Short on space? Want to put it in the bedroom? Which Google Home device is right for you

There are five versions of the Google Home smart speaker, so which is right for your home? We'll help you decide which model suits your needs.

Google Home is a smart speaker in the same vein as Amazon Echo or Apple HomePod. And just like its rivals, it also works as your digital assistant in the home.

But there’s more than one model of Google Home available, so if you're confused about which one (or ones) you should buy, read on...

[Read more: Everything you need to know about Google Home]

Do you want it to double as a security camera?

Google Nest Hub Max

The Google Nest Hub Max is the first Nest product to bear the Google branding, and it's the firm's first smart screen with a built-in camera. That means not only is it great for video calls, it can also keep an eye on the room, letting you check in on it using the app on your phone.

It's great for the whole family too. Using its facial recognition, it knows who's using it, and will only show notifications and apps related to their profile, so everyone can use it in their own way. And with the ability to track your face around the room, it can always stay focussed on you during a video call, even if you're moving around. It launches in July.

Are you looking for an all-round personal helper?

Google Home is a smart speaker made by Google. It’s designed to sit in the home and to answer your queries – just ask it a question, and it’ll scour the internet for an answer in seconds.

But it can do much more than that. It can set timers, add reminders to your calendar, and control other smart home appliances like lights and thermostats that are connected to the same wi-fi network.

Google Home comes in a range of colours and is small enough to hold in one hand. It's a great all-rounder, but it comes in other versions too - they all have the same basic abilities, but different advantages. Here are the specs for the standard Google Home.

  • Dimensions: 92x142mm
  • Colours: White, Slate fabric
  • Supported audio formats:HE-AAC, LC-AAC
  • Wireless: Wi-fi 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz/5 Ghz) 
  • Audio: High-excursion speaker with 2-inch driver and 2-inch passive radiators
  • Power: 16.5V, 2A
  • Ports: DC power jack

Is space at a premium?

If you're short of space, consider Google Home Mini, the smallest member of the Google Home family. In terms of features, it’s identical – it can control the same smart home devices, answer the same questions and set all the same timers, alarms and reminders. It also works with the same array of ‘skills’ - shortcuts to getting information like news headlines or weather reports. 

  • Dimensions: 98x42mm
  • Colours: Chalk, Charcoal, Coral
  • Supported audio formats: HE-AAC, LC-AAC
  • Wireless: Wi-fi 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz/5 Ghz) and Bluetooth 4.1
  • Audio: 360 sounds with 40-mm driver
  • Power: 5V, 1.8A
  • Ports: Micro USB

Are you a music lover?

Google Home Max

Google Home Max is a bigger, better-sounding version of Google Home. It has all the same smart skills as the standard version - it can control your smart home devices when you ask it, and respond to voice controls and queries.

But because it's bigger there's more room inside for more high-tech electronics. This means you get the kind of sound you would expect from a hi-fi system, but with Google's smart home skills thrown in as well.

Of course, you have to pay more for this better sound quality: the Google Home Max costs £399 from Google Play.

Will you put it in the bedroom?

Google Home Hub bedside

Google Home Hub is like the standard Google Home, but it has a screen, just like the Amazon Echo Show. That means that when you ask it something, it can provide visual information as well as reading out the answer.

Ask it for a weather forecast, for example, and Google Home Hub will bring up a five-day forecast on the screen as well as reading out today's weather. 

Smart lights and thermostats can be controlled with on-screen dials as well as voice commands, for example, letting you fine-tune exactly how dim the lights go or how much warmer the house gets. Great stuff.

Crucially, it doesn't have a camera, making it ideal for more intimate settings.

You can buy the Google Home Hub for £139 from Google Play.

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