Best HomePod 2 and HomePod Mini deals June 2024

Apple HomePod 2
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If you're an Apple user in the market for a Siri-powered smart speaker, Apple's HomePods are easily your best option. And with two brilliant, five-star models that are the best-sounding smart speakers in their respective price bands, you can't really go wrong  – particularly if you can find a bargain.

There are two models to choose from: the latest HomePod 2 (£299 / $299 / AU$479) and the smaller, more affordable HomePod Mini (RRP £99, $99, AU$149). The original HomePod (launch price £319 / $349 in 2018) was discontinued back in 2020.

Both current models are five-star devices, offering excellent value sound, typically impressive Apple design and unrivalled user experiences for iOS device owners. They're clever smart speakers, but they're even better wireless speakers in their own right.

What's more, both HomePods have similar features: they both operate seamlessly with your Apple devices, use AirPlay 2 for wireless streaming (there's no Bluetooth) and both support Apple Music Lossless and Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos. That means you can stream lossless tracks up to 24-bit/48kHz quality through both HomePods, while the Dolby Atmos 3D immersive effect works well in both single speaker mode and as a stereo pair.

The company has also launched Apple Music Voice Plan, which delivers half-price subscription if you only use Siri.

Of course, you really need to be a dedicated Apple user to get the most features out of them. After all, you need an iOS device to set them up and an Apple Music subscription is necessary if you want to make the most of their excellent music curation features via Siri voice control. 

Discounts on Apple products are rare, but now the HomePod 2 has been on sale over a year, the summer sales this year might deliver. And if you have your eye on the HomePod Mini, we have seen some nice deals in the past, so we're holding out hope for this year too. 

Not sure which HomePod speaker is right for you? Read on to find out.

Apple HomePod 2

Apple HomePod 2

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The new HomePod 2 is the best-sounding smart speaker you can buy at this price, throwing out a clear, weighty and energetic sound that trumps (admittedly cheaper) rivals from Sonos and Amazon.

The HomePod 2 is smarter than its predecessor, with improved Siri voice control, it's compatible with more smart tech thanks to new Matter platform support, and it's even more flexible in terms of placement than before, with the newer S7 chip analysing and and optimising the sound to its placement in real-time.

Crucially, it sounds even better than before. Apple has made considerable improvements under the hood to the driver arrangement, including a high-excursion woofer and five tweeters, that result in an impressive performance from the bigger speaker.

It sounds tighter, more organised and voices in particular are delivered with clarity and warmth. The sound is spacious and three-dimensional, particularly with Dolby Atmos tracks and in a stereo pair, and basslines, have vastly more weight and presence than a speaker this size has any right to produce – yet it’s never overbearing or flabby. Overall it's more engaging, exciting and enjoyable to listen to.

Combine two HomePods with an Apple TV 4K and you’d also get a viable home cinema system – a wildcard option that’s well worth considering.

Apple HomePod Mini

Apple HomePod Mini

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The HomePod Mini, meanwhile, is effetively the HomePod 2 on a smaller scale. It's even smaller than the Amazon Echo Dot, but delivers an enjoyably detailed, organised and sophisticated sound for the price – you wouldn't believe such a tiny speaker was capable of such an authoritative performance. It's a mini musical marvel.

It delivers superb sonics thanks to Apple's S5 chip, which is said to analyse and optimise the performance over 180 times per second. A single full-range driver, held by a suspension system to reduce distortion, is flanked by two passive radiators designed to help create a bigger, weightier sound. For a speaker of its size and price, it offers an astonishingly good performance.

Remember, it packs in all the Siri, lossless and spatial audio tech as the newer HomePod 2, so it's quite the bargain at this sub-£100/$100/AU$150 price. And unlike its bigger sibling, the HomePod Mini comes in a range of colourful finishes: yellow, orange, blue, space grey and white. 

We often see discounts across specific finishes during the summer sales period, so if you aren't fussy on colour, we reckon you'll be able to grab a bargain.

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Kashfia Kabir
Hi-Fi and Audio Editor

Kashfia is the Hi-Fi and Audio Editor of What Hi-Fi? and first joined the brand over 10 years ago. During her time in the consumer tech industry, she has reviewed hundreds of products (including speakers, amplifiers and headphones), been to countless trade shows across the world and fallen in love with hi-fi kit much bigger than her. In her spare time, Kash can be found tending to an ever-growing houseplant collection and shooing her cat Jolene away from spinning records.

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