Google has done a great job building out its smart home ecosystem by working with a growing number of smart bulb manufacturers. With so many options, it can be overwhelming to decide which brand to invest in, but we've broken down the best options that work seamlessly with Google Home.

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Philips Hue Smart Bulb Starter Kit (4-pack w/Hub)

Philips is the leading manufacturers of wireless LED smart bulbs. The Philips Hue lineup features a multitude of different lighting options for around your home, which must be configured through the Philips Hue Bridge. Your best bet is this starter kit that includes the necessary Hue Hub and four color A19 LED smart bulbs to get you started.

$190 at Amazon

No hub required

LIFX Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb (4-pack)

LIFX offers its third generation of smart bulbs for both indoors and outdoors. Both offer 1100 lumens of brightness, with options to customize the look with 16 million colors and 1000 shades of warm to cool whites. No additional hardware is required to get things set up with Google Assistant as each bulb connects directly to your Wi-Fi network. Get a 4-pack of multicolor A19 bulbs for $155.

$155 at Amazon

Best smart bulbs on a budget

TP-Link Kasa LED Bulbs (3-pack)

For those of you fine with standard white, dimmable smart bulbs and don't want to spend a fortune, TP-Link's Kasa bulbs are a good pic that doesn't require a hub — just a solid connection to your home's Wi-Fi network. You can get this starter kit that includes three white dimmable smart bulbs for just $50 bucks, then buy a couple A-19 multicolor bulbs as needed at $25 each.

$50 at Amazon

Budget bulbs that require a hub

Sengled Element Classic Smart LED bulbs (2-pack w/Hub)

Sengled offers the best value for budget-conscious consumers looking to invest in smart bulbs — but you're still going to need a dedicated hub. The two-bulb starter pack is incredibly priced, but the value really starts to roll in if you buy in bulk with the 8-pack of Classic Smart LED Bulbs ($56). Together, these deals allow you to set up 10 smart bulbs throughout your home for about $81.

$25 at Amazon

Smart bulbs from China

Xiaomi Yeelight Smart LED Bulbs

Xiaomi also has smart bulb offerings for lighting your home. These bulbs only require a solid Wi-Fi connection and no hub, so you're able to add bulbs as needed. There are no bundles available but you're able to buy a white dimmable bulb for $20, or a Multi-color RGB bulb for just $27.

$20 at Amazon

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Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb (2-pack)

Last but not least, Eufy also offers a selection of smart bulbs that include soft white bulbs, tunable white bulbs that are capable of mimicking daylight, and a multi-color bulb that can groove along with your music. All bulbs include built-in Wi-Fi to get around needing a hub. A good starting point is the two-pack of soft white bulbs, which you can snag for just $33.

$33 at Amazon

While there are some great options available at lower price points, its hard not to pick the Philips Hue as the best smart light ecosystem to invest in. Sure, it requires a hub to connect with Google Home, but once you've started investing, you're able to manage up to 50 different lights and it's the variety of lighting options that Philips offers that lets them shine brighter than the competition. From the stylish LightStrip Plus ($60) to Flood Light bulbs ($40) for use outside, your home will look amazing lit up with Philips Hue bulbs.

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