Written by Tamara

Comparison article: Google Home vs. Google Home Mini

The long awaited Google Home is finally available in the Netherlands. The voice assistant is currently available in 2 variants: the Google Home and the Google Home Mini. The price difference is quite big so it makes sense that you wonder what the difference is. I explain the differences between these two variants in this article so that you can make the best choice for you.

Google Home

  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • For small and medium-sized rooms
  • Spotify Connect, Google Play Music
79,-
in stock
  • With voice control you are constantly aware of your calendar, weather, traffic jams and all knowledge of Google.
  • Thanks to voice control, you can execute commands without using your tablet or smartphone.
  • The speaker can distinguish up to 6 voices, so you can use the device with more than one person.
  • You need a Google account to use functions such as calendar management.
  • To control your TV or other speakers, you need a Chromecast or Chromecast Audio.

Google Home Mini

  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • For small and medium-sized rooms
  • Google Home app
44,-
in stock
  • With voice control you are constantly aware of your calendar, weather, traffic jams and all knowledge of Google.
  • Thanks to voice control, you can execute commands without using your tablet or smartphone.
  • The speaker can distinguish up to 6 voices, so you can use the device with more than one person.
  • You need a Google account to use functions such as calendar management.
  • To control your TV or other speakers, you need a Chromecast or Chromecast Audio.

In short

Google Home Google Home Mini
Voice control Yes Yes
Extensive touch controls Yes No
Suitable as an assistant Yes Yes
Suitable for playing music Yes No
Link multiple speakers Yes Yes

Voice control

Both the Google Home and the Google Home Mini have voice control. With voice control you ask both devices to perform all kinds of tasks or answer questions. Think of turning on your smart lights, thermostat or music. If you have a Chromecast, you can also easily set up a Netflix series via voice control. Ask the assistant what time your first appointment is or what time football starts. Both the Google Home and the Mini recognize up to 6 different voices.

Playing music

Google Home: voice assistant and speaker

The Google Home is a lot bigger than the Google Home Mini. The Home has 2 built-in speakers compared to 1 of the Mini. This gives the speaker a better sound and a higher volume. The speaker is also available as a voice assistant, to play your Spotify playlists on. Do you want to get more out of the sound? Then connect the speaker via a Chromecast to other speakers in your house.

Google Home Mini: voice assistant

The Google Home Mini is really a voice assistant that helps you with daily comforts. It is not necessarily a speaker to play with quality music. If you have a Google Chromecast, however, you can connect the Mini to your other speakers in order to still play your favorite music qualitatively.

Design

Google Home: touch operation

The Google Home has a touch control on the top of the speaker. By tapping or swiping on the top, you pause the voice assistant or your music, stop the alarm function and adjust the volume. The Google Home has a Mic on / off button that lets you turn the assistant on or off.

Google Home Mini: small in size

The Google Home Mini has a small size that makes this voice assistant easy to work in any room. The Mini also has touch control, but less accessible than the Home. Pausing the assistant or stopping an alarm is done by holding both sides of the Mini. You adjust the volume by tapping the left and right side. To switch off the microphone (and thus the assistant), you have to move a switch.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a speech assistant for daily use such as managing your calendar, the weather forecast and the results of football matches, then you have more than enough to have a Google Home Mini. Even when you have a Chromecast and your own speaker installation you come a long way. If you want to play music with the device and experience more ease of use with the touch control, then the Google Home is the best choice for you.

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