Just like the continuous stream of new Kindle models, there seems to be an ever-growing list of Amazon Echo devices to choose from. There’s the Amazon Echo Dot, the Amazon Echo Show — there are even Echo Buds! It’s a real whirlwind — which is why we’re here to help pull you out of that Echo chamber and find the best Amazon Echo device (or devices!) for you and your home.
It doesn’t hurt that, what with the upcoming Black Friday shopping festivities happening on Nov. 24, all of our suggestions are probably going to have impressive markdowns on them soon. For specific intel on what Echo devices have already dropped in price for Black Friday, check out our top picks for Echo smart devices currently on sale. If you want to get a more general, “bird’s eye view” on the entire range of juicy Black Friday deals that you’ll encounter at Amazon, feel free to reference our handy guide on just that.
What can an Echo do?
All Echo devices are designed to utilize Amazon Alexa’s AI superpowers — it’s just a matter of which form you want your Echo to take. Depending on the device you choose, your Echo may simply have an audio output (whether that’s music, phone calls, calendar reminders, or news alerts). These devices are known as the Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Dot (they’re both essentially smart speakers). Amazon Echo Show devices, on the other hand, can do all of the aforementioned audio stuff, but they also boast colorful displays of varying sizes to help you visually manage your day, make video calls, and stream entertainment. Think of Echo Shows as tiny and more affordable tablets, essentially.
Most Echo devices are designed to act as smart hubs within your home, but some Echo devices can also be taken on the road. These types of Echo devices include Echo Buds (Amazon’s foray into the wireless earbud space) and Echo Auto, which brings hands-free Alexa functionality to the car.
Read on for the 10 top Echo devices of 2023 so that you can make an informed, stress-free Echo purchase during the holiday shopping season.