With a simple voice command, the
can adjust your thermostat, turn off your lights, lock your door, show you the weather forecast and more. When it debuted in 2016, the assistant was only compatible with four
brands — today, that number is over 10,000.
Picking between Google Assistant and
virtual assistant Alexa is often a matter of splitting hairs, and it comes down to personal preference. If you’d prefer an Amazon-centered smart home, there are plenty of devices that work well with Alexa, including Android phones. Apple’s
platform isn’t compatible with as many products, but if you love your
and its built-in assistant
, check out our favorite Apple HomeKit gadgets.
If you’re ready to jump in with a Google-powered smart home, here are the best Google Nest devices and Google Assistant-compatible smart home products. Get started with a smart display or smart speaker, then branch out with our picks for compatible lights, door locks, smart switches, smart thermostats and other useful gadgets.