Best Amazon Echo Accessories 2019
Whether we’re leaving on a trip and relying on the Echo’s smart home accessories to keep our homes secure, or just relaxing at home, we’re big fans of Alexa compatible devices!
Here’s 28 of the best Amazon Echo accessories to automate and secure your home in 2019– including accessories for the new Amazon Echo Show!
Alexa Compatible Home Security & Locks
1. Schlage Z-Wave Connect Smart Lock
Schlage’s sleek Z-Wave smart lock features keypad and key entry in addition to app and Alexa voice control options.
The matte, fingerprint resistant keypad and pick resistant lock provide a first level of security. Combined with the built-in alarm technology that senses movement of the door and notifies you an audible alert, we’re loving the security features on this lock. You can actually select between three alert modes – activity, tamper, or forced entry – providing alerts from first contact with door or handle to when the door is opened.
When used with a Z-Wave controller (like the Samsung Hub Amazon suggests on the listing page), you can even set limitations on the codes you give–for example limiting the housekeeper’s code to daytime hours.
2. Philips Hue Motion Sensor
Philips’ Hue Motion Sensor is one of our favorite smart home accessories, hands down!
Sure, the Alexa enabled switches that turn off your lights on voice command are great, but why settle for just that? The Hue motion sensor will detect when you’re no longer in the room, and switch lights off, saving power and money.
Lights will switch back on when you walk into the room, and you can even set a nightlight mode for just enough light to navigate your way to the bathroom. There’s so many great features on this, you’ll wonder why you ever settled for basic voice activated lights.
3. Yale Z-Wave Keyless Touchscreen Lock
Yale’s Z-Wave Touchscreen lock is an handsome Alexa compatible smart lock that fits well with a more classic aesthetic.
Like the Schlage lock above, you’ve got the option of touchpad, key, app, or voice command to lock and unlock. Setting code restrictions is a breeze too, just be aware that you’ll need the Samsung Smart Hub Amazon shows on the product listing.
4. Maximus Smart Home Security Outdoor Light & Camera
Maximus’ Security Light and Camera combo is another nice fusion of smart tech and traditional design.
It includes HD live and recorded video, two-way intercom, alarm, smart motion detection alerts to your phone, prerecorded deterrent messages, and a 100 decibel siren to scare away potential burglars.
Alexa Compatible Lighting Accessories
1. LIFX Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb
LIFX’s cool smart bulbs feature built-in WiFi, so they’ll work with Alexa without a hub.
Because it’s an LED, the lifespan is hugely longer than a traditional bulb, and you’ll save on electricity as well. They’re dimmable, and here’s the fun part: the bulbs can be set to literally any color you’d like.
2. Philips Ambiance Starter Kit
We expressed our love for the Hue Motion Sensor above, and the Phillips Ambiance Starter Kit is what you want to get to round out the package.
The starter kit includes the hub and three bulbs that will get you up and running (and integrated with Alexa) right away.
Like the LIFX bulbs, they’re LED and dimmable, with all the color options you could dream of. But because you’re buying a system here, you can set light schedules and take full advantage of the motion sensor features if you add it to your package.
3. Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Deluxe Starter Kit
If you’d rather stick with normal bulbs and change out your switches, Lutron has you covered with their Smart Lighting Deluxe Starter Kit.
The set includes 2 wallplate switches, 2 remotes, and a hub. Once you’re set up, you’ll be able to control up to 17 bulbs per circuit via app, Alexa voice controls, or of course the remotes. Set light schedules like Smart Away for vacation.
It’s nice to have a physical backup in the event of technology malfunction, so there’s a lot to recommend going the route of wall switches. Also worth mentioning: unlike many other smart light switches, Lutron’s does not requite a neutral wire.
4. WeMo Wi-Fi Enabled Light Switch
For a simpler, sleeker smart wall switch, WeMo has you covered.
Their switch offers the same functionality of the Lutron model, with a more streamlined design (and WeMo offers a dimmer version of the switch as well). Control via app, voice, or Alexa, and set light schedules, even coordinating with the home and away schedules set on your Nest Thermostat.
Alexa Compatible Thermostats
1. Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat
Honeywell’s Lyric T5 smart thermostat features all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a smart thermostat.
Set custom heating and cooling schedules, get smart alerts about temperature extremes while you’re away, and even set custom fan settings. The thermostat can be controlled through the touchscreen, app, or voice controls with Alexa.
And if you’re comfortable letting the app know where you are, the thermostat can even use your location to adjust the heat to your preference just before you arrive home!
2. Nest Learning Thermostat
Nest’s famous smart thermostat hardly needs to be introduced.
In addition to all of the programmability you’d expect, Nest learns from your habits and can automatically adjust the temperature without the need for detailed programming. Control your Nest via app, intuitive physical controls or easy Alexa integration.
Nest also offers smart compatibility with a wide array of other appliances, even down to things like sending data to your smart washer and dryer, so they can run the next load of laundry when energy demand is low.
3. Ecobee4 Thermostat with Sensor
Ecobee’s minimalist smart thermostat features built-in Alexa integration, along with some cool extras.
As you’d expect, this thermostat can be controlled via the touchscreen, app, or Alexa. It’s also got all of the scheduling bells and whistles found in most smart thermostats.
What’s really neat about the Ecobee are the room sensors. They monitor individual room temperature AND occupancy, so the thermostat can adjust for the rooms people are actually in. Why heat the huge family room to 72 if everyone’s hanging out in the kitchen? The thermostat comes with one sensor, and you can order additional sensors for the rooms you spend the most time in.
4. Hive Smart Thermostat
Hive’s smart thermostat works with Alexa via their included bridge, and includes some neat features we really like.
Use Hive window and door sensors to turn the system off when you leave or have the windows open. Like the Honeywell app, you can utilize geolocation, and set up tons of customized behaviors and programs. And easily control your Hive via app, touchscreen, or Alexa voice controls.
There’s a large eco-system of Hive smart home products, so you won’t have difficulty putting together a fully compatible smart home system if you choose to go with Hive.
Alexa Compatible Plug Outlets
1. WeMo Insight Switch Smart Plug
WeMo’s smart plug, and smart plugs in general, are a cheap and easy way to add some smart features to your home.
WeMo’s plug works with Alexa, no hub required, as well as through their app. You can control power to lights and appliances when at home or away, and even track how much power a specific device is using–awesome for weeding out the culprits of high power bills.
The plug also syncs with Nest’s home and away modes, so you won’t need to re-create those settings again.
2. TP-Link Smart Plug
Another awesome option option, the TP Link smart plug gives your home an easy smart boost.
Like the WeMo plug, it connects to Alexa without a hub, and can be controlled via app as well. Scheduling is easy through the app, as is power tracking by device. However, if you have, or are thinking of getting a Nest, the WeMo is likely to be a better choice.
3. iDevices WiFi Outdoor Smart Plug
Easily schedule plug-in outdoor lights with iDevices Outdoor smart plug.
The rugged, watertight body will hold up outdoors in harsh weather, and can be easily wall mounted.
Control via Alexa or app, no hub required. The app also lets you do scheduling, and track power consumption before you Griswold your way to a giant power bill.
4. Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi Plug-in Outlet
Leviton’s Decora smart plug is another fantastic smart plug option.
Control via app or Alexa, no hub required, with easy scheduling and even adjusting brightness levels. IFTTT tech allows integration with other smart home devices to create triggers like turning on the lights when the doorbell rings. It’s also compatible with Nest. Overall, it’s a great plug, and may be one of the best choices for maximum compatibility.
Alexa Compatible Speakers: Wireless & Streaming Audio
1. Bose Home Speaker 500
Bose’s impressive Home Speaker 500 features audio quality that Alexa just can’t match–but fortunately, she can still control it for you.
More than just another bluetooth speaker, this is designed with Alexa built in, and includes a special mic created to pick up your commands across the room, or with loud music playing.
The speaker can also be controlled via app, and integrated with other 500 series speakers for multi-room playback.
2. Sonos One Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa
The Sonos One is another impressive smart speaker with Alexa built-in.
It’s controllable via Alexa, app, or touch controls. We also love that it can be wall mounted–perfect for space saving.
Use multiple Sonos One speakers in a room for stereo sound, or spread throughout your home for multi-room playback.
3. GGMM E5 Wireless Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa
The GGM E5 smart speaker is a seriously gorgeous portable speaker with Alexa built in.
The speaker is compatible with multiple smart home brands, including WeMo, Philips Hue, Ecobee, and tp-link.
Sound quality is surprisingly great, and control is easy via the app or analog dials. However, you do need to press a button to speak to Alexa, she’s not always “listening.” Some might appreciate this, while others will find it inconvenient.
4. FABRIQ Portable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart Speaker
FABRIQ’s portable smart speakers are reasonably priced and come in plenty of fun colors and patterns–making it our top choice for kids and teens.
Alexa is built in, though it must be tapped to activate. Fabriq offers an app and hidden buttons for easy control as well. It’s a great option for the price range, especially for those who prefer to tap to summon Alexa rather than having her listen all the time.
Other Alexa Compatible Echo Accessories
1. Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller
Who doesn’t want to sit on the sofa and tell Alexa to water the lawn? Rachio’s Smart Sprinkler Controller will let you do just that.
The controller works with Alexa without a hub, and through their app. Rachio also saves money by pulling from local weather forecasts to deviate from your watering schedule if it’s going to rain or be exceptionally windy that day.
This is a well thought out controller, with a manual start button for when WiFi is down, or your contractor needs to do manual start or test.
2. Logitech Harmony Remote Control for Smart Home and Entertainment Devices
There’s one little problem with smart plugs when it comes to your TV: smart plugs can turn your TV off, but not on. Logitech’s Harmony Remote solves that problem.
It also works with game consoles, cable boxes, blue ray players, and even your lights and smart blinds, with a nice array of smart brand compatibility.
The Harmony works with Alexa without a hub, as well as via app, and it’s nice to have the physical remote control too.
3. iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum
Roomba’s iRobot 690 vacuum takes orders from Alexa for hands-free quick cleanups.
As with other Roombas, you can schedule vacuuming via the app, but the Alexa voice activated commands are a nice addition. You don’t need a hub to use the Roomba with Alexa. If you haven’t taken a look at these in awhile, they’re improved a lot, do well on most surfaces, and are surprisingly great for pet hair.
4. Haiku Home L Series Smart Ceiling Fan
Haiku’s handsome modern ceiling fan comes in a variety of finishes and obeys Alexa without needing a hub.
This gorgeous fan and LED light combo is energy efficient and basically everything we want in a ceiling fan.
In addition to Alexa voice controls (while remaining snugly in bed), the Haiku can be controlled via remote or app.
All previous Echo accessories will worth work with the Amazon Echo Show, but the with the new video screen, there are some Alexa accessories that will only work with the Echo Show.
Alexa Enabled Echo Show Accessories
1. Ring Stick Up Cam Outdoor Security Camera
Pair a Ring Stick Up Cam Security Camera with your Echo Show and instantly see who’s at the door.
The camera works with smart phones, tablets, PCs and of course the Echo Show. More than just video, it features two-way intercom, night vision, remote activated siren, and customizable motion activation with motion notifications. When away from home, it’s easy to monitor via the app.
This camera can be used without Alexa integration–it’s not necessary, but if you’d like to use Alexa, you’ll need the Echo Show.
2. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Ring’s Doorbell camera is another great security option that features video viewable on the Echo Show.
The camera video can also be viewed through tablets, phones and PCs, and features the same motion detection and two way intercom as the standalone Ring security camera. However, you won’t find a siren on this model, if that’s important to you.
3. Netgear Arlo HD Wired Indoor Security Camera
The Arlo Q security camera is a fantastic, small, unobtrusive device for indoor security.
Capture burglars or the kids’ midnight munchies with night vision and motion detection–and put a halt to either with the two way intercom. More than just for security, these cameras are wonderful for monitoring pets or kids at home.
This camera works with Alexa, and displays video through the Echo Show, or any device with the app.
4. Arlo Smart Baby Monitor
Use Arlo’s Smart Baby Camera with your Echo Show for a baby monitor that’s better integrated into your smart home.
The camera is first-off adorable, and also feature-filled. Night vision, temperature, humidity & VOC air sensors allow for peace of mind, while the two way talk, multi-colored night light, and lullaby player provide plenty of options for soothing little ones.
Control via the Echo Show or the Arlo app, check in on the babysitter while you’re away, and even share camera access with family.
What is the Amazon Echo?
The Echo is Amazon’s smart speaker. It can act as a personal assistant, answer questions, and automate tasks around your home. This can be anything from turning lights on and off, to locking your doors, and streaming music.
“Alexa” is the voice interface for the Echo, the AI voice you speak to when using the voice commands. 3rd party manufacturers can develop Alexa “skills” that allow you to control their electronics through Alexa voice command.
The Echo is available in 5 variations: the original Echo, the Echo Look, the Echo Dot, the Echo Tap, and the new Amazon Echo Show.
The Echo Look adds a camera that can be used to take selfies and record videos. At this point, Amazon’s main smart feature focus with the camera is for taking outfit photos and receiving style recommendations.
The Echo Dot is a smaller, more compact version of the Echo.
The Echo Tap is a battery powered version of the Echo, making it more portable.
The Echo Show features all of the capabilities of the full size Echo (including great speakers), with an added video screen that allows for streaming videos, connecting to front door cameras, baby monitors and more.
All of the Echo devices require an internet connection to function.
Which Amazon Echo device should I buy? What’s the difference between the Echo and the Echo Dot? And what about the Echo vs the Tap?
When it comes to the Echo vs the Echo Dot, the only real difference is the speaker size and quality. Because the Dot is smaller, it features a smaller, quieter speaker. If you already have other high quality speakers that you can integrate with Alexa, save some money and go with the Dot. If, however, you’d like to play music directly through your Echo device, the original Echo is worth the cash.
The Echo Tap is a similar in size to the original Echo, and offers nice speaker quality. Rather than being designed to be plugged in all the time, the Tap is battery powered with a charging cradle, and a 9 hour battery life. Because it’s battery powered, Alexa isn’t “listening” for your commands all the time; you’ll need to tap the device before you ask a question or make a command. Honestly, this is sort of a pain. We get why it might be helpful to have a portable, battery powered Echo, but having to get up to tap the device each time kind of defeats the point of the Echo’s advertised convenience.
What can the Amazon Echo do?
There’s a long list of things that the Echo can do, and it’s only getting longer as more and more brands work to integrate their smart tech with Alexa. Here’s some of the cool things you can do with the Echo:
- Order pizza or call an Uber
- Answer your questions: Let the Echo do your searching for you and ask Alexa about traffic and the weather, info on local businesses, sports scores and schedules.
- Read to you: Alexa can read you the news, and audiobooks from Audible
- Automate your home: Control lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more.
- With the new Echo Show, Amazon has added even more functionality, allowing you to do things like stream videos, connect the video screen to security and doorbell cameras, baby monitors, and make video calls.
Is there a monthly fee for the Amazon Echo?
There is no monthly fee, once you’ve purchased an Echo there aren’t any additional costs (unless of course you want to add more smart home automation like the items recommended above!).
However, Amazon Prime members do get some additional perks. You’ll get free music to steam through your Echo, as well as additional apps.
Is the Echo always listening to me?
With the exception of the Tap, all Echo devices have a default setting of always “listening”, that is, waiting for your “wake word.” After you wake the device, Amazon does record your speech, and retains those recordings to improve AI response to future questions you might ask Alexa.
If you’re concerned about privacy, there are several things you can do: First, you can set the device to only “listen” once you turn it on, as the Tap normally does. Next, you can delete any stored recordings of your speech by going to the Manage My Device page in your Amazon.com account, or by contacting Amazon customer service. Note, however, that both of these may impede function of your Echo.