Are you considering a home speaker for hands-free emergency calls, med reminders, kitchen timers, or some other reason? There are a few key differences you should be aware of before making a decision. Beyond price, the most important ones are:
Device compatibility: will you be able to set it up through a SmartPhone or tablet you already own?
Will you be able to call 911 (if calling 911 is a priority)?
Will you be able to call family, friends or other regular telephones?
Will you get named alarms (if reminders are a priority)?
See the answers at a glance with the quick comparison charts below.
Each chart compares 6 popular speakers:
The Echo Dot & Google Home Mini: Amazon & Google's most affordable Mini Speakers
The Echo Plus & Google Home: Amazon & Google's combination Speaker/SmartHome Hub controllers with the lowest price tag
The HomePod: Apple's only speaker, a combination Speaker/SmartHome Hub controller.
Click here for comparisons of products, features and pricing available in the U.S.
Click here for comparisons of products, features and pricing available in Canada.
Analysis: Which Home Speaker is Best for Seniors?
I'm often asked which speaker I recommend. The answer changes based on your needs, priorities and the country you live in! It can also depend on the devices you already own because we need a SmartPhone or tablet to set up the speakers and their digital assistant apps.
For example, an iPhone 6 or higher is needed to make voice calling work with Alexa on the Echo speakers. And you can only call 911 if...
Google Home speakers, however, do not require a SmartPhone to make calling work! You have the option to do set up through a tablet or a SmartPhone. However, Google has no way to make it possible to call 911 in any country (yet).
Which speaker is best for older adult needs? Is there a checklist?
Click here for the post "The Best Home Speakers for Seniors: Amazon vs. Google".
Click here to get a shopping checklist.
Wishing you the best,