Amazon Echo VS Google Home

Amazon and Google have been going back and forth in a battle for smart speaker supremacy. As a result, both smart speakers are great, but which one is better?

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The Good

With a variety of new designs, the new Amazon Echo is better-looking than the original, just as smart and a lot less expensive. The addition of an aux-out jack lets you connect it with your existing audio setup. It's also a slightly better listener than before.

The Bad

Though fine for casual listening and strong enough to fill a room with music, the Echo still doesn't sound as good as premium, high-fidelity speakers. The volume ring of the original is gone, replaced with the cheaper volume buttons of the Echo Dot.

The Bottom Line

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.

Overview

The Good

The Google Home accurately answers almost any question you can think to ask it. It's loaded with cool features that allow it to make calls, control your smart home, help out in the kitchen and more. It even sounds pretty good when playing music and can control your TV.

The Bad

Google's marquee smart speaker still can't do a couple of basic tasks such as take notes. Its sound quality won't be good enough if you're an audiophile. Google Home has caught up, but still doesn't work with as many smart home gadgets as the Amazon Echo.

The Bottom Line

Google Home is a great smart speaker with a ton of capabilities, but you have so many smart speaker options at this point that I'm less inclined to recommend this well balanced middle child.

Ratings

Design

Both the Echo and the Home have slick designs. The Google Home attempts to blend in a little more, but it looks like a can of air freshener. The 2017 Echo is compact and elegant.

Features

Google's done an admirable job of catching the Google Home up to the Echo. At this point, their feature lists are comparable, but the Echo still has more.

Performance

Both hear you well and respond accurately to most of your commands, but the 2017 Echo is $30 less.

Sound quality

The Home sounds more natural at a moderate volume and has a little more bass than the Echo. Neither will suit audiophiles, but both will do just fine for casually listening to music.

Overall

The battle is close as both smart speakers have a ton of features, but Amazon's Echo line still wears the crown.

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