Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa, answers questions and helps out across more homes than ever before. The company’s Echo smart speaker range and other Alexa-enabled devices have essentially exploded in just a few short years.
While Alexa is helpful alone if you have urgent questions or want to place an Amazon order, there’s a whole world of opportunities when you add a compatible device or two. We’ve rounded up the best Alexa-compatible devices on the market, including add-on products and those that come with the digital assistant built-in. Here’s our top 12.
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Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Alexa-compatible devices regularly as new ones launch.
1. Amazon Smart Plug
The easiest place to start with Alexa-compatible devices is a smart plug. They’re inexpensive and give you instant control over your gadgets. Amazon’s smart plug is one of the best because it’s affordable, guaranteed to work, and, well, look at how cute it is!
You can tell Alexa to turn something on or off as you please, but the virtual assistant also supports routines, allowing you to give your electronics a schedule. If you want your TV to power off while you’re asleep, Amazon’s Smart Plug can help.
2. Philips Hue A19 Starter Kit (Hub + 2 bulbs)
Philips Hue low-energy bulbs are the standard when it comes to smart lighting. These bulbs are easy to set up and can be controlled using Alexa or through a smartphone app.
The Philips Hue bulbs support routines the same as Amazon’s smart plug does, and adjusting the brightness settings is just a matter of saying: “Alexa, dim the bedroom lights,” or something similar.
We recommend the starter kit as your first purchase, which comes with two white bulbs and the hub for voice control. The colored bulbs are more expensive and may not suit all households, but you can add them later if you like — the hub supports up to 50 lightbulbs.
It’s a great Alexa smart home product, but you should also check out our complete list of best smart light bulbs if these aren’t for you.
3. Fitbit Versa 3
You might already own a smartwatch or fitness tracker, but maybe you’re due for an upgrade. That’s because there have been so many new smartwatches and trackers released over the past few months that there’s never been a better time to buy a smart wearable.
We recommend getting the Fitbit Versa 3, the newest Fitbit smartwatch currently available. It has all the basic fitness tracking features you would expect while also offering many different smartwatch features to make your life easier. It also is an Alexa-certified device with all the usual functions.
4. Ecobee Smart Thermostat
Nothing can positively affect your electric bill quite like a smart thermostat. The Ecobee Smart Thermostat is one of the best on the market and is one of the best Alexa devices you can buy.
This Ecobee thermostat will detect whether you are home or not and change the temperature throughout your house accordingly. You can use the mobile app to alter the temperature from anywhere in the world manually. The included Smart Sensor helps the Ecobee thermostat get more precise with its functions.
Obviously, with Alexa built-in, you can even control the thermostat with your voice!
5. Ring Video Doorbell – 3rd Generation
Ring’s smart doorbells pair with other Alexa devices to let you see or hear who’s outside your home. Stick one of these on your doorstep, and they’ll alert your Alexa products when pressed or when they detect motion.
The Ring doesn’t require any specific wires or extras to install, just the wires a regular doorbell needs. In that sense, it’s a product for everyone, but you’ll get the most out of it if you have an Echo Spot or Echo Show so that you can use its camera.
The newest Ring 3 video doorbell is a worthy upgrade over the original system. Sure, the recording quality is the same, but the accessories and removable batteries make for flexibility that the 2nd-generation Ring can’t top.
6. Blink Indoor Camera System
If indoor security is more your thing, this solution from Blink is the best you’ll find. Blink’s battery-powered security camera has motion detection, can be controlled with your voice, and supports live streaming. You can check your feed on an Android or iOS smartphone, as well as video-enabled Alexa devices.
It starts at $60 for one camera, but you can purchase up to five at once to save money on each one. Find out more via the button below.
7. Samsung SmartThings hub V3
Samsung’s SmartThings router is the unifying product that brings a smart home together. It’s compatible with many major smart home device manufacturers, including Bose, Honeywell, and Philips (yes, the bulbs above are compatible), which helps you monitor and control your household electronics.
It tops the previous SmartThings hub thanks to the Wi-Fi integration — now you only need one device to control your home. A single router covers 1,500 square feet, so you may need to look into grabbing a few for a full-home setup.
If you’d instead prefer to keep your smart lights, locks, cameras, and more all under one brand, Samsung has you covered there too. You can buy the SmartThings router with all kinds of dedicated sensors to suit your smart home needs — find everything at the button below.
8. Insignia 4K HDR Fire TVs
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-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch versions.
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These TVs boast more than eight million pixels, voice-control with an Alexa voice remote, and multiple inputs and outputs, including three HDMI ports (one with ARC). Best of all, the large 43-inch version starts at less than $300 — a bargain for what you’re getting!
9. Acer Spin 5 laptop
This convertible laptop is full of great features, like a tenth-generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor, dedicated Intel Iris Plus GPU, and a 13.5-inch 2K display. It’s capped off by dedicated Alexa integration, meaning you can control your smart home products, create lists, check your calendar, and more, all from your computer.
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The Acer Spin 5 has four built-in microphones to help Alexa understand you. It also looks impressive with its slimline, steel gray frame. Acer’s newly refreshed 2020 version also manages 15 hours of battery life and slimmer bezels than ever before. Unlike other premium laptops that tend to sacrifice ports for portability, the Spin 5 comes loaded with a complement of USB-A, USB-C, and HDMI options.
10. Ecobee smart camera
We’ve already covered a few Alexa-enabled indoor cameras, but this Ecobee model takes smarts to another level. It relies on a blend of GPS and Wi-Fi to determine when your family is home and automatically stops recording. When the Ecobee does start recording, it captures your world in 1080p HD with a 180-degree field of view.
Ecobee’s clever app allows you to see what the camera sees from just about anywhere, and you can get text updates if the camera notices a disturbance. The built-in Alexa microphone allows you to control your devices from around the house, and you can always check the camera to see what devices are active.
11. Fire TV Stick 4K
You don’t need a smart TV to stream your favorite shows — all it takes is an HDMI port and a Fire TV Stick. This newest version of Amazon’s signature stick kicks the streaming quality up to 4K UHD resolution and adds a few extra buttons to the remote. It’s easier than ever to control the power and volume or mute your content.
See also: The best Amazon Fire TV apps
If you combine all of the streaming apps and options, the Fire TV Stick offers over 500,000 movies and shows, so you should never run out of things to watch. Thanks to the Alexa integration, you can check on your other smart cameras and view your smart thermostat or dim the lights with the voice remote.
12. Toshiba Fire TV
The Fire TV platform is a pretty powerful Smart TV base, so why not try a 50-inch 4K TV with Alexa built right in? That’s what you get with this Toshiba option, and you don’t even have to use one of the HDMI ports for access. It ships with a unique hybrid remote that makes the most of the Fire TV voice remote while keeping a few universal features.
Unlike a few other Toshiba Fire TVs, this brand-new model comes with Dolby Vision HDR and processes audio using high-tech DTS Virtual X.