Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Which Personal Assistant is Better?

October 04, 2016      

Google Home will ship on November 4, 2016 for $129 – that’s $50 less than Amazon Echo.

Google Home also comes with a free six-month trial of YouTube red, an ad-free version of the video sharing site. Google Home is coming to the U.S. only at first, and will be sold through the Google Play Store, Best Buy, Target and Walmart. Google is already taking pre-orders.

Google Home is really all about Google Assistant, the AI-based virtual assistant that is looking to one-up Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana. Google Assistant hopes to let you engage in natural conversations to get things done.

So, Google Home will allow you to play music through its speaker or wirelessly to speakers connected to Google’s Chromecast or Chromecast Audio devices. It’ll also turn on lights, set alarms, translate languages and so on.

It sounds very similar to Amazon Echo. But is Google Home too late to the game? Amazon Echo has been around since 2014 and has sold more than 3 million units. So, we thought it’d be fun to compare Google Home and Amazon Echo. Below is a quick comparison chart of the two virtual assistants.

Amazon Echo has had a head-start and, therefore, has more skills. But the battle of the virtual assistants is officially on. Who do you think will come out victorious?

Google Home Amazon Echo
Price $129 $179
Voice Commands Yes Yes
Always Listening Yes Yes
Wake-up Phrase “OK, Google” “Alexa,” “Amazon,” or “Echo”
Music Streaming Options Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora,
iHeartRadio, TuneIn, others
Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora,
iHeartRadio, TuneIn, others
Smart Home Compatability Nest, Philips Hue, Samsung, IFTTT – more to come Nest, Ecobee, SmartThings, Wink, Insteon
Belkin, WeMo, Philips Hue, Big Ass Fans,
IFTTT and more through Alexa Skills Store
Customizable Appearance Yes No
Stereo System Output Yes (via ChromeCast) Yes, but only on Amazon Dot
Synced Audio Playback to Multiple Devices Yes, to any ChromeCast device No
Personal Assistant Abilities Manager calendar, make shopping and to-do lists, check flights, track packages Amazon Echo has more than 1,000 skills
Connectivity Wi-Fi Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Operating Systems Android, iOS Android, iOS
Weight 1.05 lbs 1.7 lbs
Size 5.62 inches tall x 3.79 inches in diameter 9.25 tall x 3.27 long x 3.27 inches deep
Color White body, Slate fabric Black