The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

We pick out the top tech with the voice Assistant built-in

The best Google Assistant devices

If you want to build a Google Assistant controlled home, the best place to start is by choosing a controller device with the voice assistant built in.

Whether that's a smart speaker with far-field mics, from Google or its partners; a new smart display or an Android TV with a mic in the remote, this will be the piece of tech you actually talk to in order to access everything that Google Assistant can do and control.

In case there's any confusion, that's different from home gadgets and appliances that are compatible with Google Assistant - these only become voice controlled when you have a controller device to connect and talk to, not on their own.

Read next: The best Google Assistant compatible devices

Read on to find out all the devices that now come with Google Assistant inside - because it's not Google Home or nothing anymore, you got options.


The full Google range

Let's start with Google's own series of Assistant powered smart speakers...

Google Home

The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

The original Google Home is still worth considering - it looks inoffensive, with a range of colourful fascias, it's very beginner friendly to set up (with multi room support) and it's a nice price too. Sound quality, though, is better elsewhere - it's not bad here but depending on the size of the room and how discerning your ears are, you might want to pay more for audio.

$99 | Google

Google Home Max

The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

The latest Google Home speaker is the Max, its premium speaker that goes all-in on punchy, loud, room filling sound. It is indeed rich and powerful with Bluetooth support but it's also fairly expensive, particularly if you want stereo, and the design leaves a little to be desired.

$399 | Google

Google Home Mini

The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

The Google Home Mini is fun - it's a pebble shaped smart speaker that's the budget option from Google. As well as blending into your decor with grey, black and coral soft fabric finishes and it makes a neat second speaker around the house. Its Achilles heel? It's not a powerful sound and there's no 3.5mm out to your existing speakers, like its rival the Amazon Echo Dot.

$39 | Google


Android TV

TV sets and set top/streaming boxes with Android TV built in all allow you to control what's showing with your voice - not via a wake word but by either pressing a mic button on the remote control or navigating to the voice button on the Android TV OS.

Expect to see Google Assistant in more TV sets and add-ons this year, including from big names like LG but here's what it's already available in. For the full rundown, read our comprehensive Android TV guide.

Sony Bravia

The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

Sony's Bravia TVs since 2015 have run on Android TV with Google Assistant voice controls built into the OS and Sony has confirmed its 2018 sets will do the same (with added Alexa). When you set up the telly you add your Google account and as well as opening apps searching for TV shows and movies (across Google's apps, not within for instance Netflix) your Sony TV will show up in your Google Home app and you can use voice to ask internet queries and control smart home kit as usual.

Philips OLED

The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

It's much the same set up for owners of recent Philips OLED TVs including the 7000, 8000 and 9000 Series which all come with Ambilight. If you want to use voice with both the remote - which has a handy full keyboard - and your phone, download the Philips TV Remote app. Android TVs also have built-in Google Cast so you can send videos from apps like Netflix, Spotify, BBC and Google Play Movies + TV from your phone or tablet.

Sharp Aquos

The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

The last major TV manufacturer that's already selling Android TVs is Sharp - its Aquos range which goes from 45-inch right up to 80-inch (in 8K) has built-in Assistant voice controls, Google Cast and all the usual Google apps - YouTube, Play Movies etc. Plus you can hook up as many as four wireless controllers to play Android games.

Nvidia Shield TV

The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

The Nvidia Shield TV can stream 4K HDR video, has Assistant-powered voice search, Cast support and comes with an optional Shield controller for Android gaming. See also the similarly gaming focused Razer Forge Android TV box.

From $179, nvidia.com | Amazon


Third party Google Assistant speakers

Like Alexa, Google Assistant is starting to turn up in smart speakers by other tech companies. There are a couple available to buy now but most are due later in 2018 including speakers from Harman Kardon, Bang & Olufsen, Klipsch, iHome, Altec Lansing, Braven, Anker, and RIVA Audio.

Sony LF-S50G

The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

Sony is developing its own voice technology with its Xperia Agent program but its first smart speaker, the HomePod-esque LF-S50G comes with Google Assistant built in. The Sony is IPX3 so splashproof for use in the kitchen or bathroom; it has an LED clock display, a two-way facing speaker which Sony says will give you 360 degree sound and there's touch free gesture controls for music playback. The LF-S50G also acts as a Bluetooth speaker but there's no Spotify Connect compatibility. Look out for a review soon.

$200 | sony.com

Panasonic GA10

The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

Panasonic's GA10 is a home-friendly smart speaker that'll fit right in if you already have floorstanding speakers in your living room. The shelf speaker comes in black and white colourways with a metal base. Panasonic's focus, though, seems to be on audio quality with two 20mm tweeters and an 80mm woofer inside. No price or release date for this one yet.

TBA, panasonic.com

TicHome Mini

The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

The Tichome Mini offers something a bit different - it's an IPX6 splashproof Assistant powered speaker that might remind you of the Google Home Mini as it's small, puck shaped and comes in a variety of pastel colours with a leather carry strap. It's portable, with six hours of battery life, and has one-tap NFC/Bluetooth pairing too. Perfect for bathrooms, kitchens and balconies.

$99.99 mobvoi.com

Sonos One

The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

The lush Sonos One offers a mighty sound for a smart speaker this price and though it's currently Alexa only when it comes to built-in controls, official Google Assistant support is coming (alongside Airplay 2 making this a nice choice if you're ecosystem agnostic). When? Well, it's due to roll out in 2018, we just don't know when yet.

If you're dug into Sonos at home, and have another Google Assistant controller, check out our guide on how to control Sonos with Google Assistant via the free Yonomi app.

$199.99, sonos.com | Amazon

Hogar Milo

The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

You might not have heard of it but the Hogar Milo makes the cut as one of the most interesting speakers with Google Assistant built in because it also packs in both Zigbee and Z-Wave support turning it into an Amazon Echo Plus-rivalling smart home hub.

By supporting the two main smart home protocols it means the Milo can talk to Zigbee and Z-Wave compatible light bulbs, sensors and devices without having to install various hubs around the house. The Echo Plus, by comparison, only supports Zigbee. The Milo will be available from March 2018.

$149, hogarcontrols.com


Third party Google Assistant smart displays

As well as voice-only smart speakers, Google announced at CES that a new series of smart displays with Google Assistant inside will be arriving in 2018. Sony and LG were named in the announcement so look out for those later in the year but Lenovo and JBL were first to show their cards.

Lenovo Smart Display

The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

The Lenovo Smart Display looks very tablety for starters.

It will be on sale in 8-inch and 10-inch models, with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a Full HD screen, a pair of 10W speakers and the ability to show you results from Assistant queries. There's also a stand in soft grey or bamboo finishes. As you'd expect, it's slightly more expensive than an equivalent non-screened smart speaker. According to Lenovo, the Smart Display will go on sale "early this summer".

From $199.99, lenovo.com

JBL Link View

The best Google Assistant devices: Speakers and TVs with Assistant inside

JBL's Link series of speakers - like the Link 10, 20, 300 and 500 - all come with Google Assistant built in. The JBL Link View, meanwhile, is the second Google Assistant powered smart display that we know about and it looks a lot more pleasing than Lenovo's efforts.

With an 8-inch screen, two 10W speakers either side and a 5MP front-facing cameras up front (for video calls, it comes with a privacy cover), we imagine this is a decent blueprint for what we'll see from other tech companies. No price or release date info yet.

TBC, jbl.com

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