The Alexa Echo Device Comparison Chart

How every item in the Echo product line stacks up

Amazon Echo is a wide range of devices that feature internet connectivity, multimedia functionality, and support for the Alexa digital assistant. The first device launched in 2014 with the debut of the original Amazon Echo smart speaker but the brand has since expanded significantly with newer speaker models and entirely different form Echo factors such as wearables and even an Amazon Echo device for cars. This quick guide will break down each type of Amazon Echo product line in addition to comparing older Echo models to the latest versions.

New Amazon Echo Devices in 2020 and 2021

In 2020, Amazon announced new models for their Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show range of Alexa-enabled devices. While the newer fourth generation Echo and Echo Dots came out in late-2020 and are now available for purchase, the new Echo Show, the Echo Show 10, is expected for release sometime in early to mid-2021.

Current Echo Device Line-Up Comparison

Due to Amazon’s strong support for almost all of their Amazon Echo devices with frequent software updates, most of them could technically be described as current even though they aren’t the latest model. The following chart compares the latest versions of each of the main Echo products while the charts underneath will compare several generations of each Echo type.

While many Amazon Echo devices are still supported in terms of software updates and customer support, older model are much harder to find on Amazon and other stores.

Feature Echo (4th gen) Echo Dot (4th gen) Echo Show 10 (3rd gen)
Entry price $99 $50 TBA
Release 2020 2020 2021
Microphone Yes Yes Yes
Speakers 3.0" woofer and dual front-firing 0.8" tweeters 1.6" front-firing speaker 2.1 System: 2 x 1.0” tweeters and a 3.0” woofer
Camera No No 13MP
Line in/out 3.5 mm line in/out 3.5 mm line out No
Dolby Dolby audio No Dolby audio
Zigbee smart home hub Yes No Yes
LED clock No Only on Echo Dot with clock model No
Screen No No 10.1” with 1280 x 800 resolution
Size 5.7” x 5.7” x 5.2”  3.9” x 3.9” x 3.5” 9.9” x 9” x 6.7”

Amazon Echo Comparison

This chart breaks down all of the technical differences between the main Amazon Echo product line. Note that the two Echo Plus models are considered to be the second and third generation Echo models.

Feature Echo Echo Plus Echo Plus (2nd gen) Echo (4th gen)
Entry price $179.99 $150 $150 $99
Release 2014 2017 2018 2020
Microphone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Speakers 2.5" woofer and 2.0" tweeter 2.5" woofer and 0.8" tweeter 3.0” woofer and 0.8” tweeter 3.0" woofer and dual front-firing 0.8" tweeters
Camera No No No No
Line in/out No 3.5 mm line out 3.5 mm line out 3.5 mm line in/out
Dolby No Dolby audio Dolby audio Dolby audio
Zigbee smart home hub No Yes Yes Yes
LED clock No No No No
Screen No No No No
Size 9.25” x 3.3” x 3.3” 3.4" x 3.4" x 9.2" 3.9" x 3.9" x 5.8" 5.7” x 5.7” x 5.2”

Amazon Echo Dot Comparison

The Echo Dot is the smaller, though still feature-packed, sibling of the main Echo line of devices. The first three Echo Dots use a hockey puck disk design while the fourth generation model has a spherical look. Additional Echo Dot with Clock and Echo Dot Kids Edition versions of the third and fourth generation Echo Dots are also available with the same basic hardware as the base models but with a visible digital clock on the former and additional safety features and cute colorful designs on the latter.

Feature Echo Dot Echo Dot (2nd gen) Echo Dot (3rd gen) Echo Dot (4th gen)
Entry price $49.99 $49.99 $49.99 $49.99
Release 2016 2016 2018 2020
Microphone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Speakers Yes. (Specs unknown) 1.1" front-firing speaker 1.6" front-firing speaker 1.6" front-firing speaker
Camera No No No No
Line in/out 3.5 mm line out 3.5 mm line out 3.5 mm line out 3.5 mm line out
Dolby No No No No
Zigbee smart home hub No No No No
LED clock No No Only on Echo Dot with clock model Only on Echo Dot with clock model
Screen No No No No
Size 3.3" x 3.3" x 1.5" 3.3" x 3.3" x 1.3" 3.9" x 3.9" x 1.7" 3.9" x 3.9" x 3.5"

Amazon Echo Show Comparison

The Show devices are Alexa Echo-enabled multimedia devices with a screen for watching content and a built-in camera and microphone for communicating with friends and family via video calls. The first Echo Show in the second generation was simply referred to as the second generation Echo Show while the second and third models that were added to the second generation were called the Echo Show 5 and the Echo Show 8.

The numbers in the Echo Show 5 and 8 names refers to the size of the screens, 5 and 8-inch respectively, even though they’re both second generation models. Similarly, the number in the Echo Show 10’s title refers to its 10-inch screen, not its model generation which is the third.

Feature Echo Show Echo Show 5/8 (2nd gen) Echo Show 10 (3rd gen)
Entry price $229.99 $229.99
$90
$130
TBA
Release 2017 2018 2021
Microphone Yes Yes Yes
Speakers 2 x 2" stereo speakers 2 x 2.2” stereo speakers
2 x 2.0” stereo speakers
1 x 1.7” stereo speakers
2.1 System: 2 x 1.0" tweeters and a 3.0" woofer
Camera 5MP 5MP
1MP
1MP
13MP
Line in/out No No No
Dolby Dolby audio Dolby audio Dolby audio
Zigbee smart home hub No Yes Yes
LED clock No No No
Screen 7" with 1,024 x 600 resolution 10.1” with 1280 x 800 resolution
5.5” with 960 x 480 resolution
8.0” with 1280 x 800 resolution
10.1" with 1280 x 800 resolution
Size 7.0" x 7.4" x 4.0" 9.7” x 6.9” x 4.2”
5.8” x 3.4” x 2.9”
7.9” x 5.4” x 3.9”
9.9" x 9" x 6.7"

Comparing Other Amazon Echo Devices

In addition to the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show Alexa product lines, there are several other Echo devices that Amazon has released over the years for various use cases and niche demographics. Here’s how the Echo Flex, Echo Auto, Echo Tap, Echo Spot, and Echo Studio Alexa devices differ in regards to specs and features.

Feature Echo Flex  Echo Spot Echo Studio Echo Auto
Entry price $24.99 $129.19 $199 $49.99
Release 2019 2017 2019 2018
Microphone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Speakers 0.6" mini speaker 1.4” speaker 1.0" tweeter, three 2.0" mid-range speakers, and 5.3" woofer No. (Connects to car speakers via Bluetooth)
Camera No 1MP No No
Line in/out 3.5 mm line out 3.5 mm line out 3.5 mm or mini-optical Toslink line in Bluetooth
Dolby No No Dolby Atmos No
Zigbee smart home hub No No Yes No
LED clock No No No No
Screen No 2.5" round display with 480 x 480 resolution No No
Size 2.8” x 2.6” x 2.0” 4.1” x 3.8” x 3.6” 8.1" x 6.9" 3.3” x 1.9” x 0.5”

Comparing the Wearable Alexa Product Line

Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, isn’t just available via smart speakers and screens, she’s also been added to a couple of Amazon Echo wearable devices such as the Echo Buds earbuds and Echo Frames smart glasses.

Feature Echo Buds Echo Frames (2nd gen)
Entry price $129 $249.99
Release 2020 2020
Microphone Yes Yes
Speakers Knowles dual balanced armature drivers 4 microspeakers
Camera No No
Line in/out No No
Dolby No No
Zigbee smart home hub No No
LED clock No No
Screen No No
Size 22 x 23 x 24 mm 54 x 18 x 145 mm

Vintage and Obsolete Amazon Echo Devices

A number of Amazon Echo products have been officially discontinued.

Vintage Amazon Echo Wearables

The first generation Echo Frames have been discontinued though the second generation is still available. The experimental, and very limited, Echo Loop smart ring has sold out and it’s unclear if more will be produced. Either device should still function if you manage to get your hands on one.

Amazon has discontinue production of the Amazon Echo Tap though it should still work if you manage to find one.

  • Echo Frames (1st gen)
  • Echo Loop
  • Echo Tap

Obsolete Amazon Echo Devices

The Echo Look was a precursor to Echo Show and was kind of a smart selfie camera. All Echo Look devices were remotely disabled in mid-2020 so, even if you manage to buy one, it will not function.

  • Echo Look
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