How sci-fi that we can talk to a plastic tube and have it talk back to us. Smart speakers are here to stay, and Amazon is leading the way with its Echo range and built-in Alexa voice assistant.

But the regular Echo smart speaker isn’t the only Alexa device available. Amazon sells several different ones and they all do things a little differently. Combined, they hold 75% of the UK smart speaker market, according to a YouGov survey. 

Most of them are smart speakers. These are devices suited to indoor home use that respond to voice commands when connected to Wi-Fi.

You can say something simple like "Alexa, what’s the time?" right up to "Alexa, turn the lights on in the kitchen" – the latter if you have set up a compatible product.

This is the cool thing about Alexa products. You can use them as simply or as intricately as you like.

In September 2018 Amazon announced many new and updated Echo devices. They sit in this chart next to the older Echo devices that you can still buy from Amazon.

More recently it has announced Echo Show 5, which is an inexpensive alternative to the 10in model - the number refers to the screen size: 5.5in.

This is a ranked chart of all the Echo products currently on sale, their main features and why you should buy them. They are in order of what we think is best for most people.

If you think you want a voice assistant smart speaker, one of these Echo devices is going to fit the bill.

All of the Echos on this list can do basic things like answer web searches, play music and radio and even call other Echos or smartphones. Read on to see what they all do differently, but also check out these great accessories for the various Echo devices including the Wall Clock and Echo Connect.

Best Amazon Echo 2019

1. Amazon Echo Dot (3rd-gen)

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd-gen)
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  • Reviewed on: 12 July 2019

This latest Echo Dot sounds a lot better, looks a lot better and is great value at this price. You can even pair two Dots for stereo sound.

It's a great entry into the world of Alexa to listen to radio, podcast and music as well as ask queries. You can have one, or put several about the house. 

Read our Amazon Echo Dot (3rd-gen) review.

2. Amazon Echo (2nd-gen)

Amazon Echo (2nd-gen)
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The Echo 2 has better, louder, clearer sound than the original Echo Dot, but the Dot 3 comes close. Also bear in mind that for a small hit in sound quality, you can have the Echo Show 5 for less.

It's still a good choice for hands-free audio in a living room or kitchen as it's loud enough to be heard over the noise of daily life.

Read our Amazon Echo (2nd-gen) review.

3. Amazon Echo Show 5

Amazon Echo Show 5
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  • Reviewed on: 2 July 2019

It may cost the same as the Lenovo Smart Clock, but it includes a couple of key features you might want, such as Bluetooth and a camera. The screen is a little small for watching video, but it's a great size for a bedside table.

Just remember there's no Google here: Alexa has many skills but they don't tie into any Google services.

  • Privacy cover for camera
  • Bluetooth
  • Works with Ring and Nest cameras

Read our Amazon Echo Show 5 review.

4. Amazon Echo Plus (2nd-gen)

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd-gen)
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  • Reviewed on: 12 July 2019

The second-gen Echo Plus is shorter, louder and nicer-looking than the original speaker while still boasting an integrated smart hub to control ZigBee smart home tech (along with Alexa-supported devices). 

The audio is clear, vocals are warm and it has a strong bass presence, and thanks to Dolby Play 360 audio support, it does a great job at filling the room with music. 

If you've got ZigBee-supported smart home tech, the Echo Plus is the ideal option. 

Read our Amazon Echo Plus (2nd-gen) review.

5. Amazon Echo Show (2nd-gen)

Amazon Echo Show (2nd-gen)
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  • Reviewed on: 12 July 2019

It's expensive, but the 2nd-gen Echo Show is a good upgrade on the original. If you want Alexa with a screen this is a good option. It lets you call other people with Alexa devices, look up stuff online and watch Amazon Prime video. Just remember that it needs to be plugged in, it's not a tablet.

Audio is decent and the screen is a good size but unless you really want the visual element or ability to call other Shows, you'd be better off with the Echo or the Echo Plus. And if you do want a screen but a more affordable price, look to the Echo Show 5.

Read our Amazon Echo Show (2nd-gen) review.

6. Amazon Echo Spot

Amazon Echo Spot
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  • Reviewed on: 19 November 2018

The Echo Spot is another great piece of hardware from Amazon, and the screen adds genuinely useful information for most things you ask Alexa. It's also £100/$100 less than the latest Echo Show, making it the cheapest way to get an Echo with a screen.

If you don't want a screen though then the Echo Dot (3rd-gen) is your best bet as the functionality is the same minus the display.

Read our Amazon Echo Spot review.

7. Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot
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  • Reviewed on: 16 November 2018

The sound quality on this older Echo Dot is not as good as on the 3rd-gen model. If you want the best sound from a Dot, buy the latest one.

But this older Dot is sometimes on sale for much less and if you want to buy a few to put in different rooms for voice commands for smart home appliances, it's the cheapest way to do it.

Read our Amazon Echo Dot review.

8. Amazon Echo Plus

Amazon Echo Plus
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  • Reviewed on: 16 November 2018

The Echo Plus is a decent smart speaker, but it's still the same price as the Echo Plus 2 which is better in every area. If you prefer the design of this first-gen version then it performs the same functions but otherwise there's no reason to pick it over the newer one.

Read our Amazon Echo Plus review.