Smart home tech is becoming a more accessible and popular way of upgrading your current household setup. The best thing about the Amazon Echo family of products and Amazon Alexa is the seemingly endless integration with many popular and emerging smart home devices. Here is a smorgasbord of some of the best Alexa-compatible smart home tools that work with your Amazon Echo device.
Alexa, show the front door camera
Ring Video Doorbell 2
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 works with Echos that have a screen (Spot, Show, Show 5), Fire Tablets, and Fire TVs to show you who is near your doorbell. It has a horizontal field of view of 180 degrees and a vertical field of view of 110 degrees, plus the ability to power the doorbell via your existing wiring or via an independent battery.
From $200 at Amazon
Gotta Keep Watch
Ring Stick Up Cam
Being able to keep your home safe from anywhere is easy with the Ring Stick Up Cam. You can even use your Fire TV, Fire Tablet, or Echo Spot/Show/Show 5 to monitor your cameras while in the house.
$100 at Amazon
Peace of Mind
Ring Alarm 5 Piece Kit Home Security System
If you are considering a home security system, this is a great way to go. It works with Alexa, can be monitored through your Echo and Alexa devices, and you have the option of setting up 24/7 professional security monitoring for a minimal monthly fee. This kit comes with a base station, contact sensor, motion detector, keypad, and range extender.
$140 at Amazon
Alexa, lock the door
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
The August Smart Lock Pro is the best smart lock for both homeowners and renters, as it connects to the inside of your existing deadbolt set up. Once set up, just ask Alexa to lock or unlock the door. Additionally, with the August Home App, your door locks and unlocks when it detects you either coming or going from your home. Plus, it allows keyless access to those who need it.
From $192 at Amazon
You’re Hot and You’re Cold
ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control
The ecobee Smart Thermostat allows you to use Alexa to control your home heating and cooling. You can also set up routines and schedules to control the thermostat while away from your house through the Alexa app. The device includes one room sensor to help you intelligently manage room temperature.
$200 at Amazon
Keep your lawn fresh
Rachio 3, 8-Zone Smart Sprinkler Controller
Homeowners will benefit from being able to manage their lawn’s health via Alexa commands with the Rachio 8-Zone Smart Sprinkler Controller. Use commands such as “Alexa, ask Rachio to water the front lawn” to manage the daily watering of your precious lawn without having to get off the couch and go to the garage.
From $119 at Amazon
iRobot Roomba 675
Nothing makes us feel more like we’re living in a Jetsons future like asking Alexa to run the vacuum cleaner for us! The iRobot Roomba 675 works with Alexa to make cleaning up messes around your home a breeze. It can run up to 90 minutes before needing to re-dock and recharge itself and works well picking up small and larger debris on hard floors and carpets.
$200 at Amazon
Light up your life
Philips Hue White Ambiance A19 Bulb
The Philips Hue White Ambiance Bulb Starter lighting accessory that will brighten up anyone’s home. You can ask Alexa to change your lights to any color temperature you wish, dim your lights, or set a lighting scene via the Philips Hue Alexa skill.
$22 at Amazon
Alexa, bake salmon
Amazon Smart Oven
Granted you still have to physically place your items in the oven, but having a voice-controlled appliance like this can make multi-tasking in the kitchen easier. The Amazon Smart Oven makes cooking new meals or reheating leftovers more convenient with its programmed functions that can be invoked by any Alexa-powered device.
From $250 at Amazon
Alexa, Play Music in the Bedroom
Sonos One Bluetooth Speaker
Sonos is a premium brand, but the One series of Smart Speakers is worth it, with its crisp sound and stereo functionality when paired with a second One or One SL speaker. Installing the Sonos skill for Alexa will let you play and control the music on your Sonos One with commands such as “Alexa, play ‘Nutmeg’ by Ghostface Killah in the living room.”
$169 at Amazon
Alexa, Turn on My Television!
The TCL 43S425 continues the tradition of TCL’s mid-range 4K Ultra HD televisions. It is highly recommended for applications from gaming, to movie watching, to PC monitor applications, and more. And the Roku Skill for Alexa allows you to control your television from your Echo devices.
From $230 at Amazon
One system for them all
Logitech Harmony Elite
For those users who want a simple solution to a smart home set up without having to buy a bunch of smart plugs and other smart devices, the Logitech Harmony Elite can do the job with the help of Alexa voice commands via the Logitech Harmony skill.
$230 at Amazon
Envelope your home in WiFi
eero Whole Home Mesh WiFi System
Big homes need more than a standard wifi setup, and this is where a mesh network like eero comes into play. The integration with Alexa enables eero owners to control different aspects of their home network, including opening and closing guest networks and providing threat scans and ad-blocking. Available individually or in multi-packs.
From $249 at Amazon
Stream hard, game harder
NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Router
The NETGEAR Nighthawk line of routers is built with gaming, streaming, and mobile devices in mind. With Dynamic Quality of Service, the Nighthawk will detect what device you’re using and prioritize bandwidth for that device. It also can be controlled via the NETGEAR skill for Alexa for managing basic options on your router.
$121 at Amazon
Plug & Play
Amazon Smart Plug
These first-party smart plugs can pair instantly with your Echo devices, and turn any dumb appliance into a smart one with Alexa. In fact, this was how I got my smart home started, and I currently have a half-dozen lamps set up on smart plugs like these.
$25 at Amazon
What’s your setup?
As someone who invests heavily in the Alexa-enhanced smart home experience, my setup includes the TCL 43S425 4K UHD Roku TV, several Amazon Smart Plugs and the Philips Hue White Ambiance bulbs. I also like being able to switch between the different inputs and applications on my Roku TV by using my Amazon Echo Show. With the Philips Hue lights, it’s as simple as asking Alexa to set a scene such as “Nightlight” or “Concentrate,” or to change the light brightness or color temperature to anything your imagination can come up with.
In addition to an entertainment setup like this, we definitely recommend that you invest in some smart home security devices like the ones listed above. Smart doorbells, cameras, and security systems that work with Echo and Alexa can help keep your family and property safe, no matter where you might be in the world. It doesn’t matter if you buy some or all of these devices to help automate your home, there is no doubt that these smart home devices will enrich your life in myriad ways.
So which ones should you buy?
There are so many Alexa-compatible devices to purchase, so here’s a closer breakdown of five of our favorites and how they fit into the Amazon ecosystem.
Fine floor finishing
I don’t know about you, but one of the chores I hate the most is vacuuming. Not because it’s inherently that difficult, but because with two kids and two cats, it basically needs to be done every day (if not multiple times per day). With a smart robot vacuum like the iRobot Roomba 675, those frustrations pretty much disappear!
This vacuum works with Alexa, so anytime I hear a spill or notice crumbs or hair on the kitchen floor I can just summon my trusty iRobot with Alexa to save the day. It can run for up to 90 minutes on a charge, which is more than enough for my downstairs, and it transitions seamlessly between the tile, hardwood, and carpeted areas.
iLike clean floors
iRobot Roomba 675
$200 at Amazon
Kick up your feet and ask Alexa to vacuum the living room with the iRobot Roomba 675. Works great on different floorings and surfaces, and picks up pet hair with ease.
Philips may not have invented the smart lighting category, but they sure have come to define it with their Hue line of smart bulbs, hubs, and lighting products. Since 2012 the company has been producing smart lighting solutions that have been favorites of customers and critics alike, but one of their best products is one of their simplest.
The White Ambiance bulb allows you to choose from over 50,000 shades of white light (bet you didn’t realize that was possible!), and you can program the light to change based on the time of day or mood. Hue lights do require a hub to communicate with a smart assistant like Alexa, but once you get the Philips Hue Smart Hub you can connect up to 80 Hue devices to it!
A bright idea
Philips Hue White Ambiance Bulb
$22 at Amazon
These industry-leading bulbs are a great investment to begin your smart home lighting projects.
Alexa the sous-chef
In 2018 Amazon really made a concerted effort to get Alexa into the kitchen with the AmazonBasics Microwave. While that product could work with Alexa to cook food upon voice command, it was never fully baked. Now the company has introduced a more full-fledged cooking device that should have a wider appeal for cooks of all abilities.
With its stainless-steel finish, the Amazon Smart Oven not only looks better than the black plasticky AmazonBasics Microwave, but it is also more functional too. It can serve as a microwave, convection oven, food warmer, and air fryer, and it can even notify you via Alexa and your connected Echo device when dinner is ready. If you’re unsure how long to cook a product for, simply scan the item with the Alexa app and the Smart Oven will cook it appropriately, automatically!
Amazon Smart Oven
$250 at Amazon
The Amazon Smart oven combines the utility of a microwave, convection oven, and air fryer into a hand Alexa kitchen workhorse.
While the Sonos One may not have the fullest Alexa integration when matched against the Echo smart speakers, it does offer better sound than all of the Echos with the possible exception of the new Echo Studio. If what you are looking for is a great speaker first, and a smart speaker second, then this is an excellent choice.
Not only does it work well with Alexa, but you can also use the One with Google Assistant or Apple AirPlay 2. If you are a fan of that traditional speaker look (black, wire mesh grills), then this will remind you of days gone by. The build quality matches the outstanding sound, and it can be paired with other Sonos devices for whole-home coverage.
Awesome sound with Alexa
$169 at Amazon $170 at Best Buy
The Sonos One is great for pairing and putting all-around your home. It supports every major music service as well as Alexa and Google Assistant.
Simple but effective
The Amazon Smart Plug is probably the best device to symbolize Amazon’s new Certified for Humans program for easy setup and maintenance of smart home devices. It literally is as simple as plugging the device into the wall, asking your Echo or Alexa app to discover devices, and boom, you’re done!
I have nearly a dozen of these around the house, and I love them precisely because of their simplicity. I can turn any “dumb” device, be it a new lamp or an heirloom into a smart device just like that, and then create groups of lights, routines, and schedules within the Alexa app. Of course, it works great with other devices too. I just got one for my dumb coffee maker, and now I have a routine that turns it on to brew before I wake up!
Amazon Smart Plug
$25 at Amazon
Amazon’s initial smart plug play is still one of our favorites. It works beautifully with Alexa to turn any device into a smart device, setup takes just a few seconds, and it blends seamlessly into the background.