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So, have you spilled anything on your Google Home Mini yet? Or have knocked it into the abyss behind a dresser? If you’re afraid of beating up your digital assistant, it may be time to consider your mounting options.
Finding some good old-fashioned counter space for your Home Mini is difficult, to say the least. The thing is, you’re dealing with a piece of hardware that’s small and easy to abuse. Leaving the Mini on a coffee table comes with a certain amount of risk, but it may not be able to hear your voice commands if you move it somewhere far out of the way. Mounting the Home Mini on the wall, in an outlet, or on the ceiling looks great protects the device from your clumsiness and mishaps.
Here are the best outlet, wall, and ceiling mounts for the Google Home Mini. They’re all unique, so some may appeal to you more than others. And whether you have a single Home Mini in your kitchen or a bunch of them scattered around your house, you’ll be happy to hear that all of these mounts run under $15.
If you want an outlet mount that looks clean and doesn’t stick too far out of the wall, you should consider the AMORTEK. It has a lower profile than other outlet mounts, and it has a cool looking sleeve that hides the power cable behind the Home Mini.
In fact, the AMORTEK mount complements the Home Mini’s design in a way that other mounts don’t. Yes, it looks like an air freshener, but it looks like a Google air freshener. This is a neat option for fans of the Google ecosystem.
Depending on your outlet, there’s a chance that the AMORTEK won’t sit completely flush with your wall. And although the Home Mini’s mute button isn’t accessible from this mount, you can mute the device using voice commands. If that’s still a deal breaker for you, there are other outlet mounts that provide easy access to the mute button.
The Mount Genie, a replacement cover for your outlet, dedicates a USB input to your Home Mini. It keeps one of your outlets free, so it’s a great option if you’re trying to install the Mini somewhere that sees a lot of electronics, like a kitchen or a bathroom. The Mount Genie looks great and sits flush with the wall, so it would work especially well in a bathroom or kitchen—anywhere you’ve got abundant outlets but limited counter space.
Of course, you’ll need a USB outlet to use this mount. If you don’t have one, you could always buy a different mounting option (or snap up one of our USB outlet recommendations). The Mini’s mute button is accessible from this mount.
The Dot Genie outlet mount has a streamlined design that keeps the Home Mini against the wall and tucks away its power cable. It’s easy to pull the Mini out of this mount, so this is a great option for people who like to move their digital assistant from room to room.
Although this mount only takes up a single outlet, it’s a little bulky. There’s a chance that a power brick or a big cable won’t be able to share the outlet with the Dot Genie, you may want to keep that in mind if you’re planning to charge your phone next to the Mini.
The ECHOGEAR outlet shelf offers flexibility and mobility that other mounts don’t. Maybe you want a space that can be used for a variety of digital assistants, or your phone, or a Bluetooth speaker. Maybe you carry your Mini around the house and don’t want to deal with a mount that locks it into the wall.
Either way, the flexibility of the ECHOGEAR comes at a price. The outlet shelf doesn’t sit flush with the wall, so installing it anywhere with a lot of foot traffic is a little risky. And even if you do find somewhere kick-free to install it, you’ll have to figure out some cable management to keep everything looking nice.
If you’re looking to install your Home Mini behind your desk or away from your countertops, you may want to consider a wall mount. The Fstop wall mount has a low-profile design, is easy to install, and doesn’t cover up the Mini’s mute button.
Like a picture frame, the Fstop mount slides into two screws that you’ve drilled into the wall. While it doesn’t come with Velcro or Command Strips, you could always buy some. If the (minimal) effort that it takes to install the Fstop isn’t too daunting for you, then you should seriously consider it
If you’d like to hear the Google Home Mini talk to you from above like a benevolent God, you could always install it in your ceiling. The Mount Genie can be installed in your ceiling or wall and transforms the Home Mini from a counter-top speaker to a serious home utility. You can wire it through the walls, so you don’t have to worry about cables running through your living room.
The Mount Genie has wonderful form and function, but it just won’t be an option for most people. You have to put a reasonably large hole in your wall or ceiling to install this mount (unless you took a recessed light out of your ceiling), and there’s the chance that Google’s next iteration of the Home Mini won’t be able to fit in this thing.
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