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Google Nest Mini Review

True Score

86
82
22

Experts

92
6,491

Consumers

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Product reviewers liked how well the Google Nest Mini worked with Google Assistant and were glad that they could make some sound quality adjustments. However, they didn’t appreciate its high Chromecast latency, missing 3.5mm port, and inability to play stereo content.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Google Nest Mini is an entry-level Bluetooth speaker that was first announced in late 2021, and like the best speakers around, it has both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. The speaker also comes with Google Assistant built-in, and this (as well as its Google Home app) relies on its WiFi Internet connection to work. Speaking of which, owners will be able to adjust the speaker’s bass and treble levels through the Google Home app, allowing them to personalize their experience when watching movies or listening to music. The best Bluetooth speakers allow for a broader spectrum of sound adjustments and have a longer connectivity range compared to the Nest’s 262 ft. Still, the Nest Mini is more suitable for indoor use since it is not battery-powered, but buyers who would wish to consider a speaker that is ideal for outdoor use might want to explore our Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 6 review.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Google Nest Mini impressed expert testers with its Google Assistant capabilities. Reviewers from Rtings were delighted with how well the Nest Mini picked up voice commands, and during their sound tests, they could make adjustments to the bass and treble through the Google Home app. For an alternative that supports both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, make sure to check out our Sonos Roam review. The testing team at Android Authority was also satisfied with its bass levels and liked that it could be used as a speakerphone. They also confirmed that it could fill an average-sized room with sound.

However, they didn’t appreciate its inability to play stereo content without downgrading it and its lack of a 3.5mm port. They were also disappointed with its high latency over a Chromecast connection. On the other hand, the IKEA SYMFONISK has an admirable -14ms latency for Apple Airplay. If this sounds considerable, then go ahead and learn more about it through our IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf review.

Reason to Buy

  • Great with Google Assistant
  • Decent bass levels
  • Works as a speakerphone
  • Bass and Treble are adjustable
  • WiFi connectivity

Reason to Avoid

  • Can’t play stereo content
  • No 3.5mm port
  • High Chromecast latency

Google Nest Mini Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life8 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Time5 hrs
SizeSize1.65" (h) x 3.85" (w) x 3.85" (d)
Smart AppSmart AppYes
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater Resistantn/a
WattageWattage15W
Wireless RangeWireless Rangen/a

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)0
Volume Output (dB)76.5
Low End Roll Off (Hz)142.544
High End Roll Off (Hz)13,279.637

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Google Nest Mini Review

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Market Context

The Google Nest Mini is an entry-level Bluetooth speaker that was first announced in late 2021, and like the best speakers around, it has both…

The Google Nest Mini is an entry-level Bluetooth speaker that was first announced in late 2021, and like the best speakers around, it has both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. The speaker also comes with Google Assistant built-in, and this (as well as its Google Home app) relies on its WiFi Internet connection to work. Speaking of which, owners will be able to adjust the speaker’s bass and treble levels through the Google Home app, allowing them to personalize their experience when watching movies or listening to music. The best Bluetooth speakers allow for a broader spectrum of sound adjustments and have a longer connectivity range compared to the Nest’s 262 ft. Still, the Nest Mini is more suitable for indoor use since it is not battery-powered, but buyers who would wish to consider a speaker that is ideal for outdoor use might want to explore our Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 6 review.

The Google Nest Mini is easier to place than the Google Nest Audio since it is smaller. However, the Nest Audio gets louder than the…

The Google Nest Mini is easier to place than the Google Nest Audio since it is smaller. However, the Nest Audio gets louder than the Nest Mini and has better bass levels. Check out our Google Nest Audio review to see what else it can do.

The Google Nest Mini is smaller than the Amazon Echo Gen 4, and it offers built-in support for Google Assistant, while the Gen 4 comes…

The Google Nest Mini is smaller than the Amazon Echo Gen 4, and it offers built-in support for Google Assistant, while the Gen 4 comes ready to use with Amazon Alexa. The Gen 4 can also play stereo content, while the Nest Mini cannot.

The Google Nest Mini supports Bluetooth connectivity while the Apple HomePod mini does not, and it also has a Bass and Treble equalizer that the…

The Google Nest Mini supports Bluetooth connectivity while the Apple HomePod mini does not, and it also has a Bass and Treble equalizer that the HomePod Mini does not. However, the HomePod mini supports Apple AirPlay, while the Nest Mini does not.

Battery Life

8 hrs

5 hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

Charge Time

5 hrs

1 hrs 45 min

Size

1.65" (h) x 3.85" (w) x 3.85" (d)

5.30" (h) x 5.69" (w)

Smart App

Yes

Ring

Speaker Pairing

Yes

n/a

Water Resistant

n/a

n/a

Wattage

15W

15W

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Score Card

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Expert Score

82

*.75

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Customer Score

92

*.25

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True Score

86

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    61
    The Google Nest Mini is middling for music. Its balanced mid and treble ranges reproduce… read more

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Rating

    60
    The Google Nest Mini is the most affordable Google Assistant smart speaker you can buy,… read more

    By:

    Will Greenwald
  • Tom’s Guide
    68.04

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    With its new name, improved sound and more versatile design, the Google Nest Mini is… read more

    By:

    Kate Kozuch
  • CNET
    42.51

    Category Trust Rating

    87
    If you’re a fan of the Google Home Mini, the Nest Mini offers a very… read more

    By:

    Molly Price
  • Trusted Reviews
    48.27

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    A slight improvement over the original speaker, the Google Nest Mini is a gentle evolution…. read more

    By:

    David Ludlow
  • Which?
    62.66

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The Google Nest Mini wireless speaker is the successor to the Google Home Mini –… read more

    By:

    Unknown

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