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.”), the Google Home has you covered. But what good is having control of household gadgets without the gadgets themselves? Here, we’ve gathered the best Google Home accessories money can buy so you can get the most out of your device.
Note: These products should all work with the Google Home Mini, Max, and Hub too, if you have one of those versions of the smart speaker. Furthermore, these accessories should work with most 3rd party Google Assistant devices as well.
Best Google Home accessories:
- Google Chromecast
- Nest Thermostat E
- Philips Hue A19 white starter kit
- TP-Link HS100 smart plug
- Samsung SmartThings V3 Hub
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Google Home accessories regularly as new ones launch.
1. Google Chromecast
The best Google Home accessory is also a Google product: the Chromecast. You can choose between the regular model and its 4K counterpart, which is called Chromecast Ultra. If you own a Google Home and are looking for a low-cost way to improve another part of your home setup, a Chromecast is a must.
The Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra can be connected via HDMI to your TV to expand its functionality. This will allow you to search for movies, TV shows, and actors; browse and cast content from Chromecast-enabled apps like YouTube; play, pause, and change the volume of music you’re streaming; and more, all with the power of your voice.
To make the most of this, you will probably want to subscribe to a service like Netflix, Spotify, Google Play Music or similar, though it’s not essential.
2. Nest Thermostat E
Nest’s thermostats are great because they learn from user behavior. I adjust the thermostat settings in my apartment several times per day as it warms up and cools down, but the Nest can help reduce this pattern with its intelligent algorithms. Monkey around with the Nest for a couple of weeks, changing its temperature settings periodically as you normally would, and it will become trained to recreate your preferences automatically.
And when it does need manual adjustment, you can do so with your voice and the Google Home. By pairing these devices you can ask Google to set your Nest to a specific temperature, raise it or lower by a certain number of degrees, as well as get it to confirm the current temperature in one of your rooms.
The Nest Thermostat E has a plastic body rather than the larger, more premium-feeling metal body of the regular device. Its screen also isn’t as impressive — it doesn’t display as much information and it’s harder to see than the main model with its Farsight system. What’s more, it isn’t compatible with quite as many HVAC systems as the 3rd gen Nest model, and there are reports that it takes a little longer to learn your preferences.
All of that said, the majority of the functionality is still there in this cheaper, neater package, making it the ideal entry point for your smart thermostat life.
3. The Philips Hue A19 white starter kit
For all your smart lighting needs, look no further than the Philips Hue bulbs. These come in white or colored versions and you can use them in conjunction with Google Home 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 switching them on or off, brightening or dimming them, and setting the brightness to a specific percentage.
Read next: A beginners guide to smart bulbs
The Philips Hue A19 white starter kit we recommend comes with two white bulbs (which can’t change color) and a hub for around $70 — possibly the best bang-for-buck you can get when starting out with these. The hub is required to operate these bulbs, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be the Philips unit — others, like Samsung’s SmartThings hub, are also compatible.
You can get the more expensive Philips package, with colored bulbs, for around $130. With these, you can set the bulbs to any colors with the command “turn all the lights [color].” If you’re just starting out and not sure if you’ll take advantage of the multiple colors, I’d save $60 and stick with the white option — you can always add colored bulbs later.
For a lighting solution that works without a hub, check out the LIFX bulbs. Note that they’re quite a bit more expensive to buy individually than the Philips bulbs but are still excellent Google Home accessories.
4. TP-Link HS100 smart plug
One of the easiest and most effective ways to control your home is with a smart plug like the TP-Link HS100. This Wi-Fi-based plug doesn’t require an additional hub to operate and is compatible with the Google Home for operation.
Read next: The best smart plugs on the market
Like any good smart plug, the TP-Link HS100 can switch itself on or off using a schedule, and can be operated manually with your voice through the Google Home. The HS100 also has an “Away Mode,” which will switch on your lights periodically when you’re not home to make it look like someone is still around.
The TP-Link HS100 is a great starting point for smart plugs because you can start with one and add others later. These can be controlled individually or all together with help from TP-Links dedicated app called Kasa Smart.
The HS100 has similar features as comparable products like the Wemo Mini, but it’s cheaper and has better reviews. At the time of writing, it has 4.3/5 stars out of roughly 16,000 reviews on Amazon, which is very impressive. The Kasa app itself also has 4.7/5 stars on Google Play after more than 40,000 reviews.
5. Samsung SmartThings V3 Hub
A smart hub can be used to connect the various electronic devices in your home together and give you control over them. Samsung’s solution is compatible with a range of products, including those from Honeywell, Netgear, Halo, and Phillips, with more being added all the time.
Smart hubs are effectively the brains of your smart home operation and can control multiple products from different brands in one place. Though Samsung’s SmartThings hub comes with its own Android app, you can also control it with your voice through the Google Home, giving you access to lights, security systems, thermostats, and more (so long as you have the compatible products).
Samsung’s third-generation model has Wi-Fi access its predecessors lacked and is also a little smaller. This model doesn’t have a battery, though, so if you power cuts you won’t be able to use it. You can get it on Amazon for around $70.
These are the best Google Home accessories you can get in our opinion, although there are plenty of others to choose from as well. We’ll update this post with new options once they are released.