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If you want to make the most of your Amazon Echo and put Alexa to work, these are the best accessories you can use in tandem with the smart speaker. We've also added some accessories that'll help your Echo blend in more with your home decor and make it easier to interact with Alexa. Shop our favorite Amazon Alexa accessories below — or have Alexa add them to your Amazon shopping cart!
With Amazon's new smart microwave, you can use your voice to ask Alexa what you need your microwave to cook for you. For example, you can say "Alexa, cook potatoes," or "Alexa, reheat rice," and the microwave will automatically cook your food for the right amount of time using the correct power setting. That way you won't have to guess!
The microwave has a 0.7-cubic-foot cavity size and features 10 different power levels to heat all your meals. Since it's Wi-Fi-connected, you can sign up using Amazon's Dash service to automatically reorder popcorn when you run low. That way you're always prepared for your family movie night.
If you want to take your Echo's sound quality a step further, this subwoofer is a must-have accessory. It pairs wirelessly with up to two Echo speakers to add rich bass to your sonic experience. The Echo Sub is packed with a 6-inch downward-firing woofer. It weighs a hefty 9 pounds, is 8 inches tall, and sports a charcoal fabric material that'll complement your Echo well.
Digital Trends tested the sub and found it to be be impressive, adding that it filled the room with prominent bass that was nicely balanced, but not overbearing. If you're in search for an elevated sound, it's well worth the extra $130.
The Ring Stick Up Cam can help further bolster your home security both indoors and outdoors. The camera is completely weatherproof and offers 1080p Full HD live streaming. Key features include motion detection, night vision, a built-in siren, and two-way audio.
There's also a battery-powered variant for those hard to reach areas that aren't near an outlet. The cameras integrate nicely with your Amazon Alexa devices, so you can ask Alexa to show you what the cameras are seeing on your Echo Show or Fire TV.
If you own an Echo, the WeMo mini smart plug should be at the top of your shopping list. The sleek Wi-Fi connected accessory plugs into your electrical outlets to power your lamps, appliances, and devices.
You can control it anywhere using your voice or smartphone, and you can create custom schedules to power whatever you decide to plug into it. You can even randomize your lights' operation while away from home to create the impression you haven't left. We love using ours for Christmas lights and to turn our fan on and off.
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The Philips Hue white and color ambiance lighting kit is the best smart lighting option worth your attention. It glows in millions of colors (including thousands of shades of white). They're easy to install and operate using voice commands with your Echo. You can tell Alexa to turn lights on and off, change their color, and dim them.
This kit consists of a Philips Hue bridge and two light bulbs. Philips has the best selection of connected lighting products in the business, so you can expand your setup to even more if you wish.
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Although robot vacuums aren't meant to replace traditional vacuums, they'll definitely keep your home tidier with no effort on your end. Just say "Alexa, ask Roomba to start cleaning," and the robot vacuum will fire up to suck up all the dust, hair, and dirt throughout your home. You'll be pleasantly surprised with how well the Roomba cleans your floors. When it's finished, the Roomba automatically docks itself for recharging.
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The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is one of the most feature-filled smart doorbells you can buy. It wires to your existing doorbell line and offers a sharp 1080p picture with a wide-angle lens, so you can see everything at your doorstep. You receive instant alerts to your smartphone when visitors press the doorbell or trigger a motion sensor. You can also watch a live feed anytime on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, making it a useful tool for monitoring new Amazon Prime packages on your porch.
This highly-rated, easy-to-use Wi-Fi security camera will let you keep tabs on your home 24/7 in Full HD and send you alerts if it detects motion. It's also compatible with the Echo. Just ask Alexa to show your live feed on your Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Echo Show, or Echo Spot. It even has night vision, so you can see what's happening around the clock.
It's also equipped with two-way audio — making it easy to check in with your family while you're away or to tell your puppy to quiet down.
Considering how wise Alexa is, this owl figurine is clearly a perfect fit to house your smart speaker. The adorable 6-inch statue securely holds your Amazon Echo Dot, and it has an anti-slip mat at its bottom to keep it from sliding on your countertop or table. The design doesn't block the speaker or hinder the microphones either.
These two buttons are the perfect trivia game companion. They help deliver a new and exciting way to interact with Alexa. You can pair up to four buttons together to play games like Trivial Pursuit, Simon, and Hanagram (a quiz game based on solving anagrams). The buttons illuminate and change colors.
If you want even more games to play with them, just ask Alexa, "What games can I play with my Echo Buttons?"
If you're like us, you probably like to jam out to some tunes with your Echo when you clean your house. You crank up the volume way too loud, and the next thing you know, a song on your Spotify queue starts playing that you want nothing to do with. You keep shouting "ALEXA SKIP," "ALEXA!" "ALEXA STOPPPP," but Alexa can't hear you — because you're on your hands and knees in the other room scrubbing a toilet.
This Bluetooth remote ensures you can skip that terrible track anywhere without having to desperately yell to Alexa at the top of your lungs. Pro tip: If you buy it used from Amazon, you can get it up to 50% off!
iHome, a well-known iPod and iPhone dock manufacturer, wants to bring the Echo Dot into your bedroom. The iAVS1 comes in black or white, and you just plop your smart speaker right in its center and connect it to the USB and 3.5-millimeter audio jacks on its backside.
There's even an extra USB port on its back for charging your smartphone at night. Its built-in speakers are more powerful than the Dot's built-in speaker, and you'll always know what the time is without having to ask Alexa.
This affordable Echo Dot accessory will help you clear off your surfaces and free your home from cord clutter. It's compatible with the second generation Echo Dot, and it lets you easily mount the smart speaker to an outlet. Now you can polish up your home decor and you won't need to set your Echo on the counter or a night stand and take up precious space. We're happy that the accessory keeps the top outlet free, too!
The Philips Hue Bloom is an affordable way to add a splash of color throughout your home. It's only 5 inches in diameter, and it's set to an angle, making it a great pick to hide in corners and behind TVs. It produces an excellent array of colors, and it can sync with your favorite music and movies, as well as video games.
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If you want to customize your Echo or add some modern flair to your living room, Amazon sells a number of shells for its 2nd Generation Echo speaker. They're available in a range of fabrics, including charcoal, heather gray, sandstone, and even walnut and oak wood finishes. If you have the Echo Dot, Amazon offers nylon woven fabric and leather sleeves as well.