6 things you should always consider before buying a smart speaker

Google Nest Audio in gray on top of book in front of yellow couch.

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If you’re new to shopping for smart speakers, or getting back to it after a hiatus, the prospect can be a little daunting. The tech industry moves fast, and features that were state-of-the-art a few years ago can be average or even outdated today.

Being in the thick of the smart home industry, we’re here to explain what to look for. Some things will apply to shopping for and choosing between any modern smart speakers, while others may not have even been on your radar.