What works with Amazon Alexa

Recently purchased an Amazon Alexa-enabled device, like the Amazon Echo or an Echo Dot? You’ve just opened a gateway into your future smart home — and GearBrain is here to help you. Through our compatibility checker, The GearBrain, we can guide you to the best connected products for your needs, devices that work seamlessly with Alexa, Amazon’s intelligent voice assistant.

Just start by selecting a product category in The GearBrain’s filter to find all the smart products that work with Amazon Alexa. You can use Alexa with nearly any kind of smart device made today, whether that’s a smart plug or a video doorbell. We’ll also let you read reviews on these items, and you can discover interesting ways to put them to use in your home through guides written by GearBrain’s editors. We’ll also help you find the item online to help make your buying decision easier.

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Why Alexa?

Alexa is one of the better known voice assistants — a competitor to Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri — which works by just saying its name out loud, and then speaking your command or request. Once you’ve plugged in your Echo device, you’re ready to get started. If you have an Amazon account, you can link this to the Echo as well, which will bring up features like ordering groceries and replacements through the online site.

While Amazon started with its classic Echo and Echo Dot, today there are many more official Alexa devices which includes the Echo Spot, a small, rounded clock with a touchscreen that doubles as an alarm, the Echo Show, a tablet-sized device with a large screen perfect for watching cooking shows and mapping your commute in the morning, and the Echo Auto, the Alexa device designed specifically for your car.

Alexa Skills

Alexa works simply by saying its name, “Alexa,” waiting for the device to light up and chime, and then asking a question or making a request. You can ask Alexa to read the news, pull up the weather, tell you sports statistics and even suggest recipes based on the ingredients in your refrigerator. When you’re ready to take Alexa to the next level, however, you’ll want to tap into Alexa Skills, which you can think of as apps.

There’s an Alexa Skill for nearly anything you might want to ask the voice assistant. Want some tips on how to recycle? Perhaps you want some first aid advice on patching up a skinned knee. Or maybe you need a perfect margarita recipe.

Even better are Alexa Skills that can help link your smart home devices together, including your smart lights such as those from Philips Hue and even GE. Finally, when you feel more comfortable navigating all Alexa has to offer, you can even build your own Alexa Skill using the Alexa Blueprint feature.

As you build your smart home with Alexa, continue to check back with The GearBrain to learn about additional products that will link with Amazon’s smart assistant, and new ways on weaving them into your life. We’re excited to help you get started on creating your new connected life.