The 5 ways we are using smart speakers

At home over the last couple of years we have had an influx of smart speakers into our lives, we arguably came to the party a little late that many others but since we first got started with them, we haven’t looked back. The range of speakers has, of course, changed over the years, but we have used both Google and Amazon in our house and they have developed in being part of our lives.

I’ve been around technology for many years both in my work and home life, so our natural progression towards these were obvious, however, it didn’t hit a grove until we placed one in the kitchen, we opted for Amazon Echo 2nd/3rd Gen at the time, Boo especially was very cautious about how we actually use it, what were the benefits etc, we were already prime members and had been using an old school DAB radio in the kitchen.

So as we started to use the various interactions we realised the benefits of having them, this then developed into other uses around the house, so much so that a smart speaker is now in 5 of our rooms in various different ways, I even added it to my Sonos Beam surround system, below is 5 different ways that we use the Smart speakers


Part of our Amazon Prime we have the Amazon Music service, Boo and I are music fans and often have music being played in the back round for many years, Roo is also a huge music fan (though she listens to more modern-day stuff), so she also loves listening to music while doing stuff, like baking and cooking, much like we do. You can see how radio, Spotify, Apple, Amazon and others have adapted to these as there now often advertised with whatever there doing, you can attach things like the music services to your Smart device like Google Mini, and for us the option to play almost any song we want and could remember is fantastic.


Some people use to shop, we have done very little with Smart speaker though I understand why and how people would use it, items that we have bought through via Amazon Prime will be notified on the speaker and let us know when it’s being delivered etc, which can be useful things.
Xmas FunSomething the kids really enjoyed was the interaction of asking “how many days till Xmas” to Alexa, and she would respond, but there would also be a message from Santa! which for kids is amazing! Piglet especially loved this, and just before school, we would ask every day in December.

Jokes and crazyiness

Carrying on the fun theme, Boo, Tigger, Roo and Piglet all like interacting with the smart speakers in a funny way, so Jokes would often get asked, these can be funny and silly, and then there are the Fart noises, the amount of times they ave asked for some fart noises is ridiculous but that’s because they love it, and sometimes it’s nice to be a bit silly.


As ever with any smart device you can ask for info, much like Google, and other search engines, I actually often use it for weather forecasts and results in sport etc, in the kitchen, I will ask for a Recipe or a question about times with Baking and cooking etc, these can be very useful and if your busy but you need the info it’s excellent, both Roo and we now use the alarm function and reminder function, these can be great for Alarms in the morning but also reminders while we are cooking, they have become and a big part of our lives.


So for us, they have slowly become a part of our lives, with them being used daily, and several times in that day, as the technology advances across the various companies I can only see them being more into our lives, for me, Google and Amazon still set the standard with these, I realise some people don’t like them, are hesitant to have them, that’s fine, but for us we like them, is there anything that we are missing with them? its tips that you use them for that we don’t know about?

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  • Reply Priscilla Stubbs

    No I don’t have a smart speaker but would love one, I am sure they are so useful

    3 June 2020 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Julie F

    No unfortunately I dont have one

    3 June 2020 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Isabell Whitenstall

    I don’t have a smart speaker, but I would love one.

    3 June 2020 at 10:44 am
    • Reply Sara Owen

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      9 June 2020 at 8:46 pm
    • Reply Dave C

      No I don’t have a smart speak, sadly. But I would like one as they seem like great fun.

      14 June 2020 at 10:00 pm
      • Reply Paul Ballantine

        I dont have one but I’ll be looking into getting one

        28 June 2020 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Lynne Durkin

    No we don’t have one but i’m curious to see how they work

    3 June 2020 at 12:04 pm

    would love one!

    3 June 2020 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Michael


    3 June 2020 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Sandra Siddall

    I don’t have a smart speaker but if I could afford one I would definitely buy the Google Nest Mini and I would use it in my kitchen whilst I am cooking and baking.

    3 June 2020 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Laura Pritchard

    We don’t have one, but would love to!

    3 June 2020 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Lisa Wilkinson

    No we haven’t got one

    3 June 2020 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply ellie spider

    I dont have one yet – I have an amazon fire stick that i speak to when I want to watch something lol

    3 June 2020 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Ruth Harwood

    We don’t have one yet, we’d love to win one as we’re not in a position to buy one xx

    4 June 2020 at 6:42 am
  • Reply Christine Purcell

    Wanted one of these for ages, but unfortunately it is bear the bottom of my ‘need’ list.

    4 June 2020 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Andrew Ricketts

    I don’t have one but it would certainly get used if I did.

    4 June 2020 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Karen Usher

    We have one in the lounge room, I use it to play music and ask silly questions!!! We would love one upstairs for my sons bedroom, he wants it for his bday

    4 June 2020 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Marc H

    Nope, never owned one before. Very intrigued by them though.

    4 June 2020 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply Katie B

    We don’t own one, but I’ve wanted one for a while!

    4 June 2020 at 11:12 pm
  • Reply Sophie Roberts

    No I don’t but I’d love one!

    5 June 2020 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Alana Walker

    We don’t have one, so we would love one!

    5 June 2020 at 2:56 pm

    I don’t have a smart speaker but have heard about them from my friends

    5 June 2020 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Carolyn E

    I don’t have one, but I can think of lots of things I would use it for, Especially timing things in the kitchen

    5 June 2020 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply Charlotte isobelle

    I used our Alexa a lot as a timer

    6 June 2020 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Emma Walton

    I don’t have a smart speaker but I’d like one 🙂

    6 June 2020 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply Megan Kinsey

    We don’t have a smart speaker yet but have been wanting to try one for ages!

    7 June 2020 at 8:20 am
  • Reply angela Treadway

    no we dont but they look great! x

    7 June 2020 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Margaret Gallagher

    I dont have one – really are quite nifty

    7 June 2020 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Margaret Clarkson

    I don’t have one.

    7 June 2020 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Rachelle Barrett

    Would love to own one of these, thank you for the opportunity

    7 June 2020 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Angelique G

    I dont have one! can justify the purchase of one but would love to be able at some point!

    7 June 2020 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply Tracy Newton

    No we don’t have a smart speaker

    7 June 2020 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Michelle Smith

    No I don’t have a smart speaker but I would like one.

    7 June 2020 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply Caroline Tinsley

    I just have my phone and a bluetooth speaker. All my music is on Google so I’d love this!

    7 June 2020 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply Lyndsey cooksey

    No, I haven’t got a smart speaker but I would love one! I love my music and this would be perfect!

    7 June 2020 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Kay Broomfield

    I have an Alexa and I use it for all my reminders which is mostly Zoom lessons for my children throughout the week.

    7 June 2020 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Michele Turner

    Brilliant product, would love to try it.

    7 June 2020 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Gemma Massey

    Would love one

    7 June 2020 at 11:42 pm
  • Reply Emma Hussain

    No we don’t

    8 June 2020 at 5:59 am
  • Reply Helen Arlow

    We don’t have one yet x

    8 June 2020 at 6:38 am
  • Reply Janine Phillips

    I don’t have one yet x

    8 June 2020 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Laura banks

    i don’t have one yet

    8 June 2020 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Heather Haigh

    We have an Alexa which we mainly use for reminders

    8 June 2020 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Amanda9 tanner

    I dint have a smart speaker but would love one

    8 June 2020 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Gemma Hendry

    Yes we have a smart speaker and mainly use it for music

    8 June 2020 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Susan Willshee

    We have an Alexa and I ask her to set reminders for me all the time for different things. I also have my lamps plugged into a smart plug so I can ask her to turn the lights on. It’s quite funny when anyine on TV says ‘Alexa’ because she lights up and waits for us to ask her a question.

    8 June 2020 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply Karen Barrett

    No, I haven’t got one

    9 June 2020 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Ellen Stafford

    I don’t but I would love one!

    9 June 2020 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Kelly Wheelhouse

    I don’t own a smart speaker, but would really like to have one! I’d use it to listen to music on and to find out news and weather 🙂

    10 June 2020 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Jackie Dawson

    yeah i actually have a Google home and it’s completely changed my life, being disabled it has given me the freedom to control many things with my voice which has been amazing, and I love I can listen to music all day everyday on Spotify it’s an outstanding speaker, would love this prize so that I could have one in a different room

    11 June 2020 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Ana

    this would make a nice Father’s Day present, as hubby wanted one for ages

    11 June 2020 at 11:33 am
  • Reply justine meyer

    No i do not have one of these

    12 June 2020 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Jo m welsh

    No we don’t but I do think they look very good

    13 June 2020 at 6:21 pm
  • Reply Jules Eley

    I use my to remind me of things and to listen to the radio when I am cleaning and if I forget how to spell something..

    13 June 2020 at 8:25 pm
  • Reply Susan Smith

    No i dont own one, but heard all good reviews about them

    14 June 2020 at 8:50 am
  • Reply Sharon l Catterall

    ive always wanted one of these,they look really good,and it would be good to have help when me and my hubby have debates about things hahahahah

    15 June 2020 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Rich

    No we don’t have one of these …. yet.

    17 June 2020 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Lorna Ledger

    I don’t have one, but am intrigued! thanks for the chance

    17 June 2020 at 11:00 am
  • Reply joy Buckenham

    would love to win please

    17 June 2020 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Jodie Green

    we have alexa, usually used for music, recipes and the children use it as part of their education too

    17 June 2020 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply brenda heads

    I have a smart speaker in the kitchen and ‘cast’ BBC2 Sounds from my laptop. My son of course set it up. I would love another one for the conservatory.

    18 June 2020 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Alison Johnson

    I have one in the bedroom which I play calming sounds/music on to help me sleep.

    18 June 2020 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply Courtney Kemal

    I don’t have one but I’d love one!! I’ve followed you on Instagram , Twitter and Facebook as I’ve gone through your blog and love a lot of your posts! This is so nice! I’d love one with my name Courtney! Fantastic prize please count me in.. I’d be chuffed if I was chosen to be your winner! Thanks for the chance…Fingers crossed tightly!
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    19 June 2020 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Patricia

    I don’t have one but I would love to have one to give to my sister when she moves in with her boyfriend soon 🤞🏻

    19 June 2020 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Nick B

    Mainly for Spotify and the odd questions like the weather, or for radio

    20 June 2020 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply Tracy Burns

    We have Alexa but I’ve not tried google

    21 June 2020 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Susan B

    I am hoping the family will set one up for me soon.

    21 June 2020 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Richard R

    I don’t have a smart speaker yet

    21 June 2020 at 11:51 pm
  • Reply Gaynor Vincent

    Yes a google mini – i uses it in the kitchen for music, recipees and setting cooking timers – another pair of hands really – would love one for the dinning room to help with home schooling and spelling …

    22 June 2020 at 6:51 am
  • Reply Eileen Hindley

    No not at the moment 🙂

    22 June 2020 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Jodie W

    No, we dont have one. If i did i’d ask it all the random questions that come into my head!

    23 June 2020 at 9:45 am
  • Reply James Travis

    Not at the moment, but would love to have one

    23 June 2020 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Kelly Smith

    No but I’d love one ❤️

    24 June 2020 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Patricia Barrett

    No I don’t have a smart speaker but I would like to own one.

    25 June 2020 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Adrian Bold

    I do own an old one, but after the novelty wore off it doesn’t get used at all.

    26 June 2020 at 9:59 pm

    I have an echo dot and mostly use it for the radio

    27 June 2020 at 7:12 am
  • Reply Linda Ford

    We don’t have a smart speaker but if we did i would go ask it to play the songs i like!

    27 June 2020 at 7:51 am
  • Reply Emma England

    No I don’t have a smart speaker! No idea why because I think it would be very useful and helpful to have one.

    27 June 2020 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Lauren Reed

    I use mine to get me through cooking the dinner, it plays all my fave tunes I’d love one upstairs for relaxing nighttime music!

    27 June 2020 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Kim Neville

    We don’t have one but they look cool 🙂

    27 June 2020 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply charlotte wilde

    i got one for christmas and we are stil getting usd to it – mostly for music but sometimes for answeing things!

    27 June 2020 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Jenny Rogers

    I don’t have one yet, but I liked some of your ideas for using them – particularly setting alarms for baking times.

    27 June 2020 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Tim Woolfenden

    use an Alexa , as a radio , and fact finder really , its very useful

    27 June 2020 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Alison

    No I don’t have one but they sound good

    27 June 2020 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Pauline Burroughs

    No we haven’t got one but it’s something that I’d love

    27 June 2020 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Helen

    We have an Echo Dot in the living room and use it for playing music mostly. Our children love asking it to tell them jokes and what certain words mean too!

    27 June 2020 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply Sheri Darby

    No I ha en’t got one, but I do want one

    27 June 2020 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Sarah Addey

    Would love one of these

    27 June 2020 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Thomas Perry

    We have an Alexa but she’s on her way out lol. I use her to listen to the radio, play songs from certain decades and she tells me the weather and jokes

    27 June 2020 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply Victoria Prince

    I don’t have a smart speaker. It’s one of those things I’ve always wanted but never quite seem to get round to purchasing!

    27 June 2020 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply lynn neal

    My daughter has one in her home and they ask it all kinds of questions and also play music so I think it would be very entertaining!!

    27 June 2020 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Patricia Avery

    I haven’t got a smart speaker……yet but its one of the things on my wishlist!

    27 June 2020 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply donna jones

    we havent got one lovely giveaway

    27 June 2020 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Edward Guerreiro

    I do not currently have a smart speaker. If I did have one, I would use it to control certain aspects of my home. Such as the lighting.

    27 June 2020 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Denise S

    good for listening to the news without having to have a radio station on

    28 June 2020 at 1:39 am
  • Reply tricia cowell

    I do not have one. This would be fabulous

    28 June 2020 at 6:26 am
  • Reply Geoff Hibbert

    No I don’t have one

    28 June 2020 at 6:58 am
  • Reply Amy Bondoc

    I don’t have a smart speaker but would love onne!

    28 June 2020 at 7:29 am
  • Reply Mark Whittaker

    No I don’t but have fun when I round at my brother , great for finding song titles from lyrics ,

    28 June 2020 at 7:37 am
  • Reply claire woods

    I don’t have one but my partner does. He uses it to ask questions.

    28 June 2020 at 7:52 am
  • Reply Guy N

    I’d really love to know how this stacks up against an Alexa. The one thing an Alexa doesn’t do particular well with is when you ask her something which requires looking up – I think the Google Mini (with obviously google behind it) would fare much better.

    28 June 2020 at 8:07 am
  • Reply Charlotte Wildman

    I would play music

    28 June 2020 at 8:22 am
  • Reply katherine s

    I don’t have a smart speaker, but would love one. I think it would be a great and simple way to introduce my parents into using technology at home.

    28 June 2020 at 8:34 am
  • Reply Carole Nott

    I dont have one but would love it

    28 June 2020 at 8:43 am
  • Reply John Mcgovern

    Just got a Smart Speaker, haven’t plugged it in yet. I am going to connect it to my new TV.

    28 June 2020 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Geri Gregg

    We don’t currently own any, so this would be a much welcomed treat!

    28 June 2020 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Deanie Gillies

    I don’t but have looking at getting one! They have so many useful functions!

    28 June 2020 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Elaine Shaw

    We don’t have a Smart speaker, but the kids have been asking for one, and it sounds like it would be a really fab addition to our home. I would site it in the kitchen, as it sounds perfect for saving shopping lists, cooking times, and for looking up recipes, and the weather and other info. I see that you can add to them so ideal for the bedrooms too, intercom comes to mind, let them know there’s food on the table! Then of course there’s music, actually there are probably so many ways that this little gadget could enhance your life, without having to have your nose in a screen, so to speak. So yes, I think this is now elevated to My Wishlist!

    28 June 2020 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Jessica Barber

    I don’t have one but I’d definitely use to play music or podcasts while I’m cooking if I did have one!

    28 June 2020 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Euan L

    I have one so this would be a great present for my Dad!

    28 June 2020 at 10:41 am
    • Reply Catherine Gregory

      I don’t have one but if I did I bet it would be used by my toddler to play cbeebies

      28 June 2020 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply Emma Byford

    I don’t have a smart speaker, but would love one! Fingers crossed 🙂

    28 June 2020 at 10:52 am
  • Reply sandy lynn ralph

    no I dont have one as yet but would love one for my home

    28 June 2020 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Jeanette Leighton

    I don’t own a smart speaker

    28 June 2020 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Phil B

    I dont have a smart speaker, fingers crossed I win this 🙂

    28 June 2020 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply MERYL Thomas

    No I am afraid that I do not have one

    28 June 2020 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Rebecca roberts

    We don’t have one but would definitely love one

    28 June 2020 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Leanne Bell

    We have an Alexa in the Kitchen which is great for when I’m cooking meals x

    28 June 2020 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Dominic McCreadie

    I have an Echo Dot and love it, as well as a bluetooth speaker.. I do like the easy accessibility of being able to ask ‘Alexa’ to play the radio, turn down the lights or check the weather on my next trip… 🙂

    28 June 2020 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Jodi Hill

    A do, mainly for music but the kids love to get creative and ask silly questions! We’d love one for nan and grandad who would have just as much fun with it 🙂

    28 June 2020 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply sue cornish

    I have an alexa but would love to try google

    28 June 2020 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Rob Griffiths

    No, I don’t.

    28 June 2020 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply Carly Belsey

    We have Alexia but my daughter has taken it into her room and it lives there now!

    28 June 2020 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply AJ

    I do not but I’d like one to play music at my command!

    28 June 2020 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Hayley F

    No I don’t have one x

    28 June 2020 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Cathryn Crawshaw

    yes and we love it

    28 June 2020 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Caroline J Robinson

    Yes I have one and use it mainly for music and the weather forecast!

    28 June 2020 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Naomi Williams

    We have an Echo, we think its great for playing music and asking Alexa random stuff

    28 June 2020 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply Sian Buckingham

    I don’t have a smart speaker, I’d love one though!

    28 June 2020 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply A.E. ADKINS

    Sadly , no we don’t have one currently but are certainly open to the idea of owning one.

    28 June 2020 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Stef Acaster

    I don’t have one

    28 June 2020 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply Tracy B

    No I don’t have one but I’d really like to have one

    28 June 2020 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Sarah Roberts

    We have Alexa and l honestly use her everyday for timings, music and calls she is so useful!

    28 June 2020 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Sylvia Paul

    No I don’t own a smart speaker so I would be thrilled to win one x

    28 June 2020 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Georgie Wright

    I haven’t got one.

    28 June 2020 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply A S,Edinburgh

    I don’t currently own a smart speaker, but I’m really interested by how useful it could be.

    28 June 2020 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply chris bull

    Not yet, I think it would get lots of use in our house

    28 June 2020 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Craig hindle

    I don’t have a smart speaker

    28 June 2020 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Su Brett

    No we don’t have a smart speaker but would love one!

    28 June 2020 at 10:09 pm
  • Reply Chris hindle

    I don’t have a smart speaker

    28 June 2020 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply Tracey Hallmark

    I have 1 smart speaker that I use in the conservatory to play music in the garden

    28 June 2020 at 10:55 pm
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