If you wish the Nest Hub was bigger, louder and had a camera, this is the Google Assistant for you. Otherwise, the regular-sized version and other, smaller smart displays are closer to the sweet spot.
The Ikea Symfonisk Bookshelf offers an excellent, affordable introduction to multiroom music and is at its best when used as rears for a Sonos sound bar.
Apple's HomePod doesn't match the features offered on Alexa and Google Assistant speakers. But if you’re an iPhone user who prizes sound quality above all, you should seriously consider this speaker.
With excellent sound and the choice of Alexa or Google Assistant, the Sonos One reaffirms its place as the best smart speaker for the money.
While its audio quality doesn't measure up to competitors like the cheaper Sonos One, the Bose Home Speaker 300 is a flexible smart speaker with excellent voice assistant performance.
Facebook's Portal Plus and Portal displays make video calling much more immersive, but high prices, a slightly awkward design (for the Plus version specifically) and some lingering privacy questions make them a tough sell for most.
The Google Home Mini stands tall as one of the best affordable smart speakers out there, along with the Amazon Echo Dot, but it doesn't do enough to supplant the Dot at the top of the list.
Alexa is still the most compelling voice control platform, and the new and improved Echo should only boost her momentum. It's well worth $100.
Although too expensive for mass appeal, the Google Home Max is the best-sounding smart speaker yet.
This is the best Dot yet at the same irresistible price -- but it will do little to slow Google's growing momentum.
The Ikea Symfonisk is an excellent-sounding Sonos-compatible Wi-Fi speaker dressed up as a beautiful lamp.
More than two years after its debut, the smarter-than-ever Amazon Echo remains one of the best connected home products money can currently buy.
Now fully hands free, the Amazon Tap does everything the original Echo can do for less and adds portability to the package.
While the JBL Link 10 may not deliver as rich sound (or have as much battery life) as the Link 20, it's still one of the better voice-enabled portable Wi-Fi speakers out there.
The Fabriq smart speaker has Amazon Alexa's voice-controlled intelligence built right in, and it only costs $50.
Among the handful of voice-enabled portable Wi-Fi speakers out there, the JBL Link 20 is arguably the best for the money.
Hold off on the Echo Plus until Amazon improves the Alexa app's smart home controls.
The SmartThinQ Hub tells you what your smart home is up to on its LCD screen. It promises to work with a wide variety of connected gadgets.