• Currant WiFi Smart Outlet

  • Meross MSS620 Smart Outdoor Plug

  • Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat

  • Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Lighting Starter Kit

  • Leviton Decora Smart Switch (Wi-Fi)

  • Logitech Circle 2

  • Nest Cam Outdoor

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Currant Smart Outlet
Credit: Currant
Best Smart Plug for Alexa
Currant WiFi Smart Outlet

This snazzy little gadget checks a lot of boxes on our wish list, including two side-facing outlets that can be independently operated. It's attractive, offers energy monitoring, and it also has a really nifty orientation feature—you can switch the plate on the back so it can be plugged into your wall facing either right or left, which is incredibly handy.

Also, if plugged into the bottom outlet on your wall, it doesn't cover the top one, leaving it free to use. Each outlet has an indicator light, which only fires up if that particular one is on. When not in use, it does not emit light.

There were no quirks to be found in its connectivity, as it responded just as effortlessly to the app as it did to Alexa.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart plugs

Pros

  • Controls two plugs independently

  • Has energy monitoring

  • Recommends smart schedules

Cons

  • None that we could find

Meross
Credit: Reviewed / Sarah Kovac
Best Outdoor Plug for Alexa
Meross MSS620 Smart Outdoor Plug

The Meross outdoor smart plug is what an outdoor smart plug needs to be. It's rugged, easy to use/control, and it has status lights that are easy to see and understand from a distance. It has two separate plugs that can be controlled, independently. Since our outdoor outlet has two sockets, we could plug more than one thing at a time.

While this isn't the only dual outlet smart plug that we tested, it's the only one that allows us to control each plug independently via the app and via voice assistant. This plug is very responsive, easy to use during set up and testing, and we love that we could see at a glance whether both outlets are turned on thanks to prominent indicator lights. The one thing that this plug does not offer, however, is reporting of energy consumption.

The app makes it easy to create scenes. For example, you can set the smart plug to turn off when you are away from home or turn on when you get up in the morning. These scenes are triggered by using their associated phrase with a voice assistant. (“Alexa, good morning” will trigger your morning scene.)

It’s also very easy to set up routines for your Meross smart plug. Routines will either power the plug on or off according to a schedule or turn your plug off after a specified amount of time. The app’s settings tab contains helpful guides to walk users through setting up the plug with Amazon Alexa. From looks to function to the app, this plug is just pleasant to work with.

If you're looking for an outdoor smart plug that'll give you information about how much power you're using and how much it's costing you, then we'd recommend the iDevices Smart Outdoor Plug. This plug gives excellent data on energy consumption and real-time energy use. But if you just want a good outdoor smart plug that's a pleasure to operate and can accommodate more than one item being plugged in at a time, the Meross won't disappoint.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart outdoor plugs.

Pros

  • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Allows for the creation of smart routines

  • Dual plugs that can be controlled independently

Cons

  • No energy monitoring

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Credit: Sensi
best smart thermostat for alexa
Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat

Want to be able to check or change the temperature in your house while you're away from home? Think about buying a smart thermostat. Installing a smart thermostat is a daunting process, but our top pick, the Emerson Sensi Touch Smart Thermostat, made the process less scary.

The Sensi Touch had the most straightforward installation, the best user experience, a touchscreen, and full integration with all of the major voice assistants, including Amazon Alexa. If you want the same functionality as the Sensi Touch thermostat, but with a cheaper price tag, check out our value pick, the Emerson Sensi Wi-fi Thermostat.

Caveat: almost all smart thermostats require a C-wire; be sure your heating/cooling system is compatible before buying a smart thermostat.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart thermostats.

Pros

  • Works with Apple HomeKit, Alexa, and Google

  • Clear directions and easy setup

  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Nothing we could find

Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer
Credit: Reviewed.com / Daniel Wroclawski
Best Smart Dimmer for Alexa
Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Lighting Starter Kit

The best smart dimmer switch on the market happens to also be the best for every major smart home platform, including Alexa. The Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Lighting Starter Kit offers a near perfect experience with buttery-smooth dimming and a very polished, responsive app.

The system has a higher initial cost than its competitors, but additional Lutron dimmers cost about $55, while Lutron switches cost about $65. And despite the cost, Lutron offers the only smart dimmers and smart switches that don't require a neutral power line. Neutral power lines aren't common in older homes, and adding a neutral line to your home's electrical system can be very expensive. As a result, we highly recommend purchasing these switches over adding a neutral line—it's just not worth the cost.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart in-wall dimmer switches.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit

  • No neutral line requirement

Cons

  • No three-way switch support

Leviton Decora Smart WiFi Switch
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Best Smart Switch for Alexa
Leviton Decora Smart Switch (Wi-Fi)

If you want to control hardwired lighting and other appliances with Alexa, we recommend using smart switches. Our tests found the best model to be the Leviton Decora Smart WiFi Switch. As smart switches go, this Leviton is relatively affordable at $45 per switch. And since it uses WiFi, you don't need to buy a hub to use it or control it remotely.

The Leviton app works very well, although it's not as intuitive as some of the others on the market. However, when it comes to app and voice control, the switch is very responsive.

The only issue is that this switch requires a neutral wire to work. As we noted above, older homes don't usually have neutral electrical lines, and installing them can be very expensive. If your home doesn't have a neutral line, we recommend purchasing the Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Lighting Starter Kit and its additional Lutron switches. Lutron offers a great starter kit, and none of its switches need a pesky neutral line.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart in-wall switches.

Pros

  • Responsive

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Three-way switch compability

Cons

  • None that we could find

Logitech Circle 2
Credit: Logitech
Best Indoor Camera for Alexa
Logitech Circle 2

The first-generation Logitech Logi Circle was our favorite indoor security camera for its easy setup, wire-free convenience, free 24-hour cloud storage, and well-designed app with its clever Daily Brief feature that creates a montage of the day’s events. The new Circle 2 keeps all of that, although we tested the wired version this time, which has to stay plugged in. There is also a wireless version of the Circle 2 (available on Amazon), which we haven't yet tested. The Circle 2’s night vision is much improved from the first version, which required total darkness to switch into night vision.

The camera also supports Apple HomeKit, which is rare for a security camera, as well as Alexa, Google Assistant, and the clever Logitech Pop buttons. HomeKit setup was a little frustrating since it required unplugging the camera and removing its cover to find a very tiny 8-digit code I had to type into the Home app, then plug the camera back in very quickly to make sure the Home app could find it. Most HomeKit gadgets have an easily scannable code somewhere much more accessible.

Overall, the app is incredibly easy to use. It’s always in landscape mode, which took a little getting used to, but it opens quickly to the live view and places color-coded circles on the right side that represent motion-triggered recordings. Blue circles are likely to have a person in them, and you can create a highlight reel called the Daily Brief that stitches the day’s most interesting footage into a montage.

It’s easy to save clips and photos to your device’s camera roll for sharing, too, and we love how push notifications come with preview images so you can see at a glance if you need to open the app and view the whole clip. The Circle 2 includes free 24-hour storage, and you can upgrade to a Basic plan that includes 14-day storage starting at $3.99/month or Premium, which offers 31-day storage and a handful of other advanced features starting at $9.99/month.

Logitech's Circle 2 is no bargain compared to low-cost options like Yi Dome Cam or the Wyze Cam (you could install nine Wyze Cams for the cost of one Circle 2, and never pay storage fees), but if you want an easy-to-use app and/or you’re a HomeKit household, this camera is your best bet.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart outdoor security cameras.

Pros

  • Wire-free setup

  • Works with Alexa, Google, and Siri

  • Easy to save clips and photos to your camera roll

Cons

  • Tricky setup process

  • More expensive than other similar options

Nest Cam Outdoor
Credit: Reviewed.com / Ben Keough

The Nest Cam Outdoor is our pick for the best overall smart outdoor security camera.

Best Outdoor Camera for Alexa
Nest Cam Outdoor

Our favorite outdoor security camera, the Nest Cam Outdoor, also works with Alexa and the new Amazon Echo Show. And while the camera itself is good, we really love this camera due to the Nest Aware subscription service.

In the words of our reviewer, "Nest Aware totally makes this camera." The service is pricey at $100 to $300 per year, but it offers a 24/7 video backup (backing up the entirety of the footage, not just clips), notifications for people and pets, and customizable activity zones to block out areas with frequent, unimportant motion.

Unfortunately, you also need the service to save and download clips, something some other cameras let you do for free. But given the quality of the camera, we think the Nest Aware service is well worth the money.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart outdoor security cameras.

Pros

  • User-friendly app

  • Customizable activity zones

  • Create, save, and share video clips

Cons

  • Above-average subscription plan cost

  • Plugs into an outlet

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Daniel Wroclawski

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Daniel Wroclawski is a tech-obsessed editor and reporter. In his spare time, you can probably find him hurtling through the air in a tin can-sized airplane.

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Monica Beyer is a writer with two published books -- Baby Talk (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006) and Teach Your Baby to Sign (Fair Winds, 2007). Her work has also appeared at SheKnows, Thrillist, mom.me, Mental Floss, GOOD Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and others.

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