Best Amazon Echo Dot deals – How to save big on veteran Alexa smart speaker (Image: AMAZON GETTY)
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For those who don’t know, Amazon Echo is a clever AI-powered speaker that responds to your voice and plays songs, radio stations, manages timers and reminders, can call friends and family, order taxis and takeaways, control smart lighting and thermostats, and much, much more. The Echo Dot is the smallest, and most affordable, option in the Echo line-up. And Amazon’s third-generation Echo Dot is easily what we’d recommend for anyone who wants to dip their toes into the smart speaker market. Released back in 2018, the disc-shaped device is usually priced at £40 – but if you shop around for the best Echo Dot deals, you can pick up the veteran gadget for far less. It might not be the latest and greatest design, but you’ll get the same experience as with the pricier Amazon Echo, which costs £89.99. Among the best Echo Dot deals available right now, Amazon has slashed the price tag by over half down to just £17 and bundles in six months free access to Amazon Music Unlimited – saving you over £80 and allowing you to ask Alexa to stream your favourite artists, albums, and a number of hand-curated playlists from the teams at Amazon.
If you want to pick-up the Echo Dot at the ridiculously low £17 price tag, you’ll be able to find the deal direct from Amazon. Prime members will also benefit from next-day delivery for free.
But before you rush off to these stores Amazon UK also offers another incredible Echo Dot deal. If you’ve never signed up to Amazon Music Unlimited – the retailer’s Spotify and Apple Music rival – then you can right now grab a huge saving.
For a limited-time only Amazon is throwing in six months worth of Amazon Music Unlimited access with its Echo Dot smart speaker for free. This deal is only available to new Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers, but is thrown in at no extra cost with a £17 Echo Dot speaker.
This works at out as a saving of almost £83, when you factor in the price cut for the Echo Dot along with the usual price of an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription (£9.99 per month).
If you’re already an Amazon Music Unlimited subscriber, there is another incredible Echo Dot deal running right now you can turn to.
For a limited-time only, if you enter 2DOT at checkout you can purchase two Echo Dot speakers for £29.
That’s less than the typical RRP for a single Echo Dot speaker, and works out as each Echo Dot costing £14.50.
Amazon Echo reveal new ‘Alexa Whisper’ feature
Alexa built-in: Yes
Speakers: 1.6inch speaker
Audio line: 3.5mm audio output
Size: 43 x 99 x 99 mm
What we liked:
• Cute design
• Great value for money
We didn’t like:
• Don’t expect huge sound
If you’re looking for the best Amazon Echo Dot deals running in 2021 then you’re in the right place (Image: AMAZON)
Express.co.uk put the third-generation Echo Dot smart speaker through its paces when it first launched. We praised the device for offering the Alexa skills everyone knows and loves at a price point that’s affordable for any budget.
The third-gen Echo Dot is the perfect speaker for an office or bedroom, with the only downside being the audio is only really good enough for a small room.
AMAZON ECHO DOT – WHAT CAN YOU USE YOUR ALEXA SPEAKER FOR?
An Amazon Echo Dot speaker is the perfect way to turn your home into a smart home without breaking the bank.
You can use your Echo Dot as a control centre for your smart home, as you can control multiple devices simply with voice commands. There are hundreds of compatible smart home devices which work with the Echo Dot including lights, thermostats and TVs.
If you have multiple Echo Dot speakers in your house you can also use Alexa to send messages to people in other rooms, such as letting them know dinner’s ready or that it’s time for your kids to go to bed.
Alexa can also be used for hands-free calling, so you can easily stay in touch and have a chat with family and friends who also have an Echo Dot device.
Of course, one of the big reasons to get an Echo Dot is so you can call upon Alexa to help you with any burning questions you’ll have throughout the day.
And in addition to the infinite knowledge that Alexa has, you’ll also be able to take advantage of tens of thousands of Alexa skills that can personalise your smart speaker experience.
Skills are like apps, and there are host of available downloads available that let you play games with Alexa, help track your fitness, deliver news to you, help with getting to sleep after a busy day and more.
You can also download Skills for leading music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music so you can listen to your favourite songs via your Echo Dot speaker.
Amazon itself is one of the best places to purchase a 3rd gen Echo Dot right now (Image: AMAZON)
AMAZON MUSIC UNLIMITED VS SPOTIFY VS APPLE MUSIC
If you’re thinking of picking up the Echo Dot deal that includes free access to Amazon Music Unlimited, you may be wondering what you’ll get compared to Apple Music and Spotify.
All three services have a huge library – with Apple Music and Amazon Music Unlimited having a catalogue of over 75million songs, with Spotify having a library of over 70million.
Spotify, meanwhile, has a free plan which has limited features (such as the ability to listen to exact tracks you want to hear blocked out, with songs from an album randomised instead) but the Premium package which offers all features is priced at £9.99.
That’s the same price for Apple Music and Amazon Music Unlimited.
So what are the key areas that separate the services? Well, Apple Music has exclusive radio stations such as Apple Music 1. And Spotify boasts the hugely popular Spotify Wrapped annual round-up, which always goes viral each time it drops at the end of the year.
This much-loved feature is something Spotify’s rivals simply can’t match. But there is one key area where Spotify lags behind its rivals.
And that’s with so called lossless audio, which is when music is streamed with CD quality audio. Spotify previously promised that it would be launching a Spotify HiFi feature which adds this much desired sound quality.
But, despite announcing this over 10 months ago, it still hasn’t launched. And in the meantime Apple Music and Amazon Music Unlimited have added lossless audio at no extra cost.
Amazon Music Unlimited’s library of over 75million songs is available in what they call HD, which is CD-quality lossless audio.
While seven million songs are available in Ultra HD, which is better than CD audio quality. If you’ve never tried Amazon Music Unlimited before, and pick up the Echo Dot deal which bundles in six months worth of free access, you’ll be able to try this out for yourself.
AMAZON ECHO AND ECHO DOT 4TH GEN
If you’d rather have the latest and greatest gadget around then Amazon is also running deals on the 4th gen Echo and Echo Dot. These smart speakers debuted last year and boast the biggest redesign to the Alexa-powered speaker line-up since the products first debuted.
The Amazon gadgets now boast a distinct spherical shape that will catch plenty of people’s eyes when they’re looking round your living room, plus the speakers are environmentally conscious.
The Echo and Echo Dot 4th gen devices are made with 100 percent recycled aluminium and fabric plus 50 percent recycled plastic. You’ll also be able to stream lossless (aka CD quality) music from Amazon Music Unlimited on both the 4th gen Echo Dot and Echo speakers.
And if you like the sound of these gadgets, then Amazon is running some mega money saving deals in the run-up to Christmas. The 4th gen Echo has had its price cut from £89.99 to £64.99 – marking a £25 saving. While you can get an even better deal on the Echo Dot.
Like with the 3rd gen Echo Dot, on the 4th gen model Amazon is bundling in six months worth of free access to Amazon Music Unlimited (available only to new subscribers) on top of an existing discount. That means you can get a 4th gen Echo Dot with half a year’s worth access to Amazon Music Unlimited for £28.99 right now – a saving of £80.94.
If you’re already an Amazon Music Unlimited subscriber, or have signed up in the past, then you can still get a 4th gen Echo Dot at a reduced price. The speaker is available right now for £28.99, compared to its usual price of £49.99.
The Amazon Echo 4th gen line-up has received a big design shake-up (Image: AMAZON)