We have Amazon and Google speakers in our home.
They all mostly work the same.
When choosing a speaker, size does matter.
The larger (and more expensive) the unit is, the better its speakers and ability to hear your voice commands.
For $35 and under, the quality of the Nest Mini and the Echo Dot are quite good, and can easily fill a bedroom, kitchen, or bathroom with music.
For web searches and playing music we like, the Google speakers seem to do a better job.
The Google devices seem to have better personalization for each person in the house, playing more of the songs each person likes.
Google does charge $10/mo for Music or $12/mo for YouTube Premium.
Without paying for the service, you can still get personalized music but specific songs and albums will not play upon request.
Anyone with Amazon Prime membership means the Amazon options are a better deal.
With Prime Music, all Amazon speakers will play whatever you request.
If you have Spotify or Pandora, any smartspeaker will link up to them.
One bit of advice is to not put your smartspeaker on the nightstand, beside the couch, or within a couple feet from where people sit & sleep.
Devices like smartspeakers and phones use constant wifi or bluetooth, which generate some RF radiation.
Some studies suggest constant close exposure to
RF signals can cause cancer.
It makes us feel better knowing RF signals are not close by where we sit and sleep.
We use a
to detect the RF radiation strength from wireless devices.
- 2-Pack Google Nest Hub for $100 (expired: sold out)
Two-pack of Google 7" Nest Hub Smart Assistants for $100.
Normally sells for $99 each.
Only available in Black (white/gray is not available).
Can be setup as a digital picture frame, can control connected devices like smart lights and smart thermostats with your voice, and can play music from various streaming services.
Since this model also has a 7" screen, it can play YouTube videos, such as how-to videos, recipe videos, and even live TV with a YouTube TV subscription.
Compared to Amazon Echo, we prefer the Google Assistant for searching and general questions.
However the Echo is a little easier to set up smart devices.