I'm officially on team Alexa.
When Amazon introduced the Dot earlier this year I ordered one as a low-cost way to introduce myself to the Echo product line. I enjoyed it so much I ordered an Echo for my home. The Echo now lives in my kitchen while the Dot stays on my bedside table. I love being able to do simple things like turn on and off my Hue lightbulbs. adjust my Nest thermostat, turn on and off WeMo switches, add items to my Reminders and Shopping lists, as well as make general inquiries. Last night I was watching Apollo 13 and asked Alexa to tell me about other Apollo missions, which she did.
Today, for one day only, Amazon has dropped the Price of the Echo to $153.71, a savings of $26.28. The Tap is also discounted to $111.01, a savings of $18.98. If you've been on the fence about ordering an Echo - just do it. I love mine.