The 3 Best Google Speakers of 2021 Reviews

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Best Google Speakers

We've currently tested three Google speakers. Google is a very well-known technology company that produces a wide variety of Internet-related products, including smart speakers that offer compatibility with other technologies in the Google ecosystem. Currently, they only have three speakers on the market, so these speakers represent the entirety of their lineup.

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  1. Best Google Speaker

    6.9
    Music
    6.5
    Videos/Movies
    6.5
    Podcasts
    8.0
    Voice Assistant
    5.4
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    No

    The Google Home Max is the best Google speaker that we've tested. This smart speaker comes with built-in Google Assistant, and the voice assistant performs well even if you aren't very close to it. It also has very low latency when connected over Google Chromecast, making it suitable for watching videos and movies.

    It comes with a Smart Sound feature that automatically optimizes audio reproduction based on the unique acoustic characteristics of the room you're listening in. With this feature turned on, it has a very neutral, balanced sound profile, suitable for listening to lots of different audio content, though it lacks some low-bass. Fortunately, you can use the bass and treble adjustments in the Google Home app to customize its sound more to your liking. You can also use the app to configure multiple Google speakers to amplify audio across a crowded party, or to play audio throughout multiple rooms in your house.

    Unfortunately, its build quality is just mediocre, and its fabric covering seems like it could tear or collect dust easily. Also, while it gets loud, there's a lot of compression artifacts present when you play it at max volume. That said, if you're looking for a versatile smart speaker to use at home, it's still a solid choice.

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  2. Best Budget Google Speaker

    6.2
    Music
    5.6
    Videos/Movies
    6.2
    Podcasts
    8.3
    Voice Assistant
    4.9
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    No

    The best Google speaker in the budget category that we've tested is the Google Nest Audio. This smart speaker has a sleek design, and its built-in Google Assistant offers an impressive overall performance. It can hear you clearly even if you aren't very close to it, and there's also a mic mute button if you don't want it to listen to you.

    Thanks to its balanced mid-range, it can reproduce clear and present vocals and lead instruments, but they may also sound a bit dark. Fortunately, the Google Home app offers bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound more to your liking. You can also stream audio wirelessly from your mobile devices over a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection, and it also has built-in Chromecast capabilities, though its latency may be a bit too high to be suitable for watching videos.

    Unfortunately, it has to downmix stereo content into mono, which doesn't sound as immersive. It also doesn't get very loud, and there's a lot of compression when you play it at max volume, so it isn't really suitable for use at parties. However, you can use the Google Home app to pair multiple Google speakers together to create a stereo pair or amplify music across a party, which is nice.

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  3. Best Cheap Google Speaker

    5.6
    Music
    4.9
    Videos/Movies
    6.4
    Podcasts
    8.2
    Voice Assistant
    4.8
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    No

    The best cheap Google speaker is the Google Nest Mini. This wired-only speaker comes with Google Assistant, which can hear you clearly even if you aren't very close to the speaker. If you don't want the voice assistant to hear you, you can also mute the microphone, which is handy.

    With its balanced mid-range, it's suitable for listening to vocal-centric content like podcasts and audiobooks. It's also compatible with the Google Home app, which comes with bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound based on your preferences. The app also lets you create a stereo pair with another Nest Mini speaker, and it also supports Party Mode and Multi-Room features to help amplify your audio throughout your home.

    Unfortunately, it lacks a lot of low-bass, which can be disappointing if you like to feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. Also, while it supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, its latency is likely too high to be suitable for watching videos or movies. However, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.

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Compared to other brands


  • Built-in Google Assistant capabilities. Google's speakers come with built-in voice assistant support for Google Assistant, which you can activate using your voice. You can also mute the speaker's microphone if you don't want Google Assistant to hear you.
  • Pair together for Party Mode and Multi-Room features. You can wirelessly pair multiple Google speakers together in the Google Home app to amplify your audio across a crowded party, or to play synchronized audio in different rooms of your house at the same time.
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatible. Google speakers support Google Chromecast, which lets you wirelessly stream audio from other Chromecast-enabled devices to the speaker when they're connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Conveniently, their speakers also offer Bluetooth compatibility for those who prefer to stream their audio without an Internet connection.
  • Wired design isn't very portable. The Google speakers we've tested are designed for home use, and their wired-only design means that you won't be able to use them to listen to audio when you're on-the-go.
  • No advertised dust or water resistance. The Google speakers we've tested don't advertise an IP rating for dust or water resistance. As a result, you should be very careful if you plan to use them in a room with running water, such as a kitchen.
  • Some speakers lack low-bass. Some Google speakers, especially those on the smaller side, may have some trouble reproducing the deep, thumpy low-bass found in bass-heavy music and action-packed movie scenes.

Overall, Google makes wired-only smart speakers with lots of wireless connectivity options. They're compatible with other technologies in the Google ecosystem, including Google Assistant and Google Chromecast. Unlike other Bluetooth speakers on the market, they're designed for home use, and their wired-only design means they aren't really suitable to bring with you on-the-go.

Conclusion

Google makes smart speakers for home use that support Google Assistant. You can easily pair multiple Google speakers together to enhance your listening experience, and you can stream audio over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections. However, they aren't intended for outdoor use, and they may struggle to reproduce a thumpy low-bass.

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