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, 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 $23.99, 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 and IFTTT.
Sengled's $79.99 Element Color Plus 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, Samsung SmartThings, Wink and Echo Plus, are a breeze to set up and control, can display over 16 million hues.
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 the 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).
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.
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Like the Sonos One, the $399 Sonos Beam soundbar has Alexa built right in. Not only is this device a high-quality Sonos smart speaker with four full-range woofers, but it also has an HDMI ARC port (in addition to power and Ethernet ports). This port pairs your TV remote to the Beam and helps sync the speaker's audio to your TV. At 26 inches wide and 4 inches deep, the Beam will fit on most TV stands.
We liked iHome's iSP100 outdoor plug for its ease of installation—your holiday lights will be glowing in no time, and you can control them using your phone, or by talking to Alexa. The plug, which can withstand the elements, also works with Siri, Google Home, Wink, and Nest.
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There are a lot of smart switches, but only Ecobee's Switch+ has Alexa built in, letting you access Amazon's voice assistant from your wall. Plus, the Switch+ has motion sensors, so it can turn lights on and off automatically. Also built in is a temperature sensor, so you'll be able to link it to your Ecobee smart thermostat to make sure all of your rooms are being heated or cooled properly.
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