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What Can Smart Speakers Do?

Speakers that talk to us have been around for decades. Speakers that we can talk to, on the other hand, are still pretty new. Thanks to voice assistants, you can get a smart speaker that won't just play music, but will do whatever you tell it to. Smart speakers aren't amazing conversationalists, but they can tell you the weather, remind you of appointments, control your smart home devices, and even order pizza for you. It all arguably started with the Amazon Echo, but there are now dozens of different smart speakers to choose from, and we've gathered the best ones here. Before choosing a speaker, however, you need to choose a voice assistant.

Say Hello to Your New Assistant

As our homes get smarter, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri have become our reliable digital helpers, living inside our devices and jumping at our spoken commands to set timers, play music, and teach kids how to spell those difficult homework words.

If you're considering a voice assistance platform, you'll have to pick a camp. The top choices don't work very well together, and if you want to equip multiple rooms, you should stick to a single platform. This guide will explain the various options and help you choose the one that best meets your needs, along with the right devices for your home.

At the moment, we recommend Alexa for people who are into smart home setups, as it's the best voice assistant when working with a wide range of smart home devices, including TV boxes. Google Assistant is our pick for more basic, music-and-questions focused smart speaker use. You'll end up using Siri if your whole life is Apple.

Voice assistants have emerged from two distinct places, but now they've largely converged.