The best cheap Alexa devices of 2021: Echo Dot, Wyze cams and more

You don’t have to spend a fortune to integrate these smart products into your home. From brands like Amazon, Google, Apple and Wyze, we’ve seen a slew of new smart products hit the market recently. Though it wouldn’t be too difficult to blow a paycheck on great smart home gadgets that connect to your trusty Amazon Echo, you simply don’t have to. 

Over the years, I’ve helped set up dozens if not hundreds of smart devices at the HDOT Smart Home — and I’ve written about the price tags often associated with them. Between light bulbs, speakers, video doorbells and security cameras — not to mention pricey smart shades — building a smart home can quickly run into five-figure territory. Luckily, the days of $180 Amazon Echo speakers and $200 smart cams are over. Amazon’s newest Echo speaker will cost a cool $100 and plenty of other services and devices announced at its annual fall show will clock in lower than that. You can find Echo Dots on sale all the time and some of HDOT’s favorite smart cams on the market cost just $20. In fact, with smart spending, you can just about build yourself a largely automated home for under $200 total.

After testing dozens of products, these are our very favorite affordable Alexa-compatible devices of the year. We update this list periodically.

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The cheapest smart speaker Amazon offers is the ever-solid third-gen Echo Dot. Sure, there’s a new Dot available, but its improvements are marginal, so whichever device is cheaper is probably the way to go. This Echo speaker has impressive sound quality for the size if you want to play music (Spotify Premium, Amazon Music, Apple Music and more), along with voice control and all the smarts of the higher-end, more expensive speakers. Place Echo devices in different rooms of your house for multiroom audio. Not only is the Amazon Echo Dot a reasonable $50, but you can also catch it on sale for $25 often.

Read our Echo Dot (third-gen) review.

 

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The $130 Echo Show 8 is an Alexa-compatible display that marries all the voice assistance of a speaker to the touch controls of a tablet. You can find it on sale for $65 right now and it gives you a screen to video chat, play games, watch videos and even stream the feeds of security cameras.

Read our Echo Show 8 review.

 

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Amazon offers a number of other devices that add Amazon Alexa to your cars, home and other spaces — and one of the best of these is the Echo Flex, a $25 plug that brings Alexa integration to any place with an outlet. Setup is easy through the Amazon Alexa app. Once you do that, the smart speaker brings all the smarts of the Alexa voice assistant, plus a modular design that allows the use of motion-sensing and night light attachments.

Read our Echo Flex review.

 

Wyze

The Wyze Cam is one of the best super-cheap devices out there and it just got an update last year, making it the unbeatable affordable security camera system. With a small price tag and an impressive set of features, including weatherproof housing, sharper night vision, a wider field of view, a functional siren and more, the third-gen Wyze Cam is still the top-tier option to keep your home safe and secure on a budget. 

In addition, with a single voice command you can throw the Wyze Cam’s feed onto an Alexa-powered smart display, like the Echo Show 8. 

Read our Wyze Cam (2020) review.

 

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Another surprisingly affordable smart home gadget from Wyze is their original, white LED Bulb, which you can control with Amazon Alexa. It connects directly to a Wi-Fi network, so no smart home hub is necessary. These smart bulbs give you many of the smarts of a Philips Hue or Lifx bulb (though the features are a little more spare than Philips Hue) and they work nicely with Amazon’s smart home ecosystem.

Read our Wyze Bulb review.

 

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