If you like the HomePod, but don't like its price tag, or are looking for something with more options, these smart speakers are the best in their class. They all have virtual assistant support for Alexa or Google, and in some cases, Siri, and all support direct music streaming services.
Sonos supports a huge library of streaming music services and works with Alexa. The One features AirPlay 2 for Siri support, too. The more you get at once, the bigger the per-speaker discount. It's the best all-around smart speaker.
Best for Alexa
Alexa is the most accessible smart assistant on the market right now, and the Echo Studio is Amazon's best sounding speaker. With an Echo Studio, you can take advantage of all of Alexa's skills, plus stream music from a wide variety of services, including Apple Music.
Best for Google assistant
The Home Max has stellar audio quality, and the fact that it supports Google assistant is the icing on the cake. You can jam out to your favorite tunes from a variety of streaming services and connect any of your Google smart home gadgets.
Best for millennials
The Zipp is a fun smart speaker meant for displaying at home or taking on the go. The Zipp 2 has built-in Alexa support, and also AirPlay 2 support, so you've got plenty of virtual assistant help. It also comes in funky colors.
With an 8-microphone array, Alexa will never have trouble hearing you with the Bose 500. It's got a solid sound that doesn't degrade at higher levels. It also has a screen on the front to show you what song is currently playing.
Best for outdoors
This is the best speaker for taking with you out to the pool or on a camping trip. With voice-controlled Alexa support built in, the MegaBlast streams songs from a variety of music services. It's built for fun in the sun with a waterproof rating of IP67. You can drop it in the pool or spill your beer on it, no problem.
IKEA's SYMFONISK Speaker combines an affordable price tag with the signature SONOS sound in this unique partnership. In addition to great sound, this speaker boasts AirPlay 2 support for Siri controls, and it can even function as a shelf when mounted to a wall.
The JBL Link 500 is small but mighty. You can connect it to any speakers with Chromecast support. So even though it's not going to fill a stadium with sound, it can link up with its Chromecast pals to send your favorite songs across the entire house.
Longest battery life
The Soundlink Revolve+ has the longest battery life of any portable speaker on this list, and since it's a Bose, you know the sound quality is going to be tops. You can pair it with a second speaker for an even louder experience. With its top handle, it looks like a thermos of the future.
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Though nothing can come close to the deeply integrated HomePod when it comes to the Apple ecosystem, not everyone is so entrenched. There are plenty of alternatives to Apple's home audio solution, including those that have Amazon's Alexa, and the Google Assistant on-board, plus AirPlay 2 speakers can work directly with Siri.
If you like the idea of the HomePod, but want more music streaming options at a lower price, then the Sonos One fits the bill. It's got great sound quality and better streaming music service support. Plus, it works with AirPlay 2 (and therefore Siri).
Want a great sounding speaker with Alexa built right in? The Echo Studio from Amazon brings the noise with five individual speakers packed into its compact frame. This speaker sports all of the same smarts as the other Echo devices, including skills, plus it supports Dolby Atmos, which can take your next movie night to the next level.
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Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.