The Alexa voice assistant has become synonymous with voice-controlled smart speakers around the world in just a few short years. If you want to find out why, then take a look at our roundup of the best Amazon Echo prices.
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There are lots of different Echo speakers and screens out in the wild now, with Amazon recently refreshing its entire lineup with improved versions. The diminutive Amazon Echo Dot deals are a popular choice all year round as it's one of the most affordable smart speakers on the planet. We've got prices for the larger versions too including the Amazon Echo, Echo Plus and the new Echo Sub (a subwoofer accessory). If you want a visual element too, then we've got you covered with both the Amazon Echo Show or the bedside table -friendly Echo Spot, both of which include a screen.
Although Amazon designed and built these smart devices, they're actually on sale at a large number of stores, which means they're never far away from a discount. We'll also list the standard price of each of these Amazon Alexa-powered speakers so you can get a better idea of how good the latest discounts in the comparison charts are. If prices are clinging to the standard, just wait a while as cheaper Amazon Echo prices are always around the corner, especially as we get closer to those Amazon Prime Day deals in the summer.
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) launch price: $49.99 / £49.99 / AU$79.
The new 3rd iteration of the Echo Dot is out now. It comes in three colors, charcoal, heather grey, and sandstone (that'll be black, grey or white to the rest of us). The hockey-puck-shaped speaker has a more refined look with a fabric finish this year. However, the speaker driver is much larger, going from a 1.1-inches in diameter to 1.6-inches It's 70% louder than the previous version and keeps the aux 3.5mm connection for a physical speaker output. You can also connect it wirelessly to external speakers via Bluetooth.
Amazon Echo (2nd gen) launch price: $99.99 / £89.99 / AU$119.
The Amazon Echo is the firm middle ground of the Alexa family with a more powerful speaker than the Echo Dot. This second generation version is a bit shorter but houses an upgraded speaker powered by some neat Dolby processing.
This is the 'just right' option in the Echo lineup. It's not as budget as the Amazon Echo Dot nor is it as premium as the Amazon Echo Plus. It's the one to go for if you're going to use the smart speaker a lot to play music but want to keep prices down. If you just want a smart speaker to boss around and make your home smarter, you might as well save a bit of cash by getting the Echo Dot instead.
Amazon Echo Show (2nd gen) launch price: $229.99 / £219.99 / AU$349.
Amazon released a 2018 update for the Amazon Echo Show, the Alexa smart speaker with a touchscreen. As things stand, it's a bit more expensive than the previous gen version and a lot more expensive than the rival Google Home Hub prices. This version of the the Echo Show has now phased out the older model.
The updated Amazon Echo Show has a bigger screen, with louder speakers too, making it a much better fit for video content to be enjoyed via your Amazon Prime membership or for free on other channels. You can now also use it as a smart device hub for other devices like smart thermostats or bulbs, meaning you can save some space around your router's ports. The competition for screen-sporting smart smart speakers is heating up though, with the Google Home Hub also competing for your attention.
Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen) launch price: $149.99 / £139.99 / $229.
Amazon revamped the Echo Plus smart speaker in late 2018. It now shares a similar look to the other Echo speakers, with fabric covering the body instead of a harsh plastic, which has improved the speaker's audio output too which we appreciated during video calls. You're getting a bigger sound with the Plus compared to the standard Echo speaker, but not a huge difference in all honest.
The main advantage to the Amazon Echo Plus compared to the two smaller Echo speakers is the fact that there's a Zigbee smart home hub built in. So if you have Philips Hue bulbs at home, you no longer need the Hue Bridge to work as the brain to control them via apps or Alexa voice-controls. This is great for controlling smart speakers and smart thermostats too – there's even a built-in thermometer for measuring room temperatures. The list of smart devices around our homes is growing constantly and the Echo Plus is ready for the future. If you've started to build up an annoying cluster of cables going into your router to support your smart home devices, this could help clear them right up.
Amazon Echo Spot launch price: $129 / £119.99 / AU$179.
The Amazon Echo Spot is a miniature version of the Amazon Echo Show better suited to a desk or bedside table. The small screen is designed to show you little pieces of information rather than watch episodes of The Grand Tour or Mr Robot. But that might be more than enough if you just want to quickly check directions or read a news bulletin. It's very handy for video calls between other Amazon Echo screen devices too. Check out today's best Echo Spot prices below.
Amazon Echo Sub launch price: $129.99 / £119.99 / AU$199.
If you're going all in on the Amazon Alexa audio setup at home, then you'll want to take a look at the latest Amazon Echo Sub prices. The Echo Sub is not a smart speaker though, it's a subwoofer to connect to your other Echo speakers, so you'll need to pick up one of those (you're already on the right page for them!) if you don't have any yet. Or, check out some of the bundles available as Amazon has started selling the Echo Sub with a pair of regular Echo speakers in some regions to give you a full stereo sound setup at home. If you'd prefer to just have one beast of a smart speaker with a huge sound, then you may want to check out the latest Google Home Max prices instead – be warned, it's not cheap.