Amazon's Echo lineup is insane at this point, spanning smart speakers, video devices and new Alexa Gadgets.

The Echo family of products has grown rapidly over the last couple of years, with a flurry of new devices announced in September 2017 to add to the portfolio, meaning there's something out there for everyone.

Here are all the Alexa-enabled Amazon devices compared to help you work out which one best suits your needs.

The Amazon Echo started a new trend, offering voice control over a speaker device. The original Echo inspired many to follow this trend, with Amazon evolving and expanding the offering. Here's the run down of Amazon's Echo speakers, so you can decide which Echo is the best for you.

  • Availability: Available refurbished in the US (Amazon US order page) / available in the UK (Amazon UK order page)
  • Price: $179.99 ($89.99 refurb) / £149.99
  • Dimensions: 235 x 83.5 x 83.5mm, 1045g
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO)
  • Power: Plugs into a wall outlet
  • Audio capability: 360-degree sound (2.5-inch woofer and 2.0-inch tweeter)
  • Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)
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The original Amazon Echo launched in 2015 in the US and 2016 in the UK as a 9.25-inch-tall cylinder speaker with a seven-piece microphone array. It responds to the wake word "Alexa" and is capable of voice interaction, controlling compatible smart home devices, music playback, Bluetooth connectivity, to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, reading PDFs, providing weather forecasts, warning you of traffic conditions, answering trivia, and supplying other types of information in real-time. It works with the full range of Alexa skills too.

Echo requires a Wi-Fi connection in order to respond to voice commands and fetch content for you, and it must remain plugged in for power. Users in the US will see Alexa have an American accent, while UK users will hear a British accent. This model has now been replaced by the Echo 2 and Echo Plus, but you can still find it in some retailers.

  • Availability: Available in the US (Amazon US order page) / Available in the UK (Amazon UK order page)
  • Price: $99.99 / £89.99
  • Dimensions: 148.5 x 88 x 88mm, 820g
  • Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5GHz)and Bluetooth (A2DP)
  • Power: Power adaptor/cable (5.9ft)
  • Audio: 2.5-inch woofer and 0.6-inch tweeter
  • Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)
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The original Amazon Echo is dead. Long live the Amazon Echo. That's right. Amazon has retired the original Echo model and replaced it with a new connected Alexa speaker that's shorter, and comes with a range of different finishes for a nicer, more contemporary look. It still offers the same Alexa power as it did before, serving as the centre of the universe, while coming in at a much cheaper price.

It's just better designed to fit into your kitchen, thanks to those new shells. It's very much realigning itself as a competitor to the Google Home. While it offers all the skills of Alexa and offers Bluetooth and the rest of the Echo experience, it doesn't sound as good as the original model, nor as good as the Echo Plus. This is the model to get if you want to get connected cheaply, but accepting that music isn't top of your list.

It's available to buy now in both the US and the UK.

  • Availability: Available in the US (Amazon US order page) / Available in the UK (Amazon UK order page)
  • Price: $139.99 / £149.99
  • Dimensions: 235 x 84 x 84mm, 954g
  • Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5GHz)and Bluetooth (A2DP)
  • Power: Power adaptor/cable (5.9ft)
  • Audio: 2.5-inch woofer and 0.8-inch tweeter
  • Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)
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Amazon Echo Plus is now top of the Echo tree. It looks just like the original, canister-shaped Echo. It's very much the same design as the original speaker, but offering better sound quality, while also offering better quality sound than the smaller Echo 2. Echo Plus has all the Alexa skills you know and love - so it will do the same things as the other Echos -, but it's a much more capable smart home controller, thanks to the inclusion of Zigbee.

Zigbee is a smart home standard used by many devices - such as Philips Hue lights - which allows the Echo Plus to setup and control devices without the need for a separate hub or app specific to that device. You just plug in your Hue lights (for example), tell the Echo Plus to search for them and it will name them and over voice controls. It's very simple.

The Amazon Echo Plus is our favourite of the Echo range. It is available in the US, UK and other regions now.

  • Availability: Available in the US (Amazon US order page) / Not available in the UK
  • Price: $129.99
  • Dimensions: 59 x 66 x 66 mm, 470g
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth and supports 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Power: Relies on a charging cradle (9 hours of playback)
  • Audio: 360-degree sound (dual 1.5-inch drivers and dual passive radiators)
  • Alexa: Yes (Not always-listening by default; Must touch mic button to access Alexa or enable hands-free option in Settings)

Amazon Tap is a 6.2-inch-tall cylinder speaker with a 7-piece microphone array and full access to Alexa, making it a smaller, more portable, version of the original Echo. Unlike the Echo though, the Amazon Tap is wireless and must use the included cradle to charge but it can do all the same tricks as Echo as long as you are connected to Wi-Fi.

Amazon says the Tap will stream up to 9 hours of audio on a full charge, or last up to 3 weeks in standby mode. The Tap isn't an always-on by default like the Echo is. To wake it, you need to press the mic on the front or you can enable the hands-free option in the Settings section of the Alexa app to wake Alexa without having to tap the Tap, though this will drain battery.

  • Availability: Available in the US (Amazon US order page) / Available in the UK (Amazon UK order page)
  • Price: $49 / £49
  • Dimensions: 38 x 84 x 84mm, 250g
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO)
  • Power: Plugs into a wall outlet
  • Audio: 0.6-inch tweeter 
  • Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)
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Echo Dot is 1.6-inch-tall cylinder with one tiny speaker. It's basically just the top section of the Amazon Echo and half the price, though equally as smart. It supports always-on Alexa, connects to the cloud to stream music, controls your smart home devices, and it offers all the same features as Echo.

The main difference between Dot and Echo is that the speaker is gone. The idea is you'll hook Dot up to your own audio setup (via 3.5mm or Bluetooth) so you can use Alexa with your existing speakers. That tiny speaker won't output much audio; it's only really for Alexa voice feedback, which, again, requires Wi-Fi. Echo Dot is a great way to add smart skills to another device or a different room.

Aside from the devices that kick-started the connected speaker trend, Amazon has also moved into the realm of video too, with several devices that will give you a screen to take the Alexa experience into the visual realm.

  • Availability: Available in the US (Amazon US order page), Available in the UK (Amazon UK order page)
  • Price: $229.99 / £199.99
  • Dimensions: 187 x 187 x 90mm, 1170g
  • Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz)
  • Power: Power adapter/cable (6 foot)
  • Camera: 5-megapixel sensor
  • Audio: 8-microphone array, dual 2-inch stereo speakers
  • Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)
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Amazon's Echo Show is a touchscreen device with built-in Alexa and it can do everything the regular, voice-only Echo can do (like setting timers and playing music), but it has a built-in display to offer a new level of interaction. It's meant to show you more information about your Alexa queries, such as display a full weather report, steps in a recipe and it can even serve as a digital photo frame, fetching your pictures stored on Prime Photos or display lyrics when playing songs from Amazon Music, with bigger and better speakers to do so.

You can connect Echo Show to your Wi-Fi-enabled security cameras in order to check your video feeds and you'll also be able to place and receive calls - both video and voice. A feature called Drop In allows you to specify which friends and family can make a call at any time, with the receiver offering a 10-second timeframe to reject a Drop In call or go into audio-only mode.

  • Availability: Available in the US (Amazon US pre-order page), Not yet available in the UK
  • Price: $129.99
  • Dimensions: 32 x 84 x 84mm, 163g
  • Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5GHz)and Bluetooth (A2DP)
  • Power: Power adaptor/cable (5.9ft)
  • Audio: Built-in speaker, 3.5mm stereo audio output
  • Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)
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The Amazon Echo Spot is what you'd get if you cross the Echo Show with the Echo Dot. It's a compact Echo to sit beside your bed for alarms. It has a small 2.5-inch screen, which can be used for basic tasks and skills, like music, but it does a lot more. Like the Echo Show it can be used to make video calls, with a front camera.

It basically offers the same functions as the Echo Show, but in a much smaller form factor. It can also connect to your Bluetooth speakers, or via line-out. The Amazon Echo Spot will be available in the US in December for $130, and it will come to the UK in 2018.

Amazon officially announced Alexa Gadgets in 2017 a range of innovative devices that take Alexa into a new realm. We've included the Echo Look in this selection, because of its unique set of features.

  • Availability: Available in the US - invite only (Amazon US order page)
  • Price: $199.99
  • Dimensions: N/A
  • Connectivity: Dual-band, dual antenna (MIMO. 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)
  • Power: Power adapter (21W) with 7.9 ft. cable
  • Camera: 5-megapixel sensor
  • Audio: Built-in microphone array, built-in speaker
  • Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

Echo Show is a $199 Wi-Fi camera that offers full Alexa functionality plus hands-free photo and video. It is pitched as a cloud-connected fashion consultant that allows you to snap pictures of yourself in various outfits. Alexa's software will automatically blur the background in each image to make your outfit pop, and then it uses machine learning guided by "fashion experts" to serve up recommendations about what you should wear.

It will work as any other Alexa-enabled device, allowing you to access music, traffic timers, weather, and a vast library of "skills." The device is wall-mountable, too, and includes a 5-megapixel sensor, built-in microphone array, and small built-in speaker. It also has LED lights (used for the flash). No other specs have been announced yet and there is no date set for when the Echo Look will start shipping to customers.

Currently, it is available in the US only via an invite-only scheme

  • Availability: Available in the US (Amazon US order page), Not yet available in the UK
  • Price: $34.99
  • Dimensions: 130 x 90 x 29.5mm, 126.9g
  • Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5 GHz)
  • Included cables: Power adapter, Micro-USB cable, RJ11 splitter, phone cable
  • Audio: N/A
  • Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated, but requires Echo device)
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The Echo Connect is a box that you plug your landline phone connection into to turn it into a voice-controlled system. The box, which will be launched in the US first and come to the UK and Germany early 2018, works with an Echo to give you Alexa control over your conventional phone line. You will be able to make and receive calls in the home simply by telling it answer or ring a contact.

As it uses your existing landline number, you won't need to sign up for any additional services either. Plus, it all connects to other Echo devices around the home so you can call from an Echo speaker in the kitchen, say, or a Dot in the bedroom. It effectively signals the end of the basic handset. The Amazon Echo Connect goes on sale in Q4 in the US, priced at $34.99.

  • Availability: Not yet available yet in the US or the UK
  • Price: $19.99/£19.99 for two
  • Dimensions: N/A
  • Connectivity: N/A
  • Included cables: N/A
  • Audio: N/A
  • Alexa: N/A
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Echo Buttons are Bluetooth-connected, multi-coloured devices that can connect to Alexa for gaming. Imagine playing a game, such as Jeopardy, and being able to slap these buzzer buttons as you play. Jeopardy, of course, has long been a popular skill on Amazon's Alexa platform, so it makes sense that the company would want to develop an accessory that takes advantage of it.

But you can use these buttons for any Alexa-enabled game skill, including trivia ones. Amazon demoed such use-case scenarios during its event, showing how they interact, glow, and respond to touch. Keep in mind Amazon isn't afraid of playing with different form factors and ways of using Alexa. Amazon said its Echo Buttons will cost $19.99 for a set of two in the US, or £19.99 in the UK.

They are not yet available to pre-order or buy.

When it comes to the Echo speakers, the falling price of the latest generation of devices makes them attractive. The second-gen Echo (or Echo 2 as some might call it) is attractively priced and looks great. The small size and small price of the Echo 2 does come with a slight downside, and that's a smaller sound. 

If music is what you're interested in, then the Echo Plus sounds a lot better than the Echo 2, so we'd recommend the Echo Plus as the speaker to buy. If you can find a good deal on the original Echo then that is also worth considering, as it sounds better than the Echo 2 and is just as smart thanks to the Alexa skills it offers. 

The Echo Plus is a natural smart home controller - although all Echo devices have Alexa skills to support a wide range of smart home devices, the Echo Plus will discover, name and control those devices that use Zigbee (like Philips Hue) without the need for separate hubs or apps. If you're building a smart home, the Echo Plus is the model you want.

The Echo Dot is essentially your Alexa extension, ideal for connecting to your existing sound system to add smart skills, like voice controlled music. Echo Dot is also ideal to extend Alexa to other rooms of the house, so if you've setup a voice-controlled smart home, Echo Dot makes it easy to always be in voice range.

The Echo Show takes things in a different direction. It's more expensive, but if gives you video calling. If you know someone else with an Echo Show, it's a natural choice to save you from needing to use Skype on your laptop for example. Echo Show is also a great visual companion, serving up information cards for things like weather or sports result, reflecting the Alexa experience on the Fire tablets.

The Echo Spot will give you a mini Show experience, putting video calling and a small screen into a smaller device, the sort of thing you might want on your desk or bedside table. You still get all the Alexa skills, but Spot will probably be best joining a household that's already using Alexa. It's essentially the Echo Dot with a display.