Echo Dot vs Nest Mini vs HomePod mini: Battle of the small smart speakers

The Echo Dot, Nest Mini, and HomePod mini are all meant to lure you into smart home ecosystems. But which one is best?

Echo Dot vs Nest Mini vs HomePod mini: Battle of the small smart speakers
A Google Nest Mini in coral

The best way to get into both smart speakers and smart homes is often via a budget speaker. Since you’re not putting hundreds of dollars on the line, there’s little sunk cost preventing you from switching platforms, and that one purchase may even be enough. So, which budget speaker is the best overall? Let’s find out in this Echo Dot vs Nest Mini vs HomePod Mini comparison.

Amazon Echo Dot vs Google Nest Mini vs Apple HomePod Mini: Specs comparison

 Amazon Echo Dot (4th-gen)Google Nest MiniApple HomePod mini
Speaker Output:Mono 1.6-inch speaker40mm driver with "360-degree sound""Full-range" driver and "dual passive radiators" with "360-degree sound"
Ports & Connectivity:802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (with A2DP and AVRCP), 3.5mm, Amazon Sidewalk802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Thread, Apple ultra-wideband chip (UWC)
Voice Assistant & Smart Home Platforms:Amazon AlexaGoogle Assistant, Google HomeSiri, HomeKit
Supported Mobile Platforms:Android, iOSAndroid, iOSiOS
MSRP: $49.99 $49$99

What is the HomePod Mini, and should you get it?

A HomePod mini in orange