Meet the second-gen Nest Hub from Google,* the center of your helpful home. Stay entertained in the kitchen with shows, videos, and music. In the living room, control your compatible lights, TVs, and other smart devices with a tap or your voice. And in the bedroom, Nest Hub can help you wake up easier with a Sunrise Alarm.
Keep your family connected.
Nest Hub works with your Nest speakers and displays to keep everyone in sync. Broadcast messages across the house – tell everyone dinner’s ready or it’s time to go. Chat from room to room. Make Duo audio calls.**
Nest Hub respects your privacy.
You can turn off the mic at any time with the mic switch. And easily clear your Google Assistant history whenever you want.
The easiest way to be entertained.
Catch up on Netflix shows. Watch YouTube videos and listen to music on the enhanced speaker. Stream from the music services you use most, like YouTube Music, Spotify, and Pandora. Play, pause, browse, and control the volume with a tap. Or just say “Hey Google.”***
An effortless way to track your sleep.
With Nest Hub on your bedside table, Sleep Sensing**** can track when you go to bed, when you wake up, and how long you’ve slept.***** Sleep Sensing uses Motion Sense to detect movement and breathing – without a camera.
Your home's control center.
Nest Hub shows all your connected devices in one place, so you can control them with a tap.****** Or just ask Google. And with an additional mic on Nest Hub, it hears you better than ever.
The hub of your connected home.
Control your smart home – with thousands of compatible devices. Turn on lights, lock the doors, or turn up the thermostat with a tap. Nest Hub also works with Nest video doorbells and cameras. Just say, “Hey Google, show me the front door camera” to see your live feed.
Just ask Google about the weather, news, sports, or almost anything, and get quick answers.
Wind down easily. Wake up gently.
With Nest Hub you can fall asleep and wake up easier. From the “Your evening” page, set your alarm, control your compatible lights and other connected devices, and play soothing sounds to help you drift off. Nest Hub’s Sunrise Alarm wakes you up gently.
Make restaurant reservations with ease.
Booking a restaurant reservation gets even easier with your Nest Hub 2nd Gen. Now it’s simpler to book a table at your local restaurant right from your display.
Access Calm******* with Google Assistant on your Nest Hub 2nd Gen.
Meditations from Calm will be available through Google Assistant by saying, "Hey Google, show me meditations from Calm" or "Hey Google, start a meditation."
*Google Nest Hub requires a Wi-Fi network, a nearby electrical outlet, and a compatible (Android, iOS) mobile device. Minimum OS requirements are available at g.co/home/req. iOS is a trademark of Cisco and is used under license.
**To make calls, Google Duo accounts required for you and call recipient.
***Subscription services may be required for certain content.
****Sleep Sensing features are subject to your permissions and settings. They use motion, sound, and other device and sensor data to work and require placing the device close to the bed and calibrating the device for your sleeping position.
Google Assistant, Google Fit and other Google apps may be required for full functionality. Google Assistant requires a Google Account.
*****Subscription required (sold separately).
******Compatible smart devices required.
*******For users with an existing account, you can access your content. If you don’t have an account, you can access several free tracks or create an account and enroll in a 1 month free trial of Calm Premium
Quick Start Guide
Safety and Warranty
Featured Streaming Services
Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Sling TV, Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, YouTube TV, Google Play Movies & TV, Pandora
Number of Microphones
Google Assistant, Nest, Hue, SmartThings
Search Engine Used
Streaming Media Player(s) Supported
Nest Hub 7” Smart Display with Google Assistant (2nd Gen)
Featured Streaming Services
Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Sling TV, Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, YouTube TV, Google Play Movies & TV, Pandora
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The phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” certainly applies to the Nest Hub. Not much has changed from its predecessor, and that’s a good thing, but the sleep tracking, better audio, and edgeless glass display are welcome additions. For Google Assistant fans such as myself, owning a Nest Hub is a no-brainer. If you’re new to smart displays, this one won’t disappoint.
- Compact design
- Edgeless glass display
- Easy to set up and use
- Quick responses from Google Assitant
- Controls smart home devices
- Better audio than first-generation
- Tracks sleep without a camera or wearable
- Great digital photo frame
- Quick Gestures don’t always work
- Audio quality isn’t great
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Whether you’re new to the Nest Hub or adding another one to your home (like myself), the setup experience is simple and quick. After plugging it in, downloading and/or opening the Google Home app on your phone, and tapping the add button you’ll be presented with on-screen easy-to-follow instructions with animations. It makes the setup process a breeze, so I was done within a few minutes.
Not much has changed from the first-generation Nest Hub, and I think that’s a good thing. I like the modern, compact design with its fabric-covered base that is angled in a way that makes it seem as if the display is floating. It looks great on my nightstand and doesn’t take up much space. One notable change to the second-generation Nest Hub’s design is the new edgeless glass display. It looks better and is easier to clean than the framed display of its predecessor.
Don’t expect to be blown away by the audio quality. Although it has 50% more bass than the first-generation Nest Hub (which is a noticeable improvement), the audio is still just okay. This isn’t a significant drawback in my opinion because the audio quality isn’t the focus of the Nest Hub. If audio quality is more important to you than a display, I recommend checking out the Nest Audio. That said, the Nest Hub produces clear audio that fills a small room, so I’d consider it adequate.
I was excited to try out the new Sleep Sensing feature. The idea of sleep tracking without a wearable device sounded outlandish to me, so I had my skepticism, but it seems to work very well. Using Soli radar technology, the Nest Hub can detect movement and breathing. For privacy reasons, I appreciate that there’s no camera involved. Disturbances like snoring and coughing or light and temperature changes in the room are also detected. With privacy in mind, the audio data is processed on the Nest Hub, not sent to Google’s servers. Additionally, the Sleep Sensing feature is completely optional, so you can always disable it. Checking my sleep summary has become part of my daily routine, and I have been surprised by how in-depth and accurate it is. There are many metrics like when you fell asleep and woke up, how long you snored, how many times you coughed, and even your respiratory rate. I’ve used wearable sleep tracking devices in the past, and I think the Nest Hub is just as good, if not better.
Having a Nest Hub adds convenience to my life at home and as an added bonus, it works well as a digital photo frame. I could go on and on about the many things it’s capable of, but I’ll just highlight some of my favorites. The Nest Hub connects to and lets me control all my smart home devices. Adjusting the thermostat, turning the lights on/off, or even starting my robot vacuum can all be done by simply asking Google. If family members are in a different room that has a Nest speaker, I use the broadcast feature so that I don’t have to yell in order to share a message with them. It’s also my source for weather, news, or quick answers. New to the second-generation Nest Hub is Quick Gestures, which allow you to pause/play music or video with a tap of the air in front of the display, or you can snooze an alarm with a wave of your hand. However, in my experience with this feature, it doesn’t always respond to my gestures on the first try, so hopefully, there will be an update to improve it. After experiencing the many features and hands-free help Nest provides, I don’t think I could ever go back to not having one in my home. This Nest Hub becomes the center of whatever room it’s in.
I own quite a few Nest Devices (4 Nest Protects, 2nd Gen Nest Thermostat, 2 Indoor Nest Cameras). And now a 2nd Gen Nest Hub. I'm quite happy with this little device. I was surprised at how small it was. But the size does make it very convenient to be used in many locations. If fits perfectly on my night stand next to my bed. The packaging is quite simple. The display and a power cord... and that's it!
The setup is as expected for any current generation tech device. Everything is setup through your mobile phone (requires the Good Home app). There a handful of setup screens to navigate through. But once you're done with that, there isn't much else needed.
The display itself is very nice and quite responsive to touch gestures.
It's also an Always-On display. When it doesn't detect any motion the clock is displayed. If it detects you've turned out the lights to go to sleep, it switches to a very dim clock display that eventually turns off. Waking up automatically when it detects motion.
The audio is surprisingly good as well. Deep bass and great highs. It even has an equalizer so you can adjust the intensity of Base/Treble. The volume does go up quite loud. But doesn't go low enough for my bed time music tastes. I still have to use my phone (with the volume on 1) for my ambient music at bed time.
Now for the best feature. Sleep Sensing. The Nest Hub will monitor you while you sleep. Recording 2 types of events. Audio and Motion. It will notate each time a Cough, Snore or Wake event occurs. My first night using this I was quite surprised at how much it says I snore. Nearly 6 hours of snoring! :( The data is displayed in a very easy to understand 3 bar graph (each category gets its own bar graph). It also shows you how early/late you went to bed and woke up (based on your sleep schedule). There is a physical switch on the back side of the device for turning the microphone on and off. A nice gesture from Google that they have privacy in mind.
Controls are pretty easy to use. It has voice control: "Hey Google, how did I sleep last night?". "Hey Google, play me some ambient bed time sounds", It also supports hand gestures. And as I said above, the touch screen is responsive. Swiping from Left to Right returns you to the previous screen. Swiping up show the settings app tray (settings, turning sleep sensing on/of/etc). Swiping down shows the other apps (media, audio/video/games/etc)
Some settings seem too difficult to access. I remember setting up my bed time schedule. I wanted to change it, but I couldn't find it anywhere. I think consolidating or displaying all of the various settings from the main settings window would be useful.
I'm not sure if I like or dislike that it doesn't have it's own internal power source. If you unplug it, the device turns off. And plugging it back in requires you to wait until it boots up again. I suppose this help keeps the cost down. And this device isn't meant to be mobile (it's permanently affixed to it's base).
I really like this device. It streams Netflix, it tells me how I'm sleeping, it's small and light weight. I can see get another one of these for the kitchen. If you own a bunch of Nest devices, you definitely need to get one of these (they're pretty cheap too!). If you don't have any Nest devices, this would be a great way to get into the Nest family.
The Nest Hub 2 has all the usual features found on a sophisticated smart display. The only missing feature is a built-in camera which I am actually glad it does not have, especially for a device used in the bedroom and facing my bed. With the mic enabled, the wake phrase “hey google” allows voice commands for a wide range of options and smart home integrated controls. The 7-inch color touchscreen display also adds the benefit of touch sensitive controls if direct input is preferred. The sense feature also allows the use of touchless hand gestures to control media and silence alarms or the Google Assistant. Setup and operation are both straightforward but as always, I suggest thoroughly reading through the terms rather than merely accepting without reading. I opted out of binding arbitration after reading some parts of the language I wasn’t comfortable with. The on-screen menu system is intuitive and easy to navigate and the floating design display is responsive, vivid and bright. Backlight level can be set manually or set to dynamically change with lighting conditions. The display can be used primarily as a clock, information hub or even a digital photo frame while in standby. It can also play streaming media on demand. Sound isn’t bad for the size. Video and music quality both sound good and volume is sufficiently loud for small areas like a bedroom or den.
The sleep sensing is the standout feature of the Nest Hub 2. It works reliably and seems accurate. After a brief calibration it will track sleep automatically and can tell when you fall asleep versus merely laying in the bed. The Soli sensor uses radar and other sensors to monitor movements and record breathing and sounds like coughs and snoring. All recorded sounds are stored on the device and are not uploaded to the cloud. Sleep data is uploaded to the cloud and can be viewed on either the device touchscreen or in the Google Fit app. The Fit app is easier to navigate, feels more user friendly and provides more in-depth sleep data. Sleep reports share info such as total time asleep, the amount of time it took to fall asleep, respiratory rate and environmental conditions like temperature, humidity and light levels. I included screenshots of a report that includes a couple hours spent awake in the pre-dawn hours before going back to sleep. Past and present sleep data can be accessed in the Fit app. Sleep data can also be accessed on the device but is more limited than using the app and some sleep features require mandatory enrollment in voice match to access from the device. Sounds and sleep data can be deleted at any time.
Sound recording is useful for monitoring snoring and coughs to determine whether either poses a problem to restful sleep but also seems a bit creepy and invasive, especially if sharing a bed. I disabled it after realizing it had recorded my wife’s coughs and mistakenly attributed them to me. It felt somewhat invasive of her personal space and the idea of having all bedroom sounds recorded nonstop throughout the night seems a bit unsettling. Another thing that feels mildly disturbing is nonstop beaming of radio waves towards my head. For these reasons I only activate sleep sensing when I’m literally ready to fall asleep. I also only use sound recording if I have a specific concern about snoring. Otherwise, I keep it disabled most nights. Perhaps I’m overly paranoid and all of this is unnecessary but it makes me feel more at ease.
Sleep sensing is currently being offered as a free preview for the next year at no charge. No credit card is required to activate the preview. Once the preview is over, a paid subscription will be required. The subscription rate is not yet available but I’m debating whether I will be willing to incur the expense of another subscription service after the preview. The fact that I already own a wearable that can track my sleep with no subscription required makes a paid subscription less appealing. It will all come down to the eventual price.
The Nest Hub 2 is an excellent smart display that puts a wealth of features at my fingertips or a voice command away. The sleep sensing feature is reliable and seems to work well but I have to make myself feel more comfortable with the way it works. The hub provides quick access to my other smart devices like my Hue lights, Sonos speakers and more. The 7” size is perfect as a bedside clock and photo frame.
I bought this specifically for watching video while washing dishes/cooking. The speaker is loud enough to overcome the sound of running water or cooking. The screen is bright enough to overcome the undercabinet lights. Very nice and enjoy that it shows photos while not in use. The gestures are useful when your hands are wet. If only it was a little bigger like 8 inches.
This is simply a MUST Have for anyone who owns Google items, uses Chromecast! I used to have all my Google Assistant voices answer at the same time until I purchased the Nest Hub 2nd Gen @ Best buy at a steal of a bargain! You can even use Chromecast and watch TV on it! Options are too many to list! If you own Google/or a Smart phone, you need this.
I have had one of these for some time and I just purchased this one for my girl for Christmas. I love the Google Assistant and this hub makes it even more fun to use. Works much better and does alot more than Alexa in my experience.
A:AnswerMoatly the soli radar sleep sensor, re-tuned bass for better sound, 3 mics instead of 2, and on board command processing instead of querying the server as much, and internal hub-like network enhancement to allow communication with lights etc if your wifi went out. Sounds like Amazon's sidewalk but google calls it something else. Unclear if processor is new. Beveled edge is cosmetically different. Screen res is the same as gen 1.
A:AnswerNo. Nest Hub (2nd gen) doesn't have a camera. But, it has a Soli sensor for Motion Sense. Motion Sense uses low-energy radar to detect movement like breathing and gestures even without a camera.
A:AnswerI forgot to mention in my previous answer that, no, you don't need any additional equipment. Everything is streamed over the Internet, and played on the built-in speaker. You do have the option of subscribing to TunedIn's premium service, which will have fewer ads and more contents.
Before buying this device, try out TunedIn on your phone, tablet or computer. You can either go to TunedIn's website, or download their app. What you hear is exactly what you'd hear on this device.
A:AnswerNo. There is no option to download apps, however, there are a lot of things you can do and enjoy with your Nest Hub. You may check this link to explore what you can do with Google Nest devices: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7130274
A:AnswerYou can upload your photos using a phone/tablet or computer to Google Photos. Take note that Nest Hub displays photos in albums you create in Google Photos. You can log into Google Photos with the same Google account, create albums, and then choose the album in the Google Home app. You can find the details here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/9136992
Also, other family members can upload from their respective locations as long as they have an account. You can also invite them to become home members. Check this link for more info: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/9155535
A:AnswerAbsolutely! If you have a Netflix subscription, simply link your account in the Google Home app and you can play Netflix movies, TV shows and documentaries by using your voice on Nest Hub. Take a look at the following link for more details: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7214982