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70 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

If you absolutely love Amazon's Echo lineup and require more bass than its speakers can provide on their own, the Echo Sub is for you -- but it's not the kind of product that's going to appeal to very many people.

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Pros
  • Adds significant bass to an existing Echo speaker setup
  • Pairing with other speakers is straightforward
Cons
  • Expensive
70 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Score Breakdown

 
76
Average Critic Score
 
70
Digital Trends
The Echo Sub suits a very specific niche, and fills it well.
 
80
CNET
The Amazon Echo Sub offers an instant bass upgrade to the Echo line of smart speakers, but stereo pairing two Echos makes for a better music experience.
 
70
Tom's Guide
The Echo Sub is a useful addition to Amazon's Echo lineup, but it can pair with only a select few Echo speakers.
 
60
PC Mag
The Amazon Echo Sub provides much-needed sub-bass to your Echo smart speaker as long as you're willing to overlook some frustrating limitations.
 
80
What Hi-Fi
It may not be the last word in sonic performance, but the Echo Sub is still a worthwhile addition to your Amazon audio set-up.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
Add bass and depth to your second-gen Echo system. The Sub will appeal to those who have never considered spending big money on an music system, while enjoying the convenience and connectivity of Alexa. There are some foibles, but it's a great modular upgrade.
 
70
TechHive
The Amazon Echo Sub is a welcome addition to the Echo speaker family. The sound is not audiophile-quality, but it's better than I expected from a 6-inch sub, making it well worth the price.
 
80
Mashable
There are more powerful and versatile subwoofers out there, but the Amazon Echo Sub is the fastest, easiest way to give Alexa-powered music some oomph.
 
80
Expert Reviews
An upgrade rather than a standalone Echo, the Echo Sub is a welcome addition to the Alexa family.
 
90
TechCrunch
The Echo Sub is an easy recommendation for homes where an Echo speaker is dedicated to music. If forced to pick between adding a second Echo or adding an Echo Sub, go for the subwoofer first.