Advertising Disclosure

Skin Research Institute has a financial connection to products sold via links on our website such as our top choices.


Which Amazon Echo device is right for you in 2021?

Amazon offers a range of Echo devices allowing you to control a variety of functions with your voice through Alexa. While most Echo devices feature similar functions, where they differ may affect whether it works for you. So which Amazon Echo device is best for your lifestyle? When deciding which Echo to buy, consider how often you plan on using it for voice commands, listening to music, or other functions.

Echo for Home

Echo (4th Gen) – $99.99

Works as a solo device or as a smart home hub. Use Alexa voice control for music, home security, lighting, and reminders.

Reason to buy the Echo

  • Perfect smart home hub, control all your devices from your Echo.
  • Better audio quality compared to the Echo Dot or Echo Flex

Reasons to avoid the Echo

  • Other devices may serve your needs better for a fraction of the price. If you will primarily use it for listening to music, you may want to opt for the Echo Dot instead, as it has most of the same features at nearly half the price but can’t function as a smart home hub.

Echo Dot (4th Gen) – $49.99

While mostly similar in function and look compared to the regular Echo, the Dot is slightly smaller and can’t serve as a smart home hub.

Reasons to buy

  • You want a device for voice commands and Bluetooth connectable speaker but don’t need it to function as a smart home hub.
  • Slightly smaller than the regular Echo, doesn’t take up as much space
  • LED Clock Display

Reasons to avoid

  • If you just want to use it as a Bluetooth speaker, there are less expensive speakers with similar or better quality.

Echo Show (3rd Gen) – $249.99

All the functionality of a regular Echo with an added screen interface and video call capabilities. View recipes, watch tutorials, and video chat with loved ones all with Alexa voice commands.

Reasons to buy

  • Screen display. If you like the functionality of the Echo but prefer an integrated display rather than voice controls only.
  • Video call capabilities. If you don’t already have a device with video call functionality or want additional video-call capable devices.

Reasons to avoid

  • It may feel redundant if you already have a smartphone or tablet device.
  • The price-tag. Other than the screen display, this functions the same as the Echo.

Echo Flex – $24.99

The Echo Flex allows all your home’s smart devices to be accessible via Alexa’s voice commands. Have Alexa dim the lighting, lock doors, or change the temperature, all in a compact package that easily plugs into your wall.

Reasons to buy

  • Compact design. Connects via AC plug to any standard three-prong outlet.
  • Low Price. Compared to the other Echo devices, Echo Flex has most of the same functionality at an affordable cost.

Reasons to avoid

  • Echo Flex’s built-in speakers aren’t the best quality and have a limited volume range.
  • Not technically a smart home hub. The Echo Flex connects to other smart home devices which can then be controlled via voice commands, but it can’t function as a proper hub.

Echo Studio – $199.99

If streaming music isn’t your thing, Echo Studio allows you to control your CD players, turntables, and other RCA-connected devices with your voice through Alexa.

Reasons to buy

  • Enhanced sound quality. Great if you’re planning to use your Echo for listening to music primarily.
  • Also can function as a smart home hub.

Reasons to avoid

  • Works better if paired with multiple Echos or Bluetooth speakers to fully achieve studio-quality sound. Not a great option if you’re looking to only add one device and don’t have the budget to buy even more.

Echo on the Go

In addition to devices to help keep your home life in order, Echo offers Alexa-connected tech for voice controls on the go.

Echo Auto – $49.99

Connects to your car via Bluetooth or auxiliary cable connection, enabling hands-free control for your music, calls, reminders, and traffic alerts.

Reasons to avoid

This device is a bit redundant. If you already have a smartphone, you have the same functions just by connecting your phone directly to your car via Bluetooth or auxiliary cable. The device also requires the app to be open to work, and therefore functions the same as using the Alexa app on your phone.

Echo Buds (2nd Gen) – $119.99

Wireless earbuds with Alexa voice controls, noise cancellation, and are cheaper than similar earbuds on the market.

Reasons to buy

  • Cheaper than AirPods, Bose Sport Earbuds, and Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
  • Noise cancelation feature

Reasons to avoid

  • Needs Alexa app to connect to your smartphone, as well as full access to your photos, mic, camera, and location.
  • Short battery life. The charging case only powers up to 15 hours compared to other wireless earbud cases that offer 24 hours of charge.

Echo Frames (2nd Gen) – $249.99

All of Alexa’s functionality built into sleek eyeglasses.

Reasons to buy

  • Good handsfree call alternative if wireless earbuds don’t work for you.
  • Built-in speakers are loud enough for you to hear but can be leveled as to not disturb those around you.
  • The mic provides clear audio quality for calls.

Reasons to avoid

  • Some eyeglass technicians refuse to install lenses to avoid potential damage to the device during installation. You may want to consult your glasses shop or optometrist if you require a specific prescription.
  • Short battery life, making it not practical to wear for long periods of time.
  • Steep price for the same features offered through the Alexa app.