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How to choose the right Amazon Echo smart speaker amid all the discounts

This year, we’ve seen unbelievable Prime Day deals on Echo devices. You can purchase an Echo device for a fraction of the price you’d spend if you made your purchase before or after Prime Day. But, with all of the Prime Day Echo deals, which should you go with? Which device is right for you? We’re creating a quick guide explaining which Echo device is best for different situations.

Echo Flex — $10, was $25

Best for small spaces

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The Echo Flex plugs into a wall outlet, so it’s not noticeable once you set it up. You just plug it in and you have Alexa at your service. Alexa can control your smart devices, answer questions, read you the news, and more. The Echo Flex also has a USB-A port on the bottom that you can use as a charging port for your phone or as a connection port for Echo Flex accessories. You can add additional accessories to your Echo Flex that give the device extra capabilities, like the ability to act as a nightlight and the ability to detect motion. The Flex plays music, but isn’t ideal for music playback because it’s not very loud. It’s a good option as an Alexa speaker for your garage, office, or kitchen because it works best in smaller spaces. Prime members also have the option of adding on a smart plug for $5, so you can get an Echo speaker and a smart plug for $15.

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) — $19, was $50

Best first Echo speaker

The Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is a good option for those who want to try out an Alexa speaker without paying too much cash. It’s also a good pick for those who want to add on an additional Echo speaker for another area of the home. The Dot is loud enough to play music throughout a large space, and you can connect a louder speaker using the 3.5mm jack or via Bluetooth.

Echo Auto — $20, was $50

For those who want to take Alexa on the go

The Echo Auto connects through the Alexa app on your phone. In the car, Alexa can help you check your calendars, update to-do lists, and act as a personal assistant. Alexa can control your compatible smart home devices from the car. However, check your phone and car’s compatibility to make sure they’ll work with the Echo Auto.

Echo Show 5 — $45, was $90

For those who want a smart alarm clock or mini smart display


If you want a smart alarm clock or an affordable smart display, the Echo Show 5 has a 5.5-inch screen. You can watch movies and shows, video chat, and view video feeds from compatible video doorbells and security cameras. There’s a Prime Day bundle deal for Prime members that includes a Blink Mini indoor security camera for $5, which makes the price $50 total for the smart display and camera. The Blink Mini camera is compatible with Alexa.

Echo Show 8 — $65, was $130

For those who want a larger screen

Amazon - Echo Show 8
The Echo Show 8 is a step up in terms of screen size, with an 8-inch screen. You can watch shows, make calls, see song lyrics, see compatible camera feeds, and more. If you’re going to use your display for entertainment (and not just as a smart alarm clock), the Show 8 is probably the better pick. Like the Show 5, Prime members can add on a Blink Mini security camera or smart plug to the Show 8 for $5.

Echo Studio — $150, was $200

For music lovers

Echo Studio

Many people use their Echo speakers to listen to music, and the Echo Studio is all about sound. With Dolby Atmos technology and five speakers — three 2-inch midrange speakers, a 1-inch tweeter, and a 5.25-inch woofer — the Echo Studio sounds incredible. It plays 3D music for an immersive experience.

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