AMAZON'S Alexa is a virtual assistant who can make various aspects of our lives easier.
Sure, she's a fun party trick - and has quite the sense of humour - but Alexa's capabilities these days extend far beyond reading the weather forecast or playing a song.
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Before we delve into the world of the best Alexa-compatible devices, however, it is useful to mention here there are some amazing Amazon device deals right now, with over 40% off Echo speakers and Fire tablets.
That being said, Amazon's Alexa is compatible with a wide range of smart-home devices, from lights to hoovers, which you can control using voice-activated technology.
Investing in an Alexa device, like an Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Flex is the first step. These start at under £20.
Some Alexa compatible devices require an Echo Show, which has a video display, to work effectively.
Once you embrace the ease and convenience of an Alexa-enhanced life, you won't go back.
1. Ring Video Doorbell
The Ring is an Alexa compatible device that people love since it allows you to launch real-time video with your voice.
It also means you know who's at your front door - and can chat to them - no matter where you happen to be. You just need your phone, tablet or PC.
The movement-activated Ring sends notifications whenever movement is detected or the doorbell is pressed, and this device works for any home and includes theft protection and infrared night vision.
2. Amazon Echo (4th generation)
The fourth generation of the Amazon Echo improves sound quality while retaining all the features that made Amazon's speaker famous.
The Echo is compatible with Alexa, and will allow you to play music from different streaming services, control your smart devices and much more.
It also comes with a Microphone Off button that allegedly disconnects the microphones electronically, for extra privacy.
3. Amazon Echo Dot (4th generation)
Identical to the Echo design-wise, the Dot is smaller and cheaper, while also packing in most of the goodness of its larger sibling.
The only downside is that sound quality is not quite as crispy, but it's still pretty good.
4. Amazon Echo Show 8
The Echo Show adds a screen to your traditional smart speaker, enabling video calls directly from the device.
It also comes with a camera app to take photos and videos should you need to, as well as various streaming apps.
Finally, the Echo Show can be paired be with compatible video doorbells to show you who's standing in front of your residence.
5. Amazon Fire Stick
The Fire Stick is great to add smart TV features to older television sets and monitors, particularly thanks to its compatibility with various streaming apps.
This particular model takes things one step further, introducing voice commands via a dedicated remote control.
By setting up your fire Stick with Alexa, you'll be able to use your voice to search and launch programmes across different apps, as well as control volume levels and turn the stick on and off.
6. Philips Hue Smart Wireless Dimmer Switch
Philips is the indisputable leader when it comes to smart lighting, and this dimmer switch design offers ten different lighting options.
It also works well for less-techy folk: use it with Alexa to switch up your lighting ambience, change with the accompanying app, or just tap the buttons on the switch itself.
7. Nest Learning Thermostat
Even those who are reluctant to go down the connected-home route do like the idea of a smart thermostat - it can save customers hundreds of pounds in the first couple of years alone.
This programmable thermostat lets you organise your heating more efficiently, and you can change your temperature via Alexa or a smartphone app.
It also lets you control your hot water tank from the same device.
8. Eufy Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Fans insist that robot-vacs are life-changers and this Eufy RoboVac is a hit, particularly for those with hardwood floors.
It claims to have five times more suction power than some of its competitors, and thanks to its sleek design (its height is just 2.85 inches) it can easily get under most sofas, beds and dressers.
It's also super quiet, at only 55 decibels - around the same level of noise as a microwave.
9. Asakuki Smart Essential Oil Diffuser
We're fairly certain a diffuser is going to be a must-own in 2022 and this version will certainly wow you - it certainly has everyone else.
It changes colours and generates a good amount of mist for any size room - just fill it with your favourite essential oils.
Even better? Alexa will turn it on and off, changing modes as and when you need them changed.
10. Neos SmartCam Security Camera
This value-for-money home security camera is Alexa compatible and works in every room of the house, so can double as a baby or pet monitor. It has night vision features so will work up to nine metres away, even in pitch black.
"I work in IT and my home is filled with gadgets and I have to say I am thoroughly impressed with this camera. The app is excellent, feels like a lot of time and effort has gone into making it. The build quality of the camera itself is very good too. Really impressed that videos really are stored using end to end encryption", wrote one reviewer.Just Chill POWER NAP High & Dry UPPER CRUST
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