Competing Google Assistant and Alexa-powered nightstand assistants are on sale today.
While I’m reluctant to bring the stylish Echo Spot into our bedroom, given its video conferencing camera, the full-color 2.5″ touchscreen is a source of frequent temptation. And, at a discounted $99, available in white or black, it’s not a bad deal for what is provides – including live video streamed from Ring, Arlo, and Wyze. In fact, you can bundle the Spot with a Wyze cam for a mere $5 more. Score?
On the other end of the spectrum is the Insignia Smart Speaker, powered by Google. Matching it’s all-time low pricing of $20, there’s really no reason not to grab one… or more. I say this as an owner of two, purchased at higher prices, as sometimes all you really need is a clock appended to a small speaker. And if you’re not comfortable with an always-listening mic in your bedroom, turn them off using its physical button and schedule alarms from the Google Assistant app or use the Insignia as a decent-enough Bluetooth speaker.