Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa, answers questions and helps out across more homes than ever before. While Alexa is helpful on its own, 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.
The best Alexa-compatible devices:
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 4
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 it’ll alert your Alexa products when pressed or when it detects motion.
The Ring Video Doorbell 4 doesn’t require any specific wires or extras to install. You can use it with a battery, but there’s also the option of using your common doorbell wiring if you have it. It also uses your regular Wi-Fi connection to connect to the internet.
This is an advanced smart doorbell. If you don’t mind a wired connection there are much cheaper versions, like the basic Ring Video Doorbell Wired.
6. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Ring is an Amazon brand, so it’s no surprise it’s one of the best Alexa devices around. It’s also a formidable smart security camera for your home. What makes it so special is that it can fit any user’s needs.
It can be operated with a battery, but also wired. It also works through Wi-Fi, making the connection easy. The weather-resistant body also makes it ideal for outdoor use, but nothing is stopping you from using it indoors.
It also comes with all the great features you can expect from a quality smart security camera. This includes Full HD resolution video, two-way audio, night vision, motion detection, and Alexa support.
7. Eero 6 Mesh Router
There are plenty of quality mesh routers, but nothing beats the Eero 6 system if what you want is the best Alexa devices around. Eero is also an Amazon brand, so this mesh router comes with full Alexa support, but that is hardly its only lure.
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Eero 6 features Wi-Fi 6, up to 5,000sqft of coverage, speeds of up to 500Mbps, and it can connect with over 75 devices simultaneously. It also doubles as a Zigbee hub, which means you can set up your smart home products without congesting your Wi-Fi network. It’s also pretty affordable if put against its direct competitors.
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. LG Gram laptop
Cortana is great, but having Alexa on your computer sure beats it. The latest LG Gram laptops come with Amazon’s digital assistant built-in. You can use your voice to do anything you would with a smart speaker or display.
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To make matters even better, the LG Gram is an awesome computer. These are known for their capable specs, gorgeous designs, and insane battery life. These can survive for well over 20 hours on a single charge.
10. August Wi-Fi smart lock
Smart locks make for some of the best Alexa devices. The August Wi-Fi makes your door smart and your home more secure. This device attaches to your existing deadbolt, which means you can also keep using your old school key.
When you prefer to live in the modern world, you can do things like access your home using the app, give people permission to enter, use biometric verification, and control your door using your voice.
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.
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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.