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Google, Alexa and Siri smart speaker reviews

Last updated: 26 March 2019

Smart speakers give you the freedom to control your home entertainment, your smart devices and even your life with simple voice commands. You can ask them to pick a show on Netflix, add biscuits to your shopping list or set the oven to 180 degrees.

We test smart speakers in separate contexts, as they're able to complete tasks in two distinct areas:

  • How well they perform as home automation devices.
  • How well they perform as a speaker for music, radio, podcasts and so on, in our wireless speakers test.

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Our expert testers give each smart speaker a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are the easiest to set up and use 
  • have the best sound quality
  • have the lowest annual running costs.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you compare how well the smart speakers recognise voice commands, what features and services they offer and which third-party streaming services, home automation devices and websites they work with. Our Recommended rating will help you quickly see which models come out on top.

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      • Power consumption score
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      • Ease of use score
      • Good points
      • Portable
      • Music service support
      • Price
      • Microphone
      • Calendar support
      • Speaker
      • Data that is stored
      • Voice purchasing
      • Dimensions
      • Other physical controls
      • Model
      • Where is data processed
      • Set alarms
      • Warranty
      • News and weather briefings
      • Brand
      • Audio playback devices supported
      • Indicator light
      • Photos
      • Video services supported
      • Wifi band
      • Cord length
      • Smart LED integration
      • Video playback devices supported
      • Multi user support
      • Bluetooth
      • Smart switch integration
      • Availability
      • Personal assistant
      • Translation
      • Data delete
      • Lists
      • Weight
      • Mute button


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