Amazon's voice-controlled assistant can do a lot, from playing your favorite music to answering trivia questions. Yes, Alexa has lots of skills. But it can also be used to control a wide range of smart-home devices. Whether you have an Echo,Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Input, Tap—or any other Alexa-enabled device, here are some of the top smart-home gadgets that you can control with Amazon's assistant.
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At just $27.99, Aukey's Wi-Fi Plug is compact, easy to use and an excellent pick for smart-home owners on a budget. Using the Aukey Home app, you can automate your plug to turn on and off in response to time, temperature, humidity, weather and air quality. The device also works with Google Assistant.
Sengled's $79 Smart LED Multicolor Starter kit is a budget alternative to Philips Hue's White and Color Ambiance kit. The bulbs, which are compatible with Alexa as well as Google Assistant and Samsung SmartThings, are a breeze to set up and control, can display over 16 million hues.
Sengled makes a number of Alexa-enabled smart lights, including an excellent outdoor PAR38 with a built-in motion sensor.
Marshall's Stanmore II Voice is a high-quality speaker that can come with either Alexa or Google Assistant built in. You can use Alexa or physical analog knobs to control the device's volume, toggle the bass and treble, and play and pause tracks. It's also got a wood and vinyl design that will look great in a vintage home.
Like its predecessor, the Fire TV, the Amazon Fire TV Cube gives Alexa control of your TV, cable box and other streaming equipment. It comes with an intuitive interface, excellent 4K HDR picture quality, and every streaming app from Hulu to Sling and DirecTV Now. As a bonus, it ships with a new-and-improved Alexa remote, so you can still navigate manually if Amazon's voice assistant can't find what you're looking for (or if you don't feel like talking).
Caavo Control is a handy universal remote that allows you to control all of your entertainment devices with one easy interface. For example, if you have an Apple TV, a Fire TV stick and a cable box, you can plug them all into your Caavo, and you'll be able to easily swap between them on your TV screen. The device recommends new content to watch, and also displays recommendations from other Caavo users. You can control everything with Alexa, as well as Google Assistant and the voice-controlled Caavo remote.
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The iClever smart plug is not only small enough to leave an adjacent outlet open, but it's also a breeze to set up. Plus, it has way more advanced features than most other plugs. You can create scenes, and automate your plug to turn on and off based on various conditions, including temperature, humidity, weather, pollution, sunrise and sunset. And with a two-pack at just $20, it's one of the cheapest smart plugs on the market.
LG's 2018 OLED and Super HD TVs with ThinQ AI have Google Assistant built in but can also be controlled by Alexa. When we reviewed the 65SK9500 Super UHD, we were impressed with its display, HDR performance and excellent sound quality. With Alexa, you can turn your TV on and off, adjust the brightness, switch channels, change volume, and even initiate YouTube streaming using nothing but your voice.
We're also big fans of the LG Instaview refrigerator. With this smart fridge, you can use Alexa to make grocery-shopping lists.
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