Like many of you, I welcomed a “smart home” device into my living room a year or so ago.
I did a bunch of research, Google Home vs Amazon’s Alexa. I chose the Google Home for a few reasons: first off, I’m not a huge Amazon shopper. I don’t have Prime, it’s not my go-to for shopping like many people. On the other hand, I’m pretty entrenched in the Google universe–I use gmail primarily, I have Google Drive, and it just felt like a better fit for me.
The other thing I didn’t like about Amazon’s Alexa is that it gets triggered by saying the word “Alexa.” So, if you’re having a casual conversation and drop the word “Alexa,” it turns on. With the Google home, you have to say “Hey Google” or “OK Google” to trigger it, and I find that works better.
So I bought a Google Home mini for Christmas a couple years ago, and last year, I invested in some smart plugs that allowed me to turn our Christmas lights on and off from my phone (or with my voice command).
So, I’m sure many of you have similar devices, and you use them to listen to music and podcasts (as do I) and to do things like turning lights off and on. My friend Peggy has hers set up in her house so that every day they have a wakeup routine to get them out the door.
I also like the broadcasting ability. We live in a tiny apartment, so I don’t need to broadcast to Michael that dinner’s ready if he’s in a different room, but sometimes we use it to talk to our cat when we’re not home. ‘Cause yeah, we’re weird like that. 😉
But the purpose of this post is to share with you how I use the Google Home in the kitchen.
It’s a misnomer–the Google Home actually lives in my living room, and I just shout at it from the kitchen, but you get the idea!
There are three main things I use the Google Home in the kitchen for:
- Shopping list. This was one of the main reasons I bought it! Whenever we run out of something, Michael or I just say “Hey Google, add x to the shopping list.” Then, when I’m in the grocery store, I just pull up the shopping list on my app and I know exactly what I need to buy. It’s a great system, and it works for both of us. If you have multiple people that buy groceries in your house, it works great for that too, just add them to the list.
- Recipes. You may have noticed while browsing the internet, that you’ll come across a recipe and underneath it’ll say “send to my google home.” I love this feature! When I’m in the kitchen, sometimes my hands are gooey or sticky and I don’t want to touch my phone. You can control it all with your voice. The recipe feature allows you to choose if you want it delivered to you by ingredients or by instructions. I have quite a bit of knowledge about how to make things, so I choose ingredients, and it pauses in between each one. Then I just say “Okay google, next ingredient,” and it gives it to me. It’s a really smart way to do recipes.
3. Timer. You’re baking cookies? They need 12 minutes? You just say “OK google, set a timer for 12 minutes,” and you’re good to go.
And while I’m cleaning up? I’m probably listening to one of my Spotify playlists or a podcast on the Google home.
How do you use your Google Home in the kitchen? I’d love to hear if there’s any awesome tips I don’t know about.