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Why I'm buying 3 Amazon Echo Dots this Black Friday – and not just because it's half price today

The Amazon Echo Dot is on sale this Black Friday – and it's just $18.99/£18.99. What does that make it? The perfect stocking filler, of course...

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Last year, I bought two Amazon Echo Dots – one for each of my teens – and this Black Friday I'll be buying two more, this time for my nephews' Christmas presents. Usually just shy of $50/£40 – and sometimes listed higher – Amazon's most popular smart speaker is on sale today for just $18.99/£18.99 – and the US bundle includes a smart bulb (opens in new tab). A perfect price for the perfect stocking filler, I say.

For the uninitiated, the Amazon Echo Dot (opens in new tab) is a tiny smart speaker that can be used wirelessly to play music – my girls beam their smartphone playlists to their Dots, and while I'm all for good quality tech, it's around 7am on a school day I regret how loudly these tiny speakers can actually play their competing music. 

However, the Echo Dot is not just a speaker, which is what makes it such a great buy for every age group – and why I'm also adding my 82 year old father to the Echo Dot gift list: you can use it to ask Alexa questions (about anything from the weather to who starred in your favorite Christmas movies), to do quizzes and even play games. It will even read children bedtime stories. 

And, of course, these clever devices can be used to control all sorts of things in our homes – from lighting to your robot vacuum cleaner, and even the slow cooker, assuming yours are matched with a smart plug – it's not difficult to do – if not already equipped with smart capabilities. 

The Echo Dot comes in four stylish colors – charcoal, grey, plum or sandstone, so you can choose one to suit your scheme – or your giftee's favorite shade. Keep scrolling to find out more about the deal.

Best price ever

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) | £39.99 £18.99 at Amazon UK (opens in new tab) or was $49.98, now $18.99 at Amazon US (opens in new tab)
Meet Echo Dot, the most popular Echo around thanks to its budget-friendly price tag. With a new speaker and design, Echo Dot is a voice-controlled smart speaker with Alexa, perfect for any room. And it comes in four colors. 

More Echo devices...

Amazon sells a huge range of smart speakers from the Echo Dot to the Echo Show 5 – complete with a screen – and even Echo Auto which is for your car. The brand new Echo collection is being introduced after Prime Day but you can pre-order it now from their website. Otherwise, see all Amazon Echo devices below.

Lucy Searle has written about interiors, property and gardens since 1990, working her way around the interiors departments of women's magazines before switching to interiors-only titles in the mid-nineties. She was Associate Editor on Ideal Home, and Launch Editor of 4Homes magazine, before moving into digital in 2007, launching Channel 4's flagship website, Channel4.com/4homes. In 2018, Lucy took on the role of Global Editor in Chief for Realhomes.com, taking the site from a small magazine add-on to a global success. She was asked to repeat that success at Homes & Gardens, where she has also taken on the editorship of the magazine.