To me, this is not the greatest apple product ever but is the one that gets used every single day in this household. We are constantly playing music, while cooking, cleaning or just hanging at home. We use it for timers quite a lot too.
This is the same experience we have with our HomePod. We play music in the kitchen every single day. And all of it through the HomePod.
Its still a bit too expensive at its normal price, but I really enjoy having it around. And Josh does too. He’ll come into the kitchen when there isn’t any music playing, point at the HomePod and start bouncing at the knees to let us know he wants to dance.