Amazon’s New Dash Wand Is Kind of Magical (And Basically Free)


Amazon’s looking to make ordering a little more magical. The online retail giant just announced the Dash Wand, a gadget that combines scanner functionality with their Alexa voice assistant to create a truly useful—and practically magical—experience.

When Amazon first released Dash buttons—those single product, one touch reordering modules—they drew a ton of mixed reviews. Sure, it’s convenient to just press a button when you’re out of, say, toilet paper or dog food, but for many, it’s not all that practical to snag a separate button for every single thing you regularly buy (for that, you’re probably better off with Subscribe & Save).

But Dash Wand is different. The magnetic tool sticks to your fridge or other metal surface and comes with Alexa, so you can tell her to reorder what you need, or use its built in scanner to add products by barcode directly from your pantry. And if you live in a city with AmazonFresh (that’d be Seattle, Northern California, Southern California, New York, and Philadelphia currently), you get a free 90 day trial membership—and speedy groceries delivered at a simple voice command (PrimeFresh is $14.99 per month after the trial ends).

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It also has most of the functions of other Alexa-enabled tools, like looking up weather or traffic, dimming the lights, ordering pizza, or looking up recipes—though one omission is the ability to play music.

The Dash Wand is currently $20, but when you purchase it, you’ll automatically get a $20 credit added to your account after you register the device, meaning it’s essentially free. Accio groceries!

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