Best Smart Displays

Smart displays enable you to stay connected with your home, family, and friends. Whether you want to be able to make video calls, check up on your pets during the day, or control your security system with the sound of your voice, there’s a smart home display out there for you.
Updated Feb 25, 2021
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The Best Smart Displays of 2020

  • Best All-in-One Google Display

    Google Nest Hub Max

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    For a does-it-all smart display that works well with your other Google and Android devices, the Google Nest Hub Max is our top choice. It includes a built-in Nest Cam for surveillance or video calls; its large HD display is perfect for YouTube videos (or for looking up recipes while you’re cooking). It also serves as a smart home hub, packs in a capable pair of stereo speakers, and can display photos when not in use.

    Stand-out features include

    • Built-in Google Assistant
    • Smart home hub
    • Stereo speakers
    • 10-inch HD touchscreen display
    • 6.5MP camera with FaceMatch technology
  • Best All-in-One Amazon Display

    Amazon Echo Show (2nd gen.)

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    For the best multifunctional smart display with access to Alexa and the rest of Amazon’s best services, opt for the Echo Show. Use it as a camera for surveillance or video calls, or stream music and video from Amazon Prime services. The 5MP camera is perfect for video calls. You can also use it as a security camera or pair it with your Ring devices.

    Stand-out features include

    • Built-in Amazon Alexa
    • Smart home hub
    • Stereo speakers
    • 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display
    • 5MP camera
    • Microphone/camera off button
  • Best Value Smart Display

    Amazon Echo Show 5

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    Combine security with smart home control through the Amazon Echo Show 5. You can create routines and ask Alexa to view cameras and manage other smart devices. The Echo Show also includes privacy features like a shutter for the camera and microphone. Price: $89.99

    Stand-out features include

    • Built-in Amazon Alexa
    • Mono speaker
    • 5.5-inch touchscreen display
    • 1MP camera with privacy shutter
    • Microphone/camera off button
  • Lenovo Smart Display 10"

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    Lenovo offers a large, multifunctional smart display similar to the Google Nest Hub Max or the Echo Show, but with a different form factor that makes it feel more like a TV. Instead of hiding speakers at the bottom or back of the display, it mounts one powerful speaker to the left of the screen. It also has an attractive wood backing. Buying tip: If the price tag is too high, Lenovo offers a similarly appointed 8-inch size that starts at $100 less.

    Stand-out features include

    • Built-in Google Assistant
    • Large mono speaker
    • 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display
    • 5MP camera with privacy shutter
  • Google Nest Hub

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    The Google Nest Hub is a smaller, camera-free version of the Nest Hub Max. You can’t use it for surveillance or video messaging, but you don’t need to worry about camera privacy, either. While it’s not technically a smart home hub (it doesn’t support Zigbee or Z-wave devices) it does have built-in compatibility with a number of popular home automation brands.

    Stand-out features include

    • Google Assistant
    • Mono speaker
    • 7-inch touchscreen display
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The Best Features to Look for When Buying a Smart Display

  • Voice Assistant Support

    Do you want to talk to Google Assistant or Alexa? Built-in voice assistants are a headlining feature of smart displays. If you have a strong preference for one assistant over the other (or Google vs. Amazon operating systems) then choose a display that supports your favorite.

  • Smart Home Hub

    Some displays double as a smart home hub, which means they support technology protocols that connect and control various smart home devices in one place. You may benefit from a smart home hub if you own many smart home products from different manufacturers (and some smart home devices require them). If you only have a few devices that can already communicate with your smart display, you probably don’t need a hub.

  • Screen Size & Video Streaming

    If you want to use your smart display for reading, cooking or streaming videos, a larger screen size is preferable. Also, note that some manufacturers only support their own video apps. For example, Amazon’s Echo lineup supports the Prime Video app, though you may be able to access other streaming services via browser. The Google Nest Hub Max is your go-to for YouTube.

  • Camera

    With a camera and built-in microphone, you can send video messages and calls. Some devices even have a security camera functionality through a smartphone app so you can check up on your family, house and pets when you’re away.

  • Speaker

    Many smart home displays – especially the more compact ones – don’t have powerful speakers. If you’re not an audiophile (or you already have a good set of wireless speakers) you probably don’t need a high-quality speaker. Look for high-quality stereo speakers if you plan on using your smart display as a main source of music in your home.

  • Privacy

    One of the benefits of smart home displays is the ability to connect with your friends and family over video or voice calls and messages, but you may be concerned about your privacy. Many smart displays have privacy features that allow you to turn off the camera and microphone when you aren’t using them.

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