The king of the smart speaker game is still the Amazon Echo. It's steadily been getting better every week, with more and more developers adding skills for Amazon's Alexa to use - look out for the 'Works with Alexa' mark on new kit you're thinking of buying. Its popularity makes it a must for smart home manufacturers to include Alexa support.
All of that, plus Amazon's desire to stuff Alexa into as many form factors as possible - like a camera, a display and a lamp - mean that it can be difficult to parse through and see what the best compatible smart home devices are. Choice can be great, but sometimes you just want to know what the best things are.
That's what this list of our favorites is for - to help you pick out the best devices compatible with Amazon's digital assistant.
One of the few security camera systems that is compatible with the Echo Show, you'll be able to ask Alexa to watch your video feeds right on the display.
Also, if you've got one of the newer Fire TV devices, you can also see your security streams on your television as well.
The second iteration Ring doorbell is now the poster child for smart doorbell systems. It's easy to see and talk to whoever is at your door.
And now, thanks to the Echo Show and Alexa integration, you'll be able to answer your door from your Echo.
The smart plugs
Wemo Insight Switch
The Wemo Insight Switch does what a smart plug does, but it also goes a little beyond all of that. Sure, you can schedule when something turns off and on while also monitoring your energy use.
But you can also get it talking to your Nest Thermostat, if you have one, or IFTTT applets.
TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug
The greatest thing about TP-Link's Wi-Fi smart plug is that it doesn't require any kind of hub to use. It can connect to your Echo and Alexa via Wi-Fi alone.
So you can simply check in on how your energy use is or go ahead and turn your lights on or off to your heart's content.
Philips Hue is one of the flagship smart home product lines. They're popular, they're easy to use and setup, and Philips is always rolling out new lamps and lights and shades of color.
If you're looking for smart lights that work with Amazon Echo, this needs to be your first stop.
Lifx, on the other hand, should always be your second stop. Lifx bulbs don't require a hub, which makes them even easier to set up.
You just need to plug them in and get ready to enjoy 16 million colors and 1,000 shades of warm to cool whites with your best buddy Alexa.
The poster child of the smart home world. On top of the Nest Thermostat's ability to learn your habits after a week of training it, it has some good Alexa integration.
You just have to tell her it's too hot and she'll dial it down just a tad.
The best Amazon Echo compatible devices for your smart home
The Ecobee system is actually pretty versatile. You can start out pretty affordable with the Ecobee Lite if all you want is a simple smart thermostat, but you can also ramp things up by purchasing a couple of room sensors. T
hat way, the system can adjust room temperature based on if someone is actually in it. Best of all, it works with Alexa.
August Smart Lock
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 just ask her to do it for you. Magic!
Alright, so free Alexa calling is a thing now. But guess what? It's only available either via the Alexa app or your Echo device. What if you want to call a landline, or a cell phone? That's where the Ooma Telo and its accompanying Skill come in.
You can use it to call anyone nationwide over the internet (if you have a subscription).
Automatic is a little doodad 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 on Amazon Echo, 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.
Garage doors can certainly be an annoyance to open and close, but all of that is made better thanks to Garageio. With Amazon Alexa integration, it works out even better. You can just ask her to open and close your garage door.
No need to watch that door crawl like molasses into your garage's ceiling ever again.