This Amazon Gadget Is Basically a Home Assistant

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If you've ever had trouble remembering the dates your in-laws are coming to town or what's on your grocery list, you've also probably fantasized about having an assistant to help keep your household organized. Thankfully, the new generation of the Amazon Echo comes pretty close.

When House Beautiful Editor-in-Chief Jo Saltz gifted the Echo Show 15 to her husband for Christmas, it became a tool that her entire family could enjoy. It helps with shopping lists, reminders, calendars, news updates and even following new recipes. With new gadgets dropping in stores constantly, sticking to one center for your home allows for seamless integration of tech (and fewer apps to download) for your home. "My household engages with the Show at every level. We've grown to love Amazon Echos—whether we're asking what today's weather is or to coordinate our schedules," Saltz explains.

Learn more about how this shared hub helps you stay up-to-date with your family's ever-changing calendar.

The Design

Saltz shares, "I'll be honest, the older version of the Echo wasn't the most stylish feature in our home; it sat on our table in an awkward way and took up counter space. What drew me to the Show 15 was that it looks like a picture frame and can act like one too."

A 15.6-inch screen and a 1.4-inch black metal frame make it feel like a piece of art hanging on the wall. "Since the screen is so big, it allows you to see multiple widgets at the same time like a control center: photos, calendar, and obviously, updates on your Prime order," says Saltz. The front-facing camera, on the left corner of the frame, can be turned off during dinner prep and turned on for a Zoom meeting. The side of the frame includes a toggle for the camera, volume buttons, and a button for turning off the microphone.

The Show 15 can be mounted horizontally or vertically, but you cannot change the direction while it is on the wall. "I was the most worried about the process of hanging up for the Show. Thankfully, it was super easy to set up with the template included in the box so my frame wasn't crooked," says Saltz. There is also a stand option available for purchase if you're looking for something renter-friendly.

How to Set Up the Amazon Echo Show 15

Setting up the Echo Show is easy, especially if you have other Alexa assistant gadgets at home. You simply plug in your device, select your language, connect to your Wi-Fi network, and log into your Amazon account. From there, you can connect the devices throughout your home via the Alexa app. For example, if you have an Amazon speaker, you can use it as an intercom to call your kids.

Once you're connected to Wi-Fi, you can also create profiles for your household so your lists remain organized. The Show 15 uses Visual ID and voice control to switch profiles per user.

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Product Specs:

  • Dimensions: 15.8 x 9.9 x 1.4 inches

  • 1,920 x 1,080 resolution screen

  • Customizable widgets to add to the home screen

  • Built-in Fire TV

  • Visual ID facial recognition per user for personal use

  • Connects to security cameras

Saltz has just two things she would change about the device. First, she's noticed a lack of nuance when Alexa answers questions. For example, if there's snow in the forecast, how much snow? Second, Saltz wishes users could choose their own frame.

Why We're Obsessed

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Jo’s Echo Show 15 displayed in her kitchen.Joanna Saltz

If you're busy and exhausted, the Echo Show 15 is essentially a digital sticky notepad! One of Saltz's favorite ways to use the Show is as the ultimate timer for baking and cooking. The screen lines up multiple timers for her meal, so she's able to cook it to perfection. "Amazon, add this to my shopping list or Amazon, put a timer on for 15 minutes? I honestly feel like I'm talking to Alexa about what to add to the grocery list more than to my husband," Saltz laughs.

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