Apple's HomePod offers excellent sound, spatial awareness, and a pretty great music library. But one thing it needs to offer but doesn't—a coaster.
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According to several reports, the silicone base of the HomePod is damaging wooden furniture by leaving a white ring, which is definitely not something a $350 Apple product should do.
Here's what Apple has to say about the problem:
"It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces," Apple explained on its support page. "The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface. If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks. If marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer's recommended cleaning process. If you're concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface."
It comes in two colors: Whiskey and Chestnut (which are basically just two variations of brown). It's currently available for preorder for $19.95.
"The latest in smart speaker innovation deserves state-of-the-art surface protection," reads the Leather HomePod Coaster product page. "Our Leather HomePod Coaster is designed in Minneapolis and handmade by skilled artisans. You'll love it, but don't put a ring on it."
If you don't want to spend $20 on a coaster, either take Apple's advice and move your HomePod to a piece of furniture that isn't wood, or place it on a coaster you already own.