The Amazon Echo was and continues to be a game-changer that Amazon’s rivals continue to chase. And as is the case with Kindle eBook readers, Amazon’s competition might never really catch up. The Echo speaker and other products in Amazon’s connected speaker lineup give users access to Alexa, the voice-controlled digital assistant that can answer your questions and even buy things for you on Amazon. The Echo is a terrific buy at $179.99, but it’s an even better buy at $149.99, which is how much you’ll pay if you jump on this deal on certified refurbs.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • A Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo is refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new
  • Plays all your music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more with Alexa, a cloud-based voice service
  • Controls lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, and ecobee smart home devices
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino’s, and more

The Amazon Echo has no moving parts so a refurb isn’t a bad idea at all, but you can still buy a new one instead if you’d prefer.

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