“Hey Google, play music on Spotify.” I utter those same six words at least once a day to my Nest Mini, usually as I’m stepping into the bathroom to prepare for an epic shower sing-along. Within a second or two, I’m treated to solid audio of my favorite sad indie songs and loud pop-punk jams, as well as the ability to easily ask for the time once I inevitably start taking too long.
These features aren’t particularly unique to Google’s affordable smart speaker that launched back in 2019, but they’re exactly why the Nest Mini has been a fixture in my home ever since I got my hands on one last year. And if all you want is a cheap, dependable speaker that can guide you through your day, play music well and connect to a myriad of smart home devices, it may be a great fit for you as well — especially since the speaker (which launched at $50) often drops to as low as $30 these days.
An excellent and affordable smart speaker
The Google Nest Mini is an attractive and good-sounding smart speaker that lets you do a ton with Google Assistant.
A smart speaker that doesn’t get in the way
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