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The 10 best Google products you can buy

Google is the master of software, but they don't fall behind on hardware!
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October 8, 2021
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Google may be best known for its search engine, but the company also makes a slew of hardware products. These include high-end and midrange, smartphones, smart speakers, streaming devices, and even thermostats, among many others. This guide is all about finding the best Google products you can spend your money on. Shall we get started?

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Editor’s note: We will update our list of the best Google products as new devices launch.

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro rear panels
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We weren’t too impressed by Google’s Pixel 5 offering, but the search giant has taken late 2021 by storm with an upgrade that’s looking much more enticing. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro come with all-new, unique designs and improved build quality. Their color options are fun and light-hearted, but specs are much beefier this time around. These phones promise a premium experience at prices that undercut the competition.

Also read: The best Android phones available

The most notable difference, aside from the design, is the company’s choice in display technology. Both come with an OLED panel featuring HDR and 24-bit depth support. The Pixel 6 comes with a Full HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate, which is good, but the Pixel 6 Pro has a more impressive QHD+ definition and 120Hz.

Additionally, performance gets a boost thanks to Google’s own Tensor chipset, as well as 8GB or 12GB of RAM, depending don’t the version you pick. There’s also plenty of battery on board. The Pixel 6 comes with a 4,600mAh unit, while Pixel 6 Pro users get treated with a massive 5,000mAh battery.

Google Pixel 5a

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Google’s A-series Pixels have changed the standard in what we can expect from budget phones. These offer very good performance at a meager price while keeping a reasonably solid build quality and fun, yet clean, designs. The latest one is the Google Pixel 5a with 5G, and it comes with specs and features that might surprise you for the price you pay.

More: These are the best budget phones currently available

For starters, the Pixel 5a was the first A-series device to offer water and dust resistance, thanks to its IP67 verification. Other specs include an OLED panel, a Snapdragon 765G processor, 6GB of RAM, and a nice 4,680mAh battery. Not to mention the camera system, which Google’s phones are famous for. These are among the best in the industry, and it’s great you can get them at such a significant discount over the competition.

If you think the Pixel 5a is still a little pricey, you can also opt for the Pixel 4a, which is a great alternative if you don’t mind having a smaller device with no 5G and slightly lesser specs.

Nest Hub Max

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The Google Nest Hub Max has everything you look for in a smart display, and then some. Large 10-inch display? Check. Stereo speaker system with above-average sound quality? Sure. Camera sensing and face match technology? Yup. A front-facing camera that doubles as an indoor security camera? Uh-huh.

Here: What are the best smart displays?

Most importantly, the Nest Hub Max brings together all of your smart home products and provides an easy way to control them. Did we mention it even works as a fancy digital photo frame? It’s one of the best Google products and a must for smart home owners.

If you are looking for something more affordable, don’t mind giving up the camera, and can settle with a much smaller display, you might also want to consider the Nest Hub.

Nest Learning Thermostat

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The Google Nest Learning Thermostat’s key feature is right in the name. Within a week of recording your preferences, it learns your routine and adjusts accordingly. For example, it’ll automatically cool your room at night once it knows that’s what you do every night.

More: The best smart thermostats at every price point

The Nest Learning Thermostat also knows when you leave your home from your routine or from your phone’s GPS. Because of that flexibility, you can control the Nest Learning Thermostat and monitor its energy usage from your phone. It’s one of the best Google products if you use your air conditioning often, as it pays for itself in under two years when you factor in electricity savings.

And while the Nest Learning Thermostat is a great choice, some of you might not need all the fancy features it offers. This is why Google also offers the Nest Thermostat, which does away with the learning features, has a less premium design, and is incompatible with the Nest Temperature Sensor. It’s significantly cheaper, though.

Google Pixel Buds A-Series

Here's a close up of the Google Pixel Buds A-Series on driftwood with a smartphone.

Google joined the true wireless headphones market in 2020 with the Pixel Buds. Fast-forward to 2021, and Google’s Store only has the newer Pixel Buds A-Series. These aren’t exactly better, though. Instead, Google managed to cut the price significantly without cutting many corners.

More: The best true wireless earbuds you can find

The Pixel Buds A have no wireless charging, can’t control volume with touch, and lack attention alerts. If you can live without those features, then the Pixel Buds A are a fantastic deal in the world of true wireless headphones.

Chromecast with Google TV

Google Chromecast with Google TV box
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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 and its UI. 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.

See also: The best media streaming devices you can buy

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 standalone flexibility.

Nest Audio

Nest Audio pictured on glass table with plants
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Maybe a smart display is too much for your needs; not to mention the Nest Hub Max is pretty expensive. Those looking for something way simpler should take a look at the Google Nest Audio. This smart speaker has an elegant and simple design, covered in cloth. It follows the same design elements we’ve seen in other Nest speakers, but it’s taller.

According to Google, this newer Nest speaker is 75% louder and has a 50% stronger bass response than the original Google Home. This is likely due to the 19mm tweeter and 75mm mid-woofer included. Two of the features that will make the Nest Audio sound even better are Media EQ and Ambient IQ. The former will automatically tune the speaker depending on what you’re listening to (music, podcasts, audiobooks, etc.). At the same time, the latter auto-adjusts the volume based on how noisy your home is at the moment.

Related: What’s the best smart speaker for your needs?

Those looking for something much cheaper can take a look at the Google Nest Mini. It costs half the price and can often be found at a discount. The smaller smart speaker could be a great introduction to the Google Assistant ecosystem.

Nest Doorbell

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The Google Nest Doorbell is a no-hassles smart doorbell with a comprehensive set of features. We’re especially fond of the battery-powered version, as it offers complete wireless functionality and an easy set-up process, with no need to handle re-wiring.

Here: The best smart security cameras you can buy

The device includes three hours of free cloud backups, Google Assistant integration, AI-based notifications, and an elegant design. We wish the 960p camera offered higher resolution and the battery didn’t charge so slowly. It’s also a bit expensive compared to the competition, but it’s your best bet if you’re knee-deep into the Google ecosystem.

Google Pixelbook Go

Pixelbook Go Review rear profile
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The Pixelbook Go is the latest Pixelbook device offered by Google. It is not as prestigious as the older generation Pixelbook, but it comes with newer components and a streamlined, minimalist design many will love. The screen also can’t be turned all the way around to take on a tablet form, but it is cheaper, starting at $649.

More: These are the best Chromebooks available right now

The laptop is made from magnesium and weighs 2.3 pounds. Specs are pretty robust, considering the Pixelbook Go runs the lightweight Chrome OS operating system. You can pay for more power if you need it, though. You can get up to an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and 4K resolution. That version will cost $1,399, though. Regardless of which one you pick, this is one of the best Google products you can get.

Nest Wi-Fi

Nest Wi Fi color options

A home can be a wonderful oasis, but the walls inside can significantly interfere with your internet connection. That’s where Google Nest Wi-Fi comes in. It provides up to 3,800 feet of wireless connectivity. It can work as a mesh network and provide internet to areas of your home otherwise poorly covered or not covered at all.

More: The best mesh routers to keep your signal strong

The great thing about the latest generation of Nest Wi-Fi is that it has Google Assistant baked in. This means it doubles as a Google Nest speaker, and you can control your Wi-Fi network using your voice, as well as use all other features Assistant has to offer.