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- Google Presidents’ Day sale lasts until February 26 and includes discounts on the Google Home, Google Home Hub, and Google Home Max at Best Buy, Walmart, and Target.
- All three of the speakers have the Google Assistant onboard so you can access Google services, answer questions, and control smart home tech with your voice, but each speaker has a set of features that make it unique.
- The original Google Home smart speaker is on sale for $99 (originally $129), and it’s a great starting point for people who want to create a smart home.
- Google’s first smart speaker with a screen, the Home Hub, is down to $129 (originally $149), and you can stream videos on its screen, get visual news briefings, and more.
- Lastly, Google’s biggest smart speaker, the Home Max, is on sale for $349 (originally $399), making it a great deal for audiophiles who want a smart speaker.
Google kicked off its Presidents’ Day Weekend deals with discounts on all of its smart speakers except the Google Home Mini. Today through February 26 at Best Buy, Walmart, and Target, you can get the Home, Home Max, and Home Hub at a discounted price. These Google smart speakers are always a good buy, but these sale prices make them an even better choice than competitors like the Echo or HomePod.
All three smart speakers all have the Google Assistant built in, which lets you tap into the search giant’s services in a way that Amazon and Apple can’t. You can manage events on your Google Calendar, get directions from Google Maps, or stream YouTube videos on a Chromecast-enabled TV (or directly on the Home Hub‘s screen) with a simple voice command.
But each speaker also has unique features, so it can be tough to figure which one is the best for you. To help, we’ve broken down the high points of each of the Google Home speakers that are on sale below, so you can make the best choice for your needs and budget. For even more information, check out our handy guide.
- Google Home, $99 (originally $129), available at Best Buy, Walmart, and Target [You save $30]
- Google Home Hub, $129 (originally $149), available at Best Buy, Walmart, and Target [You save $20]
- Google Home Max, $349 (originally $399) available at Best Buy, Walmart, and Target [You save $50]
See what makes each Google Home speaker unique in the slides below.
- Best Buy
Google Home, $99 (originally $129), available at Best Buy, Walmart, and Target [You save $30]
If you’re an Android user, or a fan of Google’s services, the regular Google Home is the best smart speaker you can get.
Its hardware is comparable to the Amazon Echo: It’s 5.5-inches tall, has a pair of 2-inch speakers and 2-inch radiators, and microphones to listen to your voice queries. But it pulls ahead of its competition by using all of Google’s data to do things like on-the-fly translations, reminding you about upcoming events in your Google Calendar, and telling you what time local businesses open or close. These features can make your life easier on a daily basis.
The Home also integrates seamlessly with Google’s Chromecast, so you can ask the Home to play music or videos from YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, or Pandora on your TV.
If you’re shopping for a small-but-mighty smart home hub, and mostly use Google’s tech and services, the Google Home is an excellent choice at this price.
Google Home Hub
Google Home Hub, $129 (originally $149), available at Best Buy, Walmart, and Target [You save $20]
The Google Home Hub is the only Google Home with a screen, and that difference makes it even more helpful than any of its siblings. If you use Google services, the Home Hub is the easiest hands-free way to access Google Maps or YouTube.
If you ask the Home Hub questions using the Google Assistant, it will present your answer visually, which can be a lot more useful than just hearing the reply. For instance, asking about the weather will show you a six-day forecast; asking about your schedule will bring up a full list of your upcoming events; asking for directions or about your commute, will show the optimal route on Google Maps.
You can also use the Home Hub’s screen to stream videos from popular services like Netflix from your phone or tablet because it has a Chromecast built into it. You can also ask the Google Assistant to play videos from YouTube, including the latest uploads from channels you’ve subscribed to.
When it’s idle, the Hub will turn into a digital picture frame, cycling through pictures you’ve uploaded in Google Photos, so it’s even useful when you’re not using it.
Its 7-inch screen is less than HD in resolution, but if you can get over that and want a powerful, inexpensive smart home hub with a screen, the Home Hub is your best choice.
Google Home Max
Google Home Max, $349 (originally $399) available at Best Buy, Walmart, and Target [You save $50]
The Google Home Max almost never goes on sale, which is a shame because it’s the best-sounding smart speaker I’ve ever tested.
It has two 4.5-inch woofers and 0.7-inch tweeters, which create a sound that’s not too bass or treble heavy, so you can enjoy every genre of music. When put on its side, the Max plays music in stereo, which makes it stand out from every other smart speaker. Even Apple’s HomePod can’t do that – you have to buy two of them for stereo sound.
The Max is also the most versatile smart speaker for music lovers. It has a 3.5mm aux input, so you can plug in a turntable or TV, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so you can wirelessly connect your mobile devices. That means you can use one speaker with all of your devices. Compare that to the Amazon Echo, which only sounds OK, and the HomePod, which only works with Apple devices and iTunes on Windows.
Its hardware and connectivity make the Google Home Max a complete home theater system in a single package. Any music lover who’s looking to start or expand their smart home should take advantage of this deal.