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The 15 best Echo device deals during Amazon Prime Day in October (Update: Expired)

Amazon's Prime Early Access Sale -- aka October Prime Day -- has ended. We're sorry to say, the Echo deals listed below have returned to normal pricing.
Written by Jason Stauffer, Staff Writer on
Reviewed by Amy Lieu

Update: That's a wrap for Amazon's Prime Early Access Sale. The deals below have expired, but stick around ZDNET for more coverage during the holiday shopping season. 

Amazon recently announced the release of a handful of new Echo devices, along with the addition of Eero mesh Wi-Fi to select 4th and 5th gen models. There's a lot for Echo fans to be excited about. You can preorder the 5th generation Echo models right now for shipping later this month, but we haven't seen any discounts on the newest devices. Right now, there are deals for various models of the Echo Show, Echo Dot, Echo Buds, and more.

Also: Live blog: The 140+ best 'Amazon Prime Early Access Sale' deals

We'll be updating this page with deals for the best Echo devices throughout Amazon's Prime Early Access Sale today and tomorrow. Before you ask Alexa where the deals are, bookmark this page and return throughout the sale.

Also: The best Apple deals on Amazon for October Prime Day

The best Echo deals on Amazon for October Prime Day

The top three deals are below, but we've listed additional Amazon deals worth checking out further down the page. We've also highlighted other great finds at non-Amazon retailers, including Best Buy.

THERE ARE SEVERAL MORE ECHO DEALS BELOW.

  • Current price: $70
  • Original price: $130

The 2nd generation Echo Show 8 dropped in 2021 with a notable upgrade to the camera. The new 13MP camera features auto-framing to help you stay centered. This model also features stereo speakers and an 8-inch HD touchscreen. You'll get the convenience of an Alexa-enabled device with hands-free access to news, calendars, timers, and more.

With this offer, you can add six months of Amazon Music Unlimited, or 30 days of Alexa Together (remote caregiving service), for free.

  • Current price: $80
  • Original price: $185

With this bundle, you're getting a 2nd generation Echo Show 5 and an Amazon Ring video doorbell. By itself the RIng doorbell costs $70 (during this Amazon sale), so you're essentially getting the Echo Show 5 for ten bucks. You can monitor the Ring doorbell's camera with your Echo device, in addition to your phone, tablet, or computer.

  • Current price: $9.98
  • Original price: $40

This offer is a unique deal. If you're looking for a cheap Alexa device and a subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited, then this is the promotion for you.

Advertised as "get an Echo Dot for $0.99," the offer requires you to subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited, which costs $8.99/mo for Prime members. So you'll need to remember to cancel the service after a month if you don't want to continue paying. 

With the subscription, your out-of-pocket cost is $9.98. That's roughly a 75% discount off the original price for a 3rd generation Echo Dot ($40) -- the music subscription is just icing on the cake. If you'd rather skip the rigmarole, this device is also individually on sale for $17.99.

More October Prime Day 2022 Echo device deals

Here are the latest Amazon Prime Early Access Sale deals we could find on Echo devices and speakers:

Best Echo deals not at Amazon

Target, Walmart, and other retailers are running competing sales at the same time as Amazon Prime Early Access Sale. ZDNET is keeping an eye on those sales and plans to include the top Echo deals from them.

How did we choose these deals?

To narrow down this list of deals, the discount needs to be at least 20% or be an incredibly rare offer. We use price comparison tools to see recent price trends and how often the item is on sale. And at the end of the day, we only write about deals we would want to take advantage of.

We want to help you be a better shopper by providing accurate advice. So we reference customer reviews to get an idea of how these devices work in the real world. We also have an extensive catalog of product reviews, and when it makes sense we'll pull from our research and testing.

What is Amazon's Prime Early Access Sale?

The Prime Early Access Sale is essentially a second Prime Day sale we get to take advantage of before the holiday shopping season hits. Just like with the Prime Day event, these deals are only open to Prime members.

Also: Prime Day 2: What is Amazon's Prime Early Access Sale?

When is October Prime Day 2022?

This sale -- the Prime Early Access Sale -- will run from October 11 to October 12. 

Also: Amazon Prime Day 2 sale will take place Oct. 11 and 12

What are the best Amazon Prime Early Access Sale ('October Prime Day') deals under $20?

ZDNET is actually rounding up the best deals under $20 on Amazon right here:

What are the latest Amazon Prime Early Access Sale ('October Prime Day') deals?

Check out ZDNET's live-blog coverage of the latest October Prime Day deals below. We're covering the 48-hour sale in real time, delivering you the highlights as we find them. 

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