Amazon Echo 3rd Gen lineupSource: Android Central

If you are like me and have multiple Amazon Echo smart speakers, sometimes when you call out to one, a different device responds. Or, when you ask Alexa to play music, she sends the stream to a different speaker. Here's how to make sure the output comes from where you expect it.

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How to set an Amazon Echo speaker group

To set a default speaker, you'll need to have multiple Echo speakers arranged into an existing group. If you don't have this setup, here's how.

  1. Open the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap on Devices in the lower right corner.
  3. Tap on the + icon in the top right corner.

    Default Echo Speaker step 1Default Echo Speaker step 2Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  4. Tap on Add Group.
  5. Select or create a group name.
  6. Choose which Echo devices should be in the group, then tap Save.

    Amazon Echo Group step 2Amazon Echo Group step 3Amazon Echo Group step 4Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

How to set a default Amazon Echo speaker

Now that you have a speaker group, you're ready to select your preferred or default speaker.

  1. Open the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap on Devices in the lower right corner.
  3. Under the Groups section, tap on the device group from which you want to select your default speaker (in my case, I'll tap on "Downstairs").
  4. Tap on Setup under the Preferred Speaker tab.

    Default Echo Speaker step 1Default Echo Speaker step 2Default Echo Speaker step 3Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  5. Read the explainer from Amazon, and tap Continue.
  6. Tap on your preferred speaker, and tap Save.

    Default Echo Speaker step 4Default Echo Speaker step 5Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

Now that you've chosen a preferred speaker, you can count on your music coming from that specific Echo every time. The exceptions are if you ask Alexa to play music through the entire group ("Alexa, play music Downstairs"), on a particular device ("Alexa, play music on the Kitchen Echo"), or on all devices ("Alexa, play music everywhere").

Our top equipment picks

If you don't have any Amazon Echo speakers, or if you want to add to your existing group, consider one of these devices.

The fan favorite

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

A great value

The Echo Dot (3rd Gen) has a familiar design and decent speakers for the size of the device and comes in at an extremely affordable price point.

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Amazon Echo (3rd Gen)

Better sound and cooler colors

The 3rd gen Echo is built for better sound with a softer, plusher look that comes in four colors, including the soft new twilight blue.

Best of shows

Amazon Echo Show 8

Not too big, not too little

The Echo Show 8 comes in a more natural size that's easier to place than the 10-inch Echo Show but still more comfortable to watch recipes and videos on than the Show 5.

These are some of the latest and greatest Amazon Echo smart speakers, so if you're looking to diversify or add to your collection, any one of these will make you happy. If you want to make a stereo pair, consider getting two of the same kind of smart speaker (this doesn't work with the Echo Show devices though).

Additional Equipment

Now that you singled out your favorite Echo speaker, ask Alexa to stream some of Amazon's excellent premium content like Amazon Music Unlimited or Audible audiobooks.

Amazon Music Unlimited (From $8/month at Amazon)

Amazon Music Unlimited offers over 40 million songs, special exclusives, and tailored playlists and stations. If you're a Prime member, you can get a few bucks per month off of your membership!

Audible (From $15/month at Audible)

Listen to thousands of books in hundreds of categories. Audible also has lots of podcasts and great original content.

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