WHICH AMAZON ECHO SHOULD YOU BUY?
AMAZON ECHO REVIEW – Amazon’s Popular echo family of devices keeps growing. From the first can-shaped Echo, to the big-screen Echo Show, and even the cute Echo Dot, you can get Alexa into your home any number of ways. These Echo products can answer your questions, help you order essentials for your home, play all sorts of audio content, and even function as the control hub for your burgeoning smart home.
We reviewed a bunch of Alexa and Amazon Echo speakers. These are our favorites for every home and every budget.
The Echo Plus is the best-sounding Echo. Like the cheaper second-generation Echo, it has a tweeter and subwoofer, but it sounds impressive enough to justify its $50 premium. It’s also the best version to buy if you own smart home devices, thanks to its Zigbee support. Zigbee allows it to directly connect with products in your home that use that standard form of mesh networking—a network created by daisy-chaining devices together.
Buy the Echo Plus from Amazon for $150
At $150, it’s cheaper than most other Alexa speakers, and can make audio calls, which is a useful skill most third-party Alexa devices don’t have. If music and audio quality are your jam, the Sonos One is the speaker to own, but the Echo Plus blends price and features very well. It usually comes with a Philips Hue smart light too, which is a fun bonus.
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BEST ECHO WITH A SCREEN
The Echo Show is a blocky chunk of a device to look at. It’s a single 8-inch screen, angled slightly upward, with a speaker grille below it. It looks like it’s designed to sit in a kitchen, but it’s completely black and is poorly shaped to wedge into corners or tight spaces. But living with it, I quickly began to understand the appeal. When you ask it for the weather, it tells you, but it also shows you. Alexa’s daily news briefing now has video with it, giving you a quick visual dose of what’s going on in the world. You can video call with other Echo Shows or even watch Amazon Prime videos on it. Lyrics for songs on Amazon Music scroll as they play. Amazon hasn’t tapped the full potential of the Show yet, but it has a bright future.
Buy the Echo Show from Amazon for $229
The sound quality is also higher than most any other Echo, except for the Echo Plus. That includes the Echo Spot (which we gave a 6/10 when we reviewed it), which is an alarm clock-y lookin’ Echo with a tiny round screen.
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