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84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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).

Engadget Review

The Echo Plus is a minor upgrade over the original Echo, with slightly better sound. But its much-touted smart hub feature is pretty limited, and it's not a significant improvement overall for existing Echo owners.

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Pros
  • Sounds better than the first Echo
  • Has access to thousands of Alexa skills
  • Slightly cheaper than before
Cons
  • Smart hub feature is pretty basic
  • $100 Echo is a better deal
  • Not a huge upgrade for first-gen Echo owners
84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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).

Scores

Engadget

84
 

User Reviews

90
Jason Engadget
This is an awesome stand alone speaker for a bedroom, garage or outside (Echo...read more
100
zenbrane
It's a loud and clear Echo with great mikes. Set-up was easy. Built-in smart...read more
60
Neonix
A great-sounding speaker with an overhyped "AI" that doesn't live up to claims...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
78
Average Critic Score
 
80
Digital Trends
Amazon's Echo Plus blasts down the barrier to smart-home entry with the smartest home hub yet.
 
70
CNET
Hold off on the Echo Plus until Amazon improves the Alexa app's smart home controls.
 
70
TechCrunch
It could, perhaps, be a good gift for a relative who’s expressed some interest in connected home devices, but has no idea how or where to start. For most of the rest of us, however, it’s destined to take a backseat to the standard Echo.
 
80
PC Mag
The $150 Amazon Echo Plus is a very capable voice-assisted speaker that can't quite replace a dedicated hub if you're serious about smart home automation. That will likely change, but right now, for most people, the $100 Echo is a better bet.
 
80
CNBC
You should buy one if you're interested in controlling certain parts of your home with your voice. ... you can just buy an Echo, some smart light bulbs and get going.
 
80
Stuff
It's a really good all-rounder, but most people will be happier spending a lot less or a bit more.
 
80
TechRadar
Amazon's top-of-the-line Echo Plus impresses, even if the new features need some work.
 
70
The Verge
It’s a little too simple to recommend, and if you’re interested in starting out with a smart home system, you’re better off buying the less expensive second-generation Echo and a dedicated smart home hub.
 
90
Gizmodo
The Echo Plus is great gadget, as was OG Echo before it. The new flagship does more, and that’s exciting.
 
80
Expert Reviews
It might not offer the smart home utopia we were hoping for, but Amazon’s Echo Plus is the best of the bunch.