May 23, 2022

Best Alexa devices 2022

By Jeramy Johnson Chris Wedel published April 19, 2022

Alexa is showing up in more and more devices — but these are the best.

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Amazon Echo 4th Gen And Echo Dot 4th Gen

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We’ve researched, tested, and reviewed dozens, if not hundreds of devices and compiled the following list of what we consider the best Alexa devices. With so many options to choose from, starting with the little Echo Dot up to the Echo Show 15 with its massive 15.6-inch display — it can be tough to sort through it all. 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 price. But if you already have an Echo and want to see what else is available, well, we’ve got you covered there too.

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Echo (4th Gen) – smart home hub

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REASONS TO BUY

+New spherical design+Better sound architecture and Zigbee home hub+Can pair with another Echo or Fire TV for stereo sound+Amazon brought back our favorite Twilight Blue color!

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-No screen or video calling-Expensive compared to its smaller siblings

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. During our testing of the product, we found that it boasts an improved sound architecture over the first three generations, one that is borrowed from the more expensive Echo Studio, as well as 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 connect it with your Fire TV for enhanced audio to go with your visual content.

We were convinced after our time spent with the Echo (4th Gen) that it’s 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 aforementioned Echo Studio. The Echo does not have a camera or screen, which is great for those with privacy concerns, but it does diminish its overall utility a bit. Even still, this is our pick for the everyday Echo for most.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…CLOSEhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.516.0_en.html#goog_15116985720 seconds of 59 secondsVolume 0% PLAY SOUND

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Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021 release)

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REASONS TO BUY

+Great size for screen+Same 13MP video camera as on Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen)+Sleek design+Privacy-focused camera shutter and mute switch

REASONS TO AVOID

-Weak speaker without Dolby processing-Only two color optionsAdvertisement

We reviewed the Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) and loved it — it is now one of our favorite smart home devices of the past few years and is our current pick as the best Alexa device with a screen. It shares the design cues of the Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) and borrowed some of the best features from the Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen), like an all-new 13MP front-facing camera that can zoom and pan to keep you in the frame.

On its 8-inch screen, this Echo Show boasts the same 800p resolution as the larger Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen). It also features the privacy-focused controls debuted on the first Echo Show 5, including a physical camera shutter and mute switch. Unfortunately, the Echo Show devices are still only available in Charcoal or Sandstone, not in the fun Twilight Blue or PRODUCT (RED) colors seen in the recent Echo and Dot speakers, but we think the design still looks nice. Plus, if you get an optional stand, you can change the angle/position of your Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) as you wish.

While the Echo Show 8 (2nd) is a great device for managing your smart home devices, watching videos, or even Amazon Prime content, it isn’t the best speaker Amazon makes. Don’t get us wrong — it sounds pretty good — but there is no Dolby processing built-in, and the speaker sort of fires backward. All-in-all though, we love this device for managing our smart home life with Alexa!

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Echo Sub speaker

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REASONS TO BUY

+Significantly improves low-end audio+Connects wirelessly+Works in a 2.1 configuration

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-Can’t work as a standalone speaker-Only pairs with second-generation devices and newerAdvertisement

While the Amazon Echo speakers have improved overall sound throughout the years, one area that still lacks is the low-end audio spectrum. That’s to be expected when using something like an Echo Dot, which sounds pretty good given the size of the speaker, but even on the larger Echo devices, the bass is still not a standout feature. This is where the Echo Sub comes into play.

This wireless subwoofer produces 100W of bass from a 6-inch downward-firing speaker. Though the Echo Sub cannot be used as a standalone speaker, it’s easily paired with up to two of the same Echo devices — nearly all options are second-generation and newer. Adding the subwoofer to your Echo speakers is easy and is done so wirelessly.

By connecting the Echo Sub with two other Echo speakers, like the standard Echo, you get a great 2.1 channel audio configuration. You can pick up the Echo Sub on its own if you already have some Echo devices to pair it with, if not, Amazon offers speaker bundles to get you started. So if you enjoy the audio from your Echo speakers now, just imagine how good they’ll sound once you fill out more of the soundstage with some bass from the Echo Sub.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite HD streaming device

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REASONS TO BUY

+Super affordable+Comes with Alexa Voice Remote+Full HD quality screen+Access to Dolby Atmos Audio

REASONS TO AVOID

-Alexa Voice Remote cannot control TV-Dolby Atmos Audio through HDMI pass-through-No 4K UHD videoAdvertisement

Amazon offers several paths to its Fire TV experience, from the best Fire TV Edition TVs made by Insignia and Toshiba to the set-top Fire TV Cube. But none of those options are as popular or affordable as the best Fire TV Sticks. And the new Fire TV Stick Lite might be the most appealing yet.

All three Fire TV sticks are great options at $50 or less, but possibly what we liked best about the $19 Fire TV Stick Lite during our review is that it gives you 90% of what the other sticks do at a fraction of the price. You still get access to full HD video and even Dolby Atmos Audio (via HDMI pass-through), and you get a handy Alexa Voice Remote to control your viewing experience and smart home. The only downside to this device is that the remote cannot control your TV as the other Fire TV Sticks can.

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Fire HD 8 tablet

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REASONS TO BUY

+Sweet spot of screen size and portability+Full HD screen+Best-in-class family controls+Great battery life+Multi-user support+Expandable storage up to 1TB

REASONS TO AVOID

-Doesn’t ship with Google apps-Doesn’t have all the features of HD 8 PlusAdvertisement

We can’t say enough good things about the latest Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet. Now on its 10th version, this media consumption device continues to hit that sweet spot of affordability, durability, and family friendly-ness. During our review of the tablet, we noted that at a great price, you get a hands-free digital voice assistant (Alexa), an HD screen, front and rear-facing cameras, expandable storage, and an easy onramp to all of the great content in the Amazon ecosystem.

We think the most underrated features of this device are its battery life and flexible storage options. This tablet will last you 12 hours on a single charge, which is amazing for long flights or drives. You can also feel confident purchasing the base model with only 32GB of storage because then you can pick up additional microSD cards on the cheap and expand storage up to 1TB.

While it is true that this device doesn’t run Google Apps straight out of the box, even the least savvy can follow the relatively simple instructions to add these after purchase. So while the Fire HD 8 remains our top pick for most buyers, those who want to be on the bleeding edge of technology may want to opt for the Fire HD 8 Plus along with its wireless charging dock, which will get you wireless charging and more RAM for faster performance.

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All-new Echo Buds (2nd Gen)

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REASONS TO BUY

+Affordable truly wireless earbuds+Great hands-free Alexa support+ANC and Passthrough modes+Wireless charging case available+Can map Google Assistant or Siri to touch controls

REASONS TO AVOID

-Battery on buds could be better-EQ settings are somewhat limitedAdvertisement

It seems like every technology company has its own version of wireless earbuds these days. However, if you want a pair of buds that give you hands-free access to Alexa, there is really only one option — the Amazon Echo Buds.

In addition to easy Alexa access (which works well, by the way), the Echo Buds just sound good. They feature active noise cancellation (ANC) and a customizable Passthrough mode that allows you to let noise in from the outside world instead of taking the buds out of your ears. During our review period, we found that both features are great, and changing the state is as easy as double-tapping the buds. You can also adjust the way it sounds in the app. Amazon also built in a way for you to easily invoke Google Assistant or Siri with just a tap, so you have the best of both worlds when it comes to smart assistants on the go. A new update in late 2020 also brought run workout tracking to the Echo Buds.

As we mentioned in our Echo Buds (2nd Gen) review, these second-generation buds improved on the minor flaws of the first-generation in virtually every way. For example, they come with an available wireless charging case, which can charge via USB-C cable, and the buds are lighter, more comfortable, and sound better than ever.

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iOttie Aivo Connect

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REASONS TO BUY

+Secure mounting solution for your smartphone+10W Qi wireless charging+Can pivot phone to landscape mode+Auto Sense Mounting lets you insert and remove your phone with one hand+Hands-free Alexa assistance on the go

REASONS TO AVOID

-PriceyAdvertisement

Apple has CarPlay, and Google has Android Auto, but Amazon hasn’t really had a successful strategy to get Alexa into your car yet. Yes, it has Alexa Auto partnerships with some car manufacturers like Audi and Ford, but that hasn’t seen as much adoption compared to its competition. So how can you get Alexa in your car? Unfortunately, Amazon’s answer was slow in coming. It resulted in the Echo Auto, which received a lukewarm reception when it finally rolled out a year after being announced. Thankfully, other third parties like Garmin, Anker/Roav, and iOttie have stepped in to fill the gap.

We tested the iOttie Aivo Connect, which came out in late 2020, and discovered that it is an ingenious accessory for your smartphone. It is a phone mount that securely sticks to your dash or windshield with a sticky pad, and it has a unique Auto Sense Mounting system that uses an IR sensor to open and close around your device. If your phone is capable of wireless charging, the Aivo Connect can power it with 10W Qi wireless charging. Best of all, once you install the iOttie app and connect it to your Amazon account, you can ask Alexa for directions, set reminders, or play music and games while driving — all hands-free. It may not be quite as robust as Android Auto, but it’s more straightforward to use in some respects.

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Amazon Echo Frames (2nd Gen)

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REASONS TO BUY

+Easy, hands-free Alexa access+Improved battery life over Day 1 Editions+Comes in three stylish colors+Enhanced software features+Sunglass and blue-light filter lens options+Also supports Google Assistant and Siri

REASONS TO AVOID

-One of the most expensive Echo devices-Style may not be to everyone’s taste-No wireless chargingAdvertisement

From modest beginnings in Amazon’s Day 1 Editions program, the Echo Frames (2nd Gen) graduated from a niche, enthusiast product to a device that will bring Alexa to the masses. So if you’ve been waiting for a device to take Alexa out of the house and into the broader world, these just might be the glasses for you!

We found during our review of the second-generation Echo Frames that Amazon had improved battery life and software enhancements like Auto Volume, VIP Filter, and Auto-Off. While they share the same design as the first-generation frames, they come in three stylish colors: Classic Black, Horizon Blue, and Modern Tortoise. Shortly after their release, Amazon added the option to purchase the Echo Frames (2nd Gen) with built-in UV sunglass lenses or blue-light filtering lenses.

Our reviewer found the experience of open-air audio to be preferable for hours of listening than in-ear buds in terms of comfort, but they also allow for a better perception of the outside world. However, the biggest downside with these smart glasses is the proprietary charger and lack of wireless charging.

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Amazon Luna Wireless Controller

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REASONS TO BUY

+Affordable+Push-button Alexa access+Low latency

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