If you want to try a voice assistant, but are trying to decide whether to buy an Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home, don't stress.  You really can't go wrong since both the Echo Dot and the Google Home Mini are good. With Christmas pricing, these products are in the $20 to $30 range.

Here's a quick breakdown. If you basically want the device for answering questions, the Google Home Mini is better. Now, I have always said that Google Home devices were better than Echos for music, but in a side-by-side comparison of the new Echo Dot (3rd generation) and the Google Home Mini, the Echo Dot wins. With a new array of speakers, the newest Dot simply sounds better than the Google Mini. Since the Dot 3 also has four microphones, it also listens better than the old Dot or the Google Mini.

The $20 Amazon Echo Dot (Holiday pricing) is the cheapest small voice assistant on the market right now, but in a side-by-side comparison, the Google Mini wins and the new Dot 3 is better for music than either of the others..

Bottom line, the Amazon Echo Dot 3 has been greatly improved. Spend the extra $10 if you want to use this device to listen to music.