Though Alexa is a hugely powerful smart assistant, its full potential can only be realized once you pair compatible devices. After all, Alexa works with the likes of security cameras, bulbs, plugs, doorbells and even blinds to help your home become truly smart.
However, not every smart product is set up to work with the Amazon voice assistant. That's why we've compiled a list of the very best devices that work with Alexa. Once you have a few, you're then free to set them up into groups, use them in routines, and have your home completely governed by Alexa.
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So, if you want to use your Amazon Echo as more than just a fancy Bluetooth speaker, check out our guide to the top gadgets you can buy right now. We've tested and reviewed pretty much everything that's compatible with Alexa, so you're in good hands.
Best Alexa-compatible smart home tech
If you're in the Alexa ecosystem, Amazon's own smart plug is the slickest, if not the most feature-packed, of the bunch.
Ring's video doorbell offers all the essential features along with some decent Alexa integrations. Now in its second iteration, it's one of the best smart doorbells money can buy.
Philips Hue is still =the best in smart lighting, with a great range of high-quality bulbs - and full Alexa compatibility.
The Ecobee4 isn't just Alexa-compatible, it even has the assistant living inside it. It's also a fantastic smart thermostat in its own right.
If you want to connect your Alexa smart home, it's easiest to just set up individual devices as per their own instructions - which will make them a cinch to add to your Alexa app later. The only time this doesn't apply is if you're using an Amazon Echo Plus or Echo Show, which acts as a hub for Zigbee-compatible devices.
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.
You can also add your devices to groups: Head to the Alexa app > Devices > press the + button in the top right > Add Group. Then, choose Smart Home Group. 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.
Buy now: Amazon | ¬£179
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 ¬£449.99
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.
Buy now: Amazon | $119.99
Amazon owns Ring and Blink, but did you know it has a smart cam of its own? The Amazon Cloud Cam is a little indoor cam that offers a fairly decent range of features for its price - although you'll need to pay for the subscription to make it worthwhile. You get 1080p recording, tight Alexa integration, and motion/person detection. But as we say, it's pretty spartan without the subscription, which starts at $6.99 a month.
Buy now: Amazon | ¬£169 (wired), ¬£199 (wireless)
This weatherproof camera fared well in our tests, with its rechargeable battery and enormous 180 degree field of view. You can summon the feed onto screened Alexa devices, enable/disable privacy mode, and arm the camera, or start a manual recording from any Alexa smart speaker. In terms of tech, you get full 1080p video recording and 24 hours of free clip storage.
Nest Cam Indoor
Buy now: Amazon | From ¬£159
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 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.
Buy now: Amazon | ¬£179
The second iteration Ring Video Doorbell 2 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. But now, 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.
Buy now: Best Buy | $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.
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.
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.
Ikea Tr√•dfri smart plugs
Buy now: ikea.com | From ¬£9
If you're looking to build a smart home on a budget, Ikea's smart plugs bring Alexa compatibility for a wallet-friendly price. You can use Amazon's assistant to control your smart lights, but if you're not already in the Tr√•dfri ecosystem then you'll need to purchase the ¬£25 hub too, which raises the entry price a little. If you're planning to kit out your home with several smart plugs, it could work out cheaper in the long run.
Belkin WeMo Insight Switch
Buy now: Amazon | ¬£49.99
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.
TP-Link HS110 Smart Plug
Buy now: Amazon | ¬£24.99
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.
Lightwave Smart socket
Buy now: Amazon | ¬£44.99
A different, neater kind of set-up, the Lightwave sockets connect via Alexa for all the usual features. You need the sockets themselves, which will replace your existing face-plates, and the hub, which connects to your router and does all the hard work.
Buy now: Amazon | From ¬£59.99 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.
Buy now: Amazon | From ¬£59.99
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.
Buy now: Amazon | From ¬£12.99
Sengled makes a strong value proposition with its ¬£12.99 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.
Buy now: Amazon | From ¬£220
You'll never have to worry about your keys again with the August Smart Lock, since it uses Bluetooth to automatically lock and unlock when you're around your door. However, with Alexa integration you can do all that via voice.
August's Smart Lock and Smart Lock Pro both work with Alexa when connected with the Wi-Fi bridge, and there's also Alexa support for the doorbell camera too. That means you can check who's calling via your Amazon Echo Show, before instructing Alexa to unlock the door for them, without getting off the sofa. Truly, an Alexa-powered threshold utopia.
Yale Assure Lock
Buy now: Amazon | From ¬£300.99
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 | ¬£380 + $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.
Buy now: Amazon | $249
The Eco isn't just compatible with Alexa, it's got Amazon's assistant actually built in. You'll even see the familiar blue-green light when speaking to it, whether you're asking Alexa to adjust the temperature or what the weather will be like later. While the Ecobee4 doesn't learn your behaviors the way Nest does, its Room Sensor feature is impressive, measuring the temperature of the room and checking that people are in it, ensuring that it's only heating occupied spaces.
Nest Learning Thermostat
Buy now: Amazon | ¬£219
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 | ¬£249.99
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 | ¬£169
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.
Tado Smart AC
Buy now: Amazon | ¬£179.99
Tado is one of the most diverse and capable smart thermostat platforms out there, and as you'd expect, plugs neatly into Alexa. Known more for heating, we've given it a nod for cooling thanks to its Smart AC product available in the US. It works with AC units with a remote control, and via the power of Alexa you can ask for a certain temperature in the house, and to turn the unit and off. When it comes to smart home integrations, few systems do it better than Tado.
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.
Dyson Pure Cool air purifier fan
Buy now: Amazon | ¬£399
With a new version just released, Dyson‚Äôs Pure Cool is one of the best Alexa-controlled air purifiers out there. The fans can capture 99.95% of air particles as small as 0.1 microns, and won‚Äôt cool your room in winter thanks to a passive system that won‚Äôt blow air. But new sensors on board will read air quality and show levels of pollutants via the on-device display. This is also accessible via ‚ÄúAlexa, ask Dyson for the indoor air quality‚ÄĚ and you can start and stop Pure Cool as well, making it a fab option for Echo users.
Buy now: Amazon | ¬£179.99
While Alexa speakers in themselves make excellent smart home hubs, those looking for a dedicated hardware option will find everything they need with SmartThings. The SmartThings hub features an exhaustive array of smart home standards, making things as open as possible. IFTTT, Z-Wave, Zigbee, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are all supported, and is also plays nicely with Alexa ‚Äď in addition to Google Assistant.
The best of the rest‚Ä¶
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.
Somfy smart blinds
Buy now: somfysystems.com | $299
There are a few Alexa-powered smart blinds out there, but none are as complete as Somfy. The company offers both retro-fittable motors and complete smart blinds, both of which you can command via Alexa or other assistants. In the UK, there's a DIY alternative in the form of SOMA, which is a retrofit solar-powered motor for chain-fed blinds.
Buy now: Amazon | ¬£119.99
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 | $129.95
Automatic is a an OBD port that you can plug into your car. It can give you all sorts of information, like diagnostics, parking, and trip tracking, gas information, and more. With Alexa you can ask how much gas your car has before you head out. Or, you know, ask where your car is in case you had a long night.
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.
Neato Botvac D6 Connected
Buy now: Amazon | ¬£599
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.
Echo Wall Clock
Buy now: Amazon | $29.99
The Echo Wall Clock also doesn't have Alexa built in, but it is designed to make using Alexa timers a little more visual. When you set a timer using a nearby Alexa, a portion of the light-up dial will indicate how much time is left, which will save you constantly asking your Echo speaker how long your egg has left to boil.