Smart speaker comparison chart

Amazon may have had a head start with the Amazon Echo but with the launch of the Google Home, Apple HomePod and Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Home, the other tech giants are quickly catching up.

Click here to read more about the Amazon Echo vs. Google Home.

For Amazon, Google and other smart speakers to answer your questions on demand, they have to be listening all the time. I wrote an entire article about how these devices are always listening and also tell you the steps to delete your recordings. Click here to learn more about this now.

 

Amazon Echo Amazon Echo Dot Google Home Google Home Mini Apple HomePod Sonos One
Price $100 $50 $129 $49 $349 $199
Voice Commands Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wake Word Alexa, Echo, Amazon or Computer Alexa, Echo, Amazon or Computer OK Google, Hey Google OK Google, Hey Google Siri Alexa, Echo, Amazon or Computer
Always On Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Music Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, more Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, more Google Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, more Google Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, more Apple Music, others with AirPlay app Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, more
Audio Output No Yes Bluetooth only Bluetooth only AirPlay only Bluetooth only
Synced multiroom audio Yes Yes Yes via GoogleCast Yes via GoogleCast Yes with AirPlay Yes
Smart Home control Philips Hue, LifX, Nest, EcoBee, SmartThings, Wink, WeMo, IFTTT and more Philips Hue, LifX, Nest, EcoBee, SmartThings, Wink, WeMo, IFTTT and more Philips Hue, Nest, SmartThings, IFTTT Philips Hue, Nest, SmartThings, IFTTT Yes with Home app Limited
Customizable look No, but available in different colors No, but available in different colors Yes via interchangeable color plates Yes via interchangeable color plates No, but available in different colors No, but available in different colors
Personal Assistant functions Answers questions, calendar support, Amazon shopping lists, check flights, package tracking Answers questions, calendar support, Amazon shopping lists, check flights, package tracking Google searches, calendar support, check flights, package tracking, daily briefings for a linked Google account Google searches, calendar support, check flights, package tracking, daily briefings for a linked Google account Reminders, calendar, more Timer, manage smart devices, more
Other featured functions Thousands of "skills" available like Audible book reader, hands-free calls, more Thousands of "skills" available like Audible book reader, hands-free calls, more YouTube TV casting via Chromecast, more YouTube TV casting via Chromecast, more Weather, messages, control smart home devices, more Audible book reader, more