Amazon Echo Dot VS Google Home Mini
Two of our favorite smart speakers, they offer all of the smarts in a more affordable package than the rest. But which one is the best?Affiliate Disclosure: CNET may get a commission from retail offers.
The second-gen, mini-size Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker is just as smart as the full-size Echo at half the cost. It boasts more skills and third-party integrations than its rival, the Google Home Mini, and it also includes an aux-out jack for quick, direct connections with external audio setups, which the Home Mini lacks.
The Home Mini offers noticeably better sound quality out of the box, and Google Assistant is better at pulling from the internet to answer a wide variety of questions.
The Echo Dot takes Amazon's popular smart home speaker and wraps it in an ultra-affordable package -- but the Google Home Mini is a very worthy competitor.
The Google Home Mini puts all of the smarts of Google Assistant into a small and affordable package. The Mini sounds surprisingly good for its size and features a colorful design that can blend into your home's decor.
The Mini's touch controls aren't intuitive, it doesn't have a line-out jack like the Amazon Echo Dot, and the built-in Google Assistant still doesn't have quite as many features as the Dot's built-in assistant, Alexa.
The Google Home Mini stands tall as one of the best affordable smart speakers out there, along with the Amazon Echo Dot, but it doesn't do enough to supplant the Dot at the top of the list.
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|smart speaker||Type||smart speaker|
|AC power adapter||Power Source||AC power adapter|
|Echo Dot||Model||Home Mini|
|Network & Internet Multimedia|
|Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n||Connectivity Interfaces||Bluetooth 4.1, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|Amazon Music Unlimited, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio||Internet Streaming Services||Chromecast, Google Play Music, Spotify, TuneIn|
|Speaker System Details|
|mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm||Connector Type||5 pin Micro-USB Type B|
|Internet of Things (IoT)|
|Yes||Internet of Things (IoT) Compatible||Yes|
|Belkin WeMo, Hue, Insteon, Lutron, Nest, SmartThing, SmartThings, TP-Link, Wink, ecobee, hive, tado||Platform||Hue, LIFX, LightwaveRF, Nest, SmartThings, TP-Link, hive|
|Bluetooth, WiFi||Communications Technology||WiFi|
|Alexa||Intelligent Assistant Compatible||Google Assistant|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|1.3 in||Height||1.7 in|
|3.3 in||Diameter||3.9 in|
|5.75 oz||Weight||6.1 oz|
|Service & Support|
|90 days warranty||Type||1 year warranty|
|Service & Support Details|
|limited warranty||Type||limited warranty|
|90 days||Full Contract Period||1 year|