A smart display might be for you if you want the convenience of a smart assistant with the added bonus that comes with having something to look at. When you put Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa into a smart speaker with a tablet-sized screen, you get a fun way to see the weather or album art, watch TV shows, make video calls, and other (mostly) useful stuff. We’ve tested most of the major displays on the market and have listed our favorites below.
Most of our picks use Google Assistant instead of Amazon’s Alexa because it’s often easier to set up devices and Google provides a simpler service in some ways.
Be sure to check out our many other buying guides, including our roundups of all our favorite smart speakers, and specific guides for Google Assistant and Alexa speakers.
Updated April 2021: We’ve added the 3rd-gen Amazon Echo Show 10 and the 2nd-gen Nest Hub. We also added a section on why you should get a smart display.
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