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Amazon Echo vs. Google Home – Which to choose

With Amazon Echo and Google Home you can bring your smart home to the next level. This is also true for your integration of Philips Hue. Have you been searching for your Hue remote or your smartphone to change the lightning? There is an easy solution now: Amazon Echo as well as Google Home allow you to voice control your Hue lights. Not only can you turn on/off your lights by voice but you can also change brightness or color with simple voice commands. So both can control the Hue ecosystem pretty well, but is there a clear winner when you put the Amazon Echo vs. the Google Home head to head? Let’s find out!

Google Home Amazon Echo
Price 180 USD 130 USD
Always listens Yes Yes
Wake word OK Google Alexa, Amazon, Echo or Computer
Smart home integrations Nest, SmartThings, Philips Hue, IFTTT Philips hue, Ecobee, Wemo, Insteon, TP-link, Nest, SmartThings, and many more
Music streaming integrations Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, others
Audio 2 inch driver and dual 2 inch passive radiators 2.5 inch woofer and 2.0 inch tweeter
Output to stereo Yes via Chromecast No, only for Amazon Dot
Supported OS Android 4.2 and higher

iOS 8.0 and higher

Fire OS, Android, and iOS (also accessible via your web browser)

Which one is smarter?

This is a tricky question to answer. There are tons of videos comparing the answers of both systems to the same set of questions. In general Google Home seems to have some advantage when it comes to questions that are related to things that you would usually search for on google, while Amazon Echo seems to have a leap when it comes to integrations with third party services.

Which has the nicer voice?

To the point: Google Home is more conversational and understands things more easily out of context, while Amazon Echo has the more human like voice.

Best skill (next to controlling Philips Hue)?

Amazon Echo: Support for more than 1,000 third party apps

Google Home: Google search

Biggest flaw?

Amazon Echo: No Google searches

Google Home: Limited to a single Google account

Design?

No clear winner here. Google Home is smaller than you would assume by looking at the press pictures. Amazon Echo is very well built but not as customizable as the Google Echo as it only comes in black or white. With Google Home you have many more color options for the base of the speaker. Neither of the both products add an outstanding design element to your living room. Maybe this is where companies like B&O need to get into the game?

What about sound?

If you are in for the sound get a Sonos speaker. Both the Amazon Echo and Google Home are fine for listening to some radio or background music but will not start your next party.

Google home vs Amazon echo: the verdict

Get the Amazon Echo Dot. If you already have a stereo or any other speaker that you can connect to it’s best bang for the buck. You get all the Echo features for a fraction of the price. If you need the speaker built in, unfortunately there is no clear winner. If you already invested in the Google ecosystem with a Chromecast or are super into Google’s services, Google Home would be the preferable choice. If you want to have the system throughout your house Amazon Echo might make more sense as you can combine Amazon Echo with Amazon Dot and safe quite some bucks.

 

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