This story is part of itCNET’s collection of practical advice for getting the most out of your home, inside and out.
Since the release of the original Google Home smart speaker in 2016, the landscape of theThe home has expanded significantly to include smart speakers, smart displays and more. But the wide range of options raises a question: How much exactly will a Google home cost you?
It is not as easy to answer that question as it seems. With customizableand now more than 30,000 compatible devices, Google’s smart home could cost from $30 to $3,000 or more. You could buy one for $100 or you could have a whole ecosystem of it clever , , clever and .
The cost of Google home will ultimately come down to the number of devices you buy: Do you want the basics? Or do you want to go all out? Or maybe you want to land somewhere in the middle.
To help you decide, I’ve broken down the cost into threewith a diverse range of home products, from the basics to the Google smart home that pulls out all the stops.
(Please note that some of the prices mentioned below are sale prices and will change periodically.)
Google smart home: Basics
Let’s start simple. If you are just starting outor if you’re looking to cut the fluff, a basic smart home is probably what you want. That means you will need a control center, lighting and .
For every smart home, it is important to have a control center, a single device that will start your collection of devices. For a Google-centric smart home, I recommend starting with the. Not only this , but it’s our overall favorite Google Assistant device. The Nest Hub has the same Google Assistant features as the smart speakers, but it has a touch screen, so you can search the internet, check the weather, stream YouTube videos, follow recipes, and chat do with family members. More importantly for our purposes, it also allows you to manually control your smart home gadgets.
While the standard price is $100, you can usually find the Nest Hub on sale as it is here for $65.
Cost so far: $65
The voice control features combined with the touch screen function make the Nest Hub a great choice to act as a control panel for the rest of the connected home devices. Once you have that set, it’s time to start adding devices. AIt’s a good first step, and I recommend the for Google’s smart home. These affordable Bluetooth bulbs just need to be set up in the Google Home app and can be controlled from your control panel.
I recommend starting with the soft white two-pack option – I recommend placing the bulbs in your front entryway or living room – and then expanding from there. You can find the two pack for.
Cost so far: $84
In the past few years security devices have become more central to smart homes. With security cameras, video doorbells,and , the home security landscape is vast, and there are plenty of excellent options that work with a Google-centric home. But for a home that sticks to the basics, a video doorbell is an easy choice, and the best choice for a Google-centric home .
This Google device combines an excellent wireless doorbell camera with superior performance and a set of unique features: two-way talk, high-def resolution, 145-degree field of view with 3:4 aspect ratio, smart, facial alerts. recognition and more. At $180, it’s an affordable option packed with benefits — plus, you can usually find it on sale (check out the).
With just the basics, Google can run your home for less than $250.
Total cost: $234
Google smart home: The happy middle
If you’re looking for a smart home that makes life easier but leaves out the more expensive bells and whistles, a mid-range smart home is the way to go. This home maintains all the essential devices listed above, but upgrades security, entertainment and a few other categories.
While the Nest Hub is the ideal control center for your Google-centric home, it would be a great alternative to placing Google Nest Minis around the house in other rooms while giving commands to Google Assistant. The Nest Mini is a great starting point when building a smart home. It’s affordable and full of features: intercom functionality, stereo pairing, control of compatible gadgets and web search. At $49 each, the Nest Mini is an excellent little smart speaker.
Cost so far: $283
When upgrading a smart home, it makes sense to expand your security devices. Your Nest Doorbell will provide an initial layer of security, but adding a security system and cameras will ensure greater safety and protection for your home and family. When working with Google Assistant, the best devices for security are includedthe $180 and the $206 SimpliSafe Essentials Kit (the six-piece security system with the essentials). Now, you don’t need three different security products from three different brands, even though each product would be a great choice – if you want more functionality for your money, go with Wyze. If you want one really good cam with almost every feature you could want, choose Arlo instead. If you want a more integrated system, choose SimpliSafe.
With all three security products in mind, Our cost so far is $705.
Reliable, stronga necessity in 2022. We have more devices connected to our Wi-Fi than ever before, from cameras to computers to TVs. This means you need to , and the Google Nest Wifi is the obvious choice when controlling your Google smart home. At $169 each, the Nest Wifi isn’t cheap, but since you’re already invested in the Google home landscape, its reliable speeds and ability to run everything through the Google Home app are worth the extra money. And you can often find it cheaper ( and ).
Using the price on Google’s website, the cost so far is $874.
To add compatible devices, it is important to keep a fewaround to efficiently connect and control non-smart devices like lamps or fans. The IS It’s a great choice for your Google-centric home because it offers smartphone app controls, Google Assistant compatibility and a sleek design. I recommend starting with the $17 2-pack to use with your two smart bulbs.
Total cost: $891
Google’s smart home: The works
While you can build an excellent mid-range smart home for under $1,000, that might not be good enough for you. If you’re excited about spending the big bucks, and you’re ready to fully integrate your home with Google Assistant, there are plenty of other devices you can add to your array:
- Google Nest Hub Max: Another great option that can work as your Google home control panel. At a standard price of $229, it’s a more expensive alternative to the 2nd-gen Nest Hub and Nest Mini, but it has some nifty extra features, like a 10-inch screen, facial recognition camera and video chat capabilities. Like many of the products listed above, you can often find the Nest Hub Max for less ( and ).
Cost so far: $1,081
Using Walmart pricing, our cost so far is $1,354
- : Add some extra entertainment to your Google smart home with Google’s $50 streaming stick. This affordable device connects to your TV to stream Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Google Music, Google Movies & TV and HBO Go. Although more expensive than the original $35 Chromecast, this revamped version offers 4K resolution and an improved TV interface.
Cost so far: $1,404
- : Changing the temperature with a simple voice command is a neat trick. And Google’s latest thermostat offers upgraded features, a new design, and is Google Compatible—all for under $100. You can currently get a Nest Thermostat for and .
Total cost: $1,503
With all these extras, your Google home will be full of the best security, entertainment and smart home gadgets on the market. While there are thousands of additional compatible devices you can mix and match – from speakers to lights to cameras – that will make your home more rooted in the Google landscape, these are the best devices to buy at all spending levels . And if you want to go crazy with Google, you can always add more gadgets to this list.
All told, your fully featured Google home will cost at least $1,503 — but, of course, there are thousands more you could spend on the full Google package, if you’re into that sort of thing.
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