The Best Alexa-Compatible Smart-home Devices for Amazon Echo

Including smart light switches, thermostats, robot vacuums, security camera, smart hubs, door locks, doorbell cameras, smart sprinkler controllers, media streaming devices and kitchen appliances.

Imagine walking into your home at night, arms overflowing with groceries. To turn your smart lights on, you’d need to put the bags down, pull out your phone, unlock it, open the app, find the control for the lights you want, and then tap the icon. With an Amazon Echo and Alexa, you simply say, “Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights.” And it’s not just lights; Alexa is capable of controlling everything from basic smart plugs to garage doors.

All models of the Philips Hue smart bulb, our pick as the best smart light bulb, allow you to power multiple lights on and off, dim, change a bulb’s color, and even create light groups to enable color schemes throughout the house on command. Just know that in addition to your Alexa device, you’ll also need the Hue Bridge, a hub that can handle up to 50 Hue-ified lights.

Belkin’s Wemo Mini smart plug (our preferred plug-in smart outlet) is one of the many Wemo devices that you can control with Alexa. The Wemo Mini plugs into any outlet and connects to your Wi-Fi network, so you can turn fans, lights, coffee makers, and pretty much anything else on and off from your smartphone. You can even set them on a schedule, or call out commands to your Echo devices.

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