The Amazon Echo is a fun new Home Assistant. It is a device you put on your home network, and you can ask questions, setup tasks, order Amazon products, listen to music, and much much more!
Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.
Echo has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). Learn more about ESP
Amazon Echo provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music—just ask for your favorite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you. Listen to any song with Amazon Music Unlimited. Learn more.
Amazon Echo also provides hands-free voice control to Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Plus, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other popular music services like iTunes from your phone or tablet. Echo has been fine-tuned to deliver crisp vocals with dynamic bass response. Its dual downward-firing speakers produce 360° omni-directional audio to fill any room with immersive sound.
Introducing Alexa calling and messaging—a new way to be together with family and friends. When you’re busy making dinner, just ask Alexa to place a call to Mom or send a quick voice message to a friend. With Alexa, you can talk to anyone who has an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.
With the Alexa App, conversations and contacts go where you go. When you’re away from home, use the app to make a quick call or send a message to your family’s Echo. Alexa calling and messaging is free—to get started download the Alexa App. Learn more
Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. With far-field voice recognition, Echo can hear you ask a question from any direction—even while playing music
When you want to use Echo, simply say the wake word, “Alexa,” and Echo lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service is leveraged to recognize and respond to your request instantly. Learn more about voice recognition on Echo.
Alexa—the brain behind Echo—is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. And because Echo is always connected, updates are delivered automatically.
Just in the last few months we’ve added Alexa calling and messaging, exclusive voice-shopping deals, and thousands of new skills from third-party developers. Explore more things to try with Alexa.
Skills add even more capabilities like ordering a pizza from Domino’s, requesting a ride from Uber, tracking your fitness with Fitbit, controlling your TV with DISH Hopper, and more. Enabling skills lets your Echo do even more—simply discover and enable the skills you want to use in the Alexa App.
New skills are being added all the time. You can also see ratings and reviews to learn what other customers are saying about the thousands of skills available in the Alexa App. Discover and enable skills.
Use Echo to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the fan or space heater while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger.
Echo works with devices such as lights, switches, thermostats, and more from WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, ecobee, and Wink. Learn more about compatible smart home connected devices, including starter kits for easy setup.
With the free Alexa App on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers, you can easily setup and manage your Echo. Use the Alexa App to connect music services you already use like Spotify and Pandora. Link your calendar from Google, G Suite, iCloud, Outlook.com or Office365. Setup your smart home devices from Philips Hue, TP-Link, ecobee, WeMo, SmartThings, Insteon, Wink, Nest, Lutron, and more.
Make calls, view your conversation history, manage contacts, and get notifications when you receive a message (calling and messaging features available on iOS and Android only). See which books are available to read from your Kindle and Audible libraries. View shopping and to-do lists while on the go. Control your timers and set custom tones for your alarms, and much more. The Alexa App is also where you discover third-party skills.
Compare Echo Dot, Amazon Echo, & Echo Show
|Overview||Add Alexa to any room in the house. Can connect to your speakers over Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable.||Hands-free Alexa-enabled speaker that fills any room with immersive 360° audio.||Everything you love about Alexa and now she can show you things.|
|Voice control||Far-field (hands-free) voice recognition. Just ask.||Far-field (hands-free) voice recognition. Just ask.||Far-field (hands-free) voice recognition. Just ask.|
|Alexa calling and messaging||Call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App.||Call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App.||Live video visits and messaging between Echo Show devices or the Alexa App. Call or message anyone with a supported Echo device or the Alexa App.|
|Audio||Built-in speaker and support for connectivity to external speakers or headphones.||Fills the room with immersive, 360° omni-directional audio; separate woofer and tweeter for deep bass and crisp high notes.||Expansive, stereo sound powered by Dolby; dual full-range speakers for rich bass and balanced listening.|
|Wi-Fi music||Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.||Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.||Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.|
|Bluetooth & Wi-Fi||Bluetooth-enabled to stream music to or from connected devices; Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 2.4 and 5 GHz networks||Bluetooth-enabled to stream music to or from connected devices; Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 2.4 and 5 GHz networks||Bluetooth-enabled to stream music to or from connected devices; Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 2.4 and 5 GHz networks|
|Weight||5.7 oz (163 grams)||37.5 oz (1064 grams)||41.0 oz. (1170 grams)|
|Size||1.3″ x 3.3″ x 3.3″ (32 mm x 84 mm x 84 mm)||9.25″ x 3.3″ x 3.3″ (235 mm x 84 mm x 84 mm)||7.4″ x 7.4″ x 3.5″ (187 mm x 187 mm x 90 mm)|
|Power source||AC power. Plugs in and always on. Comes with power adapter and USB charging cable.||AC power. Plugs in and always on. Comes with power adapter and 6ft cable.||AC power. Plugs in and always on. Comes with power adapter and 6ft cable.|