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The best Google Nest products of 2022

You can make your home a little smarter with help from Google.
September 1, 2022
The gray Google Nest Audio speaker pictured on a white desk in front of computer screens.
Adam Molina / Android Authority

Google bought Nest Labs in 2014 to make a major smart home push, and now, everything from thermostats to speakers and displays bears the Nest branding. Some of the company’s offerings are better than others ― and we’re here to play favorites. These are the best Google Nest products you can buy right now.

See also: The best Google Assistant devices to spend your money on

We’ve done what we can to cover a full range of categories. You may know Nest primarily for its thermostats, but they’re not the brand’s only strength. 

The best Google Nest products:

Editor’s note: We’ll add new Nest products to this list as they launch.

Nest Doorbell (Battery)

Nest Doorbell battery Ash lifestyle

With many of us relying on deliveries for everything from groceries to e-bikes, it’s important to keep an eye on our doorsteps. The Nest Doorbell replaces your home’s analog hardware, and streams video right to your phone, tablet, or smart display (even Amazon ones!). There are both battery-powered and wired-only Doorbell models, but we recommend going with the former ― it’s more recent, still has a wired option, and can keep recording for an hour after power and internet access go out.

More: Check out the best video doorbells available

You’ll need a Nest Aware subscription to take full advantage of the product. Plans start at $6 per month or $60 per year, which expands cloud recording from three hours to 30 days, and also enables familiar face detection. The good news is that you can add as many Nest cameras as you like at no extra cost, and even without Aware, the latest Doorbell supports person, vehicle, animal, and package detection.

Nest Protect

Nest protect device on wall

The Nest Protect is all about the trouble you can’t see — namely, smoke and carbon monoxide. It’s self-testing, and pushes alerts to your phone, where you can also silence those false alarms caused by burning the bacon. Another benefit is app-based battery warnings, so you never have to scramble for a stepladder to shut off annoying chirps.

The Nest Protect earns its place as one of the best Google Nest products for its flexibility and ease of use. You can choose between wired or battery-powered versions, and it even lights up when you walk underneath at night. The wired model takes three AA batteries as backup. We do wish it had wider platform support, since as things stand it only integrates with other Nest products.

Nest Cam security cameras

Nest Cam battery with stand separate accessory

Google’s Nest security cameras are nearly as popular as its thermostats. There are indoor and outdoor versions, both of which offer a 1080p video feed, a 130-degree field of view (technically, 135 degrees for the indoor model), and the detection of motion, people, vehicles, and animals. They’ll keep recording for an hour if they lose Wi-Fi.

See also: The best wireless security cameras to protect your home

The outdoor camera is weatherproof and supports battery power, whereas the indoor version is wired-only. If you’re all-in on Nest for home security, you can grab an upgraded outdoor Cam with floodlights, and/or multi-packs to rig up your whole home. Like the Nest Doorbell, you’ll need an Aware subscription to get expanded video history or familiar face detection.

Nest Audio

Google Nest Audio on top of coffeetable with a book and pair of Google socks
Adam Molina / Android Authority

The Nest Audio automatically tunes itself to the type of content you’re listening to (music, podcasts, etc.) as well as ambient noise levels. Adding a second unit enables stereo pairing, and you can link it with other Google-equipped speakers for a whole-home experience. 

The product is a strong foundation for a smart home with support for Google Assistant, not to mention a wide array of services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and (of course) anything connected to Google. It may also be the smart speaker of choice for privacy, since by default, Google doesn’t record any of your voice commands for improving Assistant. You can easily ask your speaker to delete recordings if you do opt in.

Nest Hub Max

Google Hub Max Controls

If you want to step up from the Nest Audio to a smart display while keeping audio quality intact, look no further than the Nest Hub Max. The product pairs a 10-inch touchscreen with two 18mm, 10W tweeters and a 75mm, 30W woofer. Adding a screen makes a big difference, since it enables things like video calls, guided recipes, and video services like Netflix and YouTube. If you have a Google-compatible doorbell or security camera, you can stream live footage.

See also: Google Nest Hub Max review

Often, though, it’s the simpler things that make a Nest Hub worth it. It’s a quick way of getting the time, weather, and upcoming Google Calendar events, and you can assign it a Google Photos album for rotating wallpaper. With a visual interface, you can control smart home accessories without disrupting other people.

Nest Learning Thermostat

google nest learning thermostat 3rd gen

We’ve finally reached the product that put Nest on the map. The Learning Thermostat optimizes your heating and cooling systems, ultimately paying for itself by saving money on your power bill. You can create a fixed schedule or, as its name implies, let it learn from common manual adjustments. You’ll see a green leaf onscreen whenever you’re using a power-efficient setting.

Nest’s flagship is one of the simplest smart thermostats on the market. Its round shape is aesthetically pleasing too, and you can choose colors like black, white, steel, or brass to match your décor. It’s compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Nest Wifi

wifi review next to box

A continual challenge with any smart home is keeping every device online. For many people, Google’s Nest Wifi should the trick. It’s a mesh router, which means you can add “points” that improve coverage in rooms (or entire floors) with weak signal. Every point doubles as a Google Assistant speaker, although you’ll still want dedicated audio output if you care about fidelity.

See also: Google Nest Wifi review

If you do dive in, we strongly recommend choosing one of Google’s point bundles, since there’s not much benefit to buying just the router. In fact you might want hold off until a next-generation model is launched — the current Nest Wifi doesn’t support Wi-Fi 6, which is both faster and capable of more simultaneous connections. If you don’t have a lot of Wi-Fi devices, however, the Nest Wifi is easy to use and delivers plenty of bang for the buck.

Chromecast with Google TV

Google Chromecast with Google TV on table style photo
David Imel / Android Authority

Our final product is technically missing Nest from its name, but slots in neatly with the rest of the lineup, and is a natural choice for a Google-based smart home. The current Chromecast features a native TV interface, a remote with Google Assistant, and the ability to stream video from Google-compatible security cameras. In effect it can turn your TV into a giant Nest Hub, though you’ll need at least one smart speaker or display if you don’t want to talk to your remote for voice commands.

See also: Google Chromecast with Google TV review

The Chromecast’s main purpose is streaming movies and TV shows. It packs all of your favorite streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube, and HBO Max, and you can use Google Cast to push media from phones, tablets, and laptops. Google bundles it in a “Home of Entertainment” package with two Nest Audios and a Nest Hub Max, which is a pretty solid way of decking out an entertainment system, though you can’t use the Audios as TV speakers. On its own, the Chromecast is $50 or less. 

These are our favorite Nest products, but Google adds new options every year. Check out the most updated list of devices right here.