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Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen. 2018)

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen. 2018)
alaScore 98

54 reviews

May, 2019

We have collected and analysed 29 expert reviews and 25 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 82/100 and users rate it 96/100. The average review date is Oct 30, 2018. We have compared these reviews to 9469 reviews from other Smart Speakers. The alaScore™ for this product is 98/100 = Excellent. Last update: May 19, 2019.

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Expert review by : David Ludlow (

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) Review | Trusted Reviews


With its refined looks, improved audio and better smart home control, the Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) makes a good case for being the best audio-only Echo,

Smart new looks ; Decent audio ; Useful smart home hub and temperature sensor

Limited number of supported smart home devices

Better looking, better sound and an all round fantastic smart speaker, the Echo Plus (2nd Gen) is a big improvement over its predecessor

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : David Ludlow (

Amazon Echo Plus


Amazon Echo Plus review: Not quite the smart home unifier that we were hoping for, so don't throw away your smart home hubs yet.

Easy to set up ; Routines and in-app smart device control ; Expanding range of Skills ; Clean audio and simple voice control

Poor sound compared to similarly-priced competition ; Can't use Zigbee switches and sensors

A neat attempt at unifying the smart home, but the Echo Plus needs a few improvements before it works perfectly.

Jan, 2018

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen, 2018)


The new Amazon Echo Plus smart speaker adds a temperature sensor in addition to its Zigbee hub, but doesn't bring a dramatic difference in sound quality.

Generally strong sound with clear high-mids and highs. Alexa is powerful and functional. Bluetooth connectivity. Zigbee hub built-in.

Not significantly more powerful than the Echo. Relatively weak bass. Bluetooth doesn't work with stereo pairs or Echo Sub.

Bottom Line: The new Amazon Echo Plus smart speaker looks much friendlier than its predecessor, with the Alexa voice assistant, solid sound quality, and a built-in Zigbee hub.

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Molly Price Ty Pendlebury (

Amazon's fanciest speaker is still a tough sell


Amazon upgraded the sound, added seamless smart home hub controls and improved the look of the Amazon Echo Plus, all while keeping the $150 price tag.

The second-gen Echo Plus looks better than before and includes a temperature sensor and upgraded speakers.

It's Amazon's most expensive smart speaker and there are better-sounding options out there for the true audiophile.

If you're looking for an Alexa-enabled speaker with a Zigbee hub, the Amazon Echo Plus is your best bet. If you're looking for the best sound quality, the Sonos One is still the top contender.

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (

Amazon Echo Plus


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.

Integrated Zigbee automation hub. Audio has slightly more bass response than the standard Echo. Strong Wi-Fi reception.

Alexa app can't control smart home devices with as much granularity as dedicated apps.

Bottom Line: 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.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by (

Amazon Echo Plus 2.1 stereo system review


Amazon delivers a convenient, flexible sound system, but what about its audio?

Alexa functionality works well ; Affordable price tag ; Good audio quality

Bass quality could be better

Full-on stereo sound, wirelessly and with voice control, for £300? Yes please

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Amazon Echo Plus (2018) review: Second time's a charm


The Echo Plus is a better Echo all-round than the standard version, but we have to say we preferred last year's design that distinguished it from the

Great sound quality for the price ; Smart home control ; Alexa ecosystem - including Sub ; Stereo pairing and more

Alexa app is showing some cracks

There are many rivals to the Echo, but the Echo Plus feels like the smart speaker that's leading the way.

Oct, 2018

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 : Gerald Lynch (

Hands on: Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen) review


New look, new audio internals

Better audio drivers ; Fabric design is attractive ; Temperature sensor

Still won’t catch the ear of audiophiles

A much prettier speaker than the original Echo Plus, the 2nd gen smart home speaker also has improved audio components – even if its ZigBee internals are no longer unique.

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Matt Breen Jade Vincent (

Amazon Echo Plus (2017) review: £50 off refurbished devices


It might not offer the smart-home utopia we were hoping for, but Amazon's Echo Plus is the best of the bunch

Improved audio quality ; Greater range of compatible smart home devices

Limited features at time of writing

Of course, if you’re not interested in all the smart-home stuff, you can save yourself considerable money and get the all-new Echo for £90, or even the non-speaker Echo Dot for £50. But, for me, the Echo Plus is the most interesting of all Amazon’s new...

Jan, 2019