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The Best Google Home Devices of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free
Best Video Doorbell

Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free

The Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell shows a head-to-toe view of what's happening at your front door. It works with Alexa and Google Assistant. Read More

Pros

  • Loud and clear two-way talk
  • Head-to-toe video
  • Custom motion zones

Cons

  • Doorbell alerts sent as phone calls
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Editor's Choice Product image of Wyze Plug
Best Smart Plug for Google Home

Wyze Plug

This compact, easy-to-set-up smart plug doesn't block the second socket. It offers special features and works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Read More

Pros

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Shows total runtime for devices
  • Simple app

Cons

  • No energy monitoring
  • No support for Siri
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Editor's Choice Product image of Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Gen
Best Smart Thermostat

Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Gen

The Nest Learning Thermostat is easy to install, simple to control from anywhere, and works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Read More

Pros

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Intuitive
  • Support temperature sensors

Cons

  • Does not support Apple HomeKit
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Editor's Choice Product image of Lutron Caséta Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit
Best In-Wall Dimmer Switch

Lutron Caséta Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit

This dimmer doesn't require a neutral line, and the digital dimming is buttery smooth and without lag. It also works beautifully with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit. Read More

Pros

  • Works with Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit
  • No neutral line requirement
  • Geofencing

Cons

  • Hub required
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Editor's Choice Product image of Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt
Best Smart Lock

Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt

This easy to install smart lock and accompanying app are simple and intuitive to use, jam-packed with useful features, and have the fastest lock and unlock times with remote access. Read More

Pros

  • Up to 100 passcodes
  • Versatile passcodes
  • Amazon Key compatible

Cons

  • Lacks some advanced features

The number of gadgets that work with Google Assistant is constantly growing—and we’ve spent years looking into 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 "Hey Google" can do, too, so long as you have the right devices for your smart home.

Since launching in 2016, Google’s lineup of smart displays and speakers 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 smartphone 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.

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 Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell hangs on a house
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The Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to six months per charge, or you can hardwire it to your existing doorbell wiring.

Product image of Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free
Best Video Doorbell
Best 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.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart video doorbells.

Pros

  • Loud and clear two-way talk

  • Head-to-toe video

  • Custom motion zones

Cons

  • Doorbell alerts sent as phone calls

The Wyze Smart Plug in an outlet.
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

From data privacy to user security and reliability, the Wyze Smart Plug has everything a great smart plug should.

Best Smart Plug for Google Home
Wyze Smart Plug

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.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart plugs.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Shows total runtime for devices

  • Simple app

Cons

  • No energy monitoring

  • No support for Siri

Nest Learning Thermostat showing settings and current weather
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The Nest Learning Thermostat can keep track of the local weather.

Product image of Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Gen
Best Smart Thermostat
Best Smart Thermostat
Nest Learning Thermostat

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.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart thermostats.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Intuitive

  • Support temperature sensors

Cons

  • Does not support Apple HomeKit

Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer
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Product image of Lutron Caséta Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit
Best In-Wall Dimmer Switch
Best In-Wall Dimmer Switch
Lutron Caséta Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit

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.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart in-wall dimmer switches.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit

  • No neutral line requirement

  • Geofencing

Cons

  • Hub required

Schlage Encode Smart Lock
Credit: Reviewed / Sarah Kovac

The Schlage Encode is a solid, easy-to-use smart lock.

Product image of Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt
Best Smart Lock
Best Smart Lock
Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt

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.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart locks.

Pros

  • Up to 100 passcodes

  • Versatile passcodes

  • Amazon Key compatible

Cons

  • Lacks some advanced features

Roku is almost entirely platform agnostic, putting your favorite services front-and-center, with few ads and minimal clutter.
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Roku is almost entirely platform agnostic, putting your favorite services front-and-center, with few ads and minimal clutter.

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Best Media Streaming Device
Best Media Streaming Device
Roku Ultra 4800R

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.)

For more, check out our roundup of the best media streaming devices.

Pros

  • Best-in-class remote

  • 4K/HDR and Dolby Vision

  • Fast, with wired internet

Cons

  • More expensive than streaming sticks

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is the best robot vacuum currently on the market
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Best Robot Vacuum
Best Robot Vacuum
iRobot Roomba i7+

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.

For more, check out our roundup of the best robot vacuums.

Pros

  • Can empty itself

  • App allows you to choose what rooms to clean

  • Powerful dirt pickup

Cons

  • Expensive

TCL 6-Series (2020)
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Best Value TV
Best Value TV
TCL 6-Series

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 more, check out our roundup of the best TVs.

Pros

  • Quantum-dot brightness and color

  • Built-in Roku

  • Great choice for next-gen gaming

Cons

  • Garden-variety design

  • Lackluster internal speakers

Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight camera
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The Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight camera performed beautifully in all of our tests.

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Best Smart Outdoor Security Camera
Best Smart Outdoor Security Camera
Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight

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.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart outdoor smart security cameras.

Pros

  • Reliable

  • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Clear day and night view

Cons

  • Two-way talk could be louder

Bose Home Speaker 300
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The Bose Home 300's sleek design fits in well with most decor.

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Best Smart Speaker
Best Smart Speaker
Bose Home 300

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.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart speakers.

Pros

  • Bluetooth capable

  • Alexa or Google Assistant

  • Physical preset buttons

Cons

  • None that we could find

an uninstalled smart garage door opener sits on a table
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The Chamberlain MyQ Smart GarageHub is the best smart garage door opener, for most people.

Best Smart Garage Door Opener for Google Home
Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Control

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.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart garage door openers.

Pros

  • Easy to install

  • Fast and reliable

  • Great value

Cons

  • No Alexa voice control

  • No geofencing

A SimpliSafe home hub sits on a wooden dining room table.
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

SimpliSafe's Wireless Home Security System is a no-fuss way to protect your home from anywhere.

Best DIY Home Security System for Google Home
SimpliSafe 8-Piece Wireless Home Security System

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.

For more, check out our roundup of the best DIY smart home security systems.

Pros

  • Alexa and Google support

  • Easy setup

  • Wide variety of sensors

Cons

  • No smart alerts with self-monitoring

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