Best smart speakers: Which is right for your home? – CBS News

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Turning your home into a smart home can feel daunting. After all, there seems to be a smart version of everything — smart doorbells, smart lights, and even smart refrigerators. But the truth is, it’s actually pretty easy to build a smart home: All you need is the right smart speaker. Here are our picks for the best smart speakers available right now.

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For fans of Alexa: Amazon Echo, $70 (reduced from $100)

For fans of Google Assistant: Google Nest Audio, $64 and up

For fans of Siri: Apple HomePod mini, $99

While smart speakers are built for listening to music or podcasts, they also give you the ability to control your home by voice command. Amazon, Google and Apple all make great options. So, which smart speaker is right for you?

Generally, you should buy the smart speaker that uses the voice assistant you’re most comfortable and familiar with using. If you like using Google Assistant, you should consider the Nest. If you’re obsessed with Apple iOS and Siri, stick with the Apple HomePod Mini. And fans of Amazon’s Alexa won’t go wrong with the many Amazon Echo devices available on sale right now.

Below are some of the most popular smart speakers from Amazon, Google and Apple that you can snag for $100 or less. Read on to find out what makes each speaker unique.

Amazon Echo


The fourth-generation Amazon Echo is one of the most affordable ways to start a smart home, especially now that it’s on sale at Amazon. The smart speaker offers Alexa voice controls for music, compatible lights, appliances, smart thermostats, locks, sensors and more. Use your voice to set timers, reminders and alarms.

Buy more than one speaker to play synchronized music across Echo devices in different rooms. Or, use the Echo with compatible Fire TV devices to create a setup for your home-theater audio. You also use it to call others who have the Alexa app, or an Echo device. Choose from three colors.

Amazon Echo, $70 (reduced from $100)

Want an even more affordable option? Try the Amazon Echo Dot, a smaller version of the Echo. Unlike the Echo, the Echo Dot has an LED clock display, but it doesn’t offer Dolby audio. Choose from three colors. It’s currently on deep discount right now ahead of Amazon Prime Day 2022.

Amazon Echo Dot, $28 (reduced from $50)

Google Nest Audio


The Google Nest Audio adapts to your environment to make your music and more sound better. And to get it to play your songs, playlists, podcasts and audiobooks from streaming services, all you have to do is ask. Buy several of these 30-watt speakers to play the same music in different rooms of your home. Or, use your team of Google Nest Audio devices to broadcast messages, chat between rooms and make calls. Available in several colors. Prices vary by …….



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