a list that someone compiles means nothing to me. There are many,many “lists” for everything. And most of those are bookshelf. HomePod can be set anywhere. Nondirectional.
Move to somewhere that sells them 😁
If you had the nerve to look into each product on that list, you'd find how good these were and what positive reviews they got. You mentioned sound quality, sorry but homepod simply does not cut it. It usually woes only the people who were used to crappy bluetooth mini jbl speakers before having a listen to it.
Nondirectional? lol wut, ok. 🙃