The Google Home and Home Mini speakers are a great way to stream music, control smart-home devices, and have your general queries answered all just by using your voice. They’ve already proved very popular, giving Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot products a run for their money.
To increase the capabilities of these fantastic devices even more, we’ve gathered together some of the best accessories currently available. From battery packs to smart thermostats, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
One product that compliments the Google Home range is Google’s own Chromecast. With this inexpensive device plugged into your TV you’ll be able to say ‘Ok Google, Play Glow on Netflix’ and the Home will send the instruction to the Chromecast, which in turn starts the next episode.
Chromecasts are also useful in their own right, as they add streaming abilities to older TVs, can display your photos on the biggest display in your house, plus they can mirror your laptop display on the TV as well.
Google Home Mini Wall Mount
The Google Home Mini is a cool, compact device, but the aesthetic can be spoiled by having to plug it in and then trying to hide the lead behind plant-pots, photo-frames, or other homeware. One easy solution is to use a wall mount. These have a housing for the plug itself, plus another for the Mini. On the rear there’s a bracket around which you can wrap the lead, making the whole unit clean and tidy.
There's also the added advantage of freeing up space on your desk or shelves, and easily being able to move the Google Home Mini between rooms.
Base for Google Home
A quick and easy way to change the look of your Google Home is to swap the mesh base for one of a different colour. Google offers several varieties, with the current crop including copper, black and coral to accompany the normal grey option.
Each base costs £18/$20 and can be interchanged in a few seconds, making it simple to alter the appearance of your Google Home to suit your mood.
Kiwi Google Home Mini battery base
Due to the size and shape of a Google Home Mini, you'd think that it would be portable. But, unplugging it from the included power supply instantly converts the speaker into an expensive paperweight.
Thankfully, it's an issue that can be solved by the addition of a battery case, such as this one from Kiwi. Simply attach the charging cable located in the case, pop in your Mini, and you'll be able to roam around the house for several hours without the encumbrance of a lead. Just be sure to stay within range of your Wi-Fi connection.
Loft Portable Battery Base for Google Home
It's not just Google Home Minis that can become portable. Battery cases also exist for the larger Google Home too, such as this one from Ninety7. The Loft Portable battery case offers eight hours of power from a single charge, connects magnetically, and can use the existing Google Home charger to re-power the base.
Google Home Mini Desk Stand
Having your Google Home Mini by your bedside or on your desk allows you to enjoy music from Spotify, Deezer, Google Music and others while you work or rest. There's one downside though, in that the speaker is pointing at the ceiling rather than at you.
This is remedied by the cheap and cheerful Google Mini Desk Stand from Sportlink. For around £10/$10 you can place your device into the cradle and gain a more optimum angle for audio.
Philips Hue Starter Kit
Google Home devices are compatible with a wide array of Smart Home products, all of which allow you to control various elements of your home just by issuing voice commands. A particularly popular area is lighting, with many cool smart bulbs now available.
Philips Hue is one of the most popular ranges, with the 3-Bulb starter kit being an excellent option for those who want to change the colour of their lights or switch them on and off simply by telling their Google Home to do so.
Read our Philips Hue review for more details.
Nest Learning Thermostat
Smart thermostats are another popular part of modern smart-home setups. Nest was the breakthrough device that helped bring this phenomena about, and the fact that it's owned by Google means that it works perfectly with Google Home and Mini devices.
Once fitted you can instruct your Home to adjust the temperature of the room, all without leaving the sofa. Truly, these are days of wonder!
TP-Link Smart Plug
Smart plugs can turn a standard lamp, kettle, or other mundane device into a voice controlled one when combined with a Google Home. The principle is straightforward: plug your appliance into the smart plug, then put the latter in your wall socket. When you want the device to come on, tell Google Home, which in turn will flick the switch.
TP-Link's Smart Plus is a good mixture of price and quality, with the bonus that it can also be controlled by your Android or iOS smartphone.
Lanmu Clock Holder
Many people use the Google Home as a alarm clock. Should you wish to add a splash of colour and fun to the proceedings then this Clock shaped holder for the Google Home Mini will transform your modern device into a classic style bell-clock.
It's not going to change your life, but might raise a smile on the cold winter mornings.