If you've delved into Google Home, you might be wondering which of the dizzying array of smart home devices work with the Google Assistant. After all, controlling smart home devices with your voice is one of the key reasons to buy a smart speaker.
Since the company unveiled the original Home, we've seen plenty more devices with Google Assistant built in. Google has also added integration with a healthy amount of other smart devices, so we‚Äôve broken down some of the best and most popular options for you to choose from.
Whether it‚Äôs smart variations of lights, plugs, thermostats or even just streaming devices, we‚Äôve got you covered. And a tip to keep in mind - you can spot a 'Works with the Google Assistant' badge to determine which products work with Google Home.
Below, we'll deep dive into our favorite compatible Google Assistant smart home devices but, if you're just looking for the top kit you should get right now, to sync up with Google's digital butler - here goes...
Google Assistant compatible lights
Most of our best smart light picks are Google Assistant compatible.
Perhaps the best known smart lighting system out there, there‚Äôs no better place to start this list than with Philips Hue. The Hue ecosystem is continually growing with many different kits and lights to make your place all fancy and colourful. From bowl lights and light strips to bulbs and lamps, the extensive number of options you have make this a worthy consideration.
And once you have a colourful ensemble of bulbs lighting your way, you can switch on, dim, brighten and change colour all with the Google Assistant. The only drawback to the luminous paradise, of course, is the necessity to splash out on a Philips Hue Bridge to connect all the colour. The only way around that is if you go the Alexa route with an Echo Plus.
While Philips Hue is the big name in smart lights, Lifx has become a beloved second fiddle. Its claim to fame is how simple it can be to set up, which may appeal to those of you who are new to the smart home.
These bulbs allow you to skip the hub and get right to its 16 million colors and 1,000 shades of warm to cool whites. LIFX now has a modular lighting panel option, too, called the Tile, which costs $249.99 for a pack of five.
Nanoleaf light panels
A firm favourite in the Ambient office, Nanoleaf's futuristic, modular lighting wall panels can be arranged however you like to suit your pad. Plus, each triangular LED panel can be customised via the app, bringing some fun customisation to your living room.
Last year, the smart lights were treated to Google Assistant compatibility for Google Home and Android users, and probably the best lighting solution that doesn‚Äôt involve bulbs. And if triangles aren't your thing, you can pick up some of the new square Canvas lights instead.
Hive Active Lights
Hive has added Google Assistant support for its Hive Active Lights and Hive Active Plugs, but not its Active Heating thermostats yet - Alexa works with the whole range, giving it the edge.
You can turn lights on, dim them, increase brightness or change the colour with voice commands via your Google Home, but this all depends on which bulbs you opt for. Naturally, Hive‚Äôs colour changing bulbs are more expensive in comparison to its entry-level dimming options, but it‚Äôs all worth it to mix up the mood of a room.
Ikea entered the smart home world a little late, but when it entered it entered in the most Ikea way possible. The Swedish company is keeping things simple, with bulbs as affordable as $8.99.
The lights are also simple to use, and you can do so in a number of ways, be it from the Gateway to access all the smart home powers, to motion dimmers and remote controls and, of course, Google Assistant.
C by GE
GE is a huge name in the lighting space, but its new Made for Google bulb is the one we're interested in here. These smart bulbs are unique in the range because they don't require the GE Reach hub to work. Instead, their Bluetooth connection gives them a direct line to Google Home, with a pleasantly painless setup process.
They're tricky to find in the UK, but in the US you can get a two-pack for a very reasonable $30.
Google Assistant compatible thermostats
Again, Google Assistant works with (almost) all the best smart thermostats you can buy including Nest, Honeywell and Tado. As we mentioned above, Hive Active Heating is missing but considering Hive's light bulbs and plugs are already onboard, we assume it's coming.
As Nest has folded back into Google, it‚Äôs only natural that it has some of the best integration going. The thing that separates the Nest Thermostat (now in its third generation) from the competition is that it can learn your habits after a week of training it.
Google Home compatibility allows you to scream your temperature demands, control hot water and never fiddle with the dial again. Nest also offers smoke detectors, alarm systems and security cameras for your smart home needs.
Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat
If you're looking for something a little more traditional, or you just don't want to turn your home over to two Alphabet products, there's the Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat.
There's seven-day programming and smart scheduling, but it's also compatible with Google Assistant via Honeywell's Total Connect Comfort platform. Previously, those rocking the likes of Honeywell's Lyric had to go through an IFTTT workaround in order to pair the two. And while that issue is now cleared up, unfortunately this one is still only available in the US.
Tado Thermostats and Smart AC Controls
Tado's Google Assistant integration with Google Home was pretty late to the scene, but its range of smart thermostats and Smart AC Controls units can be controlled by voice commands to set, increase or decrease the temperature or air conditioning.
Plus, the compatibility extends to its smart radiator thermostats for control across more than one room of the house. You can say things like "OK Google, set living room to 22 degrees" or "OK Google, increase bedroom temperature by 3 degrees."
Both the thermostats and Smart AC Controls were updated to new generations recently, coming with new algorithms that'll help you save even more money. However, these new generations are currently only available in the UK and haven't rolled out to the US yet.
Google Assistant compatible plugs
TP-Link Kasa HS110
TP-Link's Wi-Fi smart plugs, like the HS110, will do exactly what you'd expect. You'll get energy monitoring and remote access to turn on and off devices, scheduling, and away mode, which turns off all your devices when you leave.
And of course, you'll have Google Assistant support to turn devices on and off with the power of your voice. All at an affordable price.
Belkin WeMo Insight Switch
Belkin's WeMo Insight does what other smart plugs do. It'll get you remote access and energy monitoring, sure, but it also comes with a nice sweetener for those of you embedded in Alphabet's smart home products: it can talk to Nest thermostats. So your Nest can tell your Insight Smart Plug whether you're home or away, and then the smart plug will turn off your devices.
The new Mini smart plus won't block adjacent outlets, either. With a simple command, turning off your regular lamp has never been easier.
Ikea Tr√•dfri smart plugs
Ikea's new smart plugs have two good things going for them: they're cheap, and they work with Alexa and Google Assistant. For just $10 apiece you can make all of your "dumb" appliances smart., using Google Assistant to turn things on or off.
Just note that if you're not a Tr√•dfri user already, you'll need to get the $30 hub as well.
Google Assistant streaming devices
From $35, google.com
It makes sense that Google Home pairs nicely with the company's own Chromecast devices, right?
Google's dongle allows you to sync things up between your phone, tablet or laptop and your TV. Unlike the Amazon Fire TV Sticks and boxes there isn't a library or store to explore; Chromecast is really just a way to transfer video from one device to a bigger screen.
But this process is streamlined further with the help of Google Home, which lets you to fire up video using just the power of your voice. With YouTube and Netflix both supported, unwinding in front of the TV has seldom been simpler.
Google Chromecast Ultra
If you're looking to throw 4K video onto your TV, you can always hand over a little more cash and pick up a Chromecast Ultra.
As with the cheaper option, you can use Google Assistant on your Google Home to control what you watch on your TV, which gives you access to all of those Chromecast-supported apps, like Netflix and Hulu, plus the treasure trove of content on YouTube.
Google Chromecast Audio
From $35, google.com
Chromecast not only helps you weave between what's on your TV, but its audio spin-off also takes care of what's going on in the speakers.
Even better, Chromecast Audio essentially takes on the same format to empower your regular speaker with smart capabilities. Simply plug it into the AUX port on your speakers and play DJ with your voice through the power of your device.
Essential reading: Google Chromecast tips and tricks
With Google Assistant also allowing you to stream through the likes of Spotify, TuneIn and Pandora, you'll be dancing around to your playlist without lifting a finger.
You may be able to use Google Assistant to cast things from your phone to your Chromecast or Android TVs, but there aren't as many options when it comes to third parties. Luckily, Google has partnered up with Roku, which makes some of the most popular streaming sticks.
You'll be able to use Google Assistant to control your Roku and the TV shows and movies you're watching. Search for movies or TV, or pause and play and fast forward or rewind. It's all up to you.
Google Assistant compatible hubs
In order to connect your whole home, you can hook Google Assistant up to a hub from Samsung, Wink or Logitech. This will expand what you can voice control.
Samsung's SmartThings smart home system comprises a handful of sensors and outlets, all centered around the SmartThings hub. It makes the smart home incredibly easy to set up, and best of all it's compatible with a vast range of other smart devices - Google Home included.
Google Assistant integration will allow you to control connected lights, outlets and thermostats with the power of voice. A simple "Ok Google, turn on the bedroom fan" is all you need. The future's pretty great, huh?
Logitech Harmony a series of nice universal remotes that can already talk to all your different bits of smart home tech, including Sky, Sonos, Roku, IFTTT, Philips Hue, Apple TV and SmartThings. Check out the Logitech Harmony Elite, the latest badass remote to rule them all.
Vivint is less a hub and more of an all-in-one experience you can opt into. The company not only gives you a smart hub panel to work with, it sells a whole bunch of add-ons that you can use to make your own smart home. The best part? They install it all for you.
Vivint is what you want if you can't be bothered with all of that installation and such. The system is compatible with Google Assistant too, and you'll even get two free Google Home Minis to round everything out. Be warned though, it's expensive.
Google Assistant compatible security cameras
Smart security cameras aren't the first thing you'd think of when you think voice controlled gadgets but a good selection of high quality cameras work with Google Assistant with the best integration on Nest's range - natch.
Nest Cam IQ Indoor
This is a bit of a cheat as the Nest Cam IQ actually now works as a Google Assistant controller too - via an upgrade to its mic and speaker. Nest's latest indoor security camera has a 4K sensor, face recognition, HDR close-up tracking and it works seamlessly with the rest of the Nest ecosystem.
You can ask to see live footage on both the Nest app on your phone - "OK Google, show me the dining room" or on a TV with a Chromecast and you can add the Cam IQ to routines like, "OK Google, I'm leaving" will turn on all your Nest Cams. Neat.
Logitech Circle 2
As per Nest, both Circle and Circle 2 cameras work with Google Assistant to allow you to ask for a live feed to a TV with a Chromecast either plugged in or built in which is a nice feature. You can say "OK Google, show the garden camera" or "OK Google, play garden camera on main TV".
The Circle 2 is a great little, all-weather camera that's also HomeKit compatible and a 180-degree lens so you don't miss a thing. Logitech does note that if you go for the wireless option, the Assistant voice controls might take a little longer as the camera has to wake itself up from its low power mode first.
This mid-range, full HD security camera should blend in nicely in your home and offers a long battery life and the handy ability to move it around. As far as Assistant integration goes, it's not as feature rich as Nest and Logitech - you can ask Canary "Who is here?", though, and also check on the battery life via voice.
The rest of your smart home
There is plenty more kit that works with Google Assistant, some of which are also controllers for the tech such as Android TVs from Sony, Philips, Sharp and soon LG. And speakers like the Sonos One, Sony LF-S50G, Panasonic GA10, upcoming Bang and Olufsen speakers, JBL, Harman Kardon, the list goes on can act or will soon act as Google Assistant controllers.
Here's a few more devices that don't have the tech built in but are compatible.
August Smart Lock/Smart Lock Pro
This popular smart lock will allow you to not worry about your keys again by activating when your phone's Bluetooth signal is close. With Google Home and Google Assistant support, however, you'll simply be able to tell Google to lock or unlock your doors.
And if you forget, you can ask Google, too. No need to walk back and check for yourself.
Nest's own smart video doorbell has now arrived and it comes complete with Google Assistant integration. If you get yourself a Nest Aware subscription, you can set up Google Assistant to announce your visitors - even by their own names.
Essential reading: Nest Hello review
If you don't opt for the subscription, it'll simply announce that someone is at the door. Still cool, but nothing is as fun as having Google Assistant announce that your UPS delivery person is here.
Nuki Smart Lock 2
‚ā¨229 alone or ‚ā¨299 with Bridge, nuki.io
Slightly less well known is Nuki which makes a simple to install, fully featured smart lock that'll look the part - if it fits on your door, that is as it's a pretty specific lock type. There's a door sensor in the lock that'll let you know if it's open or unlocked. Google Assistant compatibility means you can lock or unlock it with your voice, though this does involve saying a PIN code out loud which won't be convenient for everyone.
iRobot Roomba robot vacuums
Since last year, all connected iRobot Roomba robot vacs - the Roomba 980, 960, 690 and 890, that is - can be controlled via Google Home and Assistant.
iRobot has compiled a handy list of which commands will work - if you have more than one you'll need to say the name of the device as part of your request. You can start, pause, stop and resume cleaning, locate the Roomba, ask it to return to home base and get its status.
Nest x Yale Smart Lock
$249 ($279 with Nest Connect), nest.com
Nest has partnered up with lock specialists Yale to make is first smart lock, and you're getting quite lot of smart here. You've also got a keypad on the outside, in addition to a touch panel for quick one-touch locking.
There's integration with Nest, so that you can lock your door and arm your Nest Secure. As for Google Assistant, you can check whether the doors are locked and even lock your door with a quick "Hey Google".