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Simplify your everyday life with the Google Home, a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Use voice commands to enjoy music, get answers from Google and manage everyday tasks. Google Home is compatible with Android and iOS operating systems, and can control compatible smart devices such as Chromecast or Nest.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Google Home
  • Owner's manual
  • Power adapter

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9592 out of 10194)

Features


A powerful helper

Google Home is powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It's your own Google, always ready to help.

Get answers from Google

Use your voice to quickly find information about the weather, news, sports and more. "Hey Google, what time does the grocery store close?"

Bring your music to life, using only your voice

Google Home's high-excursion speaker delivers a big, rich sound in a compact size. "Hey Google, listen to Discover Weekly on Spotify."

Manage your day from breakfast to bed

Get help around the house with things like your schedule, commute, travel information and more.

Google Home can even help you find a lost iPhone or Android phone and make phone calls to any personal contact or business.¹ "Hey Google, call Mom."

Play, pause and rewind. Hands-free

Pair with a Chromecast to control your favorite movies and shows, using only your voice. "Hey Google, play Stranger Things from Netflix on my TV."²

Control your smart home

Use your voice to control your compatible lights, thermostat, smart plugs and more. Google Home works with more than 1000 smart devices from over 150 popular brands. "Hey Google, set the thermostat to 72 degrees."

Your voice. Your info

Get personalized responses for you and others in your home with voice recognition.³ "Hey Google, when is my first meeting tomorrow?"

Fun for the whole family

Learn something new, play fun games and listen to stories with the Google Assistant. Want to tell the kids breakfast is ready?

Broadcast a message to other Google Home devices around the house.⁴ "Hey Google, let"s play a game."

¹In the US and Canada. 911 and 1-900 calls are not supported.

²Subscriptions required to access some content.

³Google Home can distinguish up to six voices in total.

⁴Your child can sign in to Google Home devices with their Google Account managed with Family Link. Also works with Arlo.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 10191 reviews

95%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good entry by Google into the smart home assistant

    Posted
    TechIke
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    The natural comparison for this product is the Amazon Echo, which I have owned since early 2015. I bought the Google Home to see which one I liked better, which I am still figuring out but I do give the Google Home a thumbs up. It does not support that many smart home devices upon launch, but I know more will come. It was very easy to set up and connect with my Hue lights and my Nest thermostat. Microphones are responsive and was able to pick up my voice from a good distance away. Sound quality is pretty good though about as expected for a speaker that size. I prefer the "air freshener" look of the Home to the harsh look of the Echo, but that is personal preference. I also like that you can default a service like Spotify for audio and music and the Assistant does a pretty good job of recognizing your playlists. Speaking of the Assistant, it does a great job of answering questions with more detail than Alexa does and I know it will only get better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Google (runs my) Home

    Posted
    TECHBEENGOOD
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    • Top 250 Contributor

    Google Home “Hey, Google . . . play “Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young” and so it was done. Google Home used the Pandora account I just entered, and a rather smooth, well balanced music playback began. It could get loud without harshness out of a cute beer-mug sized device. Without any other command, Pandora was now playing. Seemed like magic to my visitors who were listening in to my conversation with Google Home while I was setting it up. Set up took less than 10 minutes, but I don’t have many of the partner products (NEST, Philips Hue, SmartThings, IF) that Google Home operates with right out of the box. But Google Home has a nice bag of tricks with which to work. With the right Chromecast enabled speakers, you can apparently get the house rocking relying on Pandora, Spotify, Google Play, Youtube Music, or Tunein to provide the tunes. Both my wife an I are getting a kick out of challenging Google to provide weather reports, news updates, or filling in our grocery list (using Google Keep). It’ll do a very accurate job of answering trivia questions and has no trouble deciphering our voice commands. It could provide the names of local restaurants and addresses, but couldn’t schedule a table for us. It could list where movies were playing, but not when. Google Home easily picked out our voices over a playing TV and was quick to respond. It wasn’t ready with TV schedules, however . . yet. For me, the real excitement begins if/when Google operates my Logitech Harmony Theater system hubs, my HomeBrite Devices, or maybe lets us order from some online stores. I have no trouble recommending the Google Home device, but I’m also expecting ti to expand its partner list. These are wonderfully useful gadgets, but they rely on Google to play nicely with a variety of other products that I want to control.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Helpful and Enjoyable Addition to My Home

    Posted
    Kelby
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    • Top 250 Contributor

    Overview: Google Home is a joy to use every day. It brings the power of the internet and Google into my home and makes them accessible via voice, which results in a number of conveniences. Some of my favorites include: asking it to play a certain music playlist, telling it to add something to my Google Keep shopping list, asking a question I would normally have to type into Google on my phone or computer, setting a timer or alarm, or asking about the day ahead (calendar events, weather, etc.). The list of things you can do with Google Home goes on and on. I have been continuously discovering new ways to use it, and Google Home has noticeably simplified some of my daily tasks. Design: The device is aesthetically appealing and does not take up much space. On the top of the device, you will find touch controls that allow you to adjust the volume, play or pause music, mute to put the device on standby, or activate listening mode. The top of the device also has a few subtle lights that turn on when you say “Okay Google”, which is a nice touch. In addition, the base of Google Home can be customized with seven different colors (sold separately). Audio: Despite its small size, Google Home produces loud and clear audio. I am pleasantly surprised with the audio quality, especially the bass it is capable of producing. In the future, I may consider getting another Google Home because you can play music through multiple Google Home devices at once. Voice Recognition: I am impressed with how well Google Home can hear me. Even if I am across the room, I do not feel like I have to yell at the device or slow my speech in order for it to perform the correct action. There are times when Google Home’s responses take a little longer, but I would definitely consider the voice recognition highly reliable and effective. Conclusion: I have had a very positive experience with Google Home so far. As I have mentioned, it has an appealing design, high-quality audio, and the voice recognition is very reliable. Google Home is fun to use and is a helpful tool to have in my home, especially as I learn more about what it is capable of.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Home is Where the Google is

    Posted
    mikeheel
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    • Top 50 Contributor

    Google Home has now invaded my home, and I'm very interested in seeing where this takes us. Right now, I think the biggest selling point for Home is potential. It has some neat tricks as-is, but it promises so much more. Unboxing: The first thing I noticed is that the packaging is first-rate. There are even corner tabs on the tape to allow easy removal without having to damage the box. There is a pull tab in the box itself to open up for the grand reveal. The Home sits in a formed plastic tray that holds it snugly. Everything about the packaging says Google wanted to convey they put a lot of thought into making opening the Home a good experience. I was very impressed. Appearance: The Home is a relatively attractive device. It is unoffensive and can fit pretty much any decor without drawing unwanted attention to itself. You can jazz it up with a colored base, if you want. Some folks have said it looks a bit like a large air freshener. I guess that's about right in some respects, but that makes it sound unattractive to me. In reality, it is a good-looking device. Setup: I have a Pixel and a Chromecast, so I already had Google's new Home app on my phone. You will need to download the Home app if you don't already have it. For any WP users lurking out there, check first, b/c I think the Home app is available only on Android and iOS. Anyway, I plugged in the Home unit, opened the app, the app located the Home unit, I entered my wifi info, answered a few questions about use, and it was ready. The entire process took just a couple of minutes. It was painless and worked flawlessly the first time. Use: Using the Home is easy. It has understood me virtually every time I've said anything to it. I connected it to my Nest thermostats (although that took a moment to sort out how to do it; you open the menu in the Home app rather than click on the big box that says "Add Devices"), and the Home was able to set the temperature based on my voice commands. It performed searches flawlessly, reading back answers to me. I did try a few queries that it was unable to resolve, so it gave me the canned apology. It also works with several music services. I chose Spotify as my primary music source, but it can use any of the supported services. It steams music well enough, although you won't mistake it for audiophile level sound. I do like that you can use multiple Home units throughout the house, and they will sync to provide music throughout the house, if you want. I only have one unit at this time, though. I'm also very interested in using a Chomecast Audio unit to pair my regular speakers with the Home. That's a relatively inexpensive way to get a much higher sound quality. You can, however, tell it to play music or video through the Chromecast TV dongle, and it will happily oblige. I have to admit, though, I really prefer my Roku to the Chromecast. I know it is a "competitor," but I hope Google doesn't try to make the Home a walled garden when it comes to service they also provide. Fortunately, they already allow a wide spectrum when it comes to music, so I hope they will do similar with video. Side note, Home comes with six months of YouTube Red for free. Issues: Unfortunately, there are limitations to the usefulness of Home right now. First and foremost is that it only syncs to one Google account, so it only knows one user. There is a guest mode, but it'd be great if my wife and kids could tell it stuff that would sync to their search history rather than mine. I'm afraid I might suddenly get inundated by ads for things in which my daughter is interested. Second is that, even with only one user, it doesn't really harmonize all that well with some external accounts. For instance, I don't use a Google calendar for work. My office uses Exchange. My Google phone gets this. My Google Home does not. When I ask about my appointments or schedule, the Home is at a loss. I wish it'd work hand-in-hand with my phone so I could tell it to check my Outlook calendar. We also have a shared family calendar. All Home sees is my personal Google calendar, which is a desolate wasteland, given that most of my real appointments are in Outlook or the family shared Gmail calendar. Home can't see those right now, but maybe it will be able to eventually. One other thing my wife really wants is for it to pair with BT headphones, but I couldn't find a way to do that. There are times when you want to be able to stream music or news without everyone else having to listen, so that'd also be a nice addition, if it can be done. Also, I'd really like to be able to use my own awake word or phrase. As it is, every time I say "Ok, Google," my phone wakes up and gives me a note that "another device" is answering my question. Why does that need to happen? It wouldn't have to happen if I could say "Ok, Home" or "Ok, Pixel." Conclusion: But, on the whole, this is a fun and cool device. I'm still getting use to it and am excited to see what the future holds for my little friend. It's good device, but I expect it have a period of growing pains as it gets more useful and adds more services. Still, though, I'd say try it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This is a great addition to the house

    Posted
    perlfox
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    To be fair, I am a long time user of the Amazon Echo, and that is really my comparison in the 'smart speaker' world. Having said that, this is a great little speaker with a lot of potential. Setup was trivial. Load the app on your phone, answer a few questions, and you are off to the races. One little issue that I found is that Google Assistant would not connect to either of my "work" gmail accounts - it seems this feature is only available for the standard gmail accounts. The sound of this is really good for such a little device. I dare say it is louder, and a bit clearer, than it's Amazonian cousin. The OK Google usability of the Home was as fast (and awesome) as expected. There are not a lot of integrations now, but I expect this will change over the next year. One small nit - I could not find a way for this to be a bluetooth speaker. Not sure if that was something I overlooked or not. All in all - it's a great addition to the Google ecosystem of products. I can't wait to see what else Google has in the works for this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Christmas Couldn't Wait

    Posted
    Txstatesal
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    • Top 1000 Contributor

    Okay so the intelligence of Google Home and it's speaker quality are great. I am the kind of person that sees a speaker with a new feature and I have to try it. It is a running joke at work because I have a speaker for every room of my home and at my work desk. That said, Google Home makes working at home so much fun. When I first opened the box the setup was simple, quick and I got so enthralled with all the fun stuff it does that I realized two hours later I hadn't turned on a TV in the house. Prompt "Okay Google, sing to me", or "Okay Google, tell me a joke", some funny features to show your friends. Or the crystal ball feature is fun as well! The fun doesn't stop there though, it can hail a cab for me, tell me what traffic looks like, tell me the weather, and best of all recipes. My Google Home is in the kitchen and when I asked for a enchilada recipe and she knew the process of making them I was floored. So yeah... Christmas couldn't wait and I am glad that I added Google Home to my home and kitchen area. It is going to sit neatly on the counter and really bring life to our family gatherings this holiday season. I absolutely cannot wait to show everyone what Google Home can do with all the apps and features I haven't even tapped into.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Home is where the smarter lives

    Posted
    MohamedShama
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    Google Home is a little device that’s intended to live in your house or apartment, providing an access point to all of Google’s services whenever you need them, even if your hands are full or you’re not in front of a phone or computer. It can play music, answer questions, tell you the weather, wake you up in the morning, control smart home gadgets, and do other tricks. Everything the Google Home is designed to do can also be done with Amazon’s wildly popular Echo, which launched two years ago. The similarities between the two are near-endless: like Google Home, the Echo is a screenless, connected speaker that’s always listening for a voice command and can play music, answer questions, turn your smart lights on or off, and more. There’s a lot of overlap between these products, and for most intents and purposes, they are all but identical in use. But Home has something that the Echo doesn’t: a wealth of knowledge about the world, my personal preferences, and my habits. In other words, it has Google.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Competition is Knocking on Alexa's Door...

    Posted
    gadgetguy11
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    Google Home offers a more in depth internet research capability, as you would expect, with the Google Search Engine Access. Here is a summary of Pro's & Con's that I observed: Google Home Pro's: 1- In depth internet search 2- Accessory color scheme available to customize appearance 3- Closest Google Home answers, unlike Amazon Echo, where ALL devices answer that hear you from various rooms 4- Cost advantage. Google Home has a lower price point than Amazon Echo. Cannot compare with Amazon Dot, as it does not have the powerful internal amp & speakers 5- Google Home is more interactive; after answering a question, if you ask a related question, Google Home can continue as though in a conversation 6- Google Account integration is a distinct advantage Google Home Con's: 1- Sound is very good, but clearly less bass than Alexa delivers 2- Far fewer Home Automation devices respond to Google Home. Alexa has a huge head start & networks with many devices. Google Home has a lot of catching up to do! 3- Fewer far field microphones (3 compared with Alexis' 7) work fine, but when compared, Alexis wins this point 4- Far fewer "skills" than Amazon Echo. Each device is increasing the number of skills, but Google is behind for now 5- Amazon Prime offers over 1,000,000 free songs to Prime members & holds the advantage for music access for Amazon Prime members 6- Amazon Echo can easily order, review & track Amazon orders - a disadvantage for Google Home Which to buy? BOTH!! They are both a blast & are awesome to have around!!

    I would recommend this to a friend




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