By Lucy Searle
It is Amazon Prime Day tomorrow and Wednesday... but we are already keeping our eyes on the sale for buys that might make fabulous finds for our homes (think: Le Creuset, KitchenAid et al); or, indeed, might be brilliant Christmas gifts that we can buy now (we do like to be organized).
As you might expect, Amazon is already reducing its own brand smart tech, with the clever little Echo Dot on sale today. Usually £49.99, this smart speaker has been reduced to just £18.99. A perfect price for the perfect stocking filler, we think.
I bought one of these smart speakers for each of my children last Prime Day. They tend to use theirs as a speaker (which makes me regret my purchase somewhat), but they also ask it questions, do quizzes and even play games through it with friends. 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 these appliances are matched with a smart plug 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.
Remember: you need to become an Amazon Prime member to shop the Amazon Prime Day sale. Click the link above or the 'view' button below to head to Amazon. From here you can start your free, 30-day Prime trial. In the meantime, keep scrolling for the Echo Dot – you needn't be a Prime member to shop today.
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.
My first job was writing a DIY column for a magazine for the over 50s (which seemed a long way off back then). I then moved to a DIY magazine as deputy ed, then freelanced my way around the homes departments of most women's magazines on the market before working on Your Home and Family Circle magazines as homes editor. From there, I went to Ideal Home magazine as associate editor, then launched 4Homes magazine for Channel 4, then the Channel 4 4Homes website before going back to freelancing and running a social media business (you can see where I had kids from the freelancing gaps!). I was tempted back to the world of big business by the chance to work with the great team at Realhomes.com, where I was Global Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years, taking it from a small website to a global entity. I've now handed the reins of the website to our American managing editor, while I take on a new challenge as Editor-in-Chief of Homes & Gardens.
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