Connected speakers and digital assistants are slowly becoming an essential part of many households. Amazon clearly believes so, having unleashed a huge range of Echo speakers, powered by its digital assistant, Alexa. Now, there’s even a speaker you can take with you on to go — the new Amazon Echo Input Portable.
A competitor to Google Home, the Amazon Echo is growing in popularity thanks to frequent, headline-grabbing updates, regular sales and a push into other global markets. But what are the best Amazon Echo and Echo Dot accessories? Below we’ve laid out the top products across a range of categories.
The best Amazon Echo and Echo Dot accessories
Editor’s note: We will update this list regularly as new Amazon Echo accessories launch.
1. Echo Sub
Smart speakers are useful gadgets, but more often than not they are not particularly powerful. This is where the Echo Sub comes in. This subwoofer offers 100W deep bass sound for all your music and party needs. It works with 2nd and 3rd gen Echoes, the Echo Plus and the Echo Dot 3rd gen. When paired with two Echo devices, it also provides great stereo sound. Like most Echo products, the Sub is easy to set up and use. It has one downside, however. Multiroom music playback is only supported over Wi-Fi. Nonetheless, it’s still one of the best Echo accessories you can purchase.
2. Fire TV Stick 4K
The best Echo accessory for streaming enthusiasts is without a doubt the Fire TV Stick 4K. It is one of the most, if not the most, powerful media streaming sticks on the market. It comes with an Alexa voice remote included, and as its name suggests, it supports 4K Ultra HD streaming and Dolby Vision. You can control playback and launch videos through voice commands on a variety of platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube. The Fire TV Stick 4K even has onboard storage of 8GB for additional apps. The best part is that like many Amazon products, set up is simple and straight-forward. If you are a movie or TV show buff, you can’t go wrong with the Fire TV Stick 4k.
3. LIFX Multi-color Smart LED Bulb
The LIFX Multi-color Smart LED Bulbs are a bit more expensive than the similarly-capable Philips Hue bulbs. However, LIFX has the advantage in the fact that these bulbs can be controlled using Alexa or an app without the need of a hub.
The LIFX A19 is akin to a typical bulb and can fit in most light fixtures. On the other hand, the BR30 is a “floodlight” type bulb that can be used to replace recessed ceiling lights. Both are priced at $59.99 and offer the same light settings of over 16 million colors, as well as warm to cool whites. You can also take advantage of significant discounts when buying multi-packs instead of individual bulbs.
4. Echo Glow
There are many Alexa-compatible smart lamps nowadays, but the Echo Glow deserves a special mention. It’s an easy-to-use multicolored smart lamp designed for kids, but one that adults can enjoy too. You can pair the Echo Glow with any Alexa device and use voice commands to change its color or brightness. The best feature it offers is support for routines. You can set wakeup light alarms for your kids, which will gradually increase the brightness of the lamp until it’s time to get up, or you can use rainbow timers when it’s close to dinner time. It’s a simple but fun gadget that’s well worth its $29.99 price.
5. Wemo Mini Smart Plug
One of the best Amazon Echo compatible gadgets is the Wemo Mini Smart Plug. It’s cheap, easy to use and it can make your old ‘dumb’ appliances smarter. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and your trusty Echo, since the Wemo Mini can be controlled directly through Alexa. No hubs or bridges required! The smart plug allows you to schedule turning on and off automatically. This means you can start preparing your morning coffee while still in bed, or use the Wemo to protect your home when you are away. Any lamps or bulbs connected to it can be randomized. With its current price of $25.97, it’s a total steal.
6. Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation
Nest is one of the best-known smart home brands and its thermostats are among the best Amazon Echo accessories. The original Nest thermostat launched in 2011 and it’s since been through a couple of iterations: the current third generation is its most advanced product yet. One of the coolest things about this Nest product is its algorithm. After a couple of weeks or so, it can learn your personal preferences. For example, if you always turn your heating on at 7AM, the Nest thermostat will identify this habit and put it into practice later.
The thermostat also has a proximity sensor and will light up to show you the temperature, time or even weather information when you walk by. It’s one of the smartest thermostats currently on the market and it features seamless Amazon Echo integration.
7. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is the gadget you need if you want to replace your existing wired doorbell with something more high tech. It provides extra security and delivers 1080p video and clear images even at night. How does it work with Alexa? It can send announcements to Echo devices when the doorbell is rung, or when motion is detected by the camera. You can see, hear, and talk to visitors through all your connected devices. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a bit pricey at $249, but it’s worth it for the extra peace of mind it can give you.
8. Logitech Harmony Hub
The smart hub is the brain of your connected home, which allows you to seamlessly control your smart home gadgets. The Logitech Harmony Hub does just that. It’s compatible with a huge range of devices and can send commands using IR, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth signals. Of course, it’s also compatible with Amazon Alexa and can be paired with your Echo device to utilize voice commands. The Logitech Harmony Hub is particularly great for controlling your home entertainment, since it works with up to eight devices, including Android and Apple TVs, popular consoles like Xbox One, and more. At the moment of writing, the Logitech Harmony Hub is also on sale for $59.99, making a no-brainer purchase.
9. Ecovacs Deebot N79S
Don’t want to spend a fortune on a Roomba? Then the Ecovacs Deebot N79S is the Amazon Echo compatible gadget for you. This robot vacuum is affordable and powerful. Thanks to its design and slim form factor, it can clean hard to reach places and vacuum under furniture. It’s not lacking in features either, allowing you to schedule cleaning, spot clean selected areas and more directly through your Amazon Echo. All you need to do is enable the Ecovacs skills on your smart speaker.
10. AmazonBasics Microwave
A smart microwave? Yes, that’s a thing. This microwave from AmazonBasics can connect to your Echo devices via Bluetooth and it even includes a built-in Ask Alexa button. Pressing it enables you to provide a cooking command. You can set up various quick-cook presets and let Alexa handle the rest. There is added support for the Dash Replenishment service too, so you can reorder food when your supplies run low. The compact, 0.7 cu. ft., 700W microwave is priced at just $59.99, making it one of the best and most practical Echo accessories.
11. Echo Buttons
Most Echo owners know that Alexa has a great library of games and trivia. But this Echo accessory can take your trivia night to the next level. The Echo Buttons are exactly what their name implies — interactive buttons you can use both for games and for controlling smart home routines. There are more than 100 compatible skills, but you can create your own games via Alexa Skill Blueprints for an entertaining family night. The Echo buttons are compatible with almost the full range of Echo products, including the Echo Show range. You can connect up to four buttons and feel like you are on an old TV game show. They are without a doubt the most fun Eco accessories you can get.
12. Outlet Wall Hanger for the Echo Dot 3rd Generation
This wall hanger can be installed in just a few seconds and works with vertical as well as horizontal outlets. There’s no drilling required. It hangs off an outlet and comes with a shorter cord that is tucked away to provide a cleaner look. No speakers or microphones are covered. This wall hanger is only compatible with the new Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation, but if that’s your Echo of choice, this accessory is a great space saver.
13. “Made for Amazon” Outlet Shelf
Not sure if a mount is the right Echo accessory for you? Then the “Made for Amazon” Outlet Shelf might be a better solution. It’s designed to save space — no more pesky cables and speakers crowding your desk or kitchen counter. Its installation is similar to replacing an outlet cover and it’s relatively easy for the most part. It comes with two outlets and built-in cable management. The Outlet Shelf is compatible with most Echo devices, including the Echo Plus and Echo Dot. You can plug in other gadgets too, as long as they weigh under 10lbs together. It’s an affordable and practical Echo accessory.
14. Retro Alarm Clock Stand
Want to give your 3rd gen Echo Dot a charming retro look? Then look no further than the Retro Alarm Clock Stand. It’s not only a fun decorative accessory — it doubles up as a protective case for your Echo Dot. The Alarm Clock Stand also orients your smart speaker vertically and allows you to position it in a way which helps sound permeate around your room. It’s easy to set up and the Amazon seller provides a lifetime warranty. There isn’t much more you can ask for.
15. Ninety7 SKY TOTE Battery Base for the Amazon Echo 2nd Generation
This Amazon Echo battery replaces the existing Echo sleeve and seamlessly integrates with the smart speaker. A rechargeable 8,800mAh battery allows for up to 8 hours of usage and LED indicators are available to show how much charge is left. The cover is made with an acoustically transparent, anti-stain fabric and comes with a convenient handle to carry the device around. The Sky portable battery base for the Amazon Echo 2nd gen is priced at $59.95.
These are our picks for the best Amazon Echo accessories. Didn’t find what you were looking for? Check out our guide to the best Alexa-compatible devices, our list of the best smart pet cameras and our guide to all things smart home.