With all of the amazing and innovative technology that came out in 2019, it can be hard to remember what exactly was released. This was definitely the case with the smart speaker market. In case you don’t exactly remember what a smart speaker is, they are defined as an electronic speaker that is usually connected to wi-fi and are usually voice enabled. It’s basically like having an electronic personal assistant like Siri or Alexa at your beck and call.
Here are some of the top rated smart speakers on the market for 2019:
- Sonos One
One of the more affordable smart speakers out on the market right now, this speaker’s price starts at $199. This speaker is Amazon Alexa compatible, which is a good thing if you are not a fan of Amazon’s personal speaker. The speaker is top rated for its quality, which is impressive considering the size of the Sonos. That is important for the music lover in you, as most people want to listen to their music without it sounding too distorted from the speaker system. Another great thing about the Sonos One is that multiple versions of the speaker can be compatible together. This is great if you need more than one speaker around the house.
- Amazon Echo
As one of the OGs of the smart speaker game, Amazon found itself again on the top list of smart speakers with the 2019 version of the Amazon Echo. This time, the sound and voice recognition has been improved through extensive research. The 3rd generation of the main Echo line was released in September 2019, so it is still pretty new to the market. The biggest selling point is that the price is only $100 dollars this time around, so it is pretty affordable.
Just like other speakers, the best improvement, besides the price, was the sound quality. It is described as having “high highs and low lows” by Amazon presenters.
- Google Home Max
Not to be outdone by their competitor Amazon, Google has released their own version of a smart speaker. This year the Google Home Max is compatible with most Google and Android phones. This is great if you are someone that likes for all of your devices to connect together.
The Google Max is top rated because it is one of the few smart speakers on the market that does not run on Amazon Alexa. While Alexa is very popular, some people are bigger fans of Google Personal Assistant due to its reliability, while others love it for its style and sleek design. This is one of the more expensive smart speakers on the list, with some models starting at $299. However, features such as Android compatibility, advanced sound, and multiple speaker compatibility makes it a great investment.