RANK #22

Google Nest Audio

"The Google Nest Audio is a great smart speaker with plenty of tricks up its sleeve. Google dropped the old air freshener aesthetic for a cleaner, softer design that houses impressive hardware and is powered by even more impressive software. If you’re considering the new Amazon Echo but aren’t beholden to Alexa, the Nest Audio is an attractive alternative that supports multi room and stereo playback."
As posted by soundguys.com

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Balanced sound with strong, detailed highs
  • Picks up voice commands very well
  • High-quality build

Cons

  • Highly sensitive touch controls
  • Low volume range
  • Bass isn't particularly powerful
  • Can sound harsh at higher volumes
  • No headphone jack

Overall Rating

84.3%
The overall rating was calculated based on 13116 customer and expert reviews from 39 review sites and 9 stores.
We analyzed the sentiments related to these top topics for Bluetooth Speakers:
  • 93.2%
    Sound Quality
  • 96.9%
    Durability / Build Quality
  • 91.9%
    Design
  • 84.3%
    Portability
  • 98.4%
    Battery Life
  • 84.3%
    Features
  • 92.9%
    Outdoor use
  • 84.3%
    Connectivity
  • 83.3%
    Controls

Expert Reviews Rating

Excellent
7
Good
32
Fair
0
Poor
0
Bad
0

Customer reviews by store

Price Comparison

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    50 reviews
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    1,003 reviews
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    815 reviews
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  • Google Nest Nest Audio Smart Speaker, Charcoal

    ADORAMA.COM
    1,003 reviews
    $99.99
  • Google - Nest Audio - Smart Speaker - Chalk

    BESTBUY.COM
    815 reviews
    $99.99
  • GOOGLE Nest Audio - Chalk

    CURRYS.CO.UK
    336,161 reviews
    £89.99
  • Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker - Chalk

    ARGOS.CO.UK
    55 reviews
    £89.99
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Expert Reviews

The Google Nest Audio is a great smart speaker with plenty of tricks up its sleeve. Google dropped the old air freshener aesthetic for a cleaner, softer design that houses impressive hardware and is powered by even more impressive software. If you’re considering the new Amazon Echo but aren’t beholden to Alexa, the Nest Audio is an attractive alternative that supports multi room and stereo playback.

Read more on soundguys.com

Pros

  • Price
  • Compact design
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Integrated Chromecast

Cons

  • Highly sensitive touch controls

The Nest Audio replaces the Google Home as the midrange, $100 smart speaker with better sound and updated looks.

Read more on cnet.com

Pros

  • Improved sound
  • Good channel separation in stereo pair
  • Affordable
  • Updated design and colors

Cons

  • Low volume range
  • Bigger, heaver than Google Home
  • No standout smarts

Improving on the original Google Home in every way, the Google Nest Audio is the new $100 smart speaker to beat.

Read more on techhive.com

Pros

  • Great sound for a $100 smart speaker
  • Handsome rectangular design (it grows on you)
  • Google Assistant aided by on-device AI chip

Cons

  • Google Assistant’s smart home compatibility falls short of Alexa’s
  • Capacitive touch controls and mic mute switch are well hidden

The Nest Audio smart speaker offers Google Assistant functionality and clear, detailed sound in an attractive design for a reasonable price.

Read more on pcmag.com

Pros

  • Balanced sound with strong, detailed highs
  • Supports Bluetooth and Google Cast
  • Google Assistant is more useful than ever

Cons

  • Bass isn't particularly powerful

If you want Google’s smarts and a slightly louder sound, this could be the device. But it isn’t quite the audio-focused speaker we’d hoped for

Read more on whathifi.com

Pros

  • Google Assistant works impeccably
  • Easy set-up
  • Improved build and finish

Cons

  • Sound lacks weight and punch
  • Harsh through the treble
  • Not as room filling as expected

Just how good is the Google Nest Audio and the Nest Mini, really? We put them to the test to find out if they're worth your hard-earned cash.

Read more on reviews.org

The Nest Audio looks good and sounds good, though with some caveats for music lovers. For those deep in Google's ecosystem it's a great smart speaker.

Read more on t3.com

Pros

  • Improved audio quality
  • Small, good-looking fabric design
  • Google Assistant is great for answers

Cons

  • Audio is thin and flat in the mid-range
  • Totally hidden control buttons
  • Only two colours in the UK

The Google Nest Audio is the middle child in the tech giant's current smart speaker line targeting the same market as Amazon’s Echo 4.

Read more on trustedreviews.com

Pros

  • Improved sound
  • Discrete design
  • Easy setup

Cons

  • Buggy

We take an in-depth look at the Google Nest Audio.

Read more on techradar.com

Pros

  • Subtle and unassuming design
  • Picks up voice commands very well
  • Better sound than its predecessor

Cons

  • Missing detail in the mids and trebles
  • Can sound harsh at higher volumes

The cloth-covered Google Nest Audio might not look like a premium smart speaker, but its punchy performance begs to differ. It’s the best-sounding option under $100 for Google Home and Nest customers.

Read more on tomsguide.com

Pros

  • Eco-friendly, attractive exterior
  • Balanced sound and soaring vocals
  • Speedy Google Assistant responses

Cons

  • Invisible touch controls can be fickle
  • Can’t be used an an audio-out source

The Google Nest Audio is acceptable for music. Its default sound profile has a balanced mid-range that can reproduce voices and lead instruments clearly, but it also can sound a bit dull and dark. Also, it lacks low-bass, which is disappointing for fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM. It doesn't get very loud, either. Fortunately, you can adjust its bass and treble to your liking using the Google Home app.

Read more on rtings.com

Pros

  • Bass and treble adjustments.

Cons

  • Doesn't get very loud.

Google has finally replaced its Home smart speaker, and if you're ok with the slightly unusual design, the Nest Audio is a great value for money all-rounder

Read more on techadvisor.com

Pros

  • Impressive bass and mid-tones
  • Affordable
  • Compact
  • High-quality build

Cons

  • Only two colours outside US
  • Harsh sound at top volumes
  • Multi-room could be better

After several years waiting for a successor, the Google Nest Audio is poised to make an impact as a powerful, room-filling speaker perfect for the smart home.

Read more on digitaltrends.com

Google’s new $99 Nest Audio set out to accomplish one thing—make a better sounding Google Home. The original $130 Google Home is a competent smart speaker but produces a muddy sound. Thanks to a shape change and improved speakers, the Nest Audio promises to be louder and maintain a natural sound. Did Google succeed? Why yes, and it’s music to my ears.

Read more on reviewgeek.com

Pros

  • Crystal clear audio
  • Compact enough to fit on narrow shelves
  • Will look good in most settings

Cons

  • No headphone jack
  • Can't change the colors like Google Home

We take an in-depth look at the Google Nest Audio.

Read more on techradar.com

Pros

  • Subtle and unassuming design
  • Picks up voice commands very well
  • Better sound than its predecessor

Cons

  • Missing detail in the mids and trebles
  • Can sound harsh at higher volumes

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