Best Echo Dot Accessories
Amazons Echo Dot is an incredibly capable device for its size and price. This is, of course, thanks to the one and only Alexa. The Echo Dot has the smart hub features to be the center of your home. This article will explore a range of the best devices that can complement your Dot. From speakers to robot vacuums, the variety and quantity of devices you can control with your Echo Dot is pretty astounding.
The Echo Dot has a weak speaker used for Alexa but can also play music. Given its small size and relatively poor quality, it is worthwhile purchasing an accompanying high-quality speaker.
Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus
The Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus is the state of the art portable speaker in 2019. Getting straight to the point, it has the most impressive sound quality with a tight bass and can go loud enough for a party. Syncing the Revolve Plus to the Echo Dot is seamless too.
Sonos is known their quality of devices for music and film playback. The Sonos Play:1 is a highly revered connected speaker that connects to your Echo Dot.
The Echo Dot has made controlling your lighting as effortless as it could be. Smart bulbs are one of the most simple and popular accessories that purchasers add to their smart home ecosystem.
Philips Hue is the go-to brand of smart home lighting. Their versatile range of colored smart bulbs, lamps and light strips offer versatility to your home entertainment system.
LIFX is a popular brand of smart lighting due to its hubless properties. Philips Hue requires a dedicate Hue Bridge hub whilst LIFX users only need WiFi and an app to control the bulb.
Best Smart Plugs
Smart plugs protect users from wasted energy usage and provide control over the devices, This is the perfect way to make your old devices smart home enabled and controllable via your Echo Dot.
Belkin Wemo is the best known smart plug. The Wemo Switch series allow devices to be triggered by motion or controlled with your voice or the Wemo app.
Amazon Smart Plug
A recent addition to Amazon’s hardware lineup is the Amazon Smart Plug. The creator of Alexa has fully integrated their smart plug with the voice assistant.
Smart thermostats are the most effective way to cut costs with smart home tech. Although most of this benefit comes through AI and scheduling, these devices work with your Echo Dot to bump up or down your temperature with your voice.
Nest Learning Thermostat is the most complex and intelligent of its kind. Google has put its leading AI and machine learning capabilities to good use here. No programming is required, the Learning Thermostat is so intelligent it follows our behavior to create the perfect heating schedule.
The Ecobee3 and Ecobee4 are the two biggest rivals of the Nest thermostat. According to Ecobee you can save between 10-20% on your heating and cooling bills.
Robot vacuums have been around for a long time without being a connected device. The latest robot vacuums are, however, very high tech pieces of hardware and software that are connectable to your WiFi and controllable with your Echo Dot.
If you want the state of the art robot vacuum, look no further than the latest and best model from iRobot. The Roomba i7+ has smart mapping technology and a self-disposal mechanism which allows you to not have to worry about even having to think about the device for weeks on end.
A slightly older but still well equipped Roomba, the 960 has many of the benefits of the i7+ (minus the self-disposal) for a much more reasonable price tag.
Neato Botvac D7 Connected
The Neat Botvac D7 Connected is one of the most credible competitors to iRobots Roomba. Its unique D shape allows it to maneuver and fit in corners for a better cleaning experience.
Smart security cameras are highly effective in preventing crime thanks to their notification and two-way talk features. There are many options available including outdoor wireless cameras and video doorbells.
Arlo Wire Free Cameras
When it comes to outdoor security Cameras, Arlo is the most popular name in the market. Their compact cameras identify real threats from fake ones and notify the users with an app. Video footage is stored for free on the cloud for a limited time after.
Ring Video Doorbell
Ring was recently acquired by Amazon for over $1 billion. This is due to their Video Doorbells, a device they pioneered which has incredible results. Answering your doorbell from anywhere and seeing who is on your front porch at any time is a gamechanger to home security.