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The Best Smart Displays of 2022

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An Amazon Echo Show 10 sits on a table. Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

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Editor's Choice Product image of Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen)
Best Overall

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen)

With a powerful camera and new app support, Amazon's Echo Show 8 focuses on communication and entertainment, seamlessly nailing both. Read More

Pros

  • Great tool for communication
  • Appropriately focused on security
  • Excellent entertainment options

Cons

  • Not a smart home hub
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Editor's Choice Product image of Google Nest Hub Max
Best for Google Assistant

Google Nest Hub Max

The Google Nest Hub Max is a large smart display that is great for video calls, streaming shows and music, and managing your Google smart home. Read More

Pros

  • Works with Google Assistant
  • Great streaming options
  • Bright, big screen

Cons

  • No physical shutter for the camera
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Product image of Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen)

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen)

Amazon’s Echo Show 5 (second-gen) is the perfect Alexa-enabled smart display for small spaces. Read More

Pros

  • Integrated camera privacy shutter
  • Great entertainment features
  • Sustainable design with energy-monitoring

Cons

  • No native YouTube integration
  • No audio jack
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Product image of Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen)

Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen)

The Echo Show 10 is the biggest and most impressive Amazon smart display yet, with a motorized touchscreen and 13MP motion-tracking camera. Read More

Pros

  • Integrated camera cover
  • Full Alexa capabilities
  • Rotating touchscreen

Cons

  • Motion can be awkward
  • No automatic screen tilt
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Product image of Google Nest Hub (2nd gen)

Google Nest Hub (2nd gen)

Google's Nest Hub (second-gen) is a compact smart display that supports gesture controls, sleep tracking, and popular video/music streaming services. Read More

Pros

  • Modern design
  • Great for entertainment
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Sleep Sensing works best for singles

Smart displays are among the most versatile and useful smart gadgets out there. From controlling your smart home devices with Alexa and Google Assistant to making video calls, watching videos, and even using it as a digital photo frame, smart displays are an excellent way to futurize your home.

We’ve looked at each of the smart displays on the market try out their individual features and help you find the very best option for your setup. As with a lot of smart devices, which is right for you may depend highly on which voice assistant you prefer. The Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo Show 8 (second-gen) (available at Amazon for $69.99) is our top choice as the best smart display you can buy, while the Google Nest Hub Max (available at Best Buy) is the best smart display for Google Assistant. However, there are other great smart displays in our guide, each tailored to match your lifestyle and smart home needs.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

The Amazon Echo Show 8 smart display sits on a tablet
Credit: Reviewed / Nick Woodward

The Amazon Echo Show 8 is the best smart display you can buy.

Best Overall
Amazon Echo Show 8 (second-gen)

The Echo Show 8 is our No. 1 pick because it offers a great mix of value, features, and overall usability—especially if Alexa is your preferred assistant.

It’s not the smallest or largest Echo smart display, but the 8 doesn’t need to be flashy to be great. The mid-size display takes up just the right amount of real estate without feeling too big or too small for everyday use with Alexa voice control.

The display has a 13-megapixel camera complete with auto framing and an 8-inch screen that keeps you in the camera’s view and looks good during video calls when using compatible services like Zoom, Skype, and Alexa Calling. It also works as a home security camera (only visible in the Amazon Alexa app). When paired with an Alexa Guard subscription, Echo displays can listen for smoke/carbon monoxide alarms and glass breaking, as well as other home security features.

When it’s not in use, the Show 8 will display a variety of content like the forecast, current headlines, and smart home shortcuts. It also comes with excellent entertainment options, including Netflix, Prime Video, Sling TV, Hulu, NBC, and other services—though there’s still no native support for YouTube (you're stuck using the Show’s built-in browser—an experience that leaves something to be desired).

The device can also stream music directly (and show the lyrics on-screen, karaoke-style) from services like Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio Family. There’s also support for Apple Podcasts, Amazon Kids Podcast, and Audible. It can also show personal results like upcoming reminders, meetings, and more.

Smart home enthusiasts may be disappointed to know that the Show 8 does not function as a Zigbee smart home hub like the Echo Show 10​​, but it does work to control thousands of Alexa-enabled smart home devices like video doorbells, smart thermostats, and smart bulbs. The Echo Show 8 is a powerful, Alexa-enabled smart display that’s just the right size for use in your daily life, making it the best choice for anyone living in an Amazon Echo smart home, as well as those looking to build a system from scratch.

Read our full review of Amazon’s Echo Show 8 (second-gen).

Pros

  • Great tool for communication

  • Appropriately focused on security

  • Excellent entertainment options

Cons

  • Not a smart home hub

The Google Nest Hub Max smart display sits on a kitchen countertop.
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

The Google Nest Hub Max is the best smart display for Google Assistant.

Best for Google Assistant
Google Nest Hub Max

The Nest Hub Max reigns supreme as the most powerful and feature-filled option for your Google Home ecosystem. The 10-inch device has a 6.5-megapixel camera that automatically pans and adjusts to keep you in the frame. It looks (and sounds) good when making video calls on services like Google Duo and Zoom.

It can be used as a Nest indoor home security camera, too, via the Google Home app. With a paid Nest Aware plan, you can unlock features like Familiar Face detection, as well as smart alerts when people and motion are detected. The paid plan also allows the Hub Max to listen for events like dogs barking and smoke/carbon monoxide alarms.

If YouTube is your primary way to watch content, a Google smart display is going to give you the best experience as it offers native YouTube integration. Other streaming services are also available, such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, YouTube TV, Sling TV, HBO Max, and others. It also supports Chromecast, so you can beam content to your TV.

The Hub Max also supports music streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora, Deezer, iHeartRadio, and Google Podcasts.

When not in use the lock screen can show a variety of built-in Photo Frames like clock faces, pictures from your Google Photos account like a digital picture frame, and Google’s (totally adorable) weather frog.

Quick Gestures is another standout feature where you can pause/start videos by raising your hand near the side of your face while standing in front of the camera. Google's smart display also has Face Match technology, which means the device can differentiate between up to six users and display customized content. Once activated, you can get personalized content just for you like commute times and upcoming events from your calendar.

Google Assistant works with thousands of smart home devices, including Nest video doorbells and security cameras, and you can view the live stream of compatible cameras on the Hub Max. If you need an all-in-one device to manage your Google smart home, make video calls, and access a bevy of popular streaming services, the Nest Hub Max is your top choice.

Read our full review of Google’s Nest Hub Max.

Pros

  • Works with Google Assistant

  • Great streaming options

  • Bright, big screen

Cons

  • No physical shutter for the camera

Looking for more privacy tips? Read our guide to securing your smart home.

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Amazon Echo Show 5 (second-gen)

The Echo Show 5 is the smallest Amazon smart display, making it an appealing option for desks, entryway consoles, nightstands, and other everyday nooks and crannies in your home.

The 5.5-inch screen is roughly the size of a large smartphone and features 960 x 480 resolution with an integrated 2-megapixel camera. The camera is not as high quality as the larger Echo Show displays, so we don’t recommend it as your primary way to video chat with friends and family, but it’ll get the job done for those few random Zoom meetings on your calendar.

Privacy and volume controls are easy to find on the top of the device. Because it has a camera built-in, you can use it as an indoor home security camera and view the live stream from the Amazon Alexa app. As expected, the sound on the Show 5 is not as powerful as it is on larger Echo displays, but it packs enough of a punch that, even at full volume, it sounds pretty good.

The Show 5 is ideal for quickly glancing down and checking in on your calendar, latest headlines, weather forecast, and more. It gets a lot done without taking up much of a footprint. It may look like a glorified desk clock, but it has helpful and entertaining features to keep you company all day long.

Read our full review of the Amazon Echo Show 5 (second-gen).

Pros

  • Integrated camera privacy shutter

  • Great entertainment features

  • Sustainable design with energy-monitoring

Cons

  • No native YouTube integration

  • No audio jack

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Amazon Echo Show 10

The Echo Show 10 features an impressive 13-megapixel motion-tracking camera to follow you throughout the room as you cook, make video calls, and more. It uniquely supports Zigbee devices, eliminating the need for a separate hub. It loses points for its extra-large size and range of motion, but if your sole mission is to make video calls on a smart display, the Show 10 is designed just for that.

When the camera is tracking you, it’s responsive and the rotation is smooth and quiet. The integrated sliding privacy shutter gives it a leg up in the privacy department, ensuring you can’t be seen when you don’t want to be.

It’s a great smart display for Amazon Echo ecosystems since it can control all of your Alexa-compatible smart home devices. The Show 10 also serves as an indoor security camera, which is visible in the Amazon Alexa app.

We have a few small gripes, though. Despite the display's motion-tracking abilities, the screen does not automatically tilt up and down and can occasionally get confused when multiple people enter the frame. But considering its big, beautiful screen and motion-tracking capabilities from side to side, the Show 10 offers one of the best video calling experiences in the game while also offering a reliable way to manage your Alexa gadgets.

Read our full review of the Amazon Echo Show 10 .

Pros

  • Integrated camera cover

  • Full Alexa capabilities

  • Rotating touchscreen

Cons

  • Motion can be awkward

  • No automatic screen tilt

Product image of Google Nest Hub (2nd gen)
Nest Hub (second-gen)

Google’s Nest Hub (second-gen) is one of the few smart displays that lacks a camera. That necessarily a bad thing if having one built-in makes you feel uneasy, but that is one reason it ranked lower on this roundup. What it lacks in video calling capabilities, though, it makes up for with other neat features like sensor-based sleep tech that tracks your nightly slumber habits.

The 7-inch display has 1024 x 600-pixel resolution and three far-field microphones. It has a faster machine learning chip than the larger Hub Max, like the Nest Audio smart speaker, to help Google Assistant learn your most common commands and respond to them faster than ever before.

The second-gen Nest Hub supports popular video streamers like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Sling, and YouTube TV, music services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora.

Whether this display is right for you may depend on how often you video chat with friends and family. Regardless, the Nest Hub (second-gen) packs in a lot of features and smarts for being so small. If you don’t mind losing out on the camera, the second-gen Nest Hub is a more affordable alternative to the larger Hub Max.

Read our full review of the Nest Hub (second-gen).

Pros

  • Modern design

  • Great for entertainment

  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Sleep Sensing works best for singles

What You Should Know About Buying Smart Displays

The Google Nest Hub Max shows the live view from an outdoor Nest Camera.
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

Smart displays can also stream the live view from your home security camera and video doorbells.

The features vary by hub and ecosystem, but smart displays are more than just a pretty video portal for your countertop. The devices can show you who is at the front door as soon as someone rings the bell. They can also listen for breaking glass and barking dogs (potentially alerting you to home security threats), as well as provide visual reminders (like that late afternoon Zoom meeting you keep forgetting about).

Smart displays work with a variety of video and music streaming platforms. While the streaming lineup varies by ecosystem, popular services like Spotify, Apple Music, Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube are available.

Baking cookies with the Amazon Echo Show 10
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

It's easy to follow recipes when using a large smart display like the Echo Show 10 (pictured).

Smart displays can also serve as digital keypads to disarm your home security system and to manually adjust the brightness and color of your smart bulbs and light strips. Some smart displays can also track your sleep, giving you detailed statistics about your nightly slumber habits.

Most smart displays come with adaptive audio controls, so your assistant can hear you from across the room or over loud noises.

Meet the tester

Rachel Murphy

Rachel Murphy

Editor, Home

@rachel_murphy

Rachel Murphy is Reviewed's home editor. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a freelance writer for publications like Insider and Mashable, and as an associate editorial producer for Good Morning America. Aside from smart home tech, her interests include food, travel, parenting, and home renovation. You can usually find her sipping on coffee at any time of the day.

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