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Amazon Echo Plus (1st Gen. 2017)

Amazon Echo Plus (1st Gen. 2017)
alaScore 90

207 reviews

Sep, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 207 reviews of Amazon Echo Plus (1st Gen. 2017). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.6/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The sound and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, sound, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Echo Plus (1st Gen. 2017) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Dan Grabham (

Amazon Echo Plus review: is this a better choice than the main Echo?


If you want more than one Echo in your home, make sure this is the main one

Slightly better sound than the Echo ; Zigbee compliant ; Volume wheel

Need to ensure Zigbee compatibility ; If sound is important, pay more

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Henry St Leger (

Amazon Echo Plus review


Same name, different face

Better audio drivers ; Attractive fabric design ; Temperature sensor added

Struggles with Fire TV commands ; Still won’t catch the ear of audiophiles

The new Amazon Echo Plus ditches its original two-tier build for a design much like the mainline Amazon Echo, with improved audio components and a far more attractive design. As a smart home hub, however, it no longer has the edge.

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Amazon Echo Plus review


Not what you'd call a class-leader, but the Amazon Echo Plus sounds good and it's smarter than your average speaker

Clear midrange ; Smooth treble ; Smart-hub capabilities ; Good amount of detail

Lacklustre bass ; Doesn’t provide full smart-home functions

A good-sounding product with more smarts than you can shake a stick at

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Chris Hall, Stuart Miles (

Amazon Echo Plus review: The better Alexa experience


If you're looking to get Alexa into your home and want a standalone device, we'd recommend the Echo Plus over the second-gen Echo any day of the week.

Alexa is a leading light in smart devices ; Perfectly acceptable sound quality for daily listening ; Constantly expanding connections and functions ; Lower pricing is more attractive

Some software annoyances ; App needs some work ; Sound quality drops at higher volumes

With the second-gen Echo and the Echo Plus both being cheaper than the original Echo, Amazon is making the Echo universe more appealing to your wallet. The fact that you get more from the Plus than you did from the original Echo, for less money, is...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Jim Martin (

Amazon Echo Plus


It looks like the original Echo, but the Plus has enhanced sound and a built-in smart home hub. Is it the right Alexa device for you? Find out in our review

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Alan Martin (

Amazon Echo Plus (2018) review: A sound investment


The all-new Echo Plus boosts sound quality and looks the part

Good sound for the price ; Stylish, compact new look ; Somehow cheaper than the 2014 Echo

Alexa is still some way behind Google Assistant

Once again, Amazon has offered steady, solid improvements with the 2018 Echo Plus. The sound is excellent for the price (though, as ever, you can always do better for more money), it’s more compact and more stylish than before and even more feature...

Oct, 2018

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Amazon Echo Plus review


The true all-rounder of the Echo family does it all - but do you actually need it?

Improved sound over other Echo devices ; Still the king of smart home skills ; Alexa is increasingly capable

Sonos One sounds better ; Design looks dated next to 2nd-gen Echo ; High price compared to other Echos

It’s technically the best Echo ever, but not actually the best Echo to buy

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Ry Crist (

The Amazon Echo Plus doesn't quite add up


The Echo Plus is a great smart speaker, but a mediocre smart hub. In most cases, you're better off just getting the Echo.

The Echo Plus keeps the original Echo's design (and its beloved volume ring) while adding in an aux-out jack, a Zigbee radio to control smart home devices, and an incremental boost in sound quality. It costs $30 less than the original Echo.

The Plus also costs $50 more than the new Echo, which has everything the Plus has except for Zigbee. The Alexa app isn't the fully capable smart home control center that the Echo Plus needs it to be, at least not yet.

Hold off on the Echo Plus until Amazon improves the Alexa app's smart home controls.

Oct, 2017

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Amazon Echo (2017) and Echo Plus hands-on review


Amazon's revamped its Echo line-up with two new speakers - and we've been hands-on with them

Sep, 2017

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