Have Google Home and mini
The Main speaker (£139) is OK for back ground music for the "hearingly challenged" the mini (£49) doesn't sound god enough for music even to my bad ears :0).
Both can be got cheaper £80 Black Friday and £30 min at Christmas so look for deals.
Good for reminders (take pills) or appointments weather etc.
Sister has an Alexa sounds similar but the AI in Alexa is not so hot but more apps written for smart home so easier to set up smart gadgets, however I've had no problem adapting google to do the same.