The Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) and Echo Studio are more than just conduits for music and Alexa commands. Each device has a Zigbee smart home hub hiding within that plump, plush exterior, and that makes it compatible with thousands of smart home devices that might otherwise need a special hub to function. These are the best smart home devices to pair with one of Amazon's smart speakers, whether they use Zigbee or just have Alexa compatibility built-in. Many of these devices also work directly with all of the other great Echo devices through Amazon's Certified for Humans program.
Light it up
Technically, Hue lights can be used without a Philips Hue bridge thanks to Zigbee hub inside the Echo Plus. However, you'll still need a Hue Bridge to get full functionality. This 4-bulb starter kit has everything you need to take full advantage of Hue's advanced features.
TP-Link's better known for its excellent smart plugs and networking equipment, but its smart lights are quite capable, too. Kasa has almost as impressive a color range and bulb selection as Philips Hue, and at far more affordable prices.
Plug and done
Amazon's branded Smart Plug will set itself up once you plug it in within range of your Echo Plus, making it hands-down the best smart plug for Echo users. It only works with Alexa, but if you own an Echo Plus, that shouldn't be a problem.
Secure the perimeter
Ring products have always worked well with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant and Echo devices, but now that Amazon owns the company, that integration keeps getting tighter. The latest version of Ring's security system features an easier to use keypad and wireless setup.
Sense the power
Centralite has a whole host of sensors and smart home circuitry to upgrade your home with, and they all work with Samsung SmartThings, Zigbee, and Amazon Alexa. Build up your sensor networks and use them to help automate your home with Alexa Routines.
Safe and secure
Before you ask, no, you can't yell to your Echo Plus through the door if you're locked out. What you can do with this Echo Plus-compatible smart lock is lock the doors from the warm safety of your bed.
Who's at the door?
The Echo Plus might not have a screen to show you who's at the door like an Echo Show, but it can allow two-way audio so you can ask your interloper what they want, and tell them to hang on a moment or get off your property.
Compact and reliable
Kasa Smart is well known for its smart plugs, and this compact model allows you to stack two smart plugs in the same wall outlet. These plugs work well with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and go on sale often.
Cooler than cool
The latest thermostat from ecobee has Alexa built-in, and as such, it plays fabulously well with other Echo devices. Ecobee even includes a separate room sensor with the thermostat so that it can attune its controls to keep the proper temper for both ends of your house.
The Echo Link Amp lets you take your existing speaker setup and make it smarter with another Amazon Echo device and Alexa. It features a built-in amplifier and audio receiver for the ultimate in home hi-fi.
What's the timer?
It may show the weather and star positions like bulkier atomic clocks. Still, this refined analog wall clock automatically adjusts to pesky time changes, displays your timer with subtle but easy-to-read minute mark LEDs, and it syncs with any Echo speakers effortlessly. For just a bit more, you can get a stylish Citizen or Mickey Mouse version instead!
For the big screen
You can summon movies and TV shows to your TV instantly as your Echo Plus ties into Fire TV. But the Fire TV also plays an essential role in your smart home. You can use Alexa commands to get footage from your connected cameras right onto your TV, as well as other visual information.
Amazon Echo plus smart gadgets
Thanks to some Amazon Echo devices like the Echo Plus (2nd Gen) and Echo Studio having built-in Zigbee hubs, as well as all Echo devices working seamlessly with the Certified for Humans program, there is a plethora of choices when it comes to outfitting your Alexa-enabled smart home. As always, a top choice is a starter kit from Philips Hue like this one (opens in new tab). It comes with four color and white bulbs and even features a Philips Hue Bridge.
The Amazon Smart Plug (opens in new tab) is as close to plug-and-play smart plugs as we'll likely ever get, and it is undoubtedly the easiest way to begin expanding your Echo powered smart home. The convenience of a smart thermostat like the ecobee SmartThermostat (opens in new tab) is another upgrade that seems like a minor luxury. But trust me, you will never want to give it up once you've gotten used to just saying "Alexa, turn up the heat" at the same time, you huddle under your warm blankets in the morning.