Smart displays allow you to get the most out of your home assistant. Now as well as asking it to stream music or give you information, with a visual display you can keep a check on security cameras around your property, as well as watch TV shows, follow step by step recipes and even make video calls.

Top Pick

Compact footprint yet full of functionality, this works like your favorite speaker but adds in imagery and offers external communication options too. Amazon

If you already use a home assistant, and you’re happy with the setup, it makes sense to find a smart display that will work with the system you know. That means you don’t have to learn any more new commands and once your new device is connected to the app, all your streaming services and existing settings will work with your new gadget.

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This clever camera follows you around the room, and it’s home assistant-enabled. Facebook

If you’re open minded about the system that you want to use, choose your smart device according to what you intend to use it for. For example, some are designed primarily with video calling in mind. They incorporate technologies such as smart cameras, which automatically keep you in shot as you move around the room, or widen as more people enter the shot.

Also Consider

It enhances the sound of your voice while minimizing background noise. Amazon

Once you’ve decided on the type of device you want to go for, it’s time to think about what size screen you want. This might be dictated by where you want to use it, but also by what you want to use it for. If it’s going to, for example, sit on the nightstand, you want to look for something that has a smaller footprint. But if you’re going to want to use it to watch TV shows or movies, look for a larger screen.