The best Google Assistant-compatible devices
Google Assistant is one of the most popular smart home ecosystems of 2023. Hundreds of devices are compatible with the technology, including smart thermostats, lights, cameras, and locks, among many others. Google itself makes plenty of gadgets that incorporate Google Assistant and Google Home, but you’ll find an even longer list of third-party products that are designed around the powerful assistant.
Here’s a list of various smart-home categories, each with a number of recommendations for the best products that are Google Assistant-compatible.
Connect Google Home to your smart thermostat to control the temperature and other settings with your voice. One of our favorite offerings in the world of climate control is the fantastic Ecobee SmartThermostat. With Alexa already built in, this is a great investment for Amazon fans, but just as strong a choice for Google Assistant households. The included SmartSensor automatically adjusts room temp based on total occupancy, and installation is a cinch.
The Honeywell Color thermostat is another solid option. It’s aesthetically pleasing in your home, and once you link your Honeywell Total Connect Comfort account to Google Home, you can use your voice to adjust the temperature, ask how cool or warm it is in the house, and more. The Honeywell Color will also provide you with alerts like air filter change reminders and high and low-temperature warnings.
If you want a thermostat that learns and adjusts to your lifestyle, the Nest Learning Thermostat is another great pick. It figures out how you like your home temperature settings, and adjusts itself accordingly. You can also read the display from across the room. If you connect it to Google Home, you can use your voice to make it cooler, warmer, set a specific temperature, and more.
If you connect your Philips Hue lights to Google Assistant, you can do more than just switch the lights on and off. You can also ask Google if you left the lights on, adjust dimming, change colors in certain rooms, sync your lights, and set scenes (like “concentrate” or “tropical twilight”). You have a variety of Hue options to choose from including light strips, individual bulbs, white bulbs, and multicolor bulbs. Keep in mind, unless you get a starter kit (which includes everything you need), you’ll also need to buy a bridge.
Sengled’s Element series has a lot to offer too. You can connect your Sengled Element lights to Google Assistant using an Element hub. You can also connect bulbs directly to an Echo Plus, SmartThings, or Wink smart home hub. If you have the Element Hub, you can do things like turn lights on and off, dim, and set schedules. You can also choose between a variety of dim white and multicolor bulbs.
We used to recommend the Wyze Cam 2, but now that the Wyze Cam v3 is available, it’s become one of our new favorites. Clocking in at just $36, this tiny device can be used indoors or outdoors, captures HD video, and offers color night vision.
Or you could stick with Google’s own Nest devices. The Nest Cam is a reliable indoor cam that’s great for simple surveillance and guaranteed to work with Home/Nest. There are also outdoor versions of this camera if you want to expand your security options. Or you could combine security and door monitoring with the Nest Doorbell, which pulls double-duty as a camera and doorbell.
Switches and Plugs
You can find tons of smart light switches on Amazon these days, and many of them don’t even require a hub. The TP-Link HS200 works with Google Assistant, and you can set schedules to automatically turn on and off your lights while you’re home or away.
In the market for a smart plug? The Belkin WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug is affordable, easy to set up, and it lets you control your lights and appliances using your voice. There is also no hub or subscription required.
Security and Locks
Retrofitting with your existing lock, August Smart Lock lets you lock your door with your voice via Google Home. The lock bolt shuts automatically and unlocks when you approach. It also has DoorSense, which can tell you if your door is securely closed and locked. Want to let a repair person into your home? You can let someone have access for a few weeks, a few hours, or even a few minutes.
The Nest X Yale Lock is a key‑free deadbolt with a keypad. Sleek in its design, the Nest X Yale Lock works with Google Assistant. You can use your voice to lock the door, or check and see if the door is locked. Your Nest camera will also work with Google Home. You can tell Google Home to play your Nest cam’s live video on a TV with Chromecast.
Google Home also works with your Vivint Home Security System. You can say things like, “Hey Google, arm my system to (stay or away).” or “Hey Google, is my system armed?”
Having a smart hub takes your smart home to the next level. It makes it so you can centralize all of your smart home products, instead of controlling a bunch of devices through several different apps. Some devices require a hub to even work.
Samsung SmartThings Hub 3rd Generation grants access to a veritable pantheon of devices. (You can find a comprehensive list here). It makes your devices work in harmony, so you can set routines that fit your individual lifestyle. For instance, your “good morning” routine could turn on the lights, adjust the thermostat, and turn on the TV. Like SmartThings, Wink’s Hub 2 works with lots of products, so items from different manufacturers can seamlessly work together.
You can also take advantage of IFTTT, which is another way to get all your apps and devices talking to each other. If you don’t know what IFTTT is and how it works, check out our rundown here. Once you’re familiar with the free online service, you’ll see it offers all sorts of neat features such as turning on the heat when you leave the office or starting your coffee when your head leaves the pillow. It’s a little confusing at first, but you’ll start using recipes like a pro in no time.
Of course, you could also pick up any of the smart speakers or smart displays in the Google Nest lineup. It’s hard to go wrong with any of them, but the Google Nest Hub Max is arguably the best option, featuring a massive touchscreen, built-in webcam, and the ability to pump out impressive sounds.
Google Assistant can also really enrich your next at-home music or cinema experience. For starters, there’s the famous Google Chromecast that lets you cast a video to your TV from some of our favorite streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime. Once connected, you can use your Chromecast’s built-in Assistant to check news, weather, and sports, as well as what’s new on Google-owned YouTube.
For big cinema-sound, the Bose Soundbar 500 has both Google Assistant and Alexa on board. Audio is rich and deep, and voice commands can easily be heard with the bar’s eight mics, even in loud settings.
For straight-up jams, consider picking up the Sonos One. In terms of sound quality and ease of use, Sonos always delivers. With features like Auto-Tuning, which calibrates your speaker based on room acoustics, and the sleek and friendly Sonos App for iOS and Android, you really can’t go wrong.
Google Assistant fully supports multiple commercial appliance brands like iRobot, Shark, Frigidaire, LG, and plenty of others. Chefs and bakers can connect their KitchenAid Electric Smart Oven to their Google Assistant for additional assistance with keeping track of their meals, regulating temperatures, and even switching off the oven. You can save your beloved recipes to your stove’s digital storage for future hands-free and paperless retrieval. Google Assistant can aid you with countless other valuable and convenient kitchen tools such as the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker. You can utilize voice controls to start and end cooking, set timers, moderate temperatures, and control the current temp too.
You can employ Google to support you as you take on your next load of laundry as well. Users can pair Google Assistant with the LG Smart Top Load Washer to manage various functions, including everything from the beginning and ending wash cycles, selecting the type of cycle you need, making mid-cycle modifications, and even discovering resolutions to hardware problems.