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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  1. Priscilla Stubbs
    3 June 2020 / 9:26 am

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

  2. Julie F
    3 June 2020 / 10:08 am

    No unfortunately I dont have one

  3. Isabell Whitenstall
    3 June 2020 / 10:44 am

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

    • Sara Owen
      9 June 2020 / 8:46 pm

      Thanks for chance. We don’t have q cool smart speaker but u would love it thanks so much for chance

    • Dave C
      14 June 2020 / 10:00 pm

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

      • Paul Ballantine
        28 June 2020 / 9:20 am

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

  4. Lynne Durkin
    3 June 2020 / 12:04 pm

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

    3 June 2020 / 12:36 pm

    would love one!

  6. Sandra Siddall
    3 June 2020 / 3:35 pm

    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.

  7. Laura Pritchard
    3 June 2020 / 3:49 pm

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

  8. Lisa Wilkinson
    3 June 2020 / 7:51 pm

    No we haven’t got one

  9. ellie spider
    3 June 2020 / 8:45 pm

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

  10. Ruth Harwood
    4 June 2020 / 6:42 am

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

  11. Christine Purcell
    4 June 2020 / 9:44 am

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

  12. Andrew Ricketts
    4 June 2020 / 10:25 am

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

  13. Karen Usher
    4 June 2020 / 8:41 pm

    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

  14. Marc H
    4 June 2020 / 8:56 pm

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

  15. Katie B
    4 June 2020 / 11:12 pm

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

  16. Sophie Roberts
    5 June 2020 / 2:05 pm

    No I don’t but I’d love one!

  17. Alana Walker
    5 June 2020 / 2:56 pm

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

    5 June 2020 / 3:23 pm

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

  19. Carolyn E
    5 June 2020 / 6:41 pm

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

  20. Charlotte isobelle
    6 June 2020 / 2:49 pm

    I used our Alexa a lot as a timer

  21. Emma Walton
    6 June 2020 / 6:49 pm

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

  22. Megan Kinsey
    7 June 2020 / 8:20 am

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

  23. angela Treadway
    7 June 2020 / 12:50 pm

    no we dont but they look great! x

  24. Margaret Gallagher
    7 June 2020 / 2:25 pm

    I dont have one – really are quite nifty

  25. Margaret Clarkson
    7 June 2020 / 3:57 pm

    I don’t have one.

  26. 7 June 2020 / 4:32 pm

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

  27. Angelique G
    7 June 2020 / 4:41 pm

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

  28. Tracy Newton
    7 June 2020 / 5:03 pm

    No we don’t have a smart speaker

  29. Michelle Smith
    7 June 2020 / 5:07 pm

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

  30. Caroline Tinsley
    7 June 2020 / 6:34 pm

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

  31. Lyndsey cooksey
    7 June 2020 / 8:17 pm

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

  32. Kay Broomfield
    7 June 2020 / 9:29 pm

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

  33. Michele Turner
    7 June 2020 / 9:44 pm

    Brilliant product, would love to try it.

  34. Gemma Massey
    7 June 2020 / 11:42 pm

    Would love one

  35. Emma Hussain
    8 June 2020 / 5:59 am

    No we don’t

  36. Helen Arlow
    8 June 2020 / 6:38 am

    We don’t have one yet x

  37. Janine Phillips
    8 June 2020 / 11:41 am

    I don’t have one yet x

  38. Laura banks
    8 June 2020 / 3:07 pm

    i don’t have one yet

  39. Heather Haigh
    8 June 2020 / 5:14 pm

    We have an Alexa which we mainly use for reminders

  40. Amanda9 tanner
    8 June 2020 / 7:11 pm

    I dint have a smart speaker but would love one

  41. Gemma Hendry
    8 June 2020 / 7:34 pm

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

  42. Susan Willshee
    8 June 2020 / 8:16 pm

    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.

  43. Karen Barrett
    9 June 2020 / 10:04 am

    No, I haven’t got one

  44. Ellen Stafford
    9 June 2020 / 5:31 pm

    I don’t but I would love one!

  45. Kelly Wheelhouse
    10 June 2020 / 1:38 pm

    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 🙂

  46. Jackie Dawson
    11 June 2020 / 9:22 am

    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

  47. Ana
    11 June 2020 / 11:33 am

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

  48. justine meyer
    12 June 2020 / 10:29 pm

    No i do not have one of these

  49. Jo m welsh
    13 June 2020 / 6:21 pm

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

  50. Jules Eley
    13 June 2020 / 8:25 pm

    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..

  51. Susan Smith
    14 June 2020 / 8:50 am

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

  52. Sharon l Catterall
    15 June 2020 / 6:01 pm

    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

  53. Rich
    17 June 2020 / 8:32 am

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

  54. Lorna Ledger
    17 June 2020 / 11:00 am

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

  55. joy Buckenham
    17 June 2020 / 2:55 pm

    would love to win please

  56. Jodie Green
    17 June 2020 / 10:35 pm

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

  57. brenda heads
    18 June 2020 / 8:31 pm

    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.

  58. Alison Johnson
    18 June 2020 / 10:40 pm

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

  59. Courtney Kemal
    19 June 2020 / 9:37 am

    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!
    Good luck everyone 🤞🏼🍀🤞🏼🍀🤞🏼

  60. Patricia
    19 June 2020 / 12:58 pm

    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 🤞🏻

  61. Nick B
    20 June 2020 / 8:50 pm

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

  62. Tracy Burns
    21 June 2020 / 2:59 pm

    We have Alexa but I’ve not tried google

  63. Susan B
    21 June 2020 / 4:58 pm

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

  64. Richard R
    21 June 2020 / 11:51 pm

    I don’t have a smart speaker yet

  65. Gaynor Vincent
    22 June 2020 / 6:51 am

    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 …

  66. Eileen Hindley
    22 June 2020 / 11:10 am

    No not at the moment 🙂

  67. Jodie W
    23 June 2020 / 9:45 am

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

  68. James Travis
    23 June 2020 / 2:02 pm

    Not at the moment, but would love to have one

  69. Kelly Smith
    24 June 2020 / 3:25 pm

    No but I’d love one ❤️

  70. Patricia Barrett
    25 June 2020 / 1:48 pm

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

  71. Adrian Bold
    26 June 2020 / 9:59 pm

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

    27 June 2020 / 7:12 am

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

  73. Linda Ford
    27 June 2020 / 7:51 am

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

  74. Emma England
    27 June 2020 / 9:24 am

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

  75. Lauren Reed
    27 June 2020 / 12:56 pm

    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!

  76. Kim Neville
    27 June 2020 / 3:54 pm

    We don’t have one but they look cool 🙂

  77. charlotte wilde
    27 June 2020 / 4:29 pm

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

  78. Jenny Rogers
    27 June 2020 / 4:46 pm

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

  79. Tim Woolfenden
    27 June 2020 / 4:52 pm

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

  80. 27 June 2020 / 5:14 pm

    No I don’t have one but they sound good

  81. Pauline Burroughs
    27 June 2020 / 5:17 pm

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

  82. Helen
    27 June 2020 / 6:19 pm

    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!

  83. Sheri Darby
    27 June 2020 / 6:27 pm

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

  84. Sarah Addey
    27 June 2020 / 6:47 pm

    Would love one of these

  85. Thomas Perry
    27 June 2020 / 6:58 pm

    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

  86. Victoria Prince
    27 June 2020 / 7:06 pm

    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!

  87. lynn neal
    27 June 2020 / 7:10 pm

    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!!

  88. Patricia Avery
    27 June 2020 / 7:26 pm

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

  89. donna jones
    27 June 2020 / 7:55 pm

    we havent got one lovely giveaway

  90. Edward Guerreiro
    27 June 2020 / 9:00 pm

    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.

  91. Denise S
    28 June 2020 / 1:39 am

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

  92. tricia cowell
    28 June 2020 / 6:26 am

    I do not have one. This would be fabulous

  93. Geoff Hibbert
    28 June 2020 / 6:58 am

    No I don’t have one

  94. Amy Bondoc
    28 June 2020 / 7:29 am

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

  95. Mark Whittaker
    28 June 2020 / 7:37 am

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

  96. claire woods
    28 June 2020 / 7:52 am

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

  97. Guy N
    28 June 2020 / 8:07 am

    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.

  98. Charlotte Wildman
    28 June 2020 / 8:22 am

    I would play music

  99. katherine s
    28 June 2020 / 8:34 am

    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.

  100. Carole Nott
    28 June 2020 / 8:43 am

    I dont have one but would love it

  101. John Mcgovern
    28 June 2020 / 8:47 am

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

  102. Geri Gregg
    28 June 2020 / 8:52 am

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

  103. Deanie Gillies
    28 June 2020 / 9:46 am

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

  104. Elaine Shaw
    28 June 2020 / 10:12 am

    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!

  105. Jessica Barber
    28 June 2020 / 10:28 am

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

  106. Euan L
    28 June 2020 / 10:41 am

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

    • Catherine Gregory
      28 June 2020 / 10:34 pm

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

  107. Emma Byford
    28 June 2020 / 10:52 am

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

  108. sandy lynn ralph
    28 June 2020 / 12:33 pm

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

  109. Jeanette Leighton
    28 June 2020 / 12:35 pm

    I don’t own a smart speaker

  110. Phil B
    28 June 2020 / 2:50 pm

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

  111. MERYL Thomas
    28 June 2020 / 2:59 pm

    No I am afraid that I do not have one

  112. Rebecca roberts
    28 June 2020 / 4:00 pm

    We don’t have one but would definitely love one

  113. Leanne Bell
    28 June 2020 / 4:36 pm

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

  114. Dominic McCreadie
    28 June 2020 / 4:47 pm

    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… 🙂

  115. Jodi Hill
    28 June 2020 / 4:56 pm

    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 🙂

  116. sue cornish
    28 June 2020 / 4:59 pm

    I have an alexa but would love to try google

  117. Rob Griffiths
    28 June 2020 / 5:23 pm

    No, I don’t.

  118. Carly Belsey
    28 June 2020 / 5:28 pm

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

  119. AJ
    28 June 2020 / 5:37 pm

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

  120. Hayley F
    28 June 2020 / 5:40 pm

    No I don’t have one x

  121. Cathryn Crawshaw
    28 June 2020 / 7:09 pm

    yes and we love it

  122. Caroline J Robinson
    28 June 2020 / 7:21 pm

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

  123. Naomi Williams
    28 June 2020 / 7:57 pm

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

  124. Sian Buckingham
    28 June 2020 / 8:34 pm

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

  125. A.E. ADKINS
    28 June 2020 / 8:46 pm

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

  126. Stef Acaster
    28 June 2020 / 8:50 pm

    I don’t have one

  127. Tracy B
    28 June 2020 / 9:01 pm

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

  128. Sarah Roberts
    28 June 2020 / 9:01 pm

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

  129. Sylvia Paul
    28 June 2020 / 9:03 pm

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

  130. Georgie Wright
    28 June 2020 / 9:37 pm

    I haven’t got one.

  131. A S,Edinburgh
    28 June 2020 / 9:50 pm

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

  132. chris bull
    28 June 2020 / 10:05 pm

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

  133. Craig hindle
    28 June 2020 / 10:08 pm

    I don’t have a smart speaker

  134. Su Brett
    28 June 2020 / 10:09 pm

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

  135. Chris hindle
    28 June 2020 / 10:10 pm

    I don’t have a smart speaker

  136. Tracey Hallmark
    28 June 2020 / 10:55 pm

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

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