If you're an Alexa user then you have a huge array of compatible smart home devices at your disposal.
Alexa works security cameras, smart bulbs, plugs, connected doorbells and even blinds to make your home work your way.
Most devices will have an Alexa skill you'll need to install once your bulb or camera is set up and working. But some devices will work with Alexa without any pre-installation of set up necessary. We've highlighted these below.
It's really easy to build an Alexa smart home ‚Äď we even have a guide on how to connect smart lights to Alexa, along with other kids of devices.
We recommend jumping in slowly and inexpensively, which is why we have a range of products in our guide.
Maybe choose a lamp, or a couple of lights in your home to use smart bulbs or smart plugs. See how they work, and then you can start expanding.
And the great thing about using Alexa for your smart home is you don't need to stick to brands. You can pick up bulbs and plugs when you see them cheap, and start building your smart home as you can afford it. The journey starts here.
Jump to the right Alexa device
Certified for Humans explained
Amazon has recently introduced the Certified for Humans accreditation, which promotes devices that use the Alexa Simplified Setup technology. This means that the device can be setup with the minimum of fuss, just by switching it on and pairing in the Alexa app ‚Äď without the need for any further steps.
The list of frustration free devices which require no additional set up is:
- Amazon Smart Plug ‚Äď Buy now: Amazon | $24.99
- Echo Glow ‚Äď Buy now: Amazon | $29.99
- Philips Hue Bluetooth ‚Äď Buy now: Amazon | $24.99
- Amazon Smart Oven ‚Äď Buy now: Amazon | $249.99
- Kasa Smart Plug Mini ‚Äď Buy now: Amazon | $39.99 for three
Getting started with an Alexa home
First things first, you'll need a smart speaker with Alexa baked in. Amazon's own Echo range - whether that be Echo Dot, Show, Spot or any other of the speakers - is obviously the easiest path but there are plenty of third party devices with Alexa on board too.
Once you've installed your lights, cameras, plugs, or other Alexa-compatible gear, head to the Amazon Alexa app, tap Devices on the bottom right of the screen and then press the + button at the top right. Your network will be scanned for tech that's ready to sync.
Head to the Alexa app > Devices > press the + button in the top right. Your network will be scanned for tech that's ready to sync.You can also click Add Group to link devices such as a whole room of lights together. Name the group ("main lights" or "downstairs lights" for example), tap the devices you want included and then you're done.
We have a full guide on how to set up your Alexa smart home - read that for the real nitty gritty.
Best Alexa smart plugs
Amazon Smart Plug
Buy now: Amazon | $24.99
Amazon's smart plug - the first made by the company itself - is a dream to use. Rather than faff about with manufacturer settings, you just plug in the Amazon Smart Plug and the Alexa app will seek and find it.
Better yet, there's no need for any hub whatsoever. It takes advantage of a new feature called Frustration Free Setup, which enables devices and your Alexa speaker to communicate and authenticate in around 30 seconds. You can also do all of this with your voice, naturally.
TP-Link HS110 Smart Plug
Buy now: Amazon | $39.99
When it comes to Alexa control, TP-Link's range of smart plugs are about the best you can buy. They offer remote on/off controls without breaking the bank, and will hook into your Alexa groups and scenes without fuss.
There‚Äôs no need for a dedicated hub, making them as fuss-free as possible. The HS110 offers feedback on your energy consumption, but if you want to save some cash, you can get the cheaper HS100 ‚Äď which just offers scheduling and Alexa control.
TP-Link HS105P3 Kasa Smart Plug Mini
Buy now: Amazon | $39.99 for three
If you‚Äôre tricking out your entire home with smart plugs then this three-pack of slim-line models from TP-Link offers superb value. You can set schedules up from within the TP-Link app, and of course, there‚Äôs full compatibility with Alexa for voice control and use within routines.
It‚Äôs not Certified for Humans ‚Äď but it has works with Alexa accreditation.
TP-Link Kasa Power Strip
Buy now: Amazon | $79.99
Smart plugs are all well and good ‚Äď but what if you want to control large device arrays such as the plugs behind your TV. The Kasa Power Strip is a fully smart gang plug, offering control over individual and all outlets in the strip.
Belkin WeMo Insight Switch
Buy now: Amazon | $34.99
The Wemo Insight Switch does what a smart plug does in terms of powering on and off, but it also goes a little beyond that, monitoring your energy use and letting you set a schedule for the attached device.
With Alexa you can add the Insight Switch to your Routines and Groups, bringing anything controlled via a plug into your smart home.
Alexa-compatible smart lights
Buy now: Amazon | $24.99
Philips Hue‚Äôs new bulbs now support Bluetooth as well as Zigbee, which means it qualifies for Alexa‚Äôs Certified for Humans programme, and can be set up with any Amazon smart speaker.
That means they will work with and without a Hue Bridge, so you can save on an extra white box and not lose functionality. What‚Äôs more, you can also for to any Echo device, where you‚Äôd need one with a built-in Zigbee hub.
Philips Hue starter kit
Buy now: Amazon | From $69.99 for starter kit
Philips Hue is one of the flagship smart home product lines, and a leader in the smart bulb space. Hue is super easy to use and set up, and Philips is always rolling out new lamps and lights and shades of colour.
Alexa control offers you the ability to group lights, control with your voice, and even change colour and tones, as well as setting up Routines and scenes, enabling you to start a movie mode or relaxing bed time routine with one command.
LIFX A19 Mini Wi-Fi Smart Led Light Bulb
Buy now: Amazon | From $19.99
Lifx bulbs don't require a hub, which makes them even easier to set up, and with Alexa on point you're not missing out on the finer control afforded by Hue. You just need to plug them in and install the Lifx Alexa skill, then scan your network from within the Alexa app. They can then be added to Routines, Groups, and be controlled with your voice.
Check out our full Lifx review.
Buy now: Amazon | From $9.99
Sengled makes a strong value proposition with its $9.99 smart lights - and delivers. The bulbs blend great performance with a price that makes rolling out smart bulbs across your home actually realistic.
Being Zigbee devices they hook up with pretty much any hub, including Amazon's own Echo Plus ‚Äď or you can opt for Sengled's own hub which will support up to 64 bulbs. In terms of functionality, once connected Sengled bulbs can be voice controlled via Alexa, and hooked up into Groups and Routines.
Lutron Caseta Smart Dimmer
Buy now: Amazon | From $99.99
Lutron's dimmer is a bit of a smart home chameleon, working with almost every ecosystem out there. Alexa will let you switch the lights on and off with your voice, as well as schedule routines - as long as you have the Caseta Bridge. The need for a bridge is annoying, and sadly you can't substitute the Echo Plus, but otherwise it's one of the best switches out there right now.
Alexa light switch
Buy now: Amazon | $14.99
One of the problems with Alexa-powered smart lighting is that some amateur hitting the physical switch can bring down your whole system.
You can fix that ‚Äď and control lighting without the need for smart bulbs ‚Äď with this Alexa light switch.
You can set schedules and control with your voice using a connected Alexa speaker ‚Äď and you can just use them as a switch as well.
Buy now: Amazon | $29.99
The Echo Glow smart lamp isn't particularly smart, but it's a fun addition to any child's room and a great way to introduce them to smart lighting without risking an expensive bulb. Don't let the name confuse you however, this is not an Echo speaker, there's no microphone or speaker in here - which may be a good thing in a child's room.
But if you don't pair it with an Echo device it's limited in its functionality to just changing colors with a tap.
Alexa-compatible smart cameras
Blink Cam XT 2
Buy now: $99.99 | Amazon
Offering a potent mix of wire-free recording on a budget, the Blink Cam XT is a great option for those looking for an Alexa-compatible camera.
It‚Äôs powered using AA batteries, and will last around two years between charges. The XT is superior to the standard Blink Cam with full 1080p recording, longer battery life and will work inside and outdoors.
Wyze Pan Cam
$34.99 | Amazon
Another inexpensive camera option, the Wyze Cam Pan is an indoor option that records 1080p footage. You can remotely tilt and pan, 360 degrees laterally and 92 degrees, so you can get a good look around your home while you‚Äôre away.
But it‚Äôs the price that really catches the eye: $34.99 is a great price for a good brand, and it will show the feed on screen Alexa devices on command.
TP-Link Kasa Spot Indoor Camera
$49.99 | Amazon
The TP-Link Kasa is a budget indoor camera, that has the power to show footage on Alexa displays such as the Echo Show. It records in 1080p quality and boasts a 130 degree viewing angle.
It‚Äôs a little more expensive at $49.99, but the small built means it‚Äôs less offensive and noticeable in your home.
Ring Stick Up Cam
Buy now: Amazon | $179.99
The new Ring Stick Up Cam comes in two flavors, an indoor 'Wired' model and an outdoor 'Battery' model, so make sure you pick up the right one. The good news is that if you're looking for an outdoor camera, the Stick Up Cam Battery is super easy to install with no awkward brackets to fiddle with; everything to get it on the wall is in the box.
You'll need an Echo Show, Show 5 or Spot to get the most out of the Ring Cam, dishing out commands like, "Alexa, show me my Stick Up Cam" and, "Alexa, show me the latest event from my backyard".
Buy now: Amazon |From $399.99
Arlo enables you to view specific feeds on your Amazon Echo Show and Echo Spot devices ‚Äď but there's much more to it than that. The Arlo Ultra offers a 4K sensor, with HDR for better video quality in mixed lighting.
You can also stream 4K using the app, and the field of view has been boosted up to a massive 180 degrees. The huge fish eye effect is corrected for a flatter, better image ‚Äď and the base station has been upgraded to support dual-band connectivity. You get a year of Arlo Smart included, with all the advanced features and 30 days of video playback. It's all Works With Alexa certified, have two-way audio and SD card storage to boot.
Nest Cam Indoor
Buy now: Amazon | From $199
We've included the older Nest Cam here, partly because the updated Nest Cam IQ Indoor also acts as a Google Assistant smart speaker, so if you're fully Alexa'd up, it's probably worth saving some cash and opting for the first-gen.
You still get 1080p Full HD video at 30fps, which is about as good as it gets, with motion and sound detection. And when it comes to Alexa hook-ups, you can ask Alexa to watch your video feeds on the Amazon Echo Show, Show 5 or Echo Spot display, which is great for baby monitoring. Also, if you've got one of the newer Fire TV devices, you can see your security streams on your television as well.
The only downside is the cost of watching back recorded footage, which requires a paid-for monthly subscription service called Nest Aware, starting at $5 for 24 hours of storage.
Ecobee Smart Camera
Buy now: Amazon | $179.99
A beautifully-designed, high-end camera that packs in the features and doubles as both an Alexa speaker and a smart home security system, the Ecobee SmartCamera is top-notch. But you'll pay top dollar for it. And keep paying thanks to a basically mandatory service subscription.
If you're an Ecobee fan it's a must, if not, there are cheaper solutions that offer more security features, but they're not as easy to use or as good looking as this one.
Buy now: Amazon | $34.99
A pretty no frills camera, the Blink Mini solves a problem for those who want to keep tabs on what‚Äôs going on at home, without spending big money.
Solid day and night-vision video quality and reliable motion detection make it easy to recommend ‚Äď with the simple caveat that there are much better (and more expensive) systems out there.
Alexa-compatible video doorbells
Ring Video Doorbell 3
Buy now: Amazon | $229
The third iteration Ring Video Doorbell 3 is the poster child for smart doorbell systems. It's easy to see and talk to whoever is at your door, plus a ring at the bell will connect you live to the caller via your phone.
Thanks to the Echo Show and Alexa integration, you can check to see who's calling before you answer the door, speak with two-way audio, and get announcements around your home when someone rings.
Take a look at our Ring 3 review for more info.
Buy now: Google | $229
The Nest Hello is a neat choice if you're already all in with Nest Secure and if you have a Nest x Yale smart lock. It's got high-end features like facial recognition, pre-recorded audio responses, and a live feed (not just clips that start recording based on motion or sound).
It's probably the best-designed smart doorbell available, but the Hello is also one of the most expensive too, from starting price to installation to that monthly Nest Aware subscription.
Check out our Nest Hello review.
August Doorbell Cam Pro
Buy now: Amazon | $199
August's open approach to the smart home means its Doorbell Cam Pro has the broadest appeal of our recommended options.
You'll get even more from it if you're using August's smart locks, or any August Connect-enables Yale lock, too, but in either case Alexa integration lets you view the feed from the August camera on an Echo Show, Show 5 or Spot speaker. In testing, we also liked the motion-activated light and colour view at night.
Check out our August Doorbell Cam Pro review.
Arlo Video Doorbell
The Arlo Video Doorbell boasts an impressive 1536 x 1536 resolution, 180-degree diagonal field of view, and a 1:1 square aspect ratio, which works so well for capturing what's happening on your doorstep.
And you can have the feed display on your Echo Show, which will save you money on the extra chime.
Alexa-compatible smart locks
August Wi-Fi Smart Lock
Buy now: Amazon | From $249
August's locks are the Holy Grail of smart locks - you can unlock them with a key, with your smartphone from anywhere, with a keypad and just by walking up to it with your phone in your pocket.
And for Alexa users, you can unlock and re-arm with the power of your voice, although you'll need a PIN code for security. And you can add the lock into scenes and routines as well.
Check out our August Wi-Fi Smart Lock review.
Yale Assure Lock
Buy now: Amazon | From $199.99
Like August, Alexa could previously only lock your Yale protected door ‚Äď but now Amazon's voice assistant has the keys to unlock it too, too. The Yale Assure range features keypad entry, with options for Bluetooth, Zigbee, Z-Wave, depending on the set-up of your smart home.
Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
Buy now: Amazon | $229.99 + $98 adaptor
Another recent addition (it's no coincidence that the three big names of smart locks have all gone fully Alexa compatible at the same time), Schlage allows for Alexa locking and unlocking.
The same need for a PIN code applies. You'll need a Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt or Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt ‚Äď and a Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter, which needs to be purchased separately.
Alexa-compatible smart thermostats
The Ecobee SmartThermostat is its new flagship thermostat, and its most unique feature is built-in Alexa. It's the Amazon Echo of the thermostat world. Yes, the Ecobee4 had it too, but thanks to an improved speaker it's now louder and clearer. There's a little LED light at the top of the Ecobee that produces Alexa's iconic bluish-green hue. And, well, Alexa behaves just like Alexa here ‚Äď obeying your voice commands and answering questions ‚Äď but it can also control the thermostat itself.
The Ecobee comes with a bunch of smart scheduling features, including some that make use of the external sensors and your smartphone to tell when someone's arriving home, where in the house they are, and adjust accordingly. It can manage the temperature of a home in such a way that it'll concentrate its efforts in rooms that are occupied, and leave rooms that aren't. There's one room sensor packaged with the thermostat, but you can purchase more separately for other rooms.
Nest Learning Thermostat
Buy now: Amazon | $249
The original star of the smart home world, the Nest thermostat is packed with integrations and smarts. On top of an ability to learn your habits after a week of training, it has some good Alexa integrations. You have control of temperatures in different zones, and you can ask Alexa what the temperature is in any thermostat-controlled room, or room where a Nest sensor is, as well.
Hive Active Heating
Buy now: hivehome.com | $229.99
Hive was quick to support Alexa, and we've made it one of our picks because unlike many systems, it benefits from top level control, meaning you don't have to ask Alexa to ask Hive to control your heating, just ask Alexa to turn the temperature up or down.
What's more, the clever boost system has its own special Alexa skill, meaning you can ask Amazon's assistant to add a single-hour heating top up before switching itself off, which is sometimes all you need.
Alexa controlled AC and air purifiers
Buy now: Amazon | From $749
Coway's range of air purifiers work with Alexa, letting you check the air quality, adjust the fan speed, or turn off the lights using your voice. Just remember you only get that integration with the S models, which get Wi-Fi and app support. They're decent purifiers, capable of tackling large rooms and remaining quiet at most fan settings.
Awair 2nd Edition
Buy now: Amazon | $199
This stylish air quality monitor looks the part with its sleek walnut casing, while monitoring VOC chemicals, CO2, fine dust, temperature, and humidity levels. The Awair has an LCD display that gives you an air quality score, with dots that signify where the nasties lie - kind of a morse code for air quality - and can display a clock, the humidity, or temperature the rest of the time.
Buy now: geappliances.com | From $299
It‚Äôs often European heating systems that get the connected attention, but there are some great options for AC too. General Electric has a connected range of window AC units, which play nicely with its Alexa skill. That means you can ask for a specific temperature, turn the unit on and off, as well as switching between modes like energy saver, high and low power.
The best of the rest‚Ä¶
Buy now: Amazon | $129.99
Amazon Echo speakers aren't known for sound quality ‚Äď but the Echo Sub goes some way to addressing that. It's a subwoofer that can give your Echo devices some bass, and you can pair it with two Echo devices to create a 2.1 configuration. The six-inch woofer offers 100W of bass, bringing up the rear on your Echo speaker setup.
Buy now: Amazon | $59.99
While the AmazonBasics Microwave doesn't have Alexa built-in, there's an Alexa button, which will route in Alexa from a nearby Echo device. This means you can ask Alexa to start/stop cooking, and well as switching modes. It does have an Amazon Dash Replenishment built in, so you can re-order things like popcorn and depressing turkey dinners for one.
Amazon Smart Oven
Buy now: Amazon | $249.99
If you really want the full connected cooking experience then the Alexa Smart Oven is a convection oven, food warmer, and air fryer. You can pre-heat and select cooking settings via Alexa, and it‚Äôs pretty much plug and play with the Certified for Humans set up.
Neato Botvac D6 Connected
Buy now: Amazon | $700
The Neato Botvac D6 Connected is one of the latest models from the robot vacuum maker - it sits between the D5 and D7 - but we reckon it's the best value of the trio.
It aced our tests thanks to comprehensive cleaning modes, decent performance at grabbing dirt (especially in the corners) and a super mapping mode. But it‚Äôs the Alexa integration that will really please fans of Amazon‚Äôs ecosystem. You can start, stop, and control cleaning sorties with your voice, hassle free.