Best Echo Dot Accessories 2018

Best Echo Dot Accessories 2018

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.


Speakers

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 2018. 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.

Best Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone

Sonos Play:1

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.

sonos play 1


Smart Lighting

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

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.

Philips Hue White and Color

LIFX

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.

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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

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.

Belkin wemo

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.

amazon smart plug


Smart Thermostats

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

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.

nest Learning thermostat 3rd gen

Ecobee

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.

ecobee3


Robot vacuums

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.

Roomba i7+

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.

roomba i7+ with self disposal station

Roomba 960

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.

Roomba 960

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.

neato laser scanner technology


Security Cameras

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.

arlo pro 2 starter pack with smart siren

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.

ring pro seocnd pic

 

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