#5: Onkyo Smart Speaker G3
This small rectangular speaker packs a 3.1 inch woofer and 0.8 inch tweeter that delivers loud audio with detailed, full bass and clear vocals – some of the best we have heard from a smart speaker. We liked the look of the Onkyo G3’s wood case, which is available in white or black. The top has controls for volume, play/pause, Bluetooth pairing and muting the microphone, and you can connect the speaker to either 2.4 Ghz or 5Ghz Wi-Fi networks. It has one limitation, that being that you can’t use it to make calls using Google Assistant.
#4: Google Home Mini
Google’s answer to the Echo Dot, the Home Mini is much more attractive and has much better audio than the second-generation Dot. We love its cloth covered exterior and surprisingly loud speaker. The only caveat is that Google disabled the Mini’s touch controls after that malfunctioned on a number of speakers. Regardless, it’s a great and inexpensive way to get Google Assistant wherever you want it. Google now offers the Mini in four different colours: Dark Gray, Light Gray, Coral and Mint Green
#3: Google Home
Google’s first speaker, the Google Home has a friendly, vase shaped design with a bottom cover that can be swapped out. The Google Home delivers good sound – and booming bass – for the price and can be used to control Chromecast devices, it is a bit long in the tooth, though, so we expect Google to come out with a new version relatively soon.
#2: Google Home Max
For those who want a smart speaker that really delivers the boom, the Google Home Max is it. Inside this large, 13.2 x 7.4 x 6 inch case are dual 4.5 inch woofers and dual 0.7 inch tweeters, which automatically adapt their output to the room in which you place the speaker. While its sound is great, at £349, the Max is one of the most expensive smart speakers around.
#1: Google Home Hub
Google is finally taking on the Echo Show with its own smart display. The Google Home Hub is a smart display small enough not to crowd your counter, with easy phone calling and seamless YouTube and Google Photos integration. However, it’s a bit too small to watch movies or TV on, and the sound lacks strong bass.