

    The second-generation Sonos One is a great option for people who want good audio quality but don’t want to spend several hundred dollars on speakers. You get capacitive touch controls on the top, including a Mute switch for when you want to ensure privacy. It also always makes a pleasant tone when Google Assistant is activated, so you know when it’s listening.

    You can pair another Sonos One to get multiroom stereo sound, and if you have other Sonos speakers in your home, like the company’s soundbars or larger speakers, it can seamlessly connect to them. The Sonos Move (8/10, WIRED recommends) is also a nice option from Sonos (and it’s portable!), but it’s twice the price.

    Read our Sonos guide to learn more.

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    Sonos Arc Soundbar

    The Sonos One sounds great, but if it’s in your budget to spring for the company’s Arc Soundbar (9/10 WIRED Recommends), you’ll really step up your sound quality a notch. It has built-in voice support for Google Assistant (plus Alexa and Siri). The four far-field microphones can pick up a voice over the TV, so you can tell it to pause or lower the volume. It’s not the only soundbar with voice-assistant capabilities, but the Arc sounds downright excellent with Dolby Atmos support, and it will receive updates for probably the next decade. The only downside is the price. The Sonos Beam (8/10 WIRED Recommends) is a smaller option with great sound for half the price.

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