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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 17721 reviews

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 26 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    12 and counting...

    Posted
    AZITGuy
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    So much you can do with the Google Home Minis. I currently have 12 installed, with plans to add at least 2 more. I have multiple routines setup to control Philips Hue LED lights. Three speaker groups: one upstairs, one downstairs, and one for the entire house. I stream Pandora to as many as all 12 minis at the same time and have not noticed any sync issues, although on occasion there may be a few seconds where one will play gibberish, but returns to normal by itself in a few seconds. I also have one connected to a mobile battery pack so I can use it where it is not practical to run a power cord and it's mobile anywhere in the house. I'm probably going to do that with one or two others where cords can be a problem. I'll even be adding one in the garage to play music and allow me to broadcast messages to the entire house.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good & getting better

    Posted
    Scott
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    Decided to try Google Home to compare with Amazon's Echo. When asking the same question, both do not always have an answer; but Google Home appears to have an answer more often. Each is improving their service and both should be better in the future. Need to investigate what other services each support, i.e. home control devices, etc. Since I have Amazon Prime, the music availability seems more complete with Amazon Echo; although you can subscribe to music services using Google Home. The jury is still out, but initially I believe Google Home may have the edge up due to it using Google search as the primary source for retrieving information. A final conclusion will be influenced by what fetures anyone may use with either of the devices. The test is still a "work in progress" and the eventaul release of a similar Apple product may need to be considered. In the mean time Amazon & Google are battling it out at home. Both provide valuable resouces that make things more convenient. Need to spell a word correctly, 'jsut' ask, (neither deals with typos).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect if you're invested in the ecosystem!

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    Moha14hh
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    I own a Nest, Chromecast, and I use an Android device. I purchased this thinking that $50 isn't too bad if I end up not liking it or using it. This device works very well and it's actually pretty cool to use (a lot of features a gimmicky and serve no practical use) The Biggest Draw Backs are that the call quality is terrible on this, audio is nice and loud... just don't play music on the speaker itself, it doesn't sound good, it doesn't understand some languages (not an issue for me, but some people find this to be a problem), and Google disabled the tap to speak, so the only way to activate it is to say one of the 2 wake words, there is no physical button to make it listen to you. I love this thing, and google continues making the software and features better, so I can't wait to see what they add!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for remote stuff/Assistant needs work

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    arjay67
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    I got this on sale at Christmas time when BB was offering a great price plus a gift card rebate. It has been fun to use and works well at controlling my Hue lights, Nest thermostat and TP-Link outlet switch. It also works very well with music services like Google Play and iHeartRadio. It has even surprised me a couple of times in doing things like playing a song from Google Play when you tell it a line of the lyrics. But for other operations and requests, it's really far behind Siri. It's very small size and attractive styling allow it to be placed almost anywhere without standing out as ugly. Keep in mind that this unit is very small. As such, you cannot expect high fidelity from the speaker, but it beats a blank. It was easy to pair with my other mobile devices to use as a speaker. The companion Goggle Home/Google Assistant app are simple for most tasks. But can be a bit confusing when setting up devices like smart bulbs and switches. Overall, I'm happy with this purchase. But I'm really waiting for the HomePod to take its place.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better Than Expected

    Posted
    Brad

    I have 3 of the full size Google Home units in the house, and so I was interested in how the Mini would perform as i expand my home automation. It's just as easy to setup, and what surprised me was how good the sound quality is. Google Home now runs the thermostat, most of the lights, all stereos, TV, Audio Receiver, Google Chrome, and even my DirecTV through the Logitech Harmony Hub. It's exceptionally convenient, especially in the kitchen. With my hands full, I can turn lights on and off, change the music, set multiple timers for what I'm doing, add things to the shopping list, and even look up recipes. I'd be lost without it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Handy device

    Posted
    GodTM
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    I primarily use Siri/Homekit for my home automation needs, but my wife wanted something I could put in the kitchen to easily turn on/off lights with her voice (without resorting to using her phone/watch which she wouldn't have on her at all times). The google home mini is quite versatile and augments my setup nicely. It connects to most of my home automation devices without interfering with that setup (as all my devices are paired with homekit). This includes Lifx, and iDevices bulbs/switches. It's also nice I can stream music to this easily, but this device is quite small so the sound quality isn't the greatest for music. They can be paired with Chromecast Audio devices to fix this naturally. I've been using airport express devices for streaming sound throughout the home, but I might switch to Google Chromecast Audio devices in the future (there are pros and cons to each so I'm not rushing to make that switch). The voice recognition is great (better than Siri by far). I think it also provides better results from questions asked.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love the Google home Mini!

    Posted
    Kyle
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    This was so easy to set up, literally plugged in, opened the home app on my phone and it automatically found it and sent it to my phone. I love the future that it gives personalized results based on my voice and on my roommates voices so my contacts will only be able to be called when it hears my voice and there's also a guest mode! I would not choose any other product I've tried Alexa I did not like it. This one is incredibly user-friendly we have two in our house and as long as I have an internet connection I can control all my lights my ceiling fans everything I've connected to it I can even ask it to show me my front entryway camera on a specific TV or the coolest part is I can broadcast a message to all the Google homes in my home either with my voice or Google's voice so that way it acts as a PA system in a way

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    First time user

    Posted
    Mike7
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    is a little device that’s intended to live in your house or apartment, providing an access point to all of Google’s services whenever you need them, even if your hands are full or you’re not in front of a phone or computer. It can play music, answer questions, tell you the weather, wake you up in the morning, control smart home gadgets, and do other tricks. Everything the Google Home is designed to do can also be done with Amazon’s wildly popular Echo, which launched two years ago. The similarities between the two are near-endless: like Google Home, the Echo is a screenless, connected speaker that’s always listening for a voice command and can play music, answer questions, turn your smart lights on or off, and more. There’s a lot of overlap between these products, and for most intents and purposes, they are all but identical in use. But Home has something that the Echo doesn’t: a wealth of knowledge about the world, my personal preferences, and my habits. In other words, it has Google. I would recommend this to a friend

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Different than the Dot

    Posted
    rtbestbuy
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    Decided to try the Google Home Mini this Christmas when it went on sale. Have been using the Amazon Dot for a while now, mostly for home automation. From a hardware perspective, the Google Mini is a much better speaker than the Dot and can function as a bluetooth speaker for other devices. The Dot can use an external speaker. The Dot has a better (more sensitive, better distance) than the Mini. The bigger difference between the two is in the backend processing. The Mini is much more adept at language processing than the Dot. With the Dot, you select the skills that you want and link them to your device. With Google, it's all hidden, the phone app will search for any compatible devices, which is much more limited than the Alexa skills list. One big issue with the Mini are the permissions that the Google Home app requires, which are much more invasive than the Alexa app. That having been said, the Mini is now a fixture in my office, using it for reminders, music, and as a speakerphone. All of which work pretty well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great...with one exception

    Posted
    Scarymungus
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    I bought a Google Home Mini and was excited to compare it to the Echo Dot. Google Home outperformed the Echo in a couple ways. 1. The sound quality was significantly better. 2. Google Assistant is simply smarter, and produces better information. BUT, the Google Home Mini cannot currently connect to external speakers via bluetooth. This was a deal breaker for me, and it broke my heart to have to return it. Why does this matter? Well, the Google Home is stationary as it plugs into the wall. So, I had it plugged into my bedroom. I frequently connect my Echo to an external speaker and take the speaker into the bathroom as I shower or get ready for the day. It works wonderfully. But Google doesn't let you do this. It was annoying enough for me that I couldn't justify keeping it, as I use it in that scenario so often. So for now I'm back to my Echo Dot - which does connect to my bluetooth speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect little assistant

    Posted
    BBuyer
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    My son bought this for me as a gift. Initially I didn't think I would use it very often but I use it alot. I have it in my kitchen and I use it for recipes, weather, music. I get a little frustrated when I don't have my phone readily available to cast my music bc most of my selections are only available in Google Music, I haven't taken the time to check into subscribing to Google Music but it's not really that big of a deal to me. I don't have much trouble finding music I like and I can cast anything. I love the black color, it blends into the background on my backer's rack, you don't even know it's there. The sound is fine for quick music. I recommend getting the larger version if you are wanting a better sound or plan to use it as your main music speaker source. I liked it so much that I bought my mom one. Definitely recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A LITTLE PERFECT 4.4 STARS

    Posted
    newbies
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    THE REASON WHY I SAY 'A LITTLE' IS BCUS GOOGLE HOME MINI SOMETIMES FINDS IT DIFFICULT TO HEAR MY VOICE - I HAVE TO SCREAM OUT LOUD SOMETIMES. ECHO DOT IS MORE EFFECTIVE WITH VOICES. BUT GOOGLE HOME MINI IS MORE EFFECTIVE ALL ROUND. THAT IS WHY I WOULD KEEP THE DEVICE. SOMETIMES I WILL CALL OUT A NUMBER OF TIMES, BUT MINI WOULD NOT ANSWER, THEN AFTER A FEW SECONDS - EVEN WITHOUT ME TALKING, SHE WOULD RESPOND "HI, HOW CAN I HELP YOU"... GIRL PLEASE!!! ANYWAY, I AM AN ANDRIOD PHONE USER, I SUPPORT ANDRIOD PRODUCTS AND GOOGLE BASICALLY CONTROLS THE WEB- SO WHY NOT GET A GOOGLE HOME MINI FOR A DECENT PRICE. THERE IS NO EXCUSE. ALSO, MINI OCCATIONALLY REASONS TO OTHER WORD OR PHRASES OTHER THAN 'OK OR HEY GOOGLE'. WHAATT!!! SHE'S CRAZY LIKE THAT. I FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO GET AN ANDRIOD TV TO GET THE FULL USE OF THE GOOGLE HOME MINI - CHROMECAST IS NOT THAT EFFECTIVE UNLESS TO HAVE THE HDMI CHANNEL ON. THAT SUCKS. ALSO, **** I NEED MORE ACCENTS/ LANGUAGES*** AND I EXPECT THEM TO BE A EFFECTIVE AS THE US VERSION.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible experience

    Posted
    Chase
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    If I could give this 0 stars I would. I purchased this the same day as posting this review. Immediately I went home to set it up, I was given an error and then proceeded to try setting it up for 3 hours including a 1 1/2 hour call with google service trying to assist in setting it up. The google service was extremely helpful in patient but the device refused to work. Also this error has persisted on this device for around 6 months without fix at this point. If the error comes up after connecting to wifi don't even try to fix it, you're screwed. Just get an Echo instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love this Pink guy

    Posted
    Izhart
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    I have all three colors. The pink one has since been replaced with the Google home HUB. but none the less I have one in the living room which controls the living room lights and TV, and another in my bathroom for music and what not while in the shower or using the bathroom. Google assitant is awesome. and it honestly has a great mic. it can literally hear you. We have 5 googles home minis and one google home hub. My house is kinda small so speaking to one of the google assistant in any area with a loud voice will activate like 2 - 3 of the assistants in different rooms. so you can talk softly to your google home mini and it will still pick it up. Great product and it sure comes in handy. once you learn what else you can do with it. most people will just use it to ask what is the weather one day as a niche. and play music. But it can do so much more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quick and Responsive

    Posted
    KaiSoon
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    I was really surprised when I picked up the Google Home Mini for only $30, plus I got a $10 Best Buy giftcard! Setup is fairly quick and easy with the Mini and it learns your voice pretty quick. As long as you have a good internet connection the Mini will respond to your questions a lot faster than Siri would on Apple devices. You can set alarms, tell it reminders for the day, add stuff to your shopping list, and a bunch more! I had a chromecast already so all I had to do was link my Netflix and Hulu accounts to the Google Home app and now all I have to say is "Hey Google play " and it'll start off the show on the last episode you watched. I also bought 3 TP-Link Smart LED light bulbs and they work flawlessly with it. Overall i'm very impressed with the Mini and especially cause I got a deal on it. Somethings aren't possible yet like sending text and a couple of other commands that the mini has trouble processing, but with future updates coming i'm sure it'll only make this device even better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun device thats not quite prime time

    Posted
    CoKroSays
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    I bought 3 Google Mini's, one for each floor, to voice control our lights, thermostat and entertainment. It leaves a lot to be desired on those fronts, being limited which partner companies it will work with. There are also some undocumented "limitations" to how it works with those systems. For example, if you have two groups of lights designated on a floor, the Mini (and Google) will not recognize them separately. Similarly with Harmony Remotes. If you have a "livingroom" hub and a "basement" hub, you can only control one of them with your voice. Seems ridiculous that you can't say "turn on the livingroom TV" without sacrificing any control over the basement TV. As far as working with the standard services, it is very responsive and fun for listening to music with the family, or getting a news update, or asking for a joke or to sing happy birthday. For the price, its pretty good. But there's a lot of work to be done before it can do all of the things they claim it will do smoothly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great home assistant for the price

    Posted
    JacobA
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    Just like the Echo Dot, the Google Home Mini is an excellent home assistant. It can do everything the Alexa line can do- such as weather and news reports, reminders and timers, control smart home accessories, answer questions, play music, and more. Like the Echo Dot, the sound quality won’t be amazing, but you shouldn’t expect it to be. It’ll get the job done in smaller rooms though. One thing I enjoy over the Echo line is that Google Mini is much better at answering random questions. And it should be, as it’s powered by... well, Google. Another benefit is that I’ve found Google Home Mini to control the Chromecast quite well. Alexa can control a Fire TV, but the implementation there feels a bit shoehorned and doesn’t always work the way i want. Google’s is more streamlined and can increase the volume or turn off the TV altogether with ease. If you’re a Prime member, go with the Alexa. If you have a Chromecast or will get more use out of question-asking, go with the Google Home Mini.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Google home mini works well, but privacy concerns

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    BradleyUfgoodlykins
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    I have amazon echos and dots around my house and an iPhone and iPad so I wanted to try out google's assistant. The google assistant is a bit easier to work with than alexa and definitely behind apple's siri. But according to my research, google is always listening and sending everything to the 'cloud'. Amazon is always listening but will only send what it hears after you say your key word ('alexa', etc). Apple will only process what you say to it and send the translated information to the 'cloud' (I ask 'what is the weather?', it sends 'weather request' to the server, no recordings, nothing I say is stored on the device). But there is no way apple will sell me a home pod for $500. I'll probably stick with my echos and dots I probably spent less than $500 altogether that are in every room of the house now. Google home seems interesting but the privacy concerns don't make me want to replace the amazon devices I already have.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to the Google Home line

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    Beelwin
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    The Google Mini was a great addition to the Home family. For being as small as it is the speaker is pretty good. I have the Google Home as well and the thing the mini is lacking when playing music is bass. If you are looking for this to be your main music speaker in the room you are putting it in I would definitely consider getting the Google Home instead. However if you already have one of those this is a great extension to expand in to other rooms of your house at a reasonable cost. Also if you have multiple you can use them to broadcast messages throughout your home similar to a intercom. For example you can say "Hey Google, broadcast It is time for dinner" It will then play that message on all your Google Home / mini devices. To note the functionality of the Google mini is identical to the Google Home. They both use the same app on your phone and both can process all of the same commands. The major difference is the speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good smart speaker but not perfect

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    snapperheadjoe
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    Google has several things going for this tiny smart speaker. The sound quality is much better than on the Alexa mini devices however it doesn't have the ability to connect an external speaker via a plug or Bluetooth which is a big detraction. There is also no comparison between the Smart's of Google Assistant versus Alexa's very limited responses and knowledge when it comes to answering questions. However the Alexa assistant, in my opinion, is better at controlling smart home devices. Give Google a little time and they will catch up and probably surpass Amazon. For now if you want a better sounding mini smart speaker that can answer your random questions more accurately stick with the Google mini but if your main concern is controlling your smart home then the Alexa Mini is it better return on your investment. As a side note I own six Alexa Minis and two Google Minis and have put them head-to-head so my assessment is accurate.

    I would recommend this to a friend