Best Smart Home Products for Google Home Mini Android Central 2020

The Google Home Mini is one of our favorite smart speakers around. It's tiny, adorable, and does all of the same Google Assistant tasks as the more expensive Home and Home Max. One of the most useful Assistant features is being able to control smart home gadgets with your voice, and the Home Mini does this wonderfully. Here are a few of our favorite ones that work with it!

Light it up: Philips Hue 4-Pack Starter Kit

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Smart lights should be a staple of any smart home, and if you want some of the best smart lights money can buy, you'll want to go with Philips Hue. This starter kit includes four A19 bulbs that are capable of over 16 million colors, each of which should last for 25,000 hours of usage. It also comes with the necessary hub that connects the lights to your home Wi-Fi network and allows them to work with the Assistant.

$160 at Amazon

Make everything smart: Wemo Mini

Similar to smart bulbs, smart plugs are another smart home essential. The Wemo Mini plugs into your existing wall outlet, and then when you plug in a lamp, coffee pot, or anything else into it, you can turn it on and off with your voice using the Home Mini, the Wemo mobile app, or set up a schedule to have it turn on and off automatically. Also, since the Mini is so small, you can have two stacked on top of each other in one outlet!

$24 at Amazon

Get a lower energy bill: Google Nest Thermostat E

If you have a Home Mini, the best smart thermostat you can get is the Nest Thermostat E. Installation is surprisingly easy, and once it's set up, it begins to learn your usage habits and adjust your furnace/AC automatically as it learns when you go to bed or come home from work. You can also make manual adjustments by talking to the Google Assistant, using the Nest app on your phone, or physically turning it.

$139 at B&H

Stream all the things: Google Chromecast Ultra

Google's Chromecast is one of the easiest ways to stream video on your TV. Just plug it into your HDMI port and then use your phone to cast content to it from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and countless other apps in 4K HDR. With your Home Mini, things get even more convenient as you can say, "Hey Google, play Stranger Things on my TV." You'll be watching in no time without having to touch a thing.

$69 at Amazon

Take control of your lock: August Smart Lock + Connect

Traditional door locks are pretty dull, but the August Smart Lock is anything but. Once installed on your door, you can remotely lock or unlock your door using the August app or by talking to your Home Mini. With the Auto Unlock feature, the Smart Lock will automatically unlock when it detects you are approaching. You can also grant one-time keys to guests. The best part? You never have to mess with physical keys ever again.

$179 at Amazon

Make the robot vacuum: iRobot Roomba 960

No one really likes vacuuming, but it's something that has to be done. With the Roomba 960, you can rest assured your floors are clean without ever having to touch a regular vacuum ever again. Just ask the Home Mini to have the Roomba vacuum, and it'll get your hardwood and carpet floors clean with incredible power. It even goes as far to map your home's layout, so it knows precisely where it's going.

$500 at Amazon

Multi-room sound: Google Home Mini

If you already have a Google Home Mini, we recommend going out and picking up another one — for a couple of reasons. If you have a larger house or apartment, having multiple Home Minis in different rooms will ensure it can always hear your questions/commands. Plus, with home groups, you can play a song or podcast on all of your Home Minis at once for impressive multi-room audio.

$29 at B&H

Smart power strip: Monoprice Wireless Smart Power Strip

You should already be using a smart power strip to protect your devices in the event of a power outage, but even so, it's worth swapping out your current one for Monoprice's. Why? It's incredibly smart. You get 24/7 remote monitoring of anything that's plugged into it, can schedule timers to have things automatically turn on/off, and — of course — control it using your Google Home Mini. There are four outlets and two USB ports.

$33 at Amazon

Your garage deserves this: MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener

Your garage door isn't very smart in its current form, but with this gadget from Chamberlain, you can change that in an instant. Once you've got the MyQ set up, you can remotely open and close it at any time from your phone, schedule it to open/close at specific times during the day and get alerts whenever it's used. And, of course, you can ask the Google Home Mini to control it.

$80 at Amazon

If we're making some suggestions

As you can see, just like with most smart assistants these days, there's a lot of variety when it comes to smart home gadgets that work with the Google Home Mini. For most people, though, we'd recommend starting with the Philips Hue 4-Pack Starter Kit.

Smart bulbs are convenient, fun, and help to save some money on your energy bill thanks to the LED design. This starter kit is pricey, but once you have the included hub, you can buy new bulbs and connect up to 50 to it.

If you're looking for something more affordable, you also can't go wrong with the Wemo Mini. Smart plugs can be used for so many things, and without a doubt, this is one of the most reliable and easy-to-use.

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