Skip to main content

Echo Show 8 vs. Nest Hub: Does Amazon or Google offer the best smart display?

Anyone in the market for a reasonably priced smart display has probably stumbled across the Echo Show 8 and Nest Hub. Both clock in at under $150 (often less when on sale) yet provide homes with many of the same features found on premium alternatives like the Nest Hub Max and Echo Show 10.

But is the Echo Show 8 better than the Nest Hub? And what exactly is the difference between these two smart displays? Here’s a comprehensive look at both to help you decide which one to bring into your smart home.

Pricing and design

Google Nest Hub 2nd Gen on table.
John Velasco / Digital Trends

The Echo Show 8 costs $150 and is available in black or white. It’s built to sit on a countertop, with an angled display and rounded back, making it easy to fit nearly anywhere in your home. Just above the display is a webcam, which can be turned off with a shutter toggle located on the top edge of the device. The Nest Hub shares a similar design, with a large screen sitting atop an oblong base so you can easily place it on a countertop. The base raises the display off the ground a bit farther than the Echo Show 8. Aside from that difference, the two share many of the same design cues, though note that the Nest Hub does lack a webcam — but it’s also $50 cheaper.

Winner: Nest Hub

Display size and quality

The Amazon Echo Show 8 sits next to an Echo Dot for scale.
Nick Mokey / Digital Trends

The Echo Show 8 is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen. It’s a responsive display and one that works great at close range. But move a few extra feet away, and you’ll be straining your eyes to see its tiny screen. Inside the device, you’ll find two 2-inch neodymium drivers with passive bass radiators, which do a solid job of pumping music through your room. It’s not going to fill your whole home with crisp sound (check out the Echo Studio for that), but it definitely punches above its weight.

The Nest Hub features a slightly smaller display at just 7 inches, though it’s just as responsive and vibrant as the Echo Show 8. However, its small size makes it even harder to parse info from across a room, forcing you to move out of your way and get closer to see what’s on display. For sound, the Nest Hub uses a full-range speaker with a 1.7-inch driver. Like the Echo Show 8, it sounds better than you’d expect for such a small device but won’t be confused with something larger or specifically designed to handle music.

Winner: Echo Show 8

Features and smart home connectivity

Google Nest Hub 2nd Gen.
John Velasco / Digital Trends

The Echo Show 8 and Nest Hub share many of the same features. This includes making video calls, accessing popular apps like Spotify and Netflix, or showing off your favorite digital photos. They also serve as hubs for other smart home devices — the Nest Hub works with Google Home, and the Echo Show 8 works with Alexa. The Nest Hub even works as a sleep tracker, though you’ll need to place it next to your bed, which may not be the ideal location if you’re hoping to use it as a central hub for your home.

Winner: Nest Hub

Which is the better smart display?

Both the Echo Show 8 and Nest Hub are easy to recommend. They both do so many things right, and you truly can’t go wrong with either option. But because it’s $50 cheaper yet offers many of the same features, the Nest Hub is likely the better choice for most homes. It comes with a vibrant display, support for today’s hottest apps, and great sound quality, and it doubles as a sleep tracker when placed near your bed. That’s a long list of features packed into the $100 device — making it easy to recommend for most shoppers.

However, if you want a slightly larger screen or need support for Amazon Alexa, the Echo Show 8 is a better choice. And if you plan to use your smart display for video calls, you’ll want the Echo Show 8 instead of the Nest Hub.

You’ll also find the Echo Show 8 on sale during major shopping holidays, and if you can snag it for the same price as the Nest Hub, it’s even more compelling. Regardless of your choice, consider your current smart home setup and pick the device that pairs nicely with your existing devices.

Editors' Recommendations

Jon Bitner
Jon Bitner is a writer covering consumer electronics, technology, and gaming. His work has been published on various websites…
Best Prime Day Amazon Echo Deals for October 2022
Prime Day 2022 Amazon Echo deals graphic.

Uh oh! Amazon's Prime Early Access Sale is almost over, as it's the final day of the event, so you'll want to shop those last minute Prime Day Amazon Echo deals while you can. This event served up a second Prime Day tailor-made for early holiday shoppers. These Prime Day deals offer some of the best bargains all year, and the discounts are just as good (if not even better) than Black Friday, spanning all sorts of tech, ahead of the holidays. Other retailers are joining the fun, such as Walmart with its October Rollbacks sale, which is basically just a Walmart Prime Day sale without all of the extra wrapping paper.

This event certainly includes some juicy Prime Day Amazon Echo deals, as the retailer loves to feature its own devices among these sale offerings. If you're jonesing for an Echo device, we've got everything you need to know about the Prime Early Access Sale -- including some of the best Prime Day Amazon Echo deals you can shop today -- below.
Today's best Prime Day Amazon Echo deals
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) -- $18, was $40

Read more
Nest Mini (2nd-gen) vs. Amazon Echo Dot (5th-gen)
The Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen) with Clock.

Smart speakers come in many sizes, and pitting the Amazon Echo Dot (now on the fifth generation) vs. the Nest Mini (currently on the second version) compares some of the smallest available. These tiny speakers are still loud enough to play music or perform other audio functions for people nearby, and they can make great desktop companions or even smart alarm clocks in some cases.

Which is the best? Despite their diminutive sizes, these little speakers have a lot of differences, starting with their design. Let’s take a look.

Read more
Best widgets for the Echo Show 15 for the connected family
The Echo Show 15 is the largest smart display yet.

One of the best features of Amazon's mighty Echo Show 15 is the capability of adding widgets to each user's home screen. Allowing for quick and easy shortcuts to some of the smart display's most immersive tools and features, widgets keep the Show 15 organized and optimized for the entire family.

While there aren't too many widgets available at this time, Amazon has opened widget development up to third-party companies, so we're bound to see more eventually. But for right now, there are a number of excellent widgets to load on your Echo Show 15, and we decided to shine a light on some of our favorites.
Smart home dashboard

Read more