Top 10 Smart Speakers 2021 | Best Smart Speakers Features & Price

Top 10 Smart Speakers in 2021 are Sonos One (2nd Gen), Amazon Echo Studio, Amazon Echo 4th Gen, Apple HomePod Mini, Google Nest Hub Max, Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen)

1. Sonos One (2nd Gen)

The best speaker just became the best smart speaker.

Sonos One
Key features:

Stereo pairing || Choice between Google and Alexa || Excellent sound quality || Humidity resistant || Multiroom speaker system

Pros
  • Excellent  audio quality
  • Stereo pairing
  • Multiroom audio capability
  • Integrates with other sonos
Cons
  • Price

The Sonos One is a worthy and superior upgrade to the Sonos Play 1. It has all of the Play:1’s excellent features and performance, with the added benefit of selecting between Alexa and Google as a smart assistant. The quality of the audio is better than the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. The device is not cheap. However, if you want a world class smart speaker system with no compromises on the menu, Sonos One comes with a full package that addresses all your needs.

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2. Amazon Echo Studio

A superior echo studio among its predecessors.

Key features:

Compatible with Android and iOS || 5 Speakers || Built in Zigbee support || 7 microphones

Pros
  • Powerful woofer
  • Midrange forward sound
  • Loud clear sound
  • Supports Dolby Atmos
  • Supports Zigbee
Cons
  • Dolby atmos content is limited
  • Large size

The Amazon Echo Studio is an incredible speaker for its size and price. If you don’t mind a lack of portability, then the Amazon Echo Studio is far more capable than anything else in the Echo lineup and sounds considerably better than any other smart speaker we have heard till date. Echo studio is capable of supporting Dolby Atmos and playing 3D formats from MPEG-H. The size, multi-driver setup, as well as the fact that it works well with a Fire TV Stick makes this a pretty great device.


3. Amazon Echo 4th Gen

Still a leading contender.


Key features

3.0″ woofer and dual 0.8″ tweeters || Dolby audio || Empowered with AI

Pros
  • As Powerful as Amazon Echo Plus
  • Strong bass
  • Built in smart home hub 
Cons
  • A huge disappointment when connected to TV on Bluetooth
  • Cannot sync to Wynk music (India’s famous music streaming service)

The all-new Echo delivers premium sound, with clear highs, dynamic mids, and deep bass. The device can stream millions of songs from Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, JioSaavn, Gaana, Apple Music, and more. You can access songs in many other languages such as French, English and Spanish. It also gets you started with a smart home using voice to control lights, ACs, TVs, geysers and more. You can purchase smart lights, plugs and other accessories separately. Amazon Echo 4th Gen is available at an affordable price compared to the other competing devices, so go grab one to enjoy all the exciting features.


4. Amazon Echo Dot 4

One of the best mini smart speakers out there.

Amazon Echo Dot 4

Key Features

3.5mm stereo audio output || Clock display || Zigbee support || Smart voice control

Pros
  • 1.6 inch built in speaker of voice feedback
  • Powerful room filling sound
  • Affordable price
Cons
  • Lacks bass
  • Harder to mount on wall

The 4th generation echo dot is surely a worthy upgrade from previous ones because of the following reasons: Improved Sound Quality, Deeper Bass, Enhanced voice response, and Great Build Quality. Our most popular smart speaker comes with a refreshed design and delivers loud, crisp sound with powerful bass. You can stream millions of songs using Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, and other music streaming apps. The device is also designed to protect your privacy. If you consider buying a mini portable smart speaker, then definitely go for it. 

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5. Apple HomePod Mini

A giant leap from Apple. Good sound.

Apple Homepod
Key features:

360 degree audio || Noise cancellation || Excellent bass 

Pros
  • Easy to handle
  • Smart intelligent assistant – Siri
  • Private and secure
  • Intercom services
Cons
  • No battery
  • Price

Works well as a compact smart speaker and sounds pretty great for something this small. You can use it as a convenient wireless speaker for your laptop, tablet, and other compatible devices.

Buying a second HomePod mini will let you set up a proper stereo smart speaker system at around the same price as that of the larger Apple HomePod, and I quite liked how the speakers sounded on the HomePod mini. Now, if you have Apple products at your home, and are looking for a mini smart speaker that integrates seamlessly with your other Apple devices, the HomePod mini is probably your best choice.

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6. Google Nest Hub Max

A worthy competitor to Echo show.

Google Nest Hub Max

Key features :

7 inch touchscreen display || Full Range speaker || Chromecast and Google Assistant built-in || Bluetooth 5.0 || Netflix

Pros
  • Bigger screen
  • Good smart home controls
  • Personalized information for viewing
  • Good speakers
  • No advertisements
  • Netflix
Cons
  • No physical shutter for Camera
  • Doesn’t sync with many Apple apps
  • No Night vision

Google Nest Hub Max is much more powerful than the Google Nest hub, and deserves more fine-grain control. Google Nest Hub Max has few issues at launch. Nest platform support is not quite there yet, and the volume control needs an update to make up for the extra power on offer. Screen resolution is slightly low too, though the introduction of Netflix support is a great addition. All in all, the Google Nest Hub Max is still not just a great smart display but a great smart speaker. Stay entertained all day when you use this device.


7. Amazon Echo 3

You won’t regret having Amazon Echo 3 in your smart home tool kit. It is one among the Top 10 Smart Speakers in 2021.


Key features :

Access songs in many languages || 360 degree audio || Dynamic bass || 3.0 woofer 0.8 tweeter

Pros
  • Makes your day easier
  • Voice controller
  • Smart home controller
Cons
  • Not water resistant
  • Not a portable device

Echo 3 is the new 3rd generation Amazon Echo smart voice activated speaker. Designed with a new look and feel, this compact speaker is easy to set up and use. Just plug this device and download the Alexa app on your mobile from the Play Store or App Store. The Amazon Echo has four far-field microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. The Echo comes with new premium speakers powered by Dolby to play 360-degree audio and with crisp vocals and dynamic bass response. All these features can be in your hand at an affordable price

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8. Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) 

Top 10 Smart Speakers in 2021: Company’s second most affordable product.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1

Key features :

IP67 rating || Portable device || 3 microphones || Small status LED

Pros
  • Crisp sound quality
  • Waterproof
  • Portable
  • Full integration of Alexa
Cons
  • Not budget friendly
  • Can’t stereo pair new model with its earlier models

Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 is the most dynamic device which overcomes the flaws of its predecessor. It might be costlier in price but the features equipped in this device makes it more worthy. The device produces a true 360 sound experience, and it is fully dust and waterproof, with a long battery life. Sound adjustment by EQ preset, Alexa integration, B&O’s rich sound system, classy design, and a lot more features in just a small portable device makes this device a worthy purchase.

Read more about Beosound A1 (2nd Gen)


9. Apple HomePod

Known for its big sound but works well only in the Apple Ecosystem.

Apple Homepod
Key features :

High woofer range || Array of seven horn loaded tweeters || Ambient audio beamforming || 8.0211ac WiFi with MIMO

Pros
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Multi-room speaker support
  • Understands many languages
Cons
  • Sound quality
  • Good integration with Apple products but fails in many areas with non-Apple products
  • Costly

Apple HomePod offers multi-room speaker support with AirPlay 2 and comes with a six-microphone array for far-field Siri, Internal bass-EQ Microphone, and high-excursion woofer with custom amplifier. We have an array of seven horn-loaded tweeters, each with its own custom amplifier and Internal low-frequency calibration microphone for automatic bass correction. There is also direct guest access, Bluetooth 5.0 Connectivity, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO Connectivity, and many more features. However, Apple HomePod is not for you if you want to break out of the Apple ecosystem. The speaker is not so smart and is cranky with non-Apple products. We also do not have bluetooth streaming. In fact, we suggest you go for a much improved Apple HomePod mini.

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10. Bose Home Speaker 500

Outstanding Microphones and Audio. Never misses a sound.

Bose Home Speaker 500Key features :

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant || Full-color LED screen || No battery || AirPlay 2, Google Cast, Bluetooth 4.2, 3.5mm jack Aux input

Pros
  • Microphones
  • Good Sound
  • Good Design
  • Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant built-in
Cons
  • Costly
  • Video content is limited
  • No battery

 

Bose Home Speaker 500 offers one of the best sound quality and has a very sophisticated design. Sound is very steady and even at high frequencies you can hear the audio clearly. No distortion at high volumes as well. The device can be set up using Bose Music App, but for starting the smart assistant, you will need the Alexa app. You can pair your device to this home speaker to stream your favorite music and more via a Bluetooth connection, home Wi-Fi network, Apple AirPlay 2, or Spotify Connect. Although the smart speaker has a screen, the content that can be viewed is limited. You cannot watch any content. It gives notifications and messages. Price is on the higher side, and buying this model boils down to Sound/Design vs Price trade off. 

These are the list of Top 10 Smart Speakers in 2021

 

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