The Amazon Dash Wand is a WiFi enabled kitchen assistant that helps you shop AmazonFresh and millions of everyday essentials on Amazon.com. Basically, it’s an Alexa appliance without the ability to play music. However, it will access your smart home devices such as an Alexa-compatible Thermostat or smart lighting system.
In order for it to work, you need an AmazonFresh membership for $14.99 a month. However, if you’re a prime member, you can try it free for 90 days. The Amazon site makes it look like everyone gets a free 90 day trial of AmazonFresh however, the fine print reveals it’s just the Prime members who get the free trial. Everyone else has to pay the $14.99 a month right out of the gate.
On the plus side, everyone gets a $20 credit on their first purchase, assuming you order an eligible item. No word on what items are eligible, though.
Another catch is that AmazonFresh isn’t available everywhere yet. In fact, unless you live in a major US city, it almost certainly won’t be available. However, with the recent purchase of Whole Foods by Amazon, I imagine it will become available in a lot more places pretty quickly.
In case you haven’t heard of it, AmazonFresh is a service where groceries like meats and produce, everyday essentials and local favorites are delivered straight to your door at a time that works for you.
To use the wand, just speak into it. For example, you can say “order paper towels” and paper towels will be added to your shopping cart. You can also use it to scan bar codes to order items as well. When you’re ready to get the stuff shipped, just log into your Amazon or AmazonFresh account and complete the purchase. The wand is durable, water-resistant, and magnetic so you can stick it on your fridge for easy access.
If you’re like me and hate to go grocery shopping, this is definitely something you’ll want. It’s also a way to (fairly inexpensively) dip your toe into using Alexa. Maybe you’ll like it and want to get a full-blown Alexa appliance. Who knows, right?
Your free Fresh membership starts as soon as you register your Dash Wand and will not auto-renew unless you choose to join AmazonFresh.
Amazon Dash Wand: Product Details
- Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 0.8 inches.
- Weight: 1.1 ounces.
- Power: 2 AAA batteries.
- Requires internet connection.
- Get stuff shipped directly to your home just by asking or scanning a barcode.
- Access thousands of features and skills with Alexa, like smart home devices.
- For initial setup, you’ll need an iPhone or Android phone and your wi-fi password.