Gadget Governance: The 10 Best Alexa-Enabled Devices for Controlling Your Home

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* Amazon Alexa’s capabilities don’t need to be limited to a single device
* These home appliances can all be connected
* Save yourself time and trouble through voice-operated commands

Currently, roughly 8.2 million people own an Amazon Alexa, and that number is steadily growing. Smart home devices allow you to streamline your life by employing voice-operated instructions, and many new home and kitchen appliances now feature Alexa capabilities.

In fact, Alexa has over 40,000 skills, from setting a timer to playing a specific song and more. Now, you can ask Alexa to do everything from dim the lights to open the garage, using the devices below.

1. InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser

Controlled via your phone, you can adjust the settings on this diffuser so it runs on certain days of the week, or at certain times of the day. It will also automatically shut off if water levels are running low, so you don’t need to worry about dry-burning.

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2. AmazonBasics Microwave

With quick-cook voice pre-sets and a simplified keypad, you can now rely on Alexa for help in the kitchen. It’s also compact in size, so it won’t dominate your kitchen counter.

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3. Smart Lights WiFi Light Bulb

Turn lights on and off or dim them using only your voice and your Amazon Alexa. You can also customize your settings, and organize your lights so they automatically come on at certain times like sunset, or when you come home from work.

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4. Xenon Smart WiFi Control Water Valve

This Smart Controller fits easily and securely over your existing levered valve and allows you to switch it on and off using Alexa. As safety is also a key concern, Xenon will also send your smartphone a notification if it detects leaks.

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5. WiFi Smart Plug

Install this Smart Plug and connect it to the accompanying app and use Alexa to program anything from your coffee machine to your bedside lamp. Share the app with your family members so that everyone can make their life just a little more streamlined.

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6. Wemo Light Switch

Replace your boring old light switch with this Alexa-enabled model by Wemo and switch lights on and off using voice control, the Wemo app or the switch itself. You can program your lights even when you’re away from the house, including setting them on “Away Mode” while you’re out of town.

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7. TaoTronics Smart LED Floor Lamp

It’s everyone’s pet peeve—get curled up in bed, or snuggled on the couch, and realize that you left the light on. This lamp is WiFi connected and Alexa enabled, and even memorizes your most recent brightness settings, allowing you to save energy as well.

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8. Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell 

This doorbell works in tandem with Alexa to alert you when someone is at your door. It also allows you to communicate with them directly via your phone, tablet or PC. It provides 24-hour front door footage, even recording at night with infrared night vision.

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9. Chamberlain Smartphone-Controlled Garage Door Opener

Close and open your garage with ease by connecting your garage door with this accompanying app, allowing you to keep tabs on the status of your garage door anytime, anywhere. The steel-reinforced belt drive ensures that the door is also ultra quiet, so it won’t disturb any nosy neighbors.

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10. Sonos One

These powerful speakers have Alexa built right into them, and allow you to fill not one but two rooms with your favorite tunes. You can also connect them to your Playbar for theater-quality surround sound.

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