<pre><pre>The best Google Assistant and Google Home devices of 2020 - CNET

With Google Assistant, you can set your thermostat, turn off the lights, lock the door, view the weather, and more with a simple voice command. The voice-controlled digital helper from the search giant of the same name was introduced in 2016 together with the original Google Home Smart Speaker. At that time it only worked with four smart home brands. Now it is works with over 1,000 from them.

Thanks to all these options, it makes sense to create a smart home around Google Assistant. Devices like a smart speaker or smart display help you keep fewer apps busy and give your family a checkpoint without having to access your mobile device.

Choice between Google Assistant and Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa The important thing is to split hair and have personal preferences. If you prefer an Alexa app-centric smart home, there is one many devices This works well with the Amazon Assistant, including Android phones. Apple's HomeKit platform isn't as robust as the number of products, but if you love your iPhone and the built-in assistant Siri, check out our favorite Apple HomeKit gadgets.

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If you want to use a Google Smart Home, here you will find the best Google Home devices and Google Assistant devices from a variety of categories for Smart Home products. Start with an intelligent display or a smart speaker and look for suitable lights, door locks, smart switches, thermostats and much more.

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The Google Nest Hub (formerly Home Hub) is a great way to start a Google-oriented smart home. It uses Google Assistant to respond to all voice commands from a Google Home smart speaker. Additional information is displayed on the touchscreen when you ask about the weather, search for restaurants, and more. You can also watch videos or scroll through family pictures with this smart home hub.

Unique adaptive brightness sensors make the Nest Hub a great digital photo frame because it adapts to both lighting conditions and color temperature and always looks like a physical photo in a frame. You can play a family photo slideshow as a screen saver.

The Nest Hub is also a great kitchen helper as it walks you through the recipes step by step and lets you perform multi-tasks while cooking. Set a timer, play music, add an ingredient to your grocery list, and more – the Nest Hub even keeps its place in the recipe the next time you need to check it out. You can plug it into your Wi-Fi network and set it up through the Google Home app and ask Google Nest Hub any questions you would ask the original Google Home.

All of these voice control features make the Nest Hub useful in many ways. However, a simple control panel makes it the best choice for your centrally connected home device. Swipe down from the top to get shortcuts that you can use to turn off the lights or check your smart home security cameras. You can then tap to display a room-by-room overview of all your devices (living room, kitchen, etc.). The control panel is well organized and helpful, especially if you have family members who have difficulty remembering which voice commands work. Now you can just type.

The Nest Hub is our most popular smart display and is regularly offered at an even cheaper price than $ 130. It's useful even if you don't have a lot of smart home devices, but it's essential if you want a smart home that works with Google Assistant.

Read our Google Nest Hub test.

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If you're annoyed with an extra screen in your home, Google Nest Mini is another great place to start for smart homes. The small smart speaker from Google is already in the second generation and offers the same Google Assistant-enabled voice commands as the others as well as helpful extras such as the intercom functionality and stereo coupling with several minis. Control compatible gadgets, search the web, play music and more by simply asking for them. The audio quality of the Nest Mini is surprisingly good, especially in this second generation model.

The Nest Mini is also cute and comes in four colors. At $ 50, this is the cheapest way to start your smart home without sacrificing voice control. The Nest Mini is also a good second device. If you integrate a Google Nest Hub in your kitchen, you can install a Nest Mini in another room. Both can control all compatible smart devices that you have set up. Even if both hear you, only the next one will answer.

Read our Google Nest mini test.

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Once you've set up checkpoints with a smart display or speaker, you'll need to figure out which smart devices you need. A smart lightbulb is a good first step, and the C by GE lightbulbs are particularly good for Google.

These affordable Bluetooth smart bulbs can use a Google Home device (both the Home Mini and the Nest Hub to work) as a bridge. You can set up the lamps in the Google Home app and then control them from anywhere as long as the lamp is close to your Google gadget. Since the lamp communicates directly with your Google device, the response time is even incredibly short. (If you want to decorate the light switch, read more about the Lutron Caseta built-in dimmer.)

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Changing the temperature of your thermostat with a voice command is a cool trick that never really ages. Many intelligent thermostats work with Google Assistant. Check out our list of the best options for smart thermostats. Since Google owns Nest, the third generation Nest learning thermostat is the obvious choice, but I give the Ecobee3 Lite the floor.

Ecobee's budget model and app (for iOS and Android) offer the same benefits as the more expensive competition, including the $ 250 nest model. It responds to the same voice commands and the intuitive controls make manual planning easier.

Read our Ecobee3 Lite review.

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A smart plug is a great way to give stupid devices efficient connectivity. Connect a lamp or fan and you can control it with an app. The TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug offers controls for smartphones and compatibility with the Google Assistant. In addition, the Smart Plug is an attractive design and does not block neighboring sockets.

The electricity is not monitored, but with the Smart Plug you can control an old-fashioned floor fan with your voice at a reasonable price. Like most smart plugs, it works with a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network connection.

Read our TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug Test.

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The obvious choice of Nest makes the most sense here. The $ 300 Nest Cam IQ Indoor is a great surveillance camera in itself. You can check out a live stream remotely and receive motion and people reports for free. When you sign up for Nest’s premium Nest Aware service, you’ll receive notifications about who’s recognized by the camera with built-in facial recognition.

The Nest Cam security cameras also have a built-in microphone that allows you to speak directly to the Google Assistant. This is an excellent choice to protect your home and expand your connectivity with Google.

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The Arlo Pro 3 for $ 500 is an excellent outdoor surveillance camera with solid performance and powerful features. It comes with two cameras and a required hub. Older Arlo hubs also work with this system. Additional single cameras cost $ 200 each.

The Pro 3 has a built-in siren and works with Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri. A USB drive in the hub manages local storage.

The Arlo Pro 3 features world-class 2k streaming, quick alerts, and a host of advanced features that set it apart from other outdoor surveillance cameras. If you have the money you can spend, the Arlo Pro 3 should be at the top of your list.

Read our Arlo Pro 3 review.

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The wide range of accessories from SimpliSafe can compete with professional options from companies such as ADT. The starter kit costs $ 230. Unfortunately, you have to pay for remote app access, but $ 25 a month brings you that and professional monitoring.

With the $ 25 monthly subscription, you can also control your system with Google Assistant, and Simplisafe devices respond quickly to your voice commands.

Again, Nest has an option that is a viable alternative. The Nest Guard has higher upfront costs, but you can do much more without a subscription. Thanks to the reliable accessories, SimpliSafe makes Nest Guard unnecessary, especially if you want surveillance.

Read our SimpliSafe Home Security Test.

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The easy-to-install August Smart Lock Pro fits over your existing latch. With the Connect module, you can control it remotely and voice recognition so you can tell Google Assistant to lock your door.

The August Smart Lock Pro has a number of features, including on-off sensors, that you can use to check that you have closed the door on the way out. August is also responsive and reliable. This makes Smart Lock Pro a good choice if you want to use Google Assistant for your intelligent lock, door and entrance area.

Read our August Smart Lock Pro test.

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Finally, one from Nest, but to be honest, the Nest Hello is our favorite video doorbell, definitely the best for a Google-oriented smart home. The Nest Hello offers bidirectional audio sound and excellent video quality when you want to get the feed from your Android or iOS device. You get an alarm when someone rings the bell.

If you have the Nest Hub, you can even speak to the person at the door using your smart display. The Nest Hello even offers face recognition for a premium subscription. It works well with other Google products and is the smartest and most powerful video doorbell on the market.

Read our Nest Hello test.


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