As the name suggests the smart speakers have integrated AI assistants making them better than traditional speakers. In the last few months, demand for smart speakers has taken a surge. Another reason is that internet services are growing rapidly making them easy to access for everyone. These smart speakers not only work as typical Bluetooth ones but now can also control your smart appliances via voice command.
Are you in the market to buy a smart speaker? Here is a complete list of the best. Please note, before buying any of the speakers, these require an active wireless internet connection (Wi-Fi) so ensure you have one before purchasing them. Also, the prices of the product are not in our hands, they might fluctuate while you are trying to buy them. There are multiple iterations of the same device that you can select in the list. We have put together the base model of each.
Echo Dot (4th Gen)
One of the most budget-friendly and popular smart speakers in India. The assistant used in the speaker is Alexa. The reason why the speaker is so popular is firstly it is aggressively priced and comes in huge discounts during Amazon sales. Secondly, the assistant seems like it was made in India as Alexa listens and understands commands in different languages of India.
The smart speaker comes with a clock version as well, which can be used as a desk accessory. The speaker also sports a 3.5mm jack which can make other devices with jack input in smart as well. The output is produced by one speaker and two tweeters inside the device. Also, order anything from Amazon directly by commanding echo dot.
Price: Rs 3,999
Apple HomePod Mini
Habitual of being in the Apple ecosystem and like to use Siri or Apple Music. Apple recently updated its HomePod Mini with bright new colours and support of HD audio. The Homepod Mini can be used as an intercom and works effortlessly. As said the speaker works perfectly with the Apple ecosystem which includes devices like iPad, iPhone and Mac. The speaker uses a 20W adapter and uses Siri as a smart assistant.
Price: Rs 9,900
Google Home Mini
After Alexa and Siri now it’s time for Google Assistant. The speaker is an official product by Google which uses Google Assistant for all the smart functionalities. As most of the users use a phone with Google Assistant the ecosystem of the device is quite big. This device has almost all the answers to your questions. It uses the most powerful Google search engine to find results for you.
With the speakers, you can control smart appliances with support as well. The smart speaker understands Hindi as well which makes it a good choice for Indian homes. For producing sound it uses Google’s compact high-excursion speakers.
Price: Rs 4,999
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Marshall Acton 2
Love something premium and old school? Marshall Acton 2 should be a perfect choice for you. Don’t go by the looks, the speaker is made this way but has some smart features hidden in its sleeves. The speaker uses Amazon’s Alexa as its assistant and can be paired with Wi-Fi to control all the smart appliances. The device uses Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and has a good listening mic for voice commands.
The company still uses analogue knobs for treble bass and volume giving an add on to its aesthetics. The sound is produced by one 30W big woofer and two 15W tweeters on board. The best part is if you have another Marshall speaker laying around at your home you can connect it with it to enjoy the stereo sound effects.
Price: RS 24,999
Bose Portable smart speaker
These are robust wireless speakers with the option of both Alexa or Google assistant. The Bose has a rigid design and as the speakers are wireless you can easily take them on trips or adventures. The upper half of the body is smooth while the lower has a mesh grill. The handle on the Bose smart speaker can be removed whenever the user feels like it.
The speaker provides a 360 degree sound with enhanced bass. Pair it with the Bose Music application to select the choice of assistant you want and enjoy. The speaker takes 4 hours to fully charge and after that gives an output of up to 12 hours(depending on your usage).
Price: Rs 31,500
Sonos One Gen 2 Speaker
The speaker is a premium smart speaker with Alexa built-in. The speaker has a class D amplifier, a mid subwoofer and a single tweeter for providing cristal clear koalas and mids along with punchy bass. Just connect the speaker with your Wi-Fi and install the Amazon Alexa app. The application natively supports the speaker making the pairing princess hassle-free. All the buttons on the speakers are touch-sensitive giving it an even premium feel and finish.
Price: Rs 21,999
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Mi Smart Speaker
A perfect entry-level smart speaker with the support of Google Assistant. Though being an entry-level we cannot deny it has some premium looks and finish offered by Xiaomi. The speaker has a 12-watt front-facing speaker, along with its 63.5-mm sound drive tuned by DTS professional. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi for smart connectivity as well as Bluetooth for traditional use.
Zebronics Zeb-Smart Bot
The company has been there in the Indian market for quite a long time now. If you don’t want to use the traditional Echo dot, you can get yourself a Zebronics Zeb-Smart Bot. But why do you ask? It has a hidden feature that no other speaker on this list has. The smart speaker is paired with an IR blaster which is capable of supporting most of the known brands all over the globe.
Now your device need not be smart to be controlled by your smart speaker. All you have to do is register the remote with the device and place it in an accessible location and the rest of your voice commands will do.
Price: Rs 3,740
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