Stays on the Kitchen Counter
I removed a RasPi from the kitchen a few months back. Despite being in a specially altered case and having all holes plugged and protected it was barely salvageable after one year of kitchen residence. All contacts were oxidized, etc.
That happened in a very clean and well maintained kitchen in a house where the only thing which is fried is chips and even that happens once in a blue moon, the extractor is working and has its filters replaced regularly.
Looking at the way this has been built I have my doubts about kitchen use. https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Amazon+Echo+Teardown/33953
There is no protection against spills, water, oil, etc vapor which is common in the kitchen can go through the side holes straight onto the motherboard.
I give it an under 15% chance of surviving on an average kitchen counter for a year.
Note - I would not use it for other reasons, but I would have expected el reg to at least do some research on its proposed use before writing articles.