The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.
- The first generation of the Amazon Echo Plus is $70 cheaper when you buy a refurbished version right now.
- The Echo Plus has a ZigBee antenna inside, which allows it to communicate directly with certain smart-home accessories instead of through a third-party hub.
- Amazon recently released a second-generation Echo Plus with a better speaker and new look, but no improvements to its smart-home features.
- I use the first-generation Echo Plus every day, and it was one of the best tech purchases I made last year. It was a great smarthome upgrade for $149, but at its current $80 price, it’s a no-brainer.
If you’re a smarthome enthusiast thinking about finally getting an Amazon Echo device, your choice is clear: the Echo Plus.