#Ringgate: How to stop HomePod from leaving rings on wood furniture

Kelley Robertson
February 16, 2018

In other related news, it has emerged (somewhat incredulously), that an Apple support document now advises users against placing the HomePod on wooden furniture. Both publications noticed that HomePod doesn't leave rings on every type of wooden surface.

Apple have responded by adding to their support page a section on "Cleaning and taking care of HomePod" where they confirm and explain reasons for this.

The Guardian found that the HomePod did not leave marks on glass, Formica or plastic-coated reconstituted wood commonly used in flat-pack furniture.

At the time of writing the firm is not issuing a recall, nor it offering customers refunds or compensation for damage.

Many are viewing the advice to simply move the speaker to a different surface as a less-than-ideal solution to the flaw and say that the warning about wooden surfaces should have been issued prior to the speakers hitting the market.


The Apple HomePod was released last week, and while early reviews have been largely positive, some have noticed that the speaker is leaving white marks on wooden surfaces. If you're still having issues, Apple advises you follow the furniture's recommended cleaning processor or put your speaker somewhere else.

A review by gadget review site Wirecutter on Wednesday, noted that the Apple HomePod "left a defined white ring" on an "oiled butcher-block countertop" and a wood table. The company also said it can improve over several days after the speaker is removed.

HomePod is designed for indoor use only. Sure, it may be nice to synchronize all of your devices using Apple products together, but if you're thinking about investing in the Apple HomePod over Amazon's Alexa or Google Home, you might want to reconsider. Why?

Pogue was motivated to conduct the test as he felt that an official Apple demonstration of the HomePod against the competition hadn't been conducted on an even playing field. "But if you've bought an expensive Scandinavian sideboard or some lovely piece of wooden furniture and then got a mark on it from the speaker, you can imagine the horror".

I would advise anyone purchasing these speakers to place something between them and whatever surface you're planning to place it on.

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