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The best Alexa-compatible devices for your home: Our top 12

Make Alexa and your home much more interesting with one of these smart devices!
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January 2, 2021
Amazon Echo 4th gen hero
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Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, is pretty adept at playing music, news, and podcasts, or answering general knowledge questions. While Alexa is helpful when it’s just on an Echo speaker, new possibilities open up when you add third-party hardware. We’ve rounded up some of the best Alexa devices on the market, including accessories and devices that come with the assistant built-in. Here’s our top 12.

The best Alexa devices:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Alexa devices regularly as new ones launch.


1. Amazon Smart Plug

A beauty shot of the Amazon Smart Plug on a couch
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The easiest place to start with Alexa devices is a smart plug. They’re inexpensive, and give you instant on/off control over appliances like fans, heaters, and table lamps. The Amazon Smart Plug isn’t spectacular — it’s Alexa-only, for one thing —  but it’s affordable, guaranteed to work, and has streamlined setup via the Alexa app.

You can ask Alexa to turn something on or off with voice commands, but the app also supports routines, enabling automation based on triggers like the time of day or compatible alarm systems. If you want your heater to warm the bathroom before you even wake up, the Amazon Smart Plug can help.


2. Philips Hue A19 Starter Kit (Hub + 2 bulbs)

The Philips Hue White Starter Kit

Philips Hue bulbs are the standard when it comes to smart lighting. They’re easy to set up, and can be controlled using Alexa, the Hue app, and competing smart home platforms like Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. Philips also supports Zigbee, which for the technically savvy can help offload accessories from Wi-Fi or add third-party lights to the Hue hub. Speakers like the fourth-generation Amazon Echo can act as their own Zigbee hubs.

Like other Alexa-compatible smart bulbs, Hue products are probably best used in routines. You might have downstairs lamps turn on when you arrive home, for example, or outside lights turn on at sunset.

See also: Should you get a smart bulb or a smart switch

We recommend a starter kit as your first purchase. The one featured here comes with two white bulbs, and a Philips Wi-Fi hub enabling remote access and voice assistants. You might prefer to spend extra on a kit with color-changing bulbs, but if you get this one, you can still add color bulbs later  — the hub supports up to 50 lights at a time.


3. Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit Versa 3 Review Watch with Glasses
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You might already own a smartwatch or a fitness tracker, but maybe you’re due for an upgrade. There’s never been a better time to buy a wearable, since the market has matured considerably and there’s a plethora of options out there, no matter your interest.

For something Alexa-compatible we recommend getting the Fitbit Versa 3. It has common fitness tracking features you’d expect, like a heart rate sensor and GPS, while also offering smartwatch functions like music control and phone notifications. Having Alexa on your wrist means you don’t need to be near a smart speaker or pull out your phone to access the assistant’s ecosystem.


4. Ecobee Smart Thermostat

Ecobee Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats can potentially pay for themselves — and then some — by making your home’s heating and cooling more efficient. Ecobee’s flagship is one of the best on the market, and thoroughly integrated with Alexa, even operating as its own smart speaker.

Related: Find the best smart thermostat for your budget

If you set it up properly, you may not have to use Alexa much at all. The Smart Thermostat can detect whether someone’s home or not, and alter temperature accordingly to save money. You can also set up automated schedules via the Ecobee app, and tweak settings from anywhere in the world using your phone. A bundled Smart Sensor can improve occupancy and temperature readings if you place it in a separate room.


5. Ring Video Doorbell 4

Ring Video Doorbell 4
Ring

Ring’s smart doorbells link with phones and Alexa-compatible displays and speakers (like the Echo Show 8) to let you see, hear, or talk to someone who’s at your front door. You’ll get alerts whenever someone pushes the button or triggers your customized motion settings. 

The Video Doorbell 4 can run on either wired or battery power, and supports both 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi, whichever works best on your network. One unusual feature is Quick Replies — a set of canned messages in case you’re busy, even giving visitors a chance to leave a message.

Note that like any Ring accessory, you’ll need a paid Ring Protect subscription to actually record and share video. The Amazon-owned brand also has a controversial relationship with law enforcement, having shared data in the past, so take that into consideration. 

The Video Doorbell 4 isn’t cheap. If you don’t mind a wired-only connection and a reduced feature set, you might try the Ring Video Doorbell Wired.


6. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Amazon

The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery’s main selling point is flexibility. It works both indoors and outdoors, and can be mounted on a wall, fence, and other objects using an included bracket. Because it’s battery-powered, the only real limits are a solid Wi-Fi connection and whether or not you can reach the battery compartment when it’s time to recharge.

More: The best smart security cameras

Like the Video Doorbell 4, the Stick Up Cam offers two-way talk, motion detection, and the ability to interact using the Ring app or Alexa-compatible speakers and displays. You’ll need a Ring Protect subscription to record and share video clips.


7. Eero 6 Mesh Router

There are plenty of quality mesh routers, but being under Amazon’s wing, the Eero 6 takes advantage of Alexa to offer voice control. If you’re a parent, for example, you can ask Alexa to disable Wi-Fi for a specific child or device. Each extender improves your mesh’s coverage, up to a theoretical maximum of 5,000 square feet.

Other options: These are the best mesh routers you can buy

The Eero 6 uses Wi-Fi 6, and can handle speeds up to 500Mbps. More importantly for smart homes it can handle over 75 devices simultaneously, and double as a Zigbee hub, so you can set up accessories without congesting Wi-Fi in the first place. In more demanding situations you may want to step up to the Eero Pro 6, which pushes speeds to 1Gbps and offers Ethernet ports at each access point.


8. Insignia 4K HDR Fire TVs

insignia fire tv
Amazon

If you don’t want to buy an Echo, a growing number of products ship with Alexa built-in. The Insignia Fire TV 4K range is among them, coming in 43-, 50-, 55-, 65-, and 70-inch versions.

See also: Best 4K TV deals

These TVs boast Alexa voice remotes, and a range of inputs and outputs, including three HDMI ports (one with ARC). The 43-inch model starts under $300, which is pretty affordable for what you’re getting.


9. LG Gram laptop

LG Gram 3 of 6 - The best Alexa devices

Cortana has its uses on a Windows laptop, but having Alexa on your computer sure beats it. The latest LG Gram laptops come with Amazon’s assistant pre-loaded. You can use your voice to do anything you would with a smart speaker or display, only with the advantage of mobility.

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The LG Gram series is great in general. It’s known for capable specs, gorgeous designs, and insane battery life. They can potentially run over 20 hours on a single charge. Your mileage may vary, of course, depending on the configuration you choose and the apps you run.


10. August Wi-Fi smart lock

August smart lock side profile - The best Alexa devices

Locks often make for favorite smart home accessories, since there’s nothing like walking in the door without fumbling for keys, or that door locking automatically when you leave or go to bed. The August Wi-Fi attaches to your existing deadbolt, meaning you can keep using a physical key. And as its name implies, there’s no need for a separate bridge to connect to Wi-Fi. 

Alexa integration is primarily useful in routines, whether as an action (say, locking the doors when you say “Good night”), or a trigger (turning on the lights when you unlock). You can ask Alexa to control your door directly, but you’ll be asked for a PIN every time you want to unlock.


11. Fire TV Stick 4K

The 2021 Amazon Fire Stick 4K

You don’t need a smart TV to stream your favorite shows and movies — all it takes is an HDMI port and a Fire TV Stick. The latest version supports 4K resolution, and adds a few extra buttons on the Alexa Voice Remote. You can do just about anything you would with an Echo speaker or display, such as check on security cameras.

See also: The best Amazon Fire TV apps

It’s not a slouch in the specs department either. It supports Dolby Atmos sound, as well all three major HDR standards, including the rarer options of HDR10 Plus and Dolby Vision. You’ll need a compatible home theater setup to fully exploit this.


12. Toshiba Fire TV

A Toshiba M550 with Fire TV

If you want to step up a notch from Insignia, Toshiba has its own Alexa-equipped Fire TV line. The 55-inch M550 is a 4K model with four HDMI ports, and support for HDR10, HDR10 Plus, and Dolby Vision. You can turn on a game mode to reduce input lag, and DTS Virtual X adds height to audio processing.

An incidental note about the Fire TV platform is that while it supports a diverse range of apps, Amazon tends to favor its own content. If you never spend any time with Prime Video, you may want to consider alternatives, as convenient as Alexa may be.