Blue Yeti Nano review: The sweet spot between size, quality, and price

I’ve made no secret that I’m a big fan of Blue microphones. They are the microphone company to look at when purchasing a microphone for podcasting.

So I was super excited when they announced a smaller version of their excellent Yeti. It’s appropriately called the Yeti Nano.

I was so excited about it that I ordered it immediately. Amazon’s free 1-day shipping got it to me nice and quick. I had it in hand the day after it was announced… lol.

And yes, it lives up to expectations. The Yeti Nano is a smaller, simpler, yet just-as-powerful version of its older brother.

Yeti versus Yeti Nano

What’s so good about either Yeti? It’ll give you excellent sound quality for a reasonable price. The big Yeti costs $129 while the Yeti Nano is priced at $99. I took the latter for a test spin earlier in the week and I can confirm it sounds just as good as the bigger guy.

The Yeti Nano comes with two recording settings: The first one is designed for a single person talking into the mic, while the other is designed for recording an entire room. There’s a built-in mute button and a headphone jack. What more do you need? Answer: Nothing.

The one complaint I’ve seen about the Nano is that it doesn’t use USB-C, which is the new-ish USB size that seems to be the USB formats you know of. USB-C took a big leap forward when Apple started adding it to their laptops over the past couple years. It would’ve been nice for Blue’s latest to be up-to-date with the latest computer technology, so I agree with this complaint.

Here’s how the Blue’s Raspberry, Yeti Nano, and Yeti stack up. (I have the Yeti mounted on a mic stand)

Blue Yeti Nano Comparison

What I like most about the Yeti Nano is that it gives you Yeti-quality sound in a smaller format. Because of this, it’s going to become my new travel mic.

I previously wrote about Blue’s second newest microphone, the Blue Raspberry. The problem with is your voice comes off a little hollow while using the Raspberry, which makes me just okay with using it for recording. What I love about the Raspberry is that it’s very small, allowing it to fit perfectly into a pocket of my travel book bag. However, the price of the thing is $160! That’s ridiculous since the Yeti and Yeti Nano are both less expensive, yet way better in quality.

I’ll take my Yeti Nano on my next trip, but instead of placing it in my book bag it’ll have to go in my suitcase. While not as convenient as the Raspberry, the Nano will give me better sound on the go. Plus it has a mount that’ll raise the mic closer to my face. Whenever I use the Raspberry I have to stack it on books… or snacks.

One last thing: Blue also has the Snowball microphone. It’s been around for a few years and includes a mic stand, but I’ve never been blown away by the sound quality. If you can’t afford the Yeti’s, the Snowball is a great place to start.

At the end of the day, the choice here is simple: Buy the Yeti Nano. Whether you’re using it at home or on the road, you won’t be disappointed.

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