Chromecast (or Google Cast) has been a hit ever since it launched but I’m sure you’ll agree that searching for the best speakers with Google Cast built-in is a pain!
Google Cast speakers are basically speakers that have chromecast audio built-in and a great option for those looking to enter the world of wireless, multiroom music streaming.
- Also read: Best Speakers for Chromecast Audio
Here’s a bit of a background info around the history of Google Cast & Chromecast audio, if you’d like to to jump straight to the products click the link below!
Google Cast & Chromecast Audio
There are two ways to get the Google cast experience: either buy speakers with Google Cast built-in, or add Chromecast Audio to the speakers yourself.
Having built-in Google Cast saves you the hassle of purchasing a Chromecast Audio plug in, but regardless of which route you go with to get Chromecast set up, the outcome is still the same.
So, what is the difference between Google Cast and Chromecast?
Essentially, Google Cast is the software in which the device in question can play audio through, and Chromecast is a piece of hardware (a device) that allows audio to play through devices that wouldn’t otherwise have Google Cast capabilities.
Google Cast VS. SONOS
Google Cast is set to rival Sonos, but which is really better?
Both Google cast and Sonos allow their users to play music in various different rooms in their home.
However, Google Cast has one up one Sonos with its ability to connect with a handful of different speaker manufacturers’ products.
Being able to connect to so many products means that Google Cast not only gives buyers a wide variety of speakers to choose from, but it also gives audio services an incentive to make their service compatible with Google Cast.
Google Cast VS. Apple Airplay
Google Cast versus Apple Airplay is a matter of opinion and preference, just as Google Cast versus Sonos is.
Apple Airplay was around before Google Cast was even though of- as far back as 2011, to be exact.
This, to Apple’s credit gave the service a bit of a magic feel. However, with Apple Airplay and Google Cast fighting for space in today’s market, it isn’t so easy to tell which service is best.
Airplay only works with Apple’s devices, while Google Cast is set up to work with a variety of devices from an array of manufacturers, including Apple’s products.
When it comes to full screen mirroring, Airplay did it best for a long time and is arguably still a lot better in terms of quality although this is an area Google Google cast swooped in and created a similar feature, though, and has been in the lead ever since.
Of the speakers that are Google Cast enabled, there are the best and there are the worst. To save you the detective work of finding the best, here is a list of 5 of the best.
The Sony SRSZR5 is a cheap option for audio casting, but it’s also one of the best.
The speakers are sleek and compact, as well as sturdy and resilient against bumps and falls. With them, you can enjoy music in various rooms across the house at the same time.
They can also be transformed into surround sound with the help of sound bars.
These fun speakers sell for a bit over $100.
- Ability to access and control music through SongPal app
- Audio playback via USB cord
- Poor pairing with Sony receivers
- Not waterproof
Coming in second on our under $200 section, are the Vizio SmartCast Crave 360 speakers.
The speakers allow users to be streaming music throughout the house without disruption even when there is a call or text on the smartphone that the speakers are paired with.
This means that users can surf the web, play games, and chat with friends while listening to their streaming music.
The speakers are small and modern in appearance, and can be placed nearly anywhere.
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Multi-room pairing
- Small and modern
- Tedious to set up
- Occasionally disconnects from Wi-fi
The LG Music Flow NP8340 is from the popular television and smartphone brand LG Electronics.
Like its other products, the LG Music Flow speakers are durable and reliable. The speakers are compatible with Google Cast, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Rhapsody, Tune In, and Pandora.
They connect to smartphones through wi-fi and allow users to stream music in multiple rooms in their home.
- Ability to connect to a variety of services
- Seamless syncing
- Good sound quality
- Tough set up
- Some users have reported the speakers disconnecting from sound bars
Best Google Cast Enabled Speakers Over $200/£200
The Sony SRSZR7 is the Sony option that is over $200. Although it’s most expensive, this set of speakers is worth the money as they have great reviews from buyers.
Like the under $200 Sony option, they are small and fit easily into most homes.
They work on wi-fi and Bluetooth, and are compatible with Google Cast. They can be converted into surround sound with the help of sound bars.
- Compatible with SongPal app
- Speakers can be programmed to automatically turn on when the paired device does
- Great sound quality and connectivity
- HDMI ARC support
- Speakers turn off on their own after a certain period of time
- TV conversations are not always clear
The Vizio SmartCast Crave Pro is a step up from the cheaper Vizio product on this list.
It works just as well, but has a few added features and has been improved.
It offers users multi-room use and pairing, and enables them to cast from the Vizio SmartCast app or from Google Chromecast. It can be used with Bluetooth and wi-fi.
- Boosted acoustics
- High volume
- Multi-room capability
- Strong bass
- Lacks direct input
The Best Speaker with Google Cast: Google Home
Google Home is perhaps the best speaker to use for Chromecast audio, as its made especially for the service and by the same developers. Users can use it by simply plugging it into the wall, and then hear the streaming music through wireless microphones.
The speakers can answer questions, play music, and control some of your home devices. It also has LED lights that flash and dance to let users know that it’s working properly, and is customizable as users can change the outer shell to match their home décor.
The Google Home device is already out in the US and UK, and will send Amazon Echo on a run for its money.