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The Best Smart Display for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Updated Dec 10, 2022
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If your phone lives on your kitchen counter and tends to get splattered with sauce, or you just want an easier way to view photos or control smart devices, try a smart display—a mashup of a smart speaker and a tablet. A smart display is great for streaming music and video or answering questions about the weather. And it’s equally great for calling up recipes that you can follow hands-free. We like the Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) and the Google Nest Hub Max. Choose either model, based on your needs or your preference for Alexa or Google Assistant.

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen), for existing or new alexa users

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen)

For existing or new Alexa users
Great sound, a crisp screen, access to video services, convenient smart-home control, and a 13-megapixel camera make the Show 8 (2nd Gen) especially well-rounded.
We recommend
Google Nest Hub Max, for google fans and home cooks

Google Nest Hub Max

For Google fans and home cooks
Cooks and heavy Google app users who want to access Google Assistant via a screen will love this display, which is well integrated with Google Calendar and Photos.
We recommend
Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen), a small screen for nightstands

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen)

A small screen for nightstands
This pint-size version of the Echo Show is perfect for catching a weather report and playing tunes while you get ready in the morning.
Another good choice
Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen), a useful screen without the camera

Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)

A useful screen without the camera
This mini smart display has the same abilities as larger Google Assistant–enabled models, minus a built-in camera (which may be a comfort for privacy seekers).
Another good choice

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