Our List Of 12 Recommended Alexa Products
All the Alexa / Echo devices can perform the same skills and routines – the only difference is the Echo Show has a screen so that particular device can also show you videos and more. But otherwise, whatever device you purchase – know that they can all work the same and communicate with each other.
The Echo Dot
The Echo Dot is the smallest version in the line of Alexa devices. It comes in a small variety of colors and with it’s small size and small price – you can afford to purchase several and put them throughout your home. It’s perfect for small spaces!
The Echo Dot With Clock
The Echo Dot with a built in digital clock is perfect for those areas in your home where you would like to see a visual cue of the time of day (i.e. your bedroom). This device is only available in white for the moment. It functions exactly like any other Alexa device – it just has the digital clock built in.
Echo Flex Plug In
If you are interested in putting Alexa devices throughout the house – you can save some money by using the Echo Flex instead of multiple Echo Dot products. The Echo Flex simply plugs into an electrical socket and works just like any of the other Alexa devices. It costs a bit less but, just so you know, there are Echo Flex products that come with a motion sensor and also some with a smart light which adds voice controlled capabilities for things like lamps.
The Echo Dot Wall Mount Holder
The Echo Tower – 3rd Generation
The original Alexa devices were tall towers but this 3rd generation model is a bit shorter and a bit wider. Making it much easier to blend in to your home’s decor – no matter where you place it. The advantage of the tower model vs. the dot models mentioned above is that the speaker has better sound quality. So, if hearing is an issue for the homeowner – I would recommend the Echo Tower.
The Echo Show
The Echo Show device is honestly my favorite for many reasons. I recommend the 10 inch version just because it’s easier for older adults. I love the fact that you can use to as a monitoring device which from our perspective – is such a great device for adult children who want to and/or need to keep an “eye” on their elderly parents. Also, the Show And Tell feature, is just a great new skill – albeit it’s new and has some glitches but I can see the great potential that it will eventually have. Check out my video on that.
Alexa Enabled Smart Smoke Detector
This is another great little Alexa accessory – especially for older adults and their families. It gives you text alert notifications if it goes off alerting you of an emergency in your home. It also tracks carbon monoxide levels and much more.
Alexa Enabled Overhead Lights
Yes, you can install overhead lights that are voice activated, dimmable, can turn colors and are flush mounted. They can of course also be controlled via the Alexa app which is so cool. You can set up a routine where every night (as an example) the overhead light can turn on and off automatically. This particular model shown here is super bright (2100 lumens) which makes it perfect for older adults!
The Echo Wall Clock
So, the Echo Wall Clock does a bit more than just tell you the time. It can also be used as a timer or a countdown timer as well. It is not, however a stand alone Alexa product. In order for it to work, you do need an Alexa dot or Echo Show, etc.
Plugging your lamp or appliance, television set, etc. to smart plugs like these gives your Alexa the ability to control them!
Smart Plug Power Strip
In case you need to plug in multiple items – you can use the power strip. Note that just because the item is plugged into this strip, does not mean that you HAVE to control it with Alexa. (Just an FYI).
Alexa Enabled Roomba Vacuum
I use my Roomba (and yes, I have this model) every other day in my home and I LOVE it! The benefit of having it Alexa enabled just makes it a bit easier for me. When I’m upstairs – I can just start my Roomba downstairs without having to go back down the stairs. A great benefit for anyone that may have difficulty with mobility issues.
There are so many more Alexa devices and I would imagine that many more would be coming in the near future!
Click here to check out the Alexa Enabled devices that are currently on Amazon!