Give your Amazon Echo or Dot a makeover for 30 percent off
If Alexa isn't fitting well with your decor, wrap her in a lovely sleeve of Toast. Plus: return of the $10 label-maker!
Rick BroidaSenior Editor
Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
That means a Dot sleeve will run you just $13.30, while the Echo sleeve drops to $23.80. Each one is available in four different grains: walnut, ash, bamboo and ebony.
These are truly lovely. I got the chance to check out the bamboo version, and while I honestly had fairly low expectations, I have to say my Echo looks absolutely stunning. And the sound quality is unaffected -- the grille holes match up perfectly.
These laser-cut sleeves are crafted from real wood. They're made to order in the US and are beautifully packaged with clear application instructions. (Each piece is peel-and-stick. Even All-Thumbs Broida was able to apply the Toast correctly on the first try.)
The company earns another hat-tip for partnering with 1% for the Planet and donating 1 percent of its net sales to environmental non-profits. Toast also plants a seedling for each product made.
This is a total splurge item, no question. But I'm a big believer in aesthetics, and I didn't realize how much I disliked the looks of my Echo in my kitchen until I wrapped it in a Toast sleeve. Now it catches my eye and pleases it at the same time.
Bonus deal: Back in September I shared a $10-label-maker deal that sold out quickly. Great news: It's back!