Even if you don’t have a boatload of smart home accessories, these smart speakers and smart displays still deserve a place in your home. Some have built-in smart home hubs for connecting those products, while others provide great sound quality that you wouldn’t expect.
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For more amazing gift ideas, make sure you check our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide.
Best Smart Speakers
Smart Speakers are a dangerous and slippery slope. You can never just pick one up after you find out how useful these really are. Just ask it a question, stream some music, or control your smart home, with nothing more than your voice.
For the sake of cohesiveness, the new Echo features the same design as the smaller Echo Dot. But what you’ll get in a bigger package is Dolby Digital audio quality, along with a built-in Zigbee hub for all of your smart home products.
If you’re looking for a bit more oomph than what the Sonor One delivers, the Sonos Five will take your smart speaker experience to the next level. The speaker delivers exceptional audio, though it doesn’t offer Google Assistant or Alexa integration
Amazon finally updated its Echo Dot with an all-new design, moving away from the iconic shortened cylinder and instead, providing something that looks like a mini bowling ball. Nonetheless, this is a great way to get Alexa in all of the rooms in your home, and makes for easy controlling of your other smart home products.
Best Smart Displays
Smart displays take things up a notch when compared to smart speakers. For the most part, the audio quality may not be as good as a dedicated speaker, but the extra benefit comes with the display. You can use these for video calls, check out your security camera when the doorbell rings, or use it as a nightstand clock.
Those wanting a smart display without needing to take up a bunch of space will enjoy Amazon’s Echo Show 5. This smart display measures in at 5.5-inches, while still making it easy to get some help from Alexa, or answer the video doorbell, whenever you need it.
Those who want a smart speaker that doubles as an alarm clock will love the new Smart Clock Essential from Lenovo. The speaker itself is just fine for the nightstand, but also shows off the weather, time, and date, all at a glance.
Phandroid’s 2020 Holiday gift guide
While the list above highlights a few of our favorite gadgets of 2020, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of 250 products in 19 different categories to make it easy for you to find the best gifts for your family members, friends (or yourself) this holiday season. We’d also like to thank MediaTek for sponsoring the Chromebooks, Smart Home, and Smart Speakers & Displays sections of our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide.
- Best Headphones
- Best Chromebooks
- Best Smartphones
- Best Smart Home Products
- Best Smart Speakers and Displays
- Best Smartwatches and Fitness Trackers
- Best Tech Products for the Outdoors
- Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers
- Best Tech for Kids
- Best Smartwatches
- Best Fitness Trackers
- Best Smartphone Accessories
- Best Gifts for Nerds & Geeks
- Best Gaming Products
- Best Drones
- Best Computers and Peripherals
- Best Camera Gear
- Best Action Cameras
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