The best cheap Amazon Echo deals pre-Black Friday 2017

Amazon has been busy with new Echo devices recently. After sitting with the original Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot for several years, over the course of 2017 the company announced a swathe of new devices, as well as updates for its existing models. 

Now, heading into Black Friday we've got a host of new Amazon devices available. 

As well as announcing the first Amazon Echo device that includes a screen, the Amazon Echo Show, Amazon has also revamped its existing speakers, the Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Plus

There's also more to come, with another screen-equipped device, the Amazon Echo Spot, coming out in the US soon. 

But with so many devices to choose from, how do you know you're getting the best deal? We’ve scoured the internet for all the best Amazon Echo deals, so you can join the voice assistant revolution as cheaply and as easily as possible.

But what exactly is a voice assistant?

We’ve grown used to the likes of Siri and Google Assistant on our phones providing us with information without having to press a single button, but the Amazon Echo is a little different. Instead of a phone, it’s an internet-connected speaker that sits in your home and listens for you to give it instructions. 

The speakers themselves are a little expensive, but with our help you should be able to find a cheap Amazon Echo, and get yourself a great Alexa deal. So read on for the cheapest places to buy an Amazon Echo. 

Amazon Echo deals

The Amazon Echo is the standard version of the speaker, and is the second generation of the device. This new version is a little shorter than the original, but  its got an upgraded speaker powered by some neat Dolby processing. 

This is the 'just right' option in the Echo lineup. It's not as budget as the Amazon Echo Dot, and nor is it as premium as the Amazon Echo Plus. 

Amazon Echo Dot deals

The Amazon Echo Dot is the smaller of the two speakers. It manages to save this space by including a much smaller speaker, which consequently offers a much weaker sound. The good news is that if you want to do some serious music listening then you’re able to plug the Echo Dot into an external speaker using its 3.5mm jack. It’s also a great deal cheaper than the original Echo, meaning that it’s a great way of cheaply getting Alexa into your home, or perhaps adding a second speaker to your setup. 

Amazon Echo Plus deals

The Amazon Echo Plus, as its name implies, is the bigger and better version of the Amazon Echo for 2017. It's actually similar in size to the original Amazon Echo, but next to its second generation it looks a lot taller. 

The difference between the Plus and the Echo is the inclusion of slightly better speakers on the Plus, as well as a smart home hub that theoretically removes the need for other hubs to be plugged into your router to get different smart home devices working. 

Amazon Echo Show deals

The Amazon Echo Show is currently the only Echo device available that comes equipped with a screen. After releasing first in the US, the speaker has more recently made its way to the UK. 

Like its siblings, the Dot, the Plus and the Echo, the Show can play music, control your smart home and make calls to other Echo devices. 

However, what makes it different is that it's display allows you to get visual information as well as audio. That means you'll be able to see the name of songs while they're playing, read recipes right off the screen or see more in-depth five-day weather forecasts without asking Alexa to repeat herself time and time again.

Amazon Echo (2014) deals

The original Amazon Echo might be looking a bit long in the teeth these days, but its age means that it's likely to see some discounts in the coming months. 

It might not have the improved speakers or Dolby audio processing of the newer models, but this is still a very capable entrypoint into the Echo ecosystem.