The Amazon Echo started the smart speaker trend a few years ago, but it is no longer alone. There are dozens of smart speakers now on the market in 2018 and a ton more are coming. Choosing the best smart speaker for your needs is not always very easy or simple, though.
You need to determine which voice assistant you prefer (now there are four—Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana) and what features are most important to you. Is music quality highest? Is video important? Does it need to play Spotify? Does it need to connect to your other speakers and smart home gadgets?
Below, we will try to help you answer them by highlighting the top smart speakers for a number of special use cases no matter whether your preference is Amazon, Google, or if you want to know how Siri and Cortana stack up to the rest.
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