Best Alexa devices for 2020: Ring doorbells, Echo speakers and more

Amazon’s annual fall event brought announcements of dozens of new Amazon products And Alexa features, as always. But there are already a lot of smart speakers, doorbells, and more on the market – which will help Alexa control your smart home.

Since Amazon introduced its first Echo speaker in 2014, Google Assistant And sir I Jumped on board with his smart speaker and voice control. But Amazon Voice Assistant was the first to champion voice integration in a smart home, and it still boasts the most integration into the space.

Let’s take a look at the best Alexa devices available today. This list is updated periodically.

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Amazon added an LED watch to its third-gen smart speaker to make the Echo Dot with the watch, and for the price it is our favorite speaker. Not only is this 2019 third-gen dot claimed impressive sound for its modest profile, but it also provides helpful information – such as time, time, and external temperature – easily visible.

While there are plenty of Amazon Alexa tools to choose from, the Echo Dot with Clock leads with its impressive performance, small footprint and sheer practicality. At just $ 60, this pint-size smart speaker is an excellent entry point into the world of Amazon Alexa devices. Read our Amazon Echo Dot with watch reviews.

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Although it has a $ 463 price tag, the two-pack Arlo Pro 3 is a great security camera with local storage, high-quality 2K streaming, and Google Assistant and Alexa compatibility. Amidst its fast alerts and extensive suite of features, such as built-in sirens, motion sensors, color night vision and 12x zoom, the Arlo Pro 3 is our favorite high-end smart cam.

You can also view your camera stream on the Amazon Echo Smart Display, though Arlo’s previous 7-day free event-based cloud storage option is no longer available, so you’ll need to pay for its monthly plans (starting at $ 3 per month). Have to sign up. To store footage on the cloud. Read our Arlo Pro 3 review.

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Ring’s $ 80 Peephole Cam is a unique product for the Amazon-owned company. Instead of mounting a doorway or anywhere to the edge of your door, the peephole cam replaces a traditional peephole.

This means the product is perfect for those living in apartments who want a smart doorbell, but don’t want to deal with a hardwired device – or otherwise mess up a door frame for installation. None of Ring’s main competitors offer such seamless solutions to apartment-dwellers, making it the bell of the door, along with other devices specifically available.

Not only that, but the Peephole Cam is the easiest setup of any bell I’ve tested to date. It also has Alexa integration. Yes, you can drag the live feed to the Amazon Smart Display, but with the built-in speaker on the Smart Display with the command you can also chat at your door, Alexa, answering the front door.

The two-way talk feature is unique to ring devices via Alexa Smart Display.

Other notable ring doorbells include the battery-powered or hardwired $ 199 Ring Video Doorbell 2 and the Hardweed $ 249 Ring Video Doorbell Pro. Read our Ring Peephole Cam Review.

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The Ecobee Smart Thermostat is a $ 249 connected thermostat. This model replaces the Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat, but has a lot of great features.

Control your smart thermostat via the Ecobee app and use the Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri voice commands to adjust the temp of your smart thermostat. It’s Alexa’s voice control that really stands out here, though, since the thermostat has a built-in Alexa smart speaker.

This means that you don’t need a separate Echo device – just connect your thermostat, enable the speaker, and start asking Alexa questions. Read our Ecobee SmartThermostat review.

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The Amazon Echo Show 8 is Amazon’s latest smart display. For $ 130 (though it’s currently on sale for $ 100), you get an eight-inch screen with the best resolution of any Echo show, a camera shutter, and all the smart past Amazon smart displays.

The Echo Show 8 has a built-in Alexa speaker. This means that you can use this smart display to do your bidding to Alexa, whether to ask it to play music, to relay the weather or just to tell you a joke. And, since it is a smart display, it also provides enhanced compatibility with Alexa-enabled security cameras.

Ask Alexa to “answer the front door” when someone rings on your ring peephole cam and you can watch the live feed on your Show 8 – and actually talk to the person directly from the smart display. Read our Amazon Echo Show 8 review.

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August’s Wi-Fi Smart Lock is a great smart lock. This goes back to most standard deadlines, so you don’t have to deal with a complex installation. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it possible to remotely access and control your Smart Lock via Android or iOS apps without the need for an August Connect module.

The product comes with an open / close sensor, also called – Dorkinus – that connects to the door where your Wi-Fi Smart Lock is installed. In this way, the app can not only tell you whether the door is locked or unlocked, but also whether the door is open or closed.

The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock works with Alexa, so you can lock and unlock your door with an Alexa-enabled smart speaker using your voice. Read our August Wi-Fi Smart Lock review.

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SimpleiSafe is a solid DIY home security system with a ton of accessories, so you can extend the system as needed. The starter kit costs $ 210 for a hub, keypad, keychain fob, a motion sensor, and a door / window sensor.

Simpify Cafe also works with Alexa, so you can arm the system and check its status with simple voice commands.

SimpleiSafe does not require a contract, but if you want professional monitoring the monthly fee to access the app starts at $ 15 and goes up to $ 25. Read our SimpleiSafe review.

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The latest version of the Philips Hue White LED works with ZigBee and Bluetooth. Connecting Bluetooth is important to the Philips Hue, as it means that you don’t need a Philips hub for these smart bulbs to work.

Instead, smart bulbs connect directly to your phone – and they work with Alexa voice commands. Ask Alexa to turn on the living room light, or reduce the dining room light to 70%.

Philips Hue White LEDs cost just $ 15 each, meaning you don’t have to fork out a ton of cash for these straightforward Alexa-capable abs. Read our Philips Hue White LED article.

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TP-Link Casa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini is a big name for a small smart plug that costs just $ 14. In this way a smart plug attaches directly to a wall outlet through your Wi-Fi connection and turns your non-mart lamps, fans and other gadgets into smart devices.

Use the TP-Link app to add and control devices – or list Amazon Alexa and use your voice. Say, “Alexa, turn on the lamp to read” plug Mini Smart Plug to easily control connected devices. Read our TP-Link Casa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini review.

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The Amazon Echo Flex is a small smart speaker that plugs directly into an outlet. For $ 25, it offers a USB port for all of Alexa’s smart, plus modules – like a motion detector and night light.

As the name suggests, Flex can fit many functions, which helps strengthen the security of your home and broadens Alexa’s hearing range when you need help in the less central corners of your home it occurs.

The addition of a motion sensor also means that Alexa can create automation based on your movement, turning on the light when you enter a room or sit down for breakfast. Read our Amazon Echo Flex review.

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Amazon’s voice assistant makes it easy to control devices in your home, set a timer, and find out how long it will take to get to your office. But privacy has become a growing concern as smart speakers and popularity increase.

Report that Amazon keeps tapes of your voice conversationsEven after you deleted the Alexa audio recording, there was concern over user privacy. Sen. Chris Kons, a Democrat from Delaware, Wrote letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Amazon’s Alexa is seeking answers about user data and how it is stored. Amazon has since introduced the “Alexa, delete everything I said today” feature. Tech veteran says this is also Working on new methods Customers to have their tapes removed.

Amazon’s latest smart display, the Echo Show 8, comes with a built-in camera shutter, unlike the earlier Echo Show devices.

Amazon is not alone. Facebook, Google And other major tech companies have faced their own privacy issues, answering questions about data usage.

Fortunately Amazon and others appear to be working to win back our trust. Have these privacy concerns prevented you from purchasing a voice assistant (Alexa or otherwise)? Weigh in the comments section below.

Still have questions? Read more about Alexa.

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