Hello! In this article, I am going to tell you about the best Google Home Compatible devices in 2020. Check out!
The devices range from smart lights to smart locks, thermostats, garage door openers, sprinklers, security cameras, and many more. As the name implies, all of them have a common feature. That is they all communicate with Google Assistant to facilitate the smart home experience to your living space.
All of these gadgets can be controlled by Google Home, Nest Mini, or Google Nest Hub Max speaker. You can use your voice and include them in your smart home ecosystem.
If you are a Google Assistant user, you just have to say “Hey Google, unlock the front door for me,” and the device will obey your command. Just as simple as that! 😀
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Also, you can set up routines between devices. Action from a device will induce a response from another device likewise. As an example, activating the August Smart Lock Pro on your front door will turn on Philips Hue Lights on your entryway. Therefore you don’t have to walk around in the dark at night.
We have developed an instruction post on how to set up a Google Home routine to provide you with some additional methods to make the devices work with each other. And also you can read the best Google Assistant commands to take maximum benefits from your smart home.
Now, let’s see the best Google Home compatible devices one by one.
What are the best Google Home compatible devices?
I think it will be better to consider buying a smart speaker with a microphone before getting one or more from other Google Home compatible devices. That will help you to widen the capabilities of the smart home. Any speaker from the best Google Assistant speakers will be good. But we recommend you Google Nest Hub max.
The price is around 229$ and it is one of the best from the devices we reviewed recently. You can use the Hub max to play music, check in on your security camera feeds, video chat with loved ones, and to control all your smart home devices. Technically an all-rounder device! It is suitable for a place like a kitchen counter, side table of the living room. And the design matches with most types of home decor.
And another Best Google Home compatible device is the $279 August Smart Lock Pro and the $249 fifth-generation Ecobee smart thermostat. Both of them are designed for more specialized uses. Apart from the smart locks we have tested, the August Smart Lock Pro was the most connected one.
Moreover, the newest Ecobee thermostat has advanced remote sensors, so that you can keep it in every room. And both two gadgets are the favorites in their categories also.
Additionally, another one from the best smart home devices is the WeMo Mini smart plug. Just spend $35 or less and convert any non-smart appliance to a smart one. The only thing you have to do is directly connect the WeMo Mini to the WiFi network and plug in the device (an LED lamp or coffee maker) to integrate that into the smart home system.
The best Google Home compatible devices
Google Nest Hub Max
The best all in one smart home display
Size: 9.9 x 7.2 x 4 inches
Display: 1280 x 800 pixels
Speakers: 2 10-Watt tweeters, 30-Watt woofer
+Clever motion tracking
+Privacy switch blocks camera and microphones
-Can only support video calls using Google Duo
Even though Google took a long time than Amazon to come up with a 10 inch smart home display, the Google Nest Hub Max is a consistent Echo Show competitor and one of the best Google Home compatible devices for smart homes which are Google Assistant-enabled. Nest Hub Max has a display that is 3 inches larger than the Google Nest Hub predecessor. The Max has a camera with both video call and security cam capabilities, facial recognition, and neat pause/play hand gestures also.
The Google Nest Hub Max display can be used as an entertainment device or to operate all of your smart home gadgets. You can even change the temperature of your thermostat while watching videos on YouTube. Additionally the
Additionally, the Nest Hub Max facilitates Thread, a loT communication protocol for low power smart home devices.
Read the full Google Nest Hub Max review
August Smart Lock Pro
The most connected smart lock
Size: 3.4 x 2.2 inches
Weight: 13.9 ounces
+Easy to install
+Convenient Auto-Lock and Auto-Unlock features
-No audible alarm
Have you ever worried about trying to remember whether you locked the front door or not? The August Smart Lock Pro can bring you peace of mind. You just have to ask Google if your door is locked. You can lock or unlock it using your voice command. Additionally, the August Smart Lock Pro lets you keep track of guests coming to your house. You can open the door remotely for a dog walker or delivery when you are away from home.
When talking about pros of the August Smart Lock Pro remains at the top of our list of best smart locks and is one of the best Google Home compatible devices. Though the standard August Smart Lock is a viable budget option, it has the similar Auto-Lock and Auto-Unlock features of the Pro model, you might need to spend more to connect it to WiFi.
I know that August will release a new smart lock very soon, the August WiFi Smart
Read the full August Smart Lock Pro review
+Simple, trouble-free setup
+Intuitive, flexible scheduling
+Generous free cloud plan
-Single-user mobile app
-Difficult Custom Mode setup
The home security cameras by Arlo’s, including Arlo Pro 2, Arlo Q, Arlo Ultra, and Arlo Baby are some of the best Google Home compatible devices specially designed to keep your house and family safe. The Arlo Q is a stellar security camera with excellent video quality, strong
Ecobee (5th Gen)
Our favorite smart thermostat with super remote sensors
Size: 4.3 x 4.3 x 1 inches
Weight: 27.2 ounces
+Excellent remote sensors
+Works with Spotify
The Ecobee (5th Gen) may have a built-in Alexa speaker, still, it’s one of the best Google Home compatible devices and our most favorite thermostat. You just have to use your voice to control the temperature at each room with the use of Ecobee’s advanced remote sensors. Those sensors can detect both occupancy and temperature. So that the thermostat can warm up the coldest part of your house. But there should be people in that area.
And the speaker in the latest Ecobee is much better than its predecessor and facilitates Spotify support. And you might know that the thermostat can play your tunes if you need some background music. Even though it is not an exact smart speaker replacement, but the sound is enough for little spaces.
Read our full Ecobee (5th Gen) review
The best overall smart plug works well with Google Assistant.
Size: 3.8 x 2.4 x 1.4 inches
Electrical rating: 120V~/15A/60Hz/1800W
+Pairs easily to smart home platforms
-Wider than most smart plugs
The design of the WeMo Mini can be wider, but it is considerably thin to fit into two of smart plugs per outlet without disturbing electrical access. You won’t need a smartphone to on/off the device, as it has a switch that lets you control any device connected to the WeMo. And another advantage is that the manual control provides useful flexibility.
Even though WeMo Mini does not have energy monitoring data, but it can work with HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant, and much more. We would like to recommend WeMo Mini for most of you as our top selection from the best smart plugs. The full cost is around $35. If you are looking for the same device for a lower price, the Kasa Smart WiFi Plug Lite by TP-Link will be suitable for you with a price of $13 per plug.
Read our full WeMo Mini review
Philips Hue White Starter Kit
Philips Hue makes the best smart light bulbs for your Google Home
Bulb time: A19
Lumens: 800 Lumens
+Pairs easily to smart home platforms
-Colour not tunable
The Philips Hue White starter kit has two bulbs and a hub to connect other smart home devices. And also it is the best smart light bulbs for most people. Even though you are unable to change the color of the bulbs you can tune the brightness (up to 800 lumens) and add up to 500 bulbs to one hub. Additionally, the Philips Hue lights support a vast range of smart home systems as they are among the best Google Home compatible devices.
The original packaging of Philips Hue Connected Bulb is a little expensive as it can change the color into more than 16 million and comes with a third light. Commonly the White starter kit will be suitable for most of you, but if you want to brighten up the house with blue or red hues the Connected Bulb pack will be a better option.
Read the full Philips Hue White starter kit review
Chromecast is a super fast and intuitive streaming device
Size: 2 x 2 x .5 inches
Weight: 1.4 ounces
Resolution: Up to 1080p
Ports: HDMI, Micro-USB
-Boring, stripped-down design
As you already know the Google Home can play video and control videos on some devices using voice commands. The simplest way to do have this connection with a TV is via the 3rd generation Google Chromecast. A tiny device That you can buy for just $35 with the feature of 1080p streaming.
You can connect the Google Chromecast to your HDTV via an HDMI cable and pair your home network via WiFi. After setting up, just ask Google Home to play your favorite Netflix show on the Chromecast and it will be done right after the command. If you are looking for 4K HDR streaming, you can buy a Chromecast Ultra for $70 which has similar Google Home features. But we are recommending you the flagship Chromecast as the setting up process is much easier.
Read the full Google Chromecast review.
Nest Learning Thermostat
One of the most intuitive smart home gadgets
Size: 3.3 x 1.26 inches
Weight: 8.6 ounces
Display: 480 x 580 pixels
+Easy to install
-Can’t monitor the temperature in multiple rooms
Have you ever worried about constantly standing up and tweaking the thermostat to control the temperature? Here’s a solution. Switch to Nest Learning Thermostat. Similarly as all of the best smart thermostats, you just have to use your voice to check the current temperature, the set temperature, and to change the set temperature to a specific number of degrees!
A less expensive solution would be Nest Thermostat E. Similarly to the Learning Thermostat, this also supports Google Assistant and utilizes certain Eco temperature settings to save energy and money. Another thing is that both devices can adapt to your heating and cooling preferences and keep the temperature of the rooms as you wish!
Read the full Nest Learning Thermostat review.
Nest Cam IQ
Brilliant audio, great video quality, and intelligent software
Size: 4.9 x 2.9 inches
Weight: 12.6 ounces
Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels
+Excellent audio quality
+Very good video quality
+Well designed, intuitive software
-No local storage
-Key features require cloud subscription
All Nest Cams including Nest Cam IQ is in the list of the best Google Home devices as you can see live feeds from any of your cameras through the connected Chromecast-enabled devices. You can check your home, anytime from anywhere, from a different room in the house even.
Even though they are quite expensive, they worth the price. Because of their sharp and clear pictures. The built-in microphones of the device let you zoom in on where the sound is detected also. Additionally the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor model has a tamper-proof design, so that you don’t have to worry a bit!
Read the full Nest Cam IQ review
This smart faucet will keep your plants watered
Size: 9.4 x 8.6 x 3.8 inches
Batteries: 2 AA
Valve flow rating: 10-100 PSI
+Multiple customization features
+Supports Android and iOS
-Has a setup process
-Somewhat confusing app
The Orbit B-hyve smart faucet helps you to keep your plants watered with Google Assistant’s help. Similarly as the other Google Home compatible devices, you can add the faucet to your smart home routines. You can time the smart faucet to water your plants at a particular time when you are not home.
We already found that the smart features of the B-hyve facilitated the growth of tomatoes, zucchini, herbs, and other plants. We are in love with the way you can use Orbit’s app for Android and iOS to customize the faucet spray and watering schedule. Even though the setup process is a bit confusing, the payoff is certainly valuable for busy garden owners.
Read the full Orbit B-hyve review.
Lifx Mini Smart Bulb
A competitive smart light brand with various offers
Size: 4.1 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches
Weight: 5.1 ounces
+No hub required
+Several smart features
-Setting up is tricky
Lifx is a company that manufactures great bulbs that work with Google Assistant. All of them are WiFi enabled. The Lifx Mini smart bulb is great because of its smaller fixtures like bedside or desk lamps. The compact design is versatile and you will be buying more than one.
Another feature is that the Lifx A19 and standout Lifx+ can produce cool color effects; a candle flicker, a strobe, and syncing with the music that you play. It even has infrared technology for camera night vision. Finally, the Lifx A19 and Lifx+ are both rated for 1100 lumens, which are one of the brightest smart bulbs in the market.
Read the full Lifx Mini Smart Bulb review
Logitech Harmony Elite
The best universal remote control for the highly connected home
Size: 7.6 x 2.1 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 5.8 ounces
Devices controlled: 15
+Dedicated smart home buttons
-Heavier than previous models
Think about controlling your TV and extended home entertainment setup with your voice command. It sounds like 2030. Isn’t it??? But you can do it with an ecosystem of the best Google Home compatible devices and a remote like the Logitech Harmony Elite. The top-end universal remote of Logitech can control up to 15 devices at a time. It facilitates all your remotes on one piece of hardware and also creates controls for smart home devices.
After the set up is done, you can turn on your TV and other ancillary devices using your voice commands and can have all automatically set to the correct inputs and channels. It also lets you create custom buttons like Watch a Movie or Football Sunday.
Read the full Logitech Harmony Elite review
An excellent security camera with a generous free cloud-storage plan
Size: 4.5 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches
Weight: 5.9 ounces motion, sound detection, and a generous free cloud-storage plan. And also it looks homier than most other security cameras in the market.
If the camera is connected to Chromecast and paired with Google Assistant you can see its feeds on your TV. All you have to say is, “Hello Google, show me..” and you can see the house and around.
Read the full Arlo Q review
Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener
The best garage door opener for most people
Size: 4.4 x 4.4 x 1.3 inches
Weight: 16 ounces
Batteries: 1 lithium metal
+Simple physical setup requirements
+Can manage multiple devices
-Convoluted setup instructions
Now, Google Home users can open and close their garage doors using just their voice commands. The Chamberlain myQ has a sensor for the garage door and a hub that connects to your WiFi. When you are sending a command using voice or smartphone, first it is relayed to the hub and then to the sensor of your garage door.
In our list of best garage door openers, myQ is at the top of the list because, it connects to existing garage door openers and allows you to monitor and control your garage door light from the smartphone. Additionally you can pair a smart garage door opener to your ecosystem of smart home devices. After that set up your house lights will turn on when you open your garage door when you return home.
Read the full Chamberlain myQ review.
Sengled Smart LED Starter Kit
If you are looking for inexpensive color smart bulbs, Sengled Starter Kit is the best!
Bulb type: A19
Lumens: 800 Lumens
+Easy to set up
-Lacks advanced scheduling features
Sengled designs many best Google Home compatible devices, including an excellent Par38 bulb with a built-in motion sensor and the affordable Sengled Smart LED Colour Starter Kit.
Read the full Sengled Smart LED Colour Starter Kit review
These smart panels are a fun touch to any Google Home ecosystem
Lifetime: 25,000 hours
Brightness: 50 lumens
Wattage: 1 watt
+Customizable touch commands
+Striking color effects
These Nanoleaf Canvas smart wall panels are one of the handiest sets of smart lights in the market though it is a little expensive. And also, they can light up in a myriad of various colors and can change colors according to your voice commands or according to the music that is playing. Nanoleaf Canvas smart panels are cool and functional. And we are certain that they can make the walls more entertaining.
You can control the lights and set a custom color and illumination pattern using the Nanoleaf app or panel buttons. Additionally you can interlink the LED panels in various ways and can display more than 16 million colors. Just like a disco!
Read the full Nanoleaf Canvas Review
How to select the best Google Home compatible devices for you
Selecting the best Google Home compatible devices that match you might be somewhat hard because there are hundreds of manufacturers and gadgets. Many of those people may want to buy a Google Assistant-enabled smart speaker first and smart lights or a smart plug as the second choice.
You have to think about your living space and budget when you are selecting the devices. If the living space is a limited one, Google Nest Hub would be perfect instead of Google Nest Hub Max. Likewise for a larger living space, Sengled’s Smart lights will be more affordable than the Philips Hue’s. If you are looking for a single smart light for your bedroom, a starter kit and Lifx’s WiFi lights will be a good choice.
How we test the best Google Home compatible devices
During our reviews we consider how the products compare each other within their respective category. As an example, we compared Google Nest Hub Max with Lenovo Smart Display and other Google Assistant smart home speakers. Following the comparison we found that the Nest Hub Max was the best with its features.
Additionally, we consider factors as ease of setup, aesthetic appeal, cost, and the performance of smart features. The devices that are in this list fulfills most of the criteria. We have included the links to full reviews at the end of every product description so that, you can read more about them.