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, and in general. 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.
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.
Related: What are the best smart displays?
2. Google Nest Audio
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 new 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.), while the latter auto-adjusts the volume based on how noisy your home is at the moment.
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.
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. Google Pixelbook Go
Historically Google’s in-house offerings have been superpowered monsters, with frighteningly high price tags to match. The Pixelbook Go is Google’s attempt to appeal to more users thanks to a much lower starting price of $649.99. For those that enjoyed the maxed out nature of the older Pixelbook, the good news is there are high-performance models that go all the way up to $1,399.
The Pixelbook Go is available in multiple configurations with processors ranging from the entry-level Intel Core M3 all the way up to a Core i7. Most models pack a 13-inch 1080p display, but the most expensive variant does feature a 4K panel. You’ll also find options with RAM as high as 16GB and storage as high as 256GB.
So who is the Pixelbook Go for? If you’re looking for a well-rounded clamshell with plenty of power, this is a great option. That said, there are cheaper options that offer similar performance from brands like Acer and HP.
7. 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.
8. 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!
9. 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!
10. Google Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, and Pixel 4a 5G
All Android devices (with very few exceptions) come with Google Assistant, but if you really want the most Google-optimized smartphones out there you need to look no further than the Pixel line-up. These include the Google Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, and Pixel 4a 5G.
The Pixel 5 is the highest-end of the bunch, but it’s not exactly a power house. Instead, the search giant decided to make get some more affordable, albeit still great, specs and transfer the savings to customers. This phone offers a great experience without even getting close to the $1,000 mark most high-end phones nowadays seem to surpass.
On the other hand, the Pixel 4a offers a reasonable experience for a very low $350 MSRP. It can take care of most casual tasks and even some gaming. Furthermore, it doesn’t sacrifice on camera quality, which is an important factor for most users. It has less versatility in terms of lenses, but it still takes some of the best images in the industry.
Lastly, the Google Pixel 4a 5G strikes a balance between the two. The price isn’t as high as the Pixel 5’s, but the phone still comes with an improved camera and 5G capabilities.
11. 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.
12. Google Nest Wi-Fi
Not only can it be controlled through the smart digital assistant, but its add-on beacons also function as Google Assistant speakers. You can use them as any other Nest speaker like the Nest Audio, Nest Mini, and others.