Smart home devices allow you to be as productive or lazy as you want to be without the guilt. If you’re ready to take your house into the 21st century with tech that you can talk to and have control over devices throughout your home, then you want to make sure that they can work seamlessly with something like a smart assistant. In this case, we’re talking Alexa—the smart speaker from Amazon. Check out these cool smart home devices that are guaranteed to work with Alexa.
What if you could power your electronics on and off remotely without having to walk over to them and manually push buttons? The Kasa Smart WiFi Plug is Alexa compatible and allows you to do exactly that. You can control your electronics either through the proprietary app that works on Android and iPhone or you can program it with Alexa for voice control. In addition to giving you instant verbal control, you can also program the plugs to turn on specific devices at specific times. So, no more coming home to a dark house.
The Ring Video Doorbell is well known as a home security option to keep intruders off your property and give you added peace of mind by knowing who’s at your door before you open it. But this version of the Ring allows you to amplify communication, visuals, and notifications to nearby smart speakers like the Echo Dot thanks to Alexa integration. This means that all of the standard functionality that you get with the Ring app for your iPhone or Android is also available to you through Alexa-connected smart speakers.
There’s nothing worse than having a home entertainment system and multiple remotes to manage it. Stop looking for remotes and use the Logitech Harmony Hub to seamlessly control all of your entertainment devices. The hub works with Alexa so that you can integrate it into the rest of your smart home system. However, if you prefer, Logitech also has a proprietary app that works for iPhone and Android mobile devices. The hub is also strong enough to work on devices behind closed cabinet doors. So, you don’t need to have all your entertainment equipment out on display for this hub to work.
These days even home entrances are getting a digital upgrade. If the idea of carrying around keys, or feeling that pang of anxiety when you forget them are things you want to put in the past, this smart lock is the solution. The Kwikset Kevo 2.0 Touch-to-Open Smart Lock allows you to enter your home via the proprietary Kevo app that works with iPhone and Android. Simply place your phone near the lock to activate it. But you can also integrate it into part of your Alexa voice commands to operate it remotely. Meanwhile, if you prefer, you can purchase a key fob that will also work to wirelessly control your lock.
Most people have made the switch from standard incandescent bulbs to more energy-efficient LED models. But what if you could take it a step further and control your lights remotely? The Philips Hue 60W equivalent dimmable LED smart bulbs can integrate with Alexa and allow you to remotely control when you turn them on as well as the amount of light they emit. While you do need a smart hub to control these lights, whether you use Alexa or the proprietary Philips Hue Hub, you can also program the bulbs to turn on at set times. Much like many of the other smart devices on this list, Philips’ Hue LED Smart Bulbs also work with their proprietary Philips Hue app that is designed for iPhone or Android devices.
One of the best ways to improve the efficiency of your home is through a smart thermostat. By being able to program when to adjust the heat or air conditioning in your home, you can ensure that you’re not wasting energy by changing the temperature of an empty home. But you can take it a step further by connecting it to your Alexa device so that you can manage all of your applications and devices in one convenient space. And even if you decide not to use it with a smart speaker like Alexa, the Nest Learning Thermostat is appealing because it learns your energy usage patterns over time, and adapts to them to ensure that you’re using your systems as efficiently as possible.
Even though you might own an Alexa smart speaker, that doesn’t mean that you feel it’s best suited to control all of your connected home devices. For whatever reason, you might decide to pick a home automation hub from a different brand because it offers more functionality than you feel Alexa can provide. But you still want to know that it could work with Alexa should you choose to use it. If this sounds like you, then the Hubitat Elevation Home Automation Hub is an excellent choice. The hub is designed to provide an extra layer of privacy so that your smart home wireless devices can’t be used to steal sensitive data. Once you perform the initial device set up, it creates a private network that doesn’t rely on the cloud. But you can use Alexa to coordinate commands and program your devices. The Hubitat hub is also compatible with several smart home device brands including Philips, Kwikset, Samsung, Sonos, and several other major manufacturers.