When it comes to your home technology, most people think about the clarity of their screens, wireless networks, and the accessibility of their devices. So for some, a smart home speaker is just another convenient, but a wonderful accessory to add to their home automation list. However, these devices are so much more than an accessory.
Smart speakers are essential for streaming music around your home, so you can entertain friends and family, and are the cooking assistant you often need in the kitchen. Digital assistants are incredible gadgets that come in handy, no matter the occasion. For more information check out What You Need to Know About Smart Speakers, before you buy the perfect model for your home.
But, a smart home speaker isn’t something you place randomly in your house. In order to fully use and connect to this smart home device, it’s important to find the right location for it. That’s why we’re here to advise you where to place your smart home speakers – and where you should avoid placing these helpful devices.
Why Does Smart Speaker Location Matter?
Smart speakers, otherwise known as smart home hubs and voice assistants, are designed to bring efficiency and entertainment together. Traditional smart home speakers are devices like Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Smart Home, and Apple’s Homepod. These wireless speakers are controlled through your wifi network, and can be accessed through voice commands, or on their respective Alexa app, Google Home app, or other software application, which can be found on your phone.
Now, because these smart devices are primarily accessed through voice command, placing them in the right location matters more than it would if it was an average at-home speaker. When you go to play music or say ‘Hey Google,’ it’s less than ideal if you’re trying to access your device and it can’t even hear you because of its location. There is no mute button on your speakers – only improper speaker location, which makes them less ‘intelligent’ in the long run.
Where to Install Your Smart Speakers
Once you pick the perfect smart speaker platform for your home, whether that’s through Amazon or Google, it’s time to install your smart speakers.
The ideal placement for a smart speaker in the center of a room. While that might not be ideal – or particularly stylish – hear us out first. The way smart speakers can hear your commands is through their microphones. If you place a speaker against a wall, or in a corner, where it’s out of sight and out of mind, chances are you’re not going to have the smartest home speaker, which means it won’t do what you asked the first or the fifth time.
Placing your speaker in the center of a room, table, or countertop, will give it the ability to hear your voice from the start. You’ll never experience delays, and your smart home device will answer, ask, and play anything you desire. However, dealing with chords can be a hassle, so make sure it’s placed somewhere that can conceal those obscurities with ease.
If you don’t love the idea of placing a smart home hub in the middle of a room, mounting it to your wall is another great option. This is perfect for the Amazon Echo dot, or Google Mini home, which are much smaller than traditional smart home speakers. It will still be able to pick up any requests you make, but it won’t be sitting out in the middle of a room.
Where to Avoid Placing Smart Speakers
Smart home speakers are supposed to be smart enough to assist you – whether it’s just playing your saved apple music, or keeping track of your kitchen timers, those little things make all the difference. So if you happen to place your speaker in the wrong location, it’s not going to be able to pick up your requests or play your music, which is very frustrating.
It’s best to keep your smart speaker away from other speakers, and windows, so it can pick up your voice when you need it to. While it’s ideal to connect your device to another multi-room speaker, like a Sonos or soundbar, your assistant won’t be able to hear your commands while you’re playing music right next to its microphones.
Also, if you place your speaker too close to a window, it can pick up external sounds and noises that might distract it from its primary goal. Be smart about your speaker location, so it doesn’t pick up the background noise. Additionally, if you have to place your speaker near a wall, be sure to keep it at least 8-12 inches away, so it can pick up more audio than it would have previously.