Ultimately, the Echo Plus makes sense only for those with compatible smart home products who want to eliminate multiple hubs connected to their router. If that’s not you, then the slightly better audio quality compared to the second-gen Echo isn’t enough to justify the extra cost.
The Echo is smaller, better looking and cheaper than the original. It has a removable shell so you can change its appearance, too.
With a couple of other tweaks and improvements, it’s considerably better value than the original.
At half of the price of the big Echo, the Echo Dot is the best choice for most people. The only difference is that the built-in speaker isn’t great, but you can plug in your own hi-fi or use a Bluetooth speaker. Alexa is genuinely useful, especially in the kitchen and if you have compatible smart home gadgets.
We’re impressed with the Amazon Echo Show – the display improves the overall Alexa experience, enabling it to do things that haven’t been possible until now, like show you how to cook things step-by-step or provide a livestream of your home security cameras (although with limitations).
Video calling is another nice addition, and the quality of the included 5Mp is good enough to take some decent hands-free selfies. The 2in Dolby-powered speakers provide crisp, warm room-filling audio and even offers Bluetooth connectivity to turn it into a Bluetooth speaker.
Admittedly, the design is a little odd – especially when you consider how sleek the rest of the Echo range is – but it gives the Echo Show a distinct look, and is perfectly at home in your kitchen or on a shelf in your bedroom.
The Echo Spot is another great piece of hardware from Amazon, and the screen adds genuinely useful information for most things you ask Alexa.