The best smart speaker you can buy: Amazon Echo vs. Google Home vs. Sonos One
- Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, smart speakers can answer any question, control your smart home, play games, and so much more.
- The best smart speaker is the new Amazon Echo with its more than 80,000 skills, ability to buy items on Amazon, support for dozens of smart home devices, and good audio quality.
- Amazon Prime Day is back on July 15-16. We expect to see Prime Day deals on Amazon Echo products. Shop the best Prime Day 2019 deals across tech, home, kitchen, and more. The Insider Picks team will be updating this list frequently. Related, Walmart is offering deals on Google product.
Amazon's Echo was the very first smart speaker on the scene with artificial intelligence, and it still dominates the field. Since its launch, Amazon has grown the Echo lineup to include the new Echo, the new Echo Dot, the touchscreen-enabled Echo Show, the fashion-forward Echo Look, the Echo Plus, and the Echo Spot.
However, Amazon is no longer alone in the smart speaker space. Google entered the fray with the Google Home smart speaker and it now has the small Home Mini, the big Home Max, and the touchscreen-enabled Home Hub. Its smart Assistant now rivals Alexa for power. Apple also got into the AI smart speaker space with its HomePod.
Most recently, traditional audio companies like Sonos, JBL, Marshall, and others have created smart speakers with Amazon's Alexa or the Google Assistant built right in, and they sound absolutely fantastic.So which one is best for you and do you even need a smart speaker with artificial intelligence? We've tested the main smart speakers and done a lot of research on each of the main players in this space to bring you the answer to both of those questions. We've also gone over the basics of what's going on in the smart speaker space and why you might want one in your home.
Here are the best smart speakers you can buy:
- Best overall: Amazon Echo (Second Generation)
- Best for sound quality: Sonos One
- Best for Google fans: Google Home
- Best cheap smart speaker: Amazon Echo Dot
- Best small Google speaker: Google Home Mini
- Best Alexa with a screen: Amazon Echo Show
- Best Google speaker with a screen: Google Nest Hub
- Best for big sound: Google Home Max
Updated on 07/10/2019 by Les Shu: Updated prices, links, and formatting. While we still highly recommend these devices, we are currently testing new products and reevaluating our picks for the next update.