We can’t think of any reason not to gift an Echo Dot or Echo Show, especially since you can now save big on all generations of the Alexa gadgets. The 3rd gen Echo Dot is an incredible $15 – the same as on Black Friday. And many of the other Echo devices, such as the 2nd generation Echo Show and the latest Echo Dot with clock, are also on sale, so you can choose the one with the features that appeal to you the most. Can you say awesome holiday gift?
This item is so essential – and so loved – it’s earned a five-star rating of over 800,000 verified reviewers. The device is a small but powerful speaker that can stream music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Sirius XM and more. Alexa is included, of course, and you can always ask her to turn off the lights and provide updates on the weather, sports, and more. Plus, you can use your Echo Dot 3rd Gen to control other smart home devices with the sound of your voice. You can even connect this smart speaker to your phone via Bluetooth, so you can bring your own music to the party. And you can pair another Echo Dot 3rd gen to create amazing stereo sound – for much less than the cost of a single Bluetooth speaker from brands like Bose or Sonos.
“This thing is a real lifesaver,” shared one grateful Amazon shopper. “I was away with our dog when I received a report that an alarm went off in our house. Alexa also sent an audio file. I listened to it and I heard the smoke alarms, which sounded like flames crackling and the obvious sound of splashing water. I ran home as fast as I could. It wasn’t a fire, but my upstairs neighbor’s boiler had exploded and flooded our apartment for hours.”
Privacy concerns? The Echo Dot 3rd Gen is built with multiple layers of protection, including a physical button you can press to mute the microphone and disconnect from Wi-Fi.
Echo Show 8 (2nd generation, release 2021)
The Echo Show is a bite-sized, convenient smart display that can guide you through recipes, play videos, and even let you video chat with friends and family. Of course, it also has all the Alexa functionality you expect!
$70 at Amazon
Think of the Echo Show 8 as a better version of the Echo Dot. Instead of being just a speaker, it’s a smart screen. It can play content from Netflix, Hulu, and more, but it can also be used to browse recipes and even walk you through them step-by-step. It’s a useful kitchen appliance, or as a great bedside echo (especially since it can start your favorite music videos to help you wake up!)
“My mom, who is in a long-term care facility, has slowly but surely got the hang of this device. She is so thankful that her friend Alexa tells her the weather and jokes, plays old music, finds a movie on Netflix, or gives me a call.” said one customer “I’m grateful for the drop-in feature so I can check in with her and video chat and I can also forward photos of her grandchildren to the screen she loves.”
And of course there’s the latest version of the Echo, the stylish 5th generation. Enjoy enhanced audio throughout your home for vibrant sound, stay on track with Alexa and control compatible smart home devices with your gesture thanks to the latest Echo Dot – and enjoy improved speaker quality, with clearer vocals and deeper bass for a rich , lively sound.
Reviewers love it: “If you compare the 5th Gen to the 4th Gen, the first thing you notice is the display… The display now shows things like temperature and what song is playing, which is a more useful feature than I had expected,” one Amazon shopper shared. “[The sound is] Much better. The bass is fuller, the overall sound is much clearer, and there’s less distortion at high volume… I use this thing every day, and the new stuff makes for a better and more satisfying user experience.”
If these three deals don’t quite add up, check out the additional Amazon Echo devices on sale that will arrive in time for you to pack up and put under the tree.
Amazon Echo Dot (5th generation, release 2022)
Amazon Echo (4th generation)
Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd generation, release 2021)
Amazon Echo Show 15
Of course, if you have Amazon Prime, you get free shipping. not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your 30-day free trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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