So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and snap up your first smart speaker or display (trust us, you’ll love it). Here’s the big question, though: Should you pick one that answers to Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant?

That’s the choice you’ll face when you’re deciding between Amazon Echo speakers and displays, home to the ubiquitous Amazon Alexa, or Google Nest (formerly Home) devices, which are powered by Google Assistant.

What’s the best way to choose between Echo and Nest? Well, that depends on a variety of factors. Do you want to be on the platform that’s compatible with the most smart gadgets, or the one with an assistant that can answer the broadest range of questions? Would you prefer the platform with the most third-party apps, or maybe the one that’s most adept at setting up daily routines?

Now, if someone were to ask me to pick the best smart speaker/display ecosystem without any other context, I’d have to go with Amazon Echo.

Thanks to Alexa, Echo devices boast the greatest number of smart integrations, the smartest routines (or programmable actions that are triggered by various circumstances), the most third-party skills (or, at least, the easiest to discover), and the widest variety of hardware. Then again, it’s tough to beat a Google Assistant-powered Nest speaker at answering general questions, and Google has some clever home security features on tap for Nest speakers that could help tip the scales in its favor.

Let’s break it down, starting with…

Best smart home compatibility

One of the best things you can do with your new Echo or Nest device is use it as a command center for all the other smart devices in your home. Just ask Alexa or Google, and they can turn your lights on and off, check your security cameras, turn on your TV, pull your shades, and even brew some beer.

Of course, not all smart devices work with every platform, and while there are plenty of gadgets that work with both Alexa and Google Assistant, you’ll often find that they pick one or the other.



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