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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 17220 reviews

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 27 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not all its cracked up to be

    Posted
    SFKF

    If all you want is something that can look up things for you or to set a cooking timer, it works well. If you want to use it to play music that is loaded on your phone, forget it. I have a vast music library on my Samsung Galaxy s7 phone, but when I say "OK Google, play "Over the Rainbow" (that's loaded on my phone) it says I must subscribe to Google Play and might choose another song to play. One of the reasons I got the Mini was to be able to play music hands free. Apparently the issue is with the Google Assistant itself, not the Mini so perhaps giving the Mini a bad review is not accurate. I've noticed others online complaining of the same thing and apparently Google is "working on" finding a fix. If you make a playlist on Google Play you can play it manually but NOT hands free. Apparently some people work around this by tapping the microphone symbol then saying what they want to play, but this makes it NOT hands free. If you manually choose the music, it doesn't sound too bad and it is somewhat useful for looking up answers to questions, but if you only want it to play music hands free you're out of luck.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Nice paperweight or hockey puck

    Posted
    Mega1
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    I bought this to use for a TV remote and play music. It's a fail for both unless you spend more $$ for other services, and "Shut Up, Google" was a common phrase in our family until we unplugged assistant. "She" can convince the TV's assistant to turn up the volume only, but for turning stations, turning it off, they're like a divorced couple, no can do. If I ask her to play a certain song she says I didn't buy Google music and plays a small excerpt of some other bad song from an unrelated genre. So I started Spotify, linked accounts and when I ask for my playlist, she says I don't have Spotify and plays their station named closest to the list name. If I make any other requests, she apologizes that she can't but is learning or says she doesn't recognize my voice, so I link all family voices, then she doesn't recognize theirs. It's constant troubleshooting, a ploy to get you to buy Google Music, Books, etc., and not worth the money.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another winner from Google

    Posted
    Bigdawg1955
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I got mine day one. Having already purchased 2 regular Google home assistants and several Chromecast audio units as well as an Amazon Echo dot. The Mini and the Dot are similar devices performing many of the same functions. I have found that the Mini does everything I would expect and a bit more the music quality is far superior to the Dot with the Mini having a much larger range, although the bass is a bit lacking. Interactions with the Mini are more engaging with the Dot voice being rather mundane. The only thing I found to be a disappointment on the Mini is the lack of a 3.5 mm audio adapter to link to a speaker. You can even make the Mini portable by attaching to a power bank.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A value for money product with good potential

    Posted
    doctorwho
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Like most people, I bought google home mini during the thanksgiving sale for 30$ and 10$ best buy credit. I am using it for a month now mainly to operate my smart TV. I do believe the product needs improvements but is value for money at 30$ (probably not so much at previous 50$ price). I use amazon echo dot for last 6 months and I find its more evolved than home mini. Pros: 1) Comes with google search engine. Cannot beat that. 2) Smooth integration with the TV using google chrome-cast and other devices. 3) Excellent speaker for the size. Could use more bass. 4) Easy to use all google services including navigation. Which is a big plus over echo dot. Shortcomings: 1) Compared to Amazon echo dot the voice detection is not that efficient. Sometimes you've to actually face the device and speak into the mic. 2) Finding the volume up and down keys is a trial and error. You will find it only if you're lucky. Echo dot has kept it really simple and efficient. Giving 4 stars because I kept comparing it to the amazon echo dot which is 4.5 stars in my opinion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So Far, Amazing!

    Posted
    verawr
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    We were both surprised by how well this Google Home Mini works. Granted, we haven't used it much, yet, but so far we are very impressed. If you use Android phones that have Google Assistant on them, both devices may respond, which is both amusing and mildly annoying. Perhaps it's possible to tell the Mini to take precedence over your phone, but if it is I haven't figured it out yet. My husband set it up, so I can't say how difficult it was, but it didn't seem to take very long. You have to teach it your voice at first, which he did, but I was surprised when it listened to me, too. (I love how it responds to unexpected commands, such as, "Hey Google, thank you". [I always feel like 'she' deserves thanks!]) Things, like setting a timer and changing the thermostat (with Nest), are extremely helpful. Granted, our phones can do this, too, but it's a lot easier to just tell Assistant to take care of it, especially while cooking. We bought two for our home and one as a gift. We hope the recipient will be impressed by it, as well. Also, in our opinion, "Hey Google" rolls off the tongue better than "OK Google", so it's great that they implemented that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Unusable without a compatible device

    Posted
    PapaS
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    This came free with purchase of a 3rd Gen Nest Smart Thermostat, otherwise I would not have purchased it OR would have to return it if I did. I researched the Google Home Mini Smart to see how or if I could still use it…NO! Why? It can only be paired with a Smart Phone or compatible tablet for remote usage. Because Google indicated it could be used remotely, to turn smart lights on/off, smart thermostats, etc by Smart Phone (I don’t have or want a Smart Phone) or Tablets (not all tablets though). I thought perhaps I could still use it with my PC…NO, I can’t! So, if you don’t have a COMPATIBLE smart phone or COMPATIBLE tablet, do not buy the Google Home Mini. Anyone want to buy mine? I could be wrong about the above, but I spent the better part of a day researching the possibility of using it only to find I can’t.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Mini is a great little speaker

    Posted
    Chrissy17
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I already have the bigger Home device, so I just wanted to extend the capabilities of the Google Assistant throughout my home. This Mini does a great job with that, and the sound quality is better than expected. It is not as good as the bigger Home device, but it is certainly better than a smart phone. I can listen to this Mini for hours for casual music or podcasts without irritating my ears! I hung mine in the bathroom, using a universal tool hook from the Dollar Tree (see pic). Works great so far. I notice one reviewer said they used IFTTT to control their Belkin switches. Well, I have one Belkin Wemo switch and it works fine without IFTTT. I enabled and connected the Wemo switch right from within the Google Home app. I've very happy with this Mini.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for music

    Posted
    Stephen
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    I already had one Google Home mini in my bedroom when I bought this one. I loved being able to play and control music (I use Spotify) using my voice, and I wanted one for my bathroom, specifically for when I'm taking a shower. I was a little concerned whether the Home mini would be able to understand voice commands over the sound of the shower, but so far it's worked perfectly. The volume is excellent, and I sometimes think I have it on too loud. I live in an apartment and I don't want to be an annoying neighbor, so I have to remember to say "Hey Google, volume 50%". I paid $30 when it was on sale. I would definitely recommend having this unit in one or more rooms. I like being able to play music on both my bedroom and bathroom Home minis at the same time, which I did by setting up a group in the Google Home app. I'm planning on buying a house soon, and when I do I will probably buy a couple more of these to have in my living room and kitchen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I'll be returning my 3

    Posted
    Mark
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Look, the sound is better than my Dots for sure, and Google is better for voice search. I have a Google Home and it largely addresses the sound issue and I was excited to expand my collection with 3 Minis. I also have 4 Chromecast Audios, so I could do some cool stuff. Why am I returning mine? The back breaker for me is that Google disabled the top button, which is functionality that I love on the Google Home. It takes extraordinary arrogance to say we're just going to permanently disable this functionality instead of fixing it. Can you imagine Apple doing it on something so central? No. The other frustration that I'd have dealt with if not for the top button issue is that Google Home apparently has not appreciation for device proximity like the Echos do. So when I ask a question, say, of my phone, if my Home devices hear me one or more of them try to handle the same request. This is most irritating when I ask Google to make a call that I want to handle from my phone and it comes out of the Home instead, with no way to take it back on my handset. Hopefully they'll get there in Gen 3. For now I'll stick to my single Home device and my Dots.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    Posted
    duchess
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The Google Assistant is definitely the best voice assistant available today. I have both this and an Amazon Echo Dot in my house and this is the one I almost always use. Whether it be Google Maps, Google's Knowledge Graph, recipes, reminders or calendar events Google just does it better. Responses are, on average, more accurate and relevant. I love how I can have the Google Assistant installed on my Android phone and Apple iPad, set a reminder on my Google home, and then remind me on all my other devices. The integration is really good, not to mention the direct tie in to Google Calendar (the most capable calendar I've used). As far as the hardware, the speaker on the Home Mini is leaps and bounds better than the one on the Echo Dot in sound quality, volume and dispersion (Seriously, it sounds really good). Google also just has a nicer voice, a lot less robotic. Also - if you have a Chromecast device this is THE assistant to get because they can seamlessly talk with each other. Bottom line, this is just a nice thing to have that can make your life just a little bit easier.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Made the echo dot look like a joke

    Posted
    Jothaboss
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I had bought a Google Home Mini as a entirely experimental gift along with a amazon echo dot just to play around with them and have some fun. I absolutely love the minis smooth round hockey puck design and I barely had to raise my voice for it to hear me over music. It also was compatible with all my existing smart home devices. The sound quality was also so much better than the echo dots so I feel that there is no need to have the mini connected to a external speaker. Also the google home app is much more user friendly than the Alexa app. The Google assistants second voice sounds better and more natural then Alexa's voice. It is also smarter. The only thing I wish the Google Home Mini had is when the four LED's on the top would come on they would be blue, red, green, and yellow like they are when you plug it in and like the full sized Google Home and not white but it doesn't matter that much to me. All in all I think the Google Home is a wonderful device to have and is certainly worth the $50. However the same cannot be said about the echo dot. To me it seems like it is worth $20 and not $50

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A cheap way to get started with Google Assistant

    Posted
    Yhippa
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    The Mini does pretty much everything that the Google Home does minus expanded bass for playing music. If you're putting these in bedrooms it should suffice. I have basic connectivity with home automation and it's nice to be able to perform actions from a different room. I've had no problem with the Mini hearing me. For some reason when I'm closer to the Google Home the Mini will pick up sometimes. One knock is that it uses Micro USB instead of USB-C. It doesn't bother me that much now since I practically never move it. My frustration is mostly with the Google Assistant. When I try natural queries it doesn't understand what I'm asking. I suspect it'll get better over time. Another minor frustration is tapping the sides to change the volume is awkward. If you use many service in the Google ecosystem get this!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smartest of all AI assistants

    Posted
    Adam
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    As a former sales employee at Best Buy, I know a thing or two about these products. As far as compatibility is concerned, the Google platform will pair with just about any major brand of smart home tech you can find. This speaker will also generate the most feedback for questions asked when compared to any other AI platform on the market. The setup and use of the Google Home ecosystem will take you a few hours to get it perfect, but it's well worth the time put into it. As for the actual customer service and feedback, I was blown away. Yesterday (6/27/2018) there was a worldwide outage for some of the Google Home platform. I assumed that this was a software bug and it was, so I didn't even contact anyone assuming they would patch it. And they did, within half a day. What really made me feel compelled to write this was that Google contacted me, without any reason to, regarding the outage, and clarified what happened. All in all I got to hand it to Google, for being the premier AI system and for being a world innovater. 10/10 AK

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quick Answers - Handy & Fun - Endless Commands

    Posted
    Glenn
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    I absolutely love my little Google Home Mini. It sounds great for its size, plus I can have it play music on my soundbar. I also have a Google Chrome on my TV that it can control. There are so many new commands and resources it can connect to and the list keeps growing and growing. I love being able to instantly ask it a question when something comes to mind faster and easier than it would take me to use my phone. Plus it's great for quickly adding things to my shopping list, my calendar, and it can tell us apart so it knows who's shopping list or schedule to put what on. Plus there are fun games and great things for kids. Check out the Google HOME app on your phone before you buy one even, and hit the compass icon to explore the huge list all you can do. It's amazing and endless. Do a Google search for "Google Home complete list of commands" or "New Google Home commands" to get an idea of what it can do too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Extremely convenient

    Posted
    Goodbuy
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    Google Home Mini is so easy to use. It really does make life easier and we don’t even use all the potential functions it has. We only have one lamp in the bedroom so once I’m comfy I can tell it to turn off the light. I didn’t even have to set it up to my phone or download the app for it to connect seemlessly to my iPhone Spotify, and even continues playing if I accidentally let my phone dies. I can even ask it to play a certain genre without selecting it on my phone and it does it. It tells me my local weather when I’m deciding what to wear in the morning and answers a lot of questions much better than Siri does. Never had an issue and we also use it with our Nest Thermostat. This is our second one, we originally just had one in the kitchen and could still give it commands all the way from the bedroom. You can adjust the volume as well so it’s not too loud in the bedroom, but can get it loud enough to jam out while doing chores. :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Personal assistant for $29

    Posted
    OldSkool7Four
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    I purchased a few of the Google Home Minis as Christmas gifts but was a bit skeptical due to the ridiculously low price. We already have a full-size Google Home unit and absolutely love it, but didn't think it was possible to pack all of the features into such a small package and for only $29. I was wrong. Setup takes a little bit of time and you'll need to download the Google Home app, but it is very simple. The Google Home Mini is very attractive and looks nice sitting on a sofa table. The sound quality isn't nearly as good as the full size Google Home though. The Google Mini has very good "ears" and can hear you from very far away, but this can be an issue if you have more than one Google Home in your house. For example, my son set an alarm on the Google Home in his bedroom and the Google Home in our bedroom set an alarm as well. You'll also hear Google Home echoing through the house when you ask it a question and all of the units provide an answer. I'm currently trying to figure out if there's a way for only the closest unit to respond to commands or questions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best of the small smart speakers

    Posted
    Flaco
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    I now own both the Google home mini and the Echo Dot and I greatly prefer the Google Home Mini. This is primarily because the audio quality has much better than the Dot. I have mine in my kitchen and while it doesn't sound amazing by any means it's good enough that I've been using it a lot for music and podcasts while cooking or doing dishes. It also can get surprisingly loud. As far as Google assistant, I've found it to be more reliable when asking for random information than Alexa. Search is Google's speciality and it shows. It does have a couple downsides. It doesn't seem like the microphones are quite as good as the Dot. When saying "hey Alexa" from various distances away, the Dot seemed to pick that up more reliably. Sometimes it will take a couple tries with the Google even when just a few feet away. I do wish it would have a line in port like the Dot does too. The Dot definitely still has the upper hand as far as connecting to other devices. Overall though, I think the Google Home Mini really is the better stand alone device.

    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

    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