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.
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).
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.
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Lifx's smart bulbs, including the Lifx Mini, work with Alexa as well as Homekit, Google Assistant, Nest, IFTTT and even Cortana. Using Alexa, or the Lifx app for Android and iOS, you can turn the lights on and off, and set their brightness, color and schedule. You can also produce a number of cool lighting effects: The bulbs can flicker like a candle, flicker out for a spooky effect, strobe, and even change color with the beat of your music. At just 2.2 inches long, they'll fit in a variety of desk lamps and small light fixtures.
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The Brilliant Smart Home Controller is an easy place to control all of your smart-home devices, regardless of brand or type. You can use it via a 5-inch touchscreen display, or by speaking to Alexa, which is built in. At the moment, it only supports Ring and SmartThings, but the company hopes to add more devices in the future.