5 Amazon Echo Alternatives with Smarter Features

Amazon Echo alternatives benefit you in price and functionality. If you’ve missed having certain features on the Echo or Echo Dot, like voice recognition, developing your own skills, etc., then one of these smart assistants should help.

1. Google Home


Google Home being a part of the Google ecosystem gives it some advantages over the Echo. The Home is compatible for media streaming over Chromecast, and then you have other services like YouTube, Google Play Music, and Spotify.

Like most Amazon Echo alternatives, the Home would set alarms, stream music, and perform almost all other voice assistant functions. What sets the Home apart is its voice recognition capabilities. Unlike the Echo, the Home recognizes individual voices of its users and allows a maximum six users (i.e. Google accounts) per device.

2. Mycroft


The voice assistant Mycroft AI is open-sourced and runs on all platforms, including Linux. Compared to other Amazon Echo alternatives, Mycroft is the most versatile due to its exceptional customization capabilities. The device can post to Facebook and start a 3D printer; it supports services like YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, and Plex.

Mycroft sets itself apart from other voice assistants by allowing users to build and manage their own skills. You can run Mycroft skills on your laptop or desktop, Arduino, or Raspberry Pi, too.

3. ivee Voice


The ivee Voice connects with some services, just like the Echo. The voice-activated device works with Uber, Spotify, and Nest. The ivee is one of the best Amazon Echo alternatives because it can be connected to work together with a set of ivee speakers – the Echo doesn’t have this functionality.

The ivee smart speaker has an open ecosystem where its API is open to drive community development. The device is already gathering third-party developer interests. Third-party integration on the ivee platform includes Logitech Harmony gadgets, Lowe’s Iris, Fitbit, Honeywell devices, Nest, and more.

Unlike the Echo, ivee Voice conveniently supports different accents and even supports emergency services. The ivee Voice is only available for pre-order, and third-party applications are few. However, its array of open hardware, integration, and a price less than the Echo makes the device a viable alternative.

4. Triby


Triby is a voice-activated speaker by Invoxia. The device employs Amazon Echo’s Alexa skills; however, not all functionality is present. On the Triby you’ll find skills for Wikipedia integration, news updates, connected device controls, alarms, music playback, and Uber requests.

The Amazon Echo touts its music playback feature, but the Triby is ahead of the Echo in portability; the device functions using both batteries and built-in speakers. The device has Bluetooth, free VoIP calling, an elegant front grille, and an e-paper screen.

5. Fabrique portable smart speaker


Alexa powers Fabrique portable, so it can do everything the Echo does. For example, you can stream music from Pandora, Spotify, and other services. You can conveniently control your smart home devices using Fabrique portable. This Smart speaker is like having the Echo at a lower price.

Amazon Echo Alternatives Wrapup

Amazon Echo is a game changer, no doubt. However, the options listed here offer you both price and functionality advantages that the Echo hasn’t caught up to yet. Based on your preferences, any of the five listed smart speakers should match your needs. We’d like to hear from you in the comments, and click “Yes” below if you found this article helpful.

Nicholas Godwin
Nicholas Godwin

Nicholas Godwin is a technology researcher who helps businesses tell profitable brand stories that their audiences love. He's worked on projects for Fortune 500 companies, global tech corporations and top consulting firms, from Bloomberg Beta, Accenture, PwC, and Deloitte to HP, Shell, and AT&T. You may follow his work on Twitter or simply say hello. His website is Tech Write Researcher.

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