Integrating your smart TV with Google Home sounds like something out of a futuristic movie, but it’s now a standard set-up for many people around the world.
If you are considering integrating Google Home with your TV, you need to get a compatible smart TV for seamless interaction.
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Criteria for the Selection
When choosing a smart TV that is compatible with Google Home, there is only one thing to look at: it must have Google Assistant.
What is Google Assistant?
Google Assistant is the system that will allow Google Home to execute commands for you.
You can think of Google Assistant as the “person” who will do the command, but it must have a set of “ears” to hear what you want it to do. Google Home serves as those ears for your Google Assistant system.
Thus, for Google Home to work with the smart TV, it must have Google Assistant on board.
Our Top Pick: Samsung Q900 QLED
The Samsung Q900 QLED smart TV comes out as the winner in this selection. It is usually in the ballpark of $2,500.
First off, there are no known issues with regards to setting up the Q900 with Google Home.
This smart TV comes with an 8k resolution, which is relatively new on the market.
While 4k is still the benchmark for smart TVs, this Q900 is ahead of the curve with 8k resolution, and you’ll be sitting pretty when 8k resolutions become the standard in resolution quality.
Now, what else do you get with the Q900?
- As you can tell by its name alone, you get a QLED display that provides crisp images.
- The upscaling to 8k on the Q900 is also remarkable and offers excellent picture quality.
- Viewing angles are decent, although it could be better since there’s a little distortion when viewed from the side.
- Motion handling is superb, which makes it great for watching sporting events.
- If you plan to make this a gaming screen or an extension of your computer monitor, the Q900 has a low lag, and its response time is almost instantaneous.
The downside is that the possibility of a “dirty screen effect” has been reported.
The Q900 comes in 55, 65, 75, and 82-inch models.
The Budget Pick: Sony X950G
The Sony X950G is a good, lower-priced option for smart TVs that work with Google Home.
The integration with Google Home is seamless, which makes sense considering that the X950G runs on Android, another system owned by Google.
Under the hood, the X950G has some great features:
- An astonishing 4k resolution.
- A high-contrast ratio and full-array local dimming support that works well in dark rooms.
- The X950G also has remarkable brightness, thanks to its HDR. You can expect good highlights with this smart TV.
- Motion handling is great, and it has an almost instant response time. Extremely fast movements may leave slight trails, but the image will still be crisp.
- If you are into games, the input lag is quite low, making the X950G an ideal gaming screen.
The weakness of the X950G, though, is its viewing angles. Since it uses a VA panel, viewing from the side will result in lesser viewing quality.
The X950G comes in 55, 65, 75, and 85-inch models.
The Vizio OLED could have been the budget pick, but Sony just slightly beat it in pricing.
This is a well-priced smart TV with an OLED display and lots to offer:
- The Vizio OLED gives stunning color quality, including quite deep blacks, and it comes with Dolby Vision HDR.
- Viewing angles are remarkable, so wide-seating won’t be a problem.
- Under the hood, the Vizio OLED uses IQ Ultra Processor to deliver world-class picture quality for 4K upscaling and HDMI 2.1 connection.
- If you are a gamer, you will also love this smart TV, as it comes with a 120 Hz refresh rate and smooth graphics with minimal tearing.
- Since this is a Vizio, it utilizes the cloud-based SmartCast system, which features less maintenance as everything is in the cloud.
For the downside, since it’s an OLED, you may have burn-in issues with your screen, which is a problem with all OLED screens.
Hooking up the Vizio OLED to Google Home is relatively easy and shouldn’t cause any issues. Google Home responded well when used to turn up the volume and launch apps.
If you think this Vizio OLED TV is too much for your budget, don’t fret. Vizio has updated its Smartcast system on its other smart TVs, so even if you don’t get one with the Vizio OLED, you can still use Google Home with a Vizio smart TV, as long as it has Google Assistant.
The Vizio OLED was chosen for this comparison because it is the best in its class and can go head-to-head with other smart TVs with remarkable display systems.
The Vizio OLED comes in 55 and 65-inch models.
LG C9 OLED
The LG C9 could have been the winner among the selections here.
But its weakest point is its Google Home integration.
While it can work with your Google Home, the C9 has regional issues that users have pointed out.
The fix here is to adjust your regional settings so that Google Home and the Assistant can communicate with each other.
Once this issue is sorted, the C9 is a great pick.
Let’s take a look at what you are getting with this smart TV.
- The C9 performs well in dark rooms, thanks to its black uniformity.
- It comes with an OLED display, which, of course, brings better colors and detail to pictures.
- It also comes with automatic brightness levels, which adapt to the content on screen.
- Response time is great, and movement is fluid without any tearing. It also makes a great gaming monitor.
The downside is the OLED and automatic brightness. OLED screens are prone to burn-in, which is the trade-off for crisp images. The automatic brightness can also be annoying to some people, but it depends on your preference.
The C9 comes in 55, 65, and 77-inch models.
How Much Should You Spend on a Smart TV that Is Compatible with Google Home?
The good thing is, Google Assistant is an almost-default feature now in smart TVs.
When buying a Google Home compatible smart TV, it would be prudent to spend around $1,000 to $3,000.
But don’t think the other units are overpriced. Smart TVs priced above this range have more features, which many viewers can live without, but other viewers crave.
Now, if you already have a smart TV without Google Assistant, you can consider buying a Chromecast, which gives you the functions of Google Assistant but will have some limitations.