Whether it’s controlling your household lights, operating a smart lock, or rolling a digital die (try it yourself with “Hey Google, roll a die.”), Google Home has you covered. But what good is having control of household gadgets without the gadgets themselves? We’ve rounded up the best Google Home accessories money can buy, so you can get the most out of your device.
Note: These products should also work with any Google Home or Nest speakers and smart displays. These include the Google Home Mini and Max, as well as the Nest Mini, Nest Hub, Nest Audio, and Hub Max. Furthermore, these accessories should work with most third-party Google Assistant devices as well. You can probably even use your Pixel Buds with most of these!
The best Google Home accessories:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Google Home accessories regularly as new ones launch.
1. Google Chromecast with Google TV
This dongle is used to turn your regular TV into a smart TV. Unlike previous iterations of the Chromecast, this model comes with a standalone remote. That means you are no longer required to use a secondary device to control/cast media. This is thanks to Google TV, which is a new interface stacked on top of Android TV.
At its core, the Chromecast with Google TV is still a Chromecast. It has a permanently attached HDMI dongle that you plug into the back of your television. You can still use your smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc., to cast media to your TV, too. Essentially, the Chromecast with Google TV is everything you loved about previous Chromecasts but with more options and flexibility.
2. Google Nest Thermostat
Like Google’s other 2020 devices, the new Nest Thermostat is approachable, nice-looking, and cheaper than competing products. Don’t expect the best here, but it definitely offers amazing bang per buck, making it one of the best Google Home accessories in terms of value.
The two main downsides are that it doesn’t support external temperature sensors, and it lacks the learning features that made the line-up so popular. If you are still looking to get a smarter thermostat, you can pay more to get the Nest Learning Thermostat.
3. Philips Hue light bulbs
For all your smart lighting needs, look no further than the Philips Hue bulbs. You can use them in conjunction with Google Home products to turn your lights on and off — as you would expect — or manage the settings of individual lights. You can give your bulbs names such as “living room” or “kitchen” and control them independently, including brightening or dimming them and setting the brightness to a specific percentage.
Read next: A beginners guide to smart bulbs
We recommend the Philips Hue A19, which comes with four white bulbs and can work without a hub. You can also get a two-pack or buy an individual bulb if you only need one.
4. TP-Link Smart Plug Mini
This is definitely one of the best Google Home accessories. It is simple, affordable, and can turn any electronic product into a smart device. The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini is compact enough to not encroach on the second wall outlet. All you need is a reliable Wi-Fi connection (2.4GHz), and you’re good to go.
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You can turn your electronic devices on and off from your phone, using the Kasa app, or with your voice, with the help of Alexa, Google Assistant, or Cortana. You can even schedule when to automatically switch devices on or off and set up scenes using multiple devices.
5. Google Nest Wi-Fi
If you’ve been out of the loop, mesh networks operate with the use of multiple routers or nodes. These transmit information wirelessly, extending your Wi-Fi reach. A mesh network is for those who need to cover a large space with a Wi-Fi signal.
The Google Nest Wi-Fi is easily one of the best Google Home accessories you can buy. It may not have Wi-Fi 6 support and only has two physical Ethernet jacks, but everything else about the Nest Wi-Fi is great. The set-up is as simple as they get, and it’s done with an app. The design is elegant and simple. The mesh network can also be controlled through Google Assistant. To make the deal even sweeter, the secondary points double as Google Assistant speakers!
6. Google Nest Hello
Another one of the best Google Home accessories is a smart doorbell called the Google Nest Hello. Once you install it, it allows you to see who’s at the door, and you can even communicate with them using your smartphone or tablet. Some models will recognize frequent visitors and can announce them with your Google Home speaker. Now that’s pretty home-of-tomorrow-esque!
7. Nest X Yale Smart Lock
In 2018, Nest teamed up with the connected smart lock company Yale in a partnership that allows Yale smart locks to work with Google Assistant devices.
The Yale x Nest smart lock will allow you to open or lock doors just with your voice. You can also use voice commands to find out if you left the door unlocked or lock. Access control is made simple by providing frequent visitors with their own passcodes, and this also lets you track who has visited and when.
8. iRobot Roomba S9 Plus Robot Vacuum
It doesn’t get much better than the iRobot Roomba S9 Plus when it comes to robot vacuums. This model is definitely one of the best Google Home accessories, but it will cost you a pretty penny.
What makes this robot vacuum special is its ability to dispose of its trash and leave it in a larger container. This cuts down the work you have to do to maintain your Roomba S9 Plus. You don’t have to rely on the tiny container inside these machines.
9. Nest Cam Outdoor
It should come as no surprise to learn that all Nest products also work as Google Home accessories. The Nest Cam Outdoor shows a high-definition view of your property outside the front door with up to 8x zoom. With the built-in speaker and mic, you can converse with people who come to your door as well. And with “Nest Aware” you can look through old clips to see if you missed anything interesting.
With voice commands, you can then tell one of your Google Home products to stream the view straight to your TV if you have it paired with a Chromecast. This is ideal when you combine it with the August Smart Lock, allowing you to see precisely who’s at your door and then let them in, all through your Google Home.
10. Chamberlain Smart Garage Hub
Garage doors seem like a perfect fit for smart home gadgets. The Chamberlain Smart Garage Hub is designed to connect to your current garage door opener. In addition to raising or lowering your garage door with your smartphone, this device can send you alerts when it opens and closes for better security. It’s definitely one of the best Google Home accessories you can buy if you have a garage.