Best Smart Speakers 2019

Bluetooth speakers have become very popular over the past few years, but we saw an explosion of smart speakers last year.  It seems that everyone is clamoring for a chance to talk to Alexa and Google Home and get a bit of that “I’m living in the future” feel.  So which are the best smart speakers for 2018?

Best Sound Quality in a Smart Speaker: The Sonos One

Sonos speakers are already known for their superb sound quality.  Now, you can pick up a Sonos speaker with Amazon Alexa built-in.  It’s basically a Sonos Play:1 and Echo Dot combined into one unit!

 

Best Cheap Smart Speaker: The Eufy Genie

Typically priced less than the Echo Dot, the Eufy Genie brings Alexa into your home.  You can control the same smart home devices that you can with a normal Echo speaker.  You can also enjoy streaming music services such as Pandora, Spotify and TuneIn.

1 Eufy Genie Review: How does it compare to the Echo Dot?

Eufy Genie Review: How does it compare to the Echo Dot?

Anker's home brand -- Eufy -- is getting into the smart speaker game with the Eufy Genie, powered by Alexa. So how does ...

8.4
1 Amazon Echo Dot Review

Amazon Echo Dot Review

If you already have an Amazon Echo in your home, you're probably wishing that Alexa was available in another area of ...

8.6

 

Best Portable Smart Speaker: JBL Link 20

The JBL Link 20 has Google Assistant built-in and can stream Pandora and Spotify over WiFi anywhere around your home.  When you’re away from WiFi, it can still function as a regular non-smart Bluetooth speaker.  Sound quality is excellent and the battery can last up to 10 hours.

1 JBL Link 20 Speaker Review

JBL Link 20 Speaker Review

Sound Quality The JBL Link 20 features two 10W drivers and can get loud enough to fill a large room with music ...

9.5

Runner Up: FABRIQ Riff

The FABRIQ Riff is a small Alexa-enabled speaker that can easily be carried with you. Unfortunately, Alexa is not always listening (she requires a button press) and battery life is somewhat short at 4-5 hours, but the Riff has very good sound quality and can directly stream iHeart Radio and Amazon Music via WiFi.

 

 

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