Put a Coaster Under Your Apple HomePod to Protect Wooden Surfaces

Jacob Kleinman 02/21/2018. 14 comments
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If you just picked up Apple’s flashy new HomePod speaker you might be thinking of displaying it proudly on the nicest piece of furniture you have, but before you do there’s something you should know. The $350 gadget’s silicon base can damage wooden surfaces, leaving behind an ugly stain.

I can’t believe I have to say this (actually, at this point when it comes to Apple, nothing really surprises me), but you should probably put a coaster under your HomePod before you place it on that heirloom nightstand by your bed.

Staingate (as some people have decided to call it) was reported in Wirecutter’s HomePod review on Wednesday. It’s also mentioned by Pocket-lint and at least one angry customers on Twitter.

In a statement to Wirecutter, Apple confirmed the issue but claimed that “the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface.” If that doesn’t work you’ll have to refinish the wood to remove the stain.

But really, that shouldn’t be necessary. This is a $350 product and the very least you should expect is that it won’t damage whatever surface you put it on. So if you want to display your new HomePod on a wooden table or shelf put a coaster (or some other sort of buffer) underneath the speaker. Alternatively, you could also place it on glass, granite with no issue at all, or, you know, just skip the overpriced Apple device entirely this time around.

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