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HomePod Speaker Alternatives That Make Perfect Gifts

These Smart Speakers Will Bring Smiles

HomePod Speaker Alternatives
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We’ve curated a list of the best HomePod alternatives available right now. Each of these smart speakers will make great gifts.

Beautiful Design and Sound

For the first speaker on the market with its Cortana intelligent personal assistant built-in, Microsoft turned to one of the biggest companies in audio, Harman Kardon. The result is the Invoke, a beautifully designed home speaker that even Apple fans should consider.

Invoke
Invoke
  • Available in Graphite (Black) and Pearl/Silver (White)
  • Music services available at launch include Spotify, TuneIn, iHeart Radio, and soon Pandora
  • Bluetooth-enabled
$199.95
available
on Amazon
* price at time of publishing was $199.95

With Sonos, There's Only One

The Sonos One is capable of supporting multiple voice services and playing music, podcasts, audiobooks, and other content from more than 80 streaming services. Sonos One, available in black and white, replaces the Sonos Play:1 as the company’s entry-level speaker. It can be used as a standalone speaker, wirelessly paired with another Sonos One for stereo sound, or used with PLAYBASE or PLAYBAR to create home theater surround sound.

One Wireless Speaker
One Wireless Speaker
  • Will eventually support Apple AirPlay 2, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa
  • Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, SiriusXM, and TuneIn support on Day 1
  • Use with the Sonos app
$199.99
available
on Amazon
* price at time of publishing was $199.99

A Hands-Free Way To Control Your Home

The Amazon Echo Dot is the little brother of the Amazon Echo, a voice-controlled speaker that lets you accomplish an array of tasks from controlling your locks and lights to asking a random question about a game or the weather. It works incredibly well because it has seven microphones and it's perfect if you already have a nice speaker at home because it can connect to it via Bluetooth or a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Echo Dot
Amazon Echo Dot
Echo Dot
  • A hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more.
  • Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable.
  • Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more.
  • Hears you from across the room with seven far-field microphones.
$49.99
available
on Amazon
* price at time of publishing was $49.99

The Smartest UE Speaker Ever Made

Thanks to integration with Amazon Alexa, you have hands-free voice control for just about everything. Just ask Alexa to blast tunes from Amazon Music, iHeart Radio or TuneIn, change tracks, check the weather - or try any of Alexa's skills.

MEGABLAST
MEGABLAST
  • IP67 rated and can be immersed in water up to 1 m for 30 minutes
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled: Use the Alexa Voice Service at home or on the go whenever connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot or stream music via Bluetooth from your phone
  • Available in graphite black, blizzard, blue steel, and merlot
$299.99
available
on Amazon
* price at time of publishing was $299.99

A Voice-Activated Speaker Powered by Google Assistant

Back in 2016, Google introduced its first speaker with Google Assistant built-in, the aptly named Google Home. With it, you can use your voice to request music, get answers from Google and manage everyday tasks. It works with Android and of course iOS, and it's capable of controlling compatible smart devices such as Chromecast or Nest.

Google Home
Google Home
  • Play tunes from services like YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, and Spotify
  • Get answers to things you want to know including the latest on weather, traffic, finance, sports, and more
  • With your permission, Google Home can help you with things like your commute and flight information
  • Ask Google Home to stream videos to your TV with Chromecast or to turn up your Nest thermostat
$129.99
available
on Best Buy
* price at time of publishing was $129.99

JBL + Google Assistant = Happiness

The waterproof voice-activated portable JBL Link 20 has Google Assistant built-in. Features 10 hours of playing time between charges. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled.

Link 20
Link 20
  • Far-field voice recognition allows for easy hands-free operation
  • Setup and manage with the free Google Home app
  • Chromecast built-in
  • IPX7 waterproof
$199.95
available
on JBL
* price at time of publishing was $199.95

Echo Has Grown Up

The Amazon Echo (2nd Edition) features a fresh new design in a range of styles including fabrics and wood veneers. Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more—instantly.

Echo
Echo
  • Call or message anyone hands-free with your Echo device
  • With seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction—even while music is playing
  • New speaker, now with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and dynamic bass response Just ask Alexa to check your calendar, weather, traffic, and sports scores, manage to-do and shopping lists, control your compatible smart lights, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more
$99.99
available
on Amazon
* price at time of publishing was $99.99

Do you love Google Home, but think the device is too big? The Google Home Mini is for you. Available in chalk, charcoal, and coral, the Google Home Mini offers everything you like in the original Google Home, but in a smaller package.

Home Mini
Home Mini
  • Offers hands-free help around the house
  • Want the latest weather, traffic, finance, sports and more? Simply ask.
  • Mini works with Chromecast, so you can stream shows, movies, and music on your TV or speakers
$49
available
on Google
* price at time of publishing was $49

The One With a Hub Built-In

Available in black, silver, and white, the Amazon Echo Plus has a built-in ZigBee smart home hub, which allows for simple and direct setup of compatible ZigBee lights, locks, plugs, and in-wall switches from brands like Philips Hue, GE, and Yale. No additional hub required.

Echo Plus
Echo Plus
  • Just ask for a song, artist, or genre from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more
  • With seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction—even while music is playing
  • Echo Plus connects to Alexa—a cloud-based voice service—to play music, make calls, set timers and alarms, ask questions, check traffic and weather, and more—instantly.
$164.98
available
on Amazon
* price at time of publishing was $164.98

Cool Speaker in a Smaller Package

Ultimate Ears BLAST is drop proof, seriously waterproof, and ready-to-rock any adventure. From the shower to the all-night beach party, the summer festivals to the winter slopes — your music will always be on point no matter how wild things get. Available in merlot, graphite black, blue steel, and blizzard.

BLAST
BLAST
  • Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled
  • BLAST uses over-the-air software updates and gets better all the time
  • 12 hours of battery life between charges
$229.99
available
on Amazon
* price at time of publishing was $229.99