If you’re like me then you own a ton of Google home smart Compatible products and today I’m going to walk through all the best smart home devices throughout your smart home.
that integrate and interact really well with google home Compatible Products thanks for tuning in again.
I’m going to take the frustration out of automation by helping you pick all of those products in the right spots in your smart home now some of this I’ll explain.
I have and some of this I won’t I’ll just roll through a number of different products that may be fit a very specific situation now let’s start.
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smart speakers themselves number one if you are picking a smart speaker than the top two I’m going to tell you about today is the Google nest hub Max which is the premier smart display from Google and I think there are n’t enough features there that.
I would recommend that you upgrade from one of these unless you’re finding this at about that $70 price range then I think that’s a pretty good deal and you can head here to the smaller device otherwise the new Nest Mini is fantastic and in pairs, I must say they are great sounding I have that in my bedroom right now.
just across that bedroom pair is great sound now once you step outside of the actual Google speakers things get a little more interesting what I mean by those speakers are the ones that are n’t branded Google home Compatible Products so we’ve seen LG come out with a thing WK7 I don’t really recommend that speaker it doesn’t get enough updates for me the Lenovo smart display.
in the Lenovo smart clock, we’ve seen those I really love the Lenovo smart display and that’s my pick over say the JBL smart display as well I just don’t like the look of that one feels a little cheap versus the Lenovo smart display and I haven’t found it getting quite as fast of updates as the Lenovo we did touch on the Lenovo smart clock.
so I’m going to tell you the Lenovo smart clock is not quite as good as what you’re going to get with a google Nest hub so if you are picking between those two and their close prices head here one of the best speakers you’re going to have in your smart home is your TV this is the case for a lot of people now what’s really great about a device like the Chromecast.
I’m showing a Chromecast ultra box here is that it can be used in multi-room audio groups or multi-speaker audio groups so that means you can turn your TV into a smart speaker simply by attaching that Chromecast device.
so you can go all the way up to this Chromecast ultra you can stick around that thirty to thirty-five dollar price range with a Chromecast and get a lot out of your TV now let’s say you wanted to control more than your TV and you wanted to control your TV all through the Google Voice assistant the way to do that still today is the harmony hub now.
I haven’t had the best experience with the Harmony Hub over the years but it has started to become more and more reliable as things have kind of evened out and everything has been upgraded on that device as much as they need now the nice thing about the Harmony hub is it can help you control through IR all of your different blu-ray players or PVR’s or DVRs whatever you want to call them your TV itself anything with an IR control can be turned on basically by that harmony hub it’s very powerful and you can set up.
those activities and just ask your Google assistant to start those activities it will use harmony hub and connect and then create or execute those commands that you have asked for one of the biggest choices,
you’re going to make in your smart home is actually your router now the ISP might give you a router and you might find that that hits a limitation pretty quickly in your smart home as you start to get lots of these devices Wi-Fi devices or other Ethernet connected devices in your home.
you’re going to hit a limit very quickly and where you won’t hit a limit is with nest Wi-Fi now there’s really nice integration with nest Wi-Fi into these into the Google Home.
The application I can manage it all through that application I don’t have to go anywhere else and I recently did a review on these and I have to tell you they are fantastic and maintaining a connection to just a ton of smart home devices and that’s what you’ll find with most of the routers you’re going to get from an ISP or most of those 50 to $100 routers and the mesh Wi-Fi systems that aren’t really made for the world of IoT.
So nest Wi-Fi is definitely that middle ground you’re not going and buying kind of prosumer level solution which you can do but I think the nest Wi-Fi is enough for people for the next three to five years the nest hello is the doorbell you want and while that might seem pretty obvious.
when I start to name some of these nest devices the big difference with the nest hello is its ability to actually identify people in your smart home or coming up to your smart home ringing your doorbell.
you’ll actually get a notification that says who they are you’ve put that person’s face into the nest application and put them as part of that face match that’s very powerful stuff and you can get those notifications coming up on here with a display of your feed and it’s just that it’s a different kind of notification.
But that’s what you can get with that versus some of the other doorbells out on the market today now you will also, get those notifications on your smartphone from the nest.
but what I’m going to tell you with a smartphone and I’ve had both iPhones and pixels in the last year I’m going to tell you, in general, you’re going to want an Android phone if you’ve got a lot of Google stuff this makes sense but the pixel three XL I had that one here for a couple of months,
I still have the device and I will say its probably that right budget level for a lot of people and I think it kind of splits the market really well in terms of its performance in terms of its capability it’s got an amazing camera and really it just does everything you want and the apps work and look better.
you get earlier updates with any of the pixel devices versus say having an iPhone and then waiting for some of these Google home or Google Nest updates.
it might take you a little extra time now the pixel 4 I’ve also had for a while here and this is the box from that device and the pixel four is that next level and it might price itself out of the market for a few people but I have to say that the camera is absolutely spectacular it takes the best photos.
I have ever taken and I’m starting to shoot you too videos entirely with that device so itis an incredible camcorder as well now the processor really ups the game here on this versus the pixel 3a and really what you do with that is your Google assistant integration is lightning fast and you can walk through apps walkthrough your smart home really.
just move really quickly throughout your day and on your phone with a simple squeeze to talk now here’s where we’ll diverge a little bit from the nest family of products and cameras are something that a lot of people want to add and I think the nest cameras are still the premier device and especially something like an IQ version of their nest cams there they are the premier but they are so expensive and you don’t need to spend that.
I’m here to save you a little bit of money at automating your life when you go buy these kinds of products so the wise cam is the ultimate budget choice and they’re working on some cloud service issues that they have but in general, this is the camera you’re going to want it can give you access to a lot of other great products from wise that have good integration but the nest cams can be displayed on these Google smart displays as well speaking of saving you stuff.
I like saving you time and one of the easiest ways to do that is to get a smart vacuum and the entire series of iRobot smart vacuums are where you want to head the reason.
I say that is the integration is really well done between Google and Roomba here and our iRobot and so you can have a look at that but what you can do is you can start and stop and pause cleaning so you can leave it in the middle of the floor if you want but you can also start and stop and pause within any room send it to specific rumours or a specific space and then you can also send it home when you’re done with it or you just want it to stop you need to the home to be quiet or something I do this stuff all the time with my smart vacuums and iRobot.
so the Roombas are the best when you head into the kitchen there are a lot of different appliances now but my favorite is the instant pot and I use this thing almost on a daily basis at this point my favorite things about this is I can check the status with my Google assistant as to what my instant pot is actually doing.
I can turn it on and off so I can kind of preset the cooking mode that I want to have occurred and come home to a cooked meal when moving over to the coffee maker this is a wild thing and you could go and spend a ton of money but what I would recommend especially if you have kind of a push button on or off coffee maker which lots of them are at his point I have my little switch bought device actually attached
just brings out a little hand and it pushes the on/off button so I can ask my Google assistant to turn that on and off now I would recommend that
you do have the hub that goes with this the switch bought hub and once you have that will work all the time you can do that again remotely if you’d like and there are other uses for those switch BOTS that I’m sure you are going to come up with as soon as you see that device smart lighting is one of the hardest topics to tackle and it’ll be the most divisive.
but when you get into this you really want to look for maximum compatibility and it’s funny.
Because people get on Philips you so badly but what they actually have done is created the maximum compatibility on the smart home market there for lighting they have the ability to go into every voice assistant out there they have the ability to integrate with Samsung smart things habitat all of these different hubs very easily.
They have their own hub now what also is really interesting about their compatibility is they have smart light switches and this is actually a ZigBee bulb from an area that is a cheaper version of a colour bulb looks every bit as good as some of the Philips devices.
But is half the price so not only can you go get that hub get a lot of great integration and automation with your Google Voice assistant and there’s some specific stuff that you can do like the wake-up routines and they go to bed routines that bring your light on and off over 30 minutes and not only can you do stuff like that.
But you can connect these devices from these other vendors and create all this automation so Philips Uis still the best for my hub perspective definitely the next component of this is non-hub or you know for people who are just going to add a few bulbs I don’t necessarily think you go you buy Philips you spend $50 on that hub you can go and get great or smart life that’s the application bulbs out there.
Wi-Fi connected and if you have a good router or a good mesh Wi-Fi system like the nest Wi-Fi system you’re not going to have reliability issues with those devices and they integrate really well with the Google Assistant and a lot of people will talk about life and I think if you want that ultimate pretty light you can go get a couple of LIFX bulbs but personally I find their pricing model to be the worst of them all so I think you want to watch that’s the point.
more to the smart life side of things now when you’re heading to light switches and you get a little deeper on that side what I think I’m going to tell you is you want a smart home hub and there are a couple of options number one hub ITAT which is a great option there habitat elevation is entirely local-control as long as you’re directly connected with a ZigBee or a z-wave product that is entirely localized control now if you connect something like Philips hue that’s not necessarily.
The case anymore but in general the automation run very fast on habitat but my personal preference is still Samsung smart things in 2020this is what you look at.
Then you can buy all kinds of different z-wave and ZigBee light switches that are out there today my favourites on the z-wave side of things is the age in.
Brighton series now they are excellent have one for everyone in your home every situation within your smart home and you know if you want something kind of more specialized I really like some of the things,
I saw from in a Novelli at CES and then zoos as well as a couple of interesting options with double switches and things like that now once you have that Smart Home Hub you’re going to run a lot of the automation directly off of there but the control interface between Samsung and Google.
Is really powerful you can actually pick which devices from Samsung smart things get integrated into here and this is a really important thing for managing when you have multiple smart homes.
hubs or when you have multiple solutions connected together because again you could connect Philips hue into Samsung smart things you can connect things like tp-link or casa into smart things switch bought which we talked about a ton can go into here so you can end up with duplicate devices.
But Samsung makes that easy and they’re automation with all of these different products are the best right now and the best way to get home automation done and then you can run some of those scenes with Google assistance smart plugs and smart outlets are really the same deal like lots of the smart lighting you can go a lot of different ways.
But my favourite is these mart things Wi-Fi plug I keep telling people this it integrates into this hub but you also don’t need the hub to put that in and you get energy monitoring because it is a Wi-Fi device that’s my favourite and you can also again look into that smart life application.
I have a bunch of smart plugs again in my home for that and I actually have a smart power bar that I have recently purchased that goes within that app and you can control the individual outlets and you can also power on and off the USB ports on that one so the smart life there’s a couple of links I’ll leave again down below you can have a look at that and they are very reliable.
when you have good Wi-Fi when you head outside and you want to get a smart plug out there there are some specifics that you need to think about there so you don’t want to get water in and so there’s a lot of well-connected plugs I’m gonna go back to the smart life platform there are cheap versions out there.
I don’t like any of the home or the I devices and I find most of the smart plugs out there in the 40 to 50 dollar range when their door rated. so I think you can look into this smart life thing and also these kinds of things might be something that disappears when you leave them outdoors. so I think you go cheap here and if it’s not going to get wet there is no reason you can’t use any of the regular smart plugs that I’ve already talked to you about here.
I have put a lot of this outside I put them in extreme weather conditions you can go ahead and do it as long as they’re not going to get wet one exception here is if you want to look at something that integrates with smart things if you’re kind of in that direction there is a great GE.
Brighton so we’re back to those guys outdoor z-wave switch let’s get back to a couple of those bigger devices now the August smart lock pro and they now have any smaller version is the one that I’m going to recommend and there are two reasons for it because you can see how hard.
I’m pushing you within the Google Assistant you want kind of these two things in 2020 this does n’t do a lot of the automation that this can but the August smart lock pro integrates really well with both of these devices.
so that’s very powerful for you in that new version it’s smaller I think it looks a little nicer I was very impressed with in terms of a thermostat it becomes really easy again you could go with ecobee and I’ve seen that actually in Allen’s home who works with us here on automating your life on Allen has the Eco is a number of those temperature sensors it integrates really well but really you don’t need a lot of integration with a voice assistant.
when it comes to those really smart their mo stats but what I do like about the newer nest their mo stats is the ability to actually diagnose HVAC issues now this is a recent feature that Google has added and I think it puts the kind of that step above because they can actually tell you before your HVAC system is going to have a problem.
so you’re not left in the cold I think that’s really important and a really smart ad or addition to the nest there most at when you get into the garage you can look right at the mic you hub to add to almost every garage door opener that’s out there it’s it has really great integration.
But the funny thing is if you’re a little bit older it’s not going to work now that hub is going to work for a lot of people just check that your device is capable of that because I tried to set it up in a couple it did not work and then I had to find a specific opener that did but what I’ve done instead is and again this goes to that same little trick I used with the coffee maker and actually one of my patrons.
Actually reached out and showed me how they did this little 3d printer made this implementation really good but they just took a garage door opener one of the little remotes that they have and usually people have an extra one of those stuck a switch bought on and press the button and this gives you full voice control as you come up to your home you can ask the Google assistant.
Especially if you have a phone with Google Assistant that’s listening you can just ask the Google assistant there to open your garage door and that’s a really great point.
Because in the car you’re probably going to want your Google assistant but the right way to do this still today they have some of these other Google assistant connected devices but to be honest they have not been very good.
I have not enjoyed them use an Android smartphone if you have an old one you can go ahead and get that connected into a Wi-Fi hotspot when you come into the car or just use an existing Android phone to use the Google Assistant that’s my opinion it gives you access to Android auto like features ina lot of cases now there are a number of situations we didn’t deal with in your smart home so go-ahead.