But which one should you buy? According to a PCMag survey of 1,500 internet users, Amazon looks as though it might have a good holiday season. When asked what type of smart speaker they’d rather buy in the coming weeks, 27 percent of respondents said the Amazon Echo.
Following close behind was Bose with 26 percent, but that’s essentially another win for Amazon since Bose’s smart speakers—like the Bose Home Speaker 500—currently come with built-in Alexa voice control.
In third place at 19 percent is the Google Home, followed by Apple HomePod (10 percent), Sonos (5 percent), and JBL (5 percent). About 6 percent have no interest in a smart speaker.
Google recently bulked up its Home lineup with the addition of a touch-screen Echo Show competitor, the Google Home Hub. On Black Friday, the Home Hub will be $ 99 at various retailers, like Target and Walmart, a $ 50 discount. Look for similar discounts on the original Google Home and smaller Home Mini.
Amazon will also reduce the price of its Echo devices, though. Starting Nov. 22, the new Echo Show will be $ 179.99, a $ 50 discount, but the second-generation Echo will be just $ 60, or $ 30 off, among other deals it has planned.
Like Bose, Sonos products—the Sonos One speaker and Beam soundbar—work with Alexa. Google Assistant support is coming, too, but not until 2019. If you’re looking for the Google Assistant, check out the JBL Link View.