If you’re on the hunt for a Google Assistant speaker, it’s tempting to first turn to Google’s line of Home devices. Google is in the Google Assistant and Google Home names, so why not just turn to the company behind the software to buy your hardware?
As tempting as that may be, you might want to look at some third-party options instead. They all feature Google Assistant, but they go about the speaker design and sound in very different ways — some are smaller and portable, others are larger and booming.
The bottom line is that there’s plenty of variety if you opt for a third-party Google Assistant speaker. Here are some of the better ones we found.
Best third-party Google Assistant speakers:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Google Assistant speakers regularly as new ones launch.
1. Polk Assist
The Polk Assist is a great Google Assistant speaker. It supports Bluetooth and has Chromecast built-in. It also has playback buttons on top as well as the option to mute the microphone if you’re worried about privacy.
The speaker produces crisp sound, even at higher volume levels. It looks nice as well (definitely better than the Google Home) but it isn’t the sleekest looking speaker on this list in my opinion.
It’s not the cheapest either, although it won’t break the bank. The Polk Assist is well worth the asking price — get it via the button below.
2. Bose Portable Home Speaker
As you can tell by its name, this Google Assistant speaker from Bose is portable, allowing you to move it around the house with ease and take it with you on the road. It’s durable as well as waterproof, with Bose claiming it’s engineered to withstand bumps, drops, sprays, and splashes.
The speaker offers 360-degree sound and a battery that should be good for up to 12 hours of use. With Google Assistant built-in, you can play your favorite songs from streaming services like Spotify, Deezer, and Pandora with voice commands.
Alternatively, there are playback control buttons on top of the speakers for the times you don’t want to use Assistant. Bose’s speaker comes in black or white and, in addition to Google’s voice assistant, also has Amazon’s Alexa on board.
3. Harman Kardon Citation One
The Harman Kardon Citation One is a small Google Assistant speaker that offers impressive sound quality. It’s a looker as well with its stylish and modern design.
In addition to controlling it with your voice, you can do things like play, pause, and pair to Bluetooth with a touch panel up top. For additional security and privacy, you can turn the microphone off during times you won’t be using Google’s digital assistant.
The Harman Kardon Citation One can be paired with an additional speaker to achieve stereo sound and is covered with a blended wool fabric that’s dirt repellent and flame retardant. It really is a great speaker, but it’s not the most budget-friendly one on this list.
4. JBL Link Portable
One of our favorite flexible speakers, the JBL Link Portable blends in like any other smart speaker. However, you can grab it off of its charging base and take it wherever you go. JBL’s Link Portable offers up to eight hours of playback wherever you go, and it’s IPx7 waterproof for your wildest adventures. The Link also comes in a variety of colors to match your house.
The audio generally sounds great thanks to the 360-degree Pro Sound, so you can listen throughout your house. Once the battery runs low, you simply pop the Link Portable back on the base and keep the music going.
Overall, it’s hard to argue against this speaker when looking at its price. It’s not the cheapest one on this list, but it does offer great value for money.
5. Sony XB402G wireless speaker
Sony is known for awkward product names, and the XB402G continues that trend. Don’t let the name steer you away, the HomePod-esque Google Assistant speaker includes more than meets the eye.
Even with an exterior synthetic fabric mesh, the XB402G features an IP67 waterproof rating to keep up with your adventures. The top features a rubberized panel that lets you control music playback with a series of tactile buttons. The speaker also features a pair of angled 53mm units for added bass, dual passive radiators, and a redesigned angular grille.
The XB402G is a true party animal with a rounded design that fills your room with sound. It also features three strips of LED lights so your music can dance right along with you. Sony boasts around 12 hours of playback on a single charge with its tough and ready XB402G.
6. Sonos One
In addition to Google Assistant, the Sonos One also has Amazon’s Alexa onboard. The speaker has great sound quality and looks nice as well. It comes with a touch-capacitive panel on top that lets you adjust the volume, skip tracks, and mute the microphone.
If you want more power and sound, you can connect two of these speakers together to create stereo separation.
The Sonos One is definitely a great Google Assistant speaker, but it isn’t perfect. Wi-Fi is your only streaming option, and the speaker must be plugged into an outlet at all times in order to work.
7. Sonos Move
Unlike the Sonos One, the Move is a battery-powered Google Assistant speaker, so it doesn’t need to be plugged in to work. You can move it freely around the house as well as take it with you to the park or the beach.
In addition to sporting an IP56 rating, the speaker is also resistant to humidity, UV rays, and extreme heat as well as cold. It’s drop-resistant as well. The battery is good for up to 10 hours of use.
The Sonos Move supports Bluetooth connectivity and, in addition to Google Assistant, comes with Alexa onboard. It’s a great buy.
These are the best Google Assistant speakers in our opinion, although there are a few other great ones out there as well. We’ll update this post with new models once they hit the market.