Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation – is smallest of the three and actually one of the most useful devices. What it lacks in audio quality it makes up for in price and its included 3.5mm audio output. It also can be used for expanding Alexa listening coverage around your home. I put one in my living room and it’s been quite handy for setting timers, getting the time and asking for the weather in the morning.
- Small rooms or apartments
- Hooking up to an existing audio system (think Sonos Connect or Chromecast audio)
- Kids’ rooms and bathrooms
- Adding on to home that already has the larger Echo
- Home automation use
Amazon Tap – is the most unique of the three. It’s the always-on-the-go version of Alexa, offering up to nine hours of battery life and great portability. Think portable Bluetooth speaker meets Alexa and that’s what you get. It also has a 3.5mm auxiliary audio input not offered on any of the others. It’s perfect for users on the go and for those who like portable audio.
- City dwellers and on the go users who can find Wi-Fi with ease
- Those who need good audio but a smaller footprint than the larger Echo
- Those who need an auxiliary audio input
- Dolby Audio
Amazon Echo – The one that started it all, the big brother packs the best speaker and the largest footprint. It works perfectly if you want all that Amazon has to offer with Alexa. It’s a great all-in-one solution for any size home, where you often find yourself asking Alexa to play your favorite tunes.
- A perfect all-in-one solution
- Larger homes or rooms
- Those who want audio but don’t already have a system
- Home automation use with music