Google’s cheapest (and most popular) smart speaker is the Nest Mini, and it’s pretty hard to find it not on sale. Now the speaker is back to its lowest-ever price of just $18.
The second-gen Nest Mini is a small smart speaker, with Google Assistant to answer questions, start streaming music, control smart home devices, and more with simple voice commands. There are touch controls for changing the volume and snoozing alarms, as well as a physical switch on the back for muting the microphone. It can start music playback from some services through voice commands, and for everything else, it acts as a Chromecast speaker or a Bluetooth speaker.
Google released the updated model in 2019, and compared to the original version (which was originally called the Google Home Mini), it has twice the bass and dynamic volume adjustment for Assistant based on current background noise levels.
This is the same deal we saw for a few days in November, and it’s still the lowest price we’ve seen yet for the Nest Mini from a major retail store. The speaker could make an excellent holiday gift for anyone in the Google ecosystem — reminders set on an Assistant smart speakers also appear on Android phones tied to the same account, for example. You can also pair multiple units together to play audio across multiple rooms.