We’ve researched, tested, and reviewed dozens, if not hundreds of devices and have come up with the following list of what we consider the best Alexa devices. If you don’t already have an Echo smart speaker, we recommend you pick up the Amazon Echo (4th Gen) to get started. It sounds great and comes in at a reasonable starting price. But, of course, if you already have an Echo and want to see what else is available, well, we’ve got you covered there too.
Best Amazon Alexa smart speaker: Amazon Echo (4th Gen)
The original Amazon Echo that debuted in late 2014 gave us our first introduction to Alexa, and we’ve been hooked ever since. What started as a stark, black tube has evolved over three generations to a softer, gentler-looking Alexa vessel and has spawned an entire line of other Echo devices.
This “regular” Echo (4th Gen) is the best of the series yet. It boasts an improved sound architecture over the first three generations, borrowed from the more expensive Echo Studio and the same Zigbee home hub integration of its larger cousin. As with several other Echo devices, you can connect two of these to create a stereo pairing, or you can join it with your Fire TV for enhanced audio to go with your visual content.
We think the Echo (4th Gen) is the best Alexa speaker to buy if you want great sound but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. If you don’t care as much about the sound and want to save a few bucks, you could get one of the Echo Dot varieties, or if you really care about sound, go for the Echo above Studio. The Echo does not have a camera or screen, which is excellent for privacy concerns, but it does diminish its overall utility just a bit. Even still, this is our pick for the everyday Echo for most.