HomePod Leaves Prominent Marks on Certain Surfaces
John Chase, Wirecutter:
We quickly discovered through testing that the HomePod leaves prominent white rings on unprotected wood, a potentially disastrous problem for owners of fine furniture. While Apple insists these marks are easily wiped away, it’s still something to consider.
Apple’s HomePod support document:
It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. 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’s not as disastorous as it’s being made out to be by Wirecutter. Just put a cloth under it.
Updated 2018-02-16: This also happens with the Sonos One.