Smart speakers are popping up everywhere these days, and all of them claim to be the best smart speaker available on the market today. If you’re trying to decide which one to buy, you may need to do some research first to find out which one best fits your needs. Here are three of the best smart speakers that are going to be available in 2022 (if they aren’t already). Each one has its own unique features and functions that may appeal more or less to different people, so choose wisely based on your preferences!
Our selection criteria
-Design We want our favorite speakers to look good when they’re sitting out on the counter. Our five picks represent both ends of the design spectrum—so there’s a style that suits everyone.
-Sound quality The sound is really important—and it’s the first thing we listen for when evaluating potential speakers.
Luckily, all five make a very clear sound.
-Storage Even though these are connected devices, sometimes it’s nice to have some music stored locally for when there isn’t internet access or when you just don’t feel like streaming from your phone. Fortunately, most smart speakers come with options for adding local storage (though not all).
-Cost Price is often a deciding factor, so we tried to find something within everybody’s budget range. -Features It can be hard to figure out what features are worth spending extra money on, so we highlighted those as well.
-Ease of use Lastly, all our top picks are fairly easy to use, but since this is a newer technology, ease of use was also an important consideration in selecting the right speaker for you. Now, without further ado…
-Amazon Echo Dot ($49) If you’re looking for the best bang-for-your-buck, go with Amazon’s Echo Dot. You’ll still get hands-free voice control and Alexa integration, plus many different color options at a reasonable price point.
-Google Home Mini ($49) Google’s mini version of their flagship speaker is small enough to fit anywhere and delivers high-quality sound while being pretty inexpensive and stylish too.
-Apple HomePod ($349) The HomePod has outstanding audio performance and includes Siri integration so that you can do things like control your music playback or add items to a shopping list without having to grab your phone or computer first.
Google Home Hub
It’s not just for answering trivia questions or setting alarms and timers. The Google Home Hub can control your thermostat, TV and speakers, keep an eye on your front door, and help send reminders. Plus, it can read aloud the latest headlines from NPR News. For example: say show me my commute to see an overview of how long it’ll take to get where you’re going. And there are plenty more features to explore. Find out what they are in our full review of the Google Home Hub.
NEXT-GEN SMART SPEAKERS (2020) Coming up next, we have a preview of next-gen smart speakers that will be hitting shelves sometime around 2020.
JBL Link View Smart Speaker
A touch screen like tablet with a 360 degree sound field is perfect for watching movies or listening to music while cooking.
You can also make video calls via Google Duo and Skype right from the tablet’s screen. What makes this device different than other tablets is that this one has JBL stereo sound built in so you don’t need any external devices connected to it. That way, you won’t need to worry about cables getting tangled up when trying to listen to music. There are several colors available for the cover too, so you can customize the color scheme of your kitchen according to your tastes.
If design matters as much as functionality, then this might be worth checking out when it comes out early 2020.
Zoook ZMS02 Bluetooth Wireless Home Speaker System
If space is at a premium in your home and you want great sound without having wires running all over the place then this could be a good option for you.
This wireless speaker system connects wirelessly through Bluetooth 4.2 technology and produces 360 degrees of immersive sound quality.
Echo Show 2nd Generation
Last year, the Echo Show was released to rave reviews. The Echo show is essentially an Alexa with a display. They upgraded it this year to have a larger 10 diagonal HD touchscreen display, as well as Harman Kardon speakers, and 1080p camera on the front.
What makes the new device really great is that Amazon incorporated some gesture features into the software so now it’s possible to scroll through content by swiping on the screen, much like you would on your phone or tablet. These are perfect for visual learners and people who want to watch TV shows hands-free while cooking dinner or entertaining guests in their living room. If your grandma is a little more tech savvy and wants something she can use with just her voice then the Echo Spot might be what she needs.
The spot has everything that the other devices have, but because of its small size it may not fit in every home. It’s got a 2.5 inch display and a smaller body than most other models making it great for sitting out on your nightstand next to your bed.
Bose Home Speaker 500
Bose’s Home Speaker 500 is the perfect balance between an affordable device that does its job well and the premium, immersive sound experience a lot of people are looking for. In terms of speaker quality, it’s hands down better than any Google or Amazon device on the market (and beats those companies in price). It also has the most seamless integration with Apple products out there. The Bose Home Speaker 500 is simply the perfect blend of affordability and quality.
It’s got fantastic sound, it integrates seamlessly with your Apple devices, and it doesn’t cost a fortune. Plus, if you’re already invested in the Bose ecosystem then this is probably your best bet as far as picking up new gear goes! With Bluetooth support and other options like AirPlay 2 and Wi-Fi streaming, the Bose Home Speaker 500 can connect to just about anything so you’ll never be left high and dry when it comes to listening to your favorite tunes. But keep in mind that this is still not Alexa enabled, so it might not be a good fit for everyone.
Sonos One (Gen 2)
For the low-cost category, we recommend the Sonos One (Gen 2). If you want something with a better sound quality, then we suggest getting a Google Home Max. The Google Home Max provides deep bass and fuller sound than that of the Sonos One. Plus, it has far-field voice recognition technology so it will hear your voice from across the room. It does require an external subwoofer for this though but that is something worth considering for better sound reproduction and quality.
Sonos offers advanced multi-room functionality so you can play different music in different rooms or in sync throughout your home. You don’t need to be using a laptop or mobile device either; everything can be controlled through its onboard display and touch controls.
We also love how easy it is to use; all you have to do is plug it in and follow instructions on screen. Setup takes about 10 minutes. Once setup is complete, you can manage any connected devices directly from the app. There are no complex network configurations required at all. Music streaming service providers like Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and SiriusXM are supported by default while TuneIn Radio as well as Deezer Elite subscribers can sign up for access to their own customised versions of these services via the Sonos app too.
One downside we found was that it’s not compatible with Apple’s AirPlay which means if you’re a fan of Apple Music then you won’t be able to use AirPlay Mirroring on your iPhone or iPad to listen over your speakers without any issue – another reason why a Google Home Max might be preferable here!