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Best Nest and Google Assistant Devices for 2024

Building a smart home with Nest and Google Assistant devices means plenty of hardware options. Here's what we recommend.

Updated Aug. 4, 2023 8:00 a.m. PT

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Best overall and best smart display
Google Nest Hub (2nd gen)
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Google Nest Mini
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$150 at Ecobee
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Best smart thermostat
Ecobee3 Lite
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$33 at Amazon
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Wyze Cam V3
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$200 at Arlo
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Arlo Pro 4
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SimpliSafe home security
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SimpliSafe Home Security
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$229 at Best Buy
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August Wi-Fi Smart Lock
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$180 at Google
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Nest Doorbell (battery)
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$17 at Wyze
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Wyze Bulb White
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$22 at Amazon
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With a simple voice command, the Google Assistant can adjust your thermostat, turn off your lights, lock your door, show you the weather forecast and more. When it debuted in 2016, the assistant was only compatible with four smart home brands -- today, that number is over 10,000.

Picking between Google Assistant and Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa is often a matter of splitting hairs, and it comes down to personal preference. If you'd prefer an Amazon-centered smart home, there are plenty of devices that work well with Alexa, including Android phones. Apple's HomeKit platform isn't compatible with as many products, but if you love your iPhone and its built-in assistant Siri, check out our favorite Apple HomeKit gadgets

If you're ready to jump in with a Google-powered smart home, here are the best Google Nest devices and Google Assistant-compatible smart home products. Get started with a smart display or smart speaker, then branch out with our picks for compatible lights, door locks, smart switches, smart thermostats and other useful gadgets.

Read moreThe Exact Cost of Setting Up a Google Assistant Smart Home

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$100 at Target

Best overall and best smart display

Google Nest Hub (2nd gen)

The Google Nest Hub (formerly the Home Hub) is a great way to kick off a Google-centric smart home. It uses Google Assistant to respond to all of the same voice commands as a Google Home smart speaker. The touchscreen will show you extra info when you ask about the weather, search for restaurants and so on. Plus, you can use this smart home hub to watch videos or scroll through family pictures.

In fact, unique adaptive brightness sensors make the Nest Hub a great digital photo frame, as it adapts to both light levels and color temperature so it always looks like a physical photo in a frame. You can set it to play a scrolling slideshow of family pics as your screensaver. Google's Soli is also onboard this second-gen model for Sleep Sensing and Quick Gestures like pausing media with an air tap in front of the display. 

The Nest Hub is also a great kitchen helper, as it can walk you through recipes step by step and you can multitask while you cook. Set a timer, play music, add an ingredient to your shopping list -- the Nest Hub will even keep your place in the recipe when you need to check it next. You can plug it in and set it up on your Wi-Fi network using the Google Home app and ask the Google Nest Hub any question you'd ask the original Google Home. 

All of these voice control features make the Nest Hub useful in a lot of ways, but a simple control panel makes it the best choice for your central connected home device. Swipe down from the top for shortcuts that turn off the lights or let you check your smart home security cameras. You can then tap to see a room-by-room (living room, kitchen, etc.) overview of all of your devices. The control panel is well organized and helpful, particularly if you have family members who struggle to remember how to phrase voice commands. Now, they can just tap. 

The Nest Hub is our favorite smart display overall and boasts a reasonable $100 price. It's useful even if you don't have a lot of smart home gadgets, but it's indispensable if you want a smart home that works with Google Assistant.

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$50 at Google

Best smart speaker

Google Nest Mini

If having an extra screen in your house would annoy you, the Google Nest Mini makes another good smart home starting point. Google's small smart speaker is now in its second generation and offers all of the same Google Assistant-enabled voice commands as the rest, plus helpful extras like intercom functionality and stereo pairing with multiple Minis. Control compatible gadgets, search the web, play music and use its other features just by asking. The audio quality of the Nest Mini is surprisingly good, especially in this second-gen model. 

The Nest Mini is also cute and comes in four colors (though Sky is currently out of stock). At $50, it's the least expensive way to try smart home features without sacrificing in voice control. The Nest Mini also makes for a good secondary device. If you put a Google Nest Hub in your kitchen, you can put a Nest Mini in a different room, and both will be able to control any compatible smart devices you set up. Even if they both hear you, only the closest one will respond.

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$150 at Ecobee

Best smart thermostat

Ecobee3 Lite

Changing the temperature of your thermostat with a voice command is a cool trick that never really gets old. Lots of smart thermostats work with Google Assistant. Check out our smart thermostat best list for options. Since Google owns Nest, the third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat is the obvious choice here, but I'll give the nod to the Ecobee3 Lite. 

Ecobee's budget model and its companion app (for iOS and Android) offer most of the same smarts as more expensive competing models, including the $250 Nest thermostat. It responds to all of the same voice commands and the intuitive controls make manual scheduling easy.

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$33 at Amazon

Best smart camera

Wyze Cam V3

The Wyze Cam is easy to recommend. It's affordable, it works well, cloud storage is free for 14 days -- and you have the option to use a microSD card for local storage if you want. 

In a side-by-side comparison between the previous-gen Wyze Cam and the recent model, we could  clearly see improved performance. Not only does it have a larger field of view, but the new camera also has a brighter, crisper live feed, which helps it out in low-light conditions as well as in regular daylight.

If you pay for the new Cam Plus subscription service, you get access to person alerts and longer stored video clips, starting at $2 per month. Sure, there are more sophisticated cameras out there, but Wyze continues to impress us with its high-value, low-cost smart home products, and this Wyze Cam for under $40 is no exception.

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$200 at Arlo

Best outdoor smart camera

Arlo Pro 4

The Arlo Pro 4 is an excellent outdoor security camera with solid performance and versatility. With a slew of strong features, dependable design and a competitive subscription service, the Pro 4 is our favorite outdoor camera of 2024. At its retail price of $200, it isn't the most affordable device on the market, but it's available for a lot less online. 

The Pro 4 is both fancy and practical. Some of its best features include 2K resolution, a 160-degree field of view, full-color night vision (though it shifts to black and white in truly low-light settings), two-way talk, a built-in siren and motion-sensitive spotlight -- the works. It's easy to set up and use, and unlike the Arlo Pro 3, the Pro 4 connects directly to your Wi-Fi. The only downside is a lack of features without the subscription, but at $3 per month it's reasonable and in-line with competitors. 

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Best home security

SimpliSafe Home Security

SimpliSafe's wide variety of accessories rival professional options from companies like ADT. The starter kit is a reasonable $245. Unfortunately, you have to pay for remote app access, but $28 a month nets you that and professional monitoring. 

With the $28 monthly subscription, you also can control your system with Google Assistant, and SimpliSafe's devices will respond quickly to your voice commands. 

Again, Nest has an option here that poses a viable alternative. The Nest Guard costs more up front, but you can do much more without a subscription. But thanks to all of the reliable accessories, SimpliSafe's kit edges out the Nest Guard, especially if you want monitoring.

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$229 at Best Buy

Best smart lock

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock

Speaking of locking down your home, the easy-to-install August Wi-Fi Smart Lock fits over your existing deadbolt. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you control it remotely and with voice recognition, so you can tell Google Assistant to lock your door. 

The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock has lots of features, including open-close sensors so you can check to make sure you pulled the door shut on your way out. August is responsive and reliable as well, making the Wi-Fi Smart Lock a good choice if you want to put Google Assistant in charge of your smart lock, door and entryway.

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$180 at Google

Best video doorbell

Nest Doorbell (battery)

Wrapping this up with another one from Nest,  the Nest Doorbell is a top-notch wireless device with excellent specs and unique perks. While its predecessor Nest Hello (now called the Nest Doorbell (wired)) is still available for purchase, the battery-powered option has a more impressive design and better performance, making it an upgrade on almost every level. 

The Nest Doorbell with battery is an affordable $180 and offers a slew of neat features: two-way talk, high-def resolution, a 145-degree field of view with a 3:4 aspect ratio, smart alerts, facial recognition and a few other cool perks. And for icing on the cake, many of these best features come right out of the box -- no monthly subscription to Nest Aware necessary. 

While there are some video doorbells I like more (namely the Arlo Wire-Free), the Nest Doorbell (battery) is a solid device. If you're a Google loyalist or shopping for a wireless device with smart features without the monthly fees, then this video doorbell might be for you. 

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$17 at Wyze

Best smart light

Wyze Bulb White

Once you set up control points with a smart display or a smart speaker, it's time to figure out what smart devices you want. A smart light bulb is a good first step, and the Wyze Bulb White works particularly well with Google. 

We've found that these affordable Wi-Fi smart bulbs are more reliable than Bluetooth rivals like the C by GE. At $17 for two, just screw them in, turn them on, pair them with the Wyze mobile app and bask in the glow of dirt-cheap smart light.

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$22 at Amazon

Best smart plug

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini

A smart plug is a great way to efficiently add connectivity to dumb devices. Plug in a lamp or fan, and you'll be able to control it with an app. The TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug offers smartphone app controls and Google Assistant compatibility. Plus, the design is attractive and doesn't block adjacent outlets. 

It won't monitor energy, but the smart plug lets you control an old-fashioned floor fan with your voice for a reasonable price. Like most smart plugs, it works with a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network connection.

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