The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are currently being discounted over on Amazon's website, something that doesn't happen all that often. The Amazon Echo can be had for $139.99, which is $40 off of its regular price when you use the promo code ECHOSAVE40. Now the Amazon Echo Dot has a $10 price cut when you use the promo code DOTSAVE10 bringing the price down to $39.99.
Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot are largely the same, when it comes to functionality. But the main difference is the fact that the Amazon Echo has a much better speaker inside, which is good for playing music and such. The Echo Dot is much smaller, and it has a pretty mediocre speaker inside. Luckily with the Echo Dot, you are able to plug in an external speaker via the 3.5mm headphone jack. Or you can pair it over Bluetooth. So you can get some pretty incredible sound using the Echo Dot. Both products have Amazon's Alexa personal assistant inside. With Alexa, you'll be able to control your smart home using your voice. There are many brands supported by Alexa including Nest, iDevices, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, and much more. Alexa can also answer questions, including telling you how the weather is. There are countless skills available for Alexa, which include allowing users to find out the weather, have news read to them and much more.
This should be no surprise, but both the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are eligible for Amazon Prime's free shipping. If you are not a member of Amazon Prime, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial and take advantage of unlimited two-day shipping as well as the many other perks that Amazon Prime includes.