Apple HomePod vs Amazon Echo vs Google Home: Best deals and how they work

Ready to get started with your first voice assistant device? Buying one of the voice-controlled speakers is a good place to begin, either a Google Home device, one of the Amazon Echo options or Apple's HomePod. Prices can range wildly on these (save for Apple's HomePod) and to help you make the best choice, and get the best prices, we've found the current deals on the main three speakers from Google, Amazon and Apple — along with ways to use these smart speakers in your home.

Amazon Echo, the first smart speaker and run via AlexaAmazon

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo is the original smart home speaker — first to market the line now boasts six devices that also have Alexa, its intelligent voice assistant inside. It's almost impossible not to find some kind of deal, on at least one Amazon Echo device, at any time.

Amazon Echo, current price is $99

Amazon Echo Plus, current price is $149.99 Current deal: Amazon throws in a Philips Hue bulb for free

Echo Spot, current price is $114.99

Echo Dot, current price is $39.99

Echo Show, current price is $179.99

Echo Look, retails for $199.99 but you need an invitation to buy one. (Yes, really)

Echo Sub - Powerful subwoofer for your Echo
List Price: $129.99.
New From: $129.99.
Buy on Amazon.

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Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - White
List Price: $49.99.
New From: $49.99.
Used From: $36.29.
Buy on Amazon.

Google Home works with Google AssistantGoogle

Google Home

Google Home is the second player to smart home speaker space and has already managed to get three voice-enabled devices on the market:

Google Home, on sale for $99

Google Home Mini, currently on sale for $39

Google Home Max, current price is $399

Currently, Google is offering free shipping for any order on its online store over $35 — so essentially any Google Home device will ship for free. But that's the only way you'll shave any thing off the smart speaker price for now.


Read more about Google Home:

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The GearBrain: Here's what works with Google Home and Google Home Mini


Apple HomePod, the smart speaker last to the game and Siri-friendlyApple

Apple HomePod

Apple just launched the HomePod. Priced at $349, the device isn't bundled with any other offers, and it's unlikely HomePod will see any price cuts for awhile. (That's just not Apple's way.) For now, though, if you want the new smart speaker from Apple, you're just going to have to pay the full price.

Read More about Apple HomePod:

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Check out The GearBrain, our smart home compatibility checker to see the other compatible products that work with Google Home and Home Mini and Amazon Alexa enabled devices.

Echo (2nd Generation) with improved sound, powered by Dolby, and a new design – Walnut Finish
List Price: $119.99.
New From: $119.99.
Used From: $101.14.
Buy on Amazon.