Google Nest Hub: buy or better not?

Google Nest Hub
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Smart devices are plentiful and the Google Nest Hub can create order in this large collection of smart devices. Over the years I have all versions of Google Nest Hub extensively used and tested. That's why I'm happy to share everything I've learned, what you can do with it and whether you should buy a Nest Home Hub at all.

What is Google Nest Hub?

First of all, I will answer the question: what is Google Nest Hub? Google Nest Hub is a smart device, with a screen, that can be used as a central point within your smart home. With the hub you can control and connect all kinds of other devices via Google Home, but you can also give voice commands via Google Assistant.

Google Nest Logo

See everything from Google Nest Complete list

All Google Nest products in a row
Including interesting deals
Fast home

Google Nest Hub is, as it were, the center of your smart home and offers a number of interesting extra options through the screen. More on that later.

Google Nest Hub
Street: Chromefans

The Google Home Hub is a relatively small device, but it has great possibilities. Before I go deeper into the possibilities and what you can do with it: first an overview of the smart home hubs that are currently being made by Google.

In the comparison below I show what the Google Nest Hub can compared to the Nest mini, but also the Nest Audio. In essence, the latter is a WiFi speaker, but there are also a number of features of a smart hub.

Bottom Line
Google Nest Hub
Google Nest Home Hub
View best price
Bottom Line
Touchscreen: (7 inches)

Google Assistant (voice control):

(reasonable quality)

Built-in microphone: (3 pieces)

Bluetooth & Wi-Fi

17,7 12 x x 7cm
To use for
Stream camera/doorbell images
Smart speaker
Voice commands
Stream content
Bottom Line

Google Assistant (voice control):

(Good quality)

Built-in microphone: (3 pieces)

Bluetooth & Wi-Fi

12,4 17,8 x x 7,8cm
1,2 kg
To use for
Smart device notifications
Smart speaker
Multi-room speaker
Voice commands
Bottom Line

Google Assistant (voice control):

(okay quality)

Built-in microphone: (3 pieces)

Bluetooth & Wi-Fi

9,8 x 4,2 x 9,8 cm
To use for
Smart device notifications
Smart speaker
Multi-room speaker
Voice commands

Now that the similarities and differences are clear, I'll take a closer look at the Google Nest Hub.

Google Nest Hub: what can you do with it?

De Google Nest Hub, what can you do with it? That is of course a fairly general question, but below I have made an overview of the most important functions that you can use with this smart display.

In any case, this list gives a fairly complete picture of the possibilities if you decide to buy this smart screen.

  • As a voice assistant - The Google Nest Hub (2) also has a microphone (or actually three) and can therefore be used to give voice commands. You do this with the command 'Ok Google' and then, for example, 'turn on the lights'. You can also ask all kinds of questions, with 'Ok Google, how much does an elephant weigh', after which Google Assistant will answer.
  • Watch videos – With the Google Hub it is possible to watch videos from YouTube, for example. Not necessarily ideal on a 7 inch screen, but the possibility is of course there.
  • Use as a digital photo frame – It is possible to start your own slideshow on the Hub, where you can compile your own lists via Google Photos. In this way you actually have a digital photo frame.
  • Control your smart home – If your smart home products are compatible with Google Home, you can connect them. You can then operate the smart home devices via speech or via the screen. Here you can also set all kinds of smart routines. Know more, check all about Google Home devices.
  • Speaker – The hub can also be used as a speaker, which can be controlled via WiFi and Bluetooth.
  • Chromecast - With the built-in Chromecast is it possible to stream content to this smart device.
  • Use as an alarm clock – You can also use the Nest Hub as an alarm clock or alarm clock. You can put this next to your bed, see the time and possibly use an alarm.
  • Track your sleep with Sleep Sensing – With Sleep Sensing you can track how you sleep on the Google Nest Home Hub 2 (not on the first version). If you activate this, Google will track how you sleep, including sounds. In addition, there is a motion sensor that keeps track of whether you are sleeping peacefully, tossing, or just lying awake. You can view this data in the Google Home app. For now, Sleep Sensing is a free feature, it may become a paid option later.
  • Operate with hand gestures – Due to the Soli radarchip that is in the Google Nest Hub 2, it is possible to operate the device with hand gestures in front of the screen. For example, you can stop music or snooze your alarm.

On the Google Nest Hub there is no camera, so you will not be recorded, but that also means that video calling is not possible, for example.

Google Nest Hub
Street: Chromefans

Google Nest Hub: the details

Before I delve deeper into using the Google Nest Hub, first of all an overview of the functions, pros and cons and the specifications of this smart device.


Google Nest Hub (2nd gen)

Google Nest Hub
Street: Chromefans
View the current price Google Nest Hub

The Nest Hub is a smart hub that can (and wants) to be the central point of your smart home. Operation is via the touchscreen, or via speech, with which you can give commands (Ok Google, turn on the lights).

In addition to being the central point in your smart home, the Google Hub also allows you to track your sleep with Sleep Sensing, and the built-in Chromecast can you stream content.

De Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) is a complete device that can definitely be a good addition and is ideal for use with, for example, the Nest Battery Doorbell.

  • Screen: 7-inch touchscreen (1024×600)
  • Dimensions: 17,7 12 x x 7cm
  • Weight 0,56kg
  • Wireless network: 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2,4 Ghz and 5 Ghz)
  • Bluetooth: 5.0 + Thread (but not yet active)
  • Chromecast: built-in
  • Speaker: full range speaker with 4,4 cm driver
  • Microphone: 3 far-field microphones (incl. switch to turn them off)
  • Sensors: Proximity sensor, Soli-Sensor (motion sense), Ambient EQ light sensor and Temperature sensor
  • Processor: Quad-core 64-bit ARM CPU at 1,9 GHz
  • Colors: White, black, sand and fog
  • Smart hub (incl. screen)
  • Can also be used as a voice assistant (Ok, Google).
  • Sleep Sensing works better than expected
  • Swipe gesture control
  • Sound and microphone work well
  • Can be used as a photo frame
  • Interface is sometimes a bit slow

Google Nest Hub 3

Google would be working on a new version for 2023: the Google Nest Hub 3. This updated version of this smart display would have a number of striking improvements.

For example, the Google Nest Hub 3 a detachable tablet as a screen. This way you can use it in a completely different way and you are much more flexible. For example, you can see who is at the door on the couch, but you can also operate the lamps via the screen at the dining table. Useful.

In terms of operating system, there are also a number of options. That's what Android is called, but Chrome OS also passes by. But we also have the OS of the Chromecast and Fuchsia. My guess is Android, but whether this will actually be the case, we will not know until the launch.

When the Nest Hub 3 will be officially launched is not yet known, but this new, smart device is eagerly awaited.

Drag up Sensing Google Nest Hub

An interesting feature on this device is Sleep Sensing. With this function, Google keeps track of how you sleep after you have given permission for this.

This of course means that you have to put it next to your bed so that the sensor and microphone can be used. These two sensors make an analysis of your sleep session, which is then displayed on the screen and in the Google Fit app (Android en iOS) can be seen.

Google Nest Hub
Sleep Sensing Google Nest Hub - Through: Chromefans

After the analysis of your sleep by Sleep Sensing, you will receive personal recommendations to improve the quality. This could, for example, be a different bedtime or wake-up time.

Sleep Sensing makes the Google Nest Hub 2nd gen is an interesting smart device and thus offers a unique function for smart home hubs.

For now, Sleep Sensing is free to use, in 2023 this will be integrated into Fitbit Premium (€79 per year).

So, Google Nest Hub: buy or better not?

Of course, you're here for the answer to the question of whether you have the Google Nest Hub should buy, or better go for another screen.

If you are also going to use the visual aspect, such as displaying camera streams, or the doorbell, or simply want a touchscreen for operating and streaming, then it is definitely a good choice.

? Are you still looking for a good smart doorbell at the Google Nest Hub, then take a look at the Google Nest Battery Doorbell. This is (for now) the only doorbell that can immediately display the image on the Nest Hub after ringing the doorbell.

More details about this smart doorbell

If you're looking for a 'simple' speaker, the Google Nest Mini may be a cheaper option.

My advice: Yes, the Google Nest Hub is simply a well-thought-out, feature-rich smart display that is definitely worth buying!

To make this as easy as possible, I've made a price comparison for the Google Nest Hub, which is updated daily with the current prices.

10 handy Google Nest Hub tips

There are many possibilities with the Nest Hub, which is why I've listed ten useful tips to get even more out of this smart display.

Before you get started, it is good to do some reading. For example, we have created a manual for the Google Nest Hub to install en reset. Do you want this Installing a smart display via Windows is also possible, but it takes some effort.

1. Control your smart home with Google Nest Hub: choose the right products

De Google Nest Hub has many features, but becomes even more useful if you can connect external devices and services to it. Think, for example, of smart lamps, a doorbell, cameras, thermostat or other devices.

As soon as you decide to purchase a new smart home product, make sure it has support for Google Home/Google Assistant. This way you can also connect (and operate) this device with this smart display.

Also read: 100+ Google Home devices in a row

Google Nest Hub
Street: Chromefans

2. Add and manage users on the Home Hub (max. 6)

It is possible to add extra 'persons', so that everyone has their own 'profile'. This can even be activated depending on voice recognition.

You can also set routines for each user, in which a number of 'events' follow each other. You can find more information about this in our extensive Google Routines guide find.

Setting up users makes the experience with Google Assistant even more personal, so if you use the device with several people, this is definitely an interesting option.

3. Use as a digital photo frame

I can still remember very well that we used to have a digital photo frame in the room. SD card in it and all kinds of selected photos came by all day.

That's exactly what you can do with the Nest Hub: use it as a digital photo frame. You can use Google Photos for this, where you can store (up to 15GB) photos for free.

Do you also have one Chromebook, then you may be able to free, get extra storage (100GB) so you can store even more photos without paying for them.

4. Use the Nest Hub while cooking

Perhaps this is not the first thing you would think of, but this smart display is also very useful during cooking. Especially because you can give voice commands (so even if you have dirty hands) and videos can also be played.

In my area I know people who have put the Google Home Hub in the kitchen, because they find it so useful as a cooking aid.

5. Useful as a timer or alarm clock

If you use Sleep Sensing, you have the Home Hub next to your bed and you can also use it as an alarm clock. In fact, you can snooze it, for example, by a hand gesture in front of the screen.

But timers are also very useful: for example, you can set an alarm for the potatoes or vegetables by saying 'Ok Google, set the timer to 20 minutes'. This is a feature that I often use myself, very useful especially because this is done with voice control and you can see how much time is left.

6. Connect with IFTTT

If you want to make optimal use of Google Assistant and therefore the Hub, you can also link it to a service such as IFTTT. This makes it possible to link different systems and platforms together.

For example, you can create your own voice commands, or sync the notes you make with Google Assistant with your iPhone reminders.

In any case, on IFTTT there are many options for connecting services. Here one list with the most popular and most used in a row.

7. Mute the microphone

Sometimes it's not a nice idea if Google is "listening in" all the time. The microphone is always 'on' to pick up commands like 'Ok Google'.

This is also easy to switch off by turning a button on the back. With this hardware switch you can easily switch off the microphone so that it is no longer listened in. Sometimes a nice feeling.

Google Nest Hub
Turn off microphone Google Nest Hub | Street: Chromefans

8. Get started with routines

Routines are perhaps one of my favorite features on this smart screen. For example, it is possible to get an overview of the news, weather, traffic jams and your agenda for that day by saying 'Ok Google, good morning'.

Google has made a number of standard routines for you, but you can also get started to adjust them or, of course, create your own routines.

Also read: Google Home routines: ultimate guide (+ you must try this one)

9. Connect all kinds of services and services

Google Assistant has the ability to connect all kinds of services and services. For example, you can use your Spotify or Netflixconnect account.

This also allows you to use the screen directly to stream or play content and you do not have to use the Chromecast functionality. Among other things, it is possible to connect to services such as Netflix, Spotify, Disney+, YouTube, Google Podcast, Apple Music and much, much more.

10. Set an extra 'sound' to confirm your command

Especially if you haven't had the device that long, it can be useful to set a sound to play when "Google" has heard you. So when you say "Hey Google," or "Ok Google," a tone plays, letting you know the Hub is listening to you.

Turning this on – especially in the beginning – will give you a better sense of how to give the commands so that they can be executed.


De Google Nest Hub is an interesting device with many possibilities. In this article I have tried to describe the possibilities as best as possible. But you may still have questions or want more information.

If you leave a comment below, I will do my best to answer the questions as quickly (and well) as possible!

Also read:

Spotted an error? Email me! I would really appreciate that.

Feedback form
Chromecastenthusiast from the very beginning. Been using Google services for years and know a lot about it Chromecast, Chromebook, Google Home and streaming.

16 thoughts on “Google Nest Hub: buy or better not?”

  1. Hi everybody,

    We recently got one Google Nest Hub purchased in combination with a Google Nest Cam. I just can't manage to get the images on the Hub. Who can help me? Both devices are in the Google Home app and have the same WiFi network.

    Thanks in advance!

    To answer
  2. Thank you for this article! I am mainly looking for a speaker, but because the Nest Hub and Nest Audio differ little in price, I am inclined to go for the Hub. Can you tell me more about the difference in sound quality? Is the Hub qualitatively less than the Audio or is this not too bad?

    Thanks in advance!

    To answer
    • If you really want to go for a speaker, I think the Nest Audio is the best choice. However, there are also other speakers that (albeit a bit more expensive), but also have support for Google Home / Assistant. For example, the Sonos One.

      If you want to choose between the Hub and Nest Audio, the latter is the best choice in terms of sound!

      To answer
      • Dear Support,

        What strikes me is:

        I do not find a wifi speed that exceeds the 54 mbps on download as upload on any google hub.

        I wanted to buy a google hub, but I'm not going to for now, just because the reviews are bad and the transfer speed is very limited in download and upload.

        Software-wise also many problems, I'm not going to spend money on that.


      • Hey Hans,

        Let me start with: Chromefans is not official Google support. That said, I've never tested the speed on my Nest Hub myself. But what exactly do you want to use this speed for?

        This should be sufficient for streaming, but the WiFi module should also be able to handle (much) more: 802.11b/g/n/ac (2,4 GHz/5 GHz) WiFi.

        I may not fully understand your question, then you can of course always clarify it.

  3. In reply to Bert Zonneveld, 1 of the 2 nest minis is set as “master”. The other speaker is actually only a little bit. If you place that speaker in another room via the software, it will respond when you are near it. It just won't be stereo anymore.

    About the LED lamps from Kruidvat, I have no experience with that either, but I can imagine that this product is of a low quality. I myself have Action and a Hema lamp and they work properly. The position of the lamps does make a difference, hang them in a place with a lot of metal, then the signal strength will decrease quickly. My experience is also that many routers from providers often use a weaker WiFi transmitter or are set to a lower power. That's why I always use my own router and the provider's modem is set in bridge mode. This means that it allows the internet connection 1 to 1 on 1 port without WiFi. If you use a Ziggo modem, have WiFi sharing turned off.

    To answer
  4. Hello Ruud,

    I have two Google Nest Audio speakers and they work fine.
    The music I play is on my NAS. That works well using my mobile and an app like MediaMonkey.
    I would prefer to do that playback with a separate device and not via my phone so that someone else in my family can also take over.
    My question is: is this possible via the Google Nest Hub 2?
    I'd love to hear from you.

    To answer
    • Hey Remy,

      Good question! However, I doubt you can just install an app like MediaMonkey on the Nest Hub. So – I think – it is not possible, unfortunately.

      Another option would be a 'general tablet or phone' broken into the house, but I don't think the Nest Hub is suitable for now.

      To answer
      • Thank you for your comment Ruud.
        I was already afraid of that.
        Then just wait for the Nest Hub 3. Who knows.

        Regards, Remy

  5. Hi Ruud, nice article. I recently got 2x Google Nest and 1x Google hub (as an alarm clock in the bedroom). Also a number of 'smart' lamps and switches from the Action (LSC) that work fine and via Aliexpress two switches for my roller shutters. Unfortunately also 3 RGB lamps with E14 base from Kruidvat that keep causing problems such as spontaneously going offline. I then have to reset the lights again and again. The lamps also often report that the WiFi signal is weak. The other devices are NOT affected by this, not even those devices that are in another room. I would like to know what I can do to ensure that those Kruidvat lamps remain available. All devices are linked via the Tuya app so that I only have 1 app on my mobile phone. Distance between the lamps and the wireless modem is 4 meters without walls or other obstacles.

    A second question if I may be so bold; The 2 Nest speakers are set up as a stereo set in Google Home. If I now say 'Hey Google', the LEDs on the left speaker will start responding. Nothing happens on the right. How can I exchange this? Does this have to do with how I named the speakers alphabetically? The speaker that always responds is called Nest on the left and (you guessed it) the other one is called Nest on the right. I've already uninstalled and reinstalled them once in GH. Also vice versa but always with the same names.

    Thanks in advance!!

    Bert Zonneveld
    Kruisem, Belgium

    To answer
    • hey bert!

      I also use a Nest Hub as an alarm clock, works very well :-)

      Apart from that: unfortunately I have no experience with Kruidvat lamps, so unfortunately I can't help you with this. What can sometimes help (but also depends entirely on the product) is to set your router to 2,4GHz (and therefore to switch off 5GHz – temporarily – completely). This way you can rule out that it is the cause.

      Unfortunately I don't have a concrete answer to your other question. I myself use Sonos, where I don't have this problem (logically too, completely different products). Maybe someone else has a solution for you!

      Anyway: good luck!

      To answer
  6. When the doorbell rings on my nest doorbell, the hub (2nd generation) does not show a camera image but a white screen.
    I have tried everything, resetting, restarting via the home app, unplugging it but no result. do you have any tip how to solve this case?

    To answer
    • Oops, that's not helpful! With my hubs (gen 1 and 2) this has always worked immediately. Unfortunately no solution.

      Hopefully it has already been resolved. If you succeeded, please also share the solution, you will also help others!

      To answer

Leave a comment

Our articles may contain 'affiliate links' through which we may earn a small commission at no additional cost to you – read more