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88
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

If you're looking for a voice-activated speaker and want excellent sound quality, the Google Home Max is the best option on the market. It's expensive, but you get a lot for your money. If you want great audio and don't want to mess around with more complicated speaker setups, the Home Max is a solid option.

Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Simple setup
  • All the features of the Google Assistant
  • Tasteful design
  • 3.5mm jack and Bluetooth support for additional audio devices
Cons
  • Expensive, especially for a stereo pair
  • Somewhat limited streaming service selection (but at least it has Spotify)
  • Third-party support still trails Amazon's Alexa ecosystem
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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average Critic Score

Audio quality

87
 

Design and form factor

80
 

Durability

80
 

Portability

46
 
 
80
CNET
Although too expensive for mass appeal, the Google Home Max is the best-sounding smart speaker yet.
 
80
Wired
As good as the Max sounds, it's really only truly useful if you and the Assistant are besties. If you're just looking for an Alexa alternative, maybe consider one of the cheaper Home speakers. Better yet, buy the Sonos One speaker.
 
90
USA Today
Though it’s on the pricey side, Google Home Max has set an exemplary example for any and all smart speakers to come.
 
80
The Verge
The Home Max is a great sounding, fully integrated smart speaker if volume and audio quality are your priority. It’s too expensive, too big, and too loud to fit in most rooms, so it’s best suited for a living room or larger space.
 
80
Digital Trends
The Google Home Max can do more than a traditional bookshelf speaker, and it sounds great.
 
80
Android Central
This is an oversized version of Google Home. It does all the same stuff — it just sounds way better while doing it. Music, information, communication, all that same stuff. And it does so with a much heftier price tag and physical footprint.
 
80
TechCrunch
On the whole, it’s a solid offering. Google Assistant is tough to beat and the hardware mostly stands on its own. It’s not the most stellar piece of audio equipment at its price point, but Google’s engineered something that works right out of the box.
 
80
PC Mag
The Google Home Max is the first smart speaker we've seen with serious audio performance.
 
80
Gizmodo
The Google Home Max is pretty good for now. I’d go so far as to say that it’s the best smart speaker on the market. That accolade might not last long, though.
 
90
VentureBeat
People who feel like they’re missing something like the Max in their home will enjoy it. It’s well designed and performs admirably at what it was built to do.