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The best Google Home compatible devices in 2020

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The best Google Home compatible devices work with Google Assistant to create a hassle-free smart home system for your house, apartment or other living space. 

If you use the Google Nest Mini, Google Nest Hub Max or any of the best Google Home speakers (including the all-new Google Nest Audio,) you can communicate with any of the devices on this list with your voice and pair them to your smart home. 

If you know how to use Google Assistant, then you know you can say things like “Hey Google, unlock the front door for me,” and the best Google Home compatible devices will carry out your command.

You can also set up routines so that an action from one device triggers a response from a different one. For example, activating the August Smart Lock Pro on your front door can turn on your entryway’s Philips Hue lights so you're not fumbling around in the dark when you get home. 

We developed a guide on how to set up a Google Home routine for more ways you can make the best Google Home compatible devices work with each other. Check out the best Google Assistant commands and best Google Home commands for using your smart home’s powers to your advantage, too.

See all of the best Google Home compatible devices below.

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If you're looking for new Google Home devices, we suggest making your purchase around Black Friday where we expect massive discounts on Google Home of all types. Deals are kicking off earlier than ever this year, too, so we expect sales to start as soon as November 1 — if not earlier. 

What are the best Google Home compatible devices?

Before buying one or more of the best Google Home compatible devices, you’ll want to consider getting a smart speaker with a microphone to maximize the capabilities of your smart home. Any of the best Google Home speakers will do, but a good place to start is Google’s own Google Nest Hub Max.

The $229 Google Nest Hub Max is the standout among the best Google Home compatible devices we’ve reviewed. As an all-in-one smart home hub, you can use it to play your music, check in on your security camera feeds, video chat with family and friends and control all your other smart home devices. It also just gained the ability to support group video calls with Duo and stream Netflix.

Speaking of streaming, the best Google Home compatible device for watching all your favorite movies and shows is the new Google Chromecast with Google TV. The $50 streaming device supports most of the major HDR and video formats, plus it comes with a remote.

One of the best cheap smart home devices and best smart home devices overall on this list is the Wemo WiFi smart plug. This compact, clever gadget makes any dumb appliance smart for just $25. Simply connect directly the Wemo WiFi Smart Plug to your network and plug in an LED lamp or coffee maker to integrate it into your smart home system. 

The best Google Home compatible devices

best google home compatible devices: Google Nest Hub Max

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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 for Google Assistant-enabled smart homes. 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 Google Nest Hub Max display as an entertainment device or as a means to operate all of your smart home gadgets. Change the temperature of your smart thermostat while catching up on Bon Appétit videos on YouTube. 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.

best google home compatible devices - August Wi-Fi Smart Lock

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2. August Wi-Fi Smart Lock

The best smart lock for Google Home users

Size: 3 inches x 1.7 inches | Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth | Batteries: 2 CR123

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 Wi-Fi Smart Lock. 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 Wi-Fi Smart Lock also helps you keep track of guests coming to your home, letting you open the door remotely for a dog walker or delivery when you're not home.

The August Smart Wi-Fi Smart Locks sits atop our list of best smart locks and is one of the best Google Home compatible devices. It's also a nice upgrade to its predecessor the August Smart Lock Pro. Everything we liked about the August Pro is available in the new model : A simple installation process, features such as DoorSense (which lets you know if your door has been left ajar), and interoperability with a huge range of other smart home systems, from Alexa to Google Assistant to Xfinity. And, the August Wi-Fi lets you keep the keys from your existing deadbolt.

Read our full August Wi-Fi Smart Lock review.

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

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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 and benefit from Ecobee's improved remote sensors. The sensors are able to detect both temperature and occupancy, meaning your thermostat can to make sure the coldest parts of your house get warm, but only if there are people currently in that area.

The latest Ecobee also has a much better speaker than its predecessor and also offers Spotify support. Yes, this thermostat is able to play your tunes if you're looking for some background music. It's not a true smart speaker replacement, but its sound is powerful enough for smaller spaces.

Read our full Ecobee (5th Gen) review.

best google home compatible devices: Wemo WiFi Smart Plug

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4. Wemo WiFi Smart Plug

The best overall smart plug works well with Google Assistant

Size: 1.3 x 2.0 x 1.8 inches | Electrical rating: 120V~/15A/60Hz/1800W

Compact design
Home/away mode
Pairs easily to smart home platforms
Not compatible with 5 GHz Wi-Fi

The Wemo WiFi Smart Plug is our top choice among the best smart plugs. It's more compact than competing options out there, even its predecessor the Wemo Mini. And while it doesn't have energy monitoring like some other smart plugs, the Wemo WiFi Smart Plug does work with all the major smart assistants. Yes, even Siri. 

This smart plug has a physical switch, so if you don’t want to use your voice or an app to turn your appliance on or off, you can click the switch on the Wemo. It also has a clever Away mode. which can make it seem like you’re home even when you’re not by turning a lamp on intermittently. 

Read our full Wemo WiFi Smart Plug review.

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

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5. 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 light bulbs 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 are among the best Google Home compatible devices.

The original Philips Hue Connected Bulb pack is a bit pricier because it can change to more than 16 million colors and includes a third light. The White starter kit will suffice for most people, but those who want to illuminate their home with blue or red hues will find more value in the Connected Bulb pack. 

Read our full Philips Hue White starter kit review.

best google home compatible devices: Chromecast with Google TV

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6. Google Chromecast with Google TV

Google's newest streaming device comes with a handy remote

Size: 6.4 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches | Resolution: 4K/60 fps | Ports: HDMI, USB-C

Sensible layout
Lots of streaming services
Remote included
General Google searches poorly formatted

One of the coolest features of Google Home is the ability to play video and control video on certain devices using your voice. The best way to facilitate this integration with a TV you already own is with the $50 Google Chromecast with Google TV.

This device has a few advantages over other streaming sticks. It supports a couple of key content services that competing devices lack. Plus it's a Chromecast device, which makes it easy to beam pretty much anything you want to your TV. Google Assistant's superpowers are at your beck and call, too.

Read our full Google Chromecast with Google TV review.

best google home compatible devices: Nest Learning Thermostat

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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 change the setting of 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, "Hey Google, make it cooler." 

A cheaper option is the Nest Thermostat E. Like the Learning Thermostat, the Thermostat E 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.

best google home compatible devices: Nest Cam IQ

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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 live feeds from any of your cameras through your connected Chromecast-enabled devices. Check in on your home at any time from wherever you are, even from a different room in the house.

While pricey, we think Nest cameras are valuable for their clear and sharp pictures. The Nest Cam IQ can even recognize and learn individual faces within a household. Its built-in microphones also let it zoom in on where a sound is detected. And you don’t have to worry about the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor model being compromised by a bad actor – it has a tamper-proof design that promises durability and peace of mind

Read our full Nest Cam IQ review.

best google home compatible devices: Orbit B-hyve

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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. 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 smart faucet to water your garden at the same time you would tend your plants when you’re home. 

In our review, we found the smart features of the Orbit B-hyve helped the growth of tomatoes, zucchini, herbs and other garden produce. We especially liked how you can use Orbit's app for Android and iOS to customize the faucet's spray and watering schedule. Set up can be a bit tricky, but the payoff is certainly worth it for busy home growers.

Read our full Orbit B-hyve review.

best google home compatible devices: Lifx Mini smart bulb

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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 some of the best cheap smart home devices that work with Google Assistant. All of its bulbs are Wi-Fi enabled, which means you don’t need a special bridge to enable their smart features. The Lifx Mini smart bulb in particular is excellent for smaller fixtures, like bedside or desk lamps. Its compact design is versatile and you’ll probably be tempted to pick up more than one.

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 some the brightest smart bulbs on the market.

Read our full Lifx Mini smart bulb review.

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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 extended 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. Logitech’s top-end universal remote, the aptly named Elite, can control up to 15 devices at once. It lets you combine all your remotes on one piece of hardware, as well as create controls for smart home devices. 

Once you've set up Harmony's Google Home integration, you'll be able to turn on your TV and other ancillary devices using your voice, and have everything automatically set to the right inputs and channels. You can also create custom buttons, such as Watch a Movie or Football Sunday. Eat your heart out, George Jetson.

Read our full Logitech Harmony Elite review

best google home compatible devices: Arlo Q

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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 home 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 keeping your house and loved ones secure. The Arlo Q in particular is a stellar security camera with great video quality, strong motion and sound detection and a generous free cloud-storage plan. Plus it looks more homey than most other security cameras on the market.

You can view an Arlo security camera feed from them on your TV, provided you have it connected to a Chromecast device and paired with Google Assistant. Then all you have to do is say, "Hey Google, show me..." and you can take a look at what's going on around your house. 

Read our full Arlo Q review.

best google home compatible devices: Sengled Smart LED starter kit

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13. 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. 

Although Sengled bulbs lack some of Philips Hue's more advanced options, they’ll deliver what most smart-home owners will be looking for at a lower price. If a quick setup, intuitive app interface and highly customizable colors sound good to you, get the Sengled Smart LED Color Starter Kit. 

Read our full Sengled Smart LED Color Starter Kit review.

best google home compatible devices: Nanoleaf Shapes

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14. Nanoleaf Shapes

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

Tile size: 9 x 7.75 x .24 inches | Color temperature: 1200K – 6500K | Voltage: 110VAC – 240VAC

Simple setup 
Physical control array
Compatible with HomeKit, Alexa and Google Assistant
Expensive

The $199 Nanoleaf Shapes light panels are modular hexagon tiles that connect together like custom puzzle pieces, pair to Google Assistant and provide a healthy dose of chaos to a boring bedroom or work-from-home setup. 

With all their brightness settings, color patterns and pulsing music modes, these mountable panels aren’t like any of the best smart lights around. They're better. Or more fun, at least. Though they're pretty pricey, especially for something ornamental, Nanoleaf Shapes will upgrade any smart home space instantly.

Read our full Nanoleaf Shapes review.

How to choose the best Google Home compatible devices for you

Choosing the best Google Home compatible devices for you might seem daunting, as there are hundreds of smart home companies and gadgets to pick from. Most people will want to start with a Google Assistant-enabled smart speaker, while smart lights or a smart plug are sensible second purchases.

Take your own living space and budget into account when shopping. If you live in a small apartment with limited counter space, you might want to get the Google Nest Hub instead of the Google Nest Hub Max. Similarly, you might find it more affordable to illuminate a larger home with Sengled’s smart lights rather than Philips Hue’s. And if you need just one smart light for your bedroom, forgo a starter kit and get one of Lifx’s Wi-Fi lights.

How we test the best Google Home compatible devices

When we conduct reviews of the best Google Home compatible devices on our list, we consider how each compare to products within their respective categories. For example, we weighed the Google Nest Hub Max against the Lenovo Smart Display and other Google Assistant smart home speakers. We found it sounded the best and provided the most features among the competition.

In addition, we consider factors like ease of setup, aesthetic appeal, cost value and the performance of smart features. All the devices on this list satisfy most, if not all, of these criteria. We included links to full reviews above so you can get a comprehensive look at what we like and dislike about the devices on this list.