Amazon just dropped its biggest sale of the year on smart-home devices — save up to 50 percent

Rudie Obias
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These Echo smart-home devices are a resoundingly good deal. (Photo: Amazon)
These Echo smart-home devices are a resoundingly good deal. (Photo: Amazon)

Have you been hankering to get in on the smart-home revolution? Well, there's no time like now, cuz Amazon's just slashed prices on most Echo and Fire TV devices. And when we say 'slashed,' we mean slashed — you can save up to 50 percent.

If you have a phone in your pocket and a Wi-Fi network at home, you’re well on your way to upping your domicile's IQ with these Echo and Fire TV devices, not to mention everyone’s favorite handy helper, Alexa.

And if you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? Well, speaking of smart ideas, here's one: Just sign up for a free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

These Amazon deals address just about every room in your home, as well as your car and even your garage. Shop the Echo and Fire TV sales below and make a smart pick:

Save 44 percent: Echo Show 5

This is no time to be a clockwatcher; Amazon's Echo Show 5 sale expires at the end of the day. (Photo: Amazon)
This is no time to be a clockwatcher; Amazon's Echo Show 5 sale expires at the end of the day. (Photo: Amazon)

On sale for $50 (down from $90) for Prime members only, the Echo Show 5 is the smaller, sleeker version of the 10-inch Echo Show. With a compact, crisp five-inch display, the Echo Show 5 is perfect for a nightstand. This smart-home display can double as a digital alarm clock, with Alexa built-in. Amazon has a wide range of personalized clock faces to choose from, so you can bring a bit of individuality to your device.

"This is the best alarm clock I've ever had," wrote a delighted five-star reviewer. "The clock face is customizable and very easy to read from anywhere in the room. The screen has no distortion or discoloration from any angle, so it is easy to see from everywhere...Perfect for checking the time in the middle of the night."

But act fast and shop now, this sale on the Echo Show 5 expires at midnight PST.

Save 40 percent: Echo Dot (fourth generation)

A 40 percent saving on this smart-home marvel? Dot's the ticket! (Photo: Amazon)
A 40 percent saving on this smart-home marvel? Dot's the ticket! (Photo: Amazon)

With an all-new sphere design, the fourth generation Echo Dot — which is marked down from $50 to just $30 at Amazon — is a small but mighty speaker with a glow-light base. It can stream tunes from Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Sirius XM and more with clearer, more robust audio quality than earlier iterations.

It can even pair with another Echo Dot to create amazing stereo sound. And Alexa is along to keep you updated on the latest news and weather forecast. Shoppers love the compact dimensions, which make the Echo Dot great for smaller rooms.

"This is exactly what I was looking for," raved a happy Amazon shopper. "The sound is loud and clear. Now I am able to hear all online stations with no interference. The design is space-saving, with rubber underneath to prevent sliding."

Save nearly 20 percent: Fire TV Stick Lite

There's no deal in cyber-land or real life remotely as good as this. (Photo: Amazon)
There's no deal in cyber-land or real life remotely as good as this. (Photo: Amazon)

The Fire TV Stick Lite video streamer is on sale for just $25. Smart-home newbies will love how easy it is to set up: Just plug it into just about any HDTV HDMI port, sync it to your Wifi, and voila, hundreds of streaming apps and channels, including Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, HBO, Starz, Showtime and more, are at your fingertips. 

And once you've got your streaming menu all planned, guess what you can do next? Cut the cord! "I admit that the thought of cutting off cable caused me actual emotional pain," shared an Amazon shopper. "But so did paying that cable bill. The Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite delivers everything I need for TV viewing. I am not missing cable at all! I am so happy that this technology is available and delivers television viewing in a remarkably easy and painless way at such an affordable cost. Now, what to do with that $120 extra per month?"

And for anyone wondering: The Fire TV Stick Lite is exactly the same as the standard Fire TV Stick, with a different remote (this one has Alexa voice assistant built-in, but it doesn’t have TV on/off or volume controls).

Save 40 percent: Amazon Smart Plug

Get that coffeemaker going before your brain is ready to greet the day. (Photo: Amazon)
Get that coffeemaker going before your brain is ready to greet the day. (Photo: Amazon)

On sale for $15 (was $25), the Amazon Smart Plug — which can easily syncs with the Echo Dot — is a miraculous little doodad that fits between a power socket and an appliance like a coffee maker, TV or lamp and enables you to operate said device through a smartphone app or a smart-home hub. Finally!

The Amazon Smart Plug empowers you to take care of everyday drudgery like turning off the lights without getting up from the couch or brewing java from bed in the morning with almost no effort.

"Got this smart plug so I can remotely turn appliances and lights on and off in an Alzheimer's patient's home," shared a satisfied Amazon shopper. "I can remotely make sure things are off by simply [using] the Amazon Alexa app — super simple to use and really helps me out. Now I don't have to drive over there to make sure the lights, AC or TV are off. Thank you!"

Save 35 percent: Insignia 24-inch Smart HD TV — Fire TV Edition

Having just one TV for your entire brood doesn't sound too smart. Meet the newest addition to the family. (Photo: Amazon)
Having just one TV for your entire brood doesn't sound too smart. Meet the newest addition to the family. (Photo: Amazon)

Need a new TV? Maybe just a second set for that guest bedroom or den? Amazon has this Insignia 24-inch Smart HD TV — Fire TV Edition on sale for just $110! Not a misprint: $110. It's the very epitome of "inexpensive but not cheap," delivering eye-popping colors and exceptional picture quality, both of which are rare-to-nonexistent in this price range. The audio, too, is top notch, and — you guessed it — Alexa's included. So if you’re not a fan of endlessly scrolling through a grid of movie titles (and who is?), you can just say, 'Alexa, play Coming 2 America,' and she’ll make your wish come true.

"I am honestly very pleasantly surprised with how much I like this TV," reported a satisfied Amazon shopper. "As far as clarity goes, I believe HD720p is plenty for this screen size. I’m a bit of a TV snob and the lower clarity is not noticeable in this size."

Save nearly 40 percent: Echo Dot (third generation)

You won't want to place your drinks on this, but you will find yourself coasting into 2021-level tech-savviness. (Photo: Amazon)
You won't want to place your drinks on this, but you will find yourself coasting into 2021-level tech-savviness. (Photo: Amazon)

Right now, the Echo Dot (third generation) is on sale for $25, or $15 off. That’s an impressive 38 percent savings and the lowest price ever for this genius Bluetooth smart-home speaker. The small but brawny speaker can stream tunes from Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Sirius XM and more. And Bluetooth allows you to pair your phone with it, so you can literally bring the party with you wherever you go.

You can also pair this with another Dot to create amazing stereo sound in your home for considerably less than the cost of one Bluetooth speaker from Bose or Sonos. And of course, Alexa is included, so you can not only get those handy-dandy news, weather, and sports updates; you can control other smart-home devices with just the sound of your voice.

"The sound quality is great," wrote a five-star Amazon reviewer. "I was really surprised by how much sound comes out of this little device."

Save 50 percent: Echo Auto

Amazon's version of grand theft auto: Getting this mobile Echo unit for a steal. (Photo: Amazon)
Amazon's version of grand theft auto: Getting this mobile Echo unit for a steal. (Photo: Amazon)

Now that you've got your home smartened up, why in the world would you wanna drive around in a "dumb" car? You wouldn't. Well, Amazon's here to help with that too, taking 50 percent off the Echo Auto, a clever little gizmo that connects to your car’s stereo via auxiliary input and pairs to your phone with Bluetooth. If you've been trying to take your relationship with Alexa to the next level, now you can have her in your ride as well as your home.  

And don't worry about the engine, wind, or traffic getting in the way of her hearing your voice. The Echo Auto is designed with eight hyper-sensitive microphones. It’s absolutely genius for making hands-free phone calls and calling up your favorite driving tunes on Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and more.

"I'm actually impressed with this little device. I've tried other car Alexa-enabled devices but they've always struggled to pick up my voice over noise such as the radio, a window being down or other people chatting in the car," said a five-star Amazon reviewer. "[This device] always picks up my voice no matter the sound level."

Save nearly 30 percent: Kindle

Yes, embrace smart technology! Also yes: Keep up on your reading! (Photo: Amazon)
Yes, embrace smart technology! Also yes: Keep up on your reading! (Photo: Amazon)

Don't let all this tunes-listening and Alex-chatting take you away from feeding your mind. (I want to keep you smart too!) Amazon's newest entry-level Kindle comes with 4GB of storage housed in a lighter and thinner design than previous versions. It has built-in Wi-Fi and weighs in at a mere 6.1 ounces. "What's a few ounces here and there?" you're asking. Well, believe me, you can feel the difference in weight when you’re reading for long periods of time. Go svelte now and your arms and shoulders will thank you later.

"I really like my new Kindle," raved an avid reader. "It works great, came fast and the battery lets me read for a long time. I really like the fact that it's backlit. This is not my first or even fifth e-reader, but this is my first Kindle and I can see why they are so popular. Highly recommended."

Save nearly 30 percent: Fire HD 8 tablet

Our capsule review of this tablet? It's just what the doctor ordered. (Photo: Amazon)
Our capsule review of this tablet? It's just what the doctor ordered. (Photo: Amazon)

On sale for $65 (was $90), the Fire HD 8 has a brilliant eight-inch HD display and works with Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Music, as well as hundreds of social media apps, games, and more. Trust us, you’ll be spending a lot of time binge-watching on this HD number, especially with its 10-hour battery life.

"This HD 8 boots up extremely fast. The screen movement is very smooth," wrote a delighted tablet user. "I own an HD 10 but I like this better because the size makes it easier to hold and maneuver. It is much lighter than the 10. I had a concern about the sound quality, but the sound quality is very good. The charge time is fast and the battery holds a charge for a long time."

Save 20 percent: Echo Show 10 (third generation)

Easily connect with — or ignore, it's really up to you — family and friends via the Echo Show 10. (Photo: Amazon)
Easily connect with — or ignore, it's really up to you — family and friends via the Echo Show 10. (Photo: Amazon)

Perfect for a kitchen counter, the Echo Show 10 — which is on sale for $200, or $50 off, and the all-time lowest price for this smart display — has a roomy 10.1-inch display (more than enough space to pull up that veggie lasagna recipe you've been wanting to try). And new for 2021, it comes with a cylinder-shaped base that outputs awesome audio in all directions for a surround-sound feel.

It's back in stock on May 30, but you can pre-order now to take advantage of this low price. Amazon will then send you a notification once it's ready to ship.

With its wide 13-megapixel camera, it lets you take your video chats to the next level. The base is designed to swivel, pan and zoom with you during video calls chats via Skype and Zoom, so it always shows you front-and-center in frame. It's great for the people on the other side of the call, too. And shoppers love that they can connect their phones to the Echo Show 10's camera via the Alexa mobile app.

"The moving screen makes it really nice," raved a five-star reviewer. "You can set it to 'off' if you don't want it to follow your voice, and you can pan around the room while looking at the camera on your Alexa app."

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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