Smart thermostats, smart speakers, and more of today's best deals.
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Springtime is here, and it's the perfect time to kick off those weekend projects you've spent all winter dreaming about. One of the simplest? Adding a little smart home flair to your house or apartment. While the $179.99 Amazon Echo is our favorite smart home speaker, you can get the full power of Alexa in a more compact package with the $49.99 Echo Dot.
Amazon is sweetening the deal today by taking $20 off when you buy three Echo Dots, which is the first time the company has offered any kind of deal on the cheapest Alexa-enabled speaker. Just add three to your cart and enter the code DOT3PACK in the "promo code" field and you can easily add Alexa across your whole home.
Once you've added a smart assistant like Alexa to your home, the next step is to add a smart thermostat. Our favorite Alexa-enabled smart thermostat is the Ecobee3, and it's down to its lowest price ever on Amazon. This model includes a remote temperature probe, which is perfect for homes with uneven temperature from room to room or floor to floor. And with Alexa compatibility, you'll be able to control the temperature from your tablet, phone, smartwatch, or with just your voice.
That's $39 for a bank that can charge just about anything that charges via USB, including your smartphone, tablets, headphones, and even certain cameras. This bank has three USB outputs, so you can charge up to three gadgets at once, with a total output of 5.5 amps. It has enough capacity to charge an iPhone nine times over, so you can just stash it in your bag and it should always have some extra juice when you need it.
Like its bigger brother, the Smart Plug Mini enjoys easy setup on iOS and Android, a great mobile app, convenient remote control, integration with Amazon Alexa, and neat extra features like the aforementioned Away Mode. Unlike its sibling, however, it only covers a single outlet regardless of where you position it. It’s one of the smallest plugs we tested, making it a great choice for buyers who don’t have a lot of space.
Amazon's insanely affordable Fire tablets are known for their battery life and painless Android operating systems, and the Fire HD 8 now offers Alexa voice control. You also get an 8-inch screen, quad-core processor, and 16 GB of storage plus a microSD slot to add more. Prime members also get access to tons of free video, music, and books.