The number of gadgets that work with Google Assistant is constantly growing—and we’ve spent years testing top-rated video doorbells, locks, security cameras, and more to help you buy the best stuff for your Google smart home. While Alexa reigns supreme as the world’s most popular smart assistant, there’s plenty that Google Assistant can do, too, so long as you have the right devices for your smart home.
Since launching in 2016, Google’s lineup of smart speakers and displays has grown by leaps and bounds, with impressive offerings like the Nest Audio, our favorite smart speaker for the money, or the Nest Hub (second-gen), a 7-inch touchscreen display. You don’t need a Google-enabled smart speaker or display to control your smart home (the Google Assistant app for iOS/Android works, too), but it’s nice to have, especially for hands-free voice control when you’re too busy to pull out your phone.
These are the best Google Home-compatible smart home devices we’ve tested:
Video Doorbell: Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell
The Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell camera is the best video doorbell you can buy. The battery-powered front door camera offers one of the largest viewing angles of any video doorbell we’ve ever tested, works well with Google Assistant, and offers multiple options for installation, making it a versatile choice to safeguard any front door.
Arlo’s wireless doorbell offers a generous 180-degree field-of-view and records in a 1:1 square aspect ratio that provides a head-to-toe video of who is at your front door. The doorbell camera comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to six months on one charge, or you can hardwire it to your existing doorbell wiring. It is complete with a 12x digital zoom, HDR video, night vision, and custom motion zones to prevent false notifications.
Most video doorbells, including the Nest Hello, require a paid plan to access the best features, and we think Arlo’s Smart subscription services are worth the ongoing investment. The Arlo Premier Plan, which starts at $2.99 a month, includes 30 days of cloud storage, smart alerts that differentiate between people, vehicles, animals, packages, and other motion, gives visitors the ability to leave a voicemail at your doorbell if you’re unable to answer the door, and more.
The Wyze Smart Plug is the best smart plug you can buy that works with Google Home. It maintains a strong and stable connection to help control your devices and is responsive to Google Assistant voice commands. We also like this plug because it offers two-factor authentication, an important security feature that alerts you immediately when someone tries to gain access to your account, and a shared device user list to help you keep tabs on who has access to your plug. The plug offers scheduling and automation features, as well as a timer. Its compact design means it also doesn’t block the second outlet in any position.
The only major feature this plug is missing is real-time energy monitoring, but the app tracks the daily and weekly runtime for the plug to help give you a sense of your average usage. Wyze may still be carving out a name for itself in the smart home space, but this little plug packs a big punch, offering exceptional value for any Google-enabled smart home.
Google's Nest Learning Thermostat (third-gen) takes our award for the best smart thermostat thanks to its sleek, intuitive design and robust set of smart features, including compatibility with Google Assistant. Changing the temperature is as simple as rotating the thermostat's dial. You can use the app to set a traditional time-of-day schedule—far simpler than most non-smart thermostats—or let the Nest learn your daily habits and adjust the temperature automatically.
Like many other smart thermostats, the Nest can save you energy by adjusting the temperature when you aren't home, as determined by your phone's location and the Nest's built-in motion sensors, and it's also compatible with the energy-saving plans and rebates offered by many utility companies. You can adjust it with your voice using Alexa or Google Home and even get reminders when it's time to change your HVAC filter.
If you're interested in smart lighting but don't want to go through the hassle of replacing every one of your bulbs, you need the best smart dimmer. With an easy-to-use and responsive app (plus compatibility with Google Home) the Lutron makes the transition to a smarter home an easy process.
Lutron’s Caséta Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit received high marks for being able to work with the wiring found in older homes—something that's not necessarily true for other dimmers. This boils down to the Lutron switches not needing a neutral power line, which isn't common in older buildings. The system isn't cheap, but it's certainly a lot more affordable than rewiring your home.
The only downside to this system is that it doesn't truly support three-way switches (where you have multiple switches for the same light). Instead, the company offers Pico wireless remote kits to mount its remotes over additional switch boxes. It's not the most streamlined workaround, but it does make the system compatible with three-way setups.
One of the most well-known smart locks on the market also happens to be the best option for Google-enabled smart homes. With the Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt, you can store and remember up to 100 permanent, temporary, or recurring passcodes
There's a lot to love about our top pick, the Schlage Encode. For starters, it works with Google Assistant. And, thanks to the app’s interactive step-by-step guide, installation and troubleshooting are a breeze. The lock and accompanying app are simple and intuitive to use, jam-packed with useful features, and they had the fastest lock and unlock times. The cherry on top? The lock has Wi-Fi built-in, which means no hub is required.
With a reliable and intuitive app, the Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt can give you some peace of mind when it comes to your home security and knowing who's at the front door.
The latest Roku Ultra works with Google Assistant, supports 4K/HDR (including Dolby Vision), Dolby Atmos sound and an impressive selection of streaming services, including Apple's own TV app, HBO Max, Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video, and thousands more.
Roku’s interface has become slightly more cluttered with ads than it used to be, though these are primarily for the Roku Channel, a free ad-supported streaming service that includes mostly basic cable-level movies and TV shows. Otherwise, the interface looks just like it has for the past few years. It's relatively easy to navigate, and Roku makes it even easier with voice control and dedicated buttons on the remote control for four major streaming services (typically Netflix and some mix of Hulu, Disney+, and a few others). As you might guess, along with Alexa support, the Ultra allows for playback control of select apps using Google Assistant.
The remote also has a headphone jack so you can plug in any old pair of headphones and instantly have wireless audio for whatever you're streaming—perfect for late-night binge-watching, especially if you share a living space with someone who goes to bed early. (You can also do this with the Roku app for your smartphone.)
The iRobot Roomba i7+ supports voice control via Google Assistant, which can be used to start, stop, pause, and resume vacuuming. It was the first robot vacuum on the market to empty itself—a vacuum in the charging base suctions everything out of the bin into a sealable bag. That means you don't have to see, touch, or smell what your robot vacuum picks up. The i7+ can even make virtual maps that can track cleaning cycles and keep the vacuum from entering individual rooms.
The TCL 6-Series is one of the most value-packed TVs around, thanks to a robust offering of features and picture quality that punches well above its weight. It supports voice control, so you can ask Google Assistant to help you find a show or movie to watch, change channels, and more useful features. The TCL 6-Series is available in three sizes: 55-inch, 65-inch, and 77-inch.
It delivers bright, colorful 4K picture during both SDR and HDR content, thanks in part to the TV’s quantum dots, making it a great option for folks whose living rooms receive a fair amount of ambient light. The inclusion of quantum dots also makes for rich, well-saturated colors, particularly during HDR content. Being a Roku TV, the TCL 6-Series comes equipped with our favorite streaming platform right out of the box. Its software is sleek, easy to use, and offers access to a vast library of apps.
For the best outdoor security camera that works with Google Assistant, the Arlo Pro 4 is the way to go. Touting a 160-degree viewing angle and 2K video, the Pro 4’s video quality is just as clear at night as it is during the day thanks to the camera’s color night vision output. It also has a built-in spotlight that illuminates when motion is detected and a smart siren that can be triggered remotely or automatically.
There are no wires to fiddle with, as this camera includes a mount that can easily be screwed in on the exterior of your home. A subscription to Arlo’s Smart Plan (starting at $2.99/month) is the best way to get the most out of the Arlo Pro 4. Included in Arlo’s paid plans are 30-day video history; 2K cloud recording; activity zones; advanced object detection for people, cars, and packages; and other useful features you’ll want access to.
The Bose Home 300 is a fantastic smart speaker with the versatility to allow users to choose between Alexa or Google Assistant for control of basic playback.t offers intuitive manual control thanks to handy preset buttons on the top of the speaker, and it supports audio streaming over Bluetooth, AirPlay, Wi-Fi, or via an old-school auxiliary cable.
Through its app and smart assistants, the Bose Home 300 can play music from a large number of streaming services, such as Spotify, TuneIn, Amazon Music, Tidal, Pandora, and even Apple Music via Airplay or Bluetooth. The compatible music and podcast sources will vary a bit depending on which smart assistant you choose (you can only use one assistant at a time, however it is very easy to switch in the Bose app).
Though not any larger, this speaker is much louder than most other smart speakers we’ve tested. While the audio quality isn't what we'd call exceptional, it is clear and relatively full for its size, providing a major improvement over more basic smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo Dot or Google’s Nest Mini.s.
Chamberlain is one of the most well-known brands in garage door openers and the company sells a number of motors with MyQ smarts built-in,but you can also add those features to just about any garage door with the inexpensive MyQ Hub. The MyQ Hub is almost completely wireless—it just needs an outlet to plug into the wall. You can add it to your Google Home account and control it with your voice using Google Assistant, whichcan also tell you if you left the garage door open.
Like most of the other openers we’ve tested, the MyQ Hub can tell whether your garage door is open through a sensor you stick onto the door. While the software isn't quite as feature-filled as some of its competitors—there's no geofencing feature that auto-opens the garage when you come home, for example—it contains the most important features in a basic smart opener like shared user access and timely notification if the door has been left open/closed for a period of time.
SimpliSafe’s alarm system is the best DIY smart home security system you can buy right now thanks to its beautiful blend of serious smarts and impressive performance. Since it's compatible with Google Home, you can use Google Assistant voice control to arm your system when you're on your way out the door (but not disarm). It also integrates with August door locks, one of the best smart locks we’ve ever tested, and can lock the door depending on the status of your alarm system.
From start to finish, SimpliSafe made the installation process a cinch thanks to its simple peel-and-stick installation of entry sensors, motion detectors, and keypad (no tools required). The products come clearly labeled in the box, making for a headache-free setup that any home security novice can easily tackle. A paid plan isn't required to use SimpliSafe, but it's the best way to get the most out of your alarm system.
Wyze makes our favorite indoor smart plug, so we weren’t surprised to fall in love with the outdoor version, which has two independently-controlled outlets. The plug integrates easily with Google Home and is responsive to voice commands from Google Assistant.
The Wyze app is very user-friendly, offering simple steps to get the plug up and running, detailed energy tracking to help you curtail your usage when necessary. The plug is IP64-rated for outdoor usage, meaning it's both dust and splash resistant. It can also withstand temperatures ranging from -4 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. In the app, you can view a daily, weekly, and monthly breakdown of the plug’s energy usage. The plug can also be set to a schedule and incorporated into home automations. For the price, you can’t beat the features this dual outdoor outlet offers.
All of the Google Home compatible smart home devices in this lineup have been physically tested by Reviewed. We've gathered these from our roundups of the best products, so the expertise of Reviewed's editors, staff writers, and contributors is represented throughout this article. We can confidently recommend these as the very best devices that work with Google Assistant that you can buy right now.
A Note About Privacy
There’s always a potential privacy risk involved when you use internet-connected devices at home. To help safeguard your smart home, there are some steps you can take. First, look for devices that offer two-factor authentication, which sends a code to your mobile device to verify it’s really you. That way, if someone tries to hack into your account, you will receive an alert and can quickly take care of the problem. Many devices also allow you to activate email or other push notifications in the settings to alert you if someone has logged on.
Additionally, make sure to use a unique, strong password composed of multiple characters, numbers, and letters for each of your smart home accounts. Data breaches feel like the norm as of late, making it all the more important to use different passwords across multiple websites and apps.
When using any devices with Google Assistant, you can further protect your privacy by regularly deleting your Google Assistant voice recordings and muting the speaker’s mic when it’s not in use. You’ll also want to be sure any video devices offer end-to-end data encryption, while additional privacy methods such as camera shutters can further keep your privacy secure.
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