Meet the 2nd generation Nest Mini, the smart speaker you control with your voice. Just say "Hey Google" to play songs from Spotify, YouTube Music, and more.¹ Music sounds bigger and richer. Ask your Google Assistant about the weather, news, or almost anything. Hear your personalized schedule, current weather conditions, and reminders.² Set timers and alarms. And control your compatible smart devices.³
Better sound, all around.
Music sounds bigger and richer on Nest Mini, with more power and bass. Ask your Google Assistant to play your favorite songs from Spotify, YouTube Music, and more.¹ Or stream music from your phone to Nest Mini.⁴
A little help with the Google Assistant.
Just ask and get the best of Google – weather, news, or almost anything. Set timers and alarms. And with Voice Match, you can hear your personalized schedule, commute times, reminders, and more.² So your day gets off to a good start.
Control your home with just your voice.
Dim the lights, pause the TV, or turn up the heat – all with your voice.³ Nest Mini works with thousands of compatible smart devices, like lights, thermostats, and TVs, from your favorite brands. Just say "Hey Google."
Thoughtfully designed for every room.
Nest Mini blends right into your home. It looks great on a nightstand, shelf, or countertop – even on the wall. Each color complements the entryway, living room, bedroom, or kitchen.
¹ Music subscriptions may be required.
² Voice Match requires additional setup and enrollment, and supports up to six users. When using Voice Match, keep in mind that a voice similar to yours, or a recording of your voice, could result in Google incorrectly recognizing someone else as you.
³ Compatible smart devices required.
⁴ Android phone or Chromecast-enabled apps on iOS required.
Google Nest Mini (2nd Generation) with Google Assistant
Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, YouTube, iHeartRadio
Arlo, Google Assistant, Hue, Nest, SmartThings, Wink
Search Engine Used
Streaming Media Player(s) Supported
Nest Mini (2nd Generation) Smart Speaker with Google Assistant
Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, YouTube, iHeartRadio
Voice Assistant Built-in
Wireless AC, Wireless B, Wireless G, Wireless N
Search Engine Used
Operating System Compatibility
Android, Apple iOS
Arlo, Google Assistant, Hue, Nest, SmartThings, Wink
I've been a heavy user of Amazon Alexa products for the past several years, but I'm also deep into the Google and Nest ecosystem. So I ordered this new Google Nest Mini with an open mind, hoping it would be a decent companion for my Nest thermostats and Wemo smart plugs. Surprisingly, the switch to Google Assistant was quite seamless and I'm very impressed with the sound quality and versatility of this little hockey puck-sized device.
- Incredibly simple setup, even for iPhone users. Just download the Google Home app, sign in with your Google account, and the app will walk you through the rest.
- Small size, but substantial weight and build quality. Compared to my first generation Echo Dot, the Nest Mini appears to have much better craftsmanship and is made of very nice materials. The mesh fabric nicely blends in to home decor and doesn't look like a traditional speaker. There's even a built-in screw cutout on the back of the device for wall mounting.
- The Nest Mini uses a proprietary power connector rather than microUSB or USB-C, but luckily the plug is compact and rounded, so it won't take up much space on your surge protector or wall outlet.
- The sound quality of the Nest Mini blows the original Echo Dot out of the water. Bass is noticeably stronger and surprisingly deep for such a small device. Audio can get quite loud with very minimal distortion at higher volumes.
- Voice detection is also excellent. Even with music playing at high volumes, the Nest Mini responds instantly to my voice. Google has supposedly added a machine learning chip to the Nest Mini which learns your voice and makes the Assistant faster over time. The responsiveness is absolutely noticeable, and the Assistant's answers are surprisingly detailed and useful.
- The Google Assistant is compatible with an incredible amount of smart home devices and partners, including Wemo, Harmony, and obviously Nest devices. If you have Nest thermostats, camera, and a security system like I do, you will appreciate the seamless integration. You can also connect to almost every music service like Spotify, SiriusXM, and Pandora to stream music directly from the Nest Mini.
- Other than the nice improvement to audio quality, there are really no major improvements to the Nest Mini compared to the original Google Home Mini. If you have a Home Mini, I see no reason to upgrade right now.
- There is no 3.5 mm audio jack for connecting/streaming music to external speakers.
This is the best compact smart speaker that I've used and it offers an incredible amount of value for its affordable price. If you use other Google products or services with any frequency, this is probably the speaker for you. The Nest Mini is a great-sounding compact speaker that is also stylish, durable, and incredibly versatile. Highly recommended!
Overview: Google's smaller version of the Google Home smart assistant which was originally released back in November of 2016.
The Good: This is the second Google Home Mini (Sorry, I still call it that even though they rebranded it into "Nest") that I've purchased. These little smart speakers are tiny but pack a bunch as far as audio quality and volume are concerned. The term "Smart Speaker" rings true here - this thing can do a ton. From setting alarms and timers from you, to playing the daily news, it seems there's always a new feature to be discovered with this device. The microphone is surprisingly sensitive and will be able to hear your "Hey Google" ques even if you're a good distance away. I've played a ton of music on these devices, controlled Phillips Hue light systems, and used it to boost productivity through reminders and alarms. This thing is so well designed that I don't really see the need for the larger Google Nest products.
The Bad: There have been some weird issues with inadvertent voice recording in the past. Google has subsequently removed that recording feature through patches. Still, the stigma of having a device unknowingly recording you is one that is hard to get rid of.
The Other: This thing is loooooaded with cheesy puns and bad jokes. The Dad joke enthusiasts among us will love this thing. Just say, "Hey Google, tell me a joke" and prepare yourself!
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Ease of Use
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I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Easy Convenient Smart Speaker.
This is the first time that I have used a Google smart speaker extensively, (I spent a couple minutes with my aunt’s Google home, the original one) and after a few days of having this little guy, I must say I am impressed.
The packaging was simple and straight to the point. Inside came the speaker, a round power cable and a quick start guide. I really like the look and feel of the device. The speaker is round, and the cover looks and feels like a cloth-like material and I would be surprised if it really wasn’t cloth. On the bottom of the speaker there is a small notch that allows you to mount the Nest mini onto a wall, this is a great addition to have as you’re now not limited to place it on your desk or counter. Also, there is a physical switch that allows you to turn off the microphone. I also appreciate that it has touch controls on the top underneath the cloth. It allows you to play/pause in the center while on either end a tap will allow you to set the volume to your preference, with the LED lights on top indicating the volume level
When it comes to audio, this little guy puts out much more sound than I thought it would, to be specific, I mean it got much louder than I thought it would. Also, the bass feedback is pretty good especially when your place it against an appropriate surface. Loudest is not the only thing though, the sound comes through clearly and there is very little distortion at high volumes. I threw various genres at it, and all sounded reasonably well. This speaker isn’t necessarily aimed purely at listening to music, so keep that in mind when you look at these.
Setting this up with my phone (android) was straightforward and easy. Download the Home app and it picks it up and sets it up quickly. After that you’re ready to use Google Voice Assistant, which is better than ever. With a quick “Hey google” you can begin asking it a plethora of things as well asking it to play music from any of your music streaming apps (i.e. Pandora, Spotify, YouTube music). Another thing I must point out is that the Nest mini is very good at picking out my voice from surrounding noise, such as from a TV or from another speaker playing in the room. This must be a result of the mic combination within the Nest mini as well as Google’s software for voice recognition, well done Google.
If you’re looking for a little companion for a small space that will be a great voice assistant, the Nest mini will be a great buy, whether for someone new to smart speakers or someone who already has a google ecosystem set up at home and wants to add a new speaker to another room.
It can be paired with Bluetooth speakers(use one at a time).
The wall mount is a clever idea. I use a push pin to mount it (they recommend a #8 screw).
You can ask(voice) it to play specific music, change volume; with smart bulb, turn on/off/dim (even to certain percentage)/change color; with Tile, search for missing objects; ask/set event schedules, ask weather, time etc. I believe it can operate smart curtain and shower head, but I haven't install one.
It looks pretty too.
But I still don't have a good way for music source. The YouTube reqires premium membership, the Pandora doesn't work, the Google Music Play always say the piece I choosed not available. Now it uses some alternative, works fine now, but I don't know whether it's just temporary trial.
Google - Nest Mini (2nd Generation):
For all current Google SMART Home users expanding with this Nest Mini: You’ve seen most of this before. Appearance, operational controls and even the price looks the same (ignoring sale prices). The Google Home App on your phone will recognize the Mini using bluetooth, and get it onto to your home wireless as fast as you can assign it to a room and enter a few passwords. From there it’s a matter of some enhancements. I’ve got two Home Mini smart speakers already so I’m familiar with how that model works, sounds and responds. As far as the Google Assistant, you’re already benefitting from whatever updates have happened this past year so all your minis share the same underlying software features.
Yes, the sound is fuller and the voicing is somewhat more natural. It can get louder, but don’t expect to fill a large room. It gets harsh if played too loudly. We have no problem using the speaker for playing back 21st century radio (Pandora or Spotify) but it wouldn’t be a first choice. We have too many other sound sources. As personal search and info assistants they provide us instant store hours, restaurant locations, weather reports, scores, and a broad range of Smart device control. I’ll deal with that below followed by a summary.
Review for folks getting started with this first Google Smart Home device:
I guess I’m now an advanced Google Home user. It’s been all of 2 years since I installed a Google activated speaker and one year since I expanded with a Google Home Mini (1st Generation) Smart Speaker with Google Assistant.
First, here’s what I’m doing with my Google devices but be advised it’s all easier to do than describe.
Any "Google aware" smart home device attached to the same wireless network as your Google (Nest) Mini is also controlled by voice or by using the Google Home App on your phone. As you grow your Google Home system, you gain remarkable remote control over YOUR home.
“Hey, Google, turn ON hallway lights.”
I’ve added GE C controllable lights in 12 locations. So, far, I prefer to limit my voice controlled lights to those locations that are awkward to get to (deck lights, entryway, hallway) or lights that add convenience (that extra bedroom light).
“Hey, Google, turn ON deck lights.”
I’ve added Leviton Smart LED Dimmers to control those lights that aren’t C by GE controllable.
“Hey Google, play "America" on Pandora on the Sony Soundbar”
It turned out that a Sony Soundbar I use on a bedroom TV is controlled by Google Home. Surprise.
“Hey Google, start RoMo” (I named our iRobot.)
And, our iRobot M6 Mop is controlled by Google Home.
The Google Nest Mini (2nd Gen) adds control over our home filled with smart devices from any location in our house that is within hearing range of the Mini. At the same time the Nest Mini is a room speaker with improved sound quality. It plays bigger than before.
It’s a smart, convenient, affordable, always available, life assistant
This speaker is good overall however if you want something a little better on bass I go for the bigger $100 Google speaker but. With this you definitely will fulfill most of yours needs voice commands, music, control of your smart home, etc. Far as sound and loudness goes it's more of a small room speakers depending on how big the rooms are in your house you can definitely hear it in a few surrounding rooms but it wouldn't be good for a party or kick back or whatever.
I'll confess in that I was not expecting the Google Nest Mini to be any different from the Google Home Mini I had been using. Wow, was I ever wrong! First off the sound quality from the Nest Mini is a huge improvement over my older Home Mini. Lightyears better. It's not up to premium quality speaker brands such as Bose but for something this small to have such full, rich sound is amazing in my book.
If you've used a Google Home (or Home Mini) then you know the basics here. It uses the Google Assistant to answer questions, control smart home items such as lights, and also play music, pod casts and audio books. One thing i like about the Nest Mini is the built in hole on the back in case you wanted to mount it on a wall. Another bonus is easier to use pause/playback and volume controls on the top.
I posted three pictures with my old Google Mini side by side with the Nest Mini. They are the same size with the Nest feeling ever so slightly heavier. Another change is the ditching of charging via Micro-USB.
Again, the biggest improvement for me in this is the outstanding sound quality.
Good mini is a real help for alarms, reminding me of dates, turning on and off multiple appliances. Anything that says it supports google assistant is a go for me.. only wish it could change the stations on my cable, but you can’t have everything. I’m still learning it.. but you can’t go wrong.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about microphone, design, size and price. Editors are less positive about mids quality and bass quality and have mixed opinions about usability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 94/100 = Excellent quality.
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A:Answerthe nest mini is just the upgraded model. better sound, a mounting cutout in the back, and lighting indicators to let you know you're touching the right place to adjust the volume. totally worth it! :)
A:AnswerAbsolutely! You can sync music on all 5 of your Google Nest Minis by creating a speaker group in the Google Home app. After you create the speaker group, simply say “Ok Google, play music on <group name>" to initiate playback on your home group. To learn more about creating groups and all the compatible devices, check out this support article: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7174267
A:AnswerNest Mini has a power supply range of 100-240V, but Nest Mini specs and features are optimized for the countries you can purchase Nest Mini. You can check the countries Nest Mini is available here : https://support.google.com/store/answer/2462844
A:AnswerNest Mini is a Bluetooth-enabled device and can connect to any device that supports Bluetooth® 5.0. You just need to pair it with your phone or tablet using the Google Home app or from your phone's settings. You can check this link for more details: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7381505
A:AnswerYes. You can pair your phone via Bluetooth. However, since Nest Audio speakers are Wi-Fi dependent device you still need internet connection to initiate the pairing. Check this link for more details: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7381505
A:AnswerAbsolutely! You can still use Nest Mini even if you don't have other Google smart devices. You will need to set it up using the Google Home app in your phone/tablet and you can use most of its features, including asking it questions, playing games, playing music, adjusting volume, and much more. Take a look at the following link to learn more about setting up Nest Mini: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7029485