S.Since 2015, smart speakers have made their users’ lives easier. Commands like “Alexa, play Ed Sheeran.” “Alexa, how will the weather be tomorrow?” or “Alexa, turn off the floor lamp in the living room” echoes through more and more German households. The smart assistant Amazon Alexa obeys and plays music, reads information and messages and controls all kinds of smart home devices. Initially, Alexa was only built into Amazon’s echo boxes, but it is now found in more and more speakers from other manufacturers. COMPUTER BILD shows in a large test whether they are better than the original.
The best smart speakers with Alexa
How much does an Alexa speaker cost?
The Echo Flex fits into the socket and only needs a sufficiently strong WLAN.
Can Bluetooth speakers be connected to an Alexa box?
In the settings of the Alexa app, Bluetooth boxes can be paired with Echo devices.
Multiroom: Connect Alexa to several boxes
You can find the multiroom overview under your room groups in the area equipment.
Amazon Echo: The Alexa family has these skills
The smallest Alexa speaker: Echo Dot with clock
The Echo Dot (3rd Gen.) with clock is also suitable as an alarm clock on the bedside table.
- Easy installation and operation
- Optical display of temperature, time, timer and volume
- Good voice control
- Stereo output (3.5 mm jack)
- Sounded a little unbalanced
- Significantly more expensive than the previous model
- So far only available in one color
The best Alexa speaker: Amazon Echo Studio
With its round shape, the Amazon Echo Studio is reminiscent of an Apple HomePod.
- Reliable voice control
- Good sound, high volume
- Smarthome and Fire TV can be linked
- A bit bass heavy
- Automatic calibration sluggish
- Few connections
Echo Show 8: Alexa speaker with display
Look here: The Amazon Echo 8 is a smart display that plays videos as well as music.
- Easy to set up, good service
- Good display with touch function
- Lockable camera
- Sounded a bit cool and bass-heavy
- Few connections
Two in one: Sonos Move
The Sonos Move brings Alexa to the pool – at least if the WiFi is sufficient.
- good sound
- Automatic calibration
- Two language assistants
- Upper bass partly too loud
- Very few connections
- Operation on the device is not self-explanatory
Alexa rocks: Marshall Uxbridge Voice
The Marshall Uxbridge Voice looks and sounds great. Unfortunately there is a lack of voice control.
- Powerful bass
- Easy setup
- Good sound adjustment
- Voices a little occupied
- Microphones a bit insensitive
- No connections
Conclusion: which is the best Alexa speaker?
Does it have to be a real echo? Not necessarily: Sonos Move, Marshall Uxbridge Voice and the Bose Home Speaker convince with great sound and many streaming services – they appeal to music lovers in particular. But Amazon can do that too – with the Echo Studio. Anyway, Amazon secures the top spots, for example with the Echo plus and the Echo show-Devices. The Amazon boxes owe this to the many Alexa functions, the built-in smart home bridge or the chic color displays. Of the Echo Flex is a price-performance tip for everyone who wants to take their first steps in the smart home world. The inexpensive entry-level device is not necessarily suitable for sound reinforcement, but it offers all Alexa functions.
* The cheapest price may now be higher.