Best Products Smart Home 79 79 people found this article helpful The 10 Best Amazon Devices Whatever you need, Amazon has it by Meredith Popolo Writer Meredith Popolo is a Stockholm-based writer specializing in consumer technology. She has written for PCMag.com and Geek.com among others. our editorial process Twitter Meredith Popolo Updated on February 12, 2020 Smart Home Audio Camera & Video Car Audio & Accessories Computer & Laptops Computer Components Gaming Gifts Networking Phones & Accessories Smart Home Software Tablets Toys & Games TVs Wearables View More Tweet Share Email Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. Our Top Picks Best for TV: Fire TV Cube at Amazon"Setup is easy and the Fire Cube itself is nondescript enough to fit in with any home entertainment unit."Best for Reading: Kindle Paperwhite at Amazon"Combined with a 300 ppi glare-free screen, there’s now no excuse not to do some serious reading at the pool or beach."Best for Amazon Alexa: Echo Dot with Clock at Amazon"Fans of the previous Echo Dot will love the Echo Dot with Clock for the addition of an LED clock face."Best Smart Hub: Echo Show 8 at Amazon"The Echo Show 8 is a great smart home hub, thanks to its large, 8-inch HD screen, intuitive controls, and built-in privacy safeguards."Best for Music: Echo Studio at Amazon"The Echo Studio offers sharp, clear sound, along with the intuitive ability to adapt sound to suit the acoustics of the room."Runner-Up, Best for Music: Echo (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker at Amazon"The Echo Smart Speaker is great for Alexa users who want their Echo to play music, but don’t need a speaker like the Echo Studio."Best for Exercise: Echo Buds at Amazon"Amazon’s Echo Buds are coming for Apple’s AirPods, and we definitely see some advantages with Amazon’s wireless earbuds."Best for Kids: Echo Glow at Amazon"Although it pairs with the Alexa app, the Glow doesn't have Echo built in, and we're glad to see Amazon putting privacy first."Best for Cooking: Amazon Smart Oven at Amazon"The Amazon Smart Oven aims to make cooking a breeze with over 30 presets, ensuring your food is cooked, or fried as it should be."Best Smart Plug: Echo Flex at Amazon"Despite being little, it works well for voice control, and is an easy way to bring Alexa into additional parts of your home." Best for TV: Fire TV Cube 4.6 Buy on Amazon Buy on Best Buy Buy on B&H Photo Video What We Like Offers voice control, 4K Ultra HD content, and smart home compatibility Faster than the first-generation model What We Don't Like No way to remove ads from the home screen The 2nd Gen Fire Cube is impressive for its improved speed over the first edition, thanks to its strong hexa-core processor and ability to stream 4K Ultra HD content with virtually no lag times. It’s also supported by Dolby Vision. The Fire Cube is Amazon’s streaming device, and, while it may not replace your TV remote completely, it’s a seriously impressive addition to your home entertainment system. Ask Alexa to play from your Netflix or Prime Video accounts, or to switch over to football. Even if the TV is off, voice control via Alexa is still possible to turn off the lights, check the weather, or any other command. Setup is easy and the Fire Cube itself is nondescript enough to fit in with any home entertainment unit. While we’d love to see the option to remove ads from the home screen, it’s overall the best Amazon product for your TV. Amazon Fire TV Cube Review Best for Reading: Kindle Paperwhite 4.5 Buy on Amazon Buy on Best Buy What We Like Waterproof e-reader with 300 PPI glare-free screen Works with Audible for Bluetooth-enabled listening Available in 8GB or 32GB What We Don't Like Frequent readers would appreciate longer battery life The Kindle has long been a favorite with readers everywhere, but the newest Kindle Paperwhite is worth the upgrade. It’s now waterproof, not just water-resistant, and is the thinnest model yet. Combined with a 300 PPI glare-free screen, there’s now no excuse not to do some serious reading at the pool or beach. The Paperwhite is offered in Black or Twilight Blue, along with the option of 8 GB or 32 GB storage. It can also pair with Audible to turn your Kindle into an audiobook, and Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity mean you’re always able to download your next read. Kindle claims the battery will last six weeks, but that's based on a half-hour of reading per day without wireless connectivity. In practice, avid readers are likely to go through the battery in days, not weeks. Take a look at the best Kindles available. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018) Review Best for Amazon Alexa: Echo Dot with Clock Courtesy of Amazon 3.1 Buy on Amazon What We Like Easy-to-use, practical, and blends in with home decor LED clock, plus voice control, makes it the perfect bedside table accessory What We Don't Like Increased price Fans of the previous Echo Dot, an unobtrusive yet very useful home speaker, will love the Echo Dot with Clock for the addition of an LED clock face. It looks so natural, we wonder why the clock wasn’t always part of the design. This smart speaker is now the perfect bedside accessory or kitchen assistant—use voice control to set an alarm, control your smart home, set a timer, read the news, or check the weather. The light display automatically adjusts to suit the brightness of the room and the range of subdued color choices mean it will blend in beautifully with any home decor. Since the addition of the LED clock is the biggest improvement to the 3rd generation, current users may not feel the need to replace their Echo Dot just for the addition of the clock. However, it’s a useful, fun, and easy-to-use smart speaker with many practicalities for any room of the home. Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Review Best Smart Hub: Echo Show 8 Buy on Amazon Buy on Best Buy What We Like Functional and intuitive smart home hub, with an 8-inch screen and dual two-inch speakers Control your smart home, view photos, watch videos, or cook along to recipes with Alexa What We Don't Like Video calling limited to friends and family who also have Echo Shows The Echo Show 8 is a great smart home hub, thanks to its large, 8-inch HD screen, intuitive controls, and built-in privacy safeguards. The latest edition from the Echo Show family of home hubs, the 8 is a perfect mix of the smaller Show 5 and the larger Show, with a 10” screen. Link the Show 8 with your Amazon Photo account to turn your screen background into a personalized photo album, control your smart home devices verbally or via the screen, and create customized morning updates and news reports to start and end your day. It can also double as an entertainment screen for playing Prime Video, music, or to guide you through recipes. It’s also very useful for calling and video calls, but the latter is currently limited to friends and family who also have Echo Shows—we’d love to see them become Skype or Zoom-enabled. Best for Music: Echo Studio Buy on Amazon What We Like Dolby Atmos and five speakers create a dynamic and cinematic sound for the home Voice controls for music compatible with Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, and more What We Don't Like Large size can look out of place in a smaller apartment or room The Echo Studio delivers a premium surround sound experience, thanks to five speakers packed into an aesthetically-pleasing round design, aided by Dolby Atmos technology. Amazon’s first entry into the premium home speaker market offers sharp, clear sound, and adapt to suit the acoustics of the room. Of course, Alexa is enabled in the Echo Studio, and you can also control your music using your voice. Luckily, this is not limited to Amazon Music—Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, and even Apple Music are all supported. With a subscription to Amazon Music HD, you also open the floodgates to over 50 million songs in the collection. Although the Echo is certainly an impressive product, its larger size may be a bit overwhelming in smaller rooms. The surround sound market is also so saturated with quality products already, it'll be interesting to see how the Echo stacks up. Check out our guide to the best Amazon Echo devices. Runner-Up, Best for Music: Echo (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker Buy on Amazon What We Like Great value smart speaker with improved audio quality, powered by Dolby for premium surround sound Fun color choices expand on Echo’s already well-loved design What We Don't Like No built-in Zigbee hub for direct smart home device connections The Echo Smart Speaker, in its 3rd generation, is perfect for Alexa users who want their Echo to play music, but don’t need a premium speaker like the Echo Studio. Although that’s not to say the Echo 3rd Gen doesn’t deliver; with 360° surround sound powered by Dolby, the Echo offers top-notch performance, and can even be paired with a second unit, or an earlier generation Echo, for a stereo sound experience. As with all Echos, you can control your smart home features verbally, ask Alexa questions, check the weather, or use the system as an intercom to communicate with other rooms of your home. It’s available in a range of calming colors and will fit into any room of the home. If you already have an Echo 2nd Gen, you may not need an upgrade though, as the models are very similar. Best for Exercise: Echo Buds Buy on Amazon Buy on Best Buy What We Like Alexa-enabled wireless earbuds, allowing you to stream music, order food, or get directions – all hands-free Clear, crisp audio, enhanced by Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology to minimize background noise Adjustable sizing What We Don't Like Shorter battery life than some of its competitors Amazon’s Echo Buds are coming for Apple’s AirPods, and we definitely see some advantages with Amazon’s wireless earbuds. The sleek, black earbuds are comfortable to wear, thanks to a customizable fit, and the built-in Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology reduces unwanted background noise, making sound quality clear and dynamic. The Echo Buds are compatible with Alexa, via the Alexa app, allowing you to have full voice control, hands-free. Although the battery life is decent, offering up to five hours of music playback per full charge, this isn’t quite as long as some of the other wireless earbuds on the market. Best for Kids: Echo Glow Buy on Amazon What We Like A kid-friendly nightlight that works with Alexa, but isn’t equipped with an Echo microphone, ensuring privacy Fun settings like campfire mode and color flow Rainbow Timer is useful for morning and bedtime routines What We Don't Like Expensive for what is essentially a color-changing nightlight If you’re looking to gently introduce your children to smart home technology and Alexa, consider the Echo Glow. It’s a simple, yet smart, nightlight, which can change colors. Although it pairs with Alexa via the app, the Glow doesn't have Echo built-in, and we're glad to see Amazon putting privacy first. Morning alarms can be set via the Glow, and the Rainbow Timer feature, which counts down the time by changing color, is useful for helping develop routines. The fun color changing settings are popular with kids, such as campfire mode and color flow, and we can certainly see how the Glow could inspire creativity during playtimes. Best for Cooking: Amazon Smart Oven Buy on Amazon What We Like Convection oven quadruples as a microwave, food warmer, and air fryer. 30 built-in presets make it easy to cook food perfectly, the first try What We Don't Like Alexa isn’t built-in, works via a compatible device Bring Amazon into your kitchen with the Smart Oven, an Alexa-controlled cooking device. The name itself is slightly misleading, as this device serves as a convection oven, microwave, food warmer, and an air fryer. The Amazon Smart Oven aims to make cooking a breeze with over 30 presets, ensuring your food is cooked, or fried as it should be. It’s spacious, at 1.5 cu ft, and easy to use. The Smart Oven works via the Echo Dot, which is included in each package. Unfortunately, the Echo isn’t built into the device. We like the Smart Oven because it can take the guesswork out of cooking, thanks to the cooking presets, an included temperature gauge, and the scan-to-cook feature, allowing you to scan packaged foods via the Alexa app and the oven will then cook them automatically for the correct time. Best Smart Plug: Echo Flex Buy on Amazon What We Like Super affordable Can plug in anywhere in your house Built-in USB port is handy for charging or motion sensor What We Don't Like Most useful features require separate accessories The Echo Flex is a compact Echo that plugs into any wall socket in your home, allowing you to extend the reach of Echo to additional rooms. Although it may seem excessive, the Flex is a budget-friendly way to expand your smart home’s reach, and its small size makes it unobtrusive. Despite being little, it works well for voice control and is an easy way to bring Alexa into additional parts of your home. The Flex also comes with a USB port, which is useful for phone or device charging, or it can also be used for one of the Flex’s accessories, which can be purchased separately, such as a motion sensor or a night light.