The Google Home Mini, an Amazon Echo Dot challenger, is a great tool to put in a living room or kitchen for hands-free access to Google Assistant. It can also play music from services such as Spotify, play podcasts, and control your smart home appliances. The Mini’s sound isn’t as good as the original Google Home, but it’s still good enough for a kitchen appliance. The appeal of the Google Home Mini is that it’s smaller and much more affordable than its larger counterpart, and a great option for smart home novices.
The Wemo Mini Smart Plug is a stackable smart plug that’s small enough to allow two of them to sit on top of each other in a standard home outlet. The Wemo Mini works with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. It has its own Wi-Fi capabilities built-in and does not require a hub like many smart devices do. Just like the Google Home Mini, this Wemo smart plug is a solid gift option for smart home beginners. Together, these devices make for a great pairing.
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