Skip to main content

Hunter Fan Company adds Google Assistant compatibility to its line of smart fans

Hunter Fan Company
Image used with permission by copyright holder
There’s no shortage of Amazon Alexa-enabled speakers, home security gadgets, and appliances, but soon there could be a similar number of Google Assistant-controlled tools as well. A few months after Hunter Fan Company announced the addition of Alexa to its products, the firm has also introduced Google Assistant compatibility as well. At CES 2018, Hunter became the first and only brand in its industry to be compatible with all three home automation hubs: Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Home.

You can now activate Hunter’s fans with a voice command directed to any one of the three major smart assistants, which allow you to choose the speed and lighting level of the device. Setup requires you to combine a Hunter Wi-Fi-enabled fan with the SIMPLEconnect app that can be found on the Apple Store or Google Play. Afterward, you can link your smartphone and smart fan with Alexa, Siri, or Assistant.

The Apache ceiling fan retails for $399 on most ecommerce sites, and is claimed to create powerful air movement without making much noise. You can also change your fan’s direction from downdraft to updraft, depending on the season. At $349, the Hunter Signal is a more affordable model that comes equipped with an LED bulb as well as a reversible fan.

The Symphony is the most pared-down model of the lot. It sells for $299 and is available with a matte nickel finish.

“Our innovation is driven by our consumers’ evolving needs. So when we looked at how to continue to bring functionality and thoughtfully designed products to the marketplace, partnering with Amazon was a natural next step,” said Hunter CEO John Alexander. “The connected home is forecasted to grow even more in the coming years, and we’re excited for the opportunity to provide products that consumers desire, along with the performance and technology they expect.”

The company’s first smart fan was introduced in 2015 at CES, where it debuted with HomeKit connectivity. You can find Hunter SIMPLEconnect products at, as well as in lighting showrooms, home centers and ecommerce sites around the nation.

The company boasts more than 10 different style and finish combinations, starting at $200.

Update: Hunter fans are now compatible with Google Assistant as well.

Editors' Recommendations

Lulu Chang
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Fascinated by the effects of technology on human interaction, Lulu believes that if her parents can use your new app…
The best Google Home smart plugs
The Eufy Smart Plug Mini connected to a kitchen outlet.

There are more devices that are smart these days than those that don't have an Internet of Things (IoT) designation. From heavy-duty appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers to smaller items like thermostats and door locks, these web-connected gadgets will often connect to your Wi-Fi without the need of a hub. They are designed to have companion mobile apps that let you manage and customize your equipment. But what about all the electronic appliances you have that aren't smart? That's where a smart plug comes in handy.

As the name suggests, smart plugs connect directly to an existing electrical outlet in your home, allowing you to automate whatever powered hardware you line into the plug. Ideal for "smartening up" gear like coffee makers, slow cookers, desk lamps, fans, and dehumidifiers, many of the best smart plugs have apps that allow you to create custom schedules to power on/off devices and energy-monitoring features for keeping tabs on your home's electricity consumption.

Read more
5 new Google Assistant features you can try right now
The Google Nest Audio.

Smart assistants make life easier through hands-free control of much of the home, but they can do so much more. Google Assistant has continued to add and expand functionality, and these new Google Assistant features are a perfect example.

A lot of people have a Google Assistant device in their home, but many of the best features are under-utilized or completely ignored--but these features can save you time, keep the kids entertained, and even surprise you with hidden easter eggs. In addition to using just about any smartphone to access Google Assistant, you can command the smart assistant on a host of devices like the Google Nest Audio, Lenovo Smart Display 7, and even the Google Nest Wifi.
Use the Broadcast feature to let your family know when dinner is ready
The Broadcast feature is one of the most powerful tools in the Google Assistant lineup. It can alert everyone in the family that it's time to eat, that you're heading out to get groceries, and more. You can choose to send a message to the entire home, or to a specific room--for example, you might want to say, "Hey Google, broadcast to Jim's room: Have you finished your homework yet?"

Read more
7 things you didn’t know your Google Nest Hub smart display could do
The Google Nest Hub on a table.

Google's line of Nest Hub smart displays can work as a digital photo frame, give customized greetings based on the time of day, and even stream YouTube videos to give your office a bit of background noise. It shows us exactly how effective smart displays are in various aspects of our lives.

That's not all the Nest Hub can do, though. It's also packed with features that a lot of people don't know about, but which can greatly improve your overall experience with the platform. Some are pretty straightforward, like home access control to your connected devices and video calling, but there is some other stuff most people don't realize they can do with it.

Read more