Which smart speakers are worth having at home in 2021?

Looking to upgrade your smart speaker? Whether you want one that's devoted to providing great sound, one that helps you manage your home, or some combination of the two, you'll want to have a look at today's digest. We're highlighting smart speakers that are actually worth having at home. Check out this blog post for products that can make life a lot easier.

Which smart speakers are worth having at home in 2021?
Best smart speakers to buy for your home

You love your smart speaker. From helping the kids with their spelling homework to playing your favorite music on command, these devices are reliable digital helpers around the house. And, when they can integrate into your smart home setup, life becomes much more convenient. But, if you’re looking to upgrade or get one for the first time, you might wonder which smart home speakers are worth having at home.

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Don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you. The products below include some of the best smart speakers you can buy in 2021. For speakers optimized for sound and others that can help you manage your smart home, keep reading.

1. The book-inspired, slim design of the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Emerge Wi-Fi home speaker is totally worth showing off indoors.

The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Emerge Wi-Fi home speaker actually adds to your decor without taking up much space. It’s a wireless speaker that delivers ultrawide 180-degree sound, which is pretty powerful given its size. The Beosound Emerge connects to Bang & Olufsen’s Connected speakers, a line that lets you stream music throughout your house using Chromecast or AirPlay.

You can purchase yours starting in October 2021 from the Bang & Olufsen website for $699.

2. You can easily fill your room with 360-degree audio using the Acer Halo smart speaker. It also comes with DTS sound.

Acer Halo smart speaker in a video

Compatible with Google Assistant, the Acer Halo smart speaker is worth having at home. It produces 360-degree sound and works with Google Assistant, giving you an easy way to manage your smart home. With two far-field omnidirectional microphones, the Acer Halo knows when you’re talking to it and when it should ignore background noise.

You can purchase yours directly from the Acer website for $129.99.

3. If you want a complete home audio experience, it’s worth having a bunch of Apple HomePod mini smart speakers around the house.

If you’re in the Apple camp, the Apple HomePod mini smart speaker is the way to go. It produces room-filling sound, is a smart assistant for your home, and helps you control your smart home. Even cooler, it syncs with other HomePod speakers. When there are two in a room, they pair to create rich, sonorous audio.

Get yours from the Apple website for $99.

4. From immersing you in games to surrounding you with sound effects from your favorite film, the Sonos Arc smart soundbar does it all.

If you’re looking for a smart speaker in the form of a soundbar, the Sonos Arc premium smart soundbar is worth having in your home. It features Dolby Atmos, bringing your entertainment to life. Its smart capabilities include compatibility with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, letting you manage your smart home setup, ask questions, listen to music, and more—all hands-free.

You can purchase yours directly from the Sonos website for $799.

5. The Google Nest Audio smart speaker works seamlessly with the Nest Mini to pull your smart home experience together

Want a smart speaker that integrates with Google Assistant and plays great music? The Google Nest Audio smart speaker does those things. It has a 19-millimeter tweeter for more volume and a 75-millimeter midwoofer for improved bass. It connects to the Nest Mini to complete your smart home and has a soft fabric exterior.

You can purchase yours directly from the Google website for $99.99.

6. Designed in collaboration with Devialet, the Belkin Soundform Elite provides impressive acoustics for a great listening experience.

So much more than just a speaker, the Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi smart speaker has an integrated wireless charger that can fast charge an iPhone at 7.5 watts, a Google phone at 10 watts, and a Samsung device at 9 watts. It works with Google Assistant voice commands and can even schedule tasks. It’s definitely a smart speaker worth having.

You can purchase directly from Belkin for $299.99.

7. Don’t let the small size of the Marshall Uxbridge Voice fool you: it can play music from pretty much any streaming source you choose.

Marshall Uxbridge Voice Compact Alexa Speaker
Marshall Uxbridge Voice compact Alexa speaker in black and white

The Marshall Uxbridge Voice compact Alexa speaker combines the legendary sound of Marshall with the usefulness of Alexa. Small in size yet powerful in sound, this speaker stands fewer than seven inches tall but still gives you a smooth, precise audio experience. And, with its Alexa compatibility, this is one of our favorite smart speakers worth having.

You can get it directly from the Marshall website for $199.99.

8. Armed with a built-in handle, the Sonos Move smart speaker is also weather and drop resistant, so you’ll have total peace of mind everywhere you go.

For a smart speaker you can take on the go, consider the Sonos Move drop-resistant Wi-Fi speaker. This smart speaker worth having goes wherever you do thanks to its portable design. Drop and weather resistant, it can go the outside without a worry. It connects to Apple AirPlay 2, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Manage it, get answers to questions, and so much more with your voice.

Get yours directly from the Sonos website for $399.

9. With a redesigned look, the Sonos Five high-fidelity speaker has a monochromatic finish in either black or white.

Featuring a sleek design, the Sonos Five high-fidelity speaker gives you clear, room-filling sound for streaming, vinyl, and more. Its ultrawide sound stage gives you rich stereo sound and optimized vocal playback. Control this smart speaker worth having with the app and Apple AirPlay 2.

You can get yours from the Sonos website for $499.

10. The LG 2021 soundbar lineup features AI Sound Pro and is compatible with voice assistants.

The LG 2021 soundbar lineup features AI Sound Pro and AI Room Calibration for audio engineered for your surroundings and content. Best of all, it works with voice assistants like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Siri, which is why it made our list of smart speakers worth having in 2021.

Pricing and availability for this series is yet to be announced.

11. The Lenovo Smart Clock Essential voice-assistant clock is a smart speaker that can serve as your complete home assistant thanks to the multifunctional design.

Lenovo Smart Clock Essential voice-assistant clock in a video

A smart speaker in the form of a clock, the Lenovo Smart Clock Essential voice-assistant clock is one helpful gadget. Set it on your nightstand so it can answer your questions, tell you your day’s agenda, and play your favorite song—all before you get out of bed. Oh, and it also tells the time and has a USB-A port for charging your smartphone.

Get yours from the Lenovo website starting at $44.99.

There are a ton of smart speakers worth buying in 2021. Whether you want a more convenient audio experience, hands-free access to the internet, or smart home management, these speakers can make your home life easier.

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Meet Madhurima Nag

Madhurima Nag is the Head of Social Media at Gadget Flow. She side-hustles as a digital marketing lecturer/speaker and loves to voice her opinion on marketing, crowdfunding and gadgets (of course!) in general.
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