How To Know Which Amazon Alexa-Enabled Device Is Right For You

Siri might have come first, but since Amazon introduced Alexa on the first Echo device in November 2014, the virtual assistant has taken over. Even after a strange laughing incident and privacy concerns, Alexa still reigns supreme, ready to offer up the day's weather forecast or tell a joke on command.
As Alexa's popularity increases, Amazon has also expanded the number of devices it is available on, from the original Echo to the newer Echo Show and Echo Look. When Amazon Prime Day officially kicks off on July 16, you can bet the company will offer discounts on at least some of these in-house products. (The Echo Show is already on sale for 43% off.)
How does one Echo device differ from the next and which one is right for you? Ahead, a full guide to knowing which Amazon Alexa-enabled product to buy based on your needs.
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Echo Dot

Best for: Bringing Alexa into more rooms in your home

What sets it apart: Smaller in size and low cost

The Echo Dot is a no-frills Alexa-enabled device. If you want a cheap speaker that queues up music on demand and tells you the weather, Dot is the way to go.
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Echo Dot Kids

Best for: Anyone with kids

What sets it apart: Parental controls let you pause Alexa and set time use limits.

If you're in need of a break from bedtime storytelling duties, Echo Dot Kids can fill in. The device includes one free year of FreeTime Unlimited, which offers access to fairytale classics from Audible.
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Best for: Anyone who wants the classic Alexa-enabled device, and is looking for improved sound quality.

What sets it apart: You can choose from a range of fabrics and faux wood finishes.

The Alexa-enabled device that started it all is now in its second-generation, and sounding so much better as a result. You can thank the dual, Dolby-powered speakers for that.
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Echo Spot

Best for: Those who want an Echo Dot with a screen.

What sets it apart: You can watch shows from Amazon Video (so long as you don't mind viewing them on a small screen), in addition to video chatting with family and friends.

It was only a matter of time before Amazon gave Echo a screen. Granted, this one is just two-and-a-half inches, but it's still big enough to watch a morning news briefing without getting out of bed.
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Echo Plus

Best for: Anyone looking to turn their entire home into a smart home.

What sets it apart: A built-in smart home hub that makes it easy to connect and control smart lights and plugs from one, central device.

If the idea of dimming the lights, putting down the shades, and turning on the TV with a single voice command is appealing, consider the Echo Plus your device of choice.
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Echo Show

Best for: Anyone who likes the Echo Spot, but wishes it had a bigger screen and better sound quality.

What sets it apart: Dual two-inch speakers and a seven-inch screen make watching shows a better experience.

Various smart devices are attempting to win in the kitchen, and the Echo Show is a strong contender. If you have the counter space, Show is a worthwhile investment, since you can use it to view your recipe or watch a cooking demo mid-chop.
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Echo Look

Best for: Anyone who wants help organizing their closet — and trusts Amazon for daily fashion input.

What sets it apart: You can take full-length photos and short videos of your outfits before heading out the door, and use these to keep track of your ensembles over time. Amazon's "team of experienced fashion specialists" are also on hand to offer a second opinion if you're torn between two outfits.

Amazon's foray into fashion tech merges human input with machine learning to offer outfit recommendations. Consider it one more way to get Alexa involved in your morning routine.

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