Not all connected speakers have a built-in voice assistant. , for example, there is no microphone. So if you want to use your voice to control such devices, you may need to get an additional smart speaker such as . Luckily, this little Alexa-enabled device does . That’s 44 percent off and just $5 more than the all-time low price.


The Echo Dot is a solid smart speaker, especially at this price.

$28 at Amazon

That’s not to say the Echo Dot isn’t a decent speaker in its own right. In fact, we think it’s under $50.

Amazon has been steadily improving the sound quality of the Dot over the years, and the latest 2022 version puts out much louder and clearer sound than one might reasonably expect from a sub-$50 speaker. The globe-shaped speaker has some physical buttons, including one for volume control and another that mutes/unmutes the microphone if you don’t want Alexa to stay alert for voice commands at all times.

If you’d rather save a few extra bucks, you can opt instead . This Alexa-enabled speaker is currently . The color speaker also has a microphone mute switch. It can make a handy bedside speaker for listening to podcasts or a bedtime story when it’s time to nod off.


The Echo Pop is Amazon’s entry-level smart speaker.

$20 at Amazon

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