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eero Pro vs Nest Wifi (2021): Which Mesh Wi-Fi System Is Better?

Amazon and Google’s second-generation mesh Wi-Fi routers improve on the whole-house coverage that their original offerings provided. If you experience weak Wi-Fi signals in some parts of your home, the eero Pro and Nest Wifi are highly recommended solutions for stable and fast wireless connections. Here’s our comparison of these popular mesh systems to help you decide which one to get.

eero Pro vs Nest Wifi Mesh Router Comparison Chart

Modeleero Pro (2-Pack)Google Nest Wifi (2-Pack)
 Amazon eero Pro mesh WiFi system (1 Pro + 1 Beacon)Google Nest Wifi -  AC2200 - Mesh WiFi System -  Wifi Router - 4400 Sq Ft Coverage - 2 pack
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Dimensions4.76 x 4.76 x 1.26 inches4.3 x 4.3 x 3.56 inches
Weightn/a380 g per router
Area Coverage2,000 sq. ft. per router, 1,500 sq. ft. per point2,200 sq. ft per router, 1,600 sq. ft. per point
Wi-Fi StandardWi-Fi 5Wi-Fi 5
Wi-Fi Output2×2 MU-MIMO4×4 MU-MIMO
BandsTri-bandDual-band
SecurityWPA2WPA3
Ethernet Ports2 total4 total
Point FeatureNightlightMic and speaker
Mobile AppYesYes
Parental ControlsYesYes
Guest NetworkYesYes
ColorsWhiteSnow, Sand, Mist

Design

eero Pro is smaller than Nest Wifi.

No these aren’t designer soaps or giant marshmallows; these are the routers for the eero Pro (left) and Nest Wifi (right).

With their distinctive looks, you certainly won’t mistake eero Pro and Nest Wifi devices for each other. Amazon made the eero Pro a flatter version of the original eero mesh routers, reducing their footprint significantly. It retains the white shell and features gentler curves while a small LED indicator in the middle shows if it has power.

If we’re talking about softer designs, then Google did an even more thorough job with Nest Wifi, which is the next generation of Google Wifi mesh systems. Gone are the pucks with stylish blue strips, leaving an even more minimalist look. Nest Wifi points have a few slight differences: they’re a bit smaller and feature speaker grilles at the bottom. Plus, they’re available in Snow, Mist, and Sand colors while the router only comes in white.

Wi-Fi extenders for the eero Pro, called eero Beacons, are slimmer horizontal versions of the router. They’re designed to plug into standard wall outlets for easy placement, though they’d likely work better if plugged in at mid-height rather than near the floor.

Connectivity

Nest Wifi can cover a larger area than eero Pro.

Depending on your home’s size and layout, a combination of Nest Wifi routers and points can provide sufficient coverage.

Nest Wifi routers and points can reach farther than eero Pro’s, especially when comparing router-only combinations. Each Nest Wifi router blankets up to 2,200 sq. ft. with strong Wi-Fi while the primary eero Pro router covers up to 2,000 sq. ft. and each additional router extends this by 1,750 sq. ft.

Moreover, Nest Wifi points also provide a bit more coverage than eero Beacons, at 1,600 sq. ft. vs 1,500 sq. ft. No matter which pack you go for, Nest Wifi combinations will cover more ground than eero Pro, though actual performance will depend on your home’s layout.

For wired connections, eero Pro and Nest Wifi both have two Gigabit Ethernet ports on their routers and none on their points. It’s one of the weaknesses of these mesh systems since opting for router+point combinations will leave you with just one free port, as at least one is required to plug directly to your ISP’s modem.

Performance

Nest Wifi has higher max speeds while eero Pro is more stable.

Having an eero Beacon in critical areas of the house, such as your home office, will make your Wi-Fi more reliable.

Nest Wifi routers are rated AC2200 even though they’re dual-band only, meaning they can reach combined speeds of 2200 Mbps for both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. This is higher than eero Pro’s max theoretical speed though Amazon declines to provide an AC rating for it. According to this eero Help Center page, the eero Pro’s max rated transmit speeds are 240 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 600 Mbps at 5 GHz. To compare, Nest Wifi routers have a max speed of 400 Mbps on the 2.5 GHz band and 1733 Mbps on the 5GHz band.

Nevertheless, your ISP’s speed will play a bigger role in the connection speeds you get, and most homes will experience the same top speeds whichever mesh system they use. eero Pro’s tri-band routers provide better node-to-node and node-to-device communication though, through its true multi-channel mesh network.

Google’s decision to stick with dual-band for the new Nest Wifi is easily justified by how smoothly its routers can handle traffic from multiple simultaneous devices. Notably, it has 4×4 radios for its 5 GHz band while eero Pro only has 2×2, and combined with MU-MIMO technology, it allows Nest Wifi routers to compete toe-to-toe with other tri-band competitors.

On the security front, Google updated Nest Wifi with WPA3 encryption, giving it a more advanced standard than the eero Pro’s WPA2. Both will get automatic security updates to keep your home network protected from new threats.

Software and Other Features

eero Pro and Nest Wifi points have different extra features.

eero Beacons (left) can double as nightlights and Nest Wifi points (right) as smart speakers.

Setting up an eero Pro mesh network is very easy with the detailed step-by-step guide in the mobile app. Once up and running, eero Pro stays incredibly stable, and network cutouts are pretty much nonexistent. Nest Wifi, in comparison, can pose some challenges, as some users report installation issues. Moreover, Google moved its controls to the Google Home app, which is a less impressive alternative to the original Google Wifi app.

Parental controls and guest networks are available on both mesh router systems, though eero Pro keeps certain features behind their eero Secure subscription service. This adds content filtering, ad blocking, safe search, anti-malware, VPN, and even priority support, which can either be worthwhile or not depending on your needs.

Both Amazon and Google gave their range extenders additional capabilities, though the Nest Wifi’s are easily more impressive. Nest Wifi points have built-in mic, speaker, and touch controls that allow them to work as smart speakers with voice assistant support. Meanwhile, eero Beacons have an LED nightlight with ambient sensor and auto dimmer, which can adjust depending on time of day or schedule.

Finally, both eero Pro and Nest Wifi mesh network devices are backwards compatible, so they’ll work with previous generation eero routers and Google Wifi units, respectively.

Verdict

Nest Wifi is our recommendation over eero Pro.

With a more powerful onboard hardware, stronger Wi-Fi signal, and wider coverage, the Nest Wifi mesh system is our pick for next-generation whole-home Wi-Fi solution. It has a more aesthetic design and its range extenders do double-duty as smart speakers. Moreover, the price range of Nest Wifi packs are lower, which is a big plus for typically costly devices.

If you’re after a super-stable mesh network, eero Pro delivers with plenty to spare, since you can get it set up and completely forget about it with just how good your home Wi-Fi gets. It’s a pricier option with slightly more limited reach, though its tri-band radio ensures greater reliability.

FAQs

📌 What’s the difference between eero and eero Pro?

The biggest difference between the eero and eero Pro is that the former is a dual-band device while the latter is a tri-band router. The eero Pro router includes an extra 5 GHz radio which allows more simultaneous device connections and faster speeds.

📌 Does mesh WiFi increase speed?

Yes, it does, but never higher than your ISP’s limits. Mesh routers can broadcast Wi-Fi signals farther, so you can experience speed increases in areas of your home which traditional Wi-Fi routers can barely reach.

📌 Does eero replace your router?

Yes, it’s designed to become the primary router for your home network. It won’t replace your modem though, so you’ll need to connect it to your existing cable or DSL modem.

📌 Is there a monthly fee for eero?

No, you only need to purchase eero or eero Pro devices for an upfront cost. There is an eero subscription service, though, called eero Secure. It’s an optional service that provides extra privacy and security features for your eero mesh network.

Last update on 2021-05-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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