Amazonthey are everywhere. Since 2014, with the launch of the original Echo smart speaker, the tech giant has been at the forefront of smart home innovation with over 100 million devices sold. Alexa is the leading voice assistant that powers smart home automation, and Amazon is rolling out more of these devices with a simple that turns off the lights run , and more. Sounds great, right?
Turning your home into an Alexa-powered smart home will cost you.
As Alexa prices vary, the total amount will depend on the number and type of devices required. Onewill but the vast ecosystem of Echo Dots, Echo Show smart plugs, smart and security devices could add up to thousands of dollars.
You may not have every type of Alexa-compatible device in the market—though don’t let me stop you if that’s what you had in mind—so I’ll break down the costs of three Alexa-focused devices to set up your smart home, from the simplest to the cheapestto the expensive arrangement decked out in the entire range of Amazon gadgets.
1. Amazon Alexa Pricing: When Basic Is Better
If you’re building your Amazon smart home from scratch, I recommend starting with an Echo smart speaker, specifically the s. Not only is it our favorite smart speaker – it’s ours .
Whilemakes this Echo speaker more expensive than the smaller Echo Dot, it’s worth it. The fourth-generation Echo has noticeably better sound quality than any Echo smart speaker, and a built-in Zigbee receiver allows the Echo to act as a smart home control center for compatible devices. With voice control and connectivity, this Echo speaker is a great choice as it acts as a control panel for the rest of your connected devices.
Price so far: $100
Once you have this central hub set up, it’s time to connect your smart home devices. Security and smart lights are a good step up from the basics.
For lighting, I recommend a Wyze bulb. For $15 you can buy a 2 pack of white LED bulbs that provide better brightness than many other bulbs on the market. They can be set up in no time – just screw in the bulb, connect the light to the internet via the Wyze app and you’re ready to start with Alexa commands.
Price so far: $115
For Alexa home security cameras, I recommend starting with the Wyze Cam v3. Not only does its $36 price tag make it an excellent affordable choice among all home security cameras, but it’s loaded with top-notch features: sharp night vision, a working siren, 14-day video storage, a weatherproof housing, and a wide field of view. No wonder it’s our favorite home security camera overall.
So for just $150, you can build a functional Amazon smart home that covers all your basic needs.
Total cost of the basics: $151
2. Amazon Alexa Pricing: Raising the bar beyond the bare minimum
Not too much, not too little. This is where the mid-range smart home can come in handy. It will satisfy all your basic needs while adding some flare to your smart home.
Keep the Echo speaker where you listen to music the most, but now addwhere you can watch YouTube videos or video chat with your family. For $110, this display will respond to your voice commands while also featuring tablet-specific features so you can play games, watch movies, browse recipes, and make video calls. The display combines solid sound quality, a high-resolution screen, and a privacy screen, making it a great second control center (I recommend placing the Echo Show 8 in the kitchen and the Echo smart speaker in the living room).
You can often find the Echo Show at a discount. It is currently on sale for.
Price so far: $261
From now on—in this hypothetical Amazon smart home we’re building together—you only have one home security device. But adding another, like the Ring Video Doorbell (wired), will help fill out the system.
It’s great for home and apartment owners, andmaking it one of the best deals on the market. It’s easy to install, compatible with Alexa, and packed with features: 1080p HD video resolution, two-way talk, night vision, and quick notifications, including motion and person-only notifications. If you don’t have wiring from the doorbell, look at . It has many of the same features but has a battery.
Price so far: $321
Finding ways to save money on your energy and utility bills is a great way to save money in the long runcan help.
Of course, controlling the temperature of your home or apartment with a simple voice command is great, butit just might be the best thing about the Amazon Smart Thermostat. For value, it’s hard to beat. Whether you want to connect your thermostat to an Echo or Echo Show speaker, or just want to control the device manually, it’s simple and straightforward. Plus, it can save you about $50 each year with energy-saving settings.
Pro tip: If you buy on Amazon, you can get the thermostat bundled with an Echo Dot or Echo Show 5 for a small discount. Learn more here.
Price so far: $381
A smart home is not complete without several smart plugs to connect and control “dumb” devices such as lamps or fans. I recommend the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini. Its smartphone app control, Alexa compatibility, and sleek design make it one of CNET’s favorite smart plugs on the market. I recommend starting with a 2-pack for $17 and adding from there if needed.
And here you are. For less than $400, you can have a thoroughly connected smart home controlled entirely by Alexa.
Total price for necessities and accessories: $398
3. Amazon Alexa Pricing: Echo Overload, aka “It Works”
Maybe the midrange isn’t enough for you. Or maybe you’ve read our stories about the best things you can do with two or more Echo devices, or our story showing why putting an Echo in every room is actually a good idea. Either way, sometimes you just need an upgrade that goes beyond the basics.
I can help with that too.
If you’re fine with shelling out big bucks to create a home completely controlled by Alexa, then there are plenty of devices to add to your shopping list on top of or instead of the ones above. I’m going to recommend the best Alexa products to build your busy Alexa-centric home from the ground up. Let’s take a look at some of the ones I’ve already mentioned that you should start with:
- Wyze bulbs
- TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini
- Echo speaker (fourth generation)
- Amazon Smart Thermostat
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Echo Show 10: This $250 10-inch smart display is great for video calling your family. It’s the first smart display with a built-in engine and cameras that can track your movement to keep you engaged during video chats or streaming media in your line of sight.
Price so far: $442
August Wi-Fi Smart Lock (Fourth Generation): It’s a bit pricey at $199, but with the ability to control your smart lock remotely with your phone — and of course, Alexa — in addition to its many security features, the August Lock is an excellent choice for extra security.
Price so far: $641
Ring Alarm Pro Home Security System: With its custom installation and unique built-in Alexa integrations, Alarm Pro is a solid choice for your Alexa smart home. What’s really cool about it is that it includes an Eero Wi-Fi 6 router and supports backup internet in case of power outages, as well as encrypted local video storage for your Ring devices. Plus, it works with your Echo devices to monitor your home for break-ins. I recommend the eight-piece kit for $300, which will cover all your home security needs while still costing less than many other options on the market. you can toowith Echo cameras and devices delivered at deep discounts.
Price so far: $941
Echo Dot (third generation with clock): These puck-sized favorites never go out of style.— and you’ll often find them on sale — these devices combine an understated design with all the best features of a smart speaker: impressive sound and ease of use. Since these devices can often be had for half the price, I recommend buying two: one for the loft and one for the master bedroom.
Price so far: $1,021
Fire TV Stick 4K Max: It’s the best Fire Stick on the market. The $55 Max is fast and supports Wi-Fi 6 and almost all the latest playback standards, including Dolby Vision. If you get a second Echo smart speaker, you can even pair it with a Fire TV Stick to get stereo sound for all your favorite shows.
Price so far: $1,076
Ring Pro 2: At $250, this video doorbell is more expensive than its $60 and $100 predecessors, but the new built-in bird’s-eye view feature is innovative and unique to Ring products. The Ring Pro 2 also showcases a 1:1 aspect ratio, solid resolution, various push notifications, encrypted video, and Alexa compatibility.
Price so far: $1,326
Ring Floodlight Cam Pro: This is another excellent addition to your home security. Apart from being equipped with two LED bulbs, this device also comes with 3D motion tracking and a bird’s eye view mode. It’s currently $250 on Ring’s website.
Total price for the entire package: $1,576
All told, the cost of your Alexa smart home system will be slightly over $1,500. That means building a smart home that’s almost fully automated by Amazon’s voice assistant is only $73 more than a full Google smart home.
You could spend thousands more if you wanted to buy multiple Alexa-compatible devices or put an Echo in every room, but I’ve only listed the best devices to buy at three different spending levels. If you want to overload Alexa, hey, go ahead. Be sure to read about four places to avoid placing your Echo device and these Alexa privacy tips.