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Google Home V Alexa: Which is best? Posted On 05 August 2019

Smart voice assistants are now in over 12.6 million homes in the UK – a growth of over 30% year-on-year

With more compatible apps and tech released every month, this is only expected to grow in the future. There are numerous brands and a range of models to suit all budgets on the market.

However, the two market-leading brands are Amazon with their ‘Alexa’ and Google with their ‘Home’ hub. But which option is best for you?

VOICE CONTROL

Google Assistant is better at handling more complex queries than the Amazon Alexa. Alexa is heavily dependent on Wikipedia, whereas Google Assistant generally searches the whole web. Alexa only has one female voice, whereas Google Assistant has both female and male voice options.

Not unsurprisingly, when it comes to shopping, Amazon Alexa leads the way; however, virtually every product it recommends is from Amazon itself. The Google Assistant is more of a conversationalist with better free-flowing technology compared to Amazon Alexa.

Voice Control Rating:

Google Home – 9/10    Amazon Echo – 7/10

SOUND QUALITY

Google Home offers richer sound than the Amazon Echo, although it isn’t as loud. The Google Home delivers better sound quality with better bass and treble control. However, the Amazon Echo has a 3.5mm out socket so it can be connected to an external speaker, which the Google Home does not.

If you are listening to music, the Amazon Echo supports Amazon Music, with the Google Home supporting Google Play Music and YouTube Premium. Both speakers can be used as Bluetooth speakers, so the Google Home will play Amazon Music – however, not by using voice control, and vice-versa.

Sound Quality Rating:

Google Home – 8/10    Amazon Echo – 7/10

SMART HOME

Your Smart Speaker can turn your home into an uber technologically advanced home; letting you control the lights, the temperature and even the fridge and freezer! Both Google and Amazon speakers support the market-leading brands such as Nest, Samsung and Philips.

Amazon, however, does rule the roost when it comes to controlling your smart home, with support for more technology and the clever Routines option, which controls a variety of technology when you say a certain phrase. Say ‘Alexa, goodbye’, and she will turn off your lights, your TV and switch your heating settings.

Smart Home Rating

Google Home – 7/10    Amazon Echo – 10/10

RANGE OF MODELS

Amazon currently has the larger range of smart speakers, with the Echo as the all-rounder model, while the Echo Plus and Echo Dot are a smaller less obtrusive model while the Echo Show comes with a 7-inch screen.

Google meanwhile has the Google Home Mini, the Google Home Max and the Google Home Hub which, similar to Amazon Echo Show, has a 7-inch screen. The new Amazon speakers are more aesthetically pleasing than the previous ones, but the Google Home is still more pleasing on the eye.

Range Rating

Google Home – 8/10    Amazon Echo – 8/10

Our Winner:
Both the Amazon Echo and the Google Home scored 32/40 which goes to show just how evenly matched these two smart speakers are. In the end, it comes down to individual taste and we would recommend testing each out in a store before purchasing.

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