Top 10 Alexa devices to buy: Enjoy your connected home

Top 10 Alexa devices to buy: Enjoy your connected home
>The smarthome is market coming to life, thanks in the most part to the companies seeking to unify all your smart connected products, letting you control them from a single hub.
The Amazon Echo and its built-in assistant, Alexa, stand out and have really caught our eye.

To get the most out of Alexa and help it become more than just a Bluetooth speaker you can demand weather forecasts from, you need compatible products in your home, your work or even your car. Here's a list of the most useful buys.

Our top 10 choices


1. Philips Hue white and colour ambiance starter kit


Buy the Hue starter kit for £149 from Amazon UK


Philips has an impressive portfolio of smart, connected lighting solutions to kit your house out with. In fact, it's arguably the most complete lighting system available.

The white and colour starter kit comes with the latest Hue Bridge, and can be programmed to offer all kinds of colours for setting the mood, or just for changing white temperature to suit morning or evening. The bulbs come with either a bayonet B22 fitting or E27 screw fitting. It's a great place to start if you don't have any smart lighting yet.

Being Hue there are, of course, other bulb types to choose from. They offer spotlights, separate mood lamps, even designer lamps with built-in Hue support and LED light-strips. You even get the option of connected dimmer switches and motion sensors. All of which can be controlled by Alexa.

2. Logitech Harmony Home Hub


Buy the Harmony Home Hub for £99.99 from Amazon UK 


Logitech's Harmony Home Hub is regarded as one of the best hubs for controlling your home entertainment system. Plug it in to your existing TV, Blu-ray player, set-top box and then plug an Echo in to the back of it, then have it control your TV and a host of other smarthome products without having to pick up a remote.

Read more: Logitech Harmony added Alexa support: Control your smart home with your voice

3. ZeroTouch Air Vent car mount


Buyt the ZeroTouch air vent mount for  £39.99 from Amazon UK 


ZeroTouch Air is a smartphone mount that not only lets you control your Android smartphone just using your voice, but also now has Alexa support built in. That means you can tell Alexa to turn on your heating, lights or any other connected product while you're on your way home from work.

4. Neato Botvac Connected


Buy the Neato Botvac Connected for £596 from Amazon UK


"Alexa, tell Neato to start cleaning." There's nothing more satisfying in life than being able to have clean, dust and debris-free floors without having to lift a finger. Neato's Botvac Connected offers this, and has Alexa support so you can tell it to start, stop, pause or resume cleaning whenever you like.

5. Nest learning thermostat, 3rd generation


Buy the Nest 3.0 smart thermostat for  £199 from Amazon UK 


There's a whole host of smart connected thermostats on the market and, undoubtedly one of the better ones with Alexa compatibility is the third generation Nest learning thermostat. It has a big, colourful display, and is very easy to control thanks to a rotating frame and intuitive smartphone app.

6. Netatmo Weather Station


Buy the Netatmo Weather Station for  £119.99 from Amazon UK


Perhaps not one for everyone, but the Netatmo Weather Station gives you accurate weather and air quality measurements in real-time. It can measure temperature, CO2 concentration, air pressure, humidity, noise polution and more; inside and outside your home. All you need is a smartphone.

With Alexa support, you can ask your Echo for the current outdoor temperature by saying "Alexa, ask Netatmo to get the temperature from the Outdoor module".

7. Blink home security camera system


Buy the Blink home security camera system from  £109 (1 camera)


In years gone by, home security was hideously expensive. Now, thanks to the rise of internet connected cameras, anyone can install their own camera system without shelling out too much of their hard-earned money.

There are many cameras out there, including the indoor security camera from Blink. You can buy kits with one, two or three cameras, and you can arm them by speaking to your Echo.

8. Fitbit Charge 2


Buy the Fitbit Charge 2 from  £113.95 on Amazon UK


With Alexa's Fitbit skills, you can ask your Echo to give you a run down on your performance, how well you slept last night, how many calories you've burned or flights of stairs you've climbed, among many others. To really make the most of that, you're going to need one of the company's fitness trackers, and the Charge 2 is comfortably the best available at the moment. It's accurate, has a large display and lasts a long time on one charge.

Read more: Which Fitbit model is right for you?

9. Fitbit Aria


Buy the Fitbit Aria for  £99.95 from Amazon UK 


As well as tracking fitness and activity, Fitbit's Aria smart scales will also let Alexa in on how your weight progress is going. Just ask Alexa what your weight is, and it'll use your last-tracked weight measured by the Aria scales.

10. Hive Active Heating and Hot Water


Buy the Hive Active Heating and Hot Water thermostat with installation for  £249 from Amazon UK


Hive was one of the earliest smart thermostats available in the UK, and with the latest version, you get more control than ever. You can use it to control your hot water, protect your pipes from frost and even send a command to it by SMS. And, if you want to, you can get it installed by a British Gas engineer, regardless of who actually supplies your energy.

Read more: Amazon Echo: See what it can do

Read more: Amazon Echo UK release – 8 amazing Alexa Skills to try first

These are our top 10, are there any that you think we have missed?

 

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