Speaker Types

Smart speakers come in various shapes and sizes. Use the chart below to find which design fits best with your lifestyle and budget. Examples of some of the most popular smart speakers in each category are also included. You can then go to the comparison page to see details about each one.

Mini Speakers

Mini smart speakers are great a great introduction to the world of IoT devices and are great at controling smart home devices in smaller rooms. They typically hover around the $50 price point.

Examples

A Google Home Mini (in grey) next to the third-generation Echo Dot (in black).
A Google Home Mini (in grey) next to the third-generation Echo Dot (in black).

Regular Speakers

These are the two the started it all. The first smart speakers from Amazon and Google. They are best for the avergage consumer, balancing features with price. They typically retail for arount the $100 price point.

Examples

The 2018 Echo (in grey cloth) next to a Google Home (in white plastic and organge metal).
The 2018 Echo (in grey cloth) next to a Google Home (in white plastic and organge metal).

Premium Speakers

If you want to have a smart home and value audio quality, a couple premium smart speakers in the main rooms of your home act as the centrepiece for the modern smart home.

Examples


The Sonos One smart speaker.

Smart Displays

Smart displays work well in the kitchen due to their screen. They allow you to view receipies, shop online and manage your shopping list while not relying on voice alone.

Examples

The LG Smart Display in both vertical and horizontal orientations. The horizontal one is playing CNN from YouTube TV.
CNN from YouTube TV being played on an LG Smart Display.

Device Embeds

Although some might view talking to your mirror as weird, virtual assistants embedded into current devices are super practical in some usecases (like in a washroom or on a patio) where smart speakers don't typically work well.

Examples

Bixby activated on the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator's screen.
Bixby activated on the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator.