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So you’ve seen a bunch of adverts on the TV for one of those Amazon Echo devices and you fancy yourself a smart speaker.
Jump online, though, and you’ll quickly discover that there are a lot of different versions and things can quickly turn rather complicated.
Amazon has an extended Echo family – cousins included – and it can be difficult to pick the right one for your needs. Do you need to light up a party with big sound? Are you just looking for a quiet speaker to play your playlist? Or maybe a small assistant to help you plan out your day and call friends?
We’ve taken out the legwork for you and researched all the different types of Amazon Echo devices to give you an idea of which one you should buy.
Amazon Echo devices compared
Amazon Echo 2nd Gen
Speaker size: 2.5″ woofer and 0.6″ tweeter
The bread and butter of smart home devices from Amazon, the Echo (2nd Gen) has been on shop shelves for two years now (since 2017) and has proved a popular choice among music-lovers and scatterbrains alike.
Not only does it blast out music with impressive range, it acts as a personal assistant, helping you plan out your calendar, set reminders and read out your agenda.
Need to know what the weather will be like today? Shout at Alexa. Need to skip that awkward ’80s tune at a house party? Shout at Alexa. Need to set a reminder for your mum’s birthday? You guessed it: Shout at Alexa.
There’s a powerful punch from the speaker that can easily fill a room for those big gatherings and, for the price you pay, you get an excellent voice-controlled assistant that looks great in the living room.
Buy Now – Amazon Echo (2nd Gen)
Amazon Echo plus
Speaker size: 3″ woofer and 0.8″ tweeter
The bigger, more burly brother of the regular Echo, the Plus is larger, louder and more conspicuous.
There’s a bigger speaker that will pump out better audio quality, but there’s basically the same tech packed into the smaller version.
Luckily, you won’t be paying too much more for the benefit of a better speaker.
Once again, Alexa will be ready and waiting to take your every command and it can look pretty stylish with the material cover in your house.
Buy Now – Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen)
Amazon Echo Dot
Speaker size: 1.6″ speaker
We’ve had the big brother, now we go for the little brother – the Dot is a dinky little speaker for those who don’t want an obtrusive speaker and prefer the subtlety of smart speakers.
This is a popular choice for many shoppers as it does its job and it looks cool and stylish.
The speaker, while small, will surprise you with its quality and it still does everything you need for a much cheaper price.
This is the Echo for those on a budget who still want to enjoy smart home tech.
Buy Now – Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon Echo Spot
Speaker size: 1.4″ speaker
Now we’re getting into the hybrid world of speakers and screens, in what is basically a tablet that stays on the table instead of in your hands.
The Spot has a tiny little speaker on it that allows for a bunch of cool features, like face-time video calling, a visual alarm clock and a bit more information about your calendar or the weather.
It’s quite cool to put Prime Photos on the screen and have it cycle through beautiful imagery, and the video calling is quite useful too if you don’t have your phone to hand.
Buy Now – Amazon Echo Spot
Amazon Echo Show
Speaker size: 8-microphone array, dual 2-inch stereo speakers
OK, this is basically a tablet but it is voice-controlled which makes it a little bit better, especially if you’re feeling lazy.
This is a full 10.1-inch touchscreen that looks impressive and enables for video calls and you can even play movies and watch YouTube videos on it.
This is great for if you’re cooking, for example, as you can set up videos to help you complete your recipe, set timers to help you manage your dish and even buy ingredients whilst you’re cooking.
It has an impressive speaker that can pump out a good sound range and it’s the true premium product from Amazon.
Buy Now – Amazon Echo Show