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The best smart home devices that work with Google Home

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Google Assistant works with several of the best smart speakers, like the Google Home, Nest Mini, and Google Nest Hub Max. The voice assistant is useful for answering questions, setting reminders and controlling music, but it's also able to manage your ecosystem of smart home gadgets, such as smart plugs, smart lights and more.

These are few of the best Google Home compatible devices. Check out the best Google Home commands for more things Google Assistant can do to benefit your smart home.

Google Nest Hub Max - best google home compatible devices

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1. Google Nest Hub Max

The best all-in-one smart home display

Size: 9.9 x 7.2 x 4 inches | Display: 1280 x 800 pixels | Speakers: 2 10-Watt tweeters, 30-Watt woofer

Great speakers
Clever motion-tracking
Privacy switch blocks camera and microphones
Can only make video calls using Google Duo

Though it has taken Google longer than Amazon to come out with a 10-inch smart home display, the Google Nest Hub Max is a solid Echo Show competitor and one of the best Google Home compatible devices around. With a display three inches larger than its Google Nest Hub predecessor, the Nest Hub Max features a camera with both video call and security cam capabilities, as well as facial recognition and neat pause/play hand gestures. You can use the display as an entertainment device or as a means to operate a number of your smart home gadgets. Plus the Nest Hub Max supports Thread, a IoT communications protocol for low-power smart home devices.

Read our full Google Nest Hub Max review.

August Smart Lock Pro - best google home compatible devices

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2. August Smart Lock Pro

The most connected smart lock we’ve tested

Size: 3.4 x 2.2 inches | Weight: 13.9 ounces | Batteries: 4 AA

Easy to install
Flexible settings
Convenient Auto-Lock and Auto-Unlock features
No audible alarm

Ever lie awake at night trying to remember if you locked the front door? Google Home can bring you peace of mind, with its support for the August Smart Lock Pro. Just ask Google if your door is locked, and it'll tell you — and you can lock or unlock it using your voice. The August Smart Lock Pro sits atop our list of best smart locks and is one of the best Google Home compatible devices, although the standard August Smart Lock is a viable budget option.

Read our full August Smart Lock Pro review.

Ecobee (5th Gen) - best google home compatible devices

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3. Ecobee (5th Gen)

Our favorite smart thermostat with superb remote sensors

Size: 4.3 x 4.3 x 1 inches | Weight: 27.2 ounces

Excellent remote sensors
Works with Spotify
Decent speaker
Large bezel

The Ecobee (5th Gen) might have an Alexa speaker built in, but it’s also one of the best Google Home compatible devices and is our favorite smart thermostat. You can use your voice assistant to keep each room in your house at the right temperature, or use its improved remote sensor for control. The latest Ecobee also has a much better speaker and Spotify support, so it's good for playing tunes if you're looking for a device to provide some background music.

Read our full Ecobee (5th Gen) review.

Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit - best google home compatible devices

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4. Philips Hue White Starter Kit

Philips Hue makes the best smart light bulbs for Google Home users

Bulb type: A19 | Lumens: 800 Lumens

Comprehensive app
Dimmable
Pairs easily to smart home platforms
Pricey
Color not tunable

Philips Hue White starter kit, the best smart lights for most people, includes two bulbs and a hub to connect them to other smart home devices. While you can't change these bulbs' colors, you can adjust their brightness (up to 800 lumens), and add up to 50 to a single hub. Philips Hue lights work with a wide range of smart home systems, but they’re among the best Google Home compatible devices.

Read our full Philips Hue White starter kit review.

Google Chromecast - best google home compatible devices

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5. Chromecast

Chromecast is a fast and intuitive streaming device

Size: 2 x 2 x .5 inches | Weight: 1.4 ounces | Resolution: Up to 1080p | Ports: HDMI, Micro-USB

Fast performance
Inexpensive
Intuitive interface
Boring, stripped-down design

One of the coolest features of Google Home is the ability to instruct it to play video on a connected device. For the easiest way to integrate it with your existing gear, pick up Google Chromecast. The little puck-size device connects to your HDTV via an HDMI cable and to your home network via Wi-Fi. Once you've hooked it up, you can, say, tell Google Home to play "Travelers" via Netflix on your Chromecast, and it'll start it right up for you.

Read our full Google Chromecast review

WeMo Mini - best google home compatible devices

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6. WeMo Mini

The best overall smart plug works well with Google Assistant

Size: 3.8 x 2.4 x 1.4 inches | Electrical rating: 120V~/15A/60Hz/1800W

Home/away mode
Pairs easily to smart home platforms
Wider than most smart plugs

The WeMo Mini is wide, but thin enough so that you can fit two of them per outlet without blocking electrical access. Though it doesn't have energy monitoring information, the Mini does work with HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant and more. It also has a helpful switch on the plug itself if you'd rather use manual controls. As our top pick among the best smart plugs, the WeMo Mini is what we’d recommend for most people.

Read our full WeMo Mini review.

Nest Learning Thermostat - best google home compatible devices

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7. Nest Learning Thermostat

One of the most intuitive smart home gadgets

Size: 3.3 x 1.26 inches | Weight: 8.6 ounces | Display: 480 x 580 pixels

Large display
Intuitive interface
Easy to install
Can't monitor temperature in multiple rooms

Too hot? Too cold? Instead of getting up to tweak the thermostat, use Google Home to control your Nest Learning Thermostat. Like all of the best smart thermostats, you can use your voice to find out the current temperature is and what the thermostat is set to, and even make it warmer or cooler by specifying a number of degrees, a specific temperature or even just saying, "Make it cooler." The Nest Thermostat E also supports Google Assistant, and uses special Eco temperature settings to save energy and money. Best of all, both devices adapt to your heating and cooling preferences, and learn to keep each room at the temperature you like.

Read our full Nest Learning Thermostat review.

Nest Cam IQ - best google home compatible devices

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8. Nest Cam IQ

Excellent audio, good video quality and intelligent software.

Size: 4.9 x 2.9 inches | Weight: 12.6 ounces | Camera: 8-Megapixel | Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels

Excellent audio quality
Very good video quality
Well-designed, intuitive software
No local storage
Key features require cloud subscription

The Nest Cam IQ and other Nest Cams are among the best Google Home devices because you can view a live feed from the camera on Chromecast-enabled devices. While pricey, we like Nest's cameras for their clear and sharp pictures. The Nest Cam IQ can even recognize individual faces, and can zoom in on where a sound was detected.

Read our full Nest Cam IQ review.

Orbit B-hyve - best google home compatible devices

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9. Oribt B-hyve

This smart faucet will keep your plants watered

Size: 9.4 x 8.6 x 3.8 inches | Batteries: 2 AA | Valve flow rating: 10-100 PSI

Lots of customization features
Works with Android and iOS
Involved setup process
Somewhat confusing app

The Orbit B-hyve smart faucet ensures your precious plants stay watered with the help of Google Assistant (or Alexa). As one of the best Google Home compatible devices, you can integrate the B-hyve into your smart home routines. For example, when you’re out of town you can time the faucet to water at the same time you would when you’re home. You can also use Orbit's app for Android and iOS to customize the faucet's spray and watering schedule.

Read our full Orbit B-hyve review.

Lifx Mini smart bulb - best google home compatible devices

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10. Lifx Mini Smart Bulb

A competitive smart light brand with plentiful offerings

Size: 4.1 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches | Weight: 5.1 ounces

No hub required
Several smart features
Expensive
Could be difficult to set up

Lifx makes excellent bulbs for Google Assistant, all of which are Wi-Fi enabled. This Lifx Mini smart bulb is excellent for smaller fixtures, like bedside lamps. In addition, the Lifx A19 and standout Lifx+ can both produce dazzling color effects, including a candle flicker, a strobe, and syncing with the music you're playing. The Lifx+ even has infrared technology for camera night vision. Best of all, the Lifx A19 and Lifx+ are both rated for 1100 lumens, making them the brightest smart bulbs on the market.

Read our full Lifx Mini smart bulb review.

Logitech Harmony - best google home compatible devices

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11. Logitech Harmony Elite

The best universal remote control for the highly connected home

Size: 7.6 x 2.1 x 1.1 inches | Weight: 5.8 ounces | Devices controlled: 15

Easy setup
Intuitive interface
Dedicated smart home buttons
Heavier than previous models
Expensive

Controlling your TV and home entertainment setup with your voice seems futuristic, but with an ecosystem of the best Google Home compatible devices and a remote like the Logitech Harmony Elite, that ability is available in the present. Once you've set up Harmony's Google Home integration, you'll be able to turn on the TV and other ancillary devices, and have everything automatically set to the right inputs and channels. Eat your heart out, George Jetson.

Read our full Logitech Harmony Elite review

Netgear Arlo Q - best google home compatible devices

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12. Arlo Q

An excellent security camera with a generous free cloud-storage plan.

Size: 4.5 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches | Weight: 5.9 ounces | Camera: 4-Megapixel

Simple, trouble-free setup
Intuitive, flexible scheduling
Generous free cloud plan
Single-user mobile app
Difficult Custom Mode setup

Arlo's excellent security cameras–including the Arlo Pro 2, Arlo Q, Arlo Ultra and Arlo Baby–are some of the best Google Home compatible devices designed for peace of mind. You can view an Arlo security camera feed from them on your TV, provided you have it connected to a Chromecast device and Google Assistant. Then all you have to do is say, "Google, show me..." and you can take a look at what's going on around your house.

Read our full Arlo Q review.

Chamberlain MyQ - best google home compatible devices

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13. Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener

Chamberlain's myQ smart garage door opener is the best option for most people

Size: 4.4 x 4.4 x 1.3 inches | Weight: 16 ounces | Batteries: 1 lithium metal

Simple physical setup requirements
Can manage multiple devices
Convoluted setup instructions

Google Home users can now open and close their garage doors using nothing but their voice. The Chamberlain myQ device includes a sensor for your garage door as well as a hub that connects to your Wi-Fi network. When you send a command using your smartphone or voice, it is relayed to the hub, which then goes to the sensor that activates your garage door. The myQ also happens to be at the top of our list of best smart garage door openers.

Read our full Chamberlain myQ review.

Sengled Smart LED starter kit - best google home compatible devices

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14. Sengled Smart LED Starter Kit

If you're looking for inexpensive color smart bulbs, look no further than the Sengled Starter Kit.

Bulb type: A19 | Lumens: 800 Lumens

Inexpensive
Easy to set up
Requires hub
Lacks advanced scheduling features

Sengled makes a number of the best Google Home compatible devices, including an excellent Par38 bulb with a built-in motion sensor, and the affordable Sengled Smart LED Color Starter Kit. The kit comes with two bulbs and a smart home hub that connects to your Wi-Fi router with an ethernet cable. Set up is a breeze, and Sengled’s bulbs consume less energy than those of competing brands. 

Read our full Sengled Smart LED Color Starter Kit review.

Nanoleaf Canvas - best google home compatible devices

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15. Nanoleaf Canvas

These smart panels are a fun touch to any Google Home ecosystem

Lifetime: 25,000 hours | Brightness: 50 lumens | Wattage: 1 watt

Customizable touch commands
Simple setup
Striking color effects
Expensive

The Nanoleaf Canvas smart wall panels are pricey, but also one of the funkiest sets of smart lights around. These panels light up in a myriad of colors, and can change colors in response to your voice or any music playing. You can use the Nanoleaf app, or buttons on the panels themselves, to control the lights and set up custom color and illumination patterns. It's like the disco era never ended!

Read our full Nanoleaf Canvas review.