Which Amazon Echo is best for you? I have no idea. But here’s how I’d approach each one.
I own too many Amazon Echo speakers. From the original Echo to the Echo Dot and the newfangled Echo Show with its screen and camera. Plus the Amazon Tap, and Echo Look, which you can’t even buy without an invitation. (And you probably shouldn’t but it, for reasons I’ll get into in a second.
This isn’t a cookie-cutter list of all the Echo speakers and why you should buy them. Hell, a couple I think you probably should stay away from. This is a list of how I see things after having used them all for months and months. Hit the links below to jump on down to the Echo that tickles your fancy.
Echo Dot: The best Amazon Echo for starting out
Start simple. If you’re just not sure about this whole Alexa thing and really don’t know how much you’ll get out of an Amazon Echo, it’s best to not spend a lot of money. Start with an Echo Dot.
The Echo Dot costs $49 retail, but it’s not uncommon to see it on sale for as low as $30. And at that price it’s kind of a no-brainer. Buy one and give it a go.
Another pro tip here is to buy more than one at a time. Amazon typically has deals if you buy multiple Echoes Dot at one time — $20 is the usual savings. So if you’re like me and you know you’ll want too stash a few of these around the house, save yourself a few bucks and take advantage.
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Echo Show: The best Amazon Echo, period
I wrote in our official review of the Amazon Echo Show that it’s the best Echo you can buy today not because of what it can do today, but because of its potential. And that’s still true.
For just $50 over the original (and aging) Echo, the Echo Show looks better and comes with a 7-inch display. So you have the added bonus of being able to watch video, view recipes, actually see products you’re searching for through Echo — and of course make video calls to another Echo Show, or to a friend’s phone via the Alexa app.
It sounds great, and it looks great.
I still want to see Echo Show get a good bit smarter — the current crop of skills doesn’t take advantage of the display as much as it should. But that’s the sort of thing that’s solved through software, and it can and will get better.
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The OG Amazon Echo: Great if you can get it on sale
The original Echo Show is getting a little long in the tooth. (And I’d argue it wasn’t much of a looker in the first place.) And while I’ll again stress that it’s – Source