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Best Smart Switches for Amazon Alexa

So you've got a home. You've got Amazon Alexa doing her thing, be it in an original Echo or an Echo Dot or maybe the new Echo Show. (Or in any one of the third-party offerings that take advantage of what she can do.)

It's time to ramp things up a little more. Let's talk switches.

This actually is a two-parter. It's absolutely possible to have a switch that works with Amazon Alexa. But you also have to ask yourself what the switch is controlling. That's going to factor into figuring out exactly what it is you want to buy.

Philips Hue light switch

Philips Hue Switch

I've got Philips Hue bulbs all over my house. And the ability to turn them off and on with my phone or my computer or my voice — or my new favorite, a motion sensor — is excellent.

But I also have switches. Because sometimes I just want to turn the things off as I'm walking by.

They have buttons for on/off and for increasing and decreasing the brightness. (And if you have color bulbs, hitting the on button over and over will cycle through the different scenes.)

As an added bonus, the switches themselves come off the wall plate (they're magnetic), so you can keep them more handy if you want, like on a nightstand. They're not inexpensive at $25 each, but they're definitely something I'd recommend if you're getting into smart lights.

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Note: If you want something a little more futuristic-looking, check out the Smart Tap Switch. It's also compatible with Apple's HomeKit.

If you don't have smart lights — Wemo Switch

Wemo Dimmer

I get that not everyone has switched to smart bulbs. (In fact, I haven't switched all mine.) For everything else, check out Wemo's switch. You'll have to do a little rewiring here — the same sort of thing if you've ever swapped out any other kind of switch. And after that, you've got something that's controllable by your phone, and Alexa, and all sorts of other things that hook into it. They've got options for dimmer switches as well.

And while you're at it, Wemo's got a good stable of smart outlets (I took a look at one a while ago) and plugs and stuff. So some things will require wire cutters, others will just plug into your regular outlet — and all of them make your home that much smarter.

Short version? It's a great alternative. Switches run between $48 and $80.

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If you also don't have smart lights — Lutron Caseta

Lutron

Another great option for traditional light bulbs is Lutron Caseta switches.

One caveat here is that fan control isn't quite as complete as you'd hope. As in, we're talking about light control only. Without getting too far into the details there, you'll have to look elsewhere for that, and for now I'm just sucking it up and going old school.

But for everything else, Lutron Caseta is an excellent way to put dumb fixtures under smart control. Pricing starts around $50.

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What's your favorite Alexa-enabled smart switch?

Let us know in the comments below!

7 Comments
  • The Leviton WiFi switch will install in the wall and does not require a hub to operate. It also works with 3-way and single pole. Leviton also makes plug modules similar to the WeMo product plug.
  • What about the best smart switches for google assistant?
  • I don't know about "best", but I use Wemo switches and plugs throughout my house. Google Assistant works flawlessly with them. I hate the Belkin Wemo app, which remains terrible years after it launched. I instead use an Android phone as a rules server (e.g. if Wemo A turns on, turn on Wemo B), running an app called Automation Manager. The developer is constantly improving it and is really open to suggestions, and the most important thing is that it doesn't require an Internet connection. So, my rules work all of the time. I've heard good things about the TP-Link switches/plugs, which tend to be less expensive (and are also supported in Automation Manager). I expect that they would work just as well with Google Assistant.
  • I have wemo switches I use with my echo. Tbh they are a bit flaky when using Alexa commands. I have three . It'***** or miss whether they turn on correctly when asking Alexa.
  • I'd add that many (all?) in-wall smart light switches require neutral wires, which are not present in many older houses.
  • I need one that works on a three pole or four pole as I have a stair light controlled by three switches.
  • No, that is not how you do it. They don't make 2 way smart switches. For a traveler wire run where 2 or more wall switches control a light, you actually wire the lights to use only one physical electrical smart switch. You still install 2 other smart switches where the old switches were, but they are programed to make the one 'master' switch that is actually still wired turn on and off the lights.