When you set up your smart home you can talk to Alexa, but there is another choice. You can just say “Hey, Google” or “OK, Google” to use voice commands with a Google Assistant-compatible smart device. With a Google Assistant-compatible smart speaker, you can play music, ask questions, make voice or video calls, or control smart home devices throughout your home. Just say “Hey, Google” or “OK, Google,” and the digital voice assistant is ready to answer a question or fulfill your request. We monitor the best Google Home deals, and Google Nest Mini deals so you can stay up to date on what’s available and where to get the best prices.
- Google Home Mini Smart Light Starter Kit with Extra Bulb — $22, was $55
- Google Home Mini — $35, was $40
- Google Nest Mini — $35, was $50
- Google Nest Mini Smart Speaker with Google Assistant and Chromecast Media Player — $65, was $80
- Google Nest Hub Max with 10" Touchscreen and Built-In Google Assistant, Chalk — $200, was $229
- Google Nest Mini (2nd Gen) and Nest Learning Smart Thermostat (3rd Gen) — $285, was $300
- Google Nest Home Max, Chalk — $299, was $399
Choosing among the several Google Home smart speakers and the Google Nest Mini is a reasonably simple process. Thinking of the features you need in advance will help you avoid disappointment.
Here are the fundamental differences between the Google Home smart speakers and the Google Nest Mini.
The least expensive choice is the Google Home Mini. This small device plays OK music for background listening and does an excellent job of picking out your voice commands amid all the other noises in the average home.
The second-generation small format device, the Google Nest Mini, has twice the sound power and slightly better ability to hear commands. For $10 more than the Google Home Mini, you may choose to buy the newer device.
If you want better music quality than either Mini can provide, the next step up is the original Google Home smart speaker. Audiophiles might not say much about the sound improvement, but the Google Home can fill a room with music. If you want a big sound, the Google Home Max is your best choice. The Home Max costs six to eight times as much as a Google Mini, but if you’re looking for a smart speaker that can respond to your commands and produce party-size music, consider the Google Home Max.
There is a good chance you will buy additional smart speakers in time as you get used to the convenience of information, sound, and home control at the tip of your tongue. If you start with one of the less expensive models, you can always up-level with your next purchase.
What’s the difference between Google Home and Google Nest?
There are three Google Home devices: The original Google Home smart speaker, the Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max. The Google Nest Mini is a second-generation version of the original Google Home Mini.
The Google Nest Mini has better overall sound production with more bass than the first-generation Google Home Mini and adds a third microphone for better far-field voice recognition. The Nest Mini adds a screw-mounting slot on the back of the device, and the fabric cover on the top of the Next Mini is made from recycled plastic bottles.
Do Google Home and Google Nest have Bluetooth?
Google Home and Google Nest Mini do have Bluetooth to connect to speakers, headsets, and other Bluetooth devices.
Do Google Home and Google Nest work with Ring?
Google Home devices and the Google Nest Mini can work with Ring devices. First, link your Ring devices to your Google account, and then you can manage your Ring Video Doorbell and other Ring devices with Google Assistant. With Google Assistant compatibility, you can take advantage of Ring Video Doorbell Deals.
Do Google Home and Google Nest work with Alexa?
Google Home devices and the Google Nest Mini do not work with Amazon Alexa.
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