Best Smart Speakers in India (May 2021)

A smart speaker is a product category that shows surging demand, especially due to the penetration of internet services and the growing number of IoT devices available for purchase in the market.

Smart speaker not only doubles up as a Bluetooth speaker but also as a control hub for all your smart devices including smart bulbs, smart TVs, smart plugs etc. 

In this curated list, we bring you the eight best smart speakers available for purchase in India within a budget ranging from Rs.3,500 to Rs.30,000. 

Without any further ado, let’s get started!

Best Smart Speakers in India

1. Marshall Acton 2Overall Best Pick
2. Echo StudioRunner-up Pick
3. Apple HomepodBest Apple Smart Speaker
4. Sonos One Gen 2Value for Money Smart Speaker
5. Google Nest AudioAffordable Smart Speaker
6. Zebronics Zeb-Smart BotVersatile Smart Speaker
7. Echo Dot (4th Gen)Best Budget Smart Speaker
8. Lenovo Smart Clock Honourable Mention

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1. Marshall Acton 2

Marshall Acton 2

Overall Best Pick

  • Premium sound quality
  • Unique retro design
  • 3.5mm audio jack
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Pros

Analog knobs for treble, bass, volume

Built-in Google voice assistant

Dedicated microphone on/off button

Cons

Expensive

Marshall Acton 2 is a smart speaker with a built-in Google assistant and has a retro design that will remind you of the 90’s radio.

Priced at Rs.26,999, the Acton 2 is a premium Bluetooth speaker with the durable build quality and excellent sound output for its asking price. 

Design and Build Quality

As we said earlier, the Acton 2 from Marshall has that retro design that looks and feels unique. This design helps the Acton 2 to be a showpiece in your home decor as well. 

Justifying its price, Marshall Acton 2 features a robust and durable build quality and excellent fit and finish. 

Weighing at 2.85Kg, the Acton 2 is heavy and bulky. The gold strip that runs along the bottom of the speaker makes this smart speaker look classy. 

There is also a prominent Marshall logo on the front placed right on a textured vinyl grille.

This speaker is available in three different variants – one is the regular Bluetooth speaker, one with the Google Assistant and the last one with Amazon Alexa integration.

There are three analog dials in the front for adjusting the bass, treble and volume levels. 

Other than these analog knobs, there is a single button to switch between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, along with a dedicated port for AUX to play songs from other devices in the wired mode.

Furthermore, on the knob right there is a button for song play/pause and a microphone privacy button so if not in use make sure to turn it off.

Sound Quality

Marshall Acton 2 features a 30W woofer and two 15W tweeters on board. The sound output is loud enough to fill a small to medium-sized room.

The analog knobs will help you adjust the sound quality according to your preference.

The bass quality is really impressive and if you have two Marshall speakers at home you can connect them at the same time to get the stereo sound effect.

Vocals come out fresh and clean so if you are interested in listening to old 90’s songs then this speaker will be a perfect choice.

Smart Features

This speaker has built-in Google assistant integration and can be paired with the Google Home app for controlling all your smart devices using voice commands. To do that, make sure all the devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. 

The microphones inside this speaker are sensitive enough to recognize your voice even from a distance. You can ask the speaker to play music, get information on the weather, or news updates.

This smart speaker features Bluetooth v5.0 connectivity. You can connect your smartphone to the speaker and play songs just as you would do on a regular Bluetooth speaker.

Verdict

Marshall Acton 2 is an expensive retro smart speaker that will be an excellent gift for your parents or if you have a tinge for antique-looking items in your home. 

The sound quality from this speaker is excellent and the overall performance is very much inspiring for its premium price tag.

Specifications

Warranty1 Year
Mic Mute ButtonYes
Audio Output PortYes

ALSO READ: Best Smart Speakers Under Rs.5,000

2. Echo Studio

Echo Studio

Runner-up Pick

  • Smart assistant “Alexa”
  • 360-degree surround sound
  • 1-Year warranty
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Pros

3.5mm audio output

Microphone on/off button

RGB LED light

Cons

Hefty

Echo smart speaker lineup from Amazon is one of the fierce rivals to the Google Nest and Home series smart speakers.

The Echo Studio is a premium smart speaker with Alexa integration, retailing in the Indian market for just Rs.22,999.

Design and Build Quality

The Echo Studio features a cylindrical drum shaped chassis with fabric-covered texture all around. 

Towards the lower portion of this smart speaker, there is a horizontal cut along with the chassis that makes the speaker look unique. This cut is the vent for audio propagation.

In terms of connectivity options, the Echo Studio has a power port, a micro USB port and a 3.5mm aux port. 

Weighing 3.86Kg, this smart speaker is heavy and is ideal for stationary usage at home or the office. 

Sound Quality

The Echo studio has a complex setup of speakers and tweeters inside that gives you a 360-degree immersive sound experience.

It has a one large 5.25-inch (134mm) downward-firing woofer, a 2-inch (50mm) upward-firing mid-range speaker, and in between these two, there are 2-inch left-firing mid-range speakers and a 1-inch (25mm) forward-firing tweeter.

The sound is loud enough for a small to the medium-sized room and if you organize a small party at your house then using this speaker will spice up the scene for sure.

The audio quality is crisp and clear and the bassheads will love it too as the bass from this smart speaker is deep and sounds natural.

Smart Features

To use this speaker smart features you need to configure it to the Amazon Alexa application which is a very easy process.

The speaker works excellent with Zigbee accessories – a brand that manufactures smart home accessories at an affordable price.

However, if you have a smart bulb from another brand it will still work as long as it is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as a smart speaker.

Let your voice do the job after all we are talking about smart speakers here. You can ask various questions and commands Alexa.

The cloud computing-based smart assistant will adapt your routine use and will improve to better levels over some time to deliver the best smart home experience.

Verdict

So, is the Echo Studio worth paying Rs.19,999?

The answer is “Yes”.

It has a premium and robust build and delivers a 360-degree surround sound output.

Specifications

Warranty1 Year
Mic Mute ButtonYes
Audio Output PortYes

3. Apple Homepod

Apple Homepod

Best Apple Smart Speaker

  • Premium sound quality
  • Elegant and sleek design
  • Six microphones inside
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Pros

Touch-sensitive buttons

Brand reliability

1-Year warranty

Cons

Limited smart features

The US-based company Apple is a well-known brand for its premium smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

The Apple Homepod is a smart speaker that works well with the other products in the Apple ecosystem and currently retails in the Indian market for Rs.19,990.

Design and Build Quality

The Homepod has premium build quality without a doubt and the 3D fabric material on the speaker gives it a peculiar look.

This smart speaker has touch-sensitive volume adjustment buttons and a glowing RGB LED light under the plate.

The Homepod has no external ports or microphone on/off switch. Unlike other speakers, you can’t detach the plug connected to the speaker as it is fixed on board.

Inside this smart speaker, six microphones can hear sound across the room.

Sound Quality

The Apple Homepod sounds amazing and no other speakers on the list can match its sound quality.

This smart speaker has a single large upward-firing woofer and below it, seven beamforming tweeters provide a 360-degree surround sound experience.

The speaker provides the excellent sound output and is good for a medium-sized room. Also, even at 100% volume, there is no distortion of any kind whatsoever.

Whether you are an acoustic song addict or bass head, this speaker will please every person’s ears with its pleasing sound quality.

Smart Feature

The Siri voice assistant can recognize your voice from near but if someone (other than you) says “Hey Siri” from a far distance, the speaker will get activated so it is bad at voice recognition.

You can ask Siri basic questions and queries and it will revert with the answer but when it comes to smart home this device, Apple is not even near to the Google smart speaker or Amazon Alexa.

The music voice command works fine with Apple Music, but issues arise if you use Spotify or any other streaming service. For example, if you use Spotify it can’t play songs on your command but it can change tracks if you ask.

Verdict

For someone who has heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem already, the Homepod is a good choice as a smart speaker to control every other device. 

Specifications

Warranty1 Year
Mic Mute ButtonNo
Audio Output PortNo

4. Sonos One Gen 2

Sonos One Gen 2

Value for Money Smart Speaker

  • Balanced sound output
  • Robust build quality
  • Built-in voice assistant – Alexa
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Pros

Capacitive touch buttons

RJ-45 LAN port

Dedicated microphone on/off button

Cons

Expensive

Sonos is an American audio equipment manufacturer known for its speakers and related accessories. 

The Sonos One Gen 2 is an amazing smart speaker with a built-in Alexa assistant, priced at Rs.21,999.

Design and Build Quality

The Sonos One Gen 2 has a square shape design with a rounded corner and one we listed here has a white paint job that looks minimal and aesthetically pleasing.

This speaker has a large metal grill all around sandwiched between the plastic frame chassis. The plastic components used in the construction of this speaker is of high quality and has a touch-sensitive pad on top.

The dual four dots around the play/pause button are for volume up and down and to skip the tracks forward or backwards you need to swipe on the top surface. You can swipe right to forward the track and left for the backward similar to that of a trackpad on a laptop.

The microphone button is touch-sensitive as well so if you don’t want the voice assistant to listen to your voice just tap on it.

Just below the setup button in the rear, there is also an ethernet port for the wired connection.

 Sound Quality

The Sonos One Gen 2 includes a dual class-D digital amplifier, a mid-woofer, and a single tweeter.

Talking about its sound quality -this speaker delivers crystal clear vocal and mids. The bass is punchy and clean but not deep enough for the liking of bassheads.

The loudness from this smart speaker is enough to fill a medium-sized room but at maximum volume, the audio gets a little distorted so keeping the volume at 80% or low is preferred.

Setup the speaker

To set up the speaker you need to download two applications as follows:

  1. Sonos app
  2. Amazon Alexa

These applications are available in the Playstore and Appstore.

The process is quite simple. Download the Sonos app and it will show you the instructions to follow and after 3 to 4 click it will ask you to click on the “Infinity” button to pair the device and afterwards, it will take some time (somewhere around 10 to 15 minutes or more) to get ready.

Sonos app has multiple streaming services available in their app. A slight disadvantage is that you have to select each app and need to enable them one by one but it will be fine if you just use one.

Smart Feature

Since this smart speaker has Alexa built-in, you need to pair the speaker with the Amazon Alexa which is a piece of cake to do.

You can ask Alexa to control your other smart device just to make sure they are all on the same Wi-Fi.

Alexa is one of the best voice assistants out there and you can play with it in your free time.

This speaker from Sonos with built-in voice assistant Alexa can do all things that an Echo Dot can do.

Verdict

The Sonos One Gen2 is a premium smart speaker with decent sound output quality and a deeper smart home integration capability, thanks to the Amazon Alexa integration.

Specifications

Warranty1 Year
Mic Mute Button
Audio Output PortNo

ALSO READ: Best Smart Speakers Under Rs.10,000

5. Google Nest Audio

Google Nest Audio

Affordable Smart Speaker

  • Excellent sound quality
  • Robust build quality
  • Capacitive touch controls
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Pros

Dedicated microphone on/off switch

Easy set up in Google Home app

Dual pairing mode for surround sound 

Cons

Bulky form factor

Google smart speakers are very popular amongst Youtube tech gurus and people who follow the latest tech trends.

Google Nest audio is the bigger version of Nest Mini with a larger speaker driver inside and priced at Rs.5,999 in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

This rectangular-shaped speaker with rounded edges is relatively bulky but rests comfortably on a flat surface.

The textured fabric covering around the chassis gives it a premium look and feel. Weighing at 1.2Kg, the device feels heavy but is nothing like a deal-breaker as it is a smart home accessory and not a portable Bluetooth speaker.

At the front, hidden inside the fabric grill are the four signature Google coloured LEDs that lights up while the speaker is in active use. 

As there are no buttons, the volume control is done via tap gestures. You can tap the top left side of the speaker to decrease the volume and the top right corner to increase the volume. 

There is a dedicated microphone privacy switch at the rear that can be used to cut off the microphone when needed. 

Speaker and Sound Quality

The Google Nest Audio features a large 75mm woofer and 19mm tweeter inside. Before digging into the sound quality we want to tell you that it does not provide 360-degree sound as these speakers are front-facing, towards the listener. 

Now the sound quality, if you ask us to explain in a single word it will be “Marvelous”.

The vocal sounds clear and the vibrant bass of this speaker cannot be compared to any other smart speaker in its price segment. 

This smart speaker delivers loud sound output, enough to fill a medium-sized room and even at high volumes, the sound does not get muddy at all.

If you have two nest audio products in the house you can pair them with each other for a stereo surround sound output. 

Smart Feature

The Nest Audio has 3 far-field microphones that are sensitive enough to pick your sound from a distance. 

The device needs to be configured with the Google Home app to use it with your account and the process is quite simple.

You can do the most basic tasks like making a shopping list, setting an alarm, and operating a smart bulb and TV.

Verdict

The Google Nest Audio is undoubtedly the best-sounding smart speaker available at a budget under Rs.10,000.

The voice commands work well and the speaker is quite responsive when it comes to answering your queries.

Specifications

Warranty1 Year
Mic Mute ButtonYes
Audio Output PortNo

6. Zebronics Zeb-Smart Bot

Zebronics Zeb-Smart Bot

Versatile Smart Speaker

  • Built-in IR blaster sensor
  • RGB LED light
  • Alexa integration
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Pros

Dual far-field microphone

Lightweight and portable

Function buttons at the top

Cons

Hard to set up initially

Zebronics is an Indian brand that manufactures audio equipment, desktop accessories, gadgets for gamers, and much more.

The Zebronics Zeb-Smart Bot is yet another affordable smart speaker available for purchase in the Indian market for just Rs.3,699.

Design and Build Quality

The Zebronics Zeb-Smart uses high-quality plastic materials for its construction and that reflects well in the overall fit and finish of the product. 

Weighing at just 388g, this smart speaker from Zebronics is portable and easy to carry around. 

This device has an IR blaster sensor that can control TV, AC, and projector, we will later explain to you in detail how to set it up.

Moving towards the top surface, there are dual microphones and dedicated tactile buttons for volume control, song play/pause and microphone on/off button.

In the center, there is an action button that is surrounded by an RGB LED light that glows while in use.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The Zebronics Zeb-Smart has a 38.1mm speaker driver with an output power of 5W which is loud enough to fill a small-sized room.

The audio output is good from this smart speaker but the sound gets muddy if the volume levels increase above 80%.

Miscellaneous 

There are things we need to explain because configuring this smart speaker is a little tricky.

Configuration Setup of Zebronics Zeb-Smart Bot:

To set up the Zebronics Zeb-Smart Bot you required two applications:

  1. ZEB Home
  2. Amazon Alexa.

First, go to the ZEB Home app and create an account, and login into the app.

Now go to the Amazon Alexa app > click on More > tap on the “Skill and Games” option > click on the “Search” icon and type “Zebronic Home”.

Once you find it click on the “Enable To Use” button after this it will ask you to connect your Zebronic account. Sign in with your Zebronics account, it will take less than 5 minutes to set up.

After the above steps are done you need to reopen the ZEB Home app and add the “Smart Speaker” by clicking on the “Add Device” button and then you’ll see the option for smart speakers.

Then the app will detect the device and you need to set up it with your WiFi, which is very easy.

At last, it will show you a window where you need to sign in with your Amazon account.

Congratulations, you’ve done it successfully.

Smart Features

After successfully setting up your smart speaker it’s time to explore its features.

You can add Alexa in front of your every sentence to make this device work but the real innovation here is that IR blaster sensor which can turn your non-advanced TV or AC into a smart device.

Use the ZEB Home app to use this IR facility. Also, to get the benefits of IR blaster make sure the device has no obstacle in between.

You can add a TV and AC remote from the ZEB Home apps and to do the device on/off just say, “Alexa, turn off the TV” and it triggers the IR blaster sensor to make the work done. You can also pair it with Bluetooth but make sure the device has a power supply on.

Verdict

We are impressed with Zebronics how they implemented the combination of Alexa and IR blaster together to provide an excellent experience to the user.

For its asking price of Rs.3,699, this smart speaker from Zebronics is delightful to have.

Specifications

Warranty1 Year
Mic Mute ButtonYes
Audio Output PortNo

7. Echo Dot (4th Gen)

Echo Dot (4th Gen)

Best Budget Smart Speaker

  • Cloud-based voice assistant – Alexa
  • Premium design and build quality
  • LED clock display
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Pros

Bright blue coloured ring light

3.5mm audio output

1-Year warranty

Cons

Bass levels are average

The Amazon Echo series smart speakers are the company’s direct rival to the Nest and Home series smart speakers from Google. 

The fourth-generation Echo Dot is one of the affordable smart speakers in the Echo lineup that retails for a budget under Rs.5,000 in India. 

Design and Build Quality

The spherical ball design of this smart home assistant is unique and makes it the centrepiece of attraction with the glowing LED illumination ring around it. 

This smart speaker had a hidden LED clock that not only display the time but also the timer, alarm clock and even the outside temperature.

At the top side of the speaker, there are volume up/down buttons, a microphone on/off button, and one action button.

Talking about the connectivity ports, this device sports a regular power supply port along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. 

As we mentioned earlier, this smart speaker has a blue light ring provided at the bottom side, which glows when you plug in the power cable.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The Echo Dot 4th generation has one speaker and two small tweeters inside that produce a loud and clear sound output.

The sound quality is crisp and loud enough to fill a small to medium-sized room. Don’t expect too much deep bass from this tiny speaker though. 

If your primary aim is to listen to music in its full glory, we’d suggest you go for a full-fledged Bluetooth speaker instead of this smart speaker from Amazon. 

Features

Primarily this is a smart home speaker so there’s more than just listening to songs.

Alexa, is the brain of the Echo Dot and since it is a cloud-based technology it will improve over some time and as you use it more it will adapt your usage and offers you the best experience.

Setting Echo Dot is an easy process and if you have trouble setting it up just follow the below instructions.

  • Plugin the adapter with the Echo Dot 
  • Download the Alexa app from Playstore (If using Android) or App store (For Apple)
  • Select your model
  • Connect the device to your Wi-Fi 
  • Select where is the Alexa located (e.g. bedroom, kitchen, main hall, etc.)

That’s all, you’re ready to go.

Also, if you don’t want to use the mic while going outside or to prevent someone in your house from using Echo Dot just click on the mic button given at the top.

Verdict

The Echo Dot 4th generation from Amazon is a fantastic smart home speaker with great abilities and is priced at just Rs.4,499.

Specifications

Warranty1 Year
Mic Mute ButtonYes
Audio Output PortYes

8. Lenovo Smart Clock 

Lenovo Smart Clock

Honorable Mention

  • High-quality design and build
  • USB Type-A port for charging
  • Responsive Google voice assistant
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Pros

Touchscreen IPS display

Easy to set up and use

Various type of clock styles

Cons

No adaptive brightness

Lenovo is a Chinese multinational technology company that has a wide user base here in India and is mostly known for its affordable laptops.

This is yet another Lenovo Smart Clock with Google assistant that is priced at Rs.3,398, if you wish to have an Essential model but are not able to get it because of budget then this will be the perfect alternative.

Design and Build Quality

The device has a nice fabric design that fits well within Google’s other speaker product.

On top of the smart clock, there are plus and minus buttons to adjust volume levels. The microphone for the google assistant is right above the screen top.

At the back, you’ll find a power jack, mute switch, and a USB Type-A port to plug in your smartphone or smartwatch to charge them.

Display

The Lenovo Smart Clock features a 4-inch IPS touch panel with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.

It has four pre-rolled tabs and you can swipe on the screen to see tabs one by one. These tabs consist of time, alarm clock setup, music tab, and a calendar.

The display is bright enough for indoor use and since this is a gadget for indoor use only the outdoor usability is out of the question.

There is one issue with the display though – it does not have adaptive brightness like the premium Essential model and if you plan to put this right next to your bed then make sure to ask google to turn off the screen.

Additional Features

You can change clock faces by just tap and hold action on the display clock and it will show you a bunch of clock styles and you can choose from.

Our best liking is the one with the photo where you can select a photo of your own, make sure to sync your photo library to google photos to get one.

You can set a family photo and it will show time and photo on the display which will increase the shine of your interior.

You can list this device in the Google Home application and operate your other smart devices with voice commands.

Speaker Quality

The speaker inside this smart speaker sounds loud and clear but lacks bass when compared with the Google Nest mini. But if you love hearing audiobooks, podcasts and radios then this speaker will be perfect for you as the vocal output is impressive.

Verdict

The Lenovo Smart Clock is an affordable option compared to the expensive Essential model.

Excluding some minor exceptions, this smart speaker is an excellent investment for its asking price of just Rs.3,318.

Specifications

Warranty1 Year
Mic Mute ButtonYes
Audio Output PortNo

This concludes our curated buying list for the best eight smart speakers available for purchase in the Indian market. 

If you have any suggestions or queries regarding this article, let us know in the comments section below and we will get back to you ASAP. 

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