Google Assistant is found in smart speakers such as the Google Home, Google Home Mini and Google Home Max, as well as smart displays like the Google Home Hub and Lenovo Smart Display. It's great at answering questions, setting timers and playing music, but it's also really useful for controlling your smart home devices, such as locks, lights, and more.
But in order to get the most out of that home-automation capability, you need some smart home technology to control. Here are some of the best smart home gadgets that work with Google Assistant right now.
Make sure you check out all of our top picks for smart speakers, lights, locks, and more on our best smart home gadgets page.
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Take Google Assistant to go with this powerful portable speaker. It has the Assistant built in, so once you connect it to Wi-Fi, you can ask it anything you would the Google Home or Google Home Mini. In our review of the JBL Link 20, we loved its strong, balanced audio, long battery life, and that it's water-resistant, so you can leave it out in the rain.
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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.
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Right out of the box, you can set up your Philips Hue lights to work with your Google Home. There are a number of Philips Hue products, but the starter set that includes a hub and three White and Color Ambiance lights is the most versatile, since it supports different colors and color temperatures. For a simpler option, pick up the Hue White Starter Kit, which doesn't do different colors, but still lets you set dimming levels.
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's 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. There are also audio-only versions of the Chromecast, depending on your needs.
Solis' Google Assistant-powered alarm digital clock has two 5-watt speakers that deliver powerful audio that's a bit distorted at maximum volume. Its LED clock automatically sets the time from the Google Cloud, and a number of physical buttons control the sound and display. It's also Chromecast-enabled, so you can easily stream music to it from your phone, laptop, or tablet.
Polk packs a lot of sound into this small Chromecast-enabled soundbar. In our review of the Polk Magnifi Mini, we noted that it delivers powerful bass through its wireless subwoofer, and its two 0.5-inch tweeters and four 2.25-inch drivers offer up clear and crisp vocals. In addition to Wi-Fi, it has one HDMI input, which requires an HDMI ARC (audio return channel) connection, digital optical audio, a 3.5mm analog input, Bluetooth, and an Ethernet port.
Eco4life's Smart Wi-Fi Plug is one of the cheapest smart plugs on the market, and also one of the best. You can use Google Assistant to control any device that's plugged into it. Using the Eco4life app, you can also add the device to scenes, or set it to turn on and off at certain times. The coolest feature: The plug can turn on and off based on the sunrise, weather, temperature, humidity, and a number of other environmental features.