All SmartHomes need a central controller. The Amazon Echo is the best we’ve tested to easily speak commands and have your house quickly respond. Alexa (the Echo’s personality) becomes your new favorite member of the family. Once you have an Echo installed, your life becomes that much easier. Some of our favorite, most useful commands are:
- Alexa, what’s the weather today?
- Alexa, set a timer for the potatoes for 30 minutes.
- Alexa, turn the bedroom light off.
- Alexa, play some Country music.
For just $94.99 on Amazon, the Echo will control your SmartHome devices, give you weather updates, play your favorite music, even order you an Uber.
The new 3rd Generation Amazon Echo Dot might be our favorite option. You can pick one up for just $47.99. This makes it even easier to add Alexa to more rooms, and now that it has a built-in speaker, we love them. (Before, you had to attach speakers). Setup takes just minutes, so we have now put an Echo in just about every room.
The Amazon Echo gets our preferred rating for ease of setup, use, and overall quality when it comes to SmartHome enabled speakers.
When you’re ready for the next step, check out our recommendation of the iHome Smart Plug and Philips Hue Lighting Kit.
Want to take the guess work out of it all? Shoot us a message and we’ll create a custom SmartHome plan just for your needs. We even offer low-cost installation to make it a no-brainer. Fully automate your home and see the difference it can make!