If you are thinking about developing your own smart home then you should definitely think about starting with an Amazon Echo, which is a home-based personal assistant that can control your entire smart home, while providing you with the ability to complete a number of commands with your voice, from getting the answers to your questions, up to playing music from the Echo.
If you have started with the Amazon Echo then you might want to pick up some extra devices to expand your home further with.
So we are publishing this article to take you through what we consider to be the best Amazon Echo compatible devices of 2017.
Check them out:
3rd-gen Nest learning thermostat
After picking up an Echo a great compatible device to think about is the Nest learning thermostat, which allows you to control your home’s heating with a circular colourful display, and an app for remote control.
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Hive Active Heating and Hot Water
If you live in the UK, then another great heating control system for your smartphone has to be the Hive Active Heating and Hote Water smart thermostat, which can control your hot water, and even protect your pipes from frost, with various smart controls.
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Belkin has a set of smart home devices called WeMo that work to control a number of things around your home, from your lights all the way up to your lights, all of which can be controlled via the WeMo app or with Amazon Echo and other devices.
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Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit
The SmartThings starter kit is a great way to get started with smart home control, it’s slightly expensive, however, it does include all the stuff that you need for home automation, including one Samsung SmartThings hub, two Samsung SmartThings multipurpose sensors, one Samsung SmartThings motion sensor and one Samsung SmartThings outlet.
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Honeywell Lyric T6R smart thermostat
If those two smart thermostats didn’t impress you much then the Honeywell Lyric T6R smart thermostat might be more of your speed, it features many of the smart controls as the other two with Apple HomeKit, as well as Geofencing to control your system as people walk into your home, and it’s even wireless or wired.
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Philips Hue Start Kit
A kit of people kick off their smart home design with a Philips Hue system and for good reason, it’s an awesome smart system that allows you to control your lights from devices like the Echo, from your smartphone, or from your phone. There are a range of devices to choose from with light strips, colour bulbs, and simple white bulbs. But we would recommend starting with a starter kit.
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Logitech Harmony Home Hub
If you want to control your home entertainment system with Alexa then you definitely want to check out the Logitech Harmony Home Hub, which can bring smart controls to everything from your blu-ray player to your tv.
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Blink home security camera system
The Blink home security camera system brings security to your smart home, which is a wireless security camera solution with 1080p recording and smartphone controls, of course with
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Netatmo Weather Station
You can ask Alexa what the weather is like normally, however, that data doesn’t tell you what the weather is actually like. Natatmo’s weather station does that for you, providing you with real-life weather information from where you are.
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Neato Botvac Connected
Robot Vacuum Cleaners have always been cool, but not quite as cool as one that’s connected to an Alexa. With the Neato Botvac Connected you can do just that, allowing you to command your robot minion with your voice, get cleaning minion!
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TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug
To control equipment that you have plugged in with Echo then you are going to need a smart plug, for which there are a range of options, however, one that we quite like is the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug, which plugs in and easily connects to smart systems like Echo, without the need for any extra hubs.
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