Best Alexa devices for 2020: Smart doorbells, speakers, displays and more

Whether you use Alexa to remotely connect with Echo family members, listen to music or just turn on the lights, it is clear that our voice assistants are becoming more and more integrated into our everyday lives. In order for Alexa to help you control your home, you need the right assistive devices, from lightbulbs to doorbell cameras.

Since Amazon introduced its first Echo speaker in 2014, Google assistant and Siri jumped on board with their own intelligent loudspeakers and voice control. However, the Amazon voice assistant was the first to advocate voice integrations in the smart home, and it still offers the most integrations in the entire room.

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

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Amazon added an LED clock to their third generation smart speaker to create the Echo Dot with clock. For this price it is our favorite speaker. This third generation Dot 2019 not only offers an impressive sound for its modest profile, but also makes helpful information – such as time, timer and outside temperature – easily visible.

While there are many Amazon Alexa devices to choose from, the Echo Dot with clock leads the way with its impressive performance, small footprint, and practicality. At just $ 60, this pint-sized smart speaker is a great introduction to the world of Amazon Alexa devices. Read our Amazon Echo Dot with Clock Review.

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Although it’s priced at $ 463, the two-pack Arlo Pro 3 is a great security camera with local storage, high quality 2K streaming, and compatibility with the Google Assistant and Alexa. The Arlo Pro 3 is our preferred high-end smart cam. It offers quick warnings and numerous functions such as an integrated siren, a motion sensor, color night vision and a 12x zoom.

You can also view your camera stream on Amazon Echo smart displays, although Arlo’s previous 7-day free event-based cloud storage option is no longer available. So you need to sign up for the monthly plans (starting at $ 3 per month). to save footage in 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. The Peephole Cam does not mount on a door frame or any other side on the side of your door, but replaces a conventional peephole.

That said, this product is perfect for people who live in homes who want a smart doorbell but don’t want to deal with a hard-wired device – or otherwise mess up a door frame for installation. None of Ring’s main competitors offer this type of seamless solution for apartment residents, which makes this doorbell particularly innovative alongside the other devices available today.

In addition, the Peephole Cam offers the easiest installation of all doorbells tested so far. It has also expanded the Alexa integration. Yes, you can view the live feed on an Amazon smart display, but you can also chat with whoever is at your door through the built-in speaker on the smart display with the command. “”Alexa, open the front door.“”

This bidirectional call function via an Alexa smart display is only available on Ring devices.

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

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The Ecobee Smart Thermostat is an attached thermostat for $ 249. This model replaces the Ecobee4 smart thermostat but has many of the same great features.

Control your smart thermostat via the Ecobee app and use voice commands from Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri to adjust the temperature of your smart thermostat. However, it is Alexa’s voice control that really stands out here, as the thermostat itself has a built-in smart Alexa speaker.

That means you don’t need a separate Echo device. Just plug in your thermostat, activate the speaker, and ask Alexa questions. Read our Ecobee SmartThermostat Review.

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The Amazon Echo Show 8 is the latest smart display from Amazon. For $ 130 (although it currently retails for $ 100), you get an 8-inch screen with the best resolution of any Echo show yet, a camera shutter, and all of the smarts from previous Amazon smart displays.

The Echo Show 8 has a built-in Alexa speaker. That said, you can use this smart display to ask Alexa to place your bids, whether you’re playing music, sharing the weather, or just telling you a joke. As it is a smart display, it also offers expanded compatibility with Alexa-enabled surveillance cameras.

Ask Alexa to “open the front door” when someone calls your Ring Peephole Cam and you can see the live feed on your Show 8 – and actually speak to the person right 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. Most standard latches are retrofitted so you don’t have to worry about a complicated installation. The built-in Wi-Fi enables remote access and control of your Smart Lock via the Android or iOS app without the need for an August Connect module.

This product also comes with an open / close sensor called DoorSense that attaches to the door where your Wi-Fi Smart Lock is installed. This way, the app can not only tell if the door is locked or unlocked, but also if the door is open or closed.

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

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SimpliSafe is a solid home improvement security system with loads of accessories so you can scale the system as needed. The starter kit costs $ 210 for the hub, keyboard, keychain, motion sensor, and door / window sensor.

SimpliSafe also works with Alexa, so you can activate the system and check its status with simple voice commands.

No contract is required for SimpliSafe. However, monthly fees for accessing the app start at $ 15 and go up to $ 25 if you want professional surveillance. Read our SimpliSafe review.

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The latest version of the Philips Hue White LED works with ZigBee and Bluetooth. Adding bluetooth is important to Philips Hue as you don’t need a Philips hub for these smart lights to work.

Instead, the smart lamps are connected directly to your phone – and they work with Alexa voice commands. Ask Alexa to turn on the living room lighting or dim the dining room lighting to 70%.

Philips Hue White LEDs are only $ 15 each, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money on these simple Alexa-enabled bulbs. Read our article on Philips Hue White LED.

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The TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini is a big name for a tiny smart plug that costs just $ 14. A smart plug like this one connects directly to an electrical outlet using your Wi-Fi connection and turns your non-smart lights, fans, and other devices into smart devices.

Use the TP-Link app to connect and control devices – or log in to Amazon Alexa and use your voice. Say “Alexa, turn on the reading lamp” so that the Plug Mini Smart Plug can easily control the devices connected to it. Read our review of TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini.

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

As the name suggests, the Flex can perform many functions, helping to improve your home security and expanding Alexa’s listening area when you need help in less central corners of your home.

By adding a motion sensor, Alexa can create automations based on your movement, turn on lights when you walk into a room, or broadcast your morning news when you sit down for breakfast. Read our Amazon Echo Flex review.


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The Alexa landscape

Amazon’s voice assistant makes it easier to control the devices in your home, set timers and find out how long it will be to get to the office. However, privacy has become an increasing problem as smart speakers and displays become more popular.

Report that Amazon keeps transcripts of your voice conversationsEven after deleting the Alexa audio recordings, there were concerns about user privacy. Senator Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, wrote a letter to Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon Search for answers about Amazon’s Alexa user data and how it is stored. Amazon has since introduced the “Alexa, delete everything I said today” feature. The tech giant says it is work on new ways for clients to delete their transcripts.

The Echo Show 8, the latest smart display from Amazon, has an integrated camera shutter, unlike previous Echo Show devices.

Amazon is not alone. Facebook, Google and other big tech companies had their own privacy issues and asked questions about data usage.

Fortunately, Amazon and others seem to be working to regain our trust. Did these privacy concerns stop you from buying a voice assistant (Alexa or otherwise)? Weigh yourself in the comments below.

Do you have anymore questions? Read more about Alexa.

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