Google Assistant launched more than four years ago, and in that short period of time, the digital helper has expanded its reach from smartphones and smartwatches to a huge plethora of Google Assistant devices for the home. Today, there are well over one billion products that support the assistant! Out of this expansion, the Google Nest brand has emerged, offering a huge variety of smart home solutions.
Here, we share what we believe to be the best Google Assistant devices you can get for your home. Some have Assistant built-in, while others can only be controlled when paired with a device like a smartphone or smart speaker.
The best Google Assistant devices:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list regularly with new Google Assistant devices as they land, so stay tuned!
1. Google Nest Hub Max
Many of the Google Assistant devices made for the smart home require a hub to work. With the Google Nest Hub Max, Google provides its own excellent, huge-screened offering. The Nest Hub Max offers easy control for all your appliances and also lets you stream YouTube, call friends, and much more.
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2. Google Nest Mini (2nd gen)
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 and affordable should take a look at the Nest Mini, easily one of the best Google Assistant devices to be found.
This small speaker will look great in any environment thanks to its minimalist design. Volume and audio quality won’t rock your socks, but it’s enough to enjoy a tune or two. And you can use the unit to control your smart home products, get information, set alarms, and everything else Google Assistant has to offer.
3. Nvidia Shield TV
Android TV is Google’s smart television operating system, and it’s actually one of the best you can use. If you don’t have a smart TV, or if you have one and are not happy with its app selections or features, you should check out the Nvidia Shield TV set-top box. It will add Android TV support to any big-screen television, and it also supports Google Assistant natively.
That means you can use your voice (if you also have the Shield controller) to command the Shield TV to launch apps like Netflix, YouTube, and more. You can play, pause, or reverse videos on those services with your voice, and you can learn more about the shows you are watching as well with voice commands. The set-top box also lets you control other Google Assistant compatible devices as well from the Shield TV.
Nvidia also continues to update the Shield TV with new features like support for HDR video, Dolby Vision, and most importantly, support for Nvidia’s GeForce Now game streaming service that allows you to play over 400 PC games from Valve’s Steam service on the Shield TV device.
4. Sony X800H
Android TV has also been directly installed on a number of televisions. Sony is one of the biggest brands offering Android TVs, all of which obviously come with Google Assistant built-in.
As with the Nvidia Shield TV box, you can command Sony’s smart TVs with your voice to launch apps, look up information, and much more. The choice we’ve gone with here is the Sony X800H (catchy). This TV comes with 4K and HDR support and is available in a number of sizes — from 43 to 85 inches.
There are better Sony TVs with Android TV, but we found this series to offer the most value in terms of features and pricing. The better TVs are significantly more expensive.
5. Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA-DHM4
High-performance specs and a beautiful aluminum body are the name of the game with the Asus Chromebook Flip. As you’d guess, you also get a 4-in-1 design that lets you choose between laptop, stand, tent, or tablet modes. In many ways, the Chromebook Flip compares similarly to Google’s new Pixelbook at the entry-level, but it packs less RAM and obviously has a more flexible design.
Overall the Flip is probably a better value than the Pixelbook Go but it’s also a little less powerful (especially when it comes to the higher-end Pixelbook Go models.)
6. Google Nest Thermostat
One of the best Google Assistant devices is the Google Nest Thermostat. Nest was originally set up as a separate subsidiary to Google’s parent company Alphabet, but more recently the Nest team was integrated into Google’s hardware unit and rebranded to Google Nest.
The Google Nest Thermostat is designed to work with Google Assistant, via your phone or your Google Home speaker or Nest Hub smart display. It offers a number of advantages over the traditional thermostat, including adjusting the temperature when you’re away from the house and learning your household habits to schedule changes appropriately.
The Nest Thermostat also has a little brother, the Google Nest Thermostat E, which brings a lot of the same functionality, but at a lower price point. Plus, most utility companies offer rebates on the equipment, bringing your costs down even lower.
7. Google Nest Protect
Continuing on with the Google Nest line of products, the division also releases smoke and CO alarms under the Nest Protect brand that work with Google Assistant gadgets. Smoke and CO alarms are some of the most important appliances in your home, so adding a little bit of intelligence to this tech is not a bad idea!
A Google Nest Protect can link to your Google Nest Thermostat, via Google Assistant and automatically cut off your heating equipment in the event of a fire or CO leak. This is a potentially life-saving application of AI technology, and we’re here for it!
8. Google Nest Hello Doorbell
Another one of the best Google Assistant devices 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!
9. 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 with 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.
10. Phillips Hue Lighting Starter Kit
Phillips is one of the bigger names in smart lighting and its Hue lineup of smart bulbs is highly popular (and thus widely supported). While they are also Google Assistant devices, some older Phillips Hue bulbs require a hub of some sort to connect to your Google Home and Nest devices. The newer ones don’t need a hub, though.
11. TP-Link Smart Plug Mini
This is the simplest way to turn a “dumb” appliance into a smart one. If you have lights, a television, or anything else that you just want to turn on or off, TP-Link has a smart plug you can use with your phone or with Google Assistant. Best of all, you won’t need an extra hub for this smart plug to work.
Read more: The best smart plugs
The included TP-Link app allows you to schedule timings for appliances to turn on automatically too. You can also set an away mode that turns lights or appliances on at random for some extra security. The compact design is so small it doesn’t block adjacent outlets.
12. Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub
Once upon a time, you needed a button attached to your car’s visor to make your garage door open and close. Those days are gone now, as garage doors have joined the smart home revolution. The Chamberlain Smart Garage Hub connects to your existing opener and allows you to operate and check the status of your garage door as needed. You can even receive alerts when your garage door opens and closes. It’s even possible to control your garage door with Google Nest as a Google Assistant device, but that requires a $1/mo or $10/year subscription.