Best Google Home Compatible Devices

Google Home pairs with hundreds of products for voice-activated control. To help narrow down your choices, we put together a list of our favorite Google Home compatible devices. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but it will start the gears turning as you build out your smart home.

If you want to learn more about how Google Home and Google Assistant work, we recommend reading our Ultimate Guide to Google Assistant and Google Nest Products.


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Google Home or Google Assistant?

Google Assistant is voice technology that's built into other devices, like a camera or alarm clock. 

Google Home is a smart speaker with Google Assistant built-in. You can control a Google Home compatible device with your voice by syncing it with this speaker.

If you have Google Home, you're in the right spot. 


Philips Hue: Best smart light bulb

Best smart light bulb
Philips Hue White Starter Kit

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Few smart lighting brands stand out like Philips Hue (about $100). The company sells lights in many shapes and sizes. So you can customize your home with simple smartbulbs, lightstrips, and lamps, like adding color-changing bulbs to your TV room for more ambiance during movie night.

Philips Hue is more expensive than other smartbulb brands because you need to buy a starter kit that includes a hub. The hub connects your bulbs to Wi-Fi so you can use them with a mobile app or Google Assistant voice controls.

There’s also a huge selection of accessories like motion detectors and light switches. We especially like the Lutron Aurora (around $50) dimmer switch for Hue lights.

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Smart lights without a hub

If you don’t want to pay a premium for Philips Hue lights and their required hub, go with a hub-free smart bulb like Sengled (about $7 each). These no-frills bulbs connect directly to your Wi-Fi and are cheaper overall.

Kasa Smart Dimmer Switch: Best smart light switch

Best smart light switch

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Instead of replacing every light bulb, try swapping out the switch with a Kasa Smart Dimmer Switch (about $23). This is more affordable than buying smartbulbs and allows you to keep using your existing LED or CFL light bulbs.

Whether or not you use the dimming feature, it’s still very convenient to control the lights with your voice or a mobile app. Of course, you’ll need light bulbs that specifically support dimming. (The package or product description on the bulbs should say as much.)

A smart switch is also great for rooms where you want hands-free controls but don’t need dimmable lights like the laundry room, stairway, or hallways. Kasa even sells a switch without a dimmer if you want to save a few bucks.

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Upgrade with Lutron Caseta

Lutron Caseta (about $100) makes one of the best smart dimmers you can buy, but it’s a lot more expensive than Kasa. Lutron invented the dimmer switch in the 1950s1 and has decades of experience, resulting in a product that’s easy to use and works with a ton of smart home devices. That extra cash also nets you a wireless remote control in addition to a wall switch.

Wemo Mini: Best smart plug

Best smart plug
WeMo Mini Outlet
Wemo Mini
Starting from
$12.97

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The Wemo Mini (about $24) is an excellent smart plug because its compact size doesn’t block the other outlet on your wall plug. This is just a simple on/off switch, but you can set schedules and control it with a mobile app.

It’s particularly great for controlling lamps and fans in bedrooms, so you don’t have to climb out of bed to turn off the lights. One feature we like is Wemo’s Away Mode, which turns lights and plugs on and off at random while you’re out of the house. This makes it look like the family’s at home, even when you’re on vacation.

A smart plug like the Wemo Mini can help save energy on your electric bill by cutting off the power to energy-hungry devices you’re not using like cable boxes, air conditioners, and laptop chargers. Sadly, there isn’t any kind of energy monitoring to track exact electricity consumption, but that’s a niche feature anyway.

This is great for most people because it’s easy to install, especially if you’re not comfortable turning off the power to replace an in-wall outlet or if you live in an apartment.

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In-wall smart outlets

Install an in-wall outlet for a cleaner look if you want to hide your smart outlets. The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet (about $20) is a great option for this but requires light electrical work to install.

Google Nest Learning Thermostat: Best smart thermostat

Best smart thermostat
Nest Learning Thermostat

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Few devices embody the smart home as well as the Nest Learning Thermostat (about $250). This sleek thermostat isn’t just about smartphone apps and voice control. It learns your habits and makes minor tweaks over time to save energy.

You can also get remote sensors (about $38 each) that help the thermostat gauge the temperature throughout your home. These allow the thermostat to adapt your heating and cooling accordingly, so upstairs rooms get enough AC to stay pleasant during the summer. The Nest thermostat also tracks your smartphone’s location. This allows it to save even more energy by turning down the heater or air conditioner when nobody’s at home.

Nest also makes a cheaper thermostat that doesn't work with as many HVAC systems: the Nest Thermostat E (about $169). But it still has the core learning features and remote sensor compatibility that make the original so great.

Check out our smart thermostat review to learn more.

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A cheaper thermostat for Google Home

The Emerson Sensi (around $130) doesn’t have the same stunning looks and learning features as Nest thermostats, but it’s much more affordable to add to your Google smart home.

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SimpliSafe: Best security system

Best Google Home-compatible security system
simplisafe foundation product
SimpliSafe
Starting from
$14.99
/mo

SimpliSafe is our top pick for DIY home security thanks to its affordability, excellent functionality, and customer-centric policies.

Professional monitoring starts at around $15 per month, but you won't get locked into a long-term contract. Choose from pre-bundled packages or pick and choose the equipment you need.

After pairing the SimpliSafe Hub with Google Home, you can say, "Hey Google, set the security system to Away." Note that you can't disarm this system with voice commands . . . otherwise it would be too easy for intruders to turn it off. 

Read our SimpliSafe review to learn more.

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Google Home Works with most security systems

Nearly all of the best home security systems work with Google Home, so you probably don’t have to buy a new security system if you already have one.

Nest x Yale: Best smart lock

Best smart lock
Nest-x-Yale-Lock
Nest x Yale
Starting from
$279.99

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The Nest x Yale (about $280) combines the attractive aesthetic of Nest with one of the best smart locks on the market. One of our favorite features is that the lock won’t let you use no-brainer pin codes—like 1234 and 0000—that are easy for uninvited guests to figure out.

You can assign custom pin codes for up to 20 people so everyone from your kids to your parents can get in the house. You can even schedule when certain codes work, so the dog walker gets in only when they’re on the job.

It also works with the Google Nest Hello video doorbell and Google Nest Secure security system so you can unlock the door for guests or lock down the house when you head off to work.

Learn more about the Nest x Yale in our Yale smart locks review.

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A Cheaper Smart Lock for Google Home

The Wyze Lock (about $108) is the most affordable smart lock that works with Google Home. It attaches to your existing deadbolt, which is great for renters who can’t swap out an entire lock.

Google Nest Hello: Best video doorbell

Best video doorbell

Even though there are plenty of video doorbells that work with Google Assistant, we think the best option is the Google Nest Hello (about $230). It’s a bit more expensive than other brands but has more advanced features that make a world of difference.

Our favorite feature is probably the Nest Hello’s facial recognition, which is part of the paid Nest Aware subscription. It’s so cool because it learns to recognize frequent visitors like family and friends. This is great for knowing when each of your kids gets home or spotting suspicious lurkers by the front door.

Other notable features are package detection and pre-recorded messages. The package detection gives you a heads up when there’s a package on your porch, which is great when the delivery driver leaves it without knocking. Likewise, the pre-recorded messages make it easy to give guests instructions at your door like shooing away solicitors or asking someone to wait for you.

For more information, read our Nest Hello review.

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A cheaper video doorbell for Google Home

If you can’t stomach the high price of the Google Nest Hello, consider a cheaper option like the Eufy Video Doorbell (around $160). It doesn’t require a subscription either, which eliminates long-term cloud storage costs.

Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor: Best security camera

Best security camera

The Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor (about $300) is one of the most expensive security cameras. But it has some of the best features like facial recognition, 4K still images, and Supersight intelligent zooming. Supersight stands out because it can automatically zoom in on the action in front of the camera. This allows the camera to track people with enhanced visual clarity.

We also like that this security camera has excellent two-way audio and built-in Google Assistant voice controls so you don’t need an extra smart speaker. We like this trend of Google putting Assistant in devices that aren’t just speakers because it adds value to already excellent products.

Most of these features require a Nest Aware cloud storage subscription, which requires a monthly fee, but it’s a fair trade-off for such excellent functionality.

Learn more about the Nest Cam IQ Indoor in our full review.

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A cheaper security camera for Google Home

The Wyze Cam Pan (about $38) is the best cheap security camera you can buy. It offers integration with Google Home alongside excellent video quality, free cloud storage, and pan-and-tilt functionality.

Chromecast: Best streaming device

Best streaming device

We think the Chromecast (about $29) is the best option if you want to control your TV with Google Assistant. 

Once you pair it with Google Home, you get access to Google Assistant voice controls. With a simple voice command, you can choose your favorite shows from a variety of streaming sites like YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu. From there, just ask Google to pause or rewind when you need to grab a snack from the kitchen.

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Some TVs have built-in Google Assistant

If you buy an Android TV device from brands like Sony and LG, you can control it without a separate smart speaker or Chromecast device.

Samsung SmartThings: Best smart hub

Best smart hub
Samsung GP-U999SJVLGDA 3rd Generation SmartThings Hub
Samsung SmartThings Hub
Starting from
$224.99

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Samsung SmartThings is the best smart hub add-on for Google Home. After you link the SmartThings Hub to your Google Assistant devices using the Google Home app, you’ll get support for popular Zigbee and Z-wave devices. 

This gives you tons of options for adding Google Home accessories and sensors that wouldn’t be compatible otherwise. When you’re buying sensors, we recommend checking out the company’s SmartThings devices first, but many third-party sensors are just as useful.

It might be overkill to want support for more brands than you need, but it’s one of the best ways to get all of the devices you desire.

Check out our full Samsung SmartThings review to learn more.

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Currently unavailable

We still recommend Samsung SmartThings as an affordable Google Home-compatible smart hub. But there are a couple of things to note:

  • The latest version has been rebranded as Aeotec SmartThings
  • It's currently unavailable, seemingly due to the ongoing microchip shortage.
  • Our second-best pick is more expensive (around $229) and not compatible with Zigbee or Z-wave devices. But it's actually in stock: Google Nest Hub Max

FAQ

Follow these instructions after setting up the device you want to use with Google Assistant:

  • Start by setting up a smart device with a built-in Google Assistant (e.g., smart speaker, smart display, Google Assistant smartphone app), which involves downloading the Google Home app on a smartphone or tablet.
  • After setup, jump into the Google Home app and tap the plus sign “+” on the top left of the screen.
  • Choose “Set up device” from the top of the menu. You’ll have two options:
    • Select “New devices” if the product is a Google device or says “Made for Google” on the box. Follow the prompts, and the device will connect automatically.
    • Select “Works with Google” for all other devices and type the product name or brand into the search box. After selecting the brand, the Google Home app will ask for login credentials to finish linking your device.
  • In the last step, the Google Home app will ask you to assign devices to specific rooms in your home before adding those devices to the app’s home screen.

You can now control your devices using Google Assistant and the Google Home App.

Yes. You can link the two services together by creating an IFTTT account and linking it to Google Assistant from there. One of our favorite features is the option to set up single-word commands for Assistant, which makes it slightly faster to control specific lights and devices.

IFTTT also links to hundreds of other services and devices, so it can help you link two products together that aren’t naturally compatible with each other.

Thread is a smart home protocol that works a lot like Zigbee. It allows devices to communicate with each other without a Wi-Fi connection while having better range and using less energy than Wi-Fi. For now, Google seems to be the only consumer electronics brand that uses this protocol.

You can find Thread technology in almost every type of Google Nest product except security cameras, Google Nest smart speakers, and the Google Nest Hub.

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Sources

  1. Jesse Rhodes, Smithsonian Magazine, “Spotlight on the Dimmer Switch: Handy Home Device Honored by American History Museum,” April 30, 2010. Accessed July 15, 2021.

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Compare the top smart home products

Product
Best for
Price
Works with
Standout feature
Learn more
Read review
VivintVivint
Best smart home security systemAmazon, Google, Z-WaveEasy to customize
copper nest thermostat with digital display of 70 deg. and green lightGoogle Nest Learning Thermostat
Best smart thermostatAmazon, Google, IFTTTKnows when house is vacant
Sonos One (Gen 2)Sonos One (Gen 2)
Best smart speakerAmazon, GoogleExcellent audio quality
Schlage EncodeSchlage Encode
Best smart lockAmazon, GoogleBuilt-in alarm
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power OutletKasa Smart Plug
Best smart outletAmazon, Google, IFTTT, SmartThingsBuilt-in Wi-Fi
Philips Hue White and Color LED Smart BulbPhilips Hue
Best smart lightsAmazon, Google, Apple, IFTTT, SmartThings16 million colors

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†Google and Google Nest Secure are trademarks of Google LLC.

John Carlsen
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John Carlsen
John is a technology journalist specializing in smart home devices, security cameras, and home security systems. He has over eight years of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech—he was the Smart Home Editor for Top Ten Reviews and wrote for ASecureLife before joining SafeWise as a Staff Writer in 2020. John holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism emphasis from Utah Valley University. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, and starting countless DIY projects he has yet to complete.

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