Learn Tech News The smart speakers on sale today have been the first-generation products beyond, so that’s the time to dip your toes into the water if you have so far resisted. And with lots of deals you will not need to pay full price.
Google and Amazon lead the way in the smart speaker market with several different iTunes of Google Home and Amazon Echo devices available to buy. They are often discounted, so we look out here for the best ones.
Best smart speaker discounts: What to look for
The first thing to decide is what assistant you want. There are three: Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant and Apple’s Siri.
The latter is available only in the Apple’s HomePod, so it makes the choice of speakers easier since there’s just one model.
HomePod discounts are hard to find, with most retailers offering only £ 20 off £ 319 price.
Choosing between the assistants is not simple, but it will be largely down to the hardware you have already got and whether it’s each assistant with compatible. You will only go for a HomePod if you have an iPhone or iPad already as it will not work with Android.
Similarly, if you have already have smart light bulbs and smart switches, it makes sense to invest in a smart speaker that allows you to listen to them with your voice, so check the assistant they work with a speaker before buying.
If you are mostly living in Google’s world and subscribe to Google Music, it makes sense to go with Google Assistant. Conversely, if you subscribe to Amazon and / or Amazon Music Unlimited, it makes sense to go with Alexa.
Alexa vs Google Assistant
In terms of Alexa vs Google Assistant, both evolve continuously so it can be difficult to make a decision based on their capabilities today. However, they are both as good (and bad) as each other. They are not really intelligent and you still have the phrase your command or the right way to get them to understand what you mean.
There is a broad choice of speakers for Alexa and Google Assistant ranging in price and sound quality from very affordable to very expensive. It may be tempting to purchase an older model, but first do your homework and make sure you will not regret it. For example, some older Amazon Echos are not compatible with the new subwoofer (or will not allow you to create a stereo pair).
Inputs and outputs
Most speakers are designed to standalone gadgets which run off mains power. You can usually get them through your phone or tablet via Bluetooth and stream music from those devices, but if you want your own speakers to hook up, be sure to pick a model with a 3.5mm output.
And if you want to play music from a device that does not have Bluetooth, make sure you get one with a 3.5mm aux input.
Some have no audio inputs or outputs other than Bluetooth.
Where to find smart speaker offers
You will find savings on Amazon Echo, Google Home and other speakers from retailers, of particular, especially towards the end of the year with Black Friday and the pre-Christmas season.
We recommend comparing the value of a model you like at least two to three other retailers and of course against Amazon if you have not already done this.
Amazon is one of the best places to look first, especially if you want an Echo. Amazon sells ‘Certified Refurbished’ models which look like new and come with a one-year warranty so you can find great deals when you find them.
You can also find the Amazon Deal of the Day, which are discounted for a limited time (just a few hours typically), or until stocks run out.
If you are not a member of a member and never been there, you can sign up for Amazon’s 30-day free trial of Prime, which will not only get you accessible lightning deals 30 minutes ago than non-prime members, but will also get you free next-day delivery.
Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Prime with details on price, benefits and free trial.
Prime, for example, includes Amazon Video, which allows you to access the most smart TVs, and Prime Music which lets you stream 2 million songs.
With even more selection, Prime Music Unlimited (Amazon’s Spotify equivalent), is currently a Black Friday introductory offer, where you can get £ 399 / $ 0.99 for 3 months service. Otherwise, it is usually £ 9.99 / $ 9.99 (or £ 7.99 if you are a prime member in the UK). Get this deal here.
There are other retailers to check in the UK, such as Argos, AO, Currys and Very It’s always worth keeping John Lewis in mind too – the company’s price-match policy means you will find some of the best deals as well as getting better customer service and, often, longer warranty.
Best Smart Speaker Cyber Monday Deals
1. Google Home Mini with Philips Hue Starter Kit Bundle
From: Currys PC World
Now: £79.99 (£85 off)
Save big when you buy this bundle from Currys PC World, which includes Google’s new Home Mini and the Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance Smart Bulb Starter Kit.
2. LG ThinQ WK7
From: Currys PC World
Now: £99 (50% off)
An excellent half price deal on this Google Assistant smart speaker from LG
3. Ultimate Ears Blast Bluetooth Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Control
Now: £89.99 (£110 off)
This deal (which is a lot better than Amazon offered for Black Friday) also gets you a 60-day free trial of Audible.
4. Eufy Genie
From: Tech Advisor
Now: £19.99 (£20 off)
With Alexa built in, you can use this inexpensive Echo Dot alternative to control smart lights, listen to music and a whole lot more.