Which Amazon Echo should you buy on Prime Day 2022?

There was a time when it was easy to choose which Amazon Echo device to buy because there wasn’t much of a selection. These days, Amazon has an entire stable of devices ready to respond and carry out your commands. That makes things a bit trickier for those who are looking to pick up their first (or add another) Echo device among Prime Day Amazon Echo deals. You can also review some of the best deals year round.

We’ve tested and tried each Echo device to find the best of the lot. This year, we think it’s the Echo Show 10. With its high-quality 360-degree speaker, a large screen, and the ability to pan around the room to double as a security camera or video conferencing dynamo, it’s a great all-around choice. Even so, depending on how you want to use an Echo Show and how much space you have, there’s certainly a case to be made for other Echo devices.

Which Amazon Echo should you buy on Prime Day 2022?

Echo Dot (4th Gen)

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The Echo Dot is one of Amazon’s most popular voice-assistant-ready speakers — it’s also the smallest and cheapest option. As well as being able to perform a wide variety of verbal tasks, you can use it to give commands to other smart home devices, and it’s also a decent speaker for streaming music from Spotify, Amazon Music, SiriusXM, and more.

The 4th-Gen Echo Dot (which has recently seen its lowest-ever price ahead of Prime Day) was an extensive redesign on the concept, and it’s a little flashier, resembling a globe with a glowing light around the base. This makes it a little trickier to hide it away (or to mount on a wall), but if you’re cool with the aesthetic, you’ll find it does everything it claims and is a welcome addition to your smart home. You can get it either with a digital clock or without.

While the Dot is the junior cousin to the Echo itself, it performs most of the tasks that the larger version will and contains the same privacy controls, meaning your conversations remain safely in your home. It also has a “mic off” button to disable the microphones.

Setup is a piece of cake: simply plug in the Dot, connect to the Alexa app on your device, and you’re ready for music, a joke or two, and voice control over your smart devices.

Amazon Echo (4th Gen)

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The 4th-Gen Echo is the cream of the crop of Amazon’s audio-only offerings. It packs responsive mics with a great-sounding speaker to produce a device that is ready to play tunes or read you the latest news and weather updates.

The device is a 5.6-inch globe that sits on a small base with a subtle light ring on its base. There’s even a 3.5mm aux port. At the top are buttons for volume, a button to turn the microphones off, and an action button.

The 4th-Gen Echo added the ability to control Zigbee devices, making it an even more powerful smart home hub and virtual assistant. It also sports a 3-inch woofer and two 1-inch tweeters to re-create your favorite tunes with a lot of pizzazz. Unless you’re an audiophile, this speaker likely checks all the boxes you need for a voice-assistant speaker hub.

It also contains Amazon’s AZ1 Neural Edge processor, which is reported to be better at understanding and replying to commands. That, combined with a growing library of devices supported in the Skills section of the Alexa app, means you’ll be able to control more smart devices and build better routines to make life simpler for you.

Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen)

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The Show lineup of Echo devices steps up what’s possible from the basic Echo by adding a video screen. Not only can you watch streamed TV shows from Prime Video, Netflix, and other provi