When I first got my Google Home, I was so excited that I could control my home with simple voice commands a la Tony Stark. It was like stepping into the future. But then I realized I couldn’t control my lights, change my thermostat settings, or take advantage of the other home automation conveniences that Google Home provides without first getting some smart home gadgets to connect it to. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of the best smart products that work with Google Home so you can take control of your home.
Google Home compatible devices list: Home automation
Philips Hue devices
With Hue, Philips has designed a wireless lighting network for your smart home. All Philips Hue devices allow you to set scenes, change colors, and control your lights from the Philips Hue app—which syncs with your Google Home. You can even use the Hue Disco app to sync Philips Hue devices to music for a fully immersive dance party experience. Here’s a list of Philips Hue smart lights that you can control using your Google Home.
Philips Hue Beyond
Philips Hue Go
Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus
Philips Hue White Ambiance
Philips Hue White and Color
Philips Hue Ambiance Kit A19
Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit
Nest Thermostat Third Generation
Belkin WeMo devices
Belkin WeMo focuses mainly on switches and plugs to connect your home to your smartphone and, subsequently, your Google Home. Here are some of our favorite Belkin WeMo devices that you can pair with your Google Home:
Samsung SmartThings devices
When you add smart devices individually, you may run into a maintenance problem. Each device runs separately through its corresponding app, and if you cherry-pick devices, you’ll accumulate a bunch of different apps that you’ll need to maintain.
With SmartThings, Samsung has provided a single solution to smart-home maintenance, as long as you use SmartThings devices. This makes it easy to pair multiple devices at the same time to your Google Home using the Samsung SmartThings app.
Samsung SmartThings Hub
Samsung SmartThing Home Monitoring Kit
Because the SmartThings Hub is included in the Home Monitoring Kit, you can add more sensors, outlets, or other SmartThings devices whenever you like. If you’re looking for a place to start, the Home Monitoring Kit will give you a perfect jumping-off point.
Other Samsung SmartThings
If you want to add more Samsung SmartThings individually, I’ve compiled a few more devices below.
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Google Home entertainment
Google Home’s advantage over the Amazon Echo comes from its platform integration. Because it uses Google’s platform, Google Home can connect to your Google Play account so you can play music, watch YouTube videos, or even stream movies using the Google Chromecast. Take a look and see which entertainment services are supported by Google Home:
What about other options?
If you’ve looked through the list and aren’t sure whether Google Home has what you need, take a look at our breakdown of Amazon Echo devices. We compared the Amazon Echo, Dot, and Tap voice-activated digital assistants to see which is best.
Do you have experience using Google Home or another voice-activated digital assistant? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts or recommendations.