Not liking the HomePod? Check out these alternatives

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.

Our Pick

Sonos One

Best all-around

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.

$199 at Amazon

Best for Alexa

Amazon Echo Plus

Alexa is the most accessible smart assistant on the market right now, and the Echo Plus is Amazon’s best sounding speaker. With an Echo Plus, you can take advantage of all of Alexa’s skills, plus stream music from a wide variety of services, including Apple Music.

$150 at Amazon

Best for Google assistant

Google Home Max

The Home Max has stellar audio quality, and the fact that it supports Google assistant is 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.

$399 at Best Buy

Best for millenials

Libratone Zipp 2

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.

$299 at Amazon

Luxury option

Bose Home Speaker 500

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.

$349 at Amazon

Best for outdoors

Ultimate Ears MegaBlast

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.

$250 at Amazon

Bedside manner

Sony LF-S50G

Sony’s smart speaker has Google assistant built-in so you can control supported smart devices and play your favorite tunes. It also has a dimmable digital clock on the front, making it the perfect bedside speaker for your connected home.

$200 at Best Buy

Chromecast support

JBL Link 500

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.

$200 at Amazon

Longest battery life

Bose Soundlink Revolve+

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.

$239 at Amazon

Though nothing can come close to the deeply integrated HomePod when it comes to the Apple ecosystem, not everyone is so entrentched. If you like the idea of the HomePod, but want more music streaming options at a lower price, I suggest the Sonos One. It’s got great sound quality and better streaming music service support. Plus, it works with AirPlay 2 (and therefore Siri).

Source of the article – iMore

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