The Amazon Echo Dot alone is a pretty unassuming product, but it's all you really need to control many different smart home products using just your voice. We've rounded up the ten best smart home accessories to buy with your Amazon Echo Dot.
- Don't scream across the room: Amazon Voice Remote
- Keep your speaker off the counter: TotalMount Echo Dot Wall Mount
- Upgrade your alarm setup: iHome Docking Bedside Clock Speaker for Echo Dot (2nd Gen)
- Elegant way to track timers: Amazon Echo Wall Clock - Disney Mickey Mouse Edition
- Alexa, heat up my dinner: Amazon Smart Oven
- Two plugs are better than one: Aukey Smart Plug (2-pack)
- Alexa, turn off all the lights: Sengled Smart LED Bulb Start Kit
- Heat your home smarter: ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control
- Alexa, secure my home!: Ring Alarm Home Security System
- Know who's at the door: Ring Video Doorbell 2
With this remote, you can press a button to ask things of Alexa without shouting across the room, and it also gives you handy play controls for when you don't want to get up. It works with the first two generations of the Echo and Echo Show, as well as the Echo Spot and all Echo Dots.
Mounting an Amazon Echo speaker in the kitchen is a great idea because it frees up valuable countertop space and also keeps your speaker from getting dirty. It also ensures that Alexa can always hear you and vice versa. This mount includes 3M adhesion strips to protect your wall paint or screw holes for a more permanent installation.
This handy bedside buddy lets you slot your Echo Dot 2nd Gen into the top and turn it into an Echo Dot alarm clock. The device has a dedicated aux-in and micro-USB cable connection to power your device and plays audio, and it shows you the time as well.
This Alexa-powered smart clock from Amazon is a great addition to your kitchen or anywhere in your house where you're setting multiple timers. The LEDs around the clock face keep track of all your ongoing timers with Alexa, so you don't need to check in with updates — everything is visible at a quick glance. And this one has Mickey Mouse on it!
This is another Alexa-powered product that might seem a bit silly — until you start using it. There are a growing number of preset commands for cooking different types of food, and you can press the Ask Alexa button, say the cooking time, and Alexa will handle the rest. You can scan food barcodes with the Alexa app and the Smart Oven will cook them just right!
Amazon offers its own smart plug that's guaranteed to work with Alexa — but so does Aukey's smart plugs and it's offering two products for the price of one of Amazon's. This is one of those rare instances where Amazon is undersold by its competition, so take advantage. These are perfect for controlling lamps or other plug-in devices around your home!
Smart bulbs are a natural fit with smart home assistants like Alexa, but they can be expensive when you're starting out. Sengled makes it really easy with a starter kit that includes the necessary hub along with two bulbs for a great price. From there, you can stock up with an 8-pack of bulbs.
Now we're getting into the expensive accessories. A smart should pay for itself over time, though, since it's designed to make your home heating more efficient. It learns your habits and can turn the heat down when no one is home. Subsequently, it can turn it back up when you are home. You can also connect and control things with your voice thanks to the built-in Alexa controls.
The Ring Alarm Home Security System lets you set up sensors around your home that'll send you smartphone alerts if the sensors are triggered while the alarm is set. For an added $10 a month, you can have everything professionally monitored 24/7, which is significantly cheaper than typical home security services. The coolest part is how Alexa integrates to let you arm or disarm your system, so you can literally make sure things are secure as you're headed out the door.
There are a couple of very good reasons why you should spend a bit more to get the Ring Video Doorbell 2. It's got a better camera that delivers footage from your front door at 1080p, and there's a quick-release battery that makes it way easier to recharge those batteries. You can also wire things up if you've got low-voltage wiring at the front of your home and you can swap out the front plate. Pair it with an Echo speaker and the Fire TV Stick to cast your front door to your TV. Monitor your home from your couch!
Build out the smart home of your dreams
It's pretty incredible how many cool smart home products work well with Alexa, but the most useful accessory on our list is not much more than custom-fitted plastic. There's something brilliant about the TotalMount wall mount for the Echo Dot. It lets you get your smart speaker up off the countertop and mounted near an outlet on a wall, which helps ensure Alexa always clearly hears you.
There are some really cool Amazon products for entertaining yourself, including controlling your Echo Dot via Amazon Smart Remote and an Amazon Smart Oven that will automatically order popcorn when you're running low. Both feature Alexa integration and are a breeze to set up and use.
Another great place to start is with a starter kit of smart bulbs. Sengled's two-bulb starter kit is a great place to start because Sengled's bulbs are top quality. Once you've got that hub, it's easy to add extra bulbs, and you can get an 8-pack of soft white smart bulbs for the price of less than $10 a bulb which is an absolute steal of a deal.
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