Comparing Smart Speakers For Your Luxury Home

Although two years apart in age, the Google Home with Google Assistant and the Amazon Echo featuring Alexa, easily stand side-by-side for comparison. Both are smart speakers that boast the latest in smart tech, designed to enhance your lifestyle while providing both practical and entertainment value.

Voice Commands

Both the Google Home and Amazon Echo continual listen and accept voice commands. Wake up the Google Home with:

Wake the Amazon Echo with:

Both smart speakers can listen and respond when a room has low to moderate background noise. However, both may struggle to understand voice commands if the room is particularly noisy, especially with the television volume turned up to a high setting.

With Google Home and Alexa, you can ask a variety of questions, everything from “When does the grocery store open?” to “How many calories in a chocolate shake?” Go ahead and be specific, too. Both speakers are internet connected and have the capability to find detailed information after only one simple voice command or question.

Personal Assistant Abilities

Google Home has the ability to perform the following tasks:

Alexa from the Amazon Echo can do many of the same:

Streaming Capabilities

Additionally, both smart speakers stream a variety of music and videos to enhance your day. Google Home works with Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Pandora, Spotify, and TuneIn. With Google Home you have an output to stereo feature via Chromecast that Alexa does not. This allows you to stream Netflix to your TV.  Google Home also will perform audio playback to any Google Cast device.

Alexa streams Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, TueIn, and iHeartRadio.

Smart Home Integration

According to CNET, Google Home integrates with: Nest, SmartThings, Philips Hue, Belkin WeMo, Honeywell, and IFTTT; while the Amazon Echo integrates with: Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell, SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, Lifx, Big Ass Fans, IFTTT, Control4, and Crestron.

While your choice of smart speakers is completely up to you, there are definite advantages to both. However, if someone in your home is named Alexa, that might get a little bit confusing!

Contact us today at Walt Danley Realty for more ideas about smart tech for your new luxury home.