Echo Show 8 vs. Echo Show 5 vs. Echo Show: Which Is Best for You?

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Amazon just expanded the Echo Show family at its Sept. 25, 2019 press conference. The company's new 8-inch smart screen, predictably named the Echo Show 8, features an HD display panel and gives users another screen size option to better fit their rooms. 

Available for pre-order today, the Echo Show 8 costs $129.99, placing it closer to the 5.5-inch, $89.99 Echo Show 5 than to the 10-inch, $229.99 Echo Show. 

Echo Show 8 vs. Echo Show 5 vs. Echo Show compared

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Amazon's revealing details about its latest Echo Show
Row 0 - Cell 0 Echo Show 8Echo Show 5Echo Show
Display8 inches5.5 inches (960 x 480)10 inches (1280 x 800)
Camera Resolution1 megapixel1 megapixel5 megapixels
ColorsBlack, whiteBlack, whiteBlack, white
Size9.7 x 4.2 x 6.9 inches5.8 x 2.9 x 3.4 inches9.7 x 4.2 x 6.9 inches

The other major feature in the Echo Show 8 is the same privacy shutter used in the Echo Show 5.

Amazon is positioning the Echo Show 8 as a device made for the kitchen, as its slightly larger screen (compared to the Show 5) will make it easier to visually follow along with recipes. Also, Amazon noted that Alexa is the exclusive voice service for  Food Network Kitchen, Food Network and Discovery, Inc.'s new cooking product that will bring live and on-demand episodes of Food Network programming.

Like one of the dishes you see prepared? Ask Alexa to save the recipe and the digital assistant will file it away for safe keeping and future cooking. 

The Echo Show 5 is still likely best for your bedside, while the more mammoth Echo Show's 10-inch screen would probably sit best in a living room.

Stay tuned to our live blog covering today's Amazon Event, which has included the $200 Echo Studio (here to compete with Apple HomePod) and the new Amazon Echo Dot with Clock.

Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.